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One hundred and forty-five Beaufort County eighth-graders have been named Junior Scholars by the S.C. Department of Education.
That's 10 more students than qualified in 2012, and up 57 from number of students who qualifed five years ago, according to a news release from the Beaufort County School District.
Of the 145 students, 144 attend district schools and one is home-schooled.
The Junior Scholars program identifies and recognizes eighth-graders for their high scholastic achievement and intellectual ability.
To qualify, students must score a 50 or higher on the preliminary SAT in verbal, math or writing sections. Seventh-graders who have participated in Duke University's Talent Identification Program also qualify.
Junior scholars receive an award from the state education department and information on summer academic experiences sponsored by South Carolina colleges and universities.
The 145 students and their parents were honored Thursday night at an annual Junior Scholars Banquet sponsored by the school district.
"It's wonderful to see so many students earn this kind of statewide academic recognition," interim superintendent Jackie Rosswurm said in the release. "And it's also wonderful to see how many more eighth-graders qualified in 2012 compared to the total from five years ago. That speaks to the determination and hard work not only of these students, but also of their parents and teachers and administrators."