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Aiken Scholars Academy welcomes its new building

Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 9:24 PM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Aiken Scholars Academy celebrated the completion of its newly constructed building on the University of South Carolina Aiken campus with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

Dr. Daniel Heimmermann, chancellor of the university, presided over the ceremony, and Martha Messick, principal of the academy, gave the welcoming message and cut the ceremonial ribbon.

During the ceremony, Lauren Jackson spoke about the direction that the academy has given her in life.

“Because of ASA, I discovered a part of myself that opened the door for so much growth and opportunity. I’ve been motivated to set and reach goals for myself. I believe in myself, and even if I don’t have everything figured out just yet, I know where I’m headed, and I feel confident about my future.”

Curriculum focuses not only on the academic core but emerges students in research studies, culture building, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and community service.

The academy opened for the 2018-2019 school year with its first cohort of 50 students. Classes were initially conducted in the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center on the university campus, but the school quickly outgrew that space, creating the need for the new building.

We’re told applications for the next school year will be open soon, sometime this fall.

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