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Celebrating the accomplishments of our PHS Student Body!

December Panthers of the Month

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Two PHS Students Earn National Recognition

Congratulations to Ashley Downs and Hunter Rowe who were recognized by the College Board National Recognition Program with the National Rural and Small Town Recognition Award during the additional application cycle.

These students earned this recognition because of their academic achievements in school and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, and/or AP® Exams. They've accomplished these milestones during an immensely demanding period of their high school career. We couldn't be more delighted to share this great news.

PHS Orchestra Student Earns Honor

Congratulations to junior Krystal Rosenbusch for auditioning and being accepted into the 2022 South Carolina All-State Orchestra! This is the highest honor an orchestra student can achieve in the state, so it is a wonderful accomplishment. Krystal competed against the best violinists from across the state and was 1 of only 36 violinists accepted into the 11/12 Senior Honors All-State Orchestra.

Krystal will be traveling to Spartanburg High School in late February to participate in this orchestra.

Gabriel Harwood-Rivera and Yoali Bautista Avila. Congratulations as they have exited the ESOL program here at PHS.

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Holland Named FInalist for Wendy's High School Heisman

Today, The Heisman Trophy Trust and Acceptance Insurance announce the 2021 School Winners for the Heisman High School Scholarship presented by Acceptance Insurance.

From an applicant pool of thousands of high school scholar-athletes graduating with the class of 2022, more than 5,700 have been named School Winners in the Heisman High School Scholarship competition awarded by The Heisman Trophy Trust and Acceptance Insurance.

Scholarship amounts have increased in 2021. School Winners will continue on for the chance to become State Winners, National Finalists or National Winners. State Winners receive a $1,000 college scholarship, National Finalists receive a $2,000 college scholarship and the male and female National Winners will each receive a $10,000 college scholarship.

A complete list of School Winners can be found at

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Congratulations to our Newest Beta Club Members!

Congratulations to the newest Beta Club members at Pelion High School. These students are selected to this honorable club for carrying an overall GPA of a 3.75 or higher.


David Ben Yahia

McKinley Berry

Kaitlyn Bond

Daniel Brown

Cassidy Callahan

Ivy Chen

Megan Cooper

Kaydance Floyd

Ana Gonzalez

Kierra Gordon

Olivia Griner

Emma Holland

Kaitlyn Keisler

Gabriella LeVan

Axael Lopez Suarez

Michela McBride

Samantha Poole

Allison Powell

Jada Quarles

Hayden Smith

Fallyn Walker

Dylan Wright


Gabriela Balleza

Samuel Hanna

Kirsten Harmon

Gabriel Harwood-Rivera

Abigail Hoover

Jessica Johnson

Laura Keck

Caroline Lang

Garrett Oliver

Sierra Peeples

Savannah Poole

Stacy Puckett

Laci Rast

McKenzie Sightler

Sydney Smaltz

Hannah Spires

Olivia Tanchak

Sophia Walker

Emily Williamson


Adrianna Adair

Drake Ariail

Brenda Cardenas-Lopez

Brian Creech

Jacob Dennis

Katherine Henri

Noah Holland

Luke Jenkins

Xavier Jimenez

Nathan Renew

Chelsey Sanders

Savannah Smaltz

Landon Smith

Drake Still

Alonna Walker

Chase Walters

Hayden Walters

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Balleza Selected for Two Prestigious Awards

Pelion High School Student Awarded with Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Programs

Pelion High School Gabriela Balleza excelled in College Board assessments and schoolwork to earn these awards, which colleges use to identify academically competitive underrepresented students

Pelion, SC– Pelion High School student, Gabriela Balleza has earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs identify students awarded National African American, Hispanic, Indigenous and/or Rural/Small Town Recognition through College Board’s Student Search Service.

“We’re thrilled that our students have earned this recognition. We are very proud of them for their achievements in their classrooms and on College Board assessments,” said Bryan Hearn. “These programs help students from underrepresented backgrounds stand out to colleges during admissions.”

Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town.

Eligible students will be invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and will be awarded at the beginning of the next school year. Students will receive their awards in time to include them on their college and scholarship applications.

“By awarding students who excel academically with honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs, our aim is to create pathways to college for underrepresented students,” said Steve Bumbaugh, College Board senior vice president of College & Career Access. “We hope this inspires many more students to work toward this recognition.

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Mrs. McCormick Receives Flag to Fly in Classroom

Representative RJ May (District 88) visited Pelion High School English teacher Bailey McCormick's classroom Friday morning to present her with an American Flag to display in her classroom. The significance of this flag was that is was flown over the SC Statehouse.

RJ May was also accompanied by Cindy Campbell, the mayor of South Congaree and Mrs. McCormick's mother.

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