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Four South Carolina Schools Named Palmetto’s Finest Award Winners - View Online!
Two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school were named Palmetto's Finest in an announcment that aired live on ETV statewide on Tuesday, March 15. The awards are given annually by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. Learn more about the awards on the SCASA website.
Each year, South Carolina schools are given the opportunity to participate in an intensive application process, consisting of self-evaluation, peer review and on-site examinations. Schools are reviewed for student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities and school culture. A team of educators reviews the nominees, and the winning schools are named Palmetto's Finest in the spring each year. View the video of Palmetto's Finest here.
Winners for 2015-2016 include Brookland-Cayce Grammar School #1 in West Columbia, Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary School in Campobello, Boiling Springs Middle School in Inman, and St. James High School in Murrells Inlet.
Brookland-Cayce Grammar School #1 in Lexington 2 was recognized for its innovative lessons, student leadership opportunities, and superior instruction in music, art, and physical education for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Upon hearing his school had won, Principal Walter Clark took off running through the crowd, shaking his head in disbelief, district officials said. He greeted teachers and administrators with hugs and students with high fives before returning to the podium to congratulate the school. Read more in The State.
Horry County Schools have won a Palmetto's Finest award since 1978. Last year, St. James High School in Myrtle Beach was a finalist, but Chapin High School won. During the live feed to schools, about 1,600 students, staff, teachers and community members gathered in the gym, as S.C. Education Superintendent Molly Spearman announcd the high school winner. The room fell silent as students sat in the dark, watching the projected video on the gym walls. The winning reaction was deafening. “I couldn’t even breathe, I was crying so hard,” said junior Sydnee Steele. Read more in Myrtle Beach Online and The Sun News.
Photo courtesy of Myrtle Beach Online and The Sun News.