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Education

  • Governor’s School picks IL student

    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.

  • I-Succeed program seeking community mentors

    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.”

  • 4 ILHS students attend Governor’s School

    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.

  • Graduates receive Teacher Cadet, Forum scholarships

    The Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship and the Lancaster County School District Teacher Forum Scholarship were recently awarded, with one student winning both. 

    Catherine Anne Langley, a graduate of Buford High School, and Sara Vess, a graduate of Indian Land High School, were among five in the state awarded the one-time $1,000 Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship.

  • Lancaster's art scene grows 'a little'

    Elementary art teachers Melissa Caughman and Lisa Stamper decided in January as they were walking down Lancaster’s Main Street to bring more art to town. 

    While brainstorming ideas, they named their new studio “a little art studio” with the intention to have their own storefront one day. Since January, Caughman and Stamper have been raising money through workshops and selling artwork to put toward a lease in downtown Lancaster. They’re halfway there. 

  • Buford 3rd grade teacher spends summer learning sign language

    To bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf communities, Buford Elementary School third-grade teacher Mary Anna Wilkes is spending her summer learning American Sign Language.

    Wilkes’ interest in learning sign language started at her previous job with the Head Start program at Southside Elementary School 10 years ago, where she had the opportunity to work with young children who had hearing impairments. 

  • County below state averages on ACT scores

    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.

  • South end of Panhandle site for new high school

    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.

  • IL elementary school site plan unveiled

    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.

  • Column: Community of faculty, students convenes for USCL’s 58th year

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster will launch its 58th academic year Aug. 18, and our students and faculty are converging on campus this week excited about the intellectual journey ahead for all of us.
    Many Lancaster faculty members spent an interesting summer focused on scholarship, research and service on our campus, across our community and nation, even around the world.