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School District Five receives three awards in National Poster Contest

For Immediate Release – April 11, 2019



School District Five receives three awards in National Poster Contest


IRMO – Three Lexington-Richland School District Five students won awards in the 2019 Magnet Schools of America Poster Contest.  School District Five received second place in all three category levels in the nationwide competition.


Caroline Moore, a fourth grader at Leaphart Elementary School STEAM Magnet, placed in the elementary school level, Justin Torres, a seventh grader at Irmo Middle School International Academic Magnet, placed in the middle school level, and Brice Kim, a senior at Irmo High School International School for the Arts, placed in the high school level.


The contest highlights and promotes magnet schools across the country.  This year students had the option to express or interpret one of the magnet school pillars or all five.  The pillars are: diversity, innovative curriculum & professional development, academic excellence, high-quality instructional systems, family and community partnerships.


“It is an honor to be congratulated for my efforts for this piece,” Brice Kim said.  “My inspiration for this piece was loosely based on the prompts for the contest: diversity and academic excellence. I hoped to bring together these ideas in a way that only I could, in order to create something that represents myself. The symbolism of fish shows these ideals.”


Students compete in one of three levels: elementary, middle and high school level. Online voting took place during National Magnet School Month in February. Voters selected the top five posters from each level. Students had to adhere to the theme as well as provide a clear and concise message. They also voted on originality and organization as well as the use of color and design.


"It is incredible that School District Five had three second place winners representing all three levels of the competition," said Sara Wheeler, School District Five Magnet Director.  "It shows that our magnet schools are inspiring our students to express themselves and the purpose of magnet schools through artwork.  Magnet schools serve such an important role in local communities because by creating specialized schools in districts, they draw students from all across the district and a wide array of backgrounds based on their interests."