GCS Class of 2016 Outstanding High School Students

Berea High

Meghan Guth, Counselor, mguth@greenvilleschools.us

  • Senior Tanzy Lee and Sophomore Savannah McCauley went to Mexico with their teacher, Krista McRee, over spring break. They visited with students in Mexico after participating in the Activa Tu Speaking program. Tanzy was selected to participate based on her essay and interview.
  • Garrett Tardo, Hurricane Katrina Victim, relocated to South Carolina
  • State Champions:
  • Austin Hall and Braxton Roberson, State Champions, Wrestling
  • Quanzavious Ballenger, All Star Basket ball
  • Doran Hashim, All State Basketball
  • Drill Team – State Champions, National Distinguished Unit; Jaylin Thompson, Individual State Drill Champion

Blue Ridge High

Jessica Fervin, Counselor, jfervin@greenville.k12.sc.us

  • Band – AAA State Champion
  • Chorus – Superior Ratings in State Competitions
  • AFJROTC – Exceeds Standards on Unit Evaluation by HQ Air Force JROTC Headquarters.

Carolina High and Academy

  • Stefan Mingo – mother and father both passed away before he began high school. After missing the majority of his freshman year he was determined to graduate on time with his class. He has transitioned from a student with academic struggles to a student on the A/B Honor Roll.
  • Valedictorian Anna Shalom Musenga – Graduating at age 16 with the help of Principal Michael Delaney.

Eastside High

Erin Carroll, ecarroll@greenville.k12.sc.us

  • Meredith Butenhoff deals with chronic rare connective tissue disorder
  • Phillip Rainey is battling life-threatening cancer
  • Jonathan Michala – Salutatorian, National Merit Winner and US Presidential Scholar; Perfect 36 on ACT
  • Grace Anderson, Kaitlyn Bresett, Emily Grant – National Merit Finalists

Greenville Sr. High Academy

Emily Bishop, ecbishop@greenville.k12.sc.us

  • One published author; 4 students committed to college sports; 5 Eagle Scouts

Greer High

Carla Henry, crhenry@greenville.k12.sc.us

  • Over 30 seniors will earn 6 or more credits toward college coursework due to inception of Early College Coursework from Greenville Tech
  • Presbyterian College is offering Dual Enrollment via the Teacher Cadet course.
  • Franklin Prill started in 2011-12 as a full Occupational Diploma candidate. He will graduate this year with a SC High School Diploma.
  • Virtual Enterprise Team State and national champions
  • Indoor Percussion group took first place, Carolina Indoor Percussion Association

Hillcrest High

Erica Scott, erscott@greenville.k12.sc.us

  • Rachel Johnson received passing marks (3+) on every AP Exam she took.
  • Jacob Haun, National Merit Finalist
  • Charles Myers, Eagle Scout
  • Mikayla Duncan, Girls Golf AAAA State Contender

Mauldin High

Chuck Childs, cchilds@greenville.k12.sc.us

  • Connor Clayton, Christian Hansen – National Merit Finalists
  • Michael Dunster, US Senate Youth Program SC Delegate (1 of 2 in state)

Riverside High

William Sumerel, wsumerel@greenville.k12.sc.us

  • Three Presidential Scholar Nominees
  • Karen Zhao – Named US Presidential Scholar; highest SAT score in District with 2390 out of 2400
  • Katherine Woo – for three years she has ridden a bus every Friday to New York City to attend pre-college program at Juilliard. Katherine has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and many other venues. She attends the Fine Arts Center.
  • Speech and Debate Champions – AAAA
  • NCTE Award Winner

Southside High

  • Kathleen Rose Beaudoin (Katie) – Perfect score of 36 on ACT, Valedictorian

Travelers Rest High

Kim McConnell, kmcconne@greenville.k12.sc.us

  • Andrew M. Reeves, National Merit Finalist
  • Justin T. Oates, National Merit Commended Student
  • Jordan E. Lazar, Palmetto Dramatic Association, Blair Beasley Award of Excellence

Wade Hampton High

Laura Tolbert, lmcquiston@greenville.k12.sc.us

Lorraine Holeman, lhholeman@greenville.k12.sc.us

  • 2 National Merit Finalists
  • Jordan Garrett – He is the first person in his family to graduate from high school. He was determined to persevere and graduate on time with his peers despite overcoming transitions and personal challenges throughout his life. Jordan has decided to serve his country in the US Army after graduation.
  • Salutatorian Thomas Elgin scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.

School also submitted a number of State and National recognitions – I can get additional details if someone is interested:

  • Luz Ruiz, Julia Dobbins, Isaac Beam – Toastmaster’s Youth Leadership Group
  • Luz Ruiz– Junior Achievement Ethics in Finance Essay Winner
  • Royal Carter – FBLA 1st Place – Electronic Career Portfolio
  • Luz Ruiz – FBLA 1st place – Future Business Leader
  • State and National Gold Honor Council
  • Peyton Roach and Thomas Elgin – Southern Association of Student Council Vice Presidents
  • Clay Honeycutt, Destry McCall, Andrew Dill, Jackson Meris – FIRST Robotics Team Innovation in Control Award

Woodmont High

Natascha Greene, ngreene@greenville.k12.sc.us

  • Largest Graduating Class (378) and 50th graduating class
  • Tala Alnatour and Phillip Berry – Moody Mega Math Challenge – National
  • Abbigail Duncan – Salutatorian and Beta Club Scholarship Winner
  • Lauryn Workman – Best Attorney Award and Susan B. Hitt Award


12 Years Perfect Attendance

  • Blue Ridge High - Courtney Carlton and Liliya Didok
  • Eastside High -12 Years Perfect Attendance – Amber Nicole McNeil
  • J. L. Mann High Academy - 12 Years Perfect Attendance – Brendan Bolger

Highest Test Scores

ACT – Three Students Scored Perfect 36

  • Eastside High Salutatorian Jonathan Micala
  • Southside High Valedictorian Katie Beaudoin
  • Wade Hampton High Salutatorian Thomas Elgin

SAT – One Student

  • Riverside High Valedictorian Karen Zhao – Scored 2390 out of 2400