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Education

  • Blindness doesn’t hold LHS grad back

    Lancaster High School senior Michael Duffell-Hoffman doesn’t let his blindness keep him from walking half a mile to school with his younger brother, who is also blind.

    He doesn’t need to use a long white cane to navigate on routes he frequents. He can see colors and shapes.

    Duffell-Hoffman’s latest diagnosis for his eye condition is ABCA4 retinopathy. He was also diagnosed with autism at about 10 years old.

  • Top grads ‘exemplify Christian character’

    Justin Howell and Matthew Hartberger will graduate from Carolina Christian Academy this year with only a fraction of difference in their GPAs. They are very much alike in their love of God and commitment to excellence.

    Howell, with a GPA of 4.816, is the valedictorian. Hartberger, the salutatorian, is just 0.066 points behind with a GPA of 4.75.

    “Both are fine young men,” said CCA Principal Trina Coley. “They have been excellent examples for the student body to follow.

  • BHS grads enjoy ovation from elementary students

    Buford Elementary students lined the halls Thursday morning as 73 of Buford High’s soon-to-be graduates walked through in their silky maroon caps and gowns.

    Nearly 720 wide-eyed elementary students applauded the seniors.

    “It was wonderful to see them light up,” said Mandi Budd, a BES guidance counselor.

  • Students, teachers honored at Celebration of Excellence

    Three Lancaster County School District retirees were inducted into the county's Education Hall of Fame and 24 teachers and 301 students were honored during the 20th annual Celebration of Excellence banquets this week.

  • Sara Eddins gets honorary doctorate

    Lancaster City Council member Sara Eddins received an honorary doctor of public service degree from Limestone College at the school’s May 4 graduation ceremony.

    Eddins, an alum and board of trustees member, said the honor was “very much a surprise.”

    “This is probably the best honor I have ever had in my entire life,” Eddins said. “Especially because it comes from my school Limestone that I love with all my heart.

  • Documentary filmmaker visits LearnTV

    Catherine Clements Bauknight recalled the innocence of high school and the unknown that was ahead as she coached LearnTV students about filmmaking over the past two weeks.

    A photojournalist, filmmaker and writer, Bauknight worked with the students to produce three shows – a biography on Bauknight, stories on the history of Lancaster, and Catawba Nation history.

  • Crazy Critters

    A not-so-long-lasting silence fell across the room April 7 as Discovery School students waited to see which animals were in the covered cages.

    Students gasped at the legless lizard. They giggled when a cockatoo started swaying. And their eyes widened when a coati climbed up Conservation Educator Khoreen Vetter’s leg.

  • Buford 4th graders getting into sharks

    The smell of sea life stunned visitors walking into Buford Elementary School on Tuesday.

    Fourth graders lined up in the hall outside a science lab wearing aprons and rubber gloves.

    It was time to dissect sharks.

    Some students plugged their noses to avoid the smell. Other wide-eyed students looked at the 2-foot-long dogfish sharks lined up on the counter.

  • Governor vetoes school bus funding

    Lancaster County School District and state education officials are hoping the General Assembly will override Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto of $20.5 million in funding for new school buses.
    The money is part of a $28.9 million allocation that would pay for the state to buy or lease more than 400 new school buses, according to the S.C. Department of Education.

  • CCA graduates its 21st class, celebrates mortgage-burning

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