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In a best of three game series, the Latta Vikings Varsity Baseball team beat Chesnee in a tight, exciting game to win the South Carolina 2A State Championship! This was their 6th consecutive year to be the Lower-State Champs and they also recently won state level in 2016. Congratulations to Coach Cribb and the entire team for an outstanding season of baseball!

Viking High Altitude Balloon Launch

Latta High School and Latta Middle School plan to launch three high altitude weather balloons on THURSDAY, May 31, at 9:00 a.m., weather permitting. This is the last day of school for students. The launch site will be the LHS football field and the event will be open to the public and local media. Our classes will send up the balloons to an altitude of approximately 90,000 feet and the payload boxes attached to the balloon will take video from multiple cameras. If the balloons are recovered, the video will be posted on Youtube.

To learn more, please visit our Viking High Altitude Balloon link. We hope you can be there.

Three web links will be available to live track the progress of each of the balloons. Note that the links will not work properly until just prior to the launch.

Direct questions to Jim O'Hern at jim.ohern@lattavikings.com.

Latta High School Ranked Nationally

Latta High School is ranked nationwide in US News & World Report’s annual list of America’s Best High Schools. This is the eleventh year that Latta High School has been ranked. The school earned a bronze ranking. US News & World Report started ranking high schools nationally in 2006.

The magazine and its partner in the rankings project, School Evaluation Services, examined 21,035 public high schools nationwide. US News uses a three-step process that analyzes how schools are educating all of their students, minority and disadvantaged students’ achievement, and finally college-bound student scores on state tests, Advanced Placement exams and International Baccalaureate tests.

Nationwide the 500 high schools with the highest college readiness scores were ranked and awarded gold medals. Silver winners are high-performing schools with lower college readiness, and bronze honors are given to high-performing schools based on state exam performance.

The state has 230 high schools. Two SC high schools received gold medals. Fifteen high schools received silver. Forty-one high schools earned bronze.

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