Gazette Class Notes for April 18

County science fair winners announced

The Sea Island Regional Science Fair judging committee has released a list of this year's winners, including students who received honorable mentions.

High school winners in northern Beaufort County include: Destinee Andrews, Eliza Rhodes, Reagan Palmer, Arlen Ho, Marissa Lee, Riley Blocker, Bryan Wiggers, Charlie Humphries, Zach Bachtell, Emily Hutchins, Hope Keane and Charlotte Delfosse. Reagan Palmer, Arlen Ho and Marissa Lee, all of Beaufort High School, have been invited to compete with their project, "Effect of Tar Balls and Oil Dispersants on Ocean Water," at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May in Los Angeles.

Middle school winners in northern Beaufort County include: Austin Bell, Jackson Warren, Ashton Guest, Noe Caballero, Matthew Hurtt, Melis Tirhi, Phylicia Allen, Laura Barras, Mary Margaret Barras, Mike Bhoi, Katy Binkowski, McKenzie Blake, Mary Bruns, Grady Colburn, Nathan Crandall, Kiara Craner, Max Crisologo, Logan Hofmann, Bailee Jones, Reagan Kilpatrick, Margaret Langford, Isabelle Leiblein, Akasha Nelson, William Payne, Tyler Phares, Ally Sackman, Kassidy Simmons, Eva Slusher, Will Trumps, Samantha Vincent, Taylor Vincent, Xavier Westergaard, Isabella Kimbrell and Hannah Shannon.

Fundraiser to benefit local schools

The Beaufort County School District Foundation for Educational Excellence will host its annual fundraiser "Celebrate Inspiration!" from 6 to 9 p.m. April 29 at The Mall at Shelter Cove on Hilton Head Island. Proceeds will benefit enrichment activities for students in local public schools and fund small grants for teachers.

The event will feature international and Lowcountry cuisine, cooking demonstrations, music, live and silent auctions, and a cash bar with beer and wine. A 1989 graduate of Hilton Head Island High School, chef David Vincent Young of Roastfish & Cornbread will be honored.

Cost is $35 a person and tickets can be purchased through the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's website,; the Beaufort County School District Educational Services Center in Beaufort; and at retailers Burke's Pharmacy on Hilton Head Island, Pretty Papers & Gifts on Hilton Head Island and Markel's Card & Gift in Bluffton.



  • Prom is Saturday. Reservation forms are in the front office. Details: Ms. Smith, 843-322-5543
  • The Interact Club will sponsor a blood drive for the Lowcountry Blood Bank from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 26.
  • The school is collecting donations for the International Red Cross to benefit earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. Donations will be collected through April 30. Collection containers are in the front office and the MCJROTC room. The school also is collecting pennies for the S.C. Chapter of the Red Cross "Million Penny Campaign" to help with any emergencies that might occur in South Carolina. A collection jar is in the front office.

  • Seventh-graders Anna Sheppard, Kristen Floyd, Jacob Bhoi and Sophie Roth-Douquet qualified to attend the Duke TIP State Recognition ceremony based on their ACT or SAT scores.

  • An ESOL Parent Night will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday in the Shell Point Elementary School cafeteria. The event includes guest speakers and a free taco dinner. It is open to families and teachers of ESOL students in northern Beaufort County.
  • A session for grandparents raising grandchildren will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Beaufort Elementary School. Child care will be provided.

  • The School Improvement Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Agenda items include a vote on the new bylaws, a review of the annual report to parents, results of a survey about reinstating honors-level classes and the principal's report with information about the school budget and report card. The SIC meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the media center.
  • The National French Honor Society and upper-level French classes are collecting donations this month for the victims of the tsunami in Japan. Donations will be sent to Food for the Hungry, an organization directed by a BHS graduate, Celeste Brown de Mercado. Details: 843-441-0875
  • The Booster Club is accepting donations for a yard sale to support BHS athletes. Donations may be dropped off at the Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District, 237 Sea Island Parkway. Pick-ups are available for large items by calling Benji at 843-986-7169, John at 843-812-1083, Scott at 843-321-0944, David at 843-575-7470 or Will at 843-252-9051. The yard sale will be 7 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30 at the school.

  • Fourteen students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society in a ceremony April 6: Cassandra Byers, Aaron Guerrero, Lauren Moore, Shaquira Primus, Ashley Shoemaker, Kendrick Staten, Sherelle Stoney, Diamond Survine, Delmy Villalta, Whitney Washington, Taylor Williams, Russell Willman, Sarah Woods and Loretta Young. The National Technical Honor Society is America's highest award for excellence in career and technical education.
  • ACE students recently participated in the South Carolina SkillsUSA Competition, a state-level contest for public high school and college students enrolled in trade, technical and skilled service profession instructional programs. First-place winners included: Autumn Smith, Delmy Villalta, Isreal Huerta and Samuel Long. Those students will represent South Carolina at the National SkillsUSA Championship Competition in Kansas City in June. Other ACE students recongized through competition were William Toenniessen, Kevin Sanders, Michael Daley, Wilson Lee, Paul Williams, Connor Buss, Chris Blood, Sherelle Stoney and David Albanese.

  • Students AJ Alford, Brandon Clark and Taylor Rabon earned State Recognition as Duke TIP Scholars.
  • The Beaufort County Middle School Track and Field Conference Championship is today at BMS. Field events begin at 4 p.m. and running events begin at 4:30 p.m.
  • The BMS Book Fair will be next week in the library media center.

  • Parent University classes will be Saturday and May 7 and are available to residents older than 16. Details:, 843-717-1640

  • There will be no school Wednesday through Friday.
  • Read Across America logs are due April 26.
  • Fourth-graders will visit Lady's Island Intermediate School on April 26.
  • Spring pictures will be taken April 28.

  • Fifth- and sixth-graders will take field trips to downtown Beaufort, Savannah and other areas that relate to their curriculum today through Wednesday. Permission slips must be turned in to homeroom teachers. Details: Mrs. Lacombe, 843-522-2163
  • Easter break begins Thursday. Classes resume May 2. The main office will be open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 26-29 and school tours will be available.
  • Enrollment is open and space is available at the school. Details:, 843-522-2163

  • An SIC meeting will be at 6 p.m. today in the art room.
  • The ESOL parent night will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

  • The Battery Creek High School Class of 2001 will hold its 10-year reunion May 27-29. Events include a Friday meet and greet and Saturday picnic. Cost is $40 for adults and free for children. Details: Shamere Wilson Young,; Tiffanne Mahomes, 843-812-6045
  • The Beaufort High School Class of 1991 will hold its 20th reunion July 29-30 in Beaufort. It includes a meet and greet, family cookout and "White Affair Social." Cost is $75 for singles and $115 for couples and families. Money orders or cashier's checks should be made payable to Beaufort High School Class of 1991 Reunion and sent to: P.O. Box 1991, Beaufort, SC 29901. Volunteers are needed. Details:, or contact Tomeka Mitchell-Watson at 843-838-4643 or Tarsha Smith at 843-263-1260.
  • The Battery Creek and Beaufort high schools Class of 1981 will hold a combined 30-year reunion Sept. 1-4. Events include a meet-and-greet, tailgate party, family fun day and a formal event. Details: 843-252-9419, 843-521-0621
  • The Beaufort High School Class of 1958 Tidal Wave Breakfast Club meetings are at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at Golden Corral, 122 Robert Smalls Parkway. Details: 843-525-1822, 843-524-8903
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