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Education

  • Former ILHS teacher J.R. Wilt to run for District 1 school board seat

    VAN WYCK – J.R. Wilt, 73, has announced his candidacy for the reshaped Lancaster County District 1 school board seat.
    The new District 1 includes Van Wyck, where Wilt lives.
    The seat is open as a result of redistricting, which split the Panhandle into two districts. By law, school districts must follow the same lines as County Council districts.
     Don McCorkle, current District 1 school trustee, lives in what will be the new District 7 and will continue to represent that district until his term expires in 2014.

  • Indian Land parent files civil rights complaint

    An Indian Land mother has filed a civil rights complaint against the Lancaster County School District alleging racism by school officials at Indian Land high and middle schools. 

    In a report that aired Wednesday on WBTV, Krisma Gregory, who is black, said the unfair punishments meted out by school officials in two separate incidents involving her sons were racially motivated.

  • A Little Bit O' Soul (food)

    There’s no two ways about it. If you missed this year’s second annual University of South Carolina Lancaster Soul Food Cook-Off on Wednesday, you missed out.

    The 2012 event was even bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, drawing about 400 people to the university's Bradley Multi-purpose Room. Eager diners were welcomed by the smell of down-home cooking so thick you could almost taste it in the air.

    And all for a good cause: the USCL Emergency Textbook Fund for students in financial need.

  • Two students to compete in Poetry Out Loud contest

    Two Lancaster County students are among the 10 finalists who will compete Saturday at the annual Poetry Out Loud state competition sponsored by the S.C. Arts Commission. 

    Robert Massey of Andrew Jackson High School and Raina Hill of Buford High School advanced from classroom to school-wide to regional contests to compete for South Carolina's spot in the national finals, which will be held May 13-15 in Washington, D.C., and a shot at a $20,000 scholarship. More than 4,000 South Carolina students competed this year.

  • ‘Rachel’s Challenge’ comes to Andrew Jackson Middle

    Reece Murphy 

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    High School senior Rachel Joy Scott knew she was going to die young.

    And she did, shot to death on April 20, 1999 as she sat outside on the lawn at school eating lunch with a friend – the first victim of the tragic Columbine High School massacre.

    That Rachel had such a premonition came as no surprise to those who knew her, she’d often talked about how she just knew it, how she accepted it as fact.

  • Faris resigns as ILHS principal

    Indian Land High School Principal Kathy Faris unexpectedly announced Thursday she is giving up her position at the end of the month, a position she has held five years.
    Faris’ announcement came in a resignation letter sent to faculty and staff Thursday, a little more than a month before students return to school Aug. 15.

  • Teens win $2,000 for library

    Five local teens put their heads together this spring to express why they think libraries are essential and won $2,000 for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land in a national video contest.

    The group – Samantha Hoelzer, Kendall Lierz, Lewis Lindsey, Lindsey Scott, and Ryan Scott – produced a short silent film featuring Sherlock Holmes to win first runner-up in the American Library Association’s “Why I Need My Library” teen video contest.  

  • Teens win $2,000 for library

    Five local teens put their heads together this spring to express why they think libraries are essential and won $2,000 for the Del Webb Library at Indian Land in a national video contest.

    The group – Samantha Hoelzer, Kendall Lierz, Lewis Lindsey, Lindsey Scott, and Ryan Scott – produced a short silent film featuring Sherlock Holmes to win first runner-up in the American Library Association’s “Why I Need My Library” teen video contest.  

  • Hegler tops USC law class

    Adam Hegler isn’t exactly what you’d call a career student, even though he’s been at it steady since he graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 2002.
    No, in fact, Hegler is finally done with his higher learning – almost – and all those years of hard work and good study habits are paying off.
    Not only did the 26-year-old Kershaw native graduate magna cum laude May 6 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, he did so with an estimated 3.91 grade-point average, the highest in his class.

  • Education briefs 5-22-11

    LHS student joins national honor society
    Lancaster High School student Austin Franceschelli of Lancaster has been selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).
    The society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who achieved academic excellence. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.