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Lexington County School District One • Issue 148 • July 8, 2021

Talley earns prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to Dr. Gloria Talley, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.


Talley, who recently retired from Lexington District One after serving 11 years as the district’s chief academic officer, has 46 years of public education experience. She joined the district in 2010, after serving as deputy superintendent for teaching and learning for DeKalb County School District in Decatur, Georgia. Her illustrious career includes serving public education on a school, district and regional level, from working as an English teacher to serving as director of the Leading Educational Achievement in Districts program for the Southern Regional Education Board. 


Each year, up to three administrators receive the prestigious SCASA award, which recognizes the lifetime achievement of veteran administrators. Award recipients must show evidence of outstanding leadership as an educational administrator; a record of service and leadership as a member of SCASA and its affiliates; community service not directly related to the education profession; and service to the profession above and beyond normal job responsibilities.  


Click here to read more about Talley’s educational experience

Gloria Talley photo

RBHS students preserve history with cemetery restoration

Tucked away in the woods on the campus of River Bluff High School is a piece of South Carolina history. 


Before it was home to RBHS, the grounds were the original home to Mount Zion AME Church, founded in 1857, and its cemeteries. While the church has relocated, the original cemeteries remain. After years of work led by RBHS Teacher Michael Burgess, several students were inspired to help in its restoration. Thanks to their work, one of the two cemeteries on the site has been designated a historical site.


These Gators plan to continue the beautification and restoration of the original Mount Zion AME Church home by restoring another older cemetery, possibly recreating the original church plot and encouraging future Gators to honor and preserve the past.


The cemetery is open to the public for touring from sunrise to sunset during the week.

Cemetery Restoration video

WKHS Robotics Club participates in STEM national advocacy program 

Robotics Club and STEM program photo

WK Robotics Team Members Emma Holsclaw and Ethan Siderman, and WKHS Teacher and WK Robotics Team Coach Cory Summerall meet with Gerald Regep (top left), staffer for Sen. Tim Scott, on the importance of robotics programs and STEM education in schools.

The White Knoll High School VEX Robotics Club, WK Robotics, was one of 15 teams from across the country selected to participate in the Student Association for STEM Advocacy or SASA, a national advocacy program for STEM.


Through the program, the team participated in a virtual training day to learn about the legislative branch of Congress, facts on STEM professions and the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Title IV-A legislation, which provides for high-quality education, especially in STEM programs and extracurricular activities.


In addition, team members Emma Holsclaw and Ethan Siderman, and WKHS Teacher and Robotics Team Coach Cory Summerall met staff members from Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Tim Scott and Representative Joe Wilson’s offices. Team members used the meetings to promote the WKHS robotics club, explain how robotics has influenced their post secondary interests, and advocate for STEM programs and robotics programs in schools. They also advocated for increased funding for extracurricular robotics teams locally and nationwide. 

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