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Board of Trustees Special Recognition

The Charleston County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees publicly recognizes students and staff who have received a regional, state or national award. The Board also recognizes the efforts of community partners and other volunteer efforts that provide exemplary service to CCSD schools. 

April 2017

Chief of Strategy and Communications, Erica Taylor recognized the accomplishments of our students tonight.

Charleston County School of the Arts student, Jonah Paquette was selected to perform in the prestigious Jazz Band of America during last month’s Music for All Festival in Indianapolis, IN. This is the second year in a row he received this honor, making him the first South Carolina resident to be chosen twice for the national ensemble.

  Jonah Paquette

The Wando High School Marine Science Club won the Southern Stingray Bowl in Savannah, GA. The Warriors competed against 13 teams from South Carolina and Georgia on the campus of Savannah State University. Wando defeated Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology of Conyers, GA in the championship round.

Wando Marine Science

Cario Middle School eighth grader Olivia Wingo is the 2017 South Carolina Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest champion. She recently won Best of Show. Wingo’s illustration “Dawn” was also a part of the 2017-2018 National Junior Duck Stamp competition.

Olivia Wingo

Sophie Winnick, editor-in-chief of Legend, the yearbook at Wando High School, is the 2017 South Carolina Scholastic Journalist of the Year, according to the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association. Her environmental portrait photography placed third in the nation this year, and she has won numerous first place awards in the state and Southeast.

Sophie Winnick


March 2017

Laing Middle School of Science and Technology was recognized for being named the top Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) middle school in the country at the 37th National Future of Education and Technology Conference on January 26.


Tyheim Wright, was honored for winning Garrett Academy’s first state title in wrestling in school history. The senior (and second year wrestler) defeated his opponent in the SCHSL AA 170-pound individual finals, 6-5, at the Anderson Civic Center on February 25, finishing the season with a 17-7 record.


The boys’ basketball team from Burke High School received special recognition for their 2016-2017 SCHSL AA state championship. The Bulldogs pulled off a dramatic 56-53 victory over Keenan in the state finals on March 4 at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

The Bulldogs used clutch free throw shooting down the stretch, and 17 points and 11 rebounds from Anthony Hill to win their second state title in three years.

Link to a celebration at school following their championship victory:


January 2017

Moultrie Middle School

The Moultrie Middle School Mock Trial Team was honored for winning the South Carolina State Middle School Mock Trial competition. Principal Ryan Cumback and Cathleen Lee, Lead Teacher and Coach, represented the school tonight during the recognition.

Congratulations to the 2016 Mock Trial winners!

The team members are:
Barron Burns
Finlay Palmer
Ansel Dietrich
Lucas Sneed
Maris Ferro
Luke Wallace
Addyson Fisher
Estella Walsh
Joy Katzburg
Crawford White
Whitney Knotts
Laney Winn
Emma Nodine


On November 9, 2016 the Charleston County School District Operations Division hosted the 15th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Mark Cobb Memorial and Ron McWhirt Scholarship Fund. Proceeds of the tournament are offered as scholarships to deserving children of CCSD employees. Ron Kramps, Executive Director of Facilities and presented the Mark Cobb Memorial/Ron McWhirt Scholarship check of $16,153.80 to the District. From this year’s funds, five $2,500 scholarships will be awarded.

Special Attendees:

Tammy Cobb

Ron McWhirt

A special thank you to this year’s sponsors:

Jumper Carter Sease Architects – Todd Sease with wife Deanna
SC School Plant Management Association – Drema Johnson
SCE&G – Danny Kassis
Thompson Turner Construction – Paige Carlton & Spencer Faw
Bonitz Flooring
Clean Masters
Durham School Services
GCA Services
Spartan Chemical
Tyco Integrated Security
WTI/Weathering Technology Inc.
Wilson & Associates Sports Turf

BOA Rebate Check

Wayne Wilcher, Director of Contracts and Procurement, presented the Bank of America Rebate Check. The District annually receives a rebate from p-card (procurement card) purchases. This year’s rebate amount is $166,591.51, which is a 6,414.56 increase from last year.

On behalf of the Charleston County School District, the Board of Trustees was honored as part of National School Board Recognition Month. A proclamation was read in their honor, issued and signed by Governor Nikki Haley. We thank the Board for their tireless service and dedication to the students, families, and staff members here in the Charleston County School District.

November 2016

Adam Lipsky

Moultrie Middle School eighth grader Adam Lipsky was awarded with the Superintendent's Character Counts Award for his bravery and quick thinking in rescuing a school crossing guard after she was hit by a car, and helping to direct traffic after paramedics arrived to the scene. Adam is not only a positive role model for fellow students, but a shining example of courage for us all.

Rebecca Strong

Cario Middle School science teacher Rebecca Strong was recognized for receiving the highest form of recognition a K-12 math or science teacher can earn--- the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Out of 213 mathematics and science teachers to receive this award, Strong was one of only two teachers chosen from South Carolina.

Jump Rope for Heart Winners

The Charleston County School District was recognized for being the top district in the state for its efforts in the Jump Rope for Heart campaign.

Jump Rope for Heart Schools

As a part of fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association, three CCSD schools were recognized as top schools in South Carolina to raise funds through the Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Placing first, second, and ninth in the state were Jennie Moore Elementary, Drayton Hall Elementary, and St. Andrews School of Math and Science Elementary (respectively). Montessori Community School student Brielle Johnson was the third top seller in the state.

Nurse Bailey

Moultrie Middle School's Marjorie Bailey was recognized as CCSD's Nurse of the Year. Not only has she has been actively involved in her school’s wellness committee and CORE Team, she has also served as the DHEC Influenza Nurse Liaison for her constituent district, has coordinated consents, rosters, and scheduling at each school, has provided education for other nurses and parents, serves as an instructor for the American Heart Association and has served as a nurse mentor for new hires for CCSD.


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