Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Congratulations to scholarship winners, other achievers

More news of great things happening every day in South Carolina's public schools:

Charleston County School District students earned a record-setting amount of scholarships this past year with $47.9 million. The district's scholarship total grew $1.7 million from last year, and this year's total is a more than $10 million increase from the district total in 2007, the district said Wednesday.

The state Department of Education compiles scholarship totals for every district in the state, and it counts the value of scholarships awarded as opposed to those accepted by students. The total also includes the multiple-year value of the scholarship offers.

State officials said that report, which will include figures from Berkeley and Dorchester County schools, will be released within the next few weeks.

In the Pee Dee region, several other graduates were honored:

Two Timmonsville High School seniors received D.J. Johnson scholarships at the school’s annual Salute to Education award program in late May, which recognizes standout students. Anna McDowell received $1,000 through the scholarship and plans to attend Coastal Carolina University in the fall and major in biology to eventually become a dentist. Jasper McDaniel received $500 though the scholarship and plans to attend Francis Marion University to major in pre-engineering to become an electrical engineer.

Johnson High School served the Timmonsville area as a school for black students before schools were segregated. The school closed its doors in 1970 after desegregation, and the school became Johnson Middle School. The scholarship is given in honor of David J. Johnson, who was the first principal of Johnson High and served the district from 1929 to 1963.

Proceeds from the 2010 Carolina Ball and individual donations provided funds for the scholarships. The Johnson High class of 1970 also provided funds to the district to help purchase supplies and support the district’s game room initiative.

Lake City High School student Alexander Brown won a silver medal in a competition at the annual SkillsUSA championships, which is an organization for students interested in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. Brown won the award in the Action Skills portion of the competition, which includes a demonstration of an occupational skill in an area in which the student is training. This year’s competition was held in Kansas City.

And in the same region, another JROTC instructor has been elected to a leadership post:

Marlboro County High School JROTC instructor Lt. Col. Justin Blum has been elected by the S.C. School Improvement Council Board of Trustees to serve a three-year term. During his time on the board, Blum will represent all middle schools and high schools in the Pee Dee. The S.C. School Improvement Council was established more than 30 years ago to provide member training, technical assistance, statutory accountability and other resources to the state’s public schools.

Congratulations to these and other honorees from our public schools.

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