Letters to the Editor

Impressive Showing

An impressive 73 percent of the 2,126 graduates of Horry County Schools this year have plans to attend college or university, and 53 percent of the Class of 2010 earned a total of $42.4 million in scholarships. By any measurement, that is a whole lot of money, and in many cases scholarships might determine whether a bright, deserving high school graduate will go on to college. In any case, congratulations to the HCS Class of 2010 who earned scholarships.

Of students planning to continue their education, HCS reports that 42 percent plan to attend a four-year institution such as Coastal Carolina University, Clemson or the University of South Carolina. And 31 percent are looking toward a two-year-college such as Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Ten percent of the class will seek employment, and four percent plan to join the armed forces. By the way, 8 percent of the class earned an Honors Diploma, which required a 4.0 or higher GPA; these students obviously took school seriously, and they will undoubtedly do well in college.

Here are the nine high schools, total value of scholarships and percentage of graduates receiving scholarships: Aynor, $3,500,000, 54 percent; Carolina Forest, $7,514,283, 61 percent; Conway, $2,456,243, 31 percent; Green Sea Floyds, $1,732,166, 37 percent; Loris, $2,148,298, 47 percent; Myrtle Beach, $5,435,676, 63 percent; North Myrtle Beach, $6,283,243, 60 percent; St. James, $6,847,168, 70 percent; Socastee, $6,600,000, 68 percent.