State of the Schools 2018

5 years ago

creating a New Norm 

The Honorable

Molly Spearman, 

South Carolina Superintendent of Education

was keynote speaker for the 2018 State of the Schools event on February 2.  Spearman noted the importance of a community's educational system being a combined effort of the community, parents, grandparents, officials, and businesses. 


Mrs. Spearman concluded by sharing her musical talent on piano and singing "What a Wonderful World".



Students at the middle and high school level had the opportunity to submit an entry into the essay writing competition.  Entries were required to be 750-1,000 words based on the theme of "Creating a New Norm".   One overall winner was selected from middle school and one overall winner was selected from high school.  The winning essays were read at the February 2 event.  Winners received a gift card and certificate. 

Middle School Level Winner

Bayley Burns 

7th Grade Student 

Laurens Middle School

High School Level Winner

Marigordon Varner

11th Grade Student

Laurens District 55 High School 

Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters delivered the State of the Schools message highlighting the financial success of the district, academic improvements, and vision for the future.   

Alex Paden and Trevor Madden served as emcees for the event.  Alex is LDHS Ladies Club President.  Trevor is LDHS Gentlemen's Club President.    

Student artwork was displayed and sold through a silent auction process.  Each item was unique to the creator's style and imagination.  


Orchestra students delighted attendees with beautiful music.  





5 years ago

PLATINUM ($1,000 or more)


Founders Federal Credit Union

Laurens County Branch NAACP

Taylor Boys Produce

Martin Brothers Construction Co., Inc.

Piedmont Rural Telephone Cooperative

Certified Security Systems

Laurel Hill Baptist Church


GOLD ($500-$999)

Sanders Alumni Association

Laurens County Water & Sewer Commission

Jim Buracchio

First Baptist Church of Laurens

Craig Little/AMT

City of Laurens

Laurens Electric Cooperative

Edward Murray

Supply Works

SILVER ($250-$499)

Rebecca Lea Severin


Laurens Commission of Public Works

Kelly Services

Vision Screenprinting & Graphics, Inc.

Palmetto Heritage Real Estate

Laurens County Economic Development Corporation

Susan Bryant/Indexx Printing

United Community Bank, Inc. 

BRONZE ($125-$249)

Amanda Munyan/Laurens County Chamber of Commerce

Bill Baldwin/Baldwin Automotive

Susan Calhoun-Ware

The Honorable Mark Willis

Marcus Cheeks

David Hardy

Sharon Hoyle

Holland-Haven Rentals

Sanders Middle School PTA



Cary Nobles/Farmer's Furniture

The Honorable Daniel Verdin

Laurens Drug Company

Marchall Davis/Chick-fil-A of Laurens

Aeriel County

State of the Schools 2017

5 years ago

Laurens 55 extends a sincere THANK YOU to all who contributed to the State of the Schools Luncheon and Fundraiser!  The January 24 event would not have been possible without the support from the Laurens community. 


Program Emcees - Jamoya Hunter, LDHS LC President; Hykheem Williams, LDHS GC President

LDHS Strings Quartet

 Sheriff Reynolds and SRO Patterson were among the guests.

Dr. Irvin Scott, Harvard Graduate School of Education was the keynote speaker. 

Director of Administrative Services Edward Murray presented a gift card to Emily Owens, the middle school division winner in the All Hands on Deck essay contest.  Shaun Kuehn's essay won first place in the high school division. 

 Ford Elementary School Principal Zakaria Watson had a special guest join him at the event.

Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters presented a report on the State of the Schools.