Awards for Excellence in Global Studies

This award has been made possible by the generous financial support of CresCom Bank with additional support from members of the World Affairs Council of Charleston

John M Settle, Sr / World Affairs Council of Charleston Awards

These annual awards are named in honor of John M. Settle, Sr. He was a graduate of Charleston High School and the Citadel and Chairman Emeritus of Community First Bank, now CresCom Bank.  Until 2002 he served as Chief Executive Officer of the bank.  He was also Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Home Federal Savings Bank in Charleston.  Mr. Settle served four years as Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta representing South Carolina.

His many community service positions include: Chairman of the Development Board Foundation, Board Member of the Citadel Trust Foundation, President of the South Carolina Savings and Loan League, National Director of the Savings Association Insurance Fund, President of the Charleston Chapter of the Institute of Financial Education, President of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Fund Chairman and President of the Trident United Way, and Lowcountry Chairman of the Business and Industry Political Education Committee.  He was also Commodore of both the Carolina and Sea Island Yacht Clubs, Chairman of Commissioners for Pilotage for the Port of Charleston, Director and Chairman of the Development Committee for Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community, Chairman of the Charleston Air Force Association and President of the Optimist Club of Charleston.

The awards would not be possible without the support of CresCom Bank’s generous gift matched by gifts from the membership and with other sources. The foresight of the bank’s leaders and their desire to honor Mr. Settle for his years of community service makes possible this annual award to public high school students.  The World Affairs Council of Charleston’s membership thanks the bank for its support of public education and global studies at the high school level.

2017 AWARD WINNERS

Left to Right - Joe Bonacci, Zachary Kronsberg, Tyeshia Williams, Basil Alfaro, Melodi Marston, Patrick White, Elsi Garcia, Victoria Botzis

At Academic Magnet High School, Zachary Kronsberg has been an excellent history student and has an outstanding academic record. He is a member of the Key Club, has served as the Junior Class President, and has pursued his interests in drama and acting. Zachary has also worked as a summer camp counselor at the Children’s Museum. 

Jaheim Mitchell has excelled in global studies at Baptist Hill High School, with his ability to analyze information and make insightful connections between the past and the present. He has achieved the Honor Roll since elementary school, has been a member of the Student Council, and plays basketball. 

Tyeshia Williams’ deep faith in the well-being of the world and her dedicated interest in other cultures drive her to excellence in global studies. Tyeshia has been on the Honor Roll every semester at Burke High School, is a member of the Robotics Team and captain of the Academic Bowl Team. She has also served as a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House. 

At the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science, James Abercrombie has demonstrated a sincere enthusiasm for history and has achieved high academic excellence. He has maintained Honor Roll status and is a member of the National Honor Society. James also plays basketball and volunteers at the Charleston Horticultural Society. 

Adam Krasnoff has excelled academically at the Charleston School of the Arts, and has revealed sincere interest in social studies that may carry him to a career in government, law, or public service. In addition to achieving High Honor Roll, he’s shown a passion for film, photography and journalism. Adam teaches Sunday school at his synagogue and volunteers at the Liberty Hill Literacy Program. 

An honor student at James Island Charter High School, Basil Alfaro is a Student Council representative and participates in track and cross country. He pursues the piano and the chorus, and with his fluency in Spanish and his abiding interest in global studies, Basil hopes to find his career in Latin America one day. 

Currently holding the rank of corporal at the Military Magnet Academy, Melodi Marston has maintained a high academic performance and achieved the Commandant’s list for academics. She has demonstrated a keen interest in world history and global affairs. Melodi is also a member of the band and the dance team. 

At North Charleston High School, Mary Coaxum ranks at the top of her class. In her social studies classes, she discusses current events and global issues with passion, knowledge and good analysis. She has attended the World War II Leadership Academy in New Orleans, La. and Normandy, France. She also plays volleyball and softball. 

As a 10th grader at R.B. Stall High School, Steven Robinson has attained a very high grade point average and is the top-ranked student in his class. He has excelled in his AP European History class, demonstrating excellent analytical skills. Steven is also a member of the Robotics Team. 

Elsi Garcia has maintained an excellent grade point average at St. John’s High School and has demonstrated particular success in economics, US government and US history. She has also worked as the Kiawah Apprentice through the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. 

At Wando High School, Patrick White is a member of the National Honor Society, the Beta Club, and the Wando High School AP Academy. He is also on the school rugby team, plays the cello, teaches TaeKwonDo, and serves as an acolyte in his church. 

Victoria Botzis upholds a very strong grade point average at West Ashley High School and has shown particular dedication in her AP World History course. She is a leader in the classroom as well as in her volleyball and softball teams. Victoria has also participated in the Heart Walk for Babies.

 

2016 AWARD WINNERS

Besides being scholars, they are artists and musicians and athletes, student council officers and Junior ROTC cadets, book club members and Eagle Scouts, The participate in the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America and the Prostart Management Competition. They serve on prom committees and as math tutors. They volunteer at recreation departments, in Operation Christmas Child, as assistants in middle school athletic programs, in their churches and their communities.

These young ladies and gentlemen show high academic standards, leadership potential, and dedication to service, They represent a younger generation of which we can all be proud.

Academic Magnet High School
Brennan Kosut

Baptist Hill Middle High School
Anaisia Mann

Burke High School
Shanequa Rainey

Charleston Charter School of Math and Science
Olivia McConnell

Charleston County School for the Arts

McCormick Emge

Garrett Academy of Technology
Nautica Ja-Len Roberts

James Island Charter School
John Medlock

Lincoln Middle High School
Mary Autumn White

Military Magnet Academy

DiAnte’ Walker

North Charleston High School
Pablo Leyva

RB Stall High School
Phelan Lee Murray

St. John’s High School
LaTisha Cuthberth

Wando High School
Reilly Grace Marshall

West Ashley High School
Kelly Michele Cochran