"Nothing Could Be Finer..."

Boiling Springs Middle School 2015-16 Palmetto's Finest

An enthusiastic audience in the Boiling Springs Middle School auditorium celebrated the remote announcement via SCETV on March 15 that Boiling Springs Middle School is a 2015-16 Palmetto's Finest school, a designation bestowed on a select group of exemplary schools. Principal Penny Atkinson, student body president Lauryn Henderson, and student/past state Junior Beta Club president Drew Sellers accepted the pre-announcement finalist award from Dr. Quincie Moore, representing the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

Following the announcement, Mrs. Penny Atkinson beamed as she addressed the students, staff, and visitors: "It is an honor for us to have accomplished our goal of being named a Palmetto's Finest school. As a finalist for three years in a row, Boiling Springs Middle persevered in accepting the challenge of the intense application process followed by two visits from fellow South Carolina educators, growing each year during the process. I am honored to serve each day as the principal of BSMS, and I could not be prouder of our school community. Our staff, teachers, students, and parents have been committed to this journey every step of the way. They deserve to be Palmetto's Finest."

"We are extremely proud of the staff, students and parents of Boiling Springs Middle on the announcement of this outstanding award; they are an awesome, caring community of learners," remarked Superintendent Scott Mercer.

Spartanburg Two has been well represented in this program over the years: Boiling Springs High is a 1999-2000 Palmetto's Finest winner, and Oakland and Carlisle-Foster's Grove elementary schools as well as Boiling Springs Middle have been finalists since then.

Through the Palmetto's Finest program, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) recognizes a few South Carolina schools that offer excellent instruction and outstanding leaders, augmented by strong family and community involvement and a supportive business community.

The selection process includes a comprehensive review of a school's program, focusing on the key question, "What impact is this school making on the lives of students and the community, and is it deserving of the Palmetto's Finest Award?" Independent readers evaluate applications and recommend semifinalist schools for initial site visits. Members of the SCASA Palmetto's Finest Awards Committee visit the semifinalist schools and then return for a second visit to the small number of schools selected as finalists.