Three students from Laurens County—Sarah Anna Cathcart, Jeremiah Lee Dickson, and Nathan Craig Vondergeest—were among the 106 who graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, a public, residential high school for the arts in Greenville.
Cathcart, a music student who attended Providence Classical Academy prior to being selected for the Governor's School, was recognized as an AP Scholar, a Palmetto Fellow, and was inducted into the National Honor Society. As a music student, she participated in the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory, the Carolina Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, the Music Teachers National Association Senior Performance Competitions, and the University of Georgia Summer Music Institute. Cathcart will attend the University of South Carolina in the fall.
Dickson, a visual arts student who previously attended Laurens District 55 high school, chose ceramics as his art concentration, and received a Gold Key from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Region-at-Large competition for his ceramic self portrait. Dickson's work has been exhibited in the 28th Annual Upstate High School Art Exhibition at Greenville Technical College and in the Governor's School's Lipscomb Gallery. Dickson will be working as a studio assistant to ceramicist Elaine Quave during the summer and will be attending the Ringling College of Art and Design in the fall.
Vondergeest, a music student who attended Clinton High School prior to being selected for the Governor's School, was named an Academic Achievement Award Scholar, an AP Scholar with Honors, a Palmetto Fellow, and a National Merit finalist. He was inducted into the National Honor Society and served on the Honor Council. He earned a perfect ACT reading score of 36.
Vondergeest participated in the Brevard Music Center, Joye in Aiken, and the Music Teachers National Association Senior Performance Competitions. He performed an elective solo recital, served as a Governor's School Choir Accompanying Assistant, and was selected to perform in the Governor's School Music Senior Showcase. He will attend the University of Maryland in the fall.
Named one of "America's Most Challenging High Schools" by The Washington Post, and an "Exemplary School" by the Arts Schools Network, the Governor's School provides a multifaceted education. Graduates completed a rigorous academic curriculum for which they received a high school diploma; participated in Humanities studies, which earned them a Scholar's Diploma; and received pre-professional training in their chosen art field - creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual arts.
Collectively, the Governor's School's Class of 2018 received $32 million in scholarship offers. They will be attending prestigious universities and conservatories across the nation.
The S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities is a tuition-free, public, residential high school for the arts where students live and learn in a master-apprentice style community. Any tenth grade student living in South Carolina can apply and audition to attend the Governor's School's high school program during their junior and senior years. The music and dance programs also accept exceptionally-talented sophomores.
The Governor's School also offers art-intensive summer programs for rising 9th and 10th grade students, and for dancers in grades 7-11.
Applications for the 2019-2020 residential high school and summer programs will be available online at SCGSAH.org beginning in September.