The Class of 2020 claims $12,377,634 in scholarship awards.
By CINDY CROSBY
Despite hurdles faced over the last several months due to Covid-19, Colleton County High School held the Class of 2020 commencement ceremony Saturday June 6 at Cougar Stadium. Amid social distancing rules and limited tickets for graduates, the ceremony was the culminating event for the Class of 2020, which finished its year through virtual learning.
The Class of 2020 had 343 graduates who combined for $12,377,634 in scholarship offers, including external, institutional, Palmetto Fellow, Life and Hope Scholarships. There were 60 distinguished honor graduates with a 4.3 GPA or higher and 26 honor graduates with a cumulative GPA between 4.0-4.29.
The Class of 2020 boasted 64 National Honor Society members and 91 students earned an honor’s certificate. Additionally, there were 171 career and technology completers.
Following the processional of graduates through Cougar Field House, the presentation of colors was given by the Colleton County High School NJROTC, along with the National Anthem. Third honor graduate Sarah Aleah Ward gave the invocation.
Jasmine Leyva, salutatorian, welcomed guests and gave a well-received address highlighting social and racial inequality amid school students locally and across the country.
Senior class president Elise Walker presented the Class of 2020 gift, a free-standing swing, to CCHS principal Maurice Cannon Sr.
First honor graduate Megan DeWitt gave her valedictory address calling for unity in the world based on her faith. “My address was calling for unity based on the grounds of loving everyone, because that is what God has done for us,” said DeWitt. “We should love each other, just as God has loved us, and do all things for the glory of Him.”
Cliff Warren, associate superintendent of human resources, recognized Logan Jay Lemacks for 12 years of perfect attendance.
University of South Carolina Salkehatchie dean of students Jane Brewer conferred an associate of arts and an associate of science to graduating senior Sarah Ward. Ward earned 75 college credits and graduated with highest honors from the college — all on the same day as her high school graduation.
Presentation of the 2020 graduation candidates was given by Principal Cannon, followed by the presentation of diplomas and certificates by Cannon, John Tindal, superintendent of schools and Patricia Simmons, chairman of the Colleton County School Board, Shon Johnson, Bria Burke, and Ryan Pearson. They were assisted by the CCHS counselors and the Class of 2020 advisors.
Following the turning of the tassels, led by Elise Walker, the Class of 2020 followed tradition, tossing their flowers into the air. Following the singing of the Alma Mater, Madison Lea Strickland, student body president, led the benediction.
The Class of 2020 recessional, Pomp and Circumstance, closed the ceremony.
Head Marshalls from the Class of 2021 were Anne Mathis Thomas and Ian McLaughlin. Marshalls included Sydney Howard, Savannah Bongiorno, Grace Cox, Makenzy Hand, Zora Jamison, Noah Brockman, Ashley Goettee, and Dorothy Dessoye. Ushers included Christina Morrall, Colt Edens, Ian Palmer, Emmalie Nesmith, Jermia Christian, Dylan Erickson, Zoe Worden, Natalie Brooks, Hannah Robertson and Jordan Manigo. Graduates were:
Abelita, Alessandrae Jan Obrero; Ackerman, Cassidy Marie; Ackerman, James Fuller; Adkins, Benjamin Thomas; Allen, Cedrick Lamont; Altman, Abigail Lamb; Altman, Grayson Wyman; Altman, Trey Hunter; Armentrout, Nicholas Austin; Avant, Amber Shae; Avant, Hanna Elizabeth; Avery, Miranda Hope; Bahrenburg-Miles, Mya Destiny; Bailey, Logan Hunter; Balatbat, Brianna Marie; Ballew, Ashlyn Bailee; Barnes, Kiyontre Tyqwan; Barnett, Damien Leroy; Barnett, Ethan Bradley; Barrineau, Lance Christian; Bartell, Tanner James; Bartram, Clayton Rhett; Beach, Brett Cooper; Beach, McKenna Grace; Beck, Shaun Michael; Bell, Kayce Nicole; Benton, James Edward; Benton, Ryanna Mackenzie; Bernache-Rios, Bennie; Bingley, McKinsey Rhone; Black, Jaheem Jabez; Blakey, Erica Marie; Bodison, Dante Thomas; Bostic, India Jonikqua; Bostic, NyAishia Simone; Bowens, Donae Myamee-Tyla; Bowers, Ariel Charisse; Bowman, Faith Jalicia; Boyd, Gianni Sunshine; Bridge, JoAnna Beth; Brigmon, VaShaun Rodney; Brown, Benjamin LaMar; Brown, Cornelia Lanise; Brown, DeAndre Emmanuel; Brown, Jarrod Rashard; Brown, Ja’Tashjah Sajada; Brown, Kaitlynn Blair; Brown, Kanya LaShay; Brown, Kenard Kelly; Brown, Madison Alyssa; Brown, Ronald Pate; Brown, Teniia Micazia; Bryan, Abby Gail; Bryant, Christopher Melvin; Bryant, Daquan Lamar; Buckner, Travon Markell; Bunton, Thomas Lee; Burnett, Kolbe Keith; Burns, Hannah Nicole; Byrams, Alajha La’Shae;
And Calloway, Arkez Jerome Terran; Calloway, Terrance Shykeim; Campbell, Julian Scott; Campos, Loushon Jahsir; Campos-Vega, Alex; Capers, Roger An’Tuan; Carmona, Christopher; Cates, Makaylah Bryanna Whitley; Chambers, Fred Bryion; Chapman, Anthony James; Chestnut, Andrew Ray; Chisolm, Coriyanah Ja’nya; Colleton, Daniel A; Colson, Cassidy Amanda; Conaway, Kiana Brandi; Conover, Kaitlyn Elizabeth; Cook, Tia Annmarie; Cox, Asher Tony; Craven, Dylan Talbert; Craven, Mackenzie Alexzandra; Craven, Natalie Dianne; Creel, Hope Miranda; Cromer, Michia’ Emmanuel; Crosby, Bailey Elizabeth; Crosby, Benjamin Guy; Crosby, Caitlin Michelle; Crosby, Charity Rory Marie; Crosby, McKenzie Lane; Culpepper, Neeley Gentry; Cummings, Morgan Caroline; Cunningham, Malik Ty’Kel; Curlett, Johnathan Bryan; Dais, Savion Antonio; Dandridge, Morgan Amber; Dangerfield, Dylan James; Daniels, Jeremiah Kaveon; Darley, Nicole Jade; David, Kel’von La’tron; Davis, Jasmine Makayla; Davis, Jaylynn Conner; Davis, Kyle Gerry; Deas, Destiny LeeShae; Delk, Lillianna Makinsey; Dewitt, Megan Emily; Donaldson, Tyreese La’Dez; Dowd, Heather LeAnn; Drain, Jabbreah Ja Quasha; Drayton, Jermia Romasia Saira; Driggers, Bradley Alexander; Driggers, Remme Alexander; Dubois, Paraja Latrese;
And Edwards, Kiondra Leann; Elliott, Deandrea Travon; Elliott, Ni’drea Jahkia; Ellis, Taylor Lakia; Ellison, Jahlil Raquan; Ellison, Zahara Christina; Emanuel, Gannon Joseph; Evans, Douglas Hudson; Farmer, Devonia Malasia; Farnsworth, Alexa Katherine; Ferguson, Ashanti Kanika; Ferguson, Tyquan Shuanjan; Finigan, William Francis; Fishburne, Ontario Devon; Flores-Rogers, Luis Yadiel; Francis, Aaliyah Star Maggie; Frasier, Allen Webb; Frasier, Devar Nashon; Frazier, Jade’ Alliyah; Frazier, Zy’Aire Kay’zon; Fripp, Shianne Renee; Funn, Shaleshia Nierra; Furr, Rebecca Elisabeth; Furst, Hope Malaine; Gabriel, Hans Yuri Buraga; Gadson, Stephan Laman ‘Isiah; Gains, Destiny Diamond Lashay; Garcia, Epifanio IV; Garcia, Jose’; Gardner, Carol Denise; Garland, Al-Tayjaha Lashey Antwannette; Garrett, Shania Lavay; Geathers, Alyssa Ni ‘ Ashia; Goethe, Cheyenne Yvonne; Gooding, Megan Elizabeth Maas; Gotel, Zalian Da’Sean; Graham, Tyra Mo’nay; Green, Damitria Jocelyn; Green, I’dae Josephine; Green, Jes’leesha Briantae; Green, Sha’Leyah Keyana; Greene, Malcolm DeAndre’; Griffin, Matilyn Delores;
And Hadwin, Austin Tyler; Haley, Hannah Kelsey; Hallman, Michael; Hamilton, Kayla Breanna; Hampton, Kailee Yvonne; Hand, Alexis Ariel; Hanley, Misty Rose; Harbison, Anna Lee; Hart, Kylee Michael; Henderson, Sean Matthew; Hernandez, Noah Creel; Hernandez, Roberto; Herndon, Jaidyn McKenna Kay; Hickman, Allyson Nicole; Hickman, Danielle Leigh; Hiers, Terrie Kristine Angel; Hinz, Austin James; Hiott, Austen Lee; Hodges, Daniel Anthony; Hodges, Raheem Jaquan; Hollingsworth, Brittani Emily; Holmes, Ky’Daisia Antonet; Holmes, La’ Darius Rasheed; Holmes, Sinclair TaQuantis; Holmes, Tyquan Oneil; Hopster, Florence Mary Modica; Horvath, Sophie Elizabeth; Hudson, Landon Walker; Hugie, Jadaya Iyana; Hunter, Brandon Gray; Infinger, Holden Michael; Jackson, Tylik Jovan; Jacques, Wesley Quay; James, Javon Wanyi Tyrelle; Jeffery, Tyree Jelond; Jenkins, Adriene Ny’Drea; Jenkins, Jade Monique; Jenkins, Tamia Sade; Jennings, James Vonlehe; Johnson, Bree Tamia; Johnson, Darius Brian; Johnson, Jaquantae Antonio; Johnson, J’wann Tykeem; Johnson, Zy’Aire Sanaa’ Ny’Cole; Jones, Marquell Latreveon Herman;
And Kearse, Mylasia Markaya; Kelly, Sha-Quenta Shy-Querr Denise; Ketchum, Bryan Michael; Kinard, Shidez Lamont; King, Jahiem Ausaun; Kinsey, Alyssa Kaylee; Kirkhart, Tina Nicole; Kirkland, Omari Harashia; Koger, Aundiya Javari; Kubik, Wesley Leland; Lairmore, Devon Christopher; Lamb, Drew Gavin; Lemacks, Logan Jay; Levant, Tayron Antonio; Leyva, Fernando; Leyva, Jasmine; Linz, Tyler Drew; Lisbon-Gosha, Kristopher Devon; Luat, Shyleeyah Kuulei Ellen; Marin, Carla Maria; Marshall, Destiny Keona; Marshall, Diamond Teona; Martinez, Lettiecia Anne; Marvin, Cannon Brooks; Mays, Faith Myliyah; McClain, J’Nay Amanti; McClendon, Jon Ray; McCrory, Amaree Lorenzo; McDonald, Ashlan Tayler; McElveen, Virginia Byonka; McGee, Nydriea Tariyana; McIntire, Kristen Marie; McTeer, Brianna La’Shay Ty’Sh; Milbry, Daz’Maleek Mora’e Isiah; Mincey, Alexis Sa’de; Mitchell, Brittany Latreace; Mitchell, Jamia Lashay; Mitchell, Ta’Mysija Njdria Ashanti Lak’qua; Monroe, Jeremiah Joel; Mosley, Jeremiah Maurice; Moultrie, Camren Tranese; Mowry, Darin Patrick; Murray, Trakell Jaden Keiron; Myers, Malik Rayshaad;
And Nettles, Ronald Anthony; Nix, Jabori; Nixon, Keyata Mon’ae; North, Tiffany U-neek; O’Quinn, Alyssa Renee; O’Quinn, Tasha Bray; Otujo, Simon Levine; Pak, Kaylee Nykole; Parker, Jermaine Shelton; Pellum, Jessica Ruth; Perez, Luis Enrique; Perry, Margaretta Lynne; Polk, Nicholas Gage; Pollack, Michael Jacob; Pond, Caileah Danielle; Ray, Kristen Marie; Reid, Ashley Ellen; Reyes, Christopher Laine; Reynolds, Faith Cynthia; Reynolds, Grace Amanda; Rhodes, Haven Celeste Sapphire; Rhoney, Bryanna Faye; Richardson, Melvina L; Richardson, Zanae Arianna; Richmond, Kristopher Ryan; Rickman, Joshua Lamar; Rivera, Leiara Cantrell; Roberson, Anthony Denzel; Robertson, Jeremy Adam Leroy; Robinson, Christopher; Robinson, Julius Jarmarison; Robinson, Saterrence; Rose, Dasiel Anthony; Samuels, Tierra Faith; Sanders, Taniya Kenyetta; Saravia, Brandon Alexi; Savage, Ashley Jordan; Schultz, Shawn Patrick; Scites, Jordan Bryce; Scott, Leonard Wayne; Seaward Newby, Zion Adun-La; Shaffer, Madelin Noel; Sherrill, Alex Lee; Sightler, Madison Ann; Simmons, Amerr Tre’Yon Daminio; Simpson, Alexis Natasha; Simpson, Hannah Ernestine; Singleton, Jarvis Terell; Smalls, Briana Caroline; Smalls, Jalliyah Briana; Smith, Bobby Richard; Smith, Hannah Alise; Smith, Janee’ Monique; Smith, Lauren Raquel; Smoak, Arthur Lee; Smutz, Isabel Azura; Stanfield, Leonard Jamal; Stanfield, William Cole; Stanfill, Mackenzie Leigh; Stansel, Edwardian Nakil; Stephens, Denzel Jami; Stephens, Olivia Claire; Stephens, Tre’Shawn Deontay; Stevens, Jacarre D’Andre; Strickland, Madison Lea;
And Taylor, Aaliyah Izetta; Taylor, Janet Princess; Taylor, Phillip Martin; Tharp, Elizabeth Marie; Thigpen, Benjamin David; Thompson, Je’Lisa Christina Orian; Thompson, Makenzie Rosamond; Thurmond, Kamarion Devante; Thurston, Ethan Noah; Timmons, Noah Austin; Torres, Isaiah Relell; Torres, Jonathan Diego; Tyler, Timothy Allen; Vandemark, D’Angelo Ross; VanHulst, Sarah Elizabeth; Varner, Leniyah Marie; Velazquez, Sarah Grace; Villalobos, Selvin Antonio; Walker, Elise Glenn; Walling, Hayes Lacey; Ward, Sarah Aleah; Warren, Paul Christopher; Washington, Corey Lamonte; Washington, Le’Tay Tyler; Washington, Shamari Takalya; Washington, Styaisia Ti’quaesha Ka’Nazjhia Aaliyaha; Washington, Tyler De’Aveon; Westbury, Stephen Tyler; White, Shakenya Ashlyn; Widrick, Sydney Leigh; Wiford, India Unique; Wiggins, Shadiamon Shaymya; Williams, Ashlyn Nicole; Williams, Jamal Leonard Christian; Williams, Jaylin Christian; Williams, NoQuasia Carolett; Williams, Shaknown Van’Janasia Gloria; Williams, Shelisa Ann; Wilson, Kaeleigh Alexis; Wilson, Ke’von De’mond’re; Wilson, Keyshaun Ja’Quez; Wilson, Victoria Rose; Wise, Patrick Jordan; Woodbury, Dezyrea Marie; Worden, Michelle Logan; Wright, Essence Janelle; Wright, Evan Dashaun; Wright, Noah Harry; Wynn, Kara Nicole; Youmans, Ja’Niy Marie; Young, Taylor Marie; Zirk, Morgan Paige.