2019 Settle Awards go to CCSD Students for Knowledge of Global Issues

Joe Bonacci, Senior Vice President for CresCom Bank, Wando’s Spencer Margosian, Byron Murphy of Burke, and Military Magnet’s Amyah Wright

Three students from Charleston County School District (CCSD) won the 2019 John M. Settle/CresCom Bank Award for outstanding achievement in global issues.

The World Affairs Council of Charleston and CresCom honored Spencer Margosian of Wando High School, Byron Murphy from Burke High School, and Military Magnet Academy’s Amyah Wright during a ceremony at The Citadel’s Holliday Alumni Center April 17, 2019.

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 FirstBank (now CresCom Bank).

The students submitted incisive essays analyzing challenges as diverse as competition with China to Global Health policy. 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.

“When Mr. Settle started Community FirstBank (what is now CresCom Bank) he knew it could only succeed by supporting the community it serves,” explained Joe Bonacci, Senior Vice President at CresCom. “CresCom Bank is proud to honor Mr. Settle’s legacy by supporting the World Affairs Council and sponsoring these awards. Spencer, Byron, and Amyah are a testament to the talent of our youth and CresCom Bank is proud to recognize them!”

Each student received a Kindle to help further their studies. The WACC and CresCom honored the teachers that worked with the students as well: Jason Brisini (Wando), Kelsey McGee (Burke), and Jarrett Villa (Military Magnet).

This is the 14th year the Settle Award has been given to CCSD students. For more about this honor, contact WACC Board Member Robin Girardi at [email protected]

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