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  • Thursday, May 15, 2014

Grant Brainerd, of Charleston, South Carolina, has been named to the deanís list at Bucknell University for the fall semester of the 2013-14 academic year. These students have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0.

Brainerd is the son of Gregory and Lisa Brainerd and a 2011 graduate of Westminster School.

The Citadel

Citadel cadets named to the Commandantís List are recognized for having made the most positive contributions to their platoon, company, battalion or staff, the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and The Citadel during the previous semester.

George Campsen of Isle of Palms, South Carolina.

Austin Winkler of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

William Wutzer of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

The Presidentís List is the most distinguished awards list on which a cadet can be placed. It indicates excellence in academics and military duties for the previous semester. The Presidentís List is a combination of the Deanís List and the Commandantís Distinguished Service List, which is composed of cadets who contribute the most to their companies and who have excellent military and academic records.

George Campsen of Isle of Palms, South Carolina, has been named to the Presidentís List at The Citadel.

Austin Winkler of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, has been named to the Presidentís List at The Citadel.

William Wutzer of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, has been named to the Presidentís List at The Citadel.

Cadet Robert Forrest Kimball and Cadet William Wutzer of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, have earned a position on the 2015 Summerall Guards, a silent drill platoon at The Citadel.

Cadet Kimball is among 61 rising seniors that have gone through rigorous drill and physical training to be selected as members of the Summerall Guards. Cadets are chosen for their ability to precisely execute selected portions of the drill series they will perform as Summerall Guards, as well as, their demonstrated level of physical fitness and stamina.

The 2015 Summerall Guards made its debut on March 15, during Corps Day Weekend. The Corps of Cadets this year celebrated its 171st birthday.

The platoon was created in 1932 and named for Gen. Charles P. Summerall, former chief of staff of the U.S. Army and president of The Citadel from 1931 until 1953. Its purpose is to exemplify the exactness and thoroughness with which Citadel cadets are trained. The drill, which is verbally passed down from class to class, is a unique series of movements based on the old German close order drill and performed to a silent count. Each yearís Summerall Guards take responsibility for teaching the next yearís unit the intricate steps of the drill.

Brenau University

The local students graduated from Brenau University in 2013:

Laura Michelle Kernen from Charleston, South Carolina, graduated with a Master of Education degree.

Bates College

Zoe Seaman-Grant, a member of the Brooks Quimby Debate Council at Bates College, was the American Parliamentary Debate Associationís top-ranked novice collegiate debater in the nation the week of Monday, March 10.

Seaman-Grantís best-in-the-nation standing follows her novice-speaker victories at the Stanford University tournament on March 8, the Wellesley College tournament on Feb. 8 and the Providence College tournament on Jan. 31. Her other top-five novice speaker finishes include second at Vassar on Oct. 5, 2013, third at Brandeis on Oct. 19, 2013, third at Brown on Oct. 26, 2013, and fifth at the Wesleyan tournament held Nov. 16, 2013.

Seaman-Grant and teammate Matt Kahn of Newington, Connecticut, finished first in the novice division at the Boston University Tournament held Sept. 28, 2013, as well as the Vassar College tournament held Oct. 5, 2013. The pair finished as the third novice team at Brandeis on Oct. 19, 2013, and second at Brown on Oct. 26, 2013.

ďThe hard work of team members has established the BQDC as one of the premier debate teams in America,Ē says Jan Hovden, director of debate and lecturer in rhetoric at Bates. ďI couldnít be prouder of them, and I look forward to continued success throughout the rest of the year.Ē

The Brooks Quimby Debate Council at Bates College is one of the worldís most successful debating societies. Bates debaters are routinely ranked among the best in the U.S. while also competing internationally, including annually at the World Universities Debating Championships. Seaman-Grant, the daughter of Mr. Robert P. Grant and Dr. Myra J. Seaman of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, is a 2013 graduate of Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama UA Early College program recently accepted Alexandra McKibbin from Provost Academy. UA Early College students are high school students from across the United States who earn college credit online, and are eligible for the UA Summer Residential/Honors Ready Experience. The highly motivated students may earn up to 30 hours of college credit from The University of Alabama, and still enter UA eligible for freshmen scholarships.

Loomis Chaffee School

Michael Carter, a junior from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, has recently been named to the High Honor Roll for the winter term at The Loomis Chaffee School.

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