Ribbon-cutting held at May River High
School district and Bluffton town leaders cut a ceremonial royal blue and silver ribbon and then followed student guides on a tour of May River High, the district’s newest high school since Whale Branch Early College High opened in 2010.
Nearly 1,000 students attend college-prep and advanced technical classes at May River High. Its Advanced Technical Center offers four areas of study – automotive, engineering, health sciences, mechatronics and welding – that have attracted students from other attendance zones who applied for admission through the district’s expanded school choice program. The building has the capacity to house as many as 1,400 students and offers room for additional expansion.
“It’s the most economical high school we’ve built from a cost standpoint, and we’re very proud of it,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “We’re also proud of the staff and students who work here each day. The school pride within this building is amazing, and it’s contagious.”
Holy Trinity nourishes body, mind and soul
Plato, a pivotal figure in the development of Western philosophy, religion and education, once observed, “Gymnastic as well as music should begin in early years; the training in it should be careful and should continue through life.”
No one takes his observation more to heart than Amy Patrick, athletic director of the Holy Trinity Classical Christian School in Beaufort. Administrators, faculty and students at Holy Trinity believe that nourishing the body works in tandem with developing the mind and cultivating the soul of each of the school’s 275 students.
Responsibility for engaging all Holy Trinity students — from the age of 2 through high school — rests with a former double collegiate athlete. Patrick earned a Bachelor’s in Spanish with a minor in biology at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., where she competed in cross country and lacrosse. Now a registered nurse, her academic interests involve physiology, anatomy and cultural awareness.
“As most things require teamwork,” she says, “the sooner young people can learn to work with others on and off the playing field, the better prepared they will be for difficult tasks and challenges later in life.”