Here’s a roundup of education news around the Spartanburg area this week.
8 students names semifinalists
Eight Spartanburg High School seniors were recently recognized as National Merit Semifinalists as part of the scholarship program. In order to qualify as a Semifinalist, students take the Preliminary SAT Test (PSAT) and are the highest scorers in each of the 50 states.
Honorees are Will Beeson, Ilan Falcon, Tristen Godfrey, Andrew (Drew) Lawton, Jackson Van Hyning, Jacob Price, Harrison VanVleet, and Alexander (Xander) Woodfin. They were among 197 students encompassing public, private, and homeschools across South Carolina to achieve the ranking nationwide.
These eight students represent the top 1% of our nation’s high school seniors.
Fifty-one graduates celebrated in virtual commencement
Fifty-one students from around the world celebrated their graduation from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, on Saturday, September 19, 2020, during the college’s first-ever virtual commencement ceremony. The college’s 137th commencement was a shared ceremony for June and September 2020 graduates. The ceremony premiered on the college’s Facebook and YouTube platforms and featured award presentations, speeches, and a photo presentation of the graduates.
Vice President for Student Affairs LaShanda Hutto Harris, MSW, said because the college was unable to host a traditional ceremony, it sought to use the digital format to its benefit, creating a personalized program.
Michael Gregory Haun of Tennessee (June class) and Tara Dawn Levesque of Maine (September class) received the Milton W. Garfunkel Award, the highest award given at graduation; Levesque presented the farewell address to their classmates. Students receiving the Garfunkel Award must have a grade point average of 3.5 or above, and in addition, best exemplify those qualities Sherman College would like to inculcate in all of its graduates: love of the profession, an understanding of the philosophy, willingness to share, and service to the college and community.
Haun (June class) and Megan Grady of Pennsylvania (September class) received the Academic Achievement Award. The Academic Achievement Award is given to the individual in each graduating class who maintains the highest grade point average throughout his or her studies at Sherman College.
Charles Thomas Tucker III of South Carolina (June class) and Regina Renee Sanders of South Carolina (September class) received the Service Distinction Award. This distinction is not given at every graduation; rather it is given to students who stand out for their significant and distinguished service contributions to Sherman College and the local community throughout their course of study.
Cid Marie Correa Irizarry of Puerto Rico (June class) and Levesque (September class) received the Clinical Excellence Award in recognition of their successful practices in the Health Center. This award is given to an intern in each class who has diligently worked to develop skills in the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic, maintained an A average in the clinical program and exhibited superior overall clinical performance and professionalism.
Teena Marie Rowe of Kentucky (June class) and Tucker (June class) received the B.J. Palmer Philosophy Distinction Award. This honor is given to outstanding students who exemplify the profound philosophical understanding necessary to translate the universal principles of life into the workable philosophy, science and art which is chiropractic.
Sherman College Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences Terry E. Lancaster, M.A., presented the commencement address. Frank Vaught Jr., D.C., delivered the charge to the graduates.
The doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College requires students to complete approximately nearly 5,000 hours (14 quarters) of classroom and laboratory study and includes an internship in the college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center. To enter the D.C. program, students must have at least 90 semester hours of college-level courses, including courses in the sciences.
Local students named to 2020 BJU Symphony Orchestra
Several students were recently named to the 2020 Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra. The mission of the BJUSO, one of three orchestras at BJU, is to inspire artistic excellence in performance as a display of God’s glory and His gifts to man. Auditions are open to all students at the university, regardless of academic major.
“I’m proud of our student musicians,” said conductor Dr. Michael Moore, chair of the Division of Music. ” I will always be grateful for the privilege to make music with these young artists.”
The 43-member symphony has a long, rich tradition of presenting masterworks from the orchestral repertoire. Students also have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of chamber works, opera, musical theatre, symphonic pops, and sacred music literature.
The 2020-2021 season’s performances include Concerto and Aria Contest Showcase Concert featuring the 2020 winning soloists performing with the BJUSO (Sep. 18) and Beethoven’s 6th Symphony (Oct. 9).
Emily Carroll, a resident of Lyman, was recently named to the 2020 Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra (BJUSO). Carroll is a Senior majoring in Music Education at BJU.
Lauren Davies, a resident of Greer, was recently named to the 2020 Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra (BJUSO). Davies is a Junior majoring in Orchestral Instrument Performance at BJU.
Emma Smoker, a resident of Greer, was recently named to the 2020 Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra (BJUSO). Smoker is a Sophomore majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies at BJU.
Georgia Southern announces Spring 2020 Dean’s List
Georgia Southern University recently recognized approximately 4,200 students for excellence in academics on the Spring 2020 Dean’s List. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.
The following local students were named to the 2020 dean’s list: Madison Patton, Anna Patton, both of Spartanburg.
Zachary Cano of Lyman named to UA Deans List
Zachary B Cano of Lyman, was named to The University of Alabama Deans List for summer 2020.
A total of 506 students enrolled during the 2020 summer term at UA were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).
The UA Dean’s and President’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or to undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.
Summer 2020 graduates announced at UA
The University of Alabama awarded some 1,345 degrees during its summer commencement July 31 – Aug. 2.
Zachary Cano of Lyman, received the following: Bachelor of Arts;
Elizabeth Cash of Spartanburg, received the following: Bachelor of Arts.
Wofford College student government elected
The Elections and Nominations Committee of the Wofford College Campus Union announced the election of student body officers, class of 2021 officers and delegates, senior class officers and 2020-21 judicial commission officers. Area students elected include:
Jurnee Jones Holcombe was elected a senior delegate. She is majoring in government and sociology. Jones Holcombe is from Woodruff.
Destiny Shippy was elected a junior delegate. She is majoring in sociology and anthropology. Shippy is from Spartanburg.
Frank Williams was elected a sophomore delegate. Williams is from Greenville.
Georgia Seay was elected an at-large delegate. She is a government major. Seay is from Spartanburg.
Matthew Shouse was elected an at-large delegate. He is a business economics major. Shouse is from Greenville.
Uige Ujaan was elected senior class president. He is majoring in international affairs. Ujaan is from Spartanburg.
Jed Foundation launches the Morgan Stanley Scholarship Fund
The Jed Foundation (JED) recently announced the launch of its $1 million Morgan Stanley Scholarship Fund to enable higher education institutions serving students from low-income and diverse backgrounds to participate in JED Campus. JED Campus is a signature program of the foundation and helps colleges and universities develop and strengthen their approaches to supporting student mental health and preventing suicide–the second leading cause of death for teens and young adults across the nation. As students are returning to campus this fall with heightened anxiety and stress about what to expect amid COVID-19, college campuses are in need of support to increase access to mental health infrastructure and services.
JED is a founding nonprofit partner organization of the Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health, which brings together key leaders in the children’s mental health space and combines the resources and reach of Morgan Stanley and its Foundation to help address children’s mental health concerns and the far-reaching challenges of stress, anxiety, and depression. The Alliance seeks to drive impact for young people – especially in marginalized populations – by assisting youth through formative transitions, and helping parents recognize mental health disorders and support their children.
Six colleges have been selected as the inaugural scholarship recipients for fall 2020: Frederick Community College of Maryland, Spartanburg Community College of South Carolina, St. Thomas University of Florida, Towson University of Maryland, University of Missouri, and Holyoke Community College of Massachusetts. JED Campus advisors will work closely with these schools through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems, programs, and policy assessment with customized support to build upon each institution’s existing structures.
The Morgan Stanley Scholarship Fund has allocated monies for up to 50 schools over the next three years. Universities and colleges interested in applying for The Morgan Stanley Scholarship Fund should visit https://www.jedcampus.org/about/cost/.
The scholarship fund was made possible through the Morgan Stanley Foundation. Through a grant of $9.9 million, the Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health has significantly bolstered JED’s impact on youth mental health in colleges and high schools, and will enable JED to more than double the number of colleges and universities receiving its JED Campus services, reaching 3.5 million additional students. With this support, JED will also be better equipped to foster deeper engagement with schools that are alumni of JED Campus and at colleges and universities across the nation. JED Campus currently works with over 300 colleges and universities, representing 15% of students nationwide.