Mt. Pleasant High Schools exhibit excellence

Mt. Pleasant High Schools exhibit excellence
June 13 14:53 2018 Print This Article

Mount Pleasant’s public high schools, Wando and Oceanside Collegiate Academy closed the school year with many marks of excellence among their graduating seniors. A high proportion of the graduates earned college scholarships and academic credits.

Wando High School has shown great success with 95% of the Class of 2018 planning to enroll in a two or four-year college. The 962 graduates achieved an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.63 (on a 4.0 scale) and earned over $26.7 million in scholarships. Wando also offers an exemplary Advanced Placement (AP) program with 520 members of the AP Academy in grades 10-12, and 104 seniors earning special Advanced Studies recognition for achieving at least six AP credits. 463 students were named AP scholars, which requires receiving a score of 3 or higher on at least four AP exams. Also, 389 seniors earned college credit through 1,006 dual credit courses with Trident Technical College. Wando’s Valedictorian was Samuel Murk Caya, who is studying economics at Brown University.

Wando received a number of awards and recognitions this year for its art, orchestra, band, creative writing, and journalism programs, among many other school activities. 22 varsity teams qualified for the playoffs and six teams won state championships – boys lacrosse, boys soccer girls track and field, boys track and field, girls swimming, and boys swimming.

Although it is a fraction of the size of Wando, Oceanside Collegiate Academy (OCA), a public charter high school, yielded a great number of achievements this year. Over 70% of the class of 2018 earned academic or athletic scholarships. With only 76 graduates, their total amount earned in scholarship money totaled $3.4 million. The Valedictorian, William Baker, earned a golf scholarship to Liberty University, where he will study engineering or pre-medicine. The Salutatorian, Larainna Williams, will attend Clemson on the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and pursue pre-veterinary studies.

Oceanside also has an exceptional college credit program. The Class of 2018 earned a total of 1,400 college credits, saving $1.5 million in tuition, textbooks and technology! Half of the class of 2018 played on one or more of OCA’s athletic teams and 13 student-athletes plan on competing in college sports.

A special thanks to Lee Howes (Wando) and Pamela Robinson (OCA) for providing the statistics about the class of 2018.

MacKenzie Fowler is a political science major at the National University of Ireland at Galway. She is a two time award winning historical documentary filmmaker who represented South Carolina at the national level in Washington D.C. The former Wando High School student and Mt. Pleasant resident has a passion for politics and local awareness.