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home : education February 26, 2015 

Trinity Byrnes receives grant for scholarship

DARLINGTON –Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School, 5001 Hoffmeyer Road in Darlington County, has received a donation of $11,225.00 from Learning Tree International Inc. The gift is to be used for an academic scholarship in the current semester and in the 2015-16 school year. Learning Tree International, through its chairman and CEO Dr. David C. Collins and his wife Mary, has provided Trinity-Byrnes with support that has helped bolster the school’s tuition assistance and scholarship program, which is available to current and prospective students who qualify based on need. Learning Tree International, Inc. is a Reston, VA-based training company that provides instructor-led, classroom-based training courses to information technology and business professionals.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

American Legion Post 1 announces contest winners
The Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 held its annual oratorical competition on Saturday, Feb. 7. This program allows area high school-aged youngsters to compete for scholarships by delivering speeches on the U.S. Constitution. This year’s event was won by Victoria Nwankudu of Wilson High School, Victoria is enrolled in the National Baccataureate Program, the National Honor Society/the Spanish Honor Society and participated in Girls State. The runner-up was Matthew Campbell, also from Wilson High School. He is enrolled in the National Baccalaureate Program Jr. ROTC and attended Boy's State. 
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

South Florence APTS hosts barbecue benefit on March 5

The South Florence Association of Parents, Teachers, & Students, APTS, is sponsoring its annual fundraiser barbecue on Thursday, March 5. The plates, catered by Schoolhouse BBQ, are $7.50 each and include barbecue, rice and gravy, cole slaw, sweet potatoes, and bread. Lunch delivery to businesses, offices, schools, and plants is available from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Drive-thru/pick-up in the gym lobby area will be from 4 until 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or arrange a lunch delivery please call Karen Romanyzyn (843) 687-2920 or Marilynn Belk (843)669-5514 or (843)229-3124 or e-mail mmbelk@aol. com.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Fantasticks to be presented at FMU Feb. 18-22
FMU Theatre presents The Fantasticks The Francis Marion University Theatre’s winter production of The Fantasticks will showcase an unusual intradepartmental collaboration by two areas of the university’s Fine Arts Department.
FMU’s Keith Best, Fine Arts faculty member and associate provost, is the overall director of the musical production. 
Professor Dr. Terry Roberts, coordinator of FMU’s music industry program, is the show’s music director and conductor.
Fantasticks will run Feb. 18-22 at the FMU Performing Arts Center. The Wednesday, Thursday and Friday shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s performances will take place at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday’s showing is at 3 p.m. 
Tickets for The Fantasticks are $5. The first 100 FMU students reserving tickets get in free (ID required at the door). Reservations may be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center at 843-661-4444 between 12 and 5 p.m.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

High school students raising money for cancer patients

The West Florence High School (WFHS) Student Council has partnered with McLeod Health to raise money for the McLeod Health Foundation, H.O.P.E (Helping Oncology People Every day) fund. H.O.P.E. helps to provide cancer treatments for those who may not be able to afford to them. The students have set a goal of raising $5,000 for H.O.P.E. Persons interested in assisting the WFHS Student Council with this project should make checks payable to West Florence High. For more information, contact Janice Howard, Student Council Advisor at 843-679-6757 or e-mail her at JHoward@

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TKA students tie for first place at state literary meet

The King’s Academy tied for first place Best Overall High School at the 2015 SCISA State Literary Meet. Upper School participants included Harold Boatwright, Margaret Lee (1st place HS Girls Extemporaneous Speaking), Eleanor Lee (1st place Oral Interpretation HS Girls Humorous), Ryan McDaniel (2nd place Oral Interpretation HS Boys Humorous), Lizzie Dean and Parker Brown. Middle School participants included Sam Smith (1st place Oral Interpretation MS Boys Humorous), Abbie Norton (1st place MS Girls Extemporaneous Speaking), Emily Brock, Katy Brock and Hughes Milling. Lower School participants included Tripp Creveling, Jayden Brunetti (1st Place 4th grade Poetry Recitation), Kaylee Hewitt and Josh Grosick. TKA currently holds 24 Best Overall, 11 Second Best Overall and approximately 116 individual awards from the SCISA State Literary Meet.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

TKA first graders donate clothes to the Kid's Closet on recent visit
The first graders at The King’s Academy in Florence visited the Kid’s Closet on the Public Square in Darlington on Friday, Jan. 30.  Each grade at The King’s Academy has a classroom ministry project. The first graders chose to donate clothes to the Kid’s Closet for their ministry this school year. They donated hundreds of items including shirts, pants, jackets, dresses, sweaters and shoes. 
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Public invited to Showcase of Schools
Schools in Florence One are rolling out the welcome mats for all local citizens of the community during the next two months. The open invitation is to the Annual Showcase of Schools in February and March. Each school in Florence One will offer programs, tours, and displays, and everyone in the community is invited to each of the showcases. “We are excited about the opportunity showcasing will provide,” said Florence One Superintendent Dr. Randy Bridges.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

FCS wins SCISA Regional Spelling Bee, headed to state competition next week

Florence Christian School won its fourth consecutive SCISA Regional Spelling Bee on Jan. 15 in Georgetown. Six FCS students will advance on to the State Bee on Feb. 11. They are Christopher Rishmawi, 3rd grade, Caden Shiver, 4th grade, Regan Lee, 5th grade, Emily Eason, 6th grade, Kaia Thomson, 6th grade, and Natalie Dehlinger, 8th grade. Two other FCS students placed third in their division: Michele Hill, 5th grade and CJ Fuller, 8th grade. The State Bee will be held at Williamsburg Academy.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Students building 5K course at Wilson High
Sophomores Will Ervin and Sam McCown are building a 5K course at Wilson High School for their International Baccalaureate Middle Years Project (IBMYP) and Eagle Scout Project. The course will provide Florence running programs with a trail to host large scale meets. It will also provide a walking trail for the surrounding community. The course consists of over 2.5 miles of wooded trail, which have been cleared during the first phase of construction, thanks to the help of Charlie Shumpert, owner of local business L.H. Stokes and Sons, Inc. Labor is being provided by boy scouts from the local community, as well as Wilson High and Williams Middle students.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tilton joins office staff at St. Anthony School

The New Year brought a new face to the front office of St. Anthony Catholic School. Effective January 2015, Charlotte Tilton joined the school staff, replacing Sue Degar who retired in December 2014, after 22 years of service to the school. Mrs. Tilton brings a dual perspective to the front office – not only is she a mother of five children (four of which are currently enrolled in the school), she also brings more than 15 years of business experience, the last 10 of which have been with CSP Insurance Services here in Florence. According to Mrs. Tilton, she sees the change of pace as an opportunity to give back to the school, parish and community while staying visible and available to her children. St. Anthony Catholic school was established in 1956 and currently educates 130 students ranging from 3k to 8th grade.”

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Clementi to speak at FMU Holocaust Remembrance
Francis Marion University will observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a special program on Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium on the FMU campus at 4 p.m. The presenter for the FMU observance will be Dr. Federica Clementi, University of South Carolina associate professor of Jewish Studies and the Peter and Bonnie McCausland Fellow of English Language and Literature. Clementi is a nationally known researcher and writer on the Holocaust. 
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Two School Board members recognized for board service
Two Florence One School Board members have been recognized by the South Carolina School Board Association (SCSBA) for years of school board service. Florence One Board Chairman S. Porter Stewart has been recognized for 20 years of service, and Florence One School Board secretary Pat Gibson Hye-Moore has recognized for 10 years of service. Gibson Hye-Moore is among forty school board members from throughout the state who will receive a special lapel pin for reaching the 10 or 15-year benchmark. Stewart is among twenty members who will commemorate the 20th, 25th, 30th, and 35th year of school board service.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FDTC to host inaugural Entrepreneurial Forum Gala
Florence-Darlington Technical College’s Educational Foundation hosts the inaugural Entrepreneurs Forum Gala on Thursday, Jan.22, at 6 p.m. at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT). During the event, the Foundation will recognize and honor 15 entrepreneurs from Florence whose hard work and dedication to the community has greatly influenced the local economy. Combined, they represent a very diverse group of companies and professions. “The individuals we’ll be honoring have played such a large role in the growth of Florence County, and we want to celebrate their spirit of entrepreneurship,” Jill Lewis, Vice President of FDTC’s Foundation, said. “Through their business leadership and entrepreneurial activities, these individuals have set the benchmark of working towards the prosperity and growth of the Pee Dee region.”
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Florence County Museum introduces education programs
Beginning this month, the Florence County Museum is offering a five-week introductory drawing studio course for adults or teens with an interest in drawing. The studio instructor will be Colleen A. Critcher. Critcher received her M.F.A. in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2012. She currently lives in Florence, where she teaches adjunct at Francis Marion University and Coker College. To sign up for this studio, visit the museum front desk during visiting hours.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Come 'Experience TKA'

The King’s Academy will host “Experience TKA” on Friday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 pm. Guests can experience the true atmosphere at TKA while learning about the school’s 25-year history and passion for producing academic, social, and physical excellence through a program where minds and hearts are coming fully alive in Christ. Stay to watch the TKA Varsity Boys take on Dillon Christian and enjoy great food provided by the Booster Concessions, all complimentary for guests. Contact Tari Dean at (843) 661-7464 ext. 111 for more information.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FSD1 students take wins in robotics regionals
Students who built robots in Florence One made impressive wins in several categories in the recent First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Regional Competition held recently at the SiMT Building. Sixteen teams competed, and Florence One had three teams advancing to the state competition to will be held at Summerville High on the March 7. Holders of golden tickets to the upcoming March competition are the Sneed iSquires, John W. Moore RoboLions, and the Delmae Magno Minds. The Sneed iSquires Robotics Team received first place in Robot Performance and the second place Champion’s Award. Coaches are Kimberly Alexander and Lynn Howard.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Duke Energy gift to provide books for preschoolers
Duke Energy donated $5,000 to The School Foundation for Start SMART. This school readiness initiative is a joint initiative between The School Foundation, Florence School District One, and the Start SMART Advisory Council. Mindy Taylor, government and community relations manager, Duke Energy, presented a check to Debbie Hyler of The School Foundation on Jan. 13 in a preschool classroom at the RN Beck Center on W. Sumter Street. The donation will be used to purchase approximately 1,500 books through the Start 2 Read program. “We strongly believe that bright futures begin in the classroom and that every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential,” Taylor stated.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Retired educators share lunch, wisdom with Rush students

QUINBY – Alfred Rush Academy hosted a luncheon for a group of Retired Florence Educators in November. This luncheon was organized by Mrs. Martha Miller, member of the Retired Educator group and Dr. Gerard Edwards, principal. Students had the opportunity to meet, share lunch with, and interview these educators. During the luncheon, students interviewed each educator asking questions about changes in education, their teaching career, advice for young adults, and inspirational sayings that could serve as motivation. “We thank these educators for taking time to share with our students. Each student was honored to have lunch with and meet these dedicated educators,” stated Dr. Gerard Edwards, Principal. “We hope to strengthen this partnership with this group of Retired Florence Educators in order to improve the interpersonal skills and enhance the self-esteem and self-confidence of our students,” he added.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The NJROTC unit at South Florence High School line up for their personnel inspection during Annual Military Inspection last November. The cadets were inspected in all areas of their military training, including drill, administrative, rifle team and supply procedures.  The inspecting officer, CDR Jones from the Goose Creek Naval Weapons Station, was impressed with the cadet’s performance and ability to make the unit function efficiently and professionally.  
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

South Florence ROTC place fourth at rifle match

Cadets from the NJROTC unit at South Florence HS competed against 13 other NJROTC units during the 2014 NJROTC Area 6 Air Rifle Competition held at West Ashley High School in Charleston. “This is an extremely competitive event. The best shooters from all over South Carolina come here to shoot.” commented LCDR Joe Harmon, South Florence NJROTC Instructor. The South Florence unit came in fourth place overall this year. The two-day event is hosted annually by the West Ashley NJROTC unit.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

FDTC to hold Saturday registration
Based on the success of the college’s first ever Saturday registration in January last year, Florence-Darlington Technical College will once again open its doors on the weekend to new, prospective or returning students on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Students will be able to complete the admissions application, work with a financial aid counselor and speak with an advisor and register for classes that will begin on Jan. 12. FDTC's Saturday registration event takes place in the 100 Building on the main campus. Prospective students are encouraged to come in to ask questions or get admitted. Many students will be able to learn about college programs and register on the same day.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Local schools excel in math tournament
Marion High School, Scholars Academy, and Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School took top honors at the recent Pee Dee Regional High School Mathematics Tournament. The tournament, sponsored by Francis Marion University, the Pee Dee Education Center, and Mu Alpha Theta was held in the university’s McNair Science Building’s Chapman Auditorium recently. The 38th-annual event featured approximately 303 students from 21 area schools. Participating schools were divided into Division I, II and III schools. Schools with A and AA athletic classifications were considered Division I, while AAA and AAAA athletic classifications were considered Division II. Division III consists of private schools in the Pee Dee. High schools participating included: Andrews, Carvers Bay, Central, Creek Bridge, Georgetown, Green Sea Floyds, Hannah-Pamplico, Hemingway, Johnsonville, Kingstree, Lee, Manning, Marion, and Mullins in Division I. Darlington, Hartsville, Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology, Scholars Academy, South Florence, West Florence and Wilson in Division II. The King’s Academy, Robert E. Lee Academy, and Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School in Division III. All students participated in a one-hour, 16-question, written competition during the morning portion of the tournament.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Eighty Florence One students make perfect PASS scores
Eighty students in Florence One made a perfect score on the 2014 Palmetto Assessment of State Standards Test. The Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) is a standards-aligned test designed to meet No Child Left Behind requirements. It is administered in grades 3-8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies and is one of the tests used in calculating ratings of schools in South Carolina. Each of the students received a congratulatory letter from the Superintendent’s Office. “We are very proud of these students’ accomplishments,” said Dr. Cleo F. Richardson Jr., Interim Superintendent. “In addition to their academic performance, we appreciate the contribution of parents, teachers, and all other persons who have encouraged the students to do their best.”
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bobby Houck joins Trinity- Byrnes as development director

DARLINGTON – Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School, located at 5001 Hoffmeyer Road in Darlington County, has hired Bobby Houck as its new director of development as of Oct. 27. He previously worked in fundraising and development at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, where he served as Alumni-Parent Director. At Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, N.C., Houck was the 7th grade English teacher and also a basketball and baseball coach. Houck is also known as the lead singer and songwriter for the Charleston-based band Blue Dogs, with whom he continues to perform after 26 years. Houck grew up in Florence and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. William S. Houck Jr., who still reside in Florence. His three siblings all graduated from James F. Byrnes Academy, and he attended the school from 1971 to 1980, before graduating at Woodberry Forest in 1983. He received a B.A. in English from Davidson College in 1987 and a master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia in 1996. “Bobby will make a great addition to the TBCS team,” said Ed Hoffman, Head of school at Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate. “He brings professionalism and a keen knowledge of the community. His winning personality and demeanor make him an ideal advocate for our program and our continued growth.”

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FDS1 begins paperless flyer distribution with PeachJar
PeachJar, a San Diego based technology company, is on a mission to help schools get out of the flyer delivery business. Florence School District One recently implemented PeachJar’s innovative system for distributing school flyers electronically. According to Pam Little-McDaniel, Florence One’s Director of Public Information, “PeachJar is very easy to use. It will help our district accomplish our goal of becoming greener. We are very enthusiastic about this initiative because this announcement coincides with Arbor Day in South Carolina, a day to plant trees. We consider this announcement appropriate today, because with this program it will assist Florence School District One in saving trees. On Dec. 5, Florence School District One announced that it has eliminated the need to print paper flyers which will help to save trees.Angela Montez, (foreground) a Wilson High School student, explains how Florence One has made the switch from paper fliers to e-fliers.  She is accompanied by student representatives from Florence One schools. 
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Galloway Mosley
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