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Lexington District Two honors and achievements

West Columbia, SC - B-C Grammar #1 - The Elementary Literacy Faculty at USC, along with the staff from the SC Center for Children’s Books and Literacy, which handles Cocky’s Reading Express, were awarded a foundation grant from the Hearst Foundation to build literacy within a school and community. These two groups have selected B-C Grammar #1 as the school they would like to work with this year. Congratulations B-C #1!

Airport High School - Jayla Jamison, a 7th grade student at Pine Ridge Middle School is a member of the Airport High School track team and is already making quite an impression! Jayla qualified in four events in the South Carolina High School League track and field championships, which were held in May, and she the only 7th-grader who qualified in more than two events. Jayla finished second in the 400-meter and 200-meter, third in the long jump, and fifth in the 100-meter. Jayla also plays basketball for Pine Ridge Middle School and was All-Region. She was honored by the S.C. Coaches Association of Women’s Sports. Jayla is pictured here with her All-State Certificates.

Airport High School – Two Airport High School linemen picked up some awards for their efforts in the off-season. Collyn Richardson bench pressed 185 pounds, 35 times, to win the Bench Press Award at the Big Man Challenge held at Lugoff-Elgin High School in late June. He also won the Tsunami Bar Farmer’s Carry, at 315 pounds. Fellow Airport lineman, J.C. Redmon, won the Sled Pull, pulling the greatest distance of all the competitors.

Cayce Elementary School – On September 7th, members of WoodmenLife Chapter 273 dedicated and presented a United States and South Carolina flag to Cayce Elementary School. Cub Scout, Tanner Addy, who is a Cayce Elementary School student, presented Dr. Cecil McClary with grommets from the retired flag that formerly flew at Davis Elementary. WoodmenLife also gave 120 United States flags for the school’s classrooms.

Airport High School – Madison Dinkins, an Airport High School senior, is a WIS-TV Community Builder! This award, given in partnership with Mungo Homes, is awarded to individuals who have done outstanding work in their community. Madison received the WIS-TV Community Builder award for her program, “The Birthday Box.” The goal of “The Birthday Box” is to ensure that homeless children in the Midlands do not go without a present on their birthday. Madison started “The Birthday Box” in August of 2016, in honor of her friend who passed away following a car accident. Since that time, she has at least five boxes in homeless shelters around the Midlands. Madison fills the boxes throughout the year with gifts for the children. Madison, who currently holds the title of Miss Inman Teen, was a contestant in the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant this year. It was during rehearsal for her talent competition that she was given the “Community Builder” award. In addition to the title of “Community Builder”, Madison was given a check for $1,000 to use toward the charity of her choice. Madison is working now to spread further awareness about her program and is hoping to add more boxes in the Upstate and Lowcountry throughout the year. You can visit the following link to learn more about this program: https://www.thebirthdaybox.rocks/

Lexington Two teachers, Wendy Spainhour of Wood Elementary School and Samantha Rudolph of Fulmer Middle School, worked the education station at Solar Fest West on Eclipse Day. Wendy and Samantha used models to demonstrate how a total solar eclipse occurs and to educate folks about science as it pertains to the earth, sun, and moon. Bobby Bland, an interpreter, was at the education station to help communicate to the hearing impaired what the teachers were saying.

Wood Elementary School – Jennifer Lindler’s 2nd Grade class at Wood Elementary School were definitely prepared for the total solar eclipse on August 21st! Together, they participated in classroom activities using flashlights and styrofoam balls to demonstrate and learn about how a total solar eclipse happens.

Busbee Creative Arts Academy – Shyla Ponce Rico, a 7th grade student at BCAA, was awarded the Academic Archer Award by the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP). She also received a new Genesis bow and a set of Easton arrows. Shyla is pictured here with her Principal, Dr. Dixon Brooks, and Archery Coach, Robin Gerzema. Shyla won this award as a first year archer on the BCAA’s competition archery team.

Pineview Elementary School - Congratulations to Teresa Areheart (Instructional Liaison), Chesley Geyer (3rd grade teacher), and Kathy Seibert (AEP teacher), for being awarded a Colonial Life Strong School Grant. Each teacher will receive $1000.00 for use in their classroom!

Brookland-Cayce High School – Congratulations to Dominik Byars and his brother, Braydon Byars, who both signed athletic scholarships for Columbia International University! Braydon signed for cross country and track at CIU, and Dominik signed to play soccer. Pictured (right) are Braydon and Dominik, along with their mother, Winn Fitzgerald and stepfather, Rod Fitzgerald.

Pineview Elementary School – The students and staff at Pineview Elementary School collected much needed items to send to Hurricane Harvey victims. Mt. Hebron UMC will take these items and use them to assemble hygiene kits! Great job, everyone! You really came through in a time of need.

Brookland-Cayce High School – Members of the Brookland-Cayce High School Honors Choir (pictured here) were selected as members of the South Carolina American Choral Directors Association 2017 Honors Choir. These students will travel to Southern Wesleyan University October 12-14 and join voices with other high school choral students from across our state. The High School Men's Choir will be conducted by Dr. Eugene Rogers. The High School Women's Choir will be under the direction of Dr. Alison Mann. Pictured left to right are: Sandi Castillo, Cassidy Jones, Elijah Jordan, Owen Sease, Colleen Guseman, and Hannah Brightwell. The Brookland-Cayce choirs are directed by Wendi Humphries.

Pine Ridge Middle School - Kaitlyn Mustard, a teacher at Pine Ridge Middle School, has been appointed to the Columbia College Alumni Advisory Board for Education. Congratulations, Kaitlyn!

Airport High School - Paxton Brooks, senior punter and kicker for Airport High School, has committed to play for the University of Tennessee for the 2018-2019 school year. Paxton is ranked the nation’s #2 punter by Kohl’s Kicking and has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game, which will be played in Orlando around New Year’s Day, and will be televised on ESPN. Prior to receiving the offer from Tennessee, Paxton had received scholarship offers from NC State, Wake Forest, and Army. He completed his junior year with an impressive net 41.8-yard punting average, which drew the attention of these colleges as well as quite a few others. Paxton is the son of Busbee Creative Arts Academy Principal Dr. Dixon Brooks and Mary Brooks, Assistant Principal at Congaree-Wood Early Childhood Center. Not only is Paxton impressive on the football field, he has a 5.04 GPA and is ranked second in the 2018 graduating class of Airport High School. Paxton is also dedicating his senior season to Kick It to Cancer. Money raised by making a donation, or making a pledge for points scored, will go toward research for pediatric cancer and to help families travel to treatment areas.

B-C Grammar #1 - The Literacy Instructors in Elementary, along with the staff from the SC Center for Children’s Books and Literacy, which handles Cocky’s Reading Express, have been awarded a foundation grant from the Hearst Foundation to build literacy within a school and community. These groups have selected B-C Grammar #1 as the school they would like to work with this year!

Fulmer Middle School – L.K. Callicott (pictured right in the center) was selected as the teacher speaker for AVID Summer Institute in Tampa, Florida this past June. Ms. Callicott had the opportunity to share her AVID journey with over 3,000 educators from around the country.

Dr. Angela Cooper, Chief Human Resources Officer, and Dr. Marcella Heyward-Evans, Chief Instructional Officer are taking part in the Midlands Educator Leadership Experience. Dr. Cooper and Dr. Evans are part of a 17-person class, comprised of principals, counselors, and district office employees from Lexington, Richland, and Fairfield counties. For the next ten months they will be meeting together with Midlands business leaders to discuss current trends in business, and the role of educators in preparing students for successful entry into the workforce. The Midlands Educator Leadership Experience is a collaborative initiative between the Midlands Education and Business Alliance and Colonial Life.

Airport High School & Brookland-Cayce High School – While these two schools are rivals in just about every sense, an opportunity for the students from the two schools to put aside their competitive nature and build friendships has been implemented! Brookland-Cayce Student Body President, Owen Sease, along with Airport Student Body President, Chris Staley, and Brookland-Cayce Student Body Vice-President, Onye Cosom, had the idea for a program that would allow students from the two schools the opportunity to have lunch with each other on Fridays. After careful planning, the students proposed the idea to their respective principals. After getting the go-ahead at that level, the students then pitched their idea to the Lexington Two School Board members, at their August meeting. After a few modifications, the board unanimously approved the program! The goal of the Lunch Release Program is to allow these traditionally rival students an opportunity to develop bonds of friendship, recognize their similarities as much as their differences, and promote responsibility. The program will have the added benefit of enhancing the local economy and building community relationships. Congratulations, Owen, Chris, and Onye, for taking the steps to implement what could become a long-standing Lexington Two tradition. Pictured below are Chris, Owen, and Onye during their presentation to the board.

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