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Five JCSD Scholars Made History by Conferring Associate Degrees!

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Five JCSD Scholars Made History by Conferring Associate Degrees!

JCSD would like to salute and honor the following dual enrollment students for their accomplishments in earning three academic certificates (General Education, Math and ELA, and Liberal Arts) in addition to earning an associate degree in liberal arts and/or an associate in science: Marlena Benson, Mikayla Ferguson, Faith Macherione, Tamia Miller, and Celine Robinson.

We would also like to congratulate the following scholars for earning one or more academic certificates: Gabrielle Chaney, Angelica Chavez, Farrah Doe, Deveigh Ford, Jeremy Givens, Samara Gibbs, Daniella Landeros, and Gabriel Chaney. Also, while earning various credentials, these following students made the “Dean’s List” by earning all A’s: 1st Semester-Da-Jean Biggerstaff, Gabrielle Chaney, Kendell Dinkins, Samara Gibbs, Jeremy Givens, Denasia Haynes, Kelsey Hipp, Shanena James, Eunice Mack, Imani Patterson, and Amiya Richardson. Congratulations to the following students who made the Dean’s list for second semester: Gabrielle Chaney, Farrah Doe, and Samara Gibbs. 

The 22-23 theme for JCSD is “moving from impossible to possible!” Who would have thought it was possible to earn an academic certification from college before becoming a senior in high school? Who would have thought it was possible to earn multiple academic certificates and an associate degree before walking across a stage to receive your high school diploma? Despite these impossibilities, JCSD scholars have made them possible. These scholars triumph and persevered through impossible situations including Covid-19, limited course selection, technology issues, achieving high school requirements, working, participating in sports, completing CTE requirements, applying for scholarships and various universities, and even earning CDL permits. Students seeking associate degrees leverage limited course selection by enrolling in the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL), University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) and/or Columbia International University (CIU) simultaneously. Five JCSD scholars made history by conferring associate degrees. 

This historical and pivotal movement has given our scholars early access to higher education while equipping them to be competitive as they have gained knowledge and experiences through rigorous coursework. These high school scholars have mastered how to survive college and prepare themselves as life-long learners. While leaping boundaries and overcoming impossible obstacles, these students have demonstrated a level of commitment that will not only change their lives, but their families and community as well.  

Dr. Murphy affirms that the success of this program is due to a collaborative effort between the partnership of JCSD, USCB and TCL. We are also grateful for our adjunct professors: Mrs. Velyuthan, Mr. Asari, and Mr. Coccia who deliver instructions on our campus and online to ensure our students are successful. Barrack Obama says it best: “The Audacity of Hope.” Our scholars have thrusted beyond hope by moving from impossible to possible by anchoring themselves as life-long learners through their electrifying dedication and commitment. 

It's Graduation Season!

Ridgeland Elementary School

Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony

Monday, May 22, 2023

9:00 am

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Monday, May 22, 2023

12:00 Noon

Ridgeland Gymnasium

250 Jaguar Trail, Ridgeland, SC 29936

Hardeeville Elementary School

Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Doors open at 8:30 am, Ceremony begins at 9:00 am

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Doors open at 11:30 am, Ceremony begins at 12:00 Noon

Hardeeville Gymnasium

150 Hurricane Alley, Hardeeville, SC 29927

Ridgeland Secondary Academy of Excellence

8th Grade Promotion Celebration

Thursday, May 25, 2023

9:30 am

RSAE High School Graduation

Thursday, June 1, 2023

7:30 pm

RSAE Gymnasium

250 Jaguar Trail, Ridgeland, SC 29936

Hardeeville Junior & Senior High School

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Thursday, May 25, 2023

9:00 am

HJSHS High School Graduation

Wednesday, May 31, 2023


HJSHS Gymnasium

150 Hurricane Trail, Hardeeville, SC 29927

JC Career and Advanced Technology Education

(JC CATE) Center Completer Ceremony

On Wednesday, May 17, 2023, JC CATE held its first annual completer ceremony where students from Ridgeland Secondary Academy of Excellence and Hardeeville Junior & Senior High School received their completer certificates and honor cords to represent their perspective pathways. There was a wide range of certificates earned. 60 Seniors earned certifications during the 2022-2023 school year. Some seniors earned multiple certifications bringing the total to 84 certifications earned by the class of 2023, with several more on the way. These numbers do not include Juniors and Sophomores who earned certifications and Seniors that have yet to complete their certification tests.

RSAE Sophomore Wins US House Rep Jim Clyburn Art Competition

Andria Wright, Sophomore and Design 3 student at Ridgeland Secondary Academy of Excellence won first place in the US House of Representative Jim Clyburn’s Art Competition. She unveiled her winning work of art at the JC CATE Completer Ceremony on May 17, 2023. Her photo titled, Metazurial, will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year along with all of the other Congressional Districts' winners.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. It is a great honor to have a winner of such a prestigious honor come from Jasper County. We are proud of Andria. We will encourage her to continue to use her skills to further her goals. 

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