Communication. The time is right to put together a blog for our Spartanburg Two District family: employees, parents, community and students. The purpose will be to provide some background and insight into decisions, programs, and philosophy surrounding circumstances that are impacting what we do in providing an outstanding education for the students of Boiling Springs and Chesnee. You are invited to check in periodically to see what the superintendent is thinking. You are also encouraged to contact me with your questions and suggestions; email is generally the best avenue. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday, the Kiwanis Clubs of Spartanburg and Boiling Springs recognized Terrific Kids of the Year from across the county at their annual luncheon. Each of Spartanburg Two’s nine participating schools selected a student to represent them at the gathering. In all, 55 schools were represented at the luncheon.
There to cheer on our students were principals, parents and district administration, including Superintendent Dr. Scott Mercer.
Below is a list of the District’s Terrific Kids of the Year:
Julia Weisner, BSES
Anastasiya and Zaryana Kunitsa, BSIS
Haylee Miller, C-FG
Jesus Ponce, CES
Vanessa Cholak, CS-F
Cassie Luipold, HES
Laikyn Westmoreland, MES
Kinsley O’Dell, OES
Abril Ramirez-Labra, SCES
Chesnee High School’s Collin Huskey has won regional and state level scholarships for his artwork (pictured below). Huskey’s work is now headed to the National level of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Young American Patriotic Contest. So far, Huskey has earned $250 in scholarship money because of his outstanding work.
Collin's AP Art Teacher, Jennifer McKinney, said she is very proud of him.
"His hard work proves what a talented young man he is," McKinney said. "I cannot wait to see what he does in the future."
At Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting, Mr. Johnny Jackson was appointed to fill the position of outgoing Board member David Sereque, who recently moved out of the district. The Board unanimously approved Mr. Jackson’s appointment.
Mr. Jackson comes to Spartanburg Two with a background in education and the private sector.
Mr. Jackson taught math in District 2 for several years after graduating college and he recently retired as Senior Pastor of White Hall Independent Methodist Church in Inman. Currently, he is the general manager of the Liberty-Chesnee-Fingerville Water District.
Mr. Jackson’s wife Joetta was also an educator. She retired from District 2 after teaching elementary school for more than 30 years.
“I have a genuine interest in the students, faculty and families of District 2 and in continuing to improve our District,” Jackson said after his appointment.
At the conclusion of Monday’s Board meeting, Mr. Sereque was recognized by superintendent Dr. Scott Mercer for his more than five years of service to the Spartanburg Two community. Mr. Sereque received a long round of applause from fellow Board members and those in attendance.
Mr. Jackson will be sworn into his new position at the next Board meeting on May 9.
Mr. Gowdy also gave students two important pieces of advice; learn everything you can and be nice to everyone you meet.
During spring break the Chesnee High School Orchestra won first place in the OrlandoFest competition in Florida. Click here to read more about their wonderful achievement.
Also during the break, Boiling Springs High School and Swofford Career Center student Colin Henson wowed with his talents in the Skills USA Internetworking Competition held at Greenville Tech. Click here to read more about Colin’s impressive efforts.