Fifty five (55) District 7 students representing E.P. Todd School and Carver and McCracken Middle schools were honored during the Spartanburg County Junior Scholars Awards Ceremony at Converse College on February 27, 2014. These students were named South Carolina Junior Scholars for receiving high scores on the PSAT (Preliminary SAT). The honorees are: Johnathan Allen, Zane Austill, Sophia Barry, Logan Black, Alexia Bogier, Paige Bridgeman, Erika Ceja, John Chapman, Clavis Chisem-Stevens, Emma Cont, Mary Cribb, Layton Davis, DeHaven Dickerson, Cecelia Dominick, Alyssa Dowling, Shannon Dowling, Ethan Durham, Abby Ericson, Matthew Evans, Louise Franke, Walker Gillespie, D’Asia Gist, Noah Goodwin, Mary Margaret Greene, William Harper, Hayes High, Cora Hoover, Lauren Howard, Alaina Hrysikos, Samuel Jameson, Cayce Johnson, Thaddeus Jones, Caroline Layne, Ryan LeBoeuf, Seth Mathis, Jonas McAninch, Soline McGee, Aries Melendez, Nan Miles, De’Andre Moultrie, Esten Neighbors, Thomas Nowatka, McKayley Owens, Emilie Parsons, Georgia Price, Thompson Rudolph, Patricia Ryan, Tucker Shelton, James Stevens, Savannah Stinson, Ameera Surka, Benjamin Taylor, Ashley Wade, Jack Warren, and Olivia Wolfe.
For the second year in a row, a student in the district earned the top merit award in the county for the highest score on the PSAT. Two students were honored with three of the four prestigious merit awards - DeHaven Dickerson earned the highest score in the county on the PSAT Math section, and Matthew Evans earned the highest score on the Critical Reading section and for the PSAT highest total overall score in Spartanburg County. DeHaven and Matthew are both 8th graders at McCracken Middle School.
To become a Junior Scholar, eighth grade students must take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) and earn a score of fifty (50) or higher on at least one of the three tested areas: critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and proficiency in written English. 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.
McCracken Middle School students DeHaven Dickerson and Matthew Evans were honored with three of the four merit awards for the highest PSAT Scores in Spartanburg County. The awards were presented by District 7 Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker.