Camden High School in Kershaw County and Fairfield Magnet School for Math & Science in Fairfield County were among five schools statewide named 2014 Palmetto’s Finest Award winners Wednesday.
The annual selection by the S.C. Association of School Administrators recognizes student achievement and includes an intensive application process with a self-evaluation, peer reviews and on-site examinations.
Other schools honored this year were Midland Elementary and Forestbrook Middle, both in Horry County, and Okatie Elementary in Okatie, Beaufort County.
Teachers, students, school supporters and education leaders gathered at their respective schools Wednesday to learn which ones would take the top honors.
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This year marked the third time in seven years that a Kershaw County school has received the award. Lugoff-Elgin Middle School was named a Palmetto’s Finest Award winner in 2009 and Doby’s Mill Elementary received the honor in 2007.
“To have three of our schools earn this prestigious award in seven years illustrates the outstanding schools that we have in Kershaw County,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan.
“This is a great day for Camden High School and our whole community.”