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USC announces 2010 Carolina Scholars

Twenty graduating seniors from South Carolina high schools have been named 2010 Carolina Scholars at the University of South Carolina while another two were selected as Carolina Scholar Finalists.

Carolina Scholars and Finalists are admitted into the South Carolina Honors College and are awarded an annual scholarship ($10,000 for Carolina Scholars; $7,000 for Finalists), a laptop computer and first choices in parking and housing.

The Carolina Scholars are Avnika Bhavesh Amin of Columbia, Runjhun Bhatia of Greer, Marc-Oliver Blais of Irmo, Lawton Cole Burkhalter of Chapin, Alice Ying Ying Chang of Summerville, William Ellis Culp of Greenville, Kristina Michelle Drake of Irmo, Leila Marie Heidari of Columbia, Kathleen Rose Higgins of Charleston, Charles Michael Hood of Columbia, Priyanka Sandhir Juneja of Irmo, Jessica Victoria Kaczmarek of North Augusta, Niki Paulette Koutroulakis of Columbia, Sarah Amelia Law of Elgin, Emily Clark Padget of Columbia, Savannah Allyn Poskevich of Moore, Jake Garner Ross of Greenville, Samruddhi Prashant Somani of Summerville, Felician Georg Stratmann of Irmo, and Mackenzie Ann Sunday of Columbia.

The Carolina Scholar Finalists are Rachel Lee Price of Hopkins and Dylan John Wolfinger of Greer. Avnika Amin, daughter of Bhavesh and Divya Amin of Columbia, is a graduate of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, where she was a National Merit scholar, 2010 National Latin Exam gold medalist, editor-in-chief of the school’s literary magazine and captain of the model UN team. Amin plans on majoring in biology with interests in international studies, research and pre-med.

Runjhun Bhatia, daughter of Sunilkumar and Renu Bhatia of Greer, is a graduate of Riverside High School, where she was a National Merit scholar and was involved in speech and debate and classical Indian dance. Bhatia intends to study neuroscience, psychology and biology and will work toward a baccalaureus atrium et scientia, the most selective and rigorous undergraduate degree program at the university.

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