Seven Beaufort County students graduate from SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics

Tommy Berrigan, Michael B. Bhoi, Schuler Black, Angel Lopez-Akiyama, Madison Maddox, John Mathai and Zack Scott, all from Beaufort County, graduated from the SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Tommy Berrigan, son of Tom & Paige Berrigan, will attend Northeastern University. Michael B. Bhoi, son of Paul & Karen Bhoi, plans to attend Webb Institute. Shuler Black, son of David S. & Kristi M. Black, will attend Vanderbilt University. Angel Lopez-Akiyama, son of Katia Akiyama, plans to attend Armstrong State University. Madison Maddox, daughter of Ron & Greta Maddox, will attend Clemson University. John Mathai, son of Rob & Renee Mathai, plans to attend Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Zack Scott, son of Daniel & Cicely Scott, will attend the University of South Carolina in the fall.

GSSM, recently named one of the Top-Performing U.S. Schools by The Washington Post, specializes in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as an emphasis on economics and entrepreneurship. A statewide public, residential high school for juniors and seniors located in Hartsville, SC, GSSM offers 48 STEM courses annually, including neuroscience, advanced genetics, calculus-based physics, differential equations and robotics.

The 111 students in the GSSM class of 2015 represent 28 different counties in South Carolina. Sixty-five percent of the school’s graduating seniors will attend South Carolina colleges and universities in the fall. Notable out-of-state schools they will attend include Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis and University of Pennsylvania.

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