Darlington school board recognizes student achievements

November 13, 2018

DARLINGTON, S.C. - The Darlington County Board of Education recognized student accomplishments during its monthly meeting Monday.

Ethan Drew of Lamar was recognized for winning first place in the South Carolina Education Association’s “Read Across South Carolina” art contest last spring.

At the time he won the award, he was a student at Lamar Elementary School. He is now a student at Spaulding Elementary School in Lamar. In both schools, his art teacher was Dee Driggers.

Three Hartsville High School students were recognized for winning blue ribbons at the 2018 South Carolina State Fair Student Art Competition.

Susanna Horton won first place in the 11th-grade 3D division. Mary Hannah Parker won first place in the 12th-grade photography division. And Fara James won first place in the two-dimensional division. All three students are under the leadership of art teacher Jennifer Pietrzak.

On the athletic side, Hartsville High School senior Emma Charles was recognized for winning the South Carolina High School League 4A Golf State Championship in October. David Coker is the head golf coach at Hartsville High School.

In other business, the board gave preliminary approval to several changes to district policies reflecting changes in corresponding federal or state laws or regulations.

Among those changes is a policy dealing with suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. The South Carolina School Boards Association has developed a new administrative rule in an effort to combat suicides among youth and young adults ages 10 to 24. The move is in conjunction with the South Carolina Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative program of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.

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