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BOARD RECOGNITIONS 2023-2024

Board Recognitions | April 16, 2024

We celebrated the outstanding achievements of student-athletes in OCSD Winter Sports, hailing from Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School, Branchville High School, Lake Marion High School, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Edisto High School, North Middle/High School, and Bethune-Bowman Middle/High School, recognizing their hard work and passion for the game. Lake Marion High School's Quiz Bowl Team was lauded for their remarkable victory at the South Carolina Black History Quiz Bowl Championship, overcoming an 8-point deficit and securing the win with 19 out of 20 final round questions. Additionally, the dedication and talent of COPE Area Career Center's SkillsUSA and HOSA winners were acknowledged, along with the talented artists recognized in the SCEA Read Across America Art Contest. The meeting also honored Terrence Caldwell, an Orangeburg native whose journey from Marshall Elementary to Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School culminated in remarkable achievements as an electrical engineer and the founder of HBCU Alum LLC. Terrence's philanthropic efforts through the HBCU Bound Scholarship program reflect his commitment to giving back, exemplifying ambition, service, and community engagement.

March Employee of the Month
Veronica Wright • Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary School

March Rookie Teacher of the Month 
Danielle McAlhany • Bethune-Bowman Elementary School

Board Recognitions | March 12, 2024

OCSD Board Meeting celebrated outstanding students and educators, starting with accolades for participants of the 2024 MLK Oratory Competition and standout performances from Junior Beta Clubs at the 31st Annual Elementary/Junior Beta Convention, including those from St. James Galliard, Mellichamp, Elloree, Holly Hill, Lockett, Vance-Providence, and Holly Hill-Roberts. Additionally, the Branchville Senior Beta Club was praised for their achievements at the 86th Annual Senior Beta Convention. Their academic and creative prowess was commended as an inspiration to all. Dr. Demestress “Dee” Bell, a graduate of Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High Class of 1998, was highlighted for her impactful work as an educator, demonstrating the power of passion for education and community.

February Employee of the Month
Georgette Kimpson • Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School

February Rookie Teacher of the Month 
Jayson Leverett • Robert E. Howard Middle School

Board Recognitions | February 13, 2024

Congratulations to Verta Jones and Sonya Thompson for being honored as OCSD Bus Driver and Bus Monitor of the Year! We also recognized Amanda Fair-Coles of Dover Elementary for receiving the prestigious Milken Educator Award, and Mr. Maurice Middleton as WLTX Teacher of the Week. Additionally, Lockett Elementary was announced as a finalist for the NIET Founder’s Award, highlighting their dedication to excellence in education. We're proud to spotlight our OCSD Alumni achievers, including Dr. Shalonda Oliver, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Ralph H. Johnson VA Healthcare System, and Dr. Joseph Rush, founder of Cultivating Leaders and engineer at Boeing South Carolina. Furthermore, we celebrated the achievements of our fall/winter sports teams and athletes district-wide, from Orangeburg-Wilkinson High to Edisto High, Lake Marion High to Bethune-Bowman High, and Branchville High. Let's applaud their dedication and hard work!

January Employee of the Month
Tenille Williams • Edisto Primary School

January Rookie Teacher of the Month 
Margueritta Watson-Green • Lake Marion Technology Center

Board Recognitions | January 16, 2024

Senator Brad Hutto presented a declaration on behalf of the state of South Carolina in recognition of Peggy James-Tyler's dedicated service to education. OCSD Board member reaffirmed their commitment to serve the Orangeburg County community by signing the Ethical Principles pledge.

December Employee of the Month
Carrie Showman  •  Cope Area Career Center

December Rookie Teacher of the Month 
Kameryn Frazier  •  Vance-Providence Elementary School

Board Recognitions | December 12, 2023

November Employee of the Month
Curtis Keller • Sheridan Elementary School

November Rookie Teacher of the Month 
KeSean Harris • Whittaker Elementary School

Board Recognitions | November 14, 2023

OCSD celebrated the outstanding achievement of Edisto High School's Golden Ensemble percussion team by awarding them championship rings. The accolade was bestowed in recognition of their victory at the SCBDA Winter Ensemble competition.

October Employee of the Month
D'Ariel Walker • Brookdale Elementary School

October Rookie Teacher of the Month 
Elizabeth Johnson • Sheridan Elementary School

Board Recognitions | October 10, 2023

OCSD recognized Marcus Johnson, owner of Nissan of Orangeburg who received the South Carolina School Board Associations Champion for Public Education Award in recognition of his outstanding community service and unwavering dedication to the district. Celebrated National Principals Month by honoring our exceptional principals. Welcomed Dr. Lorraine Peeples as she took her oath and joined the OCSD Board of Trustees as a new member.

September Employee of the Month
Ann-Marie Roberts-Chai • Robert E. Howard Middle School

September Rookie Teacher of the Month 
Justin McKie • Bethune-Bowman Middle/High School

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Board Recognitions | September 12, 2023

From Holly Hill Elementary School:
Johan Bevins, Jade Green, Addison Hall, and Melanie Holman – 2nd Place in Living Literature
Johan Bevins, Lauren Jenkins, Aariel Lambright, and Lilah Lupton – 6th Place in Quiz Bowl
Morgan Brown – 8th Place in Painting
Maliyah Fleming, Caidence Green, Jade Green, Addison Hall, Melanie Holman, Aariel Lambright, Kalayja Owens, and Jaylyn White – 8th Place in Group Talent
From Lockett Elementary School:
Lizzie Boan – 8th Place in Solo, Duo, Trio Dancers
2nd place in Beta Serves Louisville for the number of school supply items donated
From Edisto Elementary School:
Kevin Washington – 3rd Place in Hand-Drawn Anime Competition
From St. James-Galliard Elementary School:
Kimora Jackson and Ivyonna Jamision – 3rd Place in Performing Arts Elementary - Solo, Duo, Trio – Dancer
2nd place in Beta Serves Louisville for the number of school supply items donated, spearheaded by student Avaeh Pratt

August Employee of the Month
Cathy Huger • Holly-Hill Roberts Middle School   

August Employee of the Month
Gervaris Wearing • Holly-Hill Roberts Middle School

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Board Recognitions | August 15, 2023

OCSD celebrated our School Resource Officers for their unwavering dedication to creating safe and nurturing learning environments. Holly Hill Little Theatre represented by Mrs. Teresa Hinnant donated $12,000 to OCSD at the August Board Meeting.

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