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2016-2017 CCSD 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. 

June 2017

2017 South Carolina Exemplary School Resource Officers Award

CCSD Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Borowy recognized the District's security team and the School Resource Officer supervisors for receiving the 2017 South Carolina Exemplary School Resource Officers Award. Receiving the honor was CCSD's Interim Risk and Safety Senior Officer, Michael Reidenbach, and his staff members, Tim Huey and Oscar Douglas. Also in attendance was Lt. Kathi Love (NCPD), Lt. Mike Thomas (CPD), Sgt. Lee Hargrove (CPD), Sgt. Brad Wilson (CPD), Sgt. Sheri Brinson (CCSO), and Sgt. Les Mauldin (MPPD). 

2017 SC Exemplary School Resource Officers Award

State Resolution for Jane Davis (outgoing principal at Mount Pleasant Academy)

The Honorable Leon Stavrinakis who represents District 119 in the South Carolina House of Representatives as a member of the Ways and Means Committee, presented a resolution to Jane Davis, principal of Mount Pleasant Academy (MPA) for her years of service in education (49 years) and years as principal at MPA (29 years). Ms. Davis retiring at the end of the school year, and is looking forward to her next and relaxation.

Thank you for all that you did for your students, staff, and community, Principal Davis!

Jane Davis Honored by State Legislature 

May 2017

Jefferson Award: Students in Action

The Charleston County School of the Arts’ Students In Action (SIA) team was awarded the prestigious honor of Most Outstanding SIA Team from the Jefferson Awards Foundation this year. The Jefferson Awards Foundation was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Samuel S. Beard as the country’s highest honor for public service and volunteerism. The mission of the Jefferson Awards is to honor Americans who have performed outstanding public service and to inspire others to follow their examples. In line with this mission, the Jefferson Awards Foundation began a youth development initiative in 2006 called Students In Action, which serves as the foundation’s flagship student leadership program and is active in over 400 high schools across the country. The SOA SIA team was also awarded the 2017 Gold Service Leadership School Award. 
  School of Arts

South Carolina You Be the Chemist State Winner

The You Be The Chemist Challenge was held Saturday, April 29 at the SC State Museum in Columbia. Sixteen students from all over the state competed in seven rounds of multiple-choice chemistry questions. Asher Wallen, a seventh-grade student at Buist Academy, won first place. Asher will compete at the National You Be The Chemist Challenge on June 19 in Washington, D.C. Excelling in academics all-around, Asher could not appear at the Board meeting this evening as he is also being recognized for his high achievement on the SAT at the Duke TIP ceremony.

Congratulations Asher!

Athletic State Champions

CCSD recognized 11 different state athletic champions this evening, both for individual and team wins. Congratulations to:

  • Kelean Harley, North Charleston High School 2A 400 meter State Champ

  • Jaleah Symone Washington, Military Magnet 1A Discus State Champ

  • Colin Baker, Academic Magnet High School 2A 3200 meter State Champ
    Colin Baker

  • Elijah Bull, Wando 5A 400 meter Hurdles State Champ
    Elijah Bull

  • James Island Charter High School 5A 4x800 meter Relay State Champ
    James Island Charter

  • Academic Magnet High School 2A Girls Soccer State Champ
    Academic Magnet Girls

  • Academic Magnet High School 2A Boys Soccer State Champ
    Academic Magnet Boys

  • Wando High School 5A Boys Lacrosse State Champ
    Wando Lacrosse

  • Wando High School 5A Boys Soccer State Champ
    Wando Boys Soccer

  • Wando High School 5A Girls Track and Field State Champ
    Wando Track

  • Zeniyah Lawrence, Wando High School 5A long jump, 100-yard dash State Champ
    Zeniya Lawrence

Mia Pace, Mitchell Elementary, 2017 District Teacher of the Year

Entering her fifth year with Charleston County, Mia instructs all levels at Mitchell Elementary, from Child Development (CD) to fifth grade, as a Computer Lab Instructor. Mia received her Bachelor of Science in Education at Chowan University and earned a Masters in Education at Troy University. Prior to becoming a part of CCSD, Mia actively volunteered in her children’s classrooms at Laurel Hill Primary and served on the PTA. She also taught Sunday School and volunteers as a Vacation Bible School leader during the summers. Since joining CCSD, Mia has hosted an after-school, all-girls code club with the Charleston Digital Corridor, served as a member of her school’s wellness committee, updated the District 20 Facebook page weekly, and worked closely with the South Carolina Safe Schools Organization to improve the safety of students traveling to and from school each day. These are just a few of the many things Mia does in service to children, and only a snapshot of her dedication and contribution to improving students’ lives both inside and outside the classroom. At a celebration earlier this month, Mia was named CCSD’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, where she received an award and a year-lease for a car from MINI of Charleston. Congratulations Mia! You are a shining representation of commitment and perseverance within your profession, which comes with the immense responsibility of educating and preparing our children for tomorrow.

Join us this Thursday at Riley Park as we cheer on Mia; she is set to throw the ceremonial first pitch for Educator Night at the Charleston RiverDogs’ game.

Mia Pace TOY

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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