Harrison named to Dean’s List at Virginia Tech

  • Monday, April 29, 2013

Bailey T. Harrison, a student at at Virginia Tech, was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.

Harrison is a freshman majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering.

Boston University

Two Mount Pleasant residents have been named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the Fall semester. Students recognized for this honor include: Abigail E. Clauhs and Yuankai Shen.


Students from 47 public schools throughout the tri-county area battled for top honors at the 27th annual Quest Academic Competition held March 9 at Trident Technical College.

Students participated in four levels of competition: Level I-grade 6, Level II-grades 7-8, Level III-grades 9-10 and Level IV-grades 11-12. Students competed and earned points in team competitions in math, science and social studies and in individual competitions in composition, public speaking and visual arts. Schools whose students earned the most total points won overall awards at each level. Special competitions that did not contribute points toward the overall awards were held in automotive, computer aided design, computer programming, culinary, engineering design and construction, French, Spanish, video/film and welding.

Overall awards were given to 14 schools. At Level I (grade 6) Rollings Middle School of the Arts won first place, Alston Middle School placed second and Cane Bay Middle, Moultrie Middle and Oakbrook Middle schools tied for third place. At Level II (grades 7-8) Thomas C. Cario Middle School took top honors, Rollings Middle School of the Arts placed second and Laing Middle School of Science & Technology placed third. At Level III (grades 9-10) Academic Magnet High School won first place, Summerville High School placed second and Stratford High School placed third. At Level IV (grades 11-12) Ashley Ridge High School won first place, Wando High School placed second and Academic Magnet High School took third place.

Approximately 1,200 students participated in this year’s Quest. The competition was developed by TTC to promote academic excellence, provide an academic challenge to students, and recognize top students, teachers and schools. For the second consecutive year Quest received a major boost thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Google Charitable Giving Fund at Tides Foundation.

Boston Review

College of Charleston Alumna Raena Shirali ’12 is one of the winners of the eminent “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Contest, an amazing accomplishment for someone so young. Raena Shirali is from Mount Pleasant and graduated from the Charleston County School of the Arts. The prize includes publication in Boston Review and a reading at the Unterberg Poetry Center in New York, N.Y.

Shirali, who earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing, attributes her achievement in part to the College. She says, the “College of Charleston is really where I began taking poetry seriously. I took eight Creative Writing workshops during my time at the College that helped me develop my craft, encouraged me to read both prose and poetry, and pushed me to take chances in my writing – which was vitally important to me. I was never discouraged from experimenting in either my poetry or fiction classes, and I have those professors to thank for the motivation to try something different every time I sit down to write.” Shirali is now enrolled in the Masters in Fine Arts (poetry) program The Ohio State University. Listen to her read her poem “the waves receded in december” on the Fogged Clarity poetry blog.

According to the 92Y Unterberg website, “Now in its sixth decade, the “Discovery” Poetry Contest is designed to attract large audiences to poets who have not yet published a book. For this sixth year, the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center is proud to partner with Boston Review.”

For more information about the College’s Concentration or Minor in Creative Writing, visit the Department of English’s website.

Cario drama

Cario Middle School Advanced Drama students competed in the 2013 South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association (SCSTA) Middle School Festival and Competition held in Spartanburg on April 13. Pinewood Prep and Marrington Middle School of the Arts were the other two local schools that participated in this statewide annual SCSTA event, which included over 240 South Carolina middle school drama students.

Cario eighth grader, Nick Fisher won first place in Original Comedic Monologue; Cario seventh graders, Victoria Nathanson, Ann Webb, Chandler Hawkins and Nick Bennis won second place in Readers Theatre; Cario seventh grader, Ann Webb won second place in Solo Comedic Acting; and Cario seventh graders, Addy Lacy and Laney Hill won third place in Duet Acting. All of these SCSTA medalists performed in Cario’s recent production of “Annie, JR.” at the Wando PAC, including leading roles for Victoria Nathanson (Annie); Nick Fisher (Oliver Warbucks); Ann Webb (Grace Farrell); Addy Lacy (Miss Hannigan); and, Laney Hill (Lily St. Regis).

Twenty-two Cario Advanced Drama students, from sixth, seventh and eighth grade, were selected for the 2013 Cario SCSTA Drama team, including Kate Wander (7), Rasy Groesbeck (7), Chandler Hawkins (7), Jada Cameron (6), Lauren Pilling (7), MaryLogan Hayes (6), Kirsten Morrell (8) Amanda Whalen (8), Jonas Millican (6 alt), Jenna Hopkins (8), Mara Pfeil (8), Victoria Nathanson (7), Addy Lacy (7), Laney Hill (7), Nick Bennis (7), Ann Webb (7) David Emory (8), Sophie Cuff (7), Kellie Martin (8 alt), Nick Fisher (8), Lindsey Crothers (8), Alyssa Stone (6) and Joni McLeod, Cario drama teacher.

Auditions for the 2013-2014 Cario Advanced Drama for Cario rising sixth, seventh and eighth graders will be held on May 14 and May 15. Please check the Cario drama website for more details. http://teacherweb.com/SC/CarioMiddleSchool/McLeod

For more information regarding this event, please contact Principal Hudson or JoAnn Jarman at 856-4595.

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