Celebration of Excellence in education

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Each year in February, we celebrate the top 10% academically of the graduating seniors in Lexington County School District One. Our 2018 event was held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at the Brookland Banquet and Conference Center. We honored 165 seniors that night from all five Lexington One high schools — Gilbert, Lexington, Pelion, River Bluff and White Knoll — who were inducted into the Old English Society by the Educational Foundation’s chair, Simeon Bryant.

White Knoll High School served as the host school, so the chosen speaker, Floyd White, was a 2007 WKHS graduate who is now Assistant Principal at Dutch Fork High School.

The Foundation leaders were extremely grateful to the many sponsors of this year’s event, which included Duff & Childs, LLC attorneys and counselors at law; Jumper Carter Sease Architects; and an Anonymous friend as lead Diamond level sponsors; 12 Platinum sponsors; 25 Gold level sponsors, 23 Silver level sponsors and 3 college sponsors. The generosity from our event sponsors made it possible for the Foundation to invite the honored students and two guests at no cost to the family.

Please know that the 2019 Celebration will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. This event is always by Invitation Only, since the senior class ranking determines the event guest list. (Save the Date cards are mailed in late Fall to qualifying students, while official invitations are mailed in January each year.) We welcome sponsors of this event and if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact
Julie Anderson Washburn at 803-821-1008 or via email. It’s only through the generosity of many that we can continue to offer this very special event to the top students in our graduating classes. Many thanks to our 2018 Celebration Sponsors!

2018 Celebration


This event would not be possible without the generous financial support provided by local businesses and friends. Contact the Educational Foundation staff if you are interested in sponsoring the celebration!





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