Weekly News

SC TOY 19-20

SC Teacher of the Year Parade in honor of Ms. Chanda Jefferson

On last Wednesday, May 8th, 2019, history was made for Fairfield County School District with the announcement of Ms. Chanda Jefferson as the 2020 South Carolina Teacher of the Year (SC TOY). District personnel, students, state and local officials, and the community lined both sides Highway 321 to celebrate having the SC TOY from Fairfield Central High School. The parade was led by Chief Seibles followed by the JROTC Color-guard from Fairfield Central High School. Also included were elected officials, FCSD Board of Trustees, Superintendent Dr. JR Green, Principal Swilley, Ms. Jefferson and the Science Department, all district teachers of the year for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, and the Golden Griffin Marching Band. Also celebrated in this parade were our 17 graduates of Midlands Technical College who graduated on May 8th with Associate Degrees in Science and /or General Studies Certificates one month before receiving their high school diplomas. Ms. Jefferson is all about teachers and students and the parade was designed with her vision in mind. Monday was truly a great day in Fairfield County.....

FCHS Track Coaches and Player
Story by: Jordan DoveStudent Journalist

Griffins on the Track

On Saturday, May 11th, our track & field team headed to Spring Valley High School to compete in the South Carolina High School League State Championship. The Griffins represented Fairfield Central High School with PRIDE, gained some hardware, and set personal records. Krishayla Boyd earned two bronze medals in the 100m and 200m dash and finished 5th place in the 400m. Our girls 4x100m Relay Team, consisting of Anaya Peay, Tanisha English, Karis Davis, and Krishayla Boyd, placed 5th overall. Our boys 4x800m Relay Team, consisting of Malik Coleman, Malik Beaver, Sammie Robinson and Ryusei Takahashi “TK”, finished 8th in their first appearance at the State Meet. We are so proud of all of our student athletes and look forward to more accomplishments next year. We also thank our coaches, Coach Banks-Gideon, Coach Aliyah Miller, Coach R. Harrison, and Coach E. Vergas, for an awesome season preparing our Griffins.....

FCHS 2019-2020 Staff of the Year
Story by: Gerell LawhorneStory Journalist

A Salute to Educators: Fairfield Central High School

Fairfield Central High School (FCHS) recently named the featured staff for 2019-2020 school year. Ms. Crystal Whitaker, was selected as the Teacher of the Year, Mr. Jonathan Durant was named the Rookie of the Year, and Mrs. Vanessa Miller was honored as the Classified Staff of the Year. After speaking with each individual, they all have one thing in common: the feeling of being honored. Ms. Whitaker stated “It’s a tremendous honor to have this title because I work with a really great group of teachers and everybody is doing wonderful things in their classrooms. After I had two amazing Social Studies teachers in school,......

FMSMS Art Students
Story by: Kimi DalyArt Teacher

FMSMS Arts Round

Honors Artists from Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science have been working hard this year researching subjects and community concerns and then illustrating their thoughts visually with drawings and paintings. Many awards have come out of their artistic ventures. Taking concepts of perspective and proportion, these art students sketched ideas using art elements and principles they have learned in my art class. Myah McMillan, 5th grade artist, won $500.00 first prize for her amazing ENERGY BOOK which she authored and illustrated. Her “Energy Enlightenment” book included information about SC electric cooperatives, energy efficiency, and helping others in her community learn about conservation. She won first place and $50.00 for Fairfield County Electric Co-Op level. Then her book......

FMS 2019-2020 Staff of the Year
Story by: Terrene HarrisContributor

A Salute to Educators: Fairfield Middle School

The 2019-2020 Fairfield Middle School Teacher of the Year is 8th Grade Social Studies teacher, Mr. Craig Jelks. Mr Jelks is a graduate of Howard University (Bachelor of Arts), Columbia University (Master of Arts), and has studied abroad at the University of Oxford in England. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing the saxophone, and chasing his two-year old daughter. In a few days, Mr. Jelks and his wife will be welcoming a second daughter to their family. When asked why he decided to become a teacher, Mr. Jelks said “To be candid, I never grew up wanting to become a teacher. I wanted to be a lawyer. “He’s GUILTY......

Fairfield Magnet School 2019-2020 Staff of the Year
Story by: Terrene HarrisContributor

A Salute to Educators: Fairfield Magnet School

The 2019-2020 Classified Person of the Year for Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science is Mr. Sammy Allen Cornelius. He was born in Winnsboro, South Carolina. He is the son of Mary Alice Cornelius, and the late Sammy Barber, Geraldine and James Seibles. He graduated from Fairfield Central High and continued his education at Denmark Technical College with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Sammy is an entrepreneur and a gifted man of many talents with an ear for music. He started playing the drums at the age of three and the guitar at the age of four and later played the piano at the age of fifteen. He now plays the Keytar (Electronic Saxophone). His entrepreneurship started over 25 years ago by becoming the owner and operator of Fresh Cuts Barbershop. He is a.......

Story by: Terrene HarrisContributor

Senior Spotlight 5/17

Mrs. Arnetha B. Johnson

Mrs. Arnetha Johnson is the wife of the late Dea. Wardell J. Johnson, Sr. They were married for 56 years before his passing. Because of the importance of her helping her husband to raise their six children, Donald Johnson, Geraldine Squirewell, Margaret Moore, Wardell J. Johnson, Jr., Floyd S. Johnson, and Dr. Janet Johnson-Hunter, Deacon Johnson chose not to let his wife work outside the home. Mrs. Arnetha worked tirelessly to take care of her children and husband. She loved her job and over the years helped to raise other children as well. She is blessed with six grandchildren, Darrell Squirewell, Credic Squirewell, Sr., Derrick Moore, Nicklous Moore, Sr., Rita Johnson and Natasha Johnson and six great grandchildren, Zhavin Squirewell, Izaiah Squirewell, Credic Squirewell, Jr., Simone Squirewell, Nicklous L. Moore, Jr. and Robert L. Moore. She is indeed the epitome of a virtuous woman and everyone that knows her can’t help but love her. In the last five years her children have had the privilege of during more for their momma and have noticed how strong in the Lord she has become. She doesn’t let most things in life bother her or quench her sweet spirit. She has the patience of Job and she is smiling all the time. Because of her warm and friendly way about herself, everyone wants to be around her to talk, give her a hug, or just to be in her presence.