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Sending STEM students to college

By Hannah Strong

If you don’t apply to a college, you will never know if it might have accepted you. That’s the mindset of retired educator Dr. Carolyn Powell as she works to send high school students to college.
Powell has been involved in education consulting for nearly 30 years and has a special interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students.
Since retiring in 2014, Powell has volunteered her time and expertise to students who want college advice.


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Mobley named vice chairman of USC trustees

By Greg Summers

Lancaster businessman Hugh Mobley has been elected vice chairman of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees.
Mobley, a 61-year-old Lancaster native, is a pharmacist and owner of Mobley Drugs. He has represented the 6th Judicial Circuit on the board of trustees since 2011. He was elected vice chairman Aug. 19.
Speaking about his new role Saturday morning, Mobley compared the vice chair’s job to that of a “second-string quarterback” who might have to step in at a moment’s notice.


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New club: Fun, fellowship, pride for young people with disabilities

By Hannah Strong

Hoping to help new friends reach their goals, junior Grace Trumpower is bringing a new club for teens and young adults with disabilities to Indian Land High School.
The club, EQUIP, is part of Able South Carolina, a self-empowerment nonprofit group. EQUIP, which will hold its first ILHS meeting this week, is for individuals with disabilities ages 13 through 28.
“People with disabilities are often severely underestimated…,” Trumpower said. “That is not fair.”


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New school will keep ILHS name

By Hannah Strong

Since Lancaster County school officials first started talking about building a new high school in the Panhandle, they’ve been calling it the new Indian Land high school.
Now they’ve made it official. The new school, 5 miles farther south on U.S. 521 than the facility it replaces, will keep the name Indian Land High School, said David Knight, the school district’s public information director.
The elementary and high school locations have sparked a bit of talk about what should and should not be called Indian Land.


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I-Succeed program seeking community mentors

By Hannah Strong

Indian Land High School junior Shawn Miller was promoted from ninth grade to 11th grade this year, and he credits the school’s I-Succeed program for that success.
Miller said when he started the program, led by Assistant Principal Brenda Ishmael, he was a struggling second-year freshman.
“I was kind of feeling down, but Mrs. Ishmael checked in with me every week and helped me to stay motivated…. Because of the program’s help, I was promoted from being a freshmen to a junior.”


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IL only over-performer on college-readiness test

County below state averages on ACT scores

By Hannah Strong

South Carolina released ACT scores for all 2016 graduating classes this week, and Lancaster County students received a 17.2 average composite score, a notch below the statewide average of 18.5.
The S.C. Department of Education said in a release Tuesday that last year’s ACT reports show much room for improvement.
The ACT, a career and college readiness test, scores high school students on English, math, science and reading. The test is scored on a 1 to 36 point scale.


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Ana Licon-Lopez studies visual arts

Governor’s School picks IL student

By Hannah Strong

Indian Land High School student Ana Luisa Licon-Lopez has been selected to attend the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville.
Licon-Lopez, 16, just started classes at the school, studying visual arts. She will be there for her junior and senior years.
Licon-Lopez said she was “super excited” about her acceptance. “I couldn’t believe that I had actually gotten into such a small school like this,” she said.


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4 ILHS students attend Governor’s School

By Hannah Strong

Four Indian Land High School students are all moved in and ready to begin their last two years of high school at the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.
Rising juniors Grayson Bockman, Revery Johnson, Finnegan Mulvaney and Alexander Schaffer will attend the public, residential high school, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, math and research. Founded in 1988, the school houses 288 students on its campus in Hartsville.


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Targeted opening is 2019-20 academic year

South end of Panhandle site for new high school

By Hannah Strong

The Lancaster County School District has agreed to pay $5.2 million for 142 acres along U.S. 521 and will build the new Indian Land high school there, according to Superintendent Gene Moore.
The site is on the east side of 521 between Niven Road and Witherspoon Trail, across the highway from Steele Hill AME Zion Church and just north of the Millstone Creek subdivision. It is nearly 5 miles south of Indian Land High School.
The entire tract is made up of four properties totaling 141.85 acres, and the contracted price is $5,269,900.


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IL elementary school site plan unveiled

By Hannah Strong

The site plan for a new elementary school in Indian Land was presented to Lancaster County school board members during Tuesday night’s meeting.
Architect Jimmy Wilhide of Moseley Architects explained details of the plan, which is the same as Harrisburg Elementary School with minor changes.
Amid many of the district’s upcoming projects, construction for the elementary school will start at the beginning of 2017, public information director David Knight said. The district plans to open the school in fall 2018, Knight said, with a capacity of 970 students.


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