From kindergarten to graduation, they never missed even one day
By Bobby Bryant, Editor
Imagine not missing a day of school for a year. Now multiply that by 12. Two graduating seniors in the Darlington County School District made that grade. Jarell Quintin Williams, who just graduated from Darlington High School, and Caleb Alan Poole, who just received a diploma from Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology, never missed a day of school from kindergarten to commencement. The Darlington County School Board could not help but take notice at its regular meeting June 14. “The young lad from Mayo (Poole), they announced at the graduation that his mother and his two brothers also had perfect attendance,” said board member Thelma Dawson. Think about it. Poole and Williams were in school, never absent, since 2009 — the year Barack Obama began his first year as president, the year Michael Jackson died, and the year “Avatar” crushed box-office records. (Still waiting on those sequels.) The board also recognized four DCSD students for another rare feat: Earning all A’s for all 12 years of their careers in public schools. Hartsville High School claimed two of those seniors, Madilyn Johnson and Tillman Munson. A third, Effie Copeland, just graduated from Lamar High School. A fourth, Clarence “Clay” Ewing III, just finished Mayo. Johnson, Ewing and Copeland were valedictorians of their graduating classes.