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Aiken High Dedicates Hallways to Former Educators

Former educators were honored Wednesday during a ceremony at Aiken High School.

During the second Hallways of Fame ceremony, former Aiken High educators Joseph Laorenza and Joe Wilson were honored with hallways dedicated to their memories.

Laorenza was a music teacher and band director at the school as well as a professional jazz musician.

Wilson taught agriculture and was a lifelong member of the Future Farmers of America.

Both men served in the U.S. Air Force.

“The purpose of today’s event is to celebrate two men who dedicated their time and services and left their legacy here at Aiken High,” said Assistant Principal George Pope.

Special guest speaker, Judge Courtney Clyburn Pope, shared her thoughts on what it means to be a leader.

“What is a leader? A leader as defined in the dictionary is someone who leads or commands a group, or organization, or even a country,” she said. “However, we know that a leader is also someone who inspires passion, someone who motivates. A leader is someone who ensures that their team, or their followers, or their students have the support and the tools that they need in order to be successful.”

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