School Briefs - May 25, 2017
BCSD announces SC Junior Scholars and Duke TIP Scholars
The Berkeley County School District has recognized 173 eighth-grade students as 2016-2017 South Carolina Junior Scholars. The students were honored for their achievements at a ceremony on May 17 at Cane Bay High School. Those earning Junior Scholar status scored 550 or higher on the Evidence-based Reading and Writing or 530 or higher on the math portion of the PSAT/NMSQT. Students recognized by the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) at the state or national ceremonies in their seventh grade year based on their SAT or ACT scores also qualified, according to a BCSD press release.
“We are so excited for these students and very proud of their accomplishments,” stated BCSD Coordinator of Gifted Instruction Merrie Fisher. “I look forward to welcoming these students to our 2017 Junior Scholar Institute at Westview Middle School this summer, where they will have the opportunity to grow their skills and experiences in a wide variety of intellectually stimulating courses.”
Each Junior Scholar will receive an Award of Merit certificate from the South Carolina Department of Education and may receive invitations to attend summer enrichment opportunities at participating South Carolina colleges and universities. The Daniel Island News identified the Junior Scholars from Daniel Island School in the April 27, 2017 edition of the paper. The Junior Scholars from Philip Simmons Middle School are Zachary Holland, Kaleigh Milton, Nathan Poillion, Sharrell Williams, Wyatt Carhart, and Tyler Harper.
On May 18, BCSD also announced that 36 seventh-grade students across the district had been identified as Duke TIP Scholars. According to a district press release, the students qualified for “this impressive recognition” based on their SAT or ACT scores in seventh grade. Those selected by the program were invited to take part in a state recognition program at Furman University. The Daniel Island School Duke TIP Scholars are Camille Fei, Aidan Fillippa, Sophia McLean, John O’Neill, Miley Philipps, and Julia Wood. And those students earning the designation from Philip Simmons Middle School are Emerson Bain and George Williams III. Additionally, the BCSD Duke TIP Scholars were honored at a ceremony at Cane Bay High School on May 17.