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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. 

  • FAFSA application date moved up

    From release
    Raleigh, N.C. – For students heading or returning to college in fall 2017, the start date for applying for federal and state financial aid has moved up to Oct. 1, 2016. In previous years, students were unable to file for financial aid until the first of the year.

  • $6 million in pledges for school initiative

    A coalition of Lancaster County partners has raised $6 million in local pledges and have applied for an equal amount in federal Promise Neighborhood grants to help kids growing up in the Clinton Elementary attendance zone.
    The application deadline, extended from the original Sept. 6 because of severe weather around the country, was Friday.
    Sharon Novinger, executive director for Lancaster County Partners for Youth, said she is excited after having completed the application. It took about two weeks to write the 80-page narrative.

  • Mobley named vice chairman of USC trustees

    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.

  • New school will keep ILHS name

    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.