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College News - Feb. 5, 2019
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Local students who recently graduated from Coastal Carolina University include Skyler Apicella, Camden; Brianna Mixon, Elgin; Anthony Walton, Camden; Paris White, Elgin.

Local students who made the President’s List by earning a perfect 4.0 GPA for the Fall 2018 semester at Coastal Carolina University include Sydney Bowers, Lugoff; Mary Deese, Camden; Chloe Horton, Camden; Sparrow Ostas, Camden; Brittany Stephenson, Elgin.

Local students who made the Dean’s List by earning a 3.5 or higher GPA for the Fall 2018 semester at Coastal Carolina University include Makaila Bracey, Camden; Annie Burgess, Elgin; Xavier Colzie, Elgin; Abigail Davis, Elgin; Gabrielle Freeman, Elgin; Taylor Freeman, Camden; Tyler Gray, Lugoff; Abbagail Griffin, Elgin; Jalen Johnson, Lugoff; Taylor Mills, Lugoff; Brianna Mixon, Elgin; Shadow Ostas, Camden; James Rapp, Elgin; Susan Rasberry, Lugoff; Courtney Richbow, Rembert; Vikramjit Singh, Lugoff; Abdullah Timbers, Lugoff; David Welsh, Elgin; Paris White, Elgin; Ransom White, Elgin.

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Nathaniel L’Heureux of Camden, South Carolina, was recently initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. L’Heureux was initiated at Jacksonville University. L’Heureux is among some 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

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The following area students were named to the Dean’s List at Presbyterian College: Ashton Claire Huckabee, Lugoff and Morgan Hannah Wilson, Camden. The Dean’s List is composed of students who have earned between a 3.3 and a 3.9 grade point average.

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The following area students graduated in December from Clemson University: Benjamin Bennett Graves II, Camden; Riley Andrew Kohn, Camden; Margaret P. Rabon, Camden; Alexandra Kathryn Herrera, Elgin; Kelsey Renee Stuhn, Elgin; Zachary Stuart Vandenberg, Elgin; Sarah R. Baroody of Lugoff.

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Breanna Bowen, a history major from Cassatt, SC, 29032, has been named a Teaching Fellow at Coastal Carolina University for 2018-2019.

The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program gives scholarships to eligible South Carolina high school students who are pursuing a degree in education and a career in South Carolina’s public schools following graduation.

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The following local students enrolled during the 2018 fall term 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): Katherine Long, Elgin, Dean’s List; Myles Taste, Elgin, Dean’s List; Lydia Powell, Lugoff, Dean’s List.

The UA Dean’s and President’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or to undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.

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The following local cadets were named to the dean’s list during the fall 2018 semester at the Citadel.  The dean’s list is a recognition given to cadets and students who are registered for 12 or more semester hours and whose grade point average is 3.20 or higher, with no grade of I (Incomplete) and no grade below C for work in a semester.

Cadets and students named to the fall 2018 dean’s list include: James D. Carraway, Lugoff; Craig R. Carter, Lugoff; Michael K. Conde, Elgin; Lee R. Evans, Lugoff; Trace J. Guy, Rembert; Joshua L. Judson, Lugoff; William R. Mathis, Cassatt; David E. McDonald , Lugoff; Lindsay B. Pierce, Camden; Blake M. Serpas, Lugoff.Gold stars were awarded to cadets and students at The Citadel who achieved a 3.7 grade point average or higher in the fall 2018 semester. Cadets and students who achieve gold star recognition are also placed on The Citadel’s dean’s list.Cadets and students awarded gold stars include Michael K. Conde, Elgin; David E. McDonald, Lugoff; Blake M. Serpas, Lugoff.

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Ryan Kelly of Camden has maintained a Summa Cum Laude 3.96 GPA in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Finishing up his junior year in spring 2019, Kelly is continuing his duties as a teaching assistant in the Engineering Department and is also on the research team of Dr. Eric Hsieh and Dr. Kenneth Kihm. Their project is to use graphene quantum dots (GQDs) to create a simple mercury detection device for testing potentially contaminated bodies of water. The current goal is to create a GQD electrode and test various concentrations of mercury contaminated water to test the feasibility of this method.

GQDs are nano-particles derived from the super-material of graphene. Previous work has shown that dissolved mercury ions (Hg2+) will attach to the GQDs, so the idea is that if we have a current passing through the material (moving electrons), some of the electrons will bond to the positively-charged mercury ions, and the current will be reduced. Ryan Kelly’s current job is to design an apparatus to test this to see how much current changes related to the concentration of mercury in water.

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Abigail Bibb of Elgin has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for earning Highest Honors for the fall 2018 semester. Bibb is majoring in Sust Agriculture&Food Systems.

Students named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance during a semester enrolled in a full-time course load (12 or more graded credits).

Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.