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On March 17, 2016, the third annual "State Championship of Academics" was held in Laurens, SC.  The Academic Challenge winners (middle and high schools) from the Pee Dee Education Center  competed against the winners from the Olde English Consortium, Western Piedmont Consortium, and the midlands group. 

For the second year in a row, Lake View High School is State Champion of Academics, Division II.



Congratulations to all teams and coaches!!

To view the Academic Challenge Regular Season and Tournament results,  click on the Academic Challenge Link above.

A Proud Tradition  
A Confident Future

The Pee Dee Education Center was formed in 1967 to provide services to its member school districts.  Current membership includes Chesterfield County Schools; Clarendon Districts 1, 2, & 3; Darlington County Schools; Dillon Districts 3 & 4; Florence Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5; Lee County Schools; Marion County Schools; Marlboro County Schools;  Williamsburg County Schools; Coker College, and Francis Marion University.

The Center provides such programs as Project SHARE which serves low incidence disabled students in the host sites of Darlington County Schools and Florence School District One. 

The Center  promotes hiring of minority teacher candidates by sponsoring several loans each year to worthy minority students who are going to college and major in Education.  Upon graduation, if the student returns to the Pee Dee region to teach, the loan is paid by the school district.

High School and Middle School Academic Challenges are sponsored by the Center as well as the regional Spelling Bee, The Junior Scholars' Recognition Program,  and the FMU Math Tournament.

The Center also provides PowerSchool Training for member districts.




On February 22, 2016, from a field of approximately 40 of the top spellers in the Pee Dee area, REBECCA LIU, an eighth grade student from Williams Middle School prevailed.  REBECCA won several prizes including an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for the National Spelling Bee.  Congratulations to her for representing the Pee Dee area successfully. This is the second year in a row that Rebecca has won this event.  In fact, the runner up this year (below) is the same as last year too.

 ABBY RICHBURG, 7th grader from Manning Junior High School was runner up. Congratulations to ABBY as well.

There were some 34 Rounds of words with both of these young ladies playing the last 22 or so with just them on stage.



Serving Pee Dee
School Districts, Coker College, and
Francis Marion University

To Contact Us:

Dr. Keith Callicutt, co-director, Administration

Dr. Cleo Richardson, co-director, Education

520 Francis Marion Rd.
Florence, SC 29506-4701

Phone:   843-661-1816


For specific driving directions to 520 Francis Marion Rd.  Florence, SC go to


KEY DATES (16-17):

Math Tournament:  Dec. 6, 2016

Pee Dee Regional Spelling Bee:  Feb. 6, 2017

Middle School AC Tournament: February 18, 2017

High School AC Tournament:  March 4, 2017


State AC Tournament:

(tentative date)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

location to be determined


  Junior Scholars' Program:  April 3, 2017




Last Modified, December 12, 2016

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