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Darlington County Schools honor 2021 STAND Award winners through virtual ceremony
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Darlington County Schools honor 2021 STAND Award winners through virtual ceremony

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DARLINGTON, S.C. — Each school in the Darlington County School District, as well as district administration, on Friday honored students who display exemplary character and take a “STAND” against illicit drug use.

The annual STAND Awards — STAND being an acronym for Students Taking Action, Not Drugs — recognized 22 students through a virtual ceremony shared on the school district’s YouTube channel, social media accounts and website. Principals, guidance counselors and teachers each spoke about the students chosen from their respective schools, explaining why these exceptional winners deserved the honor.

Join us as we celebrate our 2020-21 STAND Award winners in the Darlington County School District. STAND is an acronym for “Students Taking Action, Not Drugs.”

The awards are presented to a student from each school who displays positive character, encourages others to live drug-free lifestyles, and seeks to improve in academics and behavior. The ceremony is the culmination of the district’s Drug-Free Schools and Character Education program. Winners are selected by their schools after completing the program.

Timestamps:

00:00 Introduction - Dr. Tim Newman

01:07 Darlington Schools

11:50 Performance Introduction

13:12 Shymia Scipio - "When I Stand"

14:04 Hartsville High Foxappella - "Rainbow" by Kacey Musgraves

17:28 Lamar Schools

21:12 Keynote Address - Alexandria Tucker

22:37 Hartsville Schools

30:19 Society Hill

31:48 Darlington County Virtual Academy

34:28 Closing - Carlita King

The awards are presented to a student from each school who displays positive character, encourages others to live drug-free lifestyles, and seeks to improve in academics and behavior. The ceremony is the culmination of the district’s Drug-Free Schools and Character Education program. Winners are selected by their schools after completing the program.

Alexandria Tucker, a senior at Hartsville High School and the school’s STAND Award winner for this year, delivered the ceremony’s keynote address. Matthew Nelson, International Baccalaureate Programme counselor at Hartsville High School, introduced Tucker. She discussed how students can “take action” to remain involved in school and in their communities to stay focused on goals.

Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology senior Shymia Scipio recited an original poem penned by MHS English teacher Paulette Lunn. The Hartsville High Foxappella group, under the direction of Liz Olson, gave a vocal performance.

Dr. Tim Newman, superintendent, offered the ceremony’s welcome, while Carlita King, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, provided the closing.

The 2021 STAND Award winners are:

Bryce James, Bay Road Elementary School

TyQuarius Edwards, Brockington Elementary Magnet School

Kate Hunter, Carolina Elementary School

Hasanna Davis, Darlington County Institute of Technology

Mikayla Remick, Darlington County Virtual Academy (Elementary)

Kennedy Jones, Darlington County Virtual Academy (Middle)

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Aniya Bynum-Mosby, Darlington County Virtual Academy (High)

Cameron Graham, Darlington High School

Caryss Jordan, Darlington Middle School

Alexandria Tucker, Hartsville High School

Jasmine Player, Hartsville Middle School

DyNira James, J.L. Cain Elementary School

Terrance Jackson, Lamar High School

Demi Blackmon, Lamar-Spaulding Elementary School

Isaiah Davis, Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology

Lizzie Moore, North Hartsville Elementary School

Jackson Walker, Pate Elementary School

Ke’Anndra Dickey, Rosenwald Elementary/Middle School

Edward Robinson, Southside Early Childhood Center

Ashley Brown, Spaulding Middle School

Bailey Wall, St. John’s Elementary School

Sha’Laye Jenkins, Thornwell School for the Arts

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