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Congratulations to Renee Kulik (MHS 2010) who was awarded Clemson University Psychology Department Award for Academic Excellence.  


Congratulations to Virginia Tech Senior Laura Simon (MHS Class of 2009 who was awarded the ACC Post Graduate Scholarship. Laura will graduate from VT summa cum laude May 17th. She just finished her final collegiate swim meet at the ACC Championships. VT finished 2nd (top finish of all time for the swim team). Laura finished 13th in the 500 Free, 8th in the 400 IM and 9th in the mile. She was also the anchor on the 800 free relay that took 6th.
Laura will attend the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville in July!


Congratulations to Wofford Senior Rachel Woodlee (MHS Class of 2009) who was recently named a Rhodes Scholar Finalist.  Read more about Rachel and her success on the Wofford College website


Class of 2008 Honor graduates Becca Brown and Alyssa Kulik were awarded a post graduate scholarship by the ACC.  Becca Brown is on the Clemson Rowing Team and Alyssa Kulik is on the Clemson Cross Country and Track Team. Congratulations, Ladies!!

Clemson University story on Brown and Kulik







Congratulations to Mauldin alumni Megan Steele ('07) who was awarded the Morris King Award at Clemson University for outstanding Senior Education Major. Megan is graduating Summa Cum Laude(4.0), with General Honors from Calhoun Honors College with TWO degrees! A bachelors of arts in Secondary Education- Mathematics and a BA in Mathmatical Sciences with a minor in Education and all this in only 4 years time!


Congratulations to Laura Simon MHS '09! Laura just found out she is the recipient of the prestigious Skelton Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence. Given each year to two VT scholar-athletes (one male one female). Congratulations Laura! Laura recently placed 9th in the 1650 free at ACC Swimming Championships and is a Dean's list student stuying Biochemistry at Virginia Tech.

Renee Simon


Mauldin's outstanding student Lindsey Wallace, Class of 2007 was just named a 2010 Truman Scholar.  Lindsey is a junior at Duke University on the B.N. Duke scholarship (which cover full tuition and more).  Congratulations, Lindsey! 

Ms. Lindsey Marie Wallace
Duke University


State: SC

Majors: Political Science and Psychology

Degree Sought: Joint Degree - JD and MPP

Career Goal: Public Interest Law

As a vegetarian and member of the local animal welfare community, Lindsey has worked to raise supplies and grant money for local low-cost spay/neuter clinics. She is president of the PetICare animal volunteer organization at Duke and has established a student advocacy group with the mission of obtaining a $100,000 grant to fund TNR programs in Durham county. She plans a joint degree of Law and a Masters of Public Policy to arm her in shaping the nation’s social policy with a special eye toward animal issues.


2010 Scholars Announced 

March 30, 2010 

Madeleine K. Albright, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, announced that 60 students from 54 US colleges and universities have been selected as 2010 Truman Scholars. They were elected by sixteen independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of 'making a difference.'

The 60 Scholars were selected from among 576 candidates nominated by 245 colleges and universities. Each selection panel interviewed Finalists from a 3 - 4 state region and generally elected one Scholar from each state and one at-large Scholar from the region. Each panel typically included a university president, a federal judge, a distinguished public servant, and a past Truman Scholarship winner.

Each Scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be US citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit sector.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to our thirty-third President. The Foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. The activities of the Foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the US Treasury. There have been 2730 Truman Scholars elected since the first awards were made in 1977.

The 2010 Truman Scholars will assemble May 25 for a leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and receive their awards in a special ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, on May 30, 2010. For a listing of the 2010 Scholars and more information on the Foundation, see

MHS Alumn Cam Bloomquist ('08) - lacrosse was named the 2010 Clemson University Sophomore Chemistry Student of the Year!  Congratulations, Cam!


MHS Alumn Megan Steele ('07) - Megan won the John Charles Harden, Jr. award for a junior with a Mathematical Sciences degree. Only four awards for the junior class!

MHS Alumn Lauren Klas '06 awards from Clemson University

ACC All Academic Team
2010 Clemson Marketing Distinction Award
2010 Athletics Drirector's Academic Excellence Award

Congratulations to Mauldin Cross Country & Soccer athlete Michelle Nance '06 for receiving an Atlantic Coast Conference post graduate scholarship.  Michelle competes for the Clemson crew team. 

 ACC Announces 2010 Post-Graduate Scholarship Recipients

Around The
March 1, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced today a list of 36 student-athletes who have been selected for the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, including three student-athletes who will receive the Thacker Award. Additionally, four more student-athletes who plan to enter a professional career in their chosen sport were named honorary recipients.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes--three from each league institution--who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $5,000 to contribute to their graduate education. Each recipient has performed with distinction in both the classroom and his/her respective sports, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

In addition to those receiving scholarship funds, four student-athletes will receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award. Three golfers--Clemson's Benjamin Martin, Virginia's Whitney Neuhauser, and Wake Forest's Brendan Gielow--and Duke lacrosse standout Max Quinzani will be recognized for their outstanding academic and athletic performance and intend to compete at the professional level.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan Award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan, all of whom are former ACC commissioners. The league's first commissioner, James H. Weaver, served the conference from 1954-70 after a stint as the Director of Athletes at Wake Forest University. His early leadership and uncompromising integrity are largely responsible for the excellent reputation enjoyed by the ACC today.

Robert C. James, a former University of Maryland football player, was named commissioner in 1971 and served in that capacity for 16 years. During his tenure, the league continued to grow in stature and became recognized as a national leader in athletes and academics, winning 23 national championships and maintaining standards of excellence in the classroom.

Eugene F. Corrigan assumed his role as the third full-time commissioner of September 1, 1987, and served until August of 1997. During Corrigan's tenure, ACC schools captured 30 NCAA championships and two national football titles.

Prior to 1994, the Weaver-James post-graduate scholarships were given as separate honors. The Jim Weaver Award, which originated in 1970, recognized exceptional achievement on the playing field and in the classroom, while the Bob James Award, established in 1987, also honored outstanding student-athletes.

The Thacker Award, which originated in 2005, is awarded in honor of the late Jim and Pat Thacker of Charlotte, N.C. Jim Thacker was the primary play-by-play announcer for the ACC's first television network. Recipients of the award must demonstrate outstanding performance both in athletic competition and in the classroom and intend to further their education through post-graduate studies at an ACC institution.

The 40 student-athletes will be honored on April 14th, 2010 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C. at a luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club.


2010 Weaver-James-Corrigan Award Recipients
Name Institution Major Sport Hometown
Steve Aponavicius Boston College Finance & Marketing Football Easton, Pa.
Kelly Henderson Boston College Elem. Ed./Human Dev. Soccer Baldwin, N.Y.
Timothy Ritchie Boston College Biology/Theology CC/Track & Field Worcester, Mass.
Gregory Eckhardt Clemson Management Soccer Fleming Island, Fla.
Michelle Nance Clemson Lang./Int'l Trade Rowing Simpsonville, S.C.
Katrina Obas Clemson Health Science Swimming & Diving Kanata, Ontario, Canada
Joshua Bienenfeld Duke Psychology Soccer Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
KayAnne Gummersall Duke Sociology Soccer Wilmette, Ill.
Lauren Miller Duke Psychology Field Hockey Englewood, Colo.
Terese Gober Florida State Sport Management Softball Griffin, Ga.
Jordana Price Florida State Fam. & Child Sci./ Exer. Sci. Volleyball Mountain Home, Idaho
Carly Wynn * Florida State Psychology Softball Sharpsburg, Ga.
Alana Clooten Georgia Tech Industrial Engineering Track & Field Fairbanks, Ark.
Ryann Kopacka Georgia Tech Industrial Engineering Swimming Alpharetta, Ga.
Amanda McDowell Georgia Tech International Affairs Tennis Atlanta, Ga.
Jennifer Collins Maryland Kinesiology Lacrosse Lansdale, Pa..
Christina Nelson Maryland Kinesiology Track & Field Little Silver, N.J.
Herbert Taylor Maryland Individual Studies Wrestling Pennington, N.J.
Genevieve Mayhew Miami Political Science/English Volleyball Clovis, Calif.
Matthew Pipho * Miami Biology/ Pre-Med Football La Porte City, Iowa
Laura Vallverdu Miami Psychology Tennis Miami, Fla.
William Dworsky North Carolina Economics/Comp. Lit. Soccer Huntsville, Ala.
Ashley Howard North Carolina Economics Swimming & Diving Durham, N.C.
Anna Rodenbough North Carolina Applied Sciences Soccer Greensboro, N.C.
Austin Hampton NC State Biomedical Engineering Swimming & Diving Saint Petersburg, Fla.
Romulo Manzano NC State Computer Science Soccer Caracas, Venezuela
Allison Presnell NC State Biomedical Engineering Softball Harrisburg, N.C.
Mei Christensen Virginia Education Swimming Reston, Va.
Jenna Harris Virginia Commerce Swimming St. Louis, Mo.
Jerome Meyinsse Virginia Economics Basketball Baton Rouge, La.
Abby Barney Virginia Tech Hum. Nut., Foods & Exer. Swimming & Diving Virginia Beach, Va.
Paul LaPenna Virginia Tech Hum. Nut., Foods & Exer. CC/Track & Field Londonderry, N.H.
Matej Muza * Virginia Tech Geography Track & Field Zagreb, Croatia
Aleksandra Kulikova Wake Forest Math. Econ./Psych. Tennis Moscow, Russia
Allyson Sadow Wake Forest Health & Exer. Sci. Soccer Charlotte, N.C.
Zachary Schilawski Wake Forest Biology Soccer Cary, N.C.
* denotes nominees selected for Thacker Scholarship.
Honorary Recipients
Name Institution Major Sport Hometown
Benjamin Martin Clemson Financial Management Golf Greenwood, S.C.
Max Quinzani Duke History Lacrosse Duxbury, Mass.
Whitney Neuhauser Virginia Foreign Affairs Golf Barboursville, Va.
Brendan Gielow Wake Forest Religion Golf Muskegon, Mich.