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School District Five graduate inducted into James Francis Byrnes Society of Student Leaders

For Immediate Release – June 20, 2018


School District Five graduate inducted into James Francis Byrnes Society of Student Leaders


IRMO – Irmo High School graduate Callie Farrell is one of four students to be inducted into the James Francis Byrnes Society of Student Leaders.


Students who are nominated for the society show traits of “going above and beyond the call of duty.” The honor is named after Byrnes who is a former governor of South Carolina (1951-1955) and United States Senator (1931-1941). Historian George Mowry referred to Byrnes as “the most influential southern member of Congress between John Calhoun and Lyndon Johnson.


“Receiving this award was a great honor because it means that the staff at Irmo High School and the leaders of the Student Council Coalition thought my leadership over the four years I was at Irmo was worth recognizing,” Farrell said. “I am proud to be in the company of my fellow inductees who were exceptional leaders at their respective schools.”


Farrell and three other inductees were recognized at an awards luncheon earlier this year. She finished Irmo High with a 4.0 GPA and will enroll at the University of South Carolina in the fall where she plans to study communications.


“There are so many ways to describe Callie and what she has meant to Irmo High School, but the best one has to be leader,” said Carolyn Diaz, Irmo High teacher and student council sponsor. “She is a class act and has always set the bar so high.”


Irmo High School principal David Riegel was all smiles when asked about Farrell.


“Callie has been a model student leader here at Irmo High School and an inspiration for her peers,” Riegel said. Whether representing our school in activities outside the building or welcoming guests to our school, she has been the definition of Irmo Pride. Congratulations Callie! We can’t wait to see all the great things you will do as an Irmo alum.”


Farrell added, “The opportunities for leadership at Irmo High School and in the Irmo community have prepared me with a wide variety of experiences that I will carry with me during all of my future endeavors. I really appreciate my Irmo family for helping me be all I can be. Once a Yellow Jacket, always a Yellow Jacket!”