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2024 Lexington Two graduates receive special recognition at a school board meeting

West Columbia, SC 06/03/2024 – The graduating class of Lexington Two had just over 500 members. During Lexington Two’s May school board meeting, several outstanding seniors from the Class of 2024 were recognized, whose next chapters include college, career and military.

Landon is involved in Airport’s choral and theater programs, where he recently performed the lead role of Dimitri Anastasiaand Benvolio in it Romeo and Juliet. He has also been accepted into every honor choir he auditioned for this year, including the All State Chorus, ACDA State and Regional Honor Choirs, and is also chairman of the Airport’s Honors Chorus. He recently conducted a piece at Airport’s spring choir concert. He received the Director’s Award for outstanding service to the Airport High School Choral Program over the past four years. Landon is an Honor Graduate and has received the Career Ready Endorsement and STEM Endorsement.

This fall, Landon will attend the University of South Carolina and has received a School of Music Voice Scholarship.

Sydney is vice president of the Senior Class, a member of the National Technical Honor Society and a member of the Beta Club. She was a student in Lexington Two’s Early College program and received both an associate in arts and an associate in science. She obtained her General College Studies Certificate. Outside of high school, Sydney volunteers at Mission Lexington, Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina, and is a teacher assistant for Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church’s Camp Daniel summer academic program. Sydney is a Distinguished Honor Graduate and has received a College Ready Endorsement, Career Ready Endorsement and STEM Endorsement. Sydney was named a Founder’s Scholar and received a $56,000 grant, as well as numerous other grants.

This fall, Sydney will attend Temple University, where she plans to study criminal justice and political science.

Ruby graduated early and completed all her high school requirements in three years. She is a Distinguished Honor Graduate. She speaks three languages: Spanish, English and German. Ruby served as a guidance teacher assistant this year. Ruby is a first-generation family member who completed high school and pursued higher education.

Ruby is joining the Marines and would like to participate in the logistics program.

Taylor has been a member of the Airport cheerleading team since 7th grade and participates in both competitive and side cheer. She was voted Region Cheerleader of the Year. She was a member of the Airport bowling team, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, HOSA and Beta Club. She was Rotary Student of the Month and won Miss Senior and Miss Congeniality at this year’s Miss Aquila Pageant. Taylor attended Girls State in the summer of 2023 and will return this summer as a Junior Counselor. Taylor received a General College Studies Certificate from Midlands Technical College while at the airport. She is a certified nursing assistant, which she obtained through the Lexington Two Innovation Center’s Health Science program. Taylor is a Distinguished Honor Graduate and has received a College Ready Endorsement, Career Ready Endorsement and STEM Endorsement. She has received numerous academic and athletic scholarships from Presbyterian College.

This fall, she will attend Presbyterian College and study biology while competing on the college’s acro-tumbling team.

Mackenzie has been a member of the Army JROTC program through all four years of high school and has risen to the rank of cadet lieutenant colonel. During her senior year, Mackenzie was selected as a battalion commander and was entrusted with the leadership and leadership of all other cadets. Mackenzie is also the commander of Airport’s award-winning Golden Talon drill team. Mackenzie is also a martial arts student who has earned a black belt. Mackenzie recently graduated from Midlands Technical College through the dual enrollment program with an associate diploma in science and an associate diploma in Art. She is a Palmetto Fellows recipient and Distinguished Honor Graduate who holds the Honor Endorsement, College & Career Endorsement, STEM Endorsement, and Military Endorsement. She recently earned a $60,000 ROTC scholarship from the University of South Carolina.

This fall, Mackenzie will attend The Citadel on an ROTC scholarship, majoring in chemistry and minoring in forensic science. She plans to become an officer in the military.

She was president of the Airport student council. She has been involved with the B-27 Club, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Teacher Cadet Honor Society, Student Government and Unified Partners. She is a four-year letterman on Airport’s varsity soccer team. Outside of school, Bre is a student leader at her church and has played on the travel soccer team for the past ten years. She was recently named Rotary Student of the Quarter. Bre received the SC Teaching Fellows Scholarship and other grants, as well as a Career Ready Endorsement.

This fall, Bre will attend the University of South Carolina, majoring in early childhood education, and plans to pursue a master’s degree in special education.

Graham has been involved in Student Government and is a four-year letterman on Airport’s varsity baseball team. He is an Honor Graduate and has earned the LIFE Scholarship and numerous other grants. He has an Honors Endorsement and a College Ready Endorsement.

This fall, Graham will attend Coker University on a baseball scholarship. He plans to major in business.

Three other Airport students were recognized for their achievements at the Lexington Two Innovation Center. They are:

Za’Moiya Cave Sims: Za’Moiya was recognized by the Columbia Urban League with a Young and Gifted Award for CATE Achievement. Za’Moiya is a health sciences completer. She will enlist in the National Guard and then college, where she plans to begin studying pediatric nursing and then continue into pharmaceutical technology.

Elias Guest McCray: Elias was recognized by the Columbia Urban League with a Young and Gifted Award for CATE Achievement. He is a completed barber and obtained his barber license while at the airport. He is involved in many extracurricular activities both inside and outside the airport, including cutting hair for unhoused people. This fall, Elias will attend Francis Marion University on a basketball scholarship. He plans to major in business and may combine this with his hairdressing to have his own business.

Justin Linden: Justin is an electrical finisher who plans to join his family business, Central Controls. This fall he will be attending Midlands Technical College to become an industrial electrician. Justin played football at Airport.

BROOKLAND-CAYCE HIGH SCHOOL

Hope is in the top 10 percent of the graduating class. She is a dedicated participant in Brookland-Cayce’s International Thespian Society chapter, a member of JROTC’s award-winning Bearcat Battalion, a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She is also a member of HOSA-Future Health Professionals and forms a 3-unit more complete in Pathology Health Sciences. Hope is a state award winner in several competitions, including acting, foreign language, health care and military leadership, most notably at Fort Jackson.

This fall, Hope will attend the University of Pennsylvania to major in nursing and minor in neuroscience.

John is ranked fourth in this year’s senior class and will graduate with honors from Brookland-Cayce. He is vice president of the National Honor Society. He is a graduate of the Quest program, an AP Scholar and has earned the AP Capstone Diploma. He was the captain of the Bearcats football team that was selected all-region. John was also the captain of the Bearcats football team and selected to the All State team. He helped the football team win the state championship in 2021. He was selected as Rotary Student of the Month.

This fall, John will attend Clemson University and major in mechanical engineering.

Sydney is the student body president at Brookland-Cayce. She is an AP Scholar and earned the AP Capstone Diploma. She is secretary of the National Honor Society and vice president of the Latin Club. She was the captain of the Bearcats varsity soccer team and was a member of our school’s varsity cross country team. She was selected to the All Region for soccer and cross country for the 2021-2022, 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 seasons. She was also selected as Rotary Student of the Quarter.

This fall, Sydney will attend the Clemson University Honors College and study architecture.

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Koon is the Cadet Battalion Commander. He was the organizer of the battalion S4 task during the unit insignia ceremony, and his intensive planning and coordination ensured the superior success of the program. He also planned and supervised the parking lot, cafeteria and Color Guard for football games and other activities. He served as set construction manager for Brookland-Cayce’s theater department. Joshua completed his Eagle Scout project and passed his board of review to achieve the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Joshua is a member of the Brookland-Cayce cross country team and ran a personal best of 19:58 in a 5K. He recently entered his sixth wrestling season and was named team captain for the second time. During this year he has maintained the AB honor roll and is in all AP and Honors classes. He was also the team captain and received the George Johnson Award for Outstanding Leadership. Joshua received $82,000 JROTC scholarship.

This fall, Joshua will attend Clemson University on an Army scholarship, majoring in natural resource management.

Freddie obtained his associate in arts degree from Midlands Technical College while working in Brookland-Cayce. He participated in the Young Pharaoh program sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. He has volunteered over twenty hours with various organizations in the city of Columbia. He is a founding member of the BCHS BSU and a Mydris Walker Scholar. He is also a shift leader at a local Jiffy Lube.

This fall, Freddie will attend the Winthrop University Honors College, where he will major in finance and minor in computer science.

Nakerianna is the salutatorian of Brookland-Cayce High School’s Class of 2024. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction and received the AP Capstone Diploma. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Sustainability Club and is a founding member of the BCHS BSU. She has served as a volunteer for a 5K run/walk sponsored by The Woman’s Club of Cayce, and as a volunteer for a run/walk to raise awareness about domestic violence. She is also a two-time Mydris Walker Scholar.

This fall, Nakerianna will attend the University of South Carolina Honors College, majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology.

PHOTO CAPTION: Brookland-Cayce High School Class of 2024 members, from left, Sydney Artlip, John Mower, Joshua Koon, Freddie Asberry, Nakerianna Mays, Hope Riley.

PHOTO CAPTION: Airport High School Class of 2024 members, from left: Justin Linden, Mackenzie Laskowski, Elias Guest-McCray, Ruby Gonzalez Armenta, Za’Moiya Cave-Sims, Sydney Edmond, Bre White, Parker Whittle, Taylor Gooding.

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