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All-County Academic Teams: 20 years
Banquet celebrates two decades, inducts 32 new members
Upchurch  Jowers - Zach Boykin
C-I Web Extra: Camden High School (CHS) senior and 2015 All-County Academic Team member Zach Boykin reads from notes as he addresses those gathered for Mondays 20th annual banquet. Zach is the only male member of the Team from CHS and recently learned he is one of only 1,000 students in the national to be named a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar. The scholarship will provide him a completely free education at any U.S. college or university of his choice. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Monday night marked the official 20th anniversary of the Upchurch & Jowers All-County Academic Team program. The insurance agency and Kershaw County School District’s (KCSD) annual banquet, held in Bethesda Presbyterian Church’s Westminster Hall, looked back at those 20 years while inducting 32 members from the district’s three high schools. The first banquet, held in 1996, was the result of Victor Jowers’ decision to honor academic excellence after seeing a Chronicle-Independent article the year before about the county’s all-star football team.