School Foundation to honor Jeopardy! champ Ben Ingram

on Tuesday, 01 September 2015. Posted in News

Published in the News Journal
Brenda Harrison, Editor
August 26, 2015

Ben Ingram, a 2001graduate of Wilson High School's International Baccalaureate program, will be honored as Florence School District One's Distinguished Graduate at the 14th Annual School Foundation Celebration Gala set for Tuesday, Oct. 13. "Ben has set a great example for all our students, as he has always exemplified professionalism throughout his entire school career in Florence School District One" stated Debbie Hyler, executive director of The School Foundation. "He has put his math degrees to good use, and is working in the banking industry in Charlotte. I think it's good for us to have a young distinguished graduate, a great representative for the entire Florence community."

"The School Foundation spotlights the life and accomplishments of a successful Florence District One graduate and celebrates their successes each year at their annual gala," stated Jean Leatherman, chair of the foundation's Fund Development committee. "How exciting to honor one of Jeopardy!'s all-time most successful winners! It goes to prove that having a strong work ethic as a student ensures success later in life." Born and raised in Florence, Ingram attended Royall, Moore, and Sneed Middle School before transferring to Williams Middle School to enter the International Baccalaureate program.

After Wilson, he continued his studies at Wofford College earning a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 2005. He received his master's degree in applied mathematics from the University of South Carolina in 2008. Currently, he works in information technology and automated software testing at a bank in uptown Charlotte. Prior to Charlotte, he lived in Columbia and Pune, India.

The School Foundation promotes educational excellence in Florence School District One through grants for innovative learning and through high impact initiatives designed to prepare all students for success. They are currently leading a school readiness awareness campaign focusing on preparing all children to enter kindergarten with the skills needed to succeed. Founded in 2000, they have funded over $1,091,355 in grants to educators in Florence School District One.

The event will be held at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT), 5:30 until 9 p.m. Tickets start at $75 for FSD1 educators and $100 for individuals. Reserved tables of eight begin at $1,000 (bronze), $2,500 (silver), $5,000 (gold) and $10,000 (platinum). A VIP reception will be held for contributors of $2,500 or more. For tickets call Hyler at (843) 662-9996, or e-mail dhyler@