149 district students honored at banquet as 2017 South Carolina Junior Scholars

28 Mar 149 district students honored at banquet as 2017 South Carolina Junior Scholars

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Wednesday, March 22, 2016

 

149 district students honored at banquet as 2017 South Carolina Junior Scholars

 

BEAUFORT – One hundred forty-nine Beaufort County eighth-graders were honored tonight for being named Junior Scholars by the South Carolina Department of Education.

 

The students and their parents were recognized at a Junior Scholars Banquet sponsored by the Beaufort County School District.  This year’s 149 honorees eclipsed 2016’s total of 130 honorees district-wide.

 

“This recognition recognizes your potential to become a success in school and in life,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “Whether you live up to that potential is up to you.”

 

The banquet’s featured speaker was Brooke Everly, who graduated as the valedictorian of the Class of 2016 at Whale Branch Early College High School with both a South Carolina High School Diploma and an Associate’s Degree from the Technical College of the Lowcountry.  Everly is currently a cadet at The Citadel, where she maintains a 3.8 GPA and plans to graduate next spring with the intention of continuing into the Citadel’s Accelerated Master’s program for Biology.  Her longer-term goals include attending medical school and becoming a surgical oncologist.

 

The Junior Scholars Program was developed by the South Carolina Department of Education to identify eighth-graders with exceptional academic talent and to develop strategies for inclusion into special programs.  The program includes a process for screening, identifying and recognizing students with high scholastic achievement and intellectual ability.

 

Eligible students include those who score 50 or higher on the PSAT (preliminary SAT) in verbal, math or writing, or those who participated in Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) during their seventh-grade years.

 

Students who qualify as Junior Scholars receive an award of merit from the South Carolina Department of Education as well as information regarding summer academic experiences sponsored by South Carolina colleges and universities.  They can use that special recognition to bolster their applications to colleges and universities.