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Local Lander University students earn academic honors
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Lakeisha Hill

Lander University recently announced its President’s List, Dean’s List and Freshman Honors for fall semester 2011. Undergraduates who have earned a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 out of a possible 4.0 are on the President’s List. Those with a GPA of 3.5 to 3.9 are on the Dean’s List, while freshmen with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 earn Freshman Honors.

Kershaw County students receiving honors include:

Dean’s List -- Angelique D. Jackson, Cassatt; and Bethany K. Willoughby, Lugoff.

Freshman Honors -- Kierra C. Bracey, Camden; Jackie A. Peake, Elgin; Avery K. Scott, Elgin; and Keonna Simon, Bethune.


Matthew Tyler Kirkland of Lugoff recently received a computer science award during Francis Marion University’s academic awards ceremony held April 16 in the campus’ McNair Science Building’s Chapman Auditorium.  

Individual awards were given to students judged to have the most promise of success in their respective academic programs. 


James Wade of Elgin was recently elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Furman University. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic society.

Founded in 1776 during the American Revolution, Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters induct the most outstanding students at America's leading colleges and universities, and only about 10 percent of the nation's institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.


Zack Truesdale will attend the South Carolina Governor’s School for Music and Arts, a nine-month residential high school for the arts and humanities located in Greenville.

Zack competed in the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) Region Band Competition and placed first in the region and seventh in the state. He recently won a scholarship for Brevard Music Camp; he auditioned and made it into the very prestigious six-week music intensive camp.

Zack is also a member of the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and is a student at North Central High School (NCHS), with a 4.28 GPA. He is the son of Philippe and Kristina Truesdale and is the private student of Nick Guilliano.


Lakeisha Hill has graduated from Remington College. Hill is a former Lugoff-Elgin High student.


A total of 975 students participated in Coastal Carolina University's commencement ceremonies May 5 at Brooks Stadium. A total of 1,186 candidates from May and August were eligible to march in the ceremony, including 116 master’s degree candidates.

U.S. Rep James E. Clyburn gave the commencement address and received the honorary degree, Doctor of Public Service.

Area students who graduated included the following: Meredith G. Gratton of Elgin, Bachelor of Fine Arts; Sydney C. Hough of Lugoff, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude; and Wesley M. Miller of Lugoff, Bachelor of Fine Arts.