Posted: Monday, December 7, 2015

Carolina Principal Michael DelaneySouth Carolina U.S. Senator Tim Scott paid a visit to Carolina High School Monday morning. The Senator was inspired to make the stop after seeing an article in the Greenville News about a robe signing tradition started by Principal Michael Delaney.

Senator Tim Scott speaking to a group of studentsOn the night before school starts Mr. Delaney invites the Carolina senior class to come to school and sign his graduation robe and with it promise to earn their diploma. Delaney hangs the signed robe in the front office and then wears it during commencement.

Five years ago the graduation rate at Carolina High was 48.8% it is 72.4% today. Scott was so impressed he called Principal Delaney and asked for the opportunity to visit the school and speak to seniors.

Senator Tim Scott with Carolina Academy SeniorScott told the seniors grew up in poverty and was struggling in school until a mentor told him he could “think” his way out of his troubles. The mentor told Scott he was smart and capable and needed to begin writing down his goals. Scott said the motivation created a transformation. By his senior year he was excelling and qualifying for college scholarships.

“It was an honor and a privilege to have Senator Scott come share his story with our seniors. It really supported our idea that it does not matter where or what circumstances you come from you can always choose to be excellent,” Principal Delaney said.

Senator Tim Scott talking with a group of peopleSuperintendent Burke Royster with Senator Tim Scott

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