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Batesburg-Leesville High School chosen as a finalist for the 2023 Palmetto’s Finest Award

Batesburg-Leesville, SC 01/19/2023 - Batesburg-Leesville High School in Lexington County School District Three has been chosen as a finalist for the 2023 Palmetto’s Finest Award. The school was chosen to enter the final round of the competition following a rigorous 20-page application process and an extensive on-campus evaluation by the Palmetto’s Finest Awards Committee back in the Fall. Finalists will receive a second onsite visit sometime in the next few weeks and then, on March 15th, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) will livestream the announcement of the overall winners.

Other finalists from across the state include:


● Lake Murray Elementary School, Lexington School District One

● Lake Murray Elementary School, Lexington-Richland School District Five

● Clover High School, York School District Two (Clover)

● John W. Moore Middle School, Florence School District One

● North Central High School, Kershaw County Schools

● Woodmont High School, Greenville County Schools

● Carver Elementary Magnet School, Florence School District One

● Daniel Island School, Berkeley County Schools

● Southwood Academy of the Arts, Anderson School District Five


The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) presents the Palmetto’s Finest awards each year to schools that offer the best in innovative, effective educational programs. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and school culture. The Palmetto’s Finest Award is celebrating its 43rd year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.


“Indeed, it is a true honor to be named as a finalist for the Palmetto’s Finest Award and to give our students and staff the recognition they certainly deserve for the exceptional work they put in every single day. Amazing things are happening at Batesburg-Leesville High School, and we are excited to showcase our forward-thinking learning processes for everyone to see. Go Panthers!” said Sonya Bryant, Principal of Batesburg-Leesville High School.



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