Mount Pleasant Academy announces third quarter honor roll

  • Friday, May 24, 2013

Mount Pleasant Academy announces the Principal’s Honor Roll and A/B Honor Roll for the third quarter:

Third Grade Principal’s Honor Roll (all A’s)

Sophie deBrux, Hayes Martini, Amelia Norcott, Benjamin Stevens, Wiley Tschantz, Spivey Woodward, Julia McKellar, John Hutto, William Abel, Grier Abercrombie, Anson Clark, Brennen Evans, Jack Lipscomb, Harmon Kerrison, Macey Brooks, Ella Drew Dodd, Austin Gallman, Hampden Geer, Emma Nodine, Cecilia Ollis, Justin Story, John Thomason, Sam Boyd, Henry Brown, Ellie Middleton, Nick Cladakis, Ruby Hansen, Edward Orr, Lauren Peagler, Perrin Popovich and Keller Wachsmuth.

Fourth Grade Principal’s Honor Roll (all A’s)

Wils Browning, Cille Hassell, Olivia Horne, Henry Howell, Gracie Kammerer, Katie King, Kyleigh Lesesne, Maggie McKay, Bella Tuk, Jenna Jenkins, Sam Snedeker, Owen Wilkes, Marshall Hodges, Hannah Korson, Graham McAlister, Ally Monts, Holland Nelson, Jessica Palmer, Lucy Richmond, Sawyer Shoemake, Harris Stripling, Davis Varnado, Estella Walsh, Crawford White, Delaney Winn, Sriram Srinivas, Nicholas Apostolou, Sara Crawford, Mary Katherine Kerrigan, Kayla Kirkland, Whitney Knots, Isabella LaBorde, Susannah Manucy, Peyton Moore, Ava Piebenga, Disha Qanungo, Ellie Rogers, Charlotte Smith, Margo Smith, Adam Swanson and Hank Tschantz.

Fifth Grade Principal’s Honor Roll (all A’s)

Frances Folline, Ted Fairchild, Eliza Avant, Molly Kerr, Brooks Maxwell, Mary McElveen, Garrick Tyler, Jackson Averill, Sam Buchanan, William Jordan and Evan Posnanski.

Third Grade Honor Roll (all A’s and B’s)

Ava Allen, Halsey Harrison, Smyth Johnson, Mary Lillian Leigh, Grant Miller, Benjamin Nodine, Winn Thornhill, Cleary Chance, Amelia Dietrich, Kai Dutton, Caroline Collins, Will Crimmins, Emmie Lee, Holden Moore, Sidd Pelluru, Cypress Santos, Hope Staubes, Whit Tiller, Blake West, Olivia Dennis, Caleb Keane, Brooke Bennett, Bennett Blanchard, Mary Charlotte Brookshire, Cameron Capps, Saffron Jones, Caroline Morey, Summer Padgett, Alex Barnes, Autumn Bosier, Virginia Buxton, Sharriah Green, Will Houlihan, Henry McMillan, Brendan Pastor, Ellisann Thomas, Mary Lide Wallace, Ella Grace Jordan, Tommy Bryant and Clinton Larrabee.

Fourth Grade Honor Roll (all A’s and B’s)

Jake Haire, Addie Warley, Gill Johnson, Cooper Valinski, Jack Bucknam, Livvie Caldwell, Britton Logan, Leland McConnell, Irie Williams, Benjamin Carter, Jack Ladd, Bryson Miller, Bryce Owens, JT Walker, Marco Jimenez, Lillian Nielsen, Grayson Ammons, Maryn Austin, Rush David Dixon, Julia Freeman, Jackson Bilbro, Dollie Powell and Ryan McInerny.

Fifth Grade Honor Roll (all A’s and B’s)

Tyler Saxton, Kristi Lee Kirkland, Luke Prendergast, Legare Kerrison, Alex Tallarico, Savanna Adams, Anna Golding, Aisling Gross, Noah Pitassi, Savannah Sergent, Dylan Googer, Andrew Peters, Amelia Blair, Emerson Garris, Tatyana Thompson, Grace Davenport, Ava Middour, Caelan Paquette, Keegan Winn, Hayes Hogg, Skyler Jones and Elizabeth Missroon.

McCombs named vp for business and administration at Lander

Lander University has appointed Gary McCombs of Mount Pleasant the university’s new vice president for business and administration effective June 3.

McCombs comes to Lander from the College of Charleston where, for more than six years, he has been a full-time visiting lecturer in the Accounting and Legal Studies Department in the college’s School of Business. Before taking the classroom assignment, he spent 13 years as the college’s senior vice president for business affairs.

McCombs received his bachelor’s degree at Clemson University and a master’s in public administration from Valdosta State University, in Georgia. He has spent his entire professional career in higher education.

Lander president Daniel Ball said of McCombs, “He brings many tangible qualities to Lander, including his successful tenure in business and administration at two fine institutions, a substantial history as an accounting faculty member and knowledge of South Carolina’s political and governmental networks, along with the navigational skills needed with those bodies.”

Ball added that, in addition to his executive duties, McComb hopes to serve in some capacity as an adviser, a tutor and a mentor to Lander students in accounting and other academic areas.

McCombs said he applied for the Lander position because, while he found his classroom work very rewarding, he missed “the excitement and challenges of being part of an institution’s executive administrative team.” He added, “Lander, like the vast majority of other public institutions, will continue to face the financial challenges from uncertain economic conditions and other funding pressures. I am privileged to have this opportunity to join President Ball and his outstanding management team at Lander as the institution encounters these challenges in its continued pursuit of excellence.”

Charleston Charter School for Math and Science receives certification

Charleston Charter School for Math and Science announces that it has received national certification for its Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program that it has been offering since 2008 (This is the second time the school has gone through the national certification process to validate its program.)

PLTW, a nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs, offers a rigorous world-class curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life biomedical science projects. PLTW also prides itself on high-quality professional development of its teachers and an engaged network of business, community and university partners to give students the fullest experience.

The national PLTW recognition program distinguishes schools for successfully demonstrating a commitment to PLTW’s national standards. Additionally, certification as a PLTW school provides students with the opportunity to apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at PLTW affiliate universities when they successfully complete select PLTW courses in high school. PLTW has more than 40 affiliate college and university partners, including the University of South Carolina.

In order to remain competitive in the global economy, America needs approximately 400,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) college graduates annually, according to a National Business Roundtable report. Currently, the U.S. is graduating only 265,000 annually. PLTW is providing students with the skills, foundation, and proven path to college and career success in STEM areas to increase the number of STEM graduates.

Dr. Stagliano, principal of Charleston Charter School for Math and Science said, “We’ve seen how the PLTW program draws more students into the biomedical sciences and gets them thinking about college and their careers. We are extremely proud to be PLTW certified and ecstatic that our students are eligible for college-level recognition, which may include college credit for select PLTW courses, scholarships and admissions preference.”

As part of the recognition process, Dr. Stagliano and a team composed of teachers, staff, students, and members of the community submitted a self-assessment of the school’s implementation of PLTW’s Biomedical Sciences (BMS) program. A site visit by a PLTW trained team followed. PLTW’s team met with teachers, school administrators, counselors, students, and members of the school’s Partnership Team. A PLTW school’s Partnership Team (sometimes referred to as an Advisory Council) is comprised of teachers, counselors, administrators, post-secondary representatives, business and industry professionals, and other community members who actively support the PLTW program within a school.

Katie McGormley added, “The beauty of PLTW courses is that our kids get to experience how a concept they learned in science applies to a real-world project. In class, there are no lectures – kids are exploring the concepts of human medicine, mapping and analyzing DNA, and designing innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century. That is the kind of hands-on experience that will engage more students in fields that they might otherwise never have considered.” For more information on PLTW, you may also contact Jennifer Cahill at the national office at 317-669-0871 or jcahill@pltw.org.

Charleston Academy of Music announces student achievements

Charleston Academy of Music (CAM) piano students Caleb Borick and Jenny (Junru) Yao recently competed in the South Carolina Music Teachers Association State Pre-College Audition.

Borick, student of Eunjoo Yun, won first place in division II for concerto. Yao, student of Irina Pevzner, won honorable mention for solo and first alternate for concerto in division III. Both students are competing and performing throughout South Carolina. Borick is a 10-year-old old homeschool student who has been playing the piano since the age of 5. Yao attends the Charleston County School of the Arts, majoring in piano, and has been playing for seven years.

Located in downtown Charleston, CAM enriches the city’s cultural life, nurtures musical talent and believes people of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life should have equal access to the many wonders of music. At CAM students are empowered to become achievers by receiving superior professional musical instruction and performance opportunities through the core programs: Academy, Honors and Orchestra. CAM students and families enjoy many opportunities for performance and additional musical experiences such as masterclasses and workshops with distinguished visiting musicians.

CAM is currently accepting students for private summer instruction and Charleston Summer Music, a weeklong summer music program at the College of Charleston. For more information on CAM’s programs and events, please visit www.charlestonmusic.org or contact the office at cam746@yahoo.com od 843-805-7794.

Brown named to Dean’s List at Berkeley College

Dario A. Cortes, PhD, Berkeley College president, is proud to announce that Theda Brown of Charleston has been named to the Dean’s List at Berkeley College for the Winter 2013 Quarter. Brown is pursuing a degree through Berkeley College Online.

“Berkeley College is proud to recognize Brown for her outstanding academic achievement,” said Dr. Cortes. “Students who reflect this level of dedication to their studies become our future leaders.”

Berkeley College students who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or better with a minimum of 12 academic credits qualify for the Dean’s List.

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