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North Central High School selected as a finalist for Palmetto’s Finest Award

NCHS Palmettos FinestWednesday, January 18, 2023

North Central High School is one of ten schools from around the state selected as a finalist for the 2023 Palmetto’s Finest Awards. This selection comes after an extensive evaluation by a committee of fellow educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities and school culture.

“It is a great honor to be named a finalist for this prestigious award. I always enjoy showcasing our amazing students, teachers and staff at North Central. We’ve been through a lot over the last few years as a Knight family, and I think this recognition proves that together we have persevered and are Knight Strong,” says North Central High School Principal David Branham.  

Last fall, 19 South Carolina schools submitted a 20-page application followed by an onsite examination visit from a review committee. The ten finalists are currently undergoing a second onsite evaluation before the winners are selected this spring.

Each school will have the opportunity to celebrate with their local community, as the winners will be announced through a live stream to each finalist school on March 15, 2023.  

The other finalists include:
Lake Murray Elementary School, Lexington School District 1
Lake Murray Elementary School, Lexington-Richland School District 5
Batesburg-Leesville High School, Lexington School District 3
Clover High School, York School District 2 (Clover)
John W. Moore Middle School, Florence School District 1
Woodmont High School, Greenville County Schools
Carver Elementary Magnet School, Florence School District 1
Daniel Island School, Berkeley County Schools
Southwood Academy of the Arts, Anderson School District 5

The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) presents the awards each year to schools that offer the best in innovative, effective educational programs. The Palmetto’s Finest Award is celebrating its 43rd year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.

“We are excited to recognize some of the outstanding and innovative schools in South Carolina. They represent the many excellent school communities serving our state’s families,” said Beth Phibbs, SCASA Executive Director.

SCASA, the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, has more than 5,000 members. From professional development opportunities and research to publications and legislative advocacy, SCASA’s focus is to support school leaders in providing the best possible education for South Carolina’s young people. As a state affiliate of three national associations for school leaders, SCASA also works on the national level.

Becky Bean
(803) 432-8416 ext. 1229