CCSD Students Honored for Excellence in Global Studies

(left to right): Alex Clifford, Alexis Hamilton, Raven Gamble, Austin Setser, A’nya Bennett, Maggie Deas, Adriana Ballinger, and Joe Bonacci (Jordan Behrens and Ethan Guthrie not pictured)

The World Affairs Council of Charleston and CresCom Bank presented nine Charleston County School District (CCSD) high school students with the John M. Settle Award during a ceremony at The Citadel’s Holliday Alumni Center April 11, 2018. This award is named after the late John M. Settle, Sr., a graduate of the former Charleston High School and The Citadel, and Chairman Emeritus of Community First Bank (now CresCom Bank).

Students receive this honor based on their excellence in world studies, academics, and community service.

The following CCSD students received the 2018 John M. Settle Award:

– Adriana Ballinger (Academic Magnet High School)

– Jordan Behrens (West Ashley High School)

– A’nya Bennett (R.B. Stall High School)

– Alex Clifford (Charleston County School of the Arts)

– Maggie Deas (Baptist Hill Middle High School)

– Raven Gamble (Burke High School)

– Ethan Guthrie (James Island Charter High School)

– Alexis Hamilton (Military Magnet Academy)

– Austin Setser (Wando High School)

The World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC, formerly the Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum) was founded in the early 1980s as a non-profit, nonpartisan organization. The WACC mission is to educate and engage the

wider Charleston community through timely nonpartisan activities on world affairs and international relations.

“As a community bank, CresCom is committed to our local markets and to making decisions in the best interest of our community,” explained Joe Bonnaci, Senior Vice President at CresCom. “When John Settle started Community FirstBank, he had that in mind. His interest in the education of our youth is an important part of that concern. Mr. Settle was educated in our public schools and considered it important that they flourish.”

This is the 13th year the Settle Award has been given to CCSD students.

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