9 honored in Academy of Richmond County hall of fame

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One of the nation’s oldest high schools honored nine of its most remarkable former students and a teacher Thursday as the Academy of Richmond County welcomed the newest members to the ARC hall of fame.

Inductees at a banquet held at Enterprise Mill included a former congressman, a longtime legislator, a governor, a Grammy Award winner and the manager of a World Series-winning team.

“It’s the greatest honor I have in my career,” said an emotional Dr. Lamar Fleming in his acceptance speech.

Many praised ARC’s tradition of strict academics.

“This school made a lasting impression on my life,” said Joseph Jennings, a renowned conductor and music director and now artist in residence at USC Aiken.

The hall of fame was created last year to honor those who made significant contributions to the school or society. The 12 inaugural inductees included notable alumni and past teachers and coaches.

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