Winners of the county-wide character essay contest were recognized at the annual Community of Character assembly at Claflin's Jonas T. Kennedy Physical Education Center.
* Orangeburg Consolidated School District Three: Brianna Holman, Elloree Elementary; Keenean Johnson, Holly Hill Elementary; Tawney Trent, St. James-Gaillard Elementary and Karin Young, Vance-Providence Elementary.
* Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four: Jabarie Williams, Edisto Elementary; Seth Davis, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler Elementary and Katie Vickers, Lockett Elementary.
* Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five: Alivia Walling, Dover Elementary; Talicia Benjamin, Bethune-Bowman Elementary; Kenderius Pauling, Brookdale Elementary; Kellie Coleman, Marshall Elementary; Nya Washington, Mellichamp Elementary; Anika Brown, Rivelon Elementary; Ariyana Tisdale, Sheridan Elementary and Hannah Dantzler, Whittaker Elementary.
* Other winners: Kurt Abraham, Felton Laboratory School and Brooke Riser, Orangeburg Preparatory School.