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Otiana Thompson, JaKayla Cornish, Portia Daniels, V’Dell Carter and Caitlyn Wilson from Ridge View High School after receiving Outstanding Entry for South Carolina.
Otiana Thompson, JaKayla Cornish, Portia Daniels, V’Dell Carter and Caitlyn Wilson from Ridge View High School after receiving Outstanding Entry for South Carolina.

CCU announces SC winners in National History Day competition

Fifty-five students from around South Carolina traveled to the University of Maryland in College Park for the National Contest for National History Day June 11-15.

The weeklong competition drew 3,044 middle and high school students from across the nation who had qualified for the event through state competitions held in April, and awards included cash prizes, scholarships, special category prizes and opportunities for exhibition at a Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. South Carolina’s National History Day activities are administered through Coastal Carolina University’s Department of History.

All student projects reflect this year’s National History Day theme of “Taking a Stand in History,” involve yearlong research on a topic of the student’s choice, and consist of a documentary, performance, research paper, exhibit or website.

Fallon Tomlin from Ocean Bay Middle School in Myrtle Beach placed in the top 10 of the individual performances and won the American Labor History Award for her project on the Chiquola Mill Strike.

Rohit Sean Nampoothiry from Dutchman Creek Middle School in Rock Hill, S.C., was selected to present his exhibit on the Sepoy Rebellion at the National Museum of American History on Wednesday, June 14.

Malik Hubbard and Ke’von Singleton from Palmetto Scholars Academy in Charleston, S.C., were selected to present their documentary on the Friendship 9 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Wednesday, June 14.

Julia Breitkreutz from Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C., won the Chronicling America Award with her individual performance on Nellie Bly.

Otiana Thompson, Portia Daniels, V’dell Carter, Jakayla Cornish and Caitlyn Wilson from Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C., placed in the top 10 of group performances with their project “Back to Rhodesia: The Chimurenga Story.”

Angela Dembiczak, CCU South Carolina History Day coordinator who oversees the program throughout the state, attended the program and represented the state at the competition.

“The History Day program is an invaluable experience for both students and teachers,” said Dembiczak. “Students who participate are more successful in their courses, as well as hone essential skills. Plus, it’s a memorable and unique experience.”

South Carolina History Day, the affiliate program for National History Day, promotes elementary, middle and secondary school students’ immersion in historical research and analysis as well as production of creative presentations. South Carolina History Day provides valuable opportunities for more than 5,000 South Carolina students to delve into the state’s rich history as well as national and global topics. CCU became the state headquarters for South Carolina History Day in 2016.

CCU held the regional South Carolina History Day competition on March 9 in locations across the Conway campus

For more information, contact Dembiczak at 843-349-2476 or ajdembic@coastal.edu.

CCU recognizes first class of Trustee Award recipients

Twenty-two Coastal Carolina University graduates received the $5,000 bonus Board of Trustees Award for earning their bachelor’s degree in three years instead of the traditional four. This is the first class to complete the program.

CCU’s board of trustees established the award to encourage students to accelerate their academic experience, completing what would normally be a four-year degree in three years. The award is available to all first-time freshmen entering Coastal Carolina University. All degrees at CCU require 120 credits to complete regardless of the time it takes to complete them.

“Through investments such as this $5,000 award, the board strives to continue our mission of developing our students and preparing them for success on the global stage,” said William Biggs, chairman of the board.

Gregory Thompson, deputy controller for the University, believes the award, which was established in the fall of 2014, is unique among colleges and universities.

“The Trustee Award is a win-win for the CCU community,” said Thompson. “The University benefits through increased retention and graduation rates, an acceleration of cash flow and the promotion of its summer programs. The student receives an unrestricted cash bonus and saves a year’s worth of living expenses.”

Award recipient Taylor Barrett, who graduated in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, already has a job teaching third grade math and science at Academy of Hope Charter School in Conway. She plans to use the money to buy supplies for her classroom and pay off her college loans.

“I have always been the type of person who loves to be efficient and wanted to finish as soon as possible,” says Barrett. “It was a lot more work to finish in three years, but worth it in the end because I am only 22 and have my college degree with a job to follow. The college experience is great at Coastal, but finishing in three years is the best way to go!”

Ralph Byington, provost and executive vice president at CCU, said the Trustee Award was designed to recognize students who have the determination to complete their studies in a three-year period.

“Quite often, these students have postundergraduate ambitions, and this encourages them to expedite their studies at the graduate level,” he said. “Others appreciate the value of entering their careers more quickly. This award exemplifies the trustees’ commitment to academics excellence at Coastal.”

CCU offers accelerated degree programs to help students earn a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in a shorter amount of time ‌than ‌they would if they were enrolled in traditional college programs. The Degree in Three program is an accelerated undergraduate program where students can receive their bachelor’s degree in three years by completing an accelerated program that includes summer classes. The Get More in Four program is a combined four-year bachelor's and master’s program in which students will complete the bachelor's Degree in Three and a one-year master’s program.

Students who earned the Trustee Award are: Olivia Barnhardt, Taylor Barrett, Robert Blenkle, Ashley Canter, Jalyn Carlson, Christopher Durand, Taylor Farrow, Austin Finley, Benjamin Flo, Allison Franklin, Marissa Green, Natalie Hoffman, Mariah Jardine, Clark Jesse, Alison Lane, Morgan Loucks, Emily Peal, Samantha Proulx, Matthew Rentz and Rachel Warner.

Caroline Neville Earns Degree from the University of Vermont

Caroline Neville of Myrtle Beach, SC, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology during commencement ceremonies on May 21, 2017, at the University of Vermont.

The university conferred degrees this year on an estimated 3,228 graduates, including 2,620 bachelor's, 386 master's,106 doctoral and 116 medical degree recipients. Among degree recipients are students from 40 states and 97 international students from 21 foreign countries. Approximately 1,116 graduates are from Vermont.

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic and one of the country's leading journalists across more than three decades, delivered the address.

NMB Christian School, Carolina Forest grads complete basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan T. York graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

York is the son of Lynne A. Hunt and Stephen T. York, and husband of Alexis N. York, all of Little River, S.C.

He is a 2015 graduate of North Myrtle Beach Christian School, Longs.

U.S. Air Force Airman Nicholas B. Conley graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Conley is the son of Mark and Tosha Conley of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and grandson of Mary and Ronald Conley of Socastee, S.C. He is also the husband of Brooke A. Conley and father of Gabriella R. Conley and Kaiden B. Conley.

The airman graduated in 2011 from Carolina Forest High School, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and earned an associate degree in 2016 from Horry Georgetown Technical College, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Furman University Spring 2017 Dean's List

The following Furman University students who live in your area are included on the dean's list for the 2017 spring semester. Furman's dean's list is composed of full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher on a four-point system.

Furman is a private, undergraduate liberal arts and sciences university of 2,800 students in Greenville, S.C. The university is noted for its rigorous academic program and strong faculty, and its 750-acre campus is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful in the nation. The university recently unveiled The Furman Advantage, a strategic plan that combines learning with immersive experiences outside the classroom, creating a personalized pathway that prepares students for lives of purpose, successful careers and community benefit.

Myrtle Beach, SC

Caroline Daly, Annamarie Guest, Madison Herron, Anna Lackey, and Kibibi Thorsen.

Pawleys Island

Thomas DesChamps and Mary Kelly.

UA Awards Degrees in Spring 2017 Ceremonies

The University of Alabama awarded approximately 5,000 degrees during spring commencement May 5-7.

With a beautiful campus, hundreds of rigorous academic programs, world-renowned faculty and numerous opportunities for service and growth, The University of Alabama is a place where legends are made. Students who received degrees include:

UA offers its students a premier educational, cultural and social experience. The campus gives students the opportunity to interact with nationally renowned faculty performing cutting-edge research. In addition, UA offers students more than 500 student organizations, and UA students perform more than 1 million hours of service for the community.

Degree recipients included: Taylor Seagle of Murrells Inlet, and Marisa Runyon of Myrtle Beach.

Ryan Flynn named to Siena College Dean's List for Spring 2017 Semester

Ryan Flynn has been named to the Siena College Dean's List for the Spring 2017 semester. Flynn is from Myrtle Beach, SC.

To be named to the Dean's List, a student's grade point average for the semester must be between 3.5 and 3.89.

UA Announces Spring 2017 Dean's and President's Lists

A total of 11,101 students enrolled during the 2017 spring semester at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean's List with an academic record of 3.5 (or above) or the President's List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A's). The UA Dean's and President's lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.

Students named to the list include: Sandra Courtney Gautier of Georgetown (Dean’s List), Glenna Faye Lacy of Georgetown (Dean’s List), Taylor D Seagle of Murrells Inlet (President’s List), Mary Clare Brophy of Myrtle Beach (Dean’s List), Marisa A Runyon of Myrtle Beach (Dean’s List), Brittany N Jamison of North Myrtle Beach (Dean’s List), and Nicholas A Flood of Surfside Beach (Dean’s List).

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