This Week

Pomp and Circumstance 2023: May 25, 2023

Class of 2023: Earning $25,786,071 in Scholarships

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*344 HOPE Scholarship Recipients

*263 LIFE Scholarship Recipients

*53 Palmetto Fellows

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Pictured above are South Florence's Desire' Johnson, Connor Denny, Amelia Sprawls, Breanna Blocker, Alex Lauderdale, Trokel Prew, Adelaide Sprawls, and Aydin Palmer.

*227 Board of Trustees Scholars

*160 Double-Cord Graduates

*255 Single Cord Graduates

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Pictured above are West Florence's Emily Cagle, Hannah Fuson, Darren Lloyd, Monica Schenk, Eva Morris, and Bryson Graves.

*15 Military Cord Graduates

*10 SC Achievement Honors

*50 International Baccalaureate Graduates

*Click here for an explanation of honor cords, scholarships and listed above: Graduation Cords and Honors Earned by the Florence 1 Schools Class of 2023.
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Pictured above are Wilson High School's Leigh Detalo, Dawson Young, Jara Davis, Denim Johnson

Maleik McKithen, Lauren Gaskins, Curtis James, Jayden Ackerson, Zandae Butler and Emmanuel Rueda.

Meet the 2023 Salutatorians

Jennings Douglas Thompson - Parents: Jason and Amy Thompson - College Plans: Anderson University - Future Field of Study: Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre

Elora Sakura Osaki - Parents: Natalie Osaki and Eliya Osaki - College Plans: Honors College, Clemson University - Future Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering

Eliza Parrott - Parents: Melissa and Brian Parrott - College Plans - Honors College, College of Charleston - Future Field of Study: History, ultimate pursuing a career teaching history at the college level

Meet the 2023 Valedictorians

Amelia Frances Sprawls - Parents: Walton and Cecelia Sprawls - College Plans: Anderson University - Future Field of Study: Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Concentration in Digital Media; Double minor in Spanish and Political Science

Jacob Alexander - Parents: Kim and JC Alexander - College Plans: Georgia Institute of Technology - Future Field of Study: Aerospace Engineering

Lauren Gaskins - Parents: Marianne and Robert Gaskins - College Plans: Clemson University Honors College - Future Field of Study: Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Technical German


Florence 1 Schools will stream 2023 graduation ceremonies. Watch the live 2023 streams here.

Florence 1 Schools Celebrates Outstanding Athletes

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F1S 2022-2023 Athletes of the Year

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Jordyn Perry of West Florence High, Florence 1 Schools Female Athlete of the Year; LaNorris Sellers, South Florence High, Florence 1 Schools Male Athlete of the Year

Students Complete Transition to Work Program

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The Project Search Transition-to-Work Program is a unique, business-led, one-year employment, student-preparation program that takes place entirely in the workplace.

Again during this school year, Florence 1 Schools partnered with McLeod Regional Medical Center (Florence), Pee Dee AHEC, South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department, and the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs to implement the fourth year of the Project Search McLeod Program.

Through this collaboration, the award-winning Project Search Program held its fourth graduation ceremony, celebrating the preparation of the following students (pictured above left to right):

Tyreq Myers, Jiangmei He, Addison Fike , Zyria Williams, and Tariq Steels.

Flying High with Advantage Academy's Aviation Program

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West Florence High School student Jack Wilson (pictured right) completed the Aviation Program at Advantage Academy and received his private pilot's license. To learn more about programs at Advantage Academy, click here: Advantage Academy.

National Teacher Associates Making Final Rounds

National Teacher Associates: A Horace Mann Insurance Company, is on the brink of completing check presentations to the 2022-2023 Teachers of the Year and Support Employees of the Year.

To date, the NTA has distributed over $8,000 in recognition to teachers and staff in Florence 1 Schools this year. "It has been a pleasure to recognize these employees, and they have been most appreciative," said NTA's Mendel Grayson Worksite Benefits Director. (Pictured are Lillie Carraway of Timrod (left) and Mary Griffin of NTA (right). Click here to view more NTA Presentations.

We Are Hiring!

Join the Florence 1 Schools family in the 2023-2024 school year as an English Teacher. We currently have vacancies at South Florence High School, Wilson High School, Southside Middle School, and West Florence High School. We are also seeking a Coordinator of English Language Arts. Use the link below to apply directly for the ELA Coordinator position or view our current English vacancies at

Coordinator of English Language Arts
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