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.

CounselorAwardBluffton High School counselor Kelly Homan has been named the Beaufort County School District’s 2020 School Counselor of the Year.

“We’re extremely proud of Kelly Homan,” said superintendent Frank Rodriguez. “She’s an outstanding professional, as any student or colleague who works with her can tell you.”

World AffairsThe knowledge of Beaufort County’s students will be tested next month during a top academic competition.

The Academic WorldQuest is the World Affairs Council of America’s flagship education program, which engages more than 3,000 high school students annually across the U.S., testing their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy.  

The program offers young people a fun and interactive way to learn about critical challenges facing the U.S. and the world, according to a news release. 

shutterstock 284719835In short, AP Capstone prepares students for the rigorous experience of college academics. Students who choose to enroll in the AP Capstone program will begin with the AP Seminar as tenth or eleventh graders. In this course, they will work collaboratively, think critically, and develop arguments to solve two real-world issues. After completing the AP Seminar, Capstone students will enroll in AP Research, a class that requires a more in-depth investigation of an area of individual interest. At the end of the year, students will present and defend a 5,000-word research paper, which also will serve as the core of their AP score. The AP Capstone Diploma is awarded to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and at least four other traditional AP exams for which they have also completed the coursework.

shutterstock 497727625It’s an exciting time, but also a scary one…Your little, or not so little, one is checking out colleges. That’s exciting, but then you think…How am I going to pay for it?

529 plans are extremely effective for paying college expenses, however, BE AWARE there can be some pitfalls specifically with distributions and Financial Aid.