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Education

  • Blum’s retirement was short-lived

    Beth Blum is back.
    The longtime Indian Land Elementary School principal, who retired in May, has changed her mind and will return to the school district as principal of Brooklyn Springs Elementary in Lancaster.
    “They gave me an opportunity to come back… so I did,” Blum said June 14. “I’m glad to be here, and lots of teachers have already come over to see me. It’s a wonderful opportunity.
    “And I’m only 52. I’m too young to retire,” she joked.

  • School Notes 6-27-18

    Hamilton on dean’s list at Greensboro
    Charity Elizabeth Hamilton has been named to the dean’s list at Greensboro  College for the spring 2018 semester. To qualify, a student must have a grade-point average of at least 3.5, with at least half of their course credit hours at the North Carolina school’s main campus.

  • School Notes 6-20-18

    Cadets graduate from The Citadel
    Three Lancaster area students received bachelor’s degrees during The Citadel’s commencement ceremony May 5. Tony L. Ellis III received a degree in psychology, Justin Livesay a degree in criminal justice and Richard Thompson a degree in civil engineering.
    Local residents Clemson grads
    Twenty-six Lancaster County students graduated from Clemson University with bachelor’s degrees in spring 2018 commencement ceremonies. Those students and their degrees are:

  • S.C. Fire Academy tough on trainees

    A small group of firefighters, already drenched in sweat from the heat outdoors, run headfirst into an even hotter burning building, wearing full turnout gear and carrying a heavy hose filled with water.
    Working together using quick, precise movements, they blast water onto the blaze, as if they’ve been doing this for years.
    But they’re 17- and 18-year-old rookie firefighting trainees, still in high school.

  • ILHS students at Boys, Girls State

    Eight Indian Land High School students are attending Palmetto Girls and Boys State this week, June 10-16, thanks to the sponsorship of the Indian Land American Legion Post 250 and its Auxiliary unit.
    AL Post 250 sponsored six boys – Arthur Burns, Reese Feilder, Sloun Harrison, Chukumzam Ideney, Connor Ouimet and Camden Walrath – for Boys State at Anderson University. They were certified after interviews with Post 250 Vice Commander Richard Steininger, James Reese and Adjutant William Chick.

  • School Notes 6-13-18

    Mickles earns master’s degree
    Ty’Keyana Mickles of Lancaster earned a master’s degree in applied clinical psychology from USC Aiken. Mickles was recognized during a master’s hooding ceremony on campus May 9.
    Platts named educator of the year
    David Platts was named Lancaster County’s 2018 Conservation Educator of the Year on May 17 at the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Affiliate Members Awards and Recognition Program.

  • Wayward cockatiel Hawkeye back home

    To fourth-grade teacher Amy Cogan, the gray bird dive-bombing her students outside Harrisburg Elementary School three weeks ago had a familiar shape.
    It was a cockatiel, and it landed atop a soccer goal.
    “The bird was flying low and swooping down at the kids,” Cogan said. “It obviously wasn’t a wild bird. I got closer and put my hand on the net, and it leapt onto my hand.
    “I started talking to it, and it crawled up my arm. It was a pretty neat experience.”

  • IL Academic Challenge team 1st in district

    by David Bender/ Special to Carolina Gateway
    Indian Land High School’s Academic Challenge team capped a successful season, finishing first in the district and tying for third in the state.

  • School Notes 6-6-18

    Jordan graduates from Clemson
    Laura Mackay Jordan, the daughter of Scott Mackay, graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in music.
    Jordan will be attending Wake Forest Law School in the fall.
    She was valedictorian at Indian Land High School in 2014.
    Griffin graduates from Wingate

  • Oh happy day: 229 ILHS grads receive diplomas

    Indian Land High School’s 229 graduates took their first step into adult life during commencement Friday, May 25.
    ILHS graduates flipped their tassels and received their long-awaited diplomas in front of loving family members, classmates and friends.
    ILHS also honored graduates from the classes of 1948, 1958 and 1968 during special part of its its afternoon ceremony.