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Education

  • ILMS honors its top teacher, staff member

    Staff reports
    Indian Land Middle School has named its teacher and support staff member of the year for 2012.
    Nominated by their peers, the school’s 2011-12 Teacher of the Year is instructional facilitator Cindy Bush and the 2011-12 Support Staff Member of the Year is administrative assistant Laura Loughry.
    Teacher of the Year
    Bush’s nomination said she works “tirelessly to help the school, staff and students.”

  • IL teen among best writers in nation

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews
    Leah Lierz of Indian Land had a great week recently.
    Not only did Lierz graduate May 25 from the state’s most prestigious arts high school, the Governor’s School in Greenville, the following Friday, June 1, she was recognized as one of the best young writers in the country during a ceremony at New York’s Carnegie Hall, no less – and two days before her 18th birthday.
    As a National Gold Medal winner of the Scholastic Art & Writing Award, Lierz received a $10,000 scholarship.

  • Five graduate from Carolina Christian Academy

    Five seniors marched across the stage during the graduation ceremony at Carolina Christian Academy on May 25.

    Stewart Blake Counts, Aaron Michael Fournier, Kathryn Hope Harris, DaEun Hong and Janna Suzette Noland received their diplomas, marking an end to their high school careers as they embark on a new journey in life.

    Fournier, who was named salutatorian for the CCA class of 2012, said he is grateful for the education opportunity he received while at the school.

  • Adult education program holds its largest-ever graduation

    Editor’s note: Due to space limitations in the Sunday edition, this story on the Lancaster County Adult Education commencement on May 16 was not published until today.

     

    Klarissa Stalk of Lancaster coddles and kisses her eight-month-old daughter, Mirakle, who smiles as the golden tassel from mom’s mortarboard tickles her face. Stalk, gives her daughter one last kiss and passes her back to her great-grandmother, Linda King of Waxhaw.

  • Summer lunch program starts May 29

    Lancaster County School District

    Lancaster County School District will operate the USDA Summer Food Service Program, providing free meals for ages 18 and younger from May 29 through June 14.

    Sites include: Andrew Jackson Middle School, 6865 Kershaw Camden Highway, Kershaw; A.R. Rucker Middle School, 422 Old Dixie Road; and South Middle School, 1551 Billings Drive. All sites are closed on Friday except for June 1.

  • ILHS student’s essay wins a three-peat

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    When it comes to student essayists, they don't get much better than Indian Land senior Savannah Adams and her sisters.
    While many students struggle with even the most routine class papers, Savannah's skills as a writer earned her first place in this year's state-wide student journalism contest sponsored by the S.C. Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.

  • Standing Tall

    The importance of perseverance rang true for all 74 University of South Carolina Lancaster students who participated in graduation ceremonies Saturday, April 28.

    But it was especially true for Amy Johnson, who donned her cap and gown and listened to guest speaker Dr. Leah Moody.

    For Johnson, 54, perseverance is her only option, as she’s battled cancer off and on for the last several years. 

  • Week of the Young Child all about helping children learn

    A lot has changed since the years when kindergarten was little more than ramped-up day care.

    Bolstered by pre-school programs, kindergarten these days is seen as the obligatory first step in a child’s successful education, and by extension, the rest of their lives.

    Preparing a child for the transition to school takes more than socialization and learning classroom fundamentals, especially when poverty is a factor – it takes meeting the child’s fundamental needs both at school and at home.

  • School district optimistic about upcoming budget

    While still in the works, Lancaster County School District officials say the forecast for this year’s budget is looking good.

    Tony Walker, the district’s finance director, said at the school board’s March 27 meeting the district is in good financial shape as the fiscal year draws to a close. Walker said both general fund spending and revenue are in line, or better, than expected.

    Last year’s general fund budget for day-to-day operations totaled $70.8 million.

  • Students in trouble for weapons violations

    An Andrew Jackson High School junior was arrested Friday for having a loaded handgun in his truck.
    Also on that same day, a Clinton Elementary School fifth-grader was suspended after he was caught with bullets at school.
    Dorian Drake Knight, 17, 6982 Shiloh Unity Road, was arrested March 1 at Andrew Jackson High and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.