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Education

  • Love of sports drives Knight, despite concussions

    Don’t be alarmed if after first meeting Tory Knight, she happens to forget your name. 

    “It will be like meeting you again for the first time,” she said.

    Knight, 18, is a senior at Buford High School and has played sports since she was 3 or 4 years old. Throughout her athletic career, she has suffered several concussions, resulting in some short-term memory loss.

  • Mom’s cancer challenges Erik Hammond

    You don’t have to be above average in school to be an outstanding student.

    Graduating Andrew Jackson High School senior Erik Hammond is a good example of the paradox.

    By his own admission never more than an “average” student grade-wise, Hammond spent the last part of his junior year and first half of his senior year stumbling through school stressed out, tired and distracted, his graduation status in peril from tanking grades and absences. 

  • Caps, gowns and the community’s cheers

    Lancaster County seniors and adult education students will celebrate completing their secondary educations on May 24 and 26.

    If you plan to attend commencement exercises around the county, here are graduation schedules for Lancaster County School District high schools and adult education and Carolina Christian Academy.

    Adult education

  • Cap-and-gown ecstasy

    Rochelle Baxter led 26 adult-ed graduates into the Lancaster High School auditorium Wednesday night to celebrate amid an audience of 300 who braved torrential rains, winds and even a tornado warning to attend the ceremony.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Phipps facing new challenges at much bigger school district

    Dr. Jonathan Phipps is making the leap to a school district four times the size of Abbeville County’s, and with vastly different problems.
    In rural Abbeville, his biggest challenge as superintendent was dealing with tight budgets and crumbling buildings from the 1950s. In Lancaster, his biggest job will be constructing new schools fast enough to keep pace with the Panhandle’s explosive growth.

  • School board selects Phipps

    The Lancaster County school board voted Tuesday night to hire Dr. Jonathan Phipps as the district’s next superintendent.
    The vote was 6-1, with only board member Tyrom Faulkner voting against Phipps.
    Phipps, 44, is superintendent of the Abbeville County School District, where he’s served since leaving Lancaster County’s schools in 2014. He began his career in Lancaster and worked here for 19 years.

  • 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.