11 High School Students Graduate USC Upstate’s Scholars Academy, Earn Credits at University Level

May 29, 2012 at 10:43 am

As area high schools celebrate graduations in the days ahead, the Scholars Academy at the University of South Carolina Upstate also celebrates the graduation of its second cohort of students from the program on May 22, 2012.

The academy’s 11 graduates hail from five area high schools. They are listed below along with the college or university they will be attending in the fall. Together the students have received $ 1,758,844 in scholarships.

Dorman High School
Angelica Maria Bergen – Angelica received the Watson Brown Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, the Rothberg Scholarship, and Palmetto Fellows. She will attend USC Honors College to study chemical engineering.
Matthew Thomas DeAngelis – Matthew is a National Merit Finalist, one of 14 Clemson National Scholars, a Watson Brown Scholarship and Palmetto Fellows recipient. He received more than $400,000 in scholarships. He also earned a perfect score on the ACT. Matthew will study computer engineering at Clemson University.
Michelle Caroline Phan – Michelle was the Vice President of the JETS club and was a member of the ASTRA and Beta clubs at her school. She received the Palmetto Fellows scholarship, the Dean’s scholarship, and the South Carolina State Fair Scholarship. Michelle will study biochemistry at the USC Honors College. She plans to be a doctor.

Landrum High School
Emily Grace Brooks – Emily was recently selected to attend the Hub City Creative Writing Conference at Wofford in July. She received $886,132 in total scholarships. She will attend Duke University and double major in neuroscience and Spanish.

Boiling Springs High School
Zecheriah Elizah Childers  – Zec is a volunteer in sports medicine with Spartanburg Regional. He was also an athletic trainer at the SC all star football game. Zec will receive the Life Scholarship. He plans to attend Winthrop University to study computer science and hopes to be a game engine designer.
Christopher Daniel Harris  – Chris volunteered at Hatcher Gardens and served as a tutor this year. He received the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, the Lieber Scholarship and the Dean’s Scholarship totaling about $90,000. He will study mechanical engineering at the University of South Carolina. He plans to become a suspension engineer.

Broome High School
Zachary Ray Gowan – Zach was a part of the ACT/Sat Honor Court at his school and has perfect attendance. He received the Chancellor’s Scholarship at USC Upstate as well as the Broome High School Top 3 ACT Scholarship. He also receives the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and plans to attend USC Upstate as an English major with a minor in biology. Zach’s goal is to work in journalism or education.

Byrnes High School
Brandon Woodson Grant – Brandon is a Rotary Scholar and has served in Junior Civitans and as a Global Leadership Adventures Ambassador. He also represented the Scholars Academy in Junior Leadership Spartanburg. He received the Palmetto Fellows, Dean’s and Chancellor’s Scholarships. Brandon will attend USC Honors College majoring in International Business. His goal is to become a philanthropic entrepreneur.
Mamiko Higa – Mamiko is also  Rotary Scholar as one of the top ten seniors in her graduating class at her high school. She is FCCLA President and earned 72 college credits in the last four years. She received the Dean’s Scholarship, Palmetto Fellows, Gateway to Success, and the Presidential Scholarships. She will study chemistry at the College of Charleston Honors College. Her medical career field of choice is in obstetrics.
Logan Eugene Hood – Logan is a Rotary Scholar and Junior Civitan who was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by the class of 2012 at Byrnes High School. He received the Valedictorian Scholarship and Palmetto Fellows scholarship. Logan will attend the South Carolina Honors College at USC Columbia as a biochemistry and molecular biology major. He wants to be a medical professional working in either a research laboratory or a hospital.
Karina Gabriella Suri – Karina receives the Life Scholarship and plans to study microbiology at USC in Columbia. Her goal is to become a doctor.

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.