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Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce scholarship recipients

Pictured, front row, from left, Holly Hill Academy's Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce scholarship recipient Angela Plemmons, Bethune-Bowman High School's recipient Shamaya Felder, Woodland High School's recipient Nikole Rivers; and recipient of the Charlie Murray Memorial Scholarship given to Dorchester Academy's Dylan Goshorn. Pictured, in back, Chamber Board President/Branchville Mayor Frank Dickson, Chamber Board Member/ Scholarship Committee Co-chair Charles Murray of Giant Cement, and Chamber Board Past President/Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Judge Jackie Jenkins. Not pictured was LakeMarion High School & Technology School's recipient Sukanya Bratcher.

The Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized the chamber's five scholarship recipients from public and private high schools in Dorchester and Orangeburg counties at the chamber’s recent Business After Hours at First Citizens Bank in St. George.

Angela Plemmons, Shamaya Felder, Nikole Rivers, Dylan Goshorn and Sukanya Bratcher were selected to receive chamber scholarships through the generosity of the area's three cement plants -- Argos, USA; Giant Cement Holding; and Holcim (U.S.) Inc. -- and individual chamber members. The scholarships were paid directly to the colleges and universities the students are attending this fall.

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“We had many very qualified applicants this year,” said chamber Education/Scholarship Committee Co-chair Charles Murray. “My co-chair, Judge Jackie Jenkins, and I reviewed the applications thoroughly and chose very dedicated students.”

He noted that selection of the recipients was based on merit.

“We want the community to know that the number and caliber of students who applied this year made the decision more difficult, I believe, than it has ever been. I speak for myself, Judge Jenkins, board President Frank Dickson, Immediate Past President Garfield Robertson, Vice President Charlie Heyward, President-elect Brandon Weatherford, Treasurer Mabel Williams, Executive Director Teresa Hatchell, for the chamber board and our many chamber members when I congratulate the students and wish them all the best of luck in their collegiate endeavors," Murray said.

The scholarship given at Dorchester Academy, sponsored by the chamber and Giant Cement Holding, Inc., is designated as the Charlie Murray Memorial Scholarship. The 2018 recipient is Dylan Goshorn of Harleyville. He is the son of David and Sherry Goshorn of Harleyville. Dylan will attend Wofford College and pursue studies in business and economics.

Nikole Rivers of St. George graduated from Woodland High School. She is the daughter of Frank and Renee Rivers of St. George. She will attend Columbia College and major in speech-language pathology. She then wants to work part-time while she attains master's and doctoral degrees in speech-language pathology and eventually open her own practice.

Shamaya Felder of Bowman graduated from Bethune-Bowman High School. She is the daughter of Larica Felder and the granddaughter of Rosella Felder. Shamaya will attend Clemson University this fall. She plans to major in human resource management.

Sukanya Bratcher of Holly Hill graduated from Lake Marion High School and Technology Center. She is the granddaughter of Joetta Bratcher, who represented Sukanya at the chamber event as Sukanya was on a field trip with Claflin University's Upward Bound Program. She is attending the University of South Carolina this the fall with plans to pursue a career in pharmacy and become a well-known research pharmacist.

Angela Plemmons of Vance graduated from Holly Hill Academy and will attend USC-Aiken this fall. She is the daughter of Calvin Moore III and Tammy Moore of Vance. Angela plans to purse studies in biology with a concentration on preveterinary sciences and the graduate with a degree in veterinary medicine.

“The chamber is proud to recognize the achievements of these students and encourage their continued education at institutions of higher learning,” Jenkins said. “We trust that they will study diligently and hope they will return to the Tri-County Region to become business and industry professionals who will make positive impacts in their communities.”

The Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce serves the businesses and municipalities of upper Dorchester, western Berkeley and eastern Orangeburg counties. To join the chamber, call toll-free 843-563-9091. To learn more about the Tri-County Region, visit

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