2017 Record-breaking year for scholarships

Class of 2017 breaks record
Posted on 05/26/2017
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Photo:  Whale Branch Valedictorian Briona Millidge, left

Friday, May 26, 2017

Class of 2017 college scholarship total
breaks record; schools graduate 1,288

BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County School District’s Class of 2017 has earned a record $38.3 million in college scholarships, and its members have acceptance letters in hand from more than 100 colleges and universities across the nation.

The 2017 scholarship total is the district’s fifth consecutive increase and a dramatic increase from $22.8 million five years ago.  District officials said the class of 2017’s total will increase as additional scholarship information continues to arrive.

“This record-breaking total reflects so much dedication and hard work, not only from our graduates but also from their families,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “Their teachers and administrators and school staff can be justifiably proud, too.”

Seniors will receive their diplomas during graduation ceremonies that kick off tonight, beginning with Whale Branch Early College High.  All six graduation ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. in each school’s football stadium unless weather moves them indoors:

  • Friday, May 26 – Whale Branch Early College High
  • Tuesday, May 30 – Hilton Head Island High
  • Wednesday, May 31 – Bluffton High
  • Thursday, June 1 – Battery Creek High
  • Friday, June 2 – Beaufort High
  • Saturday, June 3 – May River High

“This is a time to celebrate our young people and commend them for reaching this important milestone in their lives,” said Board of Education Chair Patricia Felton-Montgomery.  “We wish our graduating seniors the very best, whether they’re heading off to college, entering the military or beginning their careers.”

School-by-school information available includes:

  • Battery Creek High – 183 graduates and $5,356,534 in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Jonathon Paul Buck, and the salutatorian is Clarissa Renota Reyes.
  • Beaufort High – 282 graduates and $8,303,034 in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Sophia Rose Bursch and salutatorian is Isabelle Cristina Lieblein.
  • Bluffton High – 322 graduates and $7,699,259 in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Meleena Lin, and the salutatorian is Virginia Scott.
  • Hilton Head Island High – 276 graduates and $8,527,975 in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Phillip Evans, and the salutatorian is Madeline Prince.
  • May River High School – 100 graduates and $3,162,924 in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Jurnee Jones-Holcombe, and the salutatorian is Cheyanne Ward.
  • Whale Branch Early College High School – 125 graduates and $5,248,000 in scholarships). The class valedictorian is Briona Millidge, and the salutatorian is Thomas Felver.