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Foundational Updates February 2021

February 15, 2021

Govies Excel at GSSM and Beyond!

We are celebrating Govies' activities and accomplishments in and out of the classroom:

  • The GSSM Business Club won the South Carolina Finance Challenge, demonstrating their knowledge of personal financial literacy in a statewide, online competition
  • Amy Chang '12 joined the White House COVID-19 response team as a policy advisor
  • Dr. Jennifer Brown and her botany class are assisting NASA in plant research for long-term space missions
  • Katherine Ryan '21 received the Silver Key Award in the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition, the nation's longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens
  • Sydney Lykins '17 and Melina Madden '19 recently published research articles as first authors, a significant accomplishment in the GSSM research community
  • Callie Kim '22 earned 7th chair, 1st violin in the 2021 SC Region Honors Orchestra
  • The GSSM Academic Team won the National History Challenge, beating teams from Georgia, New Jersey, and Minnesota
  • Anish Chaluvadi '17 was named a Gates Cambridge Scholar, one of only 24 chosen nationwide and the first ever from Clemson University

We are so proud of our Govies!

GSSM Welcomes Inaugural Group of Duke Energy STEM Scholars

Duke EnergyGSSM is pleased to welcome 15 students from the Pee Dee area to be the inaugural group of Duke Energy STEM Scholars. These students, sponsored by a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, will participate in GSSM’s STEM Scholars program, which is designed to improve students’ academic achievement, leadership, and communication skills and help them achieve their future goals.

The Duke Energy STEM Scholars will begin class on February 13 with a virtual session focusing on chemistry. They will continue with monthly Saturday learning experiences through May and attend GSSM’s GoSciTech summer camp in June or July. Saturday experiences will resume in the new school year, with students studying mathematics, science, technology, communications, and leadership.

The STEM Scholars program was born of GSSM’s desire to prepare talented students from under-resourced school districts to succeed in high school and beyond. Students begin the program in 8th grade, and it runs through the fall semester of 10th grade. To remain in the program and maximize student engagement in the classroom, STEM Scholars must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their time in the program.

“We are grateful for the Duke Energy Foundation’s grant, which allows this group of Duke Energy STEM Scholars to participate in the program at no cost to their families,” said Randy La Cross, Senior Vice President for Virtual and Outreach at GSSM. “We congratulate the Duke Energy STEM Scholars and look forward to sharing with them the world of scientific exploration and discovery.”

You're Invited!

Honoring 2021 Townes Award recipients
Lou & Bill Kennedy
co-owners & leaders of Nephron Pharmaceuticals

March 17, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Two ways to attend!


In Person
1208 Washington Place
Columbia, SC
business attire; masks required
limited to 50 people

Purchase in-person tickets

Livestream on YouTube
Link will be emailed upon
registration + receive a custom
DIY Townes kit in the mail!

Purchase virtual tickets

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