Review Category : School News

The Crescendudes of Beaufort High

SCHOOLS -The Crescendudes

The Crescendudes of Beaufort High School’s Voices Chorus performed at the Beaufort Harbormaster’s Spring Show on May 2nd at the high school. The newly formed barbershop quartet opened the second half of the show for the professional quartet, The Con Men.  Shown left to right are Quinn Singleton, Jakob Trader, Xavier Parker and Ethan Lundgaard. Photo submitted by Pete Dickerson.

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For 7th & 8th graders who love science and math…

The Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is partnering with Beaufort County School District to deliver their iTEAMS Xtreme summer camp to rising 7th and 8th graders in Beaufort County. The day camp will be held June 15-18, at Bluffton Middle School. The online application is currently available at

iTEAMS Xtreme aims to inspire students to pursue careers in the fields of computer science and technology through innovative hands-on, team-based projects. Working in teams and using the latest technologies, students will create mobile apps using App Inventor, create interactive objects using Makey Makey and Scratch, and create 3D models using 3D printers.

iTEAMS Xtreme will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. The cost is $185 per student, including daily snacks, instructional materials and lunch on the final day of the camp. Financial aid is still available. The application deadline is June 8, 2015. Acceptance to iTEAMS Xtreme is based on academic merit.

Learn more and apply online at For questions, contact Darby Kirven at or 843-616-4048.

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Kimbrell inducted into Honor Society at Clemson

Luca Kimbrell of Beaufort is one of six Clemson University students inducted into the Nu Chapter of Delta Alpha Pi (DAPi) Honor Society at a recent ceremony on the Clemson University campus .

Kimbrell is majoring in Elementary Education. Luca has learned the importance of creating achievable, short-term goals for himself that he can work on daily. Luca plans to graduate in 2017.

Founded in 2004 at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, Delta Alpha Pi recognizes the academic accomplishments of honor students with disabilities. The three Greek letters stand for disability, achievement and pride.

All invited students with a documented disability must work with the university’s office of Student Disability Services and demonstrate an interest in the issues faced by those with disabilities. To be eligible for invitation, undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 24 credits and attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.10. Graduate students must have completed a minimum of 18 credits and earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.30.

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Battery Creek High essay winners

From left to right: Gil Sanchez, Assistant Principal; Mrs. Jill McNamara, BCHS Teacher; Marcus Cook, BCHS Junior; Vanessa Madrid, BCHS Sophomore; and Ms. Kyctrell Swinton-Akins, BCHS English Department Chair.

From left to right: Gil Sanchez, Assistant Principal; Mrs. Jill McNamara, BCHS Teacher; Marcus Cook, BCHS Junior; Vanessa Madrid, BCHS Sophomore; and Ms. Kyctrell Swinton-Akins, BCHS English Department Chair.

Gil Sanchez, Assistant Principal at Battery Creek High School announced two winners in the Beaufort Jasper Water & Sewer Authority Essay Contest from BCHS recently. Essays were judged on promotion of innovation in water resources, promotion of sustainable and green ideas, grammar, style and creativity in outreach and education. Congratulations go to Marcus Cook, a rising senior and Vanessa Madrid, a rising junior. Both students received an iPad Air.

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“I won’t grow up!”

Fifth grade students at Lady’s Island Elementary ended the year by performing Peter Pan on Tuesday, May 12th. The story was written by J.M. Barrie in 1904 about a boy who never wanted to grow up. The performing arts production, directed by Theatre Specialist, Lynda McLain, was full of colorful adventures with scurvy Pirates, dancing Mermaids, playful Lost Boys, adventurous Indians and the Darling family. Dance Specialist, Lisa Ten Eyck choreographed both the bubbling Mermaids in the lagoon and the Indian celebration dance.

The role of Peter Pan was played by Kalysse Rivers, who was screened by BCSD as artistically Gifted & Talented. Several faculty members joined the Neverland crew of buccaneers: Smithey the Pirate was played by Harry Smith, Physical Education instructor and the hilarious Captain Hook was played by Jalissa Newton, School Counselor.

A charming addition of the YOUNG OSPREY’s, comprised of 2nd and 3rd grade singers portrayed the Lost Boys and sang under the direction of Karen Harmon, Music Specialist “I Won’t Grow Up!” with Peter Pan.

Other story book characters were: Alyssa Hines as Wendy, Brionna Swinton as Tinker Bell, Caton McClam as Tiger Lily, Robert Huey as Smee, Bailey Herron and Jeremiah Gonsalves as Mr. and Mrs. Darling, and Mason Meyer as the Crocodile, whose tick-tock dramatic skateboard entrance always scared Hook away.

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Twins awarded scholarships


Beaufort High School twin senior girls, M.E. and Wesley Sanders, were recently awarded the local Kiwanis Club’s scholarship for $2,000 each. This is awarded to those students who exemplify hard work and perseverance throughout their high school experience. Great job ladies!

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Jaramillo named ‘Support Person of the Year’

Robert Smalls International Academy’s parent outreach specialist was named today as the Beaufort County School District’s 2015 “Support Person of the Year.”  Julia Jaramillo’s selection was announced at a breakfast recognizing schools’ individual honorees.

“Ms. Jaramillo is the kind of employee that every school wants and every school needs,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “She and the other support staff members we’re honoring today are the kinds of dedicated and hard-working people who make schools successful.”

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St. Peter’s to use new administrative model next school year

St. Peter’s Catholic School is pleased to announce that a new and innovative administrative model will be implemented for the 2015-2016 school year. The school will have interim co-principals in place beginning in May. Ann Feltner and Bill Gabrielson will assume their leadership roles and transition into the new school year.

Mrs. Feltner comes to her position from the classroom as a superior teacher and as a totally committed member of the St. Peter’s parish community. Mr. Gabrielson has a lengthy teaching and administrative career including fifteen years as principal with six of these years being at the helm of St. Peter’s.

Mrs. Feltner and Mr. Gabrielson will assume their leadership position with enthusiasm and high hopes for a vibrant, high achieving, faith filled school at St. Peter’s.

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Chess wizards at Beaufort Academy

The 2015 Elementary Chess Nationals tournament was held in Nashville TN on May 9-10th. The tournament had over 2,200 players in attendance. This was the biggest gathered of K-6 grade players since 2003. Among the top players in the USA were five local chess champs from Beaufort Academy. The players were Kevin Rogers, Jack McDougall, G. Simmons, Kendra Rogers, and Whit Suber. The Beaufort Academy chess team matched chess move after chess move with players from New York to California. At the end of the national event Beaufort Academy placed 18th in the nation. BA placed 23th in the nation last year in Atlanta, GA. The team has shown they can play with the best teams anywhere. The team had the highest score of any team from the Southeast Region. Coach Rogers said, “The team played very well at Nationals and could one day win a National title.”

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Battery Creek Band wins in Atlanta

Recently, the Battery Creek High School Band won seven trophies at the Music Showcase Festival in Atlanta!  Led by Band Director, Jarrod Valenti, the Dolphins performed with grace, talent and enthusiasm against a large array of competing bands.

Gold medal – Superior rating went to “Code Blue” Drumline (1st place). Silver Medal – Excellent rating went to Concert Band (1st place). Best Overall instrumental group went to “Code Blue” Drumline. Best overall instrumental section went to Saxophones. Best overall percussion went to Snare Drums. Best musician went to Conner Yahres (snare). Best soloist went to Gloria McCreary (flute). Congratulations to the hard working Dolphin Band students for their outstanding accomplishments!

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