St. Joseph’s/Candler in Savannah is accepting applications for its summer Mary A. Kelly Youth Volunteer Program. The seven- to nine-week program allows up to 25 high school students at Candler Hospital and up to 12 students at St. Joseph’s Hospital to volunteer and get hands-on experience working in a hospital.

The opportunity is open to students in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

Winning Team2A team from Bluffton High School took the top spot last weekend in Beaufort County’s Academic WorldQuest Competition and earned a trip to Washington, D.C., for next month’s national competition.

Bluffton High’s winners emerged victorious Saturday from an eight-question tiebreaker to beat a team from May River High. 

The winning Bluffton High team consisted of Kate Anderson, Nathan Lessard, Jordan Wilhelm and Bailey Yang. Teacher Pam Wolske was the coach.

Heritage2Ten outstanding Beaufort and Jasper County seniors were named Heritage Classic Foundation Scholars at a luncheon Jan. 28 at the Sonesta Resort. The students are from six different high schools and one is homeschooled.

During the awards presentation, sponsored by the Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Heritage Classic Foundation Scholar Committee chairman, Scott Richardson told the audience, “This is always an exciting day for the Heritage Classic Foundation. Choosing the ten students to receive these awards was a hard task. We believe the records of these young adults are better than ever. The teachers and administrators of our school systems, as well as the award winners, deserve special praise.”

PIQ Holy TrinityHoly Trinity Classical Christian School seniors Sydney Lawrence, Caroline O'Neal, Morgan Chumney and Sarah are National Merit Scholarship finalists. 

The students, who were named semifinalists in September, went through a qualifying process that includes providing their academic record, the school's curricula and grading system, PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score, a written recommendation provided by their school, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the finalist's own essay in order to advance to finalist standing, a news release said.

PIQ PromThe look on the girls’ faces is what Hannah Nichols enjoys most. 

“My favorite part is just seeing their faces light up when they get to experience the boutique atmosphere,” said Nichols, communication director for the Junior Service League of Beaufort.

Since 2011, the Junior Service League of Beaufort has helped high school girls in the Lowcountry experience the magic of finding the perfect prom dress through its Prom Boutique.