Education

AROUND THE SCHOOLS

ELEMENTARY

Lesslie

Malicha Cousar earned principal scholar for the year and also received awards for perfect attendance, art and science. She has graduated from the fifth grade.

ArDajia Cousar earned a perfect attendance award and the Imaginative Award for Writing.

HIGH

Fort Mill

Rachel Tripp, a rising ninth-grader, has been chosen to receive the 12th annual Long Family Scholarship to attend the South Carolina Governor's School of the Arts in July. The scholarship is sponsored by the Long Family, the Arts Council of Rock Hill, York County and the Woman's Club of Rock Hill. The scholarship is awarded to a York County student each year attending the Governor's School. The award committee makes a selection for this scholarship based on talent, civic duties and past accomplishments.

Rachel will study voice. She has been singing in public since age 3. She enjoys singing classical, opera and pop. Broadway music is her passion and she hopes to perform on the New York stage in the future.

South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics

Sarah Hager, a senior, recently co-authored an article featured in the March 2007 Issue of The Journal of Forestry. The article, titled "What Do Teenagers Think of Environmental Issues and Natural Resources Management Careers?" was co-authored by Sarah and Professor Thomas Straka and research associate Heather Irwin, both of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources of Clemson University.

She also was recently selected as the Corey Claytor Memorial Scholarship recipient. The school annually awards the scholarship to the graduating senior who best exemplifies the qualities of character the school remembers in Corey Claytor: helpfulness to others, sense of humor and a willingness to befriend others without regard to race, creed or status.

Sarah is the daughter of Tim and Peggy Hager of Rock Hill and will attend Wofford College in the fall.

Area students who placed at the 50th percentile or higher on the National Spanish Exam include: Jenny Burnett of Rock Hill; Junda Chen of Fort Mill; William Gunter of Lake Wylie; and Dylan Hale of York.

South Pointe

Brad Avers, son of Dick and Lorretta King of Rock Hill, was recently accepted as a member of the U.S. Youth Ensembles 2007 European Concert Tour.

He plays the snare drum and is percussion captain for the South Pointe "Band of Thunder." He will travel Friday to Boston for two days of rehearsals and then leave for Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France. The ensembles currently have nine scheduled concerts.

Brad will be a senior (the first graduating class) at South Pointe High this fall.

PRIVATE

Shekinah Christian Academy

Students who recently graduated are Joy Hardwick Mattice (valedictorian), Cherylyn Waite (salutatorian), Travis McClure, Andrew Stinson and Christie Young.

COLLEGES

The Citadel

Area students who recently graduated include: William Andersen, son of Dr. and Mrs. Brian Lee Andersen of Rock Hill, Gold Star; Joshua Dockery, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray E. Dockery of Rock Hill, Gold Star; Alexander Houston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Scott Houston of Chester, Gold Star; Thomas James, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Bennett James Jr. of Rock Hill; John Powell, son of Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Neal Powell Jr. of Rock Hill; Michael Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Norman Taylor of Rock Hill; and John Teague III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Debbie Teague Sanders of Rock Hill, Gold Star.

Gold Star recipients achieved a 3.7 grade point average or higher.

Columbia

Nancy Genoble, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Gossatt of Catawba was recently named to the Order of the Purple Seal, a national honor society limited to juniors and seniors who have a cumulative 3.5 grade point average for four full-time semesters. She is a senior majoring in elementary education.

Duke University

Seyward Lanier Darby, granddaughter of Jimmy and Betty Jo Rhea of Rock Hill, recently graduated, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in English with Honors at Highest Distinction.

Attending Duke on a B.N. Duke Scholarship, she also was a 2005 inductee into Phi Beta Kappa, editor of the daily campus newspaper "The Chronicle" and spent the summer of 2006 as a volunteer in Thailand teaching English to school children.

The recent recipient of a Hart Fellowship through the Sanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke, she will do post-graduate research throughout the next year in Prague, Czech Republic with Transitions Online, a Web-based media company that provides in-depth journalism on policy issues in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Nathan Christensen, son of Doug and Esther Christensen of Tega Cay, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering, with Highest Honors. He is pursuing graduate studies at Georgia Tech.

University of South Carolina

Melissa Lynn Majecic, daughter of Frank and Joanne Majecic of Rock Hill, recently became recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national leadership and honors organization.

She also was named to the President's Honor List during the fall 2006 semester for earning a 4.0 grade point average. Melissa graduated from Northwestern High School in 2006.

Jonathan David McGuirt, son of David and Barbara Mcguirt, recently graduated. Jonathan graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in the biological sciences. Jonathan will be attending the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in the fall. He is a 2002 graduate of Rock Hill High School.

North Greenville University

Two Rock Hill students recently graduated. Rebecca Anne Hyatt, daughter of Kenny and Robyn Hyatt, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Krystal Marie Tucker, daughter of Boyd and Brenda Sullivan, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied gerontology

Wake Forest

William McKinney, son of Ed McKinney and Kathy McKinney of Rocki Hill, recently graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry.

He will begin medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in August.

LeTourneau University

Andrew Christensen, son of Doug and Esther Christensen of Tega Cay, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical science, flight science concentration, summa cum laude.

He is an employee of Aero-Tech Aviation in Monroe, N.C.

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