South Florence assistant principal to dance 'for the kids'
Brenda Harrison, Editor
The News Journal
Cedrick Kennedy and Shandi Cox are working on their "jive" for the upcoming Dancing With The Stars of Florence event on March 31. The pair will dance to "Let's Hear It For the Boys." Cedrick is an assistant principal at South Florence High School. He is a 2000 graduate of Wilson High and graduate of S.C. State University. When asked to participate in this annual School Foundation event, he agreed without hesitation because he knows first hand what the School Foundation does for Florence School District One. "It's a neat idea and a great fund raiser. I'll do anything for the kids," he said. Cedrick is not a trained dancer, but enjoys "cutting the rug" at social events. He has been working out to prepare for his dance routine.
Shandi is a trained dancer and has been teaching dance for 16 years. The petite mother of five children has danced in three of these events, but sat out last year because she was pregnant. Her youngest is now six months old. Her twin sister Brandi Williamson also participates as a professional. Completing this year's line up of dancers are Robert Watkins and Drew Arnold; Ashley Nance and Desiree Stokes; Fields Norwood and Tiffany Welsh; Dr. Deepak Chowdhary and Brandi Williamson; Steve Wade and Kayce Smith; Will King and Amanda Smith; Dr. Susan Ninichuck and Jovan Kindred; Michael Miller and Cheyanne Beck; Rick Ryan and Georgeanna Kelley, Chris Warner and Meggie Baker, and Michele Pridgen and Jacob Coward.
A panel of judges will name one couple "Technical Skills Winner" based on the contestants' overall skills. A couple will also be chosen as "Most Entertaining" by the judges. The "People's Choice" mirror ball trophies will be awarded to the three couples raising the most votes. The Social Stars trophy, a new addition this year, will be awarded to the couple receiving the most online votes. Fans may vote online for Cedrick Kennedy and Shandi Cox or other couples, at www.FlorenceDancingWithTheStars.com for $10 per vote. You can follow the dancers' progress on Facebook at Dancing With The Stars of Florence. The event is sold out, but there is a waiting list. To learn more about The School Foundation, go onlline to www.theschoolfoundation.org