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BA’s Lower School honors five students

Beaufort Academy’s Dr. Randy Wall Memorial Fountain is surrounded by 100 bricks and five benches honoring five students each year who exemplify one of the school’s core values: integrity, intellect, leadership, pride and respect. 

A week after naming the 2019 honorees for the upper school, the school announced this year’s honorees for the lower school. They are: Parker Doscher (intellect), Lorelei Vasquez (integrity), Amorette Chapman (leadership), Ella Bekemeyer (pride) and Raynor Gault (respect).

Beaufort’s Gress makes Austin Peay Dean’s List

Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., recognized Beaufort’s Natasha Gress as one of more than 2,200 students named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Spring 2019 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or greater.

BA 4th-grader’s art is honored

Fourth-grader Elsa Billig of Beaufort Academy’s Lower School Art Department will have her art published in the book “Celebrating Art,” a book of juried artwork from students all over the country. The mixed media piece is a portrait of artist Frida Kahlo.

Four Broad River students perfect at WordMasters

Seven Beaufort County School District students earned perfect scores in the spring edition of a national vocabulary competition, four of them coming from Beaufort’s Broad River Elementary School.

The WordMasters Challenge, the nation’s longest-running language arts competition for elementary and middle school students, holds three meets for nearly 150,000 students during each school year. In the 2018-19 academic year’s third competition in the Blue Division, four Broad River Elementary School students earned perfect scores – third-grader Maddox Adcox and fifth-graders Kylee Douglas, Angela Estrada and Jaime Maldonado Najera. The students were coached by Patricia Horton. 

The other perfect scored came from Anna Williams (Hilton Head Island Elementary, coach Sharon Politi), Kensley Kaney (Red Cedar Elementary, 4th grade, coach Virginia Pratt) and Sosie Spires (Bluffton Middle School, 6th grade, coach Erin Morgan).

“Perfect means just what it says, and that obviously represents an outstanding performance on a national stage,” said interim superintendent Herb Berg. “To have these students build such strong vocabularies at such young ages is wonderful.”

Nationally, only 15 third-graders, 29 fourth-graders, 59 fifth-graders and 49 sixth-graders earned perfect scores. 

The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that encourages students to become familiar with new words that are considerably harder than grade level, then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies that express various kinds of logical relationships.

Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters materials are created for younger students in grades 3-8. Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.

Beaufort’s Petrone earnes Master’s degree from The Citadel

Jennifer Petrone, who works for the Beaufort Police Department, earned a Master of Arts in Social Science from The Citadel, graduating during The Citadel Graduate College commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4 in McAlister Field House.

Graduates accepted their diploma from Citadel alumnus Gen. Glenn W. Walters, USMC (Ret.), who was officiating as president for the first time.

The Class of 2019 includes 350 graduates who received a master’s degree and 98 who earned a bachelor’s degree.

Four BA students earn seals of biliteracy

Beaufort Academy students Emma Hincher, David Mathai, Jane Ward and Ariana Gonzalez earned Global and S.C. Seals of Biliteracy as a result of their STAMP test scores.

STAMP (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency) is a web-based test that assesses foreign language proficiency. The STAMP test has three sections – reading, writing and speaking. 

Test items are based on real-world, every-day situations. STAMP measures a test taker’s language ability according to benchmark levels that are based on national standards. 

BA’s Rushing, Ingraham conduct oral history project

In conjunction with the U.S. Library of Congress, Jeffery Rushing and Heston Ingraham, two juniors from Beaufort Academy, had the opportunity to conduct a veterans oral history project. 

This oral history project is a program designed to use students and other citizens to interview men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. These interviews are recorded digitally and archived in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. 

This way the descendents of veterans can hear their achievements and stories in their own words.

Jeffery and Heston met with a decorated Marine who had served in Vietnam. The students were able to interview the veteran and record his story. This Marine wished to remain anonymous to the public, but his story will be available for his loved ones to hear and see.

The Library of Congress began the Veterans Oral History Project in 2000. The library is dependent on volunteers to identify and record the stories of men and women who have served their country. The Library of Congress describes the project as one that “collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.”

Battery Creek grad Watson honored by USC Aiken

USC Aiken’s Veterans Honor Society inducted more than 60 new members, including Battery Creek graduate Fatima Watson, into the organization, which celebrates the academic achievements of veteran and military students. The Office of Veteran and Military Student Success team helps Watson and other veterans, retirees, currently serving members of the armed forces, or their family members navigate the university system.

Beaufort’s Polite conquers Troy

Ad’Dweena Polite of Beaufort, graduated from Troy University during the Spring Semester with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Polite was previously named to the Chancellor’s List, which honors full-time undergraduate students who are registered for at least 12 semester hours and who earn a grade point average of 4.0.

Beaufort’s Langehans finishes Grove City

Tucker Langehans is one of 511 seniors to earn their degree from Grove City (Pa.) College on May 18.. Langehans earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and is from Beaufort.

Whale Branch’s Beasley makes Dean’s List

Ebony S. Beasley, a Exercise and Sport Science major from Whale Branch Early College High School, was named to the Dean’s List for Spring 2019 at Coastal Carolina University in Conway.

Beaufort County Library, Schools team up for summer reading

Beaufort County Library System and Beaufort County School District have united to combat the loss of literacy skills with an innovative county-wide summer reading program. This program will provide an easy-to-follow game board with prizes that will, most importantly, promote reading and literacy.
Each student in the Beaufort County School District received a game board before schools broke for summer. Beaufort County Libraries will simultaneously distribute game boards to visitors to its branch libraries and bookmobiles. 

This county-wide program is set to run until July 31. No registration is required. This activity is open to adults, teenagers and children of all ages.
The Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County, all three Friends of the Library groups and more than 50 local establishments have donated prizes and treats for the program. Summer reading participants who complete their game boards can enter into a drawing of their choice for one of more than 20 grand prizes.
Stop by your nearest Beaufort County Library branch or visit to get a game board.

10 Beaufort-area students make Dean’s List at CCU

Ten Coastal Carolina University students from the Beaufort area were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. Those students posted a grade point average between 3.5-3.99 for the spring semester.

Among the Beaufort-area students earning recognition are: Ericka D. Alston, an Art Studio major; Zachary M. Bogle, a Management Pre-Major major; Will H. Durbin, a Political Science major; Devin J. Hyatt, an Information Technology major; Xavier C. Jackson, a Theatre major; Shaeffer A. Jenkins, a Management major; Rachel K. Kirberger, a Hospitality Resort and Tourism Management major; Abbigail F. Larocque, a Theatre Arts major; Jessica T. Odell, a Middle Level Education major; and Kenneth C. Sitkowski, a Communications major.

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