Today's Update

Florence 1 Schools: Thursday, May 28, 2020

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Congratulations to the Florence 1 Schools Classes of 2020

The Third in a Series of Three Day Salutes: Part 3

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This is day three of the tributes to the graduating classes of 2020.

The West Florence High School graduation ceremony is scheduled to be held on Friday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m. at the Florence Center. You are invited to view the West Florence High graduation ceremonies on the Florence 1 Schools Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

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West Florence High School - Class of 2020

Total Amount in Scholarships - $10,280,462

Total Number of Graduates - 420

Board of Trustees Scholars - 109 (GPA: 4.5 and higher)

Double Cord Graduates - 69 (GPA: 4.0 - 4.999)

Single Cord Graduates - 116 (GPA: 3.00 - 3.999)

Life Scholarship Winners - 120

Palmetto Fellows - 20

Di'Onna McFadden, West Florence High School Valedictorian

Di’Onna McFadden is the daughter of Mike and Veronica McFadden of Florence, SC, where she was born and raised. She is the youngest of three children.

Her parents instilled in her the importance of hard work and determination. They taught her that through Christ, anything is possible.

While at West Florence, Di'onna served as a member of the Beta Club (Secretary), National Honor Society, PEARLS, and the Biomedical Science Club where she was part of the first class of Biomedical Science completers. She was also a member of the Health Careers class at McLeod and has maintained all A’s in her classes.while participating in countless hours of community service projects..

For the past three summers, she was a junior volunteer at MUSC Health of Florence. Di’Onna has received several scholarships and awards.She is a Board of Trustees Scholar and is a Palmetto Fellows honoree.

A recipient of several scholarships and awards, D'ionna plans to attend the University of South Carolina and major in Exercise Science major. Her ultimate career goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Sara Catherine McCown, West Florence High School Salutatorian

Sarah was born and raised in Florence, South Carolina. Her parents are Sam and Heather McCown. She is a member of Central United Methodist Church and is an active member of her youth group.

She ran varsity track at West Florence for 4 years and represented the United States in the International Children's Games, an Olympic sanctioned event. Sarah represented West Florence at Palmetto Girls State last summer. She is a member of the National Honor Society, PEARLS, and Club Knight Nation. She is also President of the Beta Club. Her senior year, Sarah co-ran the student led Twitter account that chose themes for football and basketball games and helped encourage school spirit.

Next year Sarah will be attending Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University. She received Palmetto Fellows, Presidential Scholarship, ARAMARK Endowed Scholarship, and the Clemson Palmetto Pact Scholarship. She is majoring in Health Sciences and hopes to attend MUSC in the future to pursue a career in the medical field. She enjoys running, hiking, and spending time outdoors.

Click below to view the West Florence High School Class of 2020 Senior Class Video

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The Plan for Graduation Ceremonies in Case of Rain

School and administrative staff are closely monitoring weather conditions. The plan is to proceed with graduation as scheduled. If there is rain that may prohibit the ceremony from beginning at 10:00 am but has a chance of clearing within a short time, a rain delay will be implemented.

In case of a rain delay, the ceremony will start no later than 11:30 am. However, if it is raining and if the forecast dictates rain throughout the entire morning, the staff will make the call to cancel the ceremony for the scheduled date, and it will be rescheduled to the first available make-up date, either June 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.

All announcements about rain delay or cancellation will be communicated as soon as possible and will be announced at the ceremony, sent through the F1S app, and posted on social media. If the ceremony is cancelled and moved to a make-up date, guests must use the same ticket that was issued for admission to the ceremony and are asked not to discard the ticket if the initial ceremony is cancelled.