Forty of Laurens District 55 High Schools best scholars were honored yesterday as the Laurens Rotary Club held its annual Rotary Top Ten program in the Family Life Center at Laurens First Baptist Church. LDHS Principal Sonya Bryant, Assistant Superintendant Dr. George Ward and Rotary President Michael Seymour congratulated the Top Ten students from each of the four classes at the school.
Ms. Bryant said that for the first time in the Rotary Top Ten Program, she excused three students from attendance, because they were in Houston, Texas competing in the World Championship Robotics competition. She said that as of yesterday morning, the LDHS team was in the lead. Participants in the Robotics team who were unable to attend yesterday included Sophomore Bryan Alexander Uceda-Alverez along with Juniors Jeffrey Thomas Carroll and Noah Scott Shelton.
Sonya Bryant said that the total scholarships offered to each of this year’s Rotary Top Ten seniors was up dramatically. From last year’s $1,892,000 the Top Ten Class of 2017, as of yesterday, has been offered $2,157,000 in scholarship.
Six of the Top Ten Seniors at LDHS plan to attend Clemson University this fall. These include Jessica Fleming Blakely, whose goal is to become a Zoo Veterinarian, Patton Edward Croker who wants to become a Bio-Chemist and Brandt Nicole Eiff who wants to become a Pediatric Oncologist. Other Clemson-bound seniors are Johnathan Lewis Finley whose goal is becoming a Sports Psychologist, Rachel Kay-Elaine Griffin whose goal is to become a Chemical Engineer and Callie Marie Harlan who has interest in being a Pediatric Physical Health professional.
Four of the Top Ten Seniors plan to enter the University of South Carolina. These include Alexis Danielle Herrick, who wants to become an Adoption Lawyer and Ella Gwenn Orcutt who wants to become a Physical Therapist. Also headed to USC are Katie Lynn Waters who wants to become a High School Band Director and Chloe Nasipai Watts who wants to become a Retail Pharmacist.
In concluding her remarks this 5th and final year as Principal at LDHS, Sonya Bryant showed emotion as she thanked the community and parents who made the success being celebrated possible.