2015-07-24 / Education

School Stars

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics ( GSSM) welcomed the third cohort of students to Accelerate, the School’s virtual engineering program, during Base Camp, July 12–17. Sixty-five rising sophomores from 10 partner school districts and 18 high schools comprise the incoming class, including Drew Robinson, daughter of Arlen Jones, and Joshua A. Wil l is, son of Rickey Willis, both from W. J. Keenan High School.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced approximately 1,700 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. These Merit Scholar designees join more than 2,200 other college sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. The students include:

Wanda A. Felsenhardt, South Carolina Governor’s School; Graham K. Harmon, Ben Lippen School; Martin L. Li, Spring Valley High School; James H. Mayson, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School; Madeline Mazoue, Spring Valley High School; Jordan L. Pennington, A.C. Flora High School; Anne V. Buzzell, homeschool; and Graham R. Jackson, Lexington High School.


Members of the Technology Student Association (TSA) of Airport High and Fulmer Middle Schools represented Lexington School District Two at the annual National TSA Conference in Dallas, Texas, June 28–July 2. TSA members Blair Brandon, Logan Couch, Thomas Moir, Jarod Goins, Blake Sheppard, Nicholas McGee, Gabriel Hoover, and Preston Southern brought back a Chapter of Excellence Award for Airport High School. Logan Couch and Jarod Goins were inducted into the National TSA Honor Society for excelling in academics, leadership, and school and community service. After achieving Bronze and Silver pins at the district and state levels through the TSA Achievement Program, Jarod Goins, Blake Sheppard, Preston Southern, Winston Koehler, and Jessica Downs earned Gold Achievement pins at the National conference. The TSA Achievement Program (Bronze, Silver, and Gold pins) is designed to motivate and recognize student members for their high efforts in their school’s technology education program. Terri Southern, math teacher and sponsor of Airport’s TSA, accompanied the TSA students to Dallas. Southern was named the 2015 South Carolina TSA Adviser of the Year. Members of the Technology Student Association (TSA) of Airport High and Fulmer Middle Schools represented Lexington School District Two at the annual National TSA Conference in Dallas, Texas, June 28–July 2. TSA members Blair Brandon, Logan Couch, Thomas Moir, Jarod Goins, Blake Sheppard, Nicholas McGee, Gabriel Hoover, and Preston Southern brought back a Chapter of Excellence Award for Airport High School. Logan Couch and Jarod Goins were inducted into the National TSA Honor Society for excelling in academics, leadership, and school and community service. After achieving Bronze and Silver pins at the district and state levels through the TSA Achievement Program, Jarod Goins, Blake Sheppard, Preston Southern, Winston Koehler, and Jessica Downs earned Gold Achievement pins at the National conference. The TSA Achievement Program (Bronze, Silver, and Gold pins) is designed to motivate and recognize student members for their high efforts in their school’s technology education program. Terri Southern, math teacher and sponsor of Airport’s TSA, accompanied the TSA students to Dallas. Southern was named the 2015 South Carolina TSA Adviser of the Year. The National Association of Educational Office Professionals (NAEOP) May 15, 2015 PSP/CEOE (Professional Standards Program/ Certified Educational Office Employee) recipients for South Carolina include Laurie Cannon, PSP & CEOE; Patti Christensen, PSP & CEOE; Robin Dease, PSP & CEOE; Sarah Harris, PSP & CEOE; Vickie McIntyre, PSP & CEOE; Tena Ponteau, PSP; Redell Sherrill, PSP & CEOE; Sylvia Sullivan, PSP; Debra Waldrop, PSP & CEOE; Veronica Watkins, PSP; and Carla Young, PSP & CEOE.


William Wu William Wu William Wu, a rising senior at Ben Lippen School has successfully completed the NASC (National Association of Student Councils) Student Leaders Program, earning national recognition as an NASC Distinguished Student Leader. He is one of nearly 600 students in the nation to achieve this recognition.

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