Family as a support system appeared to be a theme at Monday evening's 17th annual Upchurch & Jowers All-County Academic Team Banquet at Bethesda Baptist Church. Upchurch & Jowers and the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) honored the 31 best and the brightest high school seniors in the county. The academic team is made up of the top 10 students from each of Kershaw County's three high schools, as well as the student with the highest ACT/SAT score at each school.
The North Central High School (NCHS) Concert Band performed in the Carowinds Festival of Music April 13. With nine students, the band played Grade IV music and received an Excellent rating from the judges. NCHS Director of Bands Caitlin McMurtrie said the performance was a huge accomplishment for the students, since most other groups in the festival had at least 20 to 40 members and this was the NCHS Concert Band's first year in existence. "The students' success was a result of hard work and commitment, and North Central is very proud of them!" McMurtrie said. The band members ...
Two Kershaw County School District (KCSD) students -- Lugoff-Elgin High student Domminique Thomas-Hayes (third from left) and Leslie M. Stover Middle student Drew Blocker (second from right) -- were selected as the winners of the design for the 2012 Kershaw County Special Olympics T-shirt. More than 225 local athletes from 23 classes in schools across KCSD participated in the Special Olympics games April 13. Joining the students were (from left) Col. Eric Boland, Camden Military Academy headmaster; Debi Davis, KCSD director of special services; Dr. Frank Morgan, KCSD superintendent; and Chief Joe Floyd, Camden Police Department.
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan found three "areas of concern" that would affect plans for the 2012-2013 school year. Morgan discussed those concerns with the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees at its meeting Tuesday.
The Junior Beta Club and Student Council joined together to lead Pine Tree Hill School's effort in raising money for the American Red Cross. Throughout the month of March, students filled containers in their classrooms with coins, dollars and checks. The total amount collected was more than $500. Junior Beta Club member Brodie Horton (left) and Student Council President Amy Kahler (right) presented the check to Margaret Bishop (center), Heroes Chair for Kershaw County American Red Cross.
Camden Elementary School was awarded a $1,500 "Healthy Living" grant from Kroger. The annual contest encourages schools to creatively demonstrate how they promoted healthy living for students throughout their communities. Camden Elementary representatives including (from left) Principal Ed Yount, School Improvement Council member Laura Battiata and Assistant Principal Jackie Norton accepted the honor from Kroger Manager Stephen Leonard (right).
The Baron DeKalb Elementary School Improvement Council (SIC) was recently presented the 2012 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for SIC Excellence. Accepting the award from Dick Riley (fourth from left), former S.C. governor and U.S. Secretary of Education, are (from left) Frederica Brown, teacher and SIC member; Darlene Platte, teacher; Principal Betty Turner; Candy Anderson, parent and SIC Chairperson; Patricia Leigh, teacher/PTO; community member Steve Leigh; Marcia Rogers, parent and SIC member; Kershaw County School District Superintendent (KCSD) Dr. Frank Morgan; and Timothy Hopkins, KCSD's executive director of elementary education.