The Camden Junior Welfare League (CJWL) recently awarded eight Kershaw County School District graduates with scholarships. These students plan to pursue education and careers in fields that involve helping people, such as nursing, healthcare, social work, education or ministry.
“We were so impressed with all of the scholarship applicants and their academic resumes,” CJWL President Ashley Peake said. “We are happy to support our Kershaw County graduates and look forward to their future successes in these helping professions.”
McKenna Arrants graduated from North Central High School and will attend Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., as a nursing major. McKenna says she has grown up listening to the stories of her mother, who is also a nurse, and says she would be honored to continue that legacy of helping others. McKenna has been very active in sports throughout her high school years, including volleyball, softball and golf. She was also a member of Beta Club, National Honors Society and National Technical Honors Society and has volunteered in the local community and on mission trips.
Katherine Clippard graduated from Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) and will attend Western Carolina University Honors College in North Carolina. She plans to major in Integrated Health Sciences with a focus in public health and credits her decision to recent participation in the LiveWell Kershaw Coalition. Katherine has served as Beta Club Vice President, Student Council Senior Class Representative, Fellowship of Christian Athletes officer, participated in varsity cheerleading and varsity dance, and was co-founder and vice president of the L-EHS Wellness Club. She says her ultimate career goal is to work in public health policy and administration in a hospital, local or state health department, or governmental agency.
Kaley Goerlich is a graduate of L-EHS and will attend North Greenville University (NGU) with a major in biology. She then plans to continue her education by enrolling in a nursing program or possibly medical school. Kaley has participated in Beta Club, National Technical Honors Society, National Honors Society, and Spanish Club. An active athlete, she received a scholarship to play softball at NGU. Kaley says her goal is to touch the lives of others in a positive way, providing premium healthcare with compassion and dedication.
Khadija Murphy graduated from Camden High School (CHS) and will attend the College of Charleston with a major in biology (pre-med). Khadija was a member of CHS Student Council, serving as her freshman class president and her sophomore class vice president. She was also a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, Key Club, DeSaussure Tri-Hi Y Club, Spirit Club, and was a Varsity Cheerleader. Khadija says she plans to become a doctor, but hasn’t decided between becoming a surgeon or an OBGYN. She says caring for family and loved ones in recent years has helped her realize her passion for medicine.
Haleigh Scott is a graduate of CHS and will attend Wofford College with a major in physical therapy. Haleigh was a class representative to CHS Student Council and participated in groups such as Junior Leadership, Beta Club, National Honors Society, and National Technical Honors Society. She was also captain of the CHS Girls Varsity Soccer team and member of the Girls Varsity Tennis team. Haleigh says she discovered a passion for physical therapy while interning at CORA Physical Therapy in Camden. She looks forward to helping improve patients’ everyday lives.
Tiffany Shearer graduated from L-EHS and will attend Central Carolina Technical College. Tiffany participated in Beta Club, National Technical Honors Society, HOSA, and Student Council while attending high school. She plans to study nursing, and credits her grandmother as the inspiration to do so. She says her ultimate goal is to become a nurse practitioner in pediatric oncology.
Katelyn Stevens graduated from CHS and will attend Coastal Carolina University with a major in Public Health. She has participated in Varsity Basketball, Varsity and Competitive Cheerleading, Varsity Track and Field and was a Bulldog Ambassador while at CHS. She was also a member of Beta Club, National Honors Society and has volunteered with many organizations in the community. Katelyn credits her inspiration to pursue a career in public health to her mother, and says she looks forward to being able to help children in the community, particularly those in the foster care system.
Madison Grace Stockman graduated from L-EHS and will attend Clemson University this fall with a major in Special Education. Gracie participated in the Be a Fan Club and says she has had the opportunity to create meaningful relationships with several special needs students, which has helped her realize what her life’s work should be. She was also a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, Literacy Express, Teacher Cadet Program, and was captain of the Varsity Competition Cheerleading team and founder and president of the Inspirational Activist Club. Gracie’s ultimate career goal is to work at the district or state level to help develop curriculum and programs that will benefit students with special needs.
CJWL officials said it wishes all the Kershaw County graduates good luck in their new endeavors in the coming weeks, months and years.