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The Darlington County School District and its schools celebrated recently the honorees for the 2024 STAND Awards program. One student from each school earned the honor for always displaying exemplary character and taking a “STAND” against illicit drug use.

The annual STAND Awards – “Students Taking Action, Not Drugs” - recognized 21 students through a virtual ceremony shared on the school district’s YouTube channel, social media accounts and website. Principals, guidance counselors and teachers each spoke about the winning students chosen from their respective schools, explaining why these exceptional winners deserved the honor.


2024 DHS JROTC Leadership Team

The Darlington High School (DHS) JROTC Leadership Team, comprising students Haley Gehrke, Kayden Leonard, Marley Robinson, Kevin Sessoms, Reva Britt, and Senior Army Instructor 1SG Bondre Carter, has earned a prestigious position in the U.S. Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship.  

Taking place on the campus of Catholic University of America from June 16–20 in Washington, DC, the JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship is sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and organized by the College Options Foundation. The accomplishment by the DHS JROTC Leadership Team is a first in school history.


Carlita King, Darlington County School District’s (DCSD) assistant superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, announced her retirement this week, according to the school district. King, who has served as Assistant Superintendent since 2013, will retire at the end of the school year.

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Registration for new and returning students for the 2024-25 school year will open Monday, May 6, according to the Darlington County School District (DCSD). Registration must be completed by June 28, 2024, to guarantee bus transportation during the first two weeks of school.

Janice Dargan

Janice Dargan will be the new principal of Thornwell School for the Arts (TSA). The Darlington County Board of Education voted during its May 13 meeting to approve the hire at the superintendent’s recommendation.
Dargan, who is currently a master mentor teacher at TSA, brings 13 years of experience as a teacher and administrator to the position. She arrived at TSA during the current school year after serving as principal and chief academic officer for Virtus Academy of South Carolina in Florence.

Alexis Jeppson

Alexis Jeppson, a senior at Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology (MHS), earned a coveted appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Jeppson will join the elite school in late June as a member of the Class of 2028.