University School of the Lowcountry (USL) emphasizes “learning by doing” in its approach to education every day for students in third through 12th grade. When the world is your classroom, you go forth every week from campus to see things for yourself. 

The University School of the Lowcountry had many honorees in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. At USL, all students participate in this competition which is open to grades 7-12. In the past four years over 80% of their students have earned regional awards and 12 students have won national awards. Out of 300,000-plus submissions yearly, less than 1% are honored at the national level. 

Kudos to English teacher Sara Peck for inspiring and guiding USL students. All students in the Middle and Upper School divisions ultimately have her as a teacher for several years, and she works with them all on their submissions for this competition. She is one of America's best, and the proof is in the results. University School is the only school in America and Sara Peck is the only teacher to have had three seventh grade national award winners in the last four years and she is the only teacher of a South Carolina Middle School Gold Key award winner this year. 

This year only seven National Writing Gold Keys were earned by seventh graders. Congratulations to Noah Rucquoi of Mount Pleasant, who received two of them for his flash fiction piece "Wishing For You To Come Home" and his humor submission "Homework!"

USL is also proud of Jackie Berenyi of Charleston, for her national award one her personal essay "A Selected Collection of My Hoodies." As well as Kessler Kreutner-Eady of Mount Pleasant for winning the $500 One Earth Award for South Carolina for her short story "Concrete Ocean."