Senior Honors Day at Sumter Central

The 2011-2012 school year was especially significant for Sumter Central High School.

This is the first graduating class from the school formed through the consolidation of Livingston High and Sumter County High.

The 2012 Senior Honors Day Program was a way to look back and reflect on everything the students were able to accomplish.

Principal Eric Hines described this first year at the new school.

"Mesmerizing. There were a lot of lofty expectations that were set for us. We far exceeded them," said Hines. "There were a lot of naysayers, but we've exceeded those also. We're just thankful that we've been able to do what we've been able to do by bringing two rival schools together. It has been great."

One of those expectations Hines himself set for the senior class, to be offered $1 million dollars in total scholarship money. The senior class exceeded that, being offered over $2 million in scholarships.

Superintendent Katie Jones-Powell attributes the seniors' success, and the success of the high school as a whole, to the administration's work to make sure the two united schools felt like one.

"We've worked really hard to make sure the students have a sense of pride in the school and that they are successful in whatever they endeavor to do in life," said Jones-Powell. "I think the student body can honestly say they've had a wonderful, wonderful year of learning, of blending, and getting to know each other."

The thoughts of the superintendent were echoed by the seniors.

"The work was maybe slightly more difficult, but as far as combining with the new students, I actually love my new classmates," said valedictorian Sylvia Turner. "I've made a lot of new friends."

The first commencement ceremony for Sumter Central will be on May 25.

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