UNION COUNTY — Congratulations to the following 8th graders in Union County School District who have achieved the South Carolina Junior Scholar Award for the school year 2013-2014.
Sims Middle School
• Jennie Allen, daughter of Dean and Julie Allen
• Mary Katherine Gibbs, daughter of Taylor and Corinna Gibbs
• Curtis Nichols, son of Charlie Nichols and Amy Craig
• Katelyn Petty, daughter of Tommy and Karen Petty
• Julia Phillips, daughter of Irwing and Ashley Ocampo
• Thomas Schreiber, son of George and Dawn Schreiber
• Riley Shropshire, daughter of Kevin Shropshire and Denise Eubanks
• Caleb Vanderford, son of Lemond Vanderford and Denise Palmer
Jonesville Middle School
• Anthony Esposito, son of Douglas and Debbie Esposito
• Kira Reardon, daughter of Keith and Kim Reardon
The students were selected as South Carolina Junior Scholars either by meeting the Duke University Talent Identification Program criteria as seventh grade students or by scoring at or above 50 as eighth grade students on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in one or more of the following areas: verbal, math, or writing.
As recipients of this honor, the students were recognized in local award ceremonies and received an Award of Merit from the State Department of Education.
The South Carolina Junior Scholars Identification and Development Program, begun in the 1985-86 school year, reflects the growing statewide effort to improve education in South Carolina and responds to the needs of students possessing unique abilities. The purpose of the program is to identify students with exceptionally high scholastic achievement and intellectual ability and to provide opportunities for these students that will facilitate their intellectual growth, broaden their individual interests, and promote their scholastic achievement. Such opportunities are provided during the academic school year or summer following identification in the eighth grade and continue throughout the high school years.