Tigerville, SC - A gathering of the faculty, staff and students took place on this beautiful Wednesday at North Greenville University to celebrate the school’s 120th birthday at the Founder’s Day chapel service.

“Today is a special day,” said President Jimmy Epting as he welcomed students and faculty to the service.

This year’s speaker, Rev. Paul Jimenez, pastor of Taylors First Baptist Church, opened his message by asking the question, “What are the toughest challenges you’ve faced that are keeping you from your mission?”

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Tigerville, SC –For the nineteenth consecutive year, North Greenville University again welcomed the largest number of students in school history. A combined total of 2,451 undergraduate and graduate students began classes this fall; an increase of 44 students over last year. A school record 716 new students enrolled this year; an increase from 689 a year ago.

In addition, NGU welcomed 105 Palmetto Fellows Scholarship recipients, also a record number. These represent the very best academic students from South Carolina. Approximately 145 students anticipate graduation this December. 

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Greenville, SC – Eight Greenville County Schools will open on Wednesday, August 22 with new principals

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Dr-DeeDee-WashingtonDr. DeeDee Washington has been appointed Associate Superintendent for Academics for Greenville County Schools. Dr. Washington has served the education profession for more than 20 years, most recently as principal of Brushy Creek Elementary School. She previously served in administrative roles including curriculum facilitator, principal, and personnel director, as well as 10 years as a classroom teacher.

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Lead Academy, a local charter school catering to grades five through eight, welcomes new and returning students for the fall at their new location.  To accommodate enrollment growth, the school now operates out of the Upstate Circle of Friends building located on Ridgeway Drive in Greenville.

The school commemorated their success with a ribbon cutting ceremony this summer at the new facility. Representative Karl Allen and Greenville County Council Chairman, Butch Kirvin attended the ceremony, praising the school for their commitment to providing quality education opportunities to upstate children.

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In addition to naming Will Ragland, Woodmont High drama teacher, the 2012-13 Greenville County Teacher of the Year, Superintendent W. Burke Royster today announced two Emerging Teachers of the Year.

Angie Lewis, a third grade teacher at Skyland Elementary School, was named the Elementary Level Emerging Teacher of the Year, while Adrienne Johnston, Spanish teacher at Riverside Middle School, was named Secondary Level Emerging Teacher of the Year.

The Emerging Teachers of the Year Program, sponsored by Greenville Federal Credit Union, recognizes a second or third year teacher for outstanding performance. Each winner receives $500, a crystal award, and $500 for their school.

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Greenville County Schools Superintendent W. Burke Royster announced the selection of Will Ragland, a drama teacher at Woodmont High School, the 2012-13 Greenville County Teacher of the Year.

Sherryan Yarbrough, a kindergarten teacher at Blythe Academy of Languages, was named first runner-up; Rex Smith, a science teacher at League Academy of Communication Arts, was named second runner-up; and Abigail Cook, a chemistry teacher at Wade Hampton High, was named third runner-up.

Six other finalists were named in this year’s program that exemplifies the “best of the best” in Greenville County Schools. They are: Matt Critell, kindergarten, Fork Shoals School; Jillian Grimsley, fifth grade, Stone Academy of Communication Arts; Jessica Jackson, special education, West Greenville School; Brian Morgan, art, Duncan Chapel Elementary; Sara Newell, fifth grade, Sterling School; and Jennifer Valenti, eighth grade Spanish, Northwood Middle.

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