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  • Thursday, June 5, 2014

Balakrishnan Pillai, a 2012 Academic Magnet graduate, was recently awarded the Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry by Clemson University. Balu, an Honors College student at Clemson, is the first sophomore to have this honor bestowed as it has traditionally been given only to seniors. Balu plans to follow his parents, Dr. Bhanu Pillai and Dr. Ranjini Pillai, into the field of medicine. Balu attended Whitesides Elementary and Laing Middle School.

Nicholas S. Sottile, a 2012 Wando graduate, was elected to lead the South Carolina College Democrats for the next year as its president. Nicholas started in politics by canvassing for Mayor Joe Riley in 2002 and he has continued to work on local, state and national campaigns. Nicholas attended Whitesides Elementary and Laing Middles School.

Atley Hammond has been selected to serve as a summer intern for United States Senator Tim Scott at his Charleston office. Atley was also inducted into the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society at Charleston Southern University this spring. Atley was a 2011 graduate of Palmetto Christian Academy and is currently a junior at Charleston Southern University. Atley is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Charlotte Hammond and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Ed and Adalia Rhodes, all of Mount Pleasant.

Alexander Krakuszeski graduates at Brenau University

Alexander Joseph Krakuszeski from Charleston, South Carolina, graduated from Brenau University with a Master of Business Administration during the 135th anniversary commencement ceremonies.

Founded in 1878, Brenau University enrolls students in graduate and undergraduate studies on campuses and online. The Gainesville, Georgia-based liberal arts institution, which includes the residential Brenau Women's College, also operates campuses in Augusta, Kings Bay, Norcross and Fairburn.

Laura Evans graduates from Brevard College

Laura Evans of Mount Pleasant graduated from Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina during its 161st commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 3. Evans earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies. Evans was also named to the Dean's List for the spring semester.

Coastal Carolina University honors spring 2014 graduation candidates

Coastal Carolina University's spring commencement ceremony was held at Brooks Stadium on May 10, with some 1,081 candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees. U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, the commencement speaker, urged the class of 2014 to embrace the responsibility their education has given them, to pursue the truth and to cultivate a sense of historical awareness and civic duty.

Trethewey received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony.

Seven students received the President's Award for Academic Achievement, which recognizes students with the highest cumulative grade point averages. The following recipients of the award all had perfect 4.0 grade point averages, graduating summa cum laude: Chelsey M. Beese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, with a dual bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and marine science; Emily K. Bernard of Myrtle Beach with a degree in accounting; Richard D. Floyd Jr. of Murrells Inlet, with a degree in applied physics; Tonya M. Hewitt of Conway with a degree in elementary education; Jessie N. Rowan of Mullins, with a degree in elementary education; Aaron J. Smith of Conway, with a dual degree in computer science and applied mathematics; and Matthew C. Tyler of Loris, with a degree in history.

Among the candidates for graduation were:

John Karle, of Charleston, South Carolina, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sport Management.

Rose Williams, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio.


Houston of Mount Pleasant uses spring break to help family in Dominican

Jessica Ariana Houston of Mount Pleasant served in the Dominican Republic over spring break with the Clemson Connections group.

Houston is a sophomore majoring in English at Clemson University.

Clemson Connections is a minority mentor program housed in the Gantt Center for Student Life.

The group sent 11 undergraduate and three graduate students to Los Parcelos just outside of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. They spent their time building a home for a family in need.

Local residents inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

The following local residents recently were initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines:

Zachary Mills of Charleston initiated at College of Charleston

Nicholas Rainey of Charleston initiated at The Citadel

Sorinel Oprisan of Mount Pleasant initiated at College of Charleston

Ana Oprisan of Mount Pleasant initiated at College of Charleston

JeanMarc Ault-Riche of Mount Pleasant initiated at College of Charleston

Erik Fender of Mount Pleasant initiated at The Citadel

Paul Martin of Mount Pleasant initiated at The Citadel

Katie Hurley of Mount Pleasant initiated at The Citadel

Sam Stribling of Mount Pleasant initiated at The Citadel

Jeffrey Scheerer of Mount Pleasant initiated at The Citadel

Anna Chandler Rennison of Mount Pleasant initiated at The Citadel

Jeremy Murphy of Mount Pleasant initiated at The Citadel

Michelle Jenkins of Mount Pleasant initiated at The Citadel

Victoria Musheff of Mount Pleasant initiated at The Citadel

Brent Murray of Mount Pleasant initiated at The Citadel

Chelsea McCaskill of Mount Pleasant graduates from UNL

Chelsea Erin McCaskill of Mount Pleasant was among more than 2,900 students who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in ceremonies May 9-10.

McCaskill received a Bachelor of Music with distinction from the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

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