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Education

  • 2 students never missed a day

    Hannah L. Strong

    hstrong@thelancasternews.com

    There was no such thing as “senior skip day” for two Lancaster County School District students who were recognized by the district for having 13 years of perfect attendance.

    Lancaster High graduate Tanner Knight and Andrew Jackson grad Katelynn Hanna both graduated May 26 without missing a day of school since kindergarten.

    Knight, 17, was diagnosed with diabetes in sixth grade, but that didn’t keep him from getting to school.

  • Duke Energy donates $25K for adult vocational training

    For the second year in a row, Duke Energy has donated $25,000 to Lancaster County Adult Education's vocational training program.

    Rick Jiran, Duke’s vice president of community relations, visited Adult Education on Wednesday to deliver the check. 

  • Fidget Spinner mania

    Today’s hot new toy is a tiny piece of plastic that spins.

    It’s called a Fidget Spinner.

    “This is what the kids are into these days,” South Middle teacher Holly Miranda said, as sixth-grader Dylan Rowell walked to the front of the room to demonstrate how to use the spinner. 

    “You hold it like this,” he said, using his thumb and index finger, “then just spin it with your other hand.”

  • Four grads get Teacher Forum scholarships

    Four Lancaster County School District graduates received Teacher Forum scholarships, bringing them one step closer to teaching in Lancaster County schools.

    This year’s winners are Andrew Jackson High graduate Hailley Burton, Buford High grad Madison Adams, Indian Land High grad Amber Lennox, and Lancaster High grad Nataly Knight.

    “We’re very excited these outstanding young people have committed to come back after college to teach in our county,” said Lisa Hallman, 2016-17 Teacher Forum chair. 

  • Sixth-graders read 1 million words, get free dinner-dance

     Lara Whitaker

    A.R. Rucker Middle School

    On the night of May 19,  A.R. Rucker Middle School’s cafeteria was filled with millionaires – word millionaires.

    About 60 sixth-grade students, along with teachers, attended the Millionaires’ Ball, hosted by sixth-grade English teacher Tisha Simmons, to celebrate the reading accomplishments of the students.

  • South Middle School regains spot as national School to Watch

    South Middle School was recognized this week as one of South Carolina's Schools to Watch, making it one of 19 schools across the state to win the national honor.

    South earned the designation, its first School to Watch honor in five years, after documenting continuous improvements in academic excellence and organization, while remaining sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of their students. 

  • Caps, gowns and the community’s cheers

    Lancaster County seniors and adult education students will celebrate completing their secondary educations on May 24 and 26.

    If you plan to attend commencement exercises around the county, here are graduation schedules for Lancaster County School District high schools and adult education and Carolina Christian Academy.

    Adult education

  • Mom’s cancer challenges Erik Hammond

    You don’t have to be above average in school to be an outstanding student.

    Graduating Andrew Jackson High School senior Erik Hammond is a good example of the paradox.

    By his own admission never more than an “average” student grade-wise, Hammond spent the last part of his junior year and first half of his senior year stumbling through school stressed out, tired and distracted, his graduation status in peril from tanking grades and absences. 

  • Love of sports drives Knight, despite concussions

    Don’t be alarmed if after first meeting Tory Knight, she happens to forget your name. 

    “It will be like meeting you again for the first time,” she said.

    Knight, 18, is a senior at Buford High School and has played sports since she was 3 or 4 years old. Throughout her athletic career, she has suffered several concussions, resulting in some short-term memory loss.

  • Cancer diagnosis no roadblock for grad

    Ashley Lowrimore 

    For The Lancaster News

    Those passing by the spirit rock in front of Indian Land High School this spring may have noticed the message painted especially for senior Natalie Moore: “No one fights alone.”