Newsmakers | Area students make achievements across nation in education

From submitted reportsJuly 13, 2014 

• Lauren Schexnayder from Myrtle Beach was selected to attend the South Carolina Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. She attends the Scholars Academy and is the daughter of Jerry and Julie Schexnayder. Students are chosen based upon a history of demonstrated leadership and potential for continued leadership growth.

• Members of the Erskine College Class of 2014 were recognized May 24 at the school’s 169th commencement. Among the graduates were two students from Myrtle Beach: Christopher Charles Gore received the bachelor of science degree in sports management and Patrick Charles Henry also received the bachelor of science degree in sports management.

• Three Myrtle Beach area high school senior scholar athletes were awarded with the 2014 Myrtle Beach Marathon scholarship. The recipients were Gabrielle Brown, a graduate of Socastee High School; Zachary Ohanesian, a graduate of Socastee High School; andJerry Schexnayder, a graduate of Myrtle Beach High School. Each received a one-time $1,000 scholarship.

• For the 13th consecutive year, the University of South Carolina will be represented abroad by Fulbright Scholars conducting research, studying and serving as English teaching assistants. The university’s six Fulbright recipients are Callison Coggins, Haley Horstemeyer, Hope Jackson, Mary Allison Joseph, Sarah McClanahan and Rachel Parker, while Briana Leaman and Kathryn Miles have been named alternates. Haley Horstemeyer is a 2014 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, with a major in English. She was on the dean’s list, and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. An active member of USC Moksha, USC’s only fusion-Indian dance team, she also served as a Resident Mentor for South Quad. Interested in educational policy, literature, and global affairs, she will spend her Fulbright year teaching English in South Korea. Horstemeyer, a graduate of Myrtle Beach High School, is the daughter of Jill and Derek Horstemeyer of Myrtle Beach.

• The following students graduated from Wake Forest University on May 19: Allison Gasser of Myrtle Beach and John Quillen of Myrtle Beach.

• Ciara O’Kane, a resident of Calabash, N.C., was named to the dean’s list at Fairfield University for the spring 2014 semester.

• Thirty-seven students recently started their studies in Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Graduate Program, including Darcie Ilg and Jessie Ilg of Murrells Inlet.

• Dakota Johnson, daughter of Tony and Trish Johnson, graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

• Lauren McCarthy of Little River has been chosen to receive a General Federation of Women’s Clubs Scholarship to attend the University of South Carolina, where she plans to study business and political science. She was recommended for the scholarship by the North Myrtle Beach Women’s Club.

• Former Conway resident Lauren Christine Mishoe, daughter of Bobbie J. Mishoe of Lancaster and Clifford Lyle Mishoe of Conway, graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre with an emphasis in acting. She is the granddaughter of Clifford Mishoe of Loris.

• The Kohl’s Department StoresKohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program honors nearly 200 deserving volunteers with $1,000 scholarships toward higher education. Mariah Bailey, 12, from Myrtle Beach, was chosen from more than 37,000 nominees nationwide for making a positive impact in her community.

In an effort to help the homeless in her area, Mariah created Trending Change, an organization dedicated to eradicating hunger by providing individuals in need with food, clothing and a message of hope. Mariah creates blessing bags filled with socks, food, personal care items and a hand-written note of hope, and has given more than 150 blessing bags to the homeless in Myrtle Beach.

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