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GSSM wins academic contest

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from S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics
Hartsville – The S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) Academic Team won the High Point Central Open tournament in High Point, N.C., on Oct. 20.
The tournament featured 14 teams from 10 schools. GSSM was the only South Carolina school in the competition.
GSSM competed in seven matches during the tournament. While the competition was tough and the scores were close, the Eagles were undefeated and took home the first-place trophy.
The GSSM Academic Team is coached by Dr. Gary Salazar, professor of mathematics at GSSM. Team members include Rajat Sethi, son of Rahul and Sonali Sethi of Indian Land; James Dockery Jr., son of James Dockery and Wanda Cassidy-Dockery of Wallace; Leighton E. O’Dell, son of Carmen L. O’Dell and W.D. O’Dell Sr. of Cheraw; and Rohit Swain, son of Nikunja Swain and Sudeshna Das of Orangeburg.
“One of the best facets of this year’s squad is the overall balance of knowledge across disciplines,” Salazar said. “Each student has developed their own specialty area, whether that be in literature, international politics, religion or astronomy. Another exciting aspect is that the majority of the scoring during the HPC Open came from our junior class. This indicates that the team has potential to excel not only this academic year, but the next one as well.”
As a result of their outstanding performance, the GSSM Academic Team qualified for four different national championships: the High School National Championship Tournament, the Small School National Championship Tournament, the National Scholastic Championship and the National Academic Championship.
The GSSM Academic Team competed again Saturday, Nov. 10, at the University of South Carolina.