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ExcellenceCultivatingHonoring Lexington County School District One students and staff receiving state, national and international awardsProof PositiveJune 26, 2018 Board of Trustees MeetingLEXINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ONELeaping to first placeWhite Knoll High track stars Alan M. Alvarez and William J.“LJ” Gray raced to new personal bests on their way to state titles.Running in the 100-meter hurdles, Alvarez won with a time of10.57. He also posted a career-best time in the 200-meter dashwith a time of 21.58, placing third in his fnal career race.Gray also took home gold after earning frst place in the 110-meterhurdles. Winning by a landslide, he ran a personal best of 14.03.Tis time tied him with one of the fastest overall times in the state.Alvarez and Gray’s frst-place fnishes as 5A boys track statechampions pushed WKHS’s track team into eighth-place overallat the 2018 Track and Field State Championships.(L to R) LJ Gray and Alan Alvarez)RBES student leader attendsnational conferenceRed Bank Elementary’s Asher M. Havens joined exceptional student leaders this summerat the Junior National Young Leaders Conference held in Washington, D.C.Fifth-Grade Teacher Pattie Ziegler nominated Havens to attend the forum in recognitionof his involvement in RBES activities and leadership of his fellow students. Voted fourthgrade Leader of the Year, Havens also participates in FIRST LEGO League Jr. and helpslead his Global Premier Soccer’s Lexington Soccer Academy team.Part of the Envision family of programs, the six-day conference encourages students toexplore their potential as a leader through career-oriented activities.Havens experienced hands-on interactive learning activities that brought his studies andinterests to life, including his ideal career path of industrial engineering.He also learned about social advocacy, met students from around the country, andexplored monuments and memorials around the nation’s capital.

Double the goldfor double thelanguagesLexington High’s Paul T. Kimscored two gold medals thisyear for his Russian languageprofciency.Lady Timberwolves catch first softball titleTe newest 5A softball state champions celebrated in style onMay 17, with the White Knoll High Timberwolves holdingthe trophy high.Members of the winning team include Carolina SpringsMiddle’s Alexis J. Winters and White Knoll High’s BrittanyA. Branham, Ashlee B. Burkett, Madison G. Cook, ShelbyL. Davies, Hannah J. Goodwin, Ginna A. Leaphart,Andrea F. Lyon, MacKenzie R. McElroy, Maddie P. Miller,Taylor E. Newton, Laney E. Rodgers, Libby L. Williams,Briannah S. Workman and Syvannah J. Workman, as wellas Homeward Education Association’s J. Lea Kindrick.Keeping the road to the championship interesting, theLady Timberwolves came back from a loss in round 2 ofthe Lower State tournament, winning three games — twoof those games in one night — to capture the Lower Statechampionship.In a rematch with Byrnes High, WKHS claimed the statechampionship with a 6-2 victory in the second game of thebest-of-three championship series. Te win gave WKHS’ssoftball program its frst title in school history.Kim won his frst gold medalin the National Russian EssayContest, an annual competition organized by the AmericanCouncil of Teachers of Russian.For this competition, Kim received a written prompt, but notime to practice. He had two hours to compose an essay inRussian without dictionaries or notes from class.Kim won his second gold medal of the year at the Olympiadaof Spoken Russian. Not only is he the frst LHS studentto compete in this event, he is the frst student from SouthCarolina to do so.Also sponsored by the American Council of Teachers ofRussian, this competition challenges students to demonstratetheir mastery of the Russian language. Kim competed in theNorth Carolina region, impressing the judges by recitingRussian poetry, engaging in a conversation in Russian, anddemonstrating his knowledge of Russian culture, history andgeography.Kim competed as a frst-year student after studying Russian Iin fall of 2017.WKHS fnished the season with 31 wins and only two losses,also breaking the team’s home run record with 44 home runsfor the season.Latham wins ‘Nobel’ prize for educatorsLexington High’s Jessica L.Latham received a unique honorfor her outstanding commitmentto broadening her students’ mindsthrough world language.Notably, Lathan developed a Russian curriculum for LHSin addition to teaching Spanish. Her students have sincecompeted in the National Russian Essay Contest and theOlympiada of Spoken Russian.Nominated by a student, Latham earned status as a ClaesNobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of HighSchool Scholars. Te organization provides its high schoolstudent members with the opportunity to acknowledge highschool teachers, counselors or administrators who have madethe most signifcant contribution to their academic career.As also winner of the South Carolina Foreign LanguageTeachers’ Association Teacher of the Year award, Latham cannext apply for the NSHSS Educator of the Year award. Sincethe program began in 2007, the NSHSS has recognized morethan 40,000 educators worldwide as Claes Nobel Educatorsof Distinction. page 2

Soccer stars netall-star ‘goal’Cameron SmithLexington District One varsity soccer team seniors willlace up their cleats once more during the Clash of theCarolinas match or the North-South Soccer Classicall-star game.Siera KirbyLexington High’s Cameron M. Smith and River BlufHigh’s Preston G. Floyd and Jonathan B. Foster willplay for the South Carolina boys squad in the Clash ofthe Carolinas on June 30, while Lexington High’s SieraM. Kirby and Mary Katherine M. Waters, and WhiteKnoll High’s MacKenzie C. Yandle will play for thegirls squad.Preston FloydFour more Lexington District One seniors capped oftheir outstanding careers as part of the South squadduring the annual North-South game held June 23.North-South boys all-stars include Gilbert High’sAndrew R. Crowley, Lexington High’s J. CampbellShealy and River Bluf High’s Westen A. Wingard;River Bluf High’s Asha R. Wallace played on thegirls squad.Mary Katherine WatersJonathan FosterMacKenzie YandleAsha WallaceAndrew CrowleyCampbell ShealyWesten Wingard page 3

GHS archer’s academics on targetGilbert High’s Gracie L. Howard hit the bullseye not only with her arrows, but also with heracademic achievement.Howard, winner of the high school girls division at the S.C. National Archery in the SchoolsProgram State Bullseye Championship, is one of only 27 high school archers nationwide toearn the title of 2018 NASP All-American Academic Archer.In its third year, the NASP All-American Academic Team recognizes students who excelboth on the range and in their studies. As a NASP Academic Archer, Howard’s combinedscores from archery competitions and her impressive performance in the classroom led tothis award.Tis season, Howard fnished second at both the South Carolina NASP IBO 3D StateChampionship and 2018 NASP Eastern National IBO 3D Challenge.How sweet it is for RBHS entrepreneurTe S.C. Department of Commerce recently recognized the state’s best business andindustry leaders, including River Bluf High’s Aneelia B. Ma.A member of the Class of 2018, Ma received the Young Entrepreneur of the Yearaward during the 2018 Industry Impact awards for her bakery, La Trois B’s.With “positivity in each bite,” La Trois B’s features macaroons, gourmet cupcakesand custom cakes. Ma established her business online and hopes to one day open abrick-and-mortar store.Ma envisions La Trois B’s as a “place of acceptance, perseverance and optimism,”where people can enjoy a sweet treat and live music.As one of three Young Entrepreneur of the Year winners statewide, Ma received 100 to further her business goals.Business community names LHS senior‘technology champion’Lexington High Senior Breelyn T. Longcan add “champion” to her alreadyimpressive résumé.Te Midlands Education and BusinessAlliance recognized Long with itsTechnology Champions award for leadingher fellow students as LTC’s DECAchapter co-president of membershipand president of LHS’s FBLA chapter,as well as scoring gold on the WorkKeyscertifcation of career readiness.In addition to maintaining status as amember of the National Technical HonorSociety, Long volunteers at MissionLexington, formerly known as LexingtonInterfaith Community Services.In January, Long began an internshipat Nephron Pharmaceuticals, gainingexperience in their marketing, accounting,packaging and buying departments.She plans to attend the University ofSouth Carolina to major in businessadministration and accounting. page 4

Two Wildcats win National Merit scholarshipsLexington High’s Jack A. Hoog won a National Merit Scholarship fnanced by theUniversity of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. He plans to study mechanical engineering.Approximately 3,500 fnalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program received acollege-sponsored National Merit Scholarship. Tese awards provide from 500 to 2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.Lexington High’s Kelley Jiang received one of the National Merit ScholarshipProgram’s single-payment National Merit 2,500 scholarship awards, based onselection by a committee of college admissions ofcers and high school counselors.Te committee appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by boththe fnalists and their high schools, including academic records, the difculty level ofsubjects studied, grades earned, scores from two standardized tests, contributions andleadership in school, community activities, an essay and a recommendation written bya high school ofcial.MGMS archerhits thenational markMeadow Glen Middle’s E.Mae Kirkbride fnished at thetop of the middle school girlsleaderboard at the NationalArchery in the Schools ProgramEastern National IBO 3DChallenge.Te annual event brings togethertop archers from around thecountry, who compete byshooting 3D targets representinga sheep, turkey, coyote, antelope,deer and bear.With a score of 292 out of 300,she bested 867 other middleschool archers, fnishing sixthoverall in the girls division.Kirkbride also fnished frst atthe S.C. National Archery in theSchools Program State BullseyeChampionship.Competing at another event,the 2018 NASP World IBO 3DChallenge, Kirkbride shot a 286to fnish third among eighthgrade girls and 10th amongmiddle school girls.Hoog and Jiang join a distinguished group of approximately 7,500 academicchampions who received National Merit Scholarships this academic year worth morethan 31 million.Winners must have an extensive list of academic and community serviceaccomplishments, high marks on standardized tests, a memorable personal essay and arecommendation written by a high school ofcial.Brasseur’scareerculminateswith stateawardJacob L. Brasseur capped of his award-winning high school wrestling career withrecognition from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.For his outstanding achievements on and of the mat, the Lexington High senior wonthe state-level 2018 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award, named in memoryof Olympic and World Champion Dave Schultz.Te award celebrates high school male wrestlers for excellence in wrestling, scholasticachievement, citizenship and community service.Te award committee named Brasseur as South Carolina’s top wrestler based on hiscombination of sportsmanship, grade point average and participation in leadershipactivities.In February, Brasseur won his second consecutive state title by defeating his opponentin the 5A 120-pound division with an 11-5 decision.In four seasons of varsity, he fnished third or better with a fnal record of 209-9, thebest in Wildcat history. page 5

Joseph MimsNoah Huthmaker and Chase CrouchHunter GarrisJonathan HowlettJackson HannonJared KirvenParker WiederSeniors take the diamond for final performanceLexington District One senior baseball and softball playersgrabbed their gloves one more time for the annual NorthSouth all-star games.Players chosen for the senior baseball showcase include GilbertHigh’s Joseph E. Mims, Lexington High’s Chase M. Crouch,Jonathan C. Howlett, Noah S. Huthmaker and Jared P.Kirven; River Bluf High’s Hunter M. Garris and Jackson P.Hannon; and White Knoll High’s Parker D. Wieder.LHS’s Howlett and Kirven played for the South Select all-starteam, while fellow LHS teammates Crouch and Huthmakerbatted for the South 1A/2A/5A team.RBHS teammates Garris and Hannon, and WKHS’s Wiederreceived invites to the South 1A/2A/5A team.GHS’s Mims represented the Indians on the South3A/4A team.Michaela DerrickDenaed SantiniOver on the softball feld, four Lexington District Oneplayers competed as teammates during the annualNorth-South all-star softball game, organized bythe South Carolina Coaches Association ofWomen’s Sports.Seniors chosen included Gilbert High’sMichaela M. Derrick, Lexington High’sDenaed M. Santini, and White KnollHigh’s Ginna A. Leaphart andMaddie P. Miller.WKHS’s Leaphart and Miller, andLHS’s Santini competed together onthe South 1A/2A/5A team, whileDerrick represented GHS on theSouth 3A/4A team.Ginna Leaphart page 6 Maddie Miller

Waters ends Wildcat careeras Player of the YearTeamwork adds upto first placeA member of the state champion runner-up team,Lexington High Senior Mary Katherine M. Waterspicked up one of the state’s highest honors.Members of the Lexington HighFinanceChallenge Team won the SouthCarolina Personal Finance Challenge forthe second year in a row.For outstanding leadership of Wildcat soccer, the SouthCarolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports namedher the 5A Soccer Player of the Year.Team members include Andy Q. Hu,Kelley Jiang, Caroline B. Moore andJoseph W. Ness.Waters fnished the season with 25 goals and 22 assists.She dons cleats for the College of Charleston next spring.In combination with teammates and fellow player-of-the-year winners,Brooke Power and Megan Classer, she saw 97 victories, four straight regiontitles, two Lower State titles and the state title in 2016.Students demonstrate their knowledge ofpersonal fnance concepts on a multiplechoice examination, answering questionsabout income and money management,spending and credit, and saving andinvesting.Lights-out pitching leadsLyon to POY honorsEach student receives 35 minutes totake the exam, with the top three scorescounting for the team’s total score.White Knoll High’s Andrea F. Lyon broke schoolrecords and brought home a championship withlights-out pitching all season. As a result, this spring,the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’sSports named her its 5A Softball Player of the Year.As winners of the spring 2018competition’s high school division, eachLHS student received a 50 prize.Waters’ award gives LHS its third player of the year in a row.Pushing her team to the fnish in what would be the last game of theseason, Lyon allowed just three runs from the mound, while batting inthree runs herself.Lyon fnished the season with a school-record 27 victories as pitcher,including 286 strikeouts.On ofense, Lyon was equally impressive with 13 homers and 42 RBI. She hittwo home runs in the championship game.A rising senior, Lyon has verbally committed to Gardner-Webb University.‘Farr’ above the crowdWhite Knoll High Head Softball Coach AprilFarr closed out a stellar season with three coachinghonors.Hucks invited tocoach all-starsTe state’s topcoaches receiveinvitations toparticipate inannual all-stargames. Tis year,Lexington High Head Baseball CoachBrian C. Hucks represented his schooland players at the North-South all-starbaseball game.Hucks’ Lexington High Wildcats fnishedthe 2018 season with a 22-8 record,making it to the Lower State playofs afterwinning both the Region 5 and districtplayof championships.On the heels of the Lady Timberwolves’ state title,fellow coaches chose Farr as both South CarolinaAthletic Coaches Association Softball Coach of theYear and Region 5 5A Softball Coach of the Year. Shealso received an invitation to coach the South squadat the North-South softball all-star game.Te veteran coach also reached amilestone 400 wins this April in the midstof the Wildcats’ playof push.One year after fnishing as runners-up, WKHS’ssoftball team won the state title in dramaticfashion in the second game of the best-of-threechampionship series. Farr challenged her players to put last year’s losses behindthem, resulting in an inspired team that lost only two games this season. page 7 As coach for the South 1A/2A/5A team,Hucks coached Lexington District Oneplayers Chase Crouch, Hunter Garris,Jackson Hannon, Noah Huthmaker andParker Wieder.

Must-see TV: LHS studentswin video contestLexington High’s Chandler K. Atkinson, Dylan P. Hobbs,Hannah C. Luttmann, Cameron P. McMahan, Graysen O.Morant, Summer G. O’Brien and Nate R. Sheppard used theirexperience as part of the Wildcat TV crew to win a video contestthat will support new equipment for their school.For the Subway Fresh Fit Video Contest, the companychallenged high school students to create a video about livinga balanced lifestyle, utilizing their creativity and the skills theylearned in school.With guidance from LHS Teacher Ashley Miller, studentsdecided to direct and record a Public Service Announcementthat emphasized the fve components of a balanced lifestyle.(Front row, L to R) LHS Teacher Ashley Miller, Summer O’Brien,Hannah Luttman, local Subway owner Heather Hornsby, GraysonMorant. (Back row, L to R) Dylan Hobbs, Nathaniel Sheppard,Cameron McMahan, Chandler Atkinson.Taking inspiration from a typical student’s day, LHS’s broadcastteam showed their fellow students the importance of gettingenough sleep, completing work, making positive friendships,staying physically ft and eating healthy.After posting the fnal product on their school’s Twitter pagefor submission to the Subway Fresh Fit Video Contest, thestudents won frst place and a 1,500 grant for the school. LHSplans to invest the grant dollars into equipment for the school’sbroadcasting program.Bonnette namedCoach of the Yearafter return tochampionship seriesRiver Bluf High Head Baseball Coach Mark A.Bonnette picked up a post-season award after yetanother thrilling season on the diamond. Tis spring, theSouth Carolina Baseball Coaches Association named him5A Coach of the Year.Despite losing 10 seniors from last year’s team, Bonnetteled the Gators back to the 5A championship series. He’soptimistic about the future of the program, noting fourstarters from this season have two more years to play.Te Gators wrapped the 2018 season with a 25-9 record,placing second in the fnal SCBCA poll and bringinghome the Lower State championship. page 8

Time forsummer reading!UH\ ih PiHo G, oPWt c. Slot' P.n4 sol e. -\fiOWl'tl'o.Pelion Elementary received another round of funding this springto continue its summer reading camp.Led by Literacy Coach Jennifer L. Hamrick and ReadingInterventionist Bonnie S. Owens, PES successfully applied for aSummer Reading Camp Community Partnership Grant, whichresulted in its selection as one of 24 South Carolina schools andcommunity organizations to receive funding.PES Teacher Kara Borden leads a reading exercise.According to the South Carolina Department of Education, the community partnershipprogram aims to expand on existing summer reading camps. Summer reading makes itpossible for students who are working toward grade-level reading profciency to receive qualityinstructional services during their summer break.Te award of 26,856 supports PES’s summer reading partnership with the Lexington CountyPublic Library system’s Pelion Branch, Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center’s Pelion FamilyPractice, Pelion High School Athletics and Florence Baptist Church.Tis year’s camp runs for six weeks and provides 26 PES students with small-group instructionand literacy support from 10 district teachers.Get up and get fit!MES recognized as National Healthy SchoolLed by Physical Education Teacher Laura L. Gates,Midway

Cultivating Excellence Honoring Lexington County School District One students and staff receiving state, national and international awards Proof Positive June 26, 2018 Board of Trustees Meeting. LEXINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ONE (L to R) LJ Gray and Alan Alvarez) Leaping to first place.

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