Killian Elementary School's faculty, staff and students erupted in joyous cheers and shouts Tuesday night as principal Eric Brown accepted the Palmetto's Finest Schools award on behalf of the Richland 2 school.
"Abraham Lincoln once said commitment is what transforms promise into reality," Brown said. "We know that we have to be committed to bring our A-game to school every day."
Killian, located on Clemson Road, was the only Midlands school to claim the 2010 honor from the S.C. Association of School Administrators and its partner, Carolina First bank.
Three Upstate schools - Woodland Heights Elementary School in Spartanburg 6, and Riverside Middle School and Wade Hampton High School, both in Greenville County - emerged as winners from a pool of 13 finalists.
Those finalists, which this year included Richland 2's Dent Middle and Kelly Mill Middle schools, were winnowed from a group of 30. The 13 underwent rigorous examination and two on-site visits and were hailed for their efforts.