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Education

  • South Middle School regains spot as national School to Watch

    South Middle School was recognized this week as one of South Carolina's Schools to Watch, making it one of 19 schools across the state to win the national honor.

    South earned the designation, its first School to Watch honor in five years, after documenting continuous improvements in academic excellence and organization, while remaining sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of their students. 

  • Top grads ‘exemplify Christian character’

    Justin Howell and Matthew Hartberger will graduate from Carolina Christian Academy this year with only a fraction of difference in their GPAs. They are very much alike in their love of God and commitment to excellence.

    Howell, with a GPA of 4.816, is the valedictorian. Hartberger, the salutatorian, is just 0.066 points behind with a GPA of 4.75.

    “Both are fine young men,” said CCA Principal Trina Coley. “They have been excellent examples for the student body to follow.

  • Cancer diagnosis no roadblock for grad

    Ashley Lowrimore 

    For The Lancaster News

    Those passing by the spirit rock in front of Indian Land High School this spring may have noticed the message painted especially for senior Natalie Moore: “No one fights alone.”

  • 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.