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Two Darlington County students graduate from SC Governor's School for Science and Mathematics

on Thursday, 08 June 2017. Posted in Education, Local News

Two Darlington County students graduate from SC Governor's School for Science and Mathematics

Ethan Samuel Chan and Weston Scott Light, both from Darlington County, graduated from the SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the DeLoach Center in Hartsville.

Ethan Samuel Chan, son of Joyce and Ben Chan of Hartsville, will attend University of South Carolina. Weston Scott Light, son of Stephanie and Kevin Light of Hartsville, will attend Clemson University.

The 127 students that comprise the GSSM Class of 2017 hail from 29 different South Carolina counties and 87 high schools. Graduates will go on to attend a variety of selective colleges and universities across the country including Brown University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins, Michigan University, Stanford University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Vanderbilt University. A few students have chosen to study internationally at universities such as Queen's University in Canada, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and Universiteit Twente in the Netherlands. 

Nearly 67% of the graduates elected to remain in state to pursue undergraduate degrees, enrolling in quality college destinations such as Claflin University, Clemson University, College of Charleston, Presbyterian College, University of South Carolina, and Wofford College.

In total, the Class of 2017 received $15.6 million in scholarship offers. 

“This has been a wonderful year for college destinations, due to the wonderful and caring work of our college counseling staff,” said Dr. Hector Flores, GSSM president. 

GSSM, recently named one of the Top-Performing U.S. Schools with Elite Students by The Washington Post, specializes in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). GSSM also offers an emphasis on economics and a solid core of humanities courses. A statewide public, residential high school for juniors and seniors located in Hartsville, SC, GSSM offers over 50 STEM courses annually, including neuroscience, advanced genetics, calculus-based physics, differential equations and robotics.