Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary Principal Jayne Ellicott was one of three administrators honored Friday by the South Carolina Music Educators Association.

Ellicott received an Honor Administrator Award at the group's conference in North Charleston. The award recognizes administrators who have actively supported the arts, taken a stance on the importance of arts, and can show growth in their school or district's music curriculum.

Ellicott has worked at the successful arts elementary magnet school in West Ashley for 27 years, first as an assistant principal and now principal.

Under her leadership, Ashley River Creative Arts was the first magnet school in the state to win the Carolina First Palmetto's Finest Award. It's also been recognized with the Kennedy Center's National School of Distinction Award for the creative use of the arts in the curriculum.

Ellicott has been honored in the past with the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest civilian honor, and she's received leadership awards from the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

"An icon of professionalism, (Ellicott) is the standard by which other principals are measured," according to the association.

The two other state winners were Harrison Goodwin, an assistant superintendent in Spartanburg 1, and Richard Moore, principal of Logan Elementary School in Richland 1.