Drew Lawton Earns Top Merit Award at Junior Scholars Ceremony
For the fifth year in a row, a District 7 student earned a top merit award in the county for the highest score on the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) during the Spartanburg County Junior Scholars Awards Ceremony at Converse College. Drew Lawton won two of the three awards on Thrusday, March 2 – he tied as the Highest Scorer on the PSAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing and earned the top merit award for the Highest PSAT Total Score as part of the South Carolina Junior Scholars Program. Drew is an 8th grader at McCracken Middle School.
A total of fifty three (53) District 7 students representing E.P. Todd School and Carver and McCracken Middle schools were honored for their academic achievements and were named South Carolina Junior Scholars for receiving high scores on the PSAT. The District 7 honorees are: Sean Abbott, Hammett Anderson, John Barry, Ryder Barton, Aaron Baymiller, Will Beeson, Katelyn Boyd, Jason Button, Elliott Cont, Florence Cope, Haley Crowe, Emily Daniel, Evan Davis, Ally Dunlavey, Ilan Falcon, William Fowler, Tristen Godfrey, Theo Goodchild-Michelman, Claryn Greenway, Drew Harrill, Te’Dejia Harris, Taylor Horowitz, David Jacob, Daniel Jones, William Joyce, Mason Kellam, Jack Kendrick, Joseph Latham, Drew Lawton, Aidan Lazenby, Riya Machimada, Rebekah Maguire, Dalton Markley, Clara Maultsby, Annika McEnroe, Mattie Moore, William Morris, Kate Murphy, Timothy Page, Martha Pasatiempo, Jacob Price, Peyton Ravan, Gannon Shepard, Olivia Summerfield, John Henry Tennant, Grace Till, Jackson Van Hyning, Harrison Van Vleet, Madison Ward, Reid Weeks, Jamey Whisnant, Tristan Willcox, and Davis Wren.
The South Carolina Junior Scholars Program was developed by the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) during the 1985–86 school year to identify eighth grade students with exceptional academic talent and to develop strategies for inclusion into special programs.To become a South Carolina Junior Scholar, eighth grade students must take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) and earn a score of five hundred and fifty (550) or higher on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing portion of the test, or a score of five hundred and thirty (530) or higher on the Mathematics portion of the test. Students who qualify as Junior Scholars become eligible for a variety of summer enrichment opportunities offered by local and regional colleges, and receive special recognition and awards from the South Carolina Department of Education.