32 Scholars Academy Graduates Recognized on May 19

May 21, 2015 at 11:00 am

Thirty-two high school students graduated from the prestigious Scholars Academy at the University of South Carolina Upstate on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom. This marks the fourth cohort of students to graduate from the program since its inception.

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The 2014-15 graduates are:

Lacey Key of Inman (29349) — Chapman High School. Key plans to major in Marine Biology at College of Charleston.

Cody Stammers of Inman (29349) — Chapman High School. Stammers plans to major in Computer Science at Clemson University.

Olivia Jones of Inman (29349) — Landrum High School. Jones plans to major in Biology & Psychology at College of Charleston Honors College.

Luke Waldrop of Campobello (29322) — Landrum High School. Waldrop plans to major in Graphic Communications at Clemson University.

Lily West of Campobello (29322) — Landrum High School. West plans to major in History at Converse College.

Daniel Forrester of Boiling Springs (29316) — Boiling Springs High School. Forrester plans to major in Exercise Science at USC.

Angela Germanovich of Inman (29349) — Boiling Springs High School. Germanovich plans to major in Nursing at Charleston Southern University.

Caitlin Lazurick of Boiling Springs (29316) — Boiling Springs High School. Lazurick plans to major in Biology and Education at Converse College.

Chadwick Parris of Inman (29349) — Boiling Springs High School. Parris plans to major in International Business at USC Honors College.

Zakery Slater of Chesnee (29323) — Boiling Springs High School. Slater plans to major in Computer Engineering at USC.

David Tran of Inman (29349) — Boiling Springs High School. Tran plans to major in Engineering at Duke University.

Vivian Tran of Inman (29349) — Boiling Springs High School. Tran plans to major in Chemistry and Chinese at Wofford.

Phillip Williams of Chesnee (29323) — Boiling Springs High School. Williams plans to major in Accounting at USC Upstate.

Katherine Youmans of Boiling Springs (29316) — Boiling Springs High School. Youmans plans to major in Chemical Engineering at Clemson University.

Sarah Bryant of Chesnee (29323) — Chesnee High School. Bryant plans to major in Psychology & Social Work at Limestone College.

Saralane Green of Spartanburg (29307) — Broome High School. Green plans to major in Graphic Communications at Clemson University.

Neil Thomas of Spartanburg (29307) — Broome High School. Thomas plans to major in Computer Engineering at USC Honors College.

Anna Brockman of Duncan (29334) — Byrnes High School. Brockman plans to major in International Business, Spanish, & Business Administration at USC Honors College.

Brittney Haney of Roebuck (29376) — Byrnes High School. Haney plans to major in Biology Pre-Med & Chemistry at Winthrop University.

Faith Mills of Moore (29369) — Byrnes High School. Mills plans to major in Studio Art at Converse College.

Madison Schweikert of Duncan (29334) — Byrnes High School. Schweikert plans to major in Pre-veterinary medicine & biomedicine/genetics at Clemson University.

Jacob Turner of Moore (29369) — Byrnes High School. Turner plans to major in Communications at USC Upstate.

Alayna Wells of Moore (29369) — Byrnes High School. Wells plans to major in International Business, Spanish, & Business Administration at USC Honors College.

Hunter Wengrow of Lyman (29365) — Byrnes High School. Wengrow plans to major in Psychology at Charleston Southern University.

Amelia Atkins of Roebuck (29376) — Dorman High School. Atkins plans to major in Nursing at USC Honors College.

Sylvia Dang of Moore (29369) — Dorman High School. Dang plans to major in Biology & Pre-Med at USC Honors College.

Anna Mateva of Inman (29349) — Dorman High School. Mateva plans to major in Business at USC Upstate.

Claire Poole of Spartanburg (29301) — Dorman High School. Poole plans to major in Biological Engineering at North Carolina State University.

William Wells of Spartanburg (29306) — Dorman High School. Wells plans to major in Engineering at USC Honors College.

Jonathan Blalock of Spartanburg (29303) — Spartanburg High School. Blalock plans to major in Exercise Science & Public Health at USC Honors College.

“The Scholars Academy provides advanced learners with a quality education in a supportive learning environment,” said Melissa DeLoach, director of the Scholars Academy. “Through a partnership between Spartanburg County Schools and USC Upstate, the program allows students to take college courses and advanced high school classes over four years while still participating in classes and extracurricular activities at their own schools.”

Formed as a partnership between Spartanburg County Schools and USC Upstate, and funded in part by a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Secretary of Education under No Child Left Behind’s Voluntary School Choice Program (VSCP), the academy allows high school students to take college courses and advanced high school classes on USC Upstate’s campus during their high school years, at no cost. The students spend mornings on USC Upstate’s campus and afternoons at their high schools where they participate in other classes and extracurricular activities. Students begin the program in the 9th grade and continue through 12th grade.

To ensure that the academy students are acclimated to a college campus, all first-year students are grouped together to provide for a healthy psychological transition. During their second year and beyond, the students are blended in classes with college students. These students will enter college typically with half the college credits needed to graduate.

For more information about the Scholars Academy, contact Melissa DeLoach, director, at (864) 503-5506 or mdeloach@uscupstate.edu.