WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- South Carolina Virtual Charter School (SCVCS), a full-time tuition-free online public charter school for students in South Carolina, will honor its 2014 graduates during a ceremony taking place this Thursday, June 5 at 3 p.m. at the Brookland Banquet & Conference Center. More than 160 students will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas and make history as SCVCS’s largest graduating class.
The ceremony will kick off with remarks from Hayden Covington, Valedictorian of the graduating class. Hayden is a member of the National Honor Society and has been nominated for student of the month several times. Outside of school, Hayden is a seasoned ballet dancer, training 20 hours a week and performing with the International Ballet Academy. Hayden attributes her academic success to her determination and says that “SCVCS has been the ideal bridge to college” and has helped her learn to trust herself in learning new concepts. Upon graduating, Hayden plans to attend Furman University this fall, followed by graduate school. She would eventually like to pursue a career in the science field.
Johnathan Edwards, SCVCS’s Salutatorian of the 2014 graduating class, will take the stage after Hayden. Another standout graduating senior, Johnathan has served as both President and Vice President of SCVCS’s National Honor Society and was a Junior Marshall for last year’s graduation. In his free time, Johnathan enjoys playing competitive tennis and has been recognized as one of the top 10 junior tennis players in South Carolina. In addition to holding two jobs – as a tennis instructor and maintaining courts at the nearby tennis club – Johnathan is active in the community and has participated in food drives, book drives and tutoring. This fall, Johnathan will be playing NCAA Division 1 tennis at University of Connecticut, where he plans to major in marketing.
Following remarks from both Hayden and Johnathan, the ceremony will conclude with a message from SCVCS’s Board Chair, Victoria Dixon-Mokeba. Victoria has served on the board since the school opened in 2008, and was elected chair in 2012. She brings extensive experience in education, from the beginning of her career teaching at the elementary level to her present position as Head of School at Carolina School for Inquiry.
These are just a few of the many high-achieving students in SCVCS’s 2014 graduating class, who combined have been awarded more than $3,079,176 in scholarship funds. The nearly 70 scholarships include 3 Palmetto Fellow Scholarships and 64 Life Scholarships, the latter of which is a merit-based award for South Carolina residents who are for the first time entering their freshman year at South Carolina-based institutions, including technical colleges and two- and four-year universities. Students awarded the Life Scholarship must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and 1100 score on the SAT or 24 on the ACT and rank in the top 30% of their graduating class.
“We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with SCVCS’s online curriculum and worked with SCVCS’s world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," said Dr. Cherry Daniel, SCVCS Head of School. "SCVCS is more than just a top-notch school; we’re a community. Our teachers work to motivate students academically while building up their character and commitment to excellence in all that they do. During the graduation ceremony we recognize not only the achievements of the students and teachers, but also the encouragement and support of their families, who directly contributed to crafting such an amazing program.”
While the accomplishment of a high school diploma is an achievement in itself, the vast majority of students from the South Carolina Virtual Charter School Class of 2014 have elected to continue their studies at a higher level, including post-secondary colleges, advanced training and the military. Some of the colleges accepting this year's graduating class include University of Connecticut, Dartmouth, Kennesaw State and University of South Carolina.
To learn more about the program, SCVCS hosts free community events and online information sessions throughout the year. Families can find more information on upcoming events and how to enroll by visiting: www.k12.com/scvcs.