Special thanks to Chris Johnson and all the folks at WPUB/WCAM for all they do at this time of year to recognize our graduates on the air!  Thanks also to the countless local sponsors who make this possible.   

I also wanted to thank and recognize Bill Rozier of the Kershaw County Current for all the recognition he does of our graduates in the Current.

I know all of this means a lot to our graduates and their families.


The storms of Friday night subsided in time for Saturday morning’s graduation ceremonies at our three high schools.  I rotate among the ceremonies from year to year, and this year I attended Camden High School’s graduation, which was Dan Matthews’ first as Principal.  Student speakers India Robinson and Drew Brazell were excellent!  It was also fun to hear teacher and CHS graduate Robbie Speaks lead the new graduates and the audience in the singing of the Alma Mater.  Kudos to the staffs of all three of our high schools for the great work they do to make graduation a very dignified and special occasion for our seniors and their families.

Doby’s Mill Recognized For PBIS

It was good to hear from Doby’s Mill Elementary Principal Ginger Catoe that the school  had been recognized by the South Carolina Department of Education for its work with PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports), the second Kershaw County school this year to be recognized in this area.  The tremendous work Doby’s Mill has done with this program is borne out by the strong documented decline in student discipline referrals this year.  Nice way for the school to end the year!

Really Creative Art!!!

Camden High School art teacher Derek Napper invited me to see work by his students being exhibited over at Springdale Nursing Home on Battleship Road.  I was absolutely blown away!  The students had taken old windows and using one of several different media, turned the windows into pieces of art that will ultimately be hung in the Springdale facility.  The creativity involved was just outstanding!  The residents of the facility certainly enjoyed and appreciated the students’ efforts.  It’s great to see students reaching out into the community with their talents in this way.  The students involved include David Baumann, Aaron Catoe, Zuleyma Cisneros, Graham Cooper, Devin Davis, Emily Deal, Elizabeth Eddings, Courtney Jacobs, Michael Miller, Joseph Murphy, Samantha Myers, Bethany Peterson, Bernadette Quash, Megan Streett, Barbara Stubbs, Danielle Anthony, Arjay Bennett, Porsha Griffin, Erika Halligan, and Hugo Nolasco.  Great job!!!

The Last Day……

Tomorrow is the last day of school.  It’s hard to believe that the year is over.  I am indebted to everyone for their hard work, dedication, sense of humor, and professionalism, just to name a few things.  It’s meant a lot to our young people, to their families, and the community as a whole.  I hope everyone can take advantage of the summer to recharge.  The new year will be with us before we know it!

Nice Events

I got to attend two very nice end-of-year events last night…

The Nursing graduation at ATEC is always a wonderful celebration of adult learners who have worked very hard and been strongly supported by their families to achieve a goal.  I’m always taken by the sense of community among the Nursing students and their teachers.

The annual Camden High School Athletic Banquet is a always a great community event recognizing and highlighting student-athletes.  Furman football coach Keith Fowler game an outstanding talk.  A big night of Bulldog pride!

Graduation Section in the C-I

I enjoyed reading the annual graduation section in yesterday’s Chronicle-Independent, which highlights the graduating classes of all three of our high schools.  Well worth the read!