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School news - July 4, 2012

Johnson earns medical degree

Posted: July 3, 2012 5:05 p.m.
Updated: July 4, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Crystal Noelle Johnson had reached the zenith of years of study when on the morning of May 18, she walked across the stage and received her doctor of medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. It was the natural culmination of her life and years of dedication.

Years before finally deciding which career path she would follow, Crystal briefly considered architecture and interior design, but quickly realized that neither profession would provide her with the challenges or gratification she craved. Consequently, after exploring her options and careful consideration, when she decided to pursue her dream and become a doctor, specifically a surgeon, it came as no surprise to her parents. After all, years ago and long before she was able to read, Crystal founder herself intrigued by the many pictures of lacerations, fractures and even childbirth that she found in her father’s EMT textbooks. Her father, who at the time was the Director of EMS and also an EMT instructor, provided Crystal with her early exposure to the world of medicine. She practically grew up in the county’s emergency department. Her curiosity was insatiable and the more she experienced the more she wanted to know. As a result, when she was older she would often attend some of her father’s EMT night classes to see all of the “cool” things his students were learning such as placing IV’s, making splints and performing CPR on the training mannequins.

Crystal dream has finally come to fruition and she will begin her general surgery residency on July 1 at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Crystal is dedicated to “Making a difference, one patient at a time.” Crystal Noelle Johnson, a 2003 honors graduate of Camden High School, attended the University of South Carolina, Columbia, on a full volleyball-scholarship and graduated in May 2007 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry. Crystal is the daughter of Robert and Glennetta Johnson of Camden.

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Presbyterian College named the following students from Camden to its Dean’s List for the Spring 2012 semester with at least a 3.5 grade point average:

• Callie Elizabeth Neal, a junior middle school education major

• Zachary William Neal, a sophomore science major

• Nicholas Roy Smith, a junior international studies major

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Winthrop University Students from Kershaw County made the Spring 2012 Dean’s List: Kanisha J. Benjamin, Ted C. Halley, Crystal M. Knappenberger, Minyon N. Pappas, Nina E. Platenberg, Jeri J. Webb, Allison L. Woolard.

Justin J. Waller, made the Spring 2012 President’s List.

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Brittney Ballard, Shanda Cofield, Courtney Cole, Chelsea Dunn, Patty Florence, Crystal Hernandez, Amanda Jackson and Sara Milliski made the spring 2012 Dean’s List from Columbia College. Jessica Goff, Ashley Hasty, Brianna Newton, Elizabeth Richardson, Katelyn Teal made the President’s List at the college. Crystal Hernandez and Sara Milliski were honored with Order of the Purple Seal membership.  The Order of the Purple Seal is the college’s most prestigious scholastic honor society.

Columbia College is a private liberal arts women’s college related to the United Methodist Church with a legacy of developing women leaders with the courage, commitment, confidence and competence to build a better world.

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Courtney Brianna Robinson made University of South Carolina Upstate Spring 2012 Chancellor’s List. To be eligible for the Chancellor’s List, students must earn a 4.0 and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours.

Robert Max Rolison, Brittany Marie Morgan, Lauren Mary Walker and Kristin Nicole Wodarczyk made the University of South Carolina Upstate Spring 2012 Dean’s List.

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