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Clyburn, Cureton join Education Hall of Fame

By Emily Pollok

Educators, county officials, community leaders, families and friends filled the Lancaster High Multipurpose Building on May 14 for the 2019 Celebration of Excellence Luncheon.
Longtime colleagues reunited and shared memories at the annual event, which recognizedexceptional educators – past and present – in Lancaster County.
The event was the second in the district’s four-part Celebration of Excellence, which also honored  high-achieving students across the district.
The Lancaster County School District inducted two members into the county’s Education Hall of Fame – Ernie Clyburn and Dr. Deborah Cureton – and recognized 37 retiring educators and other staffers.
Retirees and Hall of Fame inductees received a Palmetto tree sculpture designed by nationally-  known artist Bob Doster of Van Wyck.
Superintendent Jonathan Phipps addressed retirees at the ceremony.
“Our retirees are remarkable people,” he said. “You spend your career nurturing, supporting and molding our children.”
Indian Land High School chorus teacher  Lisa Knox, recipient of the district’s Celebrate Great Teaching Award,  sang the national anthem and gave the keynote address at the luncheon.
“You are who I desire to be in the future,” she said to the retirees. “Yes, you are retired, but your assignment is not complete. Your purpose is yet the same – to put our children first. You just now have a wider audience, and your classroom is the world.”
Hall of Fame
The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees were Ernest P. “Ernie” Clyburn and Dr. Deborah Cureton.
Clyburn taught science, history and P.E., and coached football and basketball. He served as principal of North Junior High, and was principal of Lancaster High School for 16 years after serving as co-principal with Dr. A.R. Rucker in 1970, the first year of integration. From 1986 to 1994, Clyburn served as the LCSD secondary-education director.
LCSD board member Margaret Gamble described Clyburn as a key player in the successful integration of Lancaster and Barr Street high schools.
Cureton has had a long career in education, starting out as a Dobson Elementary teacher in 1973. She taught and served as an associate dean at USC Lancaster, and later became dean of the University of Wisconsin-Richland. She followed her mother, Katie Brown, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame after teaching for more than 30 years.
“Dr. Deborah Cureton is one of the unsung heroes here in Lancaster County,” said Bobby Bailey.
Cureton, president of the Lancaster County Public Library Board of Trustees, said she was honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“We helped students walk through doors they never knew existed,” she said. “And that makes me proud.”
Retirees honored
Panhandle schools’ retirees honored at the luncheon were:
• Casey Cato – Van Wyck Elementary School kindergarten teacher
• Jeannie Harris Jamieson – Indian Land High School CATE lead teacher
• Michelle White – Indian Land Middle School science, STEM and Spanish teacher
• Margaret Williamson – Indian Land Elementary School cafeteria operator/cashier  
• Carol Wooten – Indian Land Middle sixth- and seventh-grade science teacher
Students honored
The 410 students at the three dinner events were all cited for their honor roll status.
The 149 fifth-graders who maintained straight A’s every year in school were honored May 13. At that dinner, the Indian Land High School JROTC presented the colors and Harrisburg Elementary School students Corbin Bray, Kendall Day and Madison Duong led the Pledge of Allegiance. Indian Land Elementary Principal Keisha Witherspoon led the invocation.
The 127 eighth-graders honored  May 14 maintained an A average each year in middle school, scored high enough on the PSAT to be a Junior Scholar or both.
The 134 seniors honored were student body presidents, those with the highest SAT and/or ACT scores in their schools or those with grade-point ratios of 4.28 or higher for the first semester and on track to graduate with highest honors.
Phipps recognized Andrew Jackson High School valedictorian Stiles Joyce for having the district’s highest grade-point average – 5.202 – among the district’s seniors.
Phipps also presented four good citizenship awards. Harrisburg Elementary first-grader Jordan Carrillo, Indian Land Elementary third-grader Jules DiLauro, South Middle eighth-grader Gunnar Gaskin and Buford High junior Hunter Scott each received a medal and a certificate.

Local student honorees

Harrisburg Elementary fifth-graders
Nicole Aspesi, Kaylee Belcher, Corbin Bray, Madelyn Carlson, Jordan Carrillo, Kate Cothron, Shelby Dabbs, Kendall Day, Nicole De Oliveira, Alivia Decker, Carly DeMarco, Madison Duong, Aliyah Endress, McKenzie Lail, Ashtyn Lamb, Cailyn Lawson, Sophie Nelson, Emerson Rhodes, Rylee Schneider, Lena Shelton, Caleb Swanner
Indian Land Elementary fifth-graders
Wyatt Allison, Nadege Baron-Carroll, Sofia Bernal, Ava Brown, Pavni Chougule, Johnny Compton, Amber DeMoore, Zoey Devore, Jules DiLauro, Bryce Dunham, Marissa Eckard, Jack Hakeem, Isabella Hebb, Joshua Horn, Aydin Houck, Kendall Iaicofoli, Jackson Idle, Averie LeBlanc, Sara Luis, Ava Magette, Kylie Martin, William Micci, Gabrielle Pesackis, Thomas Riney, Logan Robbins, Addison Sendler, Berkeley Slepokura, Kaylee Sobota, Jacob Summerell, Kian Taffe, Noah Terry, Gianna Weldon, Claire Ziobrowski
Van Wyck Elementary fifth-graders
Brady Bell, Ethan Chea, Olivia Diaz, Timothy Dobyns, Bryce Hale, Rylee Harris, Chloe-Renee Hetman, Samuel Humanik, Michael Johnson, Madalene Lange, Mason Long, Matthew McGinn, Jacoby Mekal, Logan Montano, Hailey Moore, Kaela Rugina, Macey Smith, Brooke Taylor, Maya VanBuskirk, Nate Weaver, Lillian White
Indian Land Middle School eighth-graders
Brooke Bachini, Jackson Beachum, Diana Blaha, Jaden Bracewell, Kirsten Bracewell, Maranda Buchanan, Zaire Collins, James Cook, Samuel Crown III, Dylan DeCoteau, Madalynn Derrenberger, Clare Devlin, Jordan Dilanni, Chloe Duernberger, Nicholas Dymek, Mackenzie Frew, Summer Gardner, Ryan Geese, Ellie Gerdes, Joshua Gordon, Eric Gorski, Louis Henighan III, Jordyn Hess, Julian Hidell, Tori Holland, Sami Jaquin, Serena Johnson, Olivia Kauffman, Reid Kazmierczak, Sara Kelley, Ethan Le, Trey LeBlanc, Abbey Lechner, Jacob Letterman, Anna Luis, Alexa Madden, Geovanna Martinez, Keira McCarthy, Carrigan McCloud, Mychaela McCord, Sommer Mills, Ava Mitchell, James Moran, Isabela Oenbrink, Roman Pasqualone, Londyn Pepperdine, Vlad Prybeha, Sonali Ranjit, Drew Reinert, Emily Rodman, Nicolas Rossetti, Jenna Scribano, Andrew Scribner, Wyatt Shiltz, Kaela Sier, Jacob Sisler, Jacob Summers, Dallas Taylor, Sara Valle, Annabella Vargas-Ramirez, Emma Webb, Josiah Weed, Julianna Weiss, Jared West, Trinity Winert, Peyton Woodworth, Alyssa Yakamna, Grace Yegge
Indian Land High School seniors
Jennifer Ables, Madison Arbour, Amanda Beard, Aru Bhoop, Dylan Boswell, Bobby Bradburn, Miranda Broome, Sydney Burbank, Arthur Burns, Emma Campbell, Kaley Crosby, Robert Csuhta, Bryn Daley, Rebecca Davis, Kerry Devlin, Daniel Diaz, Coleman Fang, Reece Feidler, Haley Havermann, Autumn Hennis, Kellen Hook, Luke Hubbard, Chukwuzam Idehen, Logan Immel, Anna Juarez, Jack Koch, Stephanie Kurien, Amanda Lawler, Victoria Marsicovetere, Olivia Mason, Morgan McCloud, DeAnna Millett, Katlynn Motz, Isabella Murner, Alexei Murphy, Jessica Nin, Joshua Old, Lawson Otte, Connor Ouimet, Andrew Phimvongsa, Jaxson Potts, Jasmine Randolph, Luke Roberts, Rachel Sadak, Jamen Scott, Kexin Shao, Chloe Sherman, Jake Silvera, Baileigh Sizemore, Caroline Slater, Heather Stroup, Raivyn Trapps, Toni Urcioli, Caleb Wallace, Wil Watkins, Carleigh Werner, Benjamin Williams, Daniella Wilson

Carolina Gateway Editor Jane Alford contributed to this story.