Mayo High Principal Arlene Wallace named Educator of the Year by Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce

Mayo High School Principal Arlene Wallace named Educator of the Year by Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce
Posted on 02/05/2016
Arlene WallaceDARLINGTON, S.C. – The Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce honored Arlene Wallace, principal of Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology, as the 2016 Educator of the Year on Thursday. Jubilant and surprised, Wallace accepted the award during the chamber’s annual banquet at the Darlington Country Club.

Dr. Eddie Ingram, Darlington County School District superintendent, praised Wallace’s ability to inspire positivity and diligence in those around her.

“Arlene brings an infectious level of enthusiasm to her school every day,” Ingram said. “That leadership motivates anyone who spends only a few minutes with her. We congratulate Arlene on her accomplishments. We also thank the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce for recognizing the impact she has in the lives of our students.”

Darlington High School science teacher Dona Jo Brown, the 2015 Educator of the Year, presented Wallace the award.

“I am honored to even be considered for this award, much less to actually be selected as the recipient,” Wallace said. “I am grateful to the chamber for their recognition but more importantly for their support. I love working with our county’s students, parents, educators and businesses. At Mayo, our motto is ‘Hard Work Pays Off.’ It is the hard work the students put in that allowed me to be considered for this distinguished award.”

The Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce also recognized several others Thursday night who have connections to the Darlington County School District.

B.J. Goodson, a 2011 graduate of Lamar High School, was honored as the Future Business Leader of the Year. Goodson attends Clemson University and plays football for the Clemson Tigers. In January he played in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship. The chamber selected Goodson for the award because of his continued support of and involvement in the Lamar community.

Gloria Pridgen, a Mayo High School graduate, was chosen as Citizen of the Year. Pridgen has served as the city of Darlington’s clerk and treasurer for many years.

Jimmy Newsom, a former superintendent of the Darlington County School District, was honored with the chamber’s Lifetime Achievement award.

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