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School briefs for July 21st-27th

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Raise the Dough helps local school

On the first Tuesday of every month through August, Papa John’s will donate 20 percent of its online orders to John Paul II Catholic School in Okatie.

To participate, go to papajohns.com and place an online order at participating stores. Enter promo code JP2CSRTD, then click apply. (Don’t forget to do this part because this is how the order will be tracked.)

Participating stores are on Hilton Head at 24 Palmetto Bay Road; in Bluffton at 80 Baylor Drive; and in Beaufort at 330 Robert Smalls Parkway.

TCL will host Aviation Showcase on July 28

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is hosting an Aviation Showcase at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the TCL Beaufort Campus.

Visitors will get up-close access to TCL’s aviation lab and equipment, including a Cessna 150. In addition, current students will invite visitors to participate in hands-on demonstrations of VHF radio communications, a turbine engine borescope, aluminum rivet station and more.

Refreshments will be provided.

“This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to see what a career in aviation might look like,” said Sean Henrickson, TCL’s director for Military Education. “Plus, it will also allow students in the Airframes and Powerplants program to showcase the variety of skills they’ve learned and mastered.”

TCL’s current Aviation Professional Programs include aviation maintenance and a commercial radio licensing prep course. Future offerings will include structures and composite courses.

For more information, call 843-525-9369.

Eight schools to offer free breakfast, lunch

Eight district schools are offering free breakfasts and lunches to all of their students.

The Community Eligibility Provision, a federally funded initiative, serves schools with high percentages of students from low-income families.

The eight participating schools in Beaufort County this year are Beaufort Elementary, Lady’s Island Elementary, Robert Smalls International Academy, Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary, St. Helena Elementary, Whale Branch Elementary, Whale Branch Middle and Whale Branch Early College High.

Other schools will continue to offer free and reduced-price lunches to students whose families apply and demonstrate financial need under the National School Lunch Program, through which the district serves free meals to more than 10,000 students and reduced-price lunches to about 1,300 more.

CEP, established in 2010, is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Schools are eligible to participate if more than 40 percent of their students are determined to be low income.

In the eight participating Beaufort County schools, the average poverty rate is 84 percent.

Parents or guardians who do not want their children to participate in CEP can call Daniel Kolat at 843-322-0800.

USC Upstate recognizes recent graduates

The University of South Carolina Upstate recognized May graduates, including Kyrrah Singleton and Steven McKinnon Davis, both of Beaufort, during commencement exercises held May 3.

USC Upstate offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, and teacher education, and master’s degrees in education, informatics and nursing.

TCL to hold one-stop enrollment event

The Technical College of the Lowcountry will hold an apply-and-enrollment event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

Participants can choose a program of study, apply for admission, complete placement testing, get financial aid information, register for classes and tour campuses.

The events will be held at the TCL campuses at Building 12, 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort; the New River campus lobby, 100 Community College Drive, Bluffton; and the Hampton lobby, H. Mungin Center, 54 Tech Circle, Varnville.

Call 843-525-8207 or email admissions@tcl.edu for more information.

Two students win Pinckney scholarships

Two Beaufort County students, Christian Carter and Henry Jones, are in the first class of Reverend Pinckney Scholars.

The Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program was established by a group of anonymous donors in memory of the tragic June 17, 2015, shooting at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston.

Named for the church’s late pastor, the scholarship program is dedicated to promoting access to higher education for African-American students. The scholarship is run by Coastal Community Foundation and provides up to $10,000 per year and other supportive resources over each scholar’s four years of college.

United Way collecting school supplies 

Women United of the United Way of the Lowcountry is coordinating Operation Backpack again this year to help more than 435 students at six elementary schools in Beaufort and Jasper counties prepare for the school year.

This program will provide students with a new backpack filled with school supplies and uniforms.

Operation Backpack aims to fill the gap and help students who are not served by other agencies by working with local guidance counselors and social workers to identify children needing school supplies at Hardeeville Elementary, Red Cedar Elementary, Ridgeland Elementary, Shanklin Elementary, St. Helena Elementary and Whale Branch Elementary.

The United Way of the Lowcountry is collecting school supplies for Operation Backpack through Friday, July 29.

The supplies include:

• Pocket folders (two pockets)

• Crayola washable markers

• #2 pencils (box of 12 count)

• Pencil bag (with three holes to fit into binder)

• Pencil sharpener

• Ruler (12 inch, clear if possible)

• Scissors (5 inch)

• Ear buds

• Glue sticks

• Composition notebook (marble)

• Index cards

• Three-ring binder (1 inch or 1 1/2 inch)

• Highlighter (yellow)

• Dividers for binders

• Hand sanitizer

• Box of facial tissue

• Backpack (standard size, no wheels)

• Gift cards (Old Navy and Walmart to purchase uniform shirts)

Donation boxes have been placed at numerous locations throughout the Lowcountry including:

• Beaufort Fire Station, 135 Ribaut Road, Beaufort

• Beaufort Jasper Water & Sewer Authority, 6 Snake Road, Okatie

• Lowcountry Insurance, 80 Lady’s Island Drive, Lady’s Island

• United Way of the Lowcountry offices at 2266 Boundary St. in Beaufort; 10 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Suite D, in Bluffton; and 1509 Grays Highway in Ridgeland

• Walmart (Beaufort Store), 350 Robert Smalls Parkway

Gift cards and checks should be mailed to United Way of the Lowcountry, P.O. Box 202, Beaufort, SC  29901.

(Note:  Checks need to be made out to United Way of the Lowcountry with “Operation Backpack” in the memo)

For more information, visit www.uwlowcountry.org; or contact Jaime Dailey-Vergara at jdaileyvergara@uwlowcountry.org or call 843-982-3040.

School briefs for July 7th-13th

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From left, Beaufort County students Halli Noid, Savannah Thomas and Jay McBrayer were among 47 rising high school juniors and seniors from across South Carolina who recently participated in the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation’s 2016 Youth Leadership Conference in Newberry. The conference, held on the Campus of Newberry College, allowed students to gain valuable leadership skills, a better understanding of SC agriculture and of the South Carolina legislative process.
From left, Beaufort County students Halli Noid, Savannah Thomas and Jay McBrayer were among 47 rising high school juniors and seniors from across South Carolina who recently participated in the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation’s 2016 Youth Leadership Conference in Newberry. The conference, held on the Campus of Newberry College, allowed students to gain valuable leadership skills, a better understanding of SC agriculture and of the South Carolina legislative process.

Jimenez named to Coker College Dean’s List

Omar Govea Jimenez, of Bluffton, has been named to the spring 2016 Dean’s List at Coker College for earning a 3.75 or higher grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).

Coosa Elementary earns international recognition

Coosa Elementary School has earned international recognition for the quality of its student leadership program based on the best-selling book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

The prestigious recognition comes from the Franklin Covey Co., the worldwide consulting and training group that works with businesses and other institutions to improve performance.

Covey wrote “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” and the book’s leadership principles have been adapted for young children and used to guide schools in developing Leader in Me educational programs in more than 150 countries.

Of 2,524 Leader in Me schools worldwide, only 206 have achieved Lighthouse status after being evaluated and approved by a review team from Franklin Covey Co.

Whale Branch seniors earn associate degrees

A record 15 Whale Branch Early College High School seniors received two-year college associate’s degrees two weeks before they received their South Carolina high school diplomas.

The students took advantage of a partnership with the Technical College of the Lowcountry that allows Whale Branch students to take college courses – and earn two-year associate’s degrees – while still in high school, and at no cost to themselves or their parents.

Beaufort County schools win arts grants

Five Beaufort County schools have won more than $52,000 in grants to enhance arts education in their classrooms, the South Carolina Arts Commission has announced.

Only one South Carolina school district – Richland District 1 in Columbia – had more 2016 grant winners than Beaufort County.

The five schools were Beaufort Middle School ($9,437, eighth grant); Mossy Oaks Elementary ($12,883, first grant); Lady’s Island Elementary ($11,509, sixth grant); Lady’s Island Middle ($8,327, third grant); and Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts ($10,799, fourteenth grant).

Beaufort High ROTC brings home award 

Beaufort High School’s U.S. Air Force JROTC unit won the district’s 2016 Superintendent’s Cup. The 2016 Cup was awarded after cadets from all five district high schools competed in a drill team exhibition.

Judges scored the cadet teams based on their military appearance, precision, execution of movement, originality and time of routine.

The drill team competition was part of the 2016 JROTC Dining-In, a formal dinner for members of military organizations or units.

School briefs for June 30th-July 7th

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Donations needed for school supplies

The 6th Annual Back to School Fun Day is coming up and the event’s organizing committee is asking for monetary donation from the community, churches, business and individuals in order to provide families in need of assistance with free backpacks and back-to-school supplies. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Bluffton High School.

To donate, call 843-368-6755.

Local students to attend Bob Jones

Several local incoming students and their parents recently attended the first session of summer orientation at Bob Jones University.

They attended informational sessions about the BJU experience, had the opportunity to ask questions regarding academics, financial aid and student life and generally became familiar with
the campus.

Additionally, students had the opportunity to connect with other new students, current students and faculty.

The students who attended were Camille Heinz, who will be majoring in studio art; and Janelle Vernoy, who will be majoring in church music.

Located in Greenville, “Bob Jones University is a biblically faithful, Christian liberal arts university focused on educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ,” according to the university.

Hospital Auxiliary donates $21,000

For the 21st consecutive year, the Hospital Auxiliary has presented scholarship funds for Technical College of the Lowcountry health sciences students. This year, the group presented a $21,000 check to the TCL Foundation.

Established in 1974 and celebrating the success of its 29th scholarship fundraising golf tournament, the auxiliary has given TCL over $500,000 to help students succeed in the nursing, radiologic technology and physical therapist assistant programs.

In the last five years, TCL has graduated more than 500 healthcare professionals, many of whom are now employed in the Lowcountry.

For more information about these and other scholarships, call Mary Lee Carns at 843-470-5962.

 

Pictured from left are Tracy Biel, TCL nursing student; Susan Silver, auxiliary president; Dr. Glenn Levicki, TCL Health Sciences Division dean; DeAnne Johnson, TCL Nursing Program interim director; Jessica Bridges, TCL assistant vice president for Institutional Advancement; Marty Eidemiller, Auxiliary Scholarship chairman; and Lew Wessel, chairman of the Annual Auxiliary Golf Tournament.
Pictured from left are Tracy Biel, TCL nursing student; Susan Silver, auxiliary president; Dr. Glenn Levicki, TCL Health Sciences Division dean; DeAnne Johnson, TCL Nursing Program interim director; Jessica Bridges, TCL assistant vice president for Institutional Advancement; Marty Eidemiller, Auxiliary Scholarship chairman; and Lew Wessel, chairman of the Annual Auxiliary Golf Tournament.

Top photo: Three local high school graduates will further their educations at U.S. military academies this year. Vincent Angelino and Drew Robinson have been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and Mac Viljac will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Angelino, a graduate of Bluffton High School, and Robinson and Viljac, graduates of Hilton Head Christian Academy, each went through a process of obtaining nominations and enduring physical fitness tests to be accepted.

Project list for penny sales tax approved

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Last week, the Beaufort County Board of Education approved a detailed list of school facilities projects that would be funded if voters approve a one-penny education sales tax in November.

Those projects include two new schools and additions to other buildings to accommodate rapidly growing student enrollments, as well as roof replacements and HVAC upgrades at numerous schools across the district.

The board voted last month to place the Educational Capital Improvement Sales and Use Tax referendum on the November 2016 general election ballot for consideration by local voters. If approved, the one-penny sales tax would generate revenue to fund the district’s capital needs for the next 10 years and also share the responsibility for generating those funds among property owners, renters, businesses and tourists.

The board’s vote detailing specific building and maintenance projects to be placed on the ballot was the next step in the referendum process.

“Funds from the one-penny education sales tax referendum would be used exclusively for capital projects as specified on the ballot question; state law would prohibit the funds from being used for operations,” the board said in an official statement released after last month’s initial vote. “In addition, all Beaufort County property owners’ taxes on debt service, including 4 percent homeowners, 6 percent homeowners, businesses, vehicles, etc., would be reduced by one-third over the period of time the tax is in place.”

The board said that numerous public meetings would be scheduled prior to the November general election to provide voters with facts relating to the listed projects and enrollment growth.

“The board’s goal is to ensure that parents, employees, and all Beaufort County taxpayers have access to the information they need to make an informed decision in the voting booth,” the statement said.

The board also voted to include the Technical College of the Lowcountry and the University of South Carolina Beaufort in the district’s Educational Capital Improvement Sales and Use Tax referendum, with each institution receiving 5 percent of revenues generated.

A referendum FAQ can be reviewed online at the school district website www.beaufort.k12.sc.us.

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2016 Beaufort County graduates

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Whale Branch Principal, Mona Lise Dickson, hugs a graduate.

Beaufort Academy

Congratulations to all of the Beaufort Academy students who graduated this year. The school celebrated seniors graduating from high school, eighth graders moving up to high school, and Kindergarten students officially becoming part of the elementary school.

Beaufort Academy Senior graduates: Maya Dixon, Madelyn Sumpter, Allison Alvarez, Taniqua "Sissy" Mungin, Mary Alice Strohmeyer, Carlyle O'Herron, Cali Blocker, Emily Gaskin, Michaela Russell, Michael Webb, Thomas Roddey, Jacob Dalton, Will Dukes, Jake Ingram, Ross Walker, Cain Richards, MacMillan Griffith, Jock Joyce, Alec Melville, Daniel Oelschlager, Charles Aimar.
Beaufort Academy Senior graduates: Maya Dixon, Madelyn Sumpter, Allison Alvarez, Taniqua “Sissy” Mungin, Mary Alice Strohmeyer, Carlyle O’Herron, Cali Blocker, Emily Gaskin, Michaela Russell, Michael Webb, Thomas Roddey, Jacob Dalton, Will Dukes, Jake Ingram, Ross Walker, Cain Richards, MacMillan Griffith, Jock Joyce, Alec Melville, Daniel Oelschlager, Charles Aimar.
Beaufort Academy 8th grade graduates: Top row; Ellie Muniz, Cal Harvey, Nathaniel Keenan, William Tumlin, Heston Ingraham, Thomas Holladay, Dawson Coleman, Gray Price, John Dastous, Ashton Bell, Jospeh Maraska, Peyton Polk.Seated: Cady Wilson, Emily Ann Hiers, Amelia Huebel, Maris Staley, Emma Melville, Eliza Nix, Jenny Harry, Josephine Trask, Grace Cope, Lauren Bartlett.
Beaufort Academy 8th grade graduates: Top row; Ellie Muniz, Cal Harvey, Nathaniel Keenan, William Tumlin, Heston Ingraham, Thomas Holladay, Dawson Coleman, Gray Price, John Dastous, Ashton Bell, Jospeh Maraska, Peyton Polk.Seated: Cady Wilson, Emily Ann Hiers, Amelia Huebel, Maris Staley, Emma Melville, Eliza Nix, Jenny Harry, Josephine Trask, Grace Cope, Lauren Bartlett.
Beaufort Academy Kindergarten graduates: Ryan Glover, Henry Adams, Kalvin Rogers, Naomi Puzzuoli, Ava Richards, Kate Rhodes, Lyanne Santiago-Gierbolini, Amelia Mitchell, James Bundy, Quinn Williams.
Beaufort Academy Kindergarten graduates: Ryan Glover, Henry Adams, Kalvin Rogers, Naomi Puzzuoli, Ava Richards, Kate Rhodes, Lyanne Santiago-Gierbolini, Amelia Mitchell, James Bundy, Quinn Williams.

Whale Branch High School

Top photo: Whale Branch Principal, Mona Lise Dickson, hugs a graduate.

Whale Branch Valedictorian, Brooke Everly
Whale Branch Valedictorian, Brooke Everly
Whale Branch Salutatorian and Senior Class Vice President, London Becker. Photo by Todd Stowe.
Whale Branch Salutatorian and Senior Class Vice President, London Becker. Photo by Todd Stowe.
Whale Branch graduating seniors
Whale Branch graduating seniors

South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind

The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind was founded in 1849 and is the state’s only specialized school for students who are deaf or blind, with the main campus located in Spartanburg. For more information, visit www.scsdb.org.

Hakeem Green works on a small engine in an Applied Academics class.
Hakeem Green works on a small engine in an Applied Academics class.

Hakeem Green, of Yemassee, will soon graduate from the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, where he was recently named a Residential Life Student of the Year.  After graduation, Hakeem plans to work in maintenance. His job training at the school included basic carpentry, basic welding, workplace safety, food service, housekeeping, groundskeeping, and small business. He was also a member of the color guard while attending the school. He is the son of Renee Wright.

Devante´ works on the school yearbook with teacher Amy Sargent.
Devante´ works on the school yearbook with teacher Amy Sargent.

Devante´ Heywood, of Hilton Head Island, also will be graduating from the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind. After graduation, he plans to take photography classes at a community college.

Other graduates

Elizabeth Reid Davis of Beaufort graduated in May from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts.
Elizabeth Reid Davis of Beaufort graduated in May from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts.
Jacy Oswald, granddaughter of Johnny (right) and Joan Brewer (left) of Lands End on St. Helena, graduated from Barnwell High School. Jacy will be be attending Clemson University in the fall.
Jacy Oswald, granddaughter of Johnny (right) and Joan Brewer (left) of Lands End on St. Helena, graduated from Barnwell High School. Jacy will be be attending Clemson University in the fall.

Morgan E. McNeal was one of nearly 600 students who graduated from St. Lawrence University during commencement ceremonies held on May 22 in Canton, N.Y. A graduate of Hilton Head High School, McNeal majored in government and economics and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence

Cadet John Driscoll Schaaf III, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Schaaf of Whitefish Bay, Wis., graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday, May 21. Schaaf graduated from Academic Magnet High School, Charleston, S.C., in 2012. While at West Point, he concentrated his studies in History: Military w/ Thesis and Defense and Strategic Studies. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army within the Armor branch and will report to Fort Hood, Texas, for his first assignment. He is the grandson of Jack and Nancy Schaaf of Lady’s Island.

Beaufort Academy hosts 47th annual Senior Tea

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SCHOOLS - BA Senior Tea 2016

By Shannon Roberts

In the smartphone era of texting and snap chatting, personal connections can get lost amongst the electronic screens. Although technology has a place in social connection, holding on to the traditions of formal social gatherings have become more important than ever.

Beaufort Academy has stayed true to a long-standing formal tradition that dates back to the school’s first graduating class in 1969. At that time, the Board of Directors’ wives began the tradition of hosting a tea for the young women of Beaufort Academy. Held prior to graduation in May, this special tea was their way of honoring the graduating young women, as well as sharing the southern tradition of gracious entertaining.

Per tradition, the senior class women form a receiving line to greet guests, which include the mothers of the senior girls, mothers of the senior boys, special guests of the seniors, which include grandmothers, aunts, sisters, etc. Also in attendance are the female board members, wives of board members, and female faculty and staff. Many former teachers, including the seniors’ lower school teachers also attend the event.

As of 1973, the junior class mothers and students, in conjunction with the Beaufort Academy Parents’ Association continue the tradition of hosting the tea for the seniors, their mothers, and special invited guests. This year’s senior tea was graciously hosted by Anne Lindsay at her beautiful home. Anne’s son William is a rising senior at BA, and Anne is a Beaufort Academy alum. She remembers her Senior Tea as a special moment of accomplishment and tradition.

“I even remember what I wore to my senior tea, who was there, and where it was!” she says with a smile.

Katherine Hefner, Beaufort Academy Parent’s Association President and also a Beaufort Academy alum spoke at the tea. The honored seniors were presented with a silver charm engraved with their graduation year. She commended the senior girls on the hard work, perseverance and diligence it takes to graduate from Beaufort Academy. Congratulations to the senior girls and best of luck in all of their future endeavors!

Top photo: 2016 Senior Tea from top to bottom: Michaela Russell, Mary Alice Strohmeyer, Maya Dixon, Emily Gaskin, Allison Alvarez, Cali Blocker, Carlyle O’Herron, Sissy Mungin, and Madelyn Sumpter.

1989 Senior Tea from left to right: Vicki Schafer, Kathryn O’Neill, Andrea Nemeth, Ashley Stone, Amy Fordham, Sydney Meeks, Cappy Strawn, Lisa Boney, Mia Fontana, Ashly Farrior, Ann Nunnally, Leslie Hand, Carrie Robinson, Malia Hensley, and Ivie Stocks.
1989 Senior Tea from left to right: Vicki Schafer, Kathryn O’Neill, Andrea Nemeth, Ashley Stone, Amy Fordham, Sydney Meeks, Cappy Strawn, Lisa Boney, Mia Fontana, Ashly Farrior, Ann Nunnally, Leslie Hand, Carrie Robinson, Malia Hensley, and Ivie Stocks.
Senior Mothers from top to bottom: Tara Walker, Sharon Laverty, Liz O'Herron, Latoya Mungin, Elizabeth Dukes, Rachel Alvarez, Tami Blocker, Kristin Dalton, JoAnn Csakany, Amy Melville, Andrea Dixon, Ginger Aimar, Heidi Richards, Emma Roddey, Wendi Russell, Irvine Gaskin, and Cathryn Griffith.
Senior Mothers from top to bottom: Tara Walker, Sharon Laverty, Liz O’Herron, Latoya Mungin, Elizabeth Dukes, Rachel Alvarez, Tami Blocker, Kristin Dalton, JoAnn Csakany, Amy Melville, Andrea Dixon, Ginger Aimar, Heidi Richards, Emma Roddey, Wendi Russell, Irvine Gaskin, and Cathryn Griffith.

Cross Schools students raise money for Hilton Head Heroes

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Cross Schools students collected over $1,500 in gift cards for Hilton Head Heroes as part of their ongoing community service outreach. The mission of Hilton Head Heroes is to bring families with children between the ages of 2-16 suffering from life threatening illnesses to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, for a resort vacation. The founders of Hilton Head Heroes, Lindy and Gregg Russell, graciously accepted the cards from Headmistress Shawn Young at the school. Gregg Russell, a local entertainer, treated the students to a brief concert and a presentation highlighting the mission of Hilton Head Heroes. Cross Schools is an independent Christian school in Bluffton serving 18 months through 8th grade.

Photo above from left: Shawn Young, Gregg Russell, and Lindy Russell.

College scholarship total breaks record; schools to graduate 1,243

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The Beaufort County School District’s Class of 2016 has earned a record $30.4 million in college scholarships, and its members have acceptance letters in hand from more than 100 colleges and universities across the nation.

The district’s 2016 scholarship total is the fourth consecutive increase and more than double the amount from $14.8 million five years ago. District officials said that as additional college scholarship information continues to arrive for the Class of 2016, the total will continue to increase.

“All of these scholarships are a wonderful testament to our hard-working students, and also to their families and their teachers and their school staffs,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “The fact that our district’s totals have more than doubled in the last five years is really exciting.”

Says Board of Education Chair Mary Cordray. “We celebrate our seniors’ accomplishments and we wish them the best, whether they’re heading off to college, entering the military or beginning their careers.”

School-by-school information includes:

  • Battery Creek High – 171 graduates and $3,867,300 in scholarships.
  • Beaufort High – 279 graduates and $8,480,650 in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Mattie Hibbs, and the salutatorian is Andrew Stoddard.
  • Bluffton High – 396 graduates and $6,945,164 in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Hannah Hundley, and the salutatorian is McCall Faciszewski.
  • Hilton Head Island High – 295 graduates and $7,317,500 in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Jason Busby, and the salutatorian is Parker Liggett.
  • Whale Branch Early College High School – 102 graduates and $3,814,101 in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Brooke Everly, and the salutatorian is London Becker-House.

SC Educator, Dr. Jackson, goes to Washington to demand vote on Supreme Court nominee

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Nine civics, history, and social studies teachers, including Dr. Valerie Jackson from Beaufort, SC, went to Washington on Wednesday, May 18. They demanded that Senators do their job and provide a hearing and vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee to the Supreme Court, Chief Judge Merrick Garland. They joined a White House roundtable discussion with senior Obama administration officials to discuss the confirmation process and how educators teach their students about the Supreme Court and its role in our national government.

Dr. Valerie Jackson
Dr. Valerie Jackson

“As teachers, we impart on our young students not only academic standards, but standards of civic responsibility as well” said The South Carolina Education Association President Bernadette R. Hampton. “What lesson is being sent to our citizens and our students from Senators if they refuse to do their part and accept their responsibility in quickly and judiciously deciding on Supreme Court nominees?”

“Senate leaders are teaching the wrong lesson to our students by failing to do their job and hold a hearing and a vote on a highly qualified Supreme Court nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “It’s our job to teach our students’ lessons about the importance of the U.S. Constitution but apparently some Senators need a lesson as well. That’s why these civics, history and social studies teachers from across the country came to Washington: they are here to tell Senate Republicans to stop playing political games, stop delaying action on the Supreme Court nomination, and stop caving to the extreme voices of the Republican party. It’s time for politicians to put their constitutional duty ahead of partisan politics.”

“The meeting is an opportunity to recommit to the critical work that remains, remembering that the outcome in Brown v. Board was never inevitable,” said White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. “It was brought about by citizens from all walks of life across the country, including educators, who every day continue the important work of those who fought so hard for equality and build lasting bridges of opportunity for young people. Brown v. Board is resounding proof that – within the framework of our judicial system, and through the power of collective action – progress is possible. The anniversary of this historic Supreme Court case also reminds us of the critical role the Court plays in our system of government and how important it is that the Court is fully functioning. That’s why senators should quickly move to consider Chief Judge Garland – an eminently qualified nominee who will be an outstanding Justice.”

A dozen civics, history and social studies teachers earlier this month sent a letter to the U.S. Senate demanding a hearing and a vote on the president’s nominee. At the same time educators launched an online petition urging the Senate to do its job.

“As educators in the classroom, we believe it is our responsibility to help students learn about — and appreciate — the role citizens play in our democracy,” said Dr. Jackson in the letter. “We teach that being a good citizen requires cooperation, mutual respect, and the ability to compromise, and we hope Senator Graham and Senator Scott understand their responsibility in furthering the selection of our Supreme Court justices.”

District students earn recognition at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

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Two Beaufort County students – one from H.E. McCracken Middle School and the other from Hilton Head Island High School – have been honored at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Az.

The annual Intel-sponsored event is the world’s premier pre-collegiate science competition for original research projects.

McCracken student Maile Paulmeier and Hilton Head Island student Victoria Hamlin became eligible to compete in Phoenix by earning top prizes at the local 2016 Sea Island Regional Science Fair. Nearly 400 Beaufort County students, all top finishers at individual school science fairs across the County, competed at the regional fair in March.

At the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which attracted about 1,700 regional champions from 75 countries to Phoenix last week, Paulmeier won fourth place in the Materials Science division for her project, “Comparative Strength Analysis of an Artificial Monofilament Passive Fiber Skeletal Muscle vs. a Linear Actuator.” Paulmeier’s fourth-place finish won her $500.

Hamlin was awarded an Academic Excellence Scholarship from West Virginia University for her project, “Design of a Sounding Rocket for Maximum Altitude.” WVU offers special scholarships to students whose research and academic aptitude align with the university’s research interests.

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