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S.C.’s arts high school welcomes 112 to Greenville campus

Residential high school opens for 2021/2022


The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities announced 112 artistically talented in-state students selected to attend its residential high school program in the 2021/2022 school year.

“Each year, we reach out across South Carolina to encourage passionate young artists to follow their dreams by applying to the Governor’s School,” Governor’s School President Cedric Adderley said. “We commend these students who rose to the top for their talents and dedication to their art. They will be rewarded with a transformative experience that will prepare them for life success where ever they choose to go from here.”

These are the students participating after completing a competitive application and audition process:

Aiken

  • Gary Crews, North Augusta High School
  • Maggie Davisson, South Aiken High School

Allendale

  • Jet Joyner, Allendale Fairfax High School

Anderson

  • Caroline Baker, Palmetto High School
  • Savannah Bell, Belton-Honea Path High School
  • Cassi Bleitz, Wren High School
  • Rachael Clark, Pendleton High School
  • Larissa Fowler, Powdersville High School
  • Anne Hughes, T. L. Hanna High School
  • Cydney Jenkins, Wren High School
  • Lillian Morris, Wren High School
  • Nathan Watt, Wren High School

Bamberg 

  • Marquez Turner, Denmark Olar High School

Berkeley

  • Kyra Blanthorn, Goose Creek High School
  • Alyssa Cousino, Goose Creek High School
  • Liv Dermody, SC Connections Academy
  • Jake Montroy, Stratford High School

Charleston

  • Cadence Heidenreich, University School of the Lowcountry
  • Deirdre Hickey, Bishop England High School
  • Adlai Moore, Palmetto Christian Academy
  • Hudson Seifert, Wando High School
  • Meredith Taylor, Lucy Beckham High School

Chesterfield

  • Ella Prevatte, Cheraw High School

Darlington

  • Jessica Hamilton, Mayo High School for Math Science and Technology
  • Paige Higgins, SC Connections Academy
  • Leah Smith, Mayo High School for Math Science and Technology

Dorchester

  • Lily Brittain, Ashley Ridge High School
  • Midori Brown, Ashley Ridge High School
  • Empress Fogle, Summerville High School
  • Elodie Hamilton, Summerville High School
  • Tyler Hanson, Summerville High School
  • Lainey Keefauver, SC Connections Academy
  • Erin Semple, Fort Dorchester High School
  • Brooke Turner, Fort Dorchester High School

Florence

  • Grace Farnsworth, Wilson High School

Greenville 

  • Bella Bishara, Greenville Technical Charter High School
  • Landon Bollinger, Wade Hampton High School
  • Carmen Bunche, J. L. Mann High Academy
  • Katie Cunningham, Eastside High School
  • Rusty Daniel, Brashier Middle College
  • Shania Dotson, Berea High School
  • Piper Dunn, Saint Joseph’s Catholic School
  • Joplin Gagné, Brashier Middle College
  • Tota Garboua, Eastside High School
  • Kiran Hafner, Greenville Technical Charter High School
  • Griffin Jones, Wade Hampton High School
  • Clara Lanning, Riverside High School
  • Gianna Marullo, Wade Hampton High School
  • Karolina Montalvo, Saint Joseph’s Catholic School
  • Abigail Nelsen, Mauldin High School
  • Seth Nodurft, Live Oak High School
  • Maya Pinto, Mauldin High School
  • Tom Stanton, Saint Joseph’s Catholic School
  • Kate Tolchinsky, Riverside High School

Natalie Ware, Mauldin High School

  • Meredith Wiper, Saint Joseph’s Catholic School

Greenwood 

  • Alan Tran, Emerald High School

Hampton

  • Norah Kehrli, Lowcountry Montessori School
  • Margo Morris, South Carolina Virtual Charter School

Horry

  • Connor Fanny, South Carolina Virtual Charter School
  • Ryan Vasquez, Scholars Academy High School

Kershaw

  • Laina Canetto, Sandhills School

Lancaster 

  • Ace Denham, Lancaster High School
  • Emma Estridge, Andrew Jackson High School

Lexington 

  • Kat Davis, Spring Hill High School
  • Liwa Hamidi, River Bluff High School
  • Cassidy Holt, Chapin High School
  • Kyle Humphries, Airport High School
  • Molly Smith, Irmo High School
  • Eevee Snider, Lexington High School
  • Owen Whitehead, Brookland-Cayce Senior High School

Oconee

  • Ava Beasley, George Washington High School
  • Hannah Brinkley, Seneca High School
  • Eddy Lopez-Yanez, Walhalla High School
  • Samuel Prosser, Seneca High School
  • Bella Winkler, Seneca High School

Orangeburg

  • Sarai Winkler, Gray Collegiate Academy

Pickens 

  • Kaylee Bennett, D. W. Daniel High School
  • Skyler Green, D.W. Daniel High School
  • Claire Manson, D. W. Daniel High School

Richland 

  • Maddie Aitken, A. C. Flora High School
  • Noah Allen, Spring Hill High School
  • Mackenzie Ice, Spring Hill High School
  • Carrena Spann, Richland Northeast High School
  • Logan Stephens, Spring Hill High School
  • Reagan Taylor, Spring Hill High School
  • David Vandelay, Spring Valley High School
  • Malcolm Wright, Ridge View High School

Spartanburg 

  • Michael Cassel, Greer High School
  • Cassie Cullison, James F. Byrnes High School
  • Taylor Frazier, Cyber Academy of South Carolina
  • Isabel Hong, James F. Byrnes High School
  • Christy Hudson, Oakbrook Preparatory School
  • Anna Ilie, Oakbrook Preparatory School
  • Emma McLeod, Dorman High School

Union

  • Hayden Thompson, Union County High School

York

  • Trey Buie, Westminster Catawba Christian School
  • Jackson Haywood, Clover High School
  • Kat Hoover, Nation Ford High School
  • Maggie Keenum, Fort Mill High School
  • Caris Kulbok, York Preparatory Academy
  • Grant Luebbe, Nation Ford High School
  • Natalie Sevel, Nation Ford High School
  • Julia Smith, Fort Mill High School
  • Nahari Suchanek, Clover High School
  • Sarah Swoope, SC Connections Academy
  • Lua Yousefian, York Preparatory Academy

The Governor’s School opened its doors for the 2021/2022 school year on Aug. 14 for in-person classes, after a year of virtual and hybrid learning, with the mantra “2021-2022: Reset. Refresh. Renew.”


Located in downtown Greenville, the Governor’s School offers pre-professional training in creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts. Students attend from all over the state to learn from established, practicing artists in an environment that provides the resources needed to hone their artistic abilities. This includes  specialized arts studios, state-of-the-art performance halls, a world-class library and dedicated rehearsal spaces. Tuition is free and financial assistance is available to cover meal plans and residence hall fees.

Governor’s School graduates attend the nation’s top colleges, universities and conservatories, and many students receive arts and academic scholarships. The residential high school program has been nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast and Niche. The Palmetto Gold award-winning high school consistently ranks above state and national averages for SAT and ACT scores and had a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate for the 2020-2021 school year. The reviews and rankings site Niche.com ranked the Governor’s School the third “Best College Prep High School” and the fourth “Best Public High School” in South Carolina.

South Carolina students interested in attending the Governor’s School’s Residential High School or summer programs can apply online at SCGSAH.org beginning Sept.15, 2021 for the 2022-2023 school year.


About S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities

Located in Greenville, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities cultivates young artists from across the state through pre-professional training in creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts. In the public, residential high school, students refine their talents in a arts-centered community while receiving a nationally recognized academic education. Summer programs are available to rising 7th-12th grade students. The Governor’s School also serves as a resource to all teachers and students in South Carolina, offering comprehensive outreach programs designed to bring together artists, educators, community organizations and schools. SCGSAH.org.

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