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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. 

  • Educator Noblitt dies at 80

    Martha “Mot” Noblitt, who spent more than three decades as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Lancaster County School District, died Thursday. She was 80.
    Noblitt was born and raised in Shelby, N.C., She began her career at Lancaster High School in the mid-’60s as a physical education and science teacher and coached girl’s basketball. She became an LHS assistant principal and later principal of McDonald Green Elementary.

  • 1 teacher charged, another resigns after cases of improper discipline

    Two Lancaster County School District teachers were placed on administrative leave, with one resigning, after separate incidents of improper discipline.
    Bruce James Snipes, 32, was suspended with pay from Brooklyn Springs Elementary after he was accused of pushing a 10-year-old male student to the ground March 8.

  • Schools will start early because of lunar eclipse

    The Lancaster County school board approved the 2017-18 academic calendar Tuesday, with an earlier start date due to the total solar eclipse law.
    The first day of school is Thursday, Aug. 17.
    State law normally requires districts to begin after the third Monday of August. Passed Feb. 28, the eclipse law is allowing an early start for the 2017-18 academic year. The purpose is to begin instruction earlier and provide an educational opportunity for students during a solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

  • A.R. Rucker academic challenge team wins state championship

    The last answer that won the 2017 state championship for A.R. Rucker Middle School’s academic challenge team was “herbivores.”
    Rucker’s team was named the Division II state champion for middle schools Thursday after a 32-22 victory over Lexington County’s Pine Ridge Middle School.
    The championship is the first for A.R. Rucker’s academic challenge team.
    Bringing in 17 points – the most points out of the five team members who competed – was eighth-grader Louie Prete.