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Great year for Central High

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Starling reflects on successes

By Vanessa Tyson

Central High School Principal Dr. Judd Starling said the school has experienced another successful year.
“This has been a great year for the students and teachers of Central High School,” he said. “We have celebrated the success of athletics, academics and the arts.”
Starling reflected on “some of the awesome things that our staff and students have accomplished” during the 2016-17 school year.
Here are some of the year’s highlights:
◆ Central High received Bronze Medal recognition from U.S. News and World Report.
◆ Jose Palcios won the Superintendent’s Art Award.
◆ The drama club’s musical, “Oklahoma,” was nominated for a Blumey Award.
◆ The boys cross country team won the region championship.
◆ Trent Usher, former Eagles’ assistant football coach and defensive coordinator, was named Central High’s new football coach.
◆ LYQwayus Williams was selected to sing with the All-Carolina Select Choir at Wingate University.
◆ More than 150 participants turned out for the See You at the Pole prayer event.
◆ The school held its first College Decision Day on April 28.
◆ The school hosted over 200 senior citizens at its annual senior luncheon in December.
◆ The school installed an atmospheric station that was funded from Donor’s Choose grants.
◆ The Marine Corps JROTC was once again recognized as a Corps of Distinction.
◆ The band program has continued to grow and is now the largest in the county.

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Overcoming adversity
Starling said despite all of their achievements, the staff and student body have cried together in the losses of loved ones in the community.
He said they have banded together to support teachers, students and staff as they have battled illness and disasters in their lives.
“We have continued to ignore those that would say that our school is not a good school,” Starling said.
“We have continued to soar above the adversity and shock the world by showing them that Central High School is the best high school in South Carolina.”