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Area students named to Landers Freshman Honor Roll, Dean’s, President’s lists

Lander University in Greenwood recently released its most recent Freshman Honor Roll, Dean’s and President’s lists.

The Freshman Honor Rollrecognizes first-year students achieving a GPA of 3.0-3.49 during their freshmen year at the university.

One Kershaw County student -- Peyton Truesdale, of Camden -- landed on the Freshman Honor Roll.

To qualify for the Dean’s List at Lander University for the spring semester, students had to earn a GPA of between 3.5 and 3.9.

Two students made this list: Nylenna Polite, of Elgin; and Nicholas Spitzer, of Lugoff.

Finally, to be included on the President’s List, Lander students must earn a perfect 4.0 GPA during the semester.

Two students from Kershaw County placed on the President’s List for the spring semester. They are Delaney Guerrero, of Elgin; and Sydney Stanley, also of Elgin.

Founded in 1872, Lander University is a co-educational, state-assisted, four-year university serving approximately 3,000 students. Located in Uptown Greenwood, the university offers more than 60 areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences, with professional programs in STEM, education, business and nursing. Graduate programs include the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning, the Master of Education in Montessori Education, the Master of Science in Nursing-Clinical Nurse Leader, the Master of Science in Management, and the Master of Science in Emergency Management. For more information, visit


The College of Charleston celebrated its spring 2019 commencement in May. Two Kershaw County students graduated from the college at that time.

Mary Fisher, of Camden, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Allisa Horton, of Bethune, graduated Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.

Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. Its beautiful and historic campus, combined with contemporary facilities, cutting-edge programs and accessible faculty attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world.


Four Kershaw County students graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in early May. They are:

Tucker Jerome Ervin, of Camden, who earned both Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees (majors not listed;

Jarod Andrew Maldonado, of Elgin, who earned a Bacehlor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering;

Kelsey Alexis Prince, of Elgin, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Environmental Sciences; and

Myles Greggory Taste, of Elgin, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (major not listed).

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.


More than 2,000 Coastal Carolina University students were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. That’s nearly 20 percent of the student body with a grade point average between 3.5-3.99 for the spring semester.

Local students earning recognition on the Dean’s List are:

Joshua S. Bautista, a Intelligence & National Security Studies major from Elgin;

Emily A. Berry, a Early Childhood Educ Pre-Major major from Camden;

Breelyn C. Blanding, a Exercise and Sport Science major from Elgin;

Sydney L. Bowers, a Interdisciplinary Studies major from Lugoff;

Abigail B. Davis, a Exercise and Sport Science major from Elgin;

Alexis T. Davis, a Exercise and Sport Science major from Ridgeway;

Mary M. Deese, a Art History major from Camden;

Taylor N. Freeman, a Public Health major from Camden;

Tyler J. Gray, a Marketing major from Lugoff;

Courtney E. Grimes, a Exercise and Sport Science major from Camden;

Chloe M. Horton, a Marketing major from Camden;

Michael J. Love, a Information Systems major from Kershaw;

Ryan T. McNeely, a Intelligence & National Security Studies major from Lugoff;

Shadow M. Ostas, a Political Science major from Camden;

Sparrow R. Ostas, a History major from Camden;

John R. Rice, a History major from Camden;

Durell J. Smiley, a Digital Culture and Design major from Camden;

Sarah Sowell, a Marine Science major from Heath Springs;

David A. Welsh, a Information Technology major from Elgin;

Tristen A. Woods, a Music major from Kershaw; and

Dean M. Wrobel, a Marine Science major from Ridgeway.

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 73 major fields of study. Among CCU’s 25 graduate-level programs are 21 master’s degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and the doctorates in education and marine science: coastal and marine systems science. The most popular undergraduate majors are marine science, management, exercise and sport science, communication and psychology. CCU boasts a growing array of internship, research and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs through Coastal Online.

More than 10,600 students from across the country and around the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 160 student clubs and organizations.

Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College and became an independent state university in 1993.