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WIS named National Blue Ribbon Award winner


U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced on Wednesday, September 28, that Waccamaw Intermediate School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. WIS is one of 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor. 

Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may apply for status as Exemplary High Performing—among the top schools in a state—or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing—schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Waccamaw Intermediate is being honored for both of these achievements.

“The Georgetown County School District family is very proud of this historic accomplishment by everyone at Waccamaw Intermediate School,” said Georgetown County School District Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier. “To win this less than 10 years after the school was built (2008) speaks well of the quality education provided at Waccamaw Intermediate School. This was achieved due to the hard work of students, staff, parents and community members. I could not be more proud of this accomplishment.”

Principal Dr. Tim Carnahan; Dr. Barbara Nesmith, assistant principal; Patti Hammel, executive director of Student Performance/Federal Programs; and Dozier will represent Waccamaw Intermediate at a two-day awards ceremony on November 7-8 in Washington, D.C.

Previous National Blue Ribbon Award winning schools in Georgetown County School District are Sampit Elementary (2005) and Brown’s Ferry Elementary (2006). 

For information about Waccamaw Intermediate School, please contact the school office at 843-237-7071 or For information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, please visit


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