Graduates of Lexington-Richland School District Five's 2021 class earned more than $217 million in scholarships this school year. The awards for students from Chapin High, Dutch Fork High, Irmo High and Spring Hill High schools include both academic and athletic scholarships.
More than 1,200 School District Five students graduated during Jun. 18 and 19 ceremonies.
The scholarship amount represents awards at four-year, two-year and technical colleges and universities in South Carolina and other states. Scholarships included academic scholarships such as the Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship, Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, athletic awards and scholarships for leadership and community service.
Graduates from Lex-Rich Five high schools participated in commencement ceremonies before crowds of hundreds. Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton spoke to graduates on the importance of the day and their impact as they begin the next chapters of life.
“This class has proven to be resilient," Melton said. "This class has proven to be trailblazers during a world-wide health crisis, while also writing a new chapter of School District Five’s history. Educational researcher John Hattie’s quote 'Know Thy Impact' has been used by our district for three years as our mantra. Every moment, each of us chooses whether to have a positive impact, a negative impact or a neutral impact. Class of 2021, Know Thy Impact.”
School District Five principals and other graduation speakers also shared words of wisdom with graduates.