Columbia, S.C. Recognizes Outstanding Student Writers

Student writing contest celebration

Columbia, S.C. Recognizes Outstanding Student Writers

In a celebration of student achievements, five students from South Carolina were recognized on Tuesday for their exemplary submissions in the fourth annual Strong Men and Women in S.C. History student writing contest. The honor was bestowed by the South Carolina Department of Education and Dominion Energy.

The five winners hailing from five regions – Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee, and Upstate, were each presented with an Apple MacBook Air by South Carolina’s State Superintendent of Education, Ellen Weaver, and Dominion Energy South Carolina’s President, Keller Kissam. Their schools were also awarded with a $1,000 to support further educational advancement.

An Inspired Effort

The essay contest is inspired annually by different influential figures, with this year’s contest being inspired by Mary McLeod Bethune, an esteemed educator, and civil rights activist from Mayesville, S.C. Renowned for her commitment to literacy and education, Bethune’s legacy continues to impact individuals across the Palmetto State and beyond.

The participants, all of whom were high school juniors and seniors, were directed to write a 500-word essay on an African American from South Carolina who has positively impacted their educational journey. This encouraged students to reflect on South Carolina’s rich history and the individuals who have made a significant impact on their lives.

Recognizing Future Leaders

In addressing the recipients of the award, Superintendent Weaver expressed her pride in the student’s accomplishments, stating, “We are proud to celebrate these five young writers and the noteworthy South Carolinians who have made a lasting impact on their lives.”

Expressing confidence in the students’ potential, Weaver further commended their impressive work ethic and writing talents, “With your impressive work ethic and inspiring writing talents, I’m confident your greatest chapters are yet to be penned!”

With this honor, the student winners are not only celebrated for their accomplishments but also encouraged to continue making strides in their academic journey, showcasing the power of the written word and the power of student voices.

Columbia, S.C. Recognizes Outstanding Student Writers

Author: HERE Irmo

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