Orangeburg County School District (OCSD) honored nearly 40 students during their annual Awards Banquet on November 2, 2022. The event was held at the Orangeburg County Library and Conference Center and celebrated elementary, middle, and high school students receiving perfect scores on the SCREADY assessment and End of Course Exams. The SCREADY assessment is a statewide assessment in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics administered to students in grades 3–8 as required by the Education Accountability Act. Likewise, the EOCEP assessment is a statewide assessment program of end-of-course tests for gateway courses awarded units of credit in English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Not only did this year’s banquet honor those with perfect scores, but it also provided an opportunity for student performers to showcase their talents. The prelude for the event was a medley of songs performed by the Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School Choir under the direction of Glenn Dixon. Another student performance was by Robert E. Howard Middle School Choir, directed by Kendrea Hodges. Lastly, directed by Michael McClain, the musical interlude during dinner was provided by the Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School Instrumental Ensemble.
The students were inspired to continue to strive for perfection and received affirmation that they could 'go to college' from Terrance Tucker. The founder of the T.U.CK Project, which stands for Together Uplifting Community Kids, Tucker’s mission is to partner with youth and empower them to create their own individual, dynamic life plans and support them in formulating and achieving their goals.
The banquet closed with motivating words from Superintendent Foster. He shared with the students that 'perfection is not attainable, but if they chase excellence, they will catch perfection.' He further emphasized to the students, "you are perfect, you are excellent, and I am sincerely grateful to be able to call you a student of Orangeburg County School District.”
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