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Foundational Updates December 2019

December 16, 2019

Govies Give Back to Hartsville

Community engagement is a big part of Govie life. GSSM students, faculty, and staff have volunteered with Darlington County Habitat for Humanity for several years, and this month marked the completion of the fifth house built with Govie assistance. Building homes challenges students with practical applications of their lessons in mathematics, physics, and engineering while providing a respite from the pressures of school. Students also gain first-hand experience with turning plans into reality under the guidance of experienced construction managers. GSSM thanks Darlington County Habitat for Humanity for allowing our students to give back to the Hartsville community!


Celebrating Youth in Government

GSSM's Youth in Government club recently participated in the annual Model Legislature & Court Conference, and it was our most successful one ever! More than 1,600 students from across South Carolina gathered in Columbia to learn how to solve community problems through the democratic process as well as debate and discuss issues with their peers from throughout South Carolina. All of our bills were passed and signed into law, and our Student Council President, Patricio Ortiz '20, served as YIG Governor during the conference. Additionally, the delegation took home several awards:

  • Premier Delegation Award
  • Mock Trial First Place Team: Lili Fonteneau '21, Maura Hilbourn '21, Zeke McDavid '20, Randi Jennings '20, and Grace Lindsay '20
  • Mock Trial Award for Outstanding Witness: Zeke McDavid '20
  • Fritz Hollings Memorial Award (a scholarship recognizing exemplary character, performance, and leadership): Christian Dunlap '20
  • Outstanding Bill Award: Christian Dunlap '20 and Rajath Sivankoil '20

Check out the video highlights of the conference!


Sponsor Spotlight: Sonoco Products Company

Sonoco Products Company has been part of GSSM since the very beginning! Charles W. Coker, then president of Sonoco, was instrumental in founding the Governor's School and establishing our first home on the campus of Coker College. Since then, Sonoco has invested in GSSM and our students through sponsorships, scholarships, service on the GSSM Board of Trustees and the GSSM Foundation Board of Directors, and involvement in campus activities.

Sonoco is a global packaging solutions leader headquartered in Hartsville. Starting with a paper yarn carrier 120 years, Sonoco's commitment to innovation drives its purpose of developing packaging to improve the lives of others. Its integrated packaging solutions help define brand personalities, create unique customer experiences, and enhance the quality of products and the quality of life for people around the world.

GSSM is proud to call Sonoco Products Company a partner. Thank you for investing so much in our amazing school and exceptional students!

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