BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - Beaufort County was named one of the nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People.
The competition recognizes communities across the country with low dropout rates and the number of services they provide for students.
WTOC went to Beaufort County to find out what the honor means, for not only the school system, but the entire county and state of South Carolina.
Beaufort County is now known for its dedication to helping young people reach their full potential.
"It's says to the whole country our school district and community came together and say children come first," said Beaufort County Superintendent Valerie Truesdale.
Truesdale said the recognition didn't just happen overnight - they worked to earn this honor.
"We were evaluated on our dropout rate, which is on a positive trend. We were evaluated on our student performance community involvement safe places after school like the Boys & Girls Club and YMCA. And 29 of our school are healthy schools that played a big part in the application," said Truesdale.
It's an award the entire state can be proud of.
"We went through a lot to get this and we had to strive for it and we are making progress and we do have things for the youth," said Myers.
Chamber of Commerce CEO Bill Miles said this is huge for economic development. "When a business is getting ready to relocate, one of the things they look at is the school system," said Miles.
For a complete list of the 100 Best Communities, go to www.americaspromise.org