Fort Mill Times

In Our Schools - June 17, 2009

Elizabeth Cooney
Elizabeth Cooney

Martin gets diploma

When former Fort Mill resident Melody Delaney Martin walked across the stage on April 25 to accept her diploma during Strayer University's commencement ceremony in Atlanta, she achieved a dream almost 30 years in the making.

Like many working adults who decide to return to college to finish their degree, Martin, 46, had attended junior college and took evening courses sporadically while working full time, but had never fully committed to completing her degree.

A conversation with her husband four years ago prompted her to finish what she had started.

"We were talking about our personal regrets, and I said that I had always regretted not earning my bachelor's degree," she said.

"Vann just looked at me and said, 'Why don't you finish now?' Those few simple words were my motivation."

Not only did she finish her long-awaited Bachelor's of Science in accounting, she maintained a 4.0 grade point average to earn valedictorian honors.

Local students graduate

The following students from Fort Mill all graduated from Anderson University recently: Jamie Rebekah Bailey, B.A.; Timothy Blake Butler, B.A.; Rachel Claypool, B.S., Magna Cum Laude; Patricia Joy McGlohon, B.S.; and Adam Wellington Payne, B.A.

Anderson University is a liberal arts-based, comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention.

Cates accepted to medical school

Kryssy Cates, a 2003 graduate of Fort Mill High School and a 2007 graduate Summa Cum Laude of Clemson University, was accepted to the Columbia School of Medicine to advance her career in medicine. She will be a practicing Medical Doctor upon graduation.

Cates was recruited by the National Institute of Health under a Fellowship to explore and develop scientific studies in research to understand mechanisms of intracellular vesicular transport and its regulation, which began with investigation of the ribosylation factor family of GTP-binding proteins.

While living in Chevy Chase, Md., and working full-time at NIH, she served as a nanny for tree children, and as a discussion leader for Bible Study Fellowship.

She also served at McLean Bible Church as a youth leader.

She is the daughter of Chris and Kathy Cates of Tega Cay.

Cooney on President's List

Elizabeth Cooney, a 2008 graduation of Fort Mill High School, made a 4.0 grade point average her freshman year at Clemson University and is the on President's List.

She is studying architecture.

--compiled by staff