UNION COUNTY — Eleven Union County 8th graders have been named 2016-2017 South Carolina Junior Scholars.
In a statement released Friday, the Union County School District offered congratulations to the students for qualifying to be named South Carolina Junior Scholar. The press release states that the 11 students include nine enrolled at Sims Middle School and two at Lockhart Middle School.
Sims Middle School
The Junior Scholars at Sims Middle School are:
• Madeline Gilstrap, daughter of Jared and Susan Gilstrap
• Ethan Balkum, son of Bill and Kim Balkum
• Halen Lawing, daughter of Scott Lawing
• Anna Gregory, daughter of Joey and Sara Beth Gregory
• Macie Gregory, daughter of Kristy Painter
• Mary Robbins, daughter of John and Lisa Robbins
• Haylee Izzett, daughter of Robert and Donna Izzett
• Hunter Senn, son of Mike Senn and Ashley Lee
• Caitlin Davis, daughter of Rodney and Crystal Davis
The students were praised for their achievement by Sims Middle School Principal Eric Childers who called it an example for others.
“We’re extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students,” Childers said Monday. “Their hard work and dedication are examples for all of our students to follow.”
Lockhart Middle School
The Junior Scholars at Lockhart Middle School are:
• Nicholas Hale, son of Stephanie Hale
• Chloe Loftis, daughter of Carla Rist
In a statement released Tuesday morning, Lockhart Middle School Principal Jerry Wood provided the following background on the school’s Junior Scholars.
The press release states that Hale “plays football and basketball for his school. Nick has an “A” average in all of his classes. His favorite subject is math.”
It states that Loftis “is on the girls’ basketball team here at Lockhart. Chloe has “A” average in all of her classes and her favorite is math.”
Wood concludes by saying that “we are very proud of our Jr. Scholars here at Lockhart School. Their accomplishments are impressive!”
The students were selected as South Carolina Junior Scholars by scoring 550 or higher on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section of the PSAT/NMSQT or by scoring 530 or higher on the Math section. Additionally, Duke Tip participants who were identified and recognized at either the Grand Recognition Ceremony or the State Recognition Ceremony during their 7th grade year automatically qualified to become a 2016-17 SC Junior Scholar.
As recipients of this honor, the students will be recognized in local award ceremonies and will receive an Award of Merit from the State Department of Education.
About South Carolina Junior Scholars
The South Carolina Junior Scholars Identification and Development Program, begun in the 1985-86 school year, reflects the growing statewide effort to improve education in South Carolina and responds to the needs of students possessing unique abilities. The purpose of the program is to identify students with exceptionally high scholastic achievement and intellectual ability and to provide opportunities for these students that will facilitate their intellectual growth, broaden their individual interests, and promote their scholastic achievement. Such opportunities are provided during the academic school year or summer following identification in the eighth grade and continue throughout the high school years.
This story courtesy of the Union County School District.