2012 Graduates Have Big Plans

Students in the Class of 2012 at Trident Academy, a K5-12 school for students with learning differences, want to work in fashion public relations, as a physician assistant (PA) and enter the military.

Jackson Surrett, of Mt. Pleasant, has spent three years at Trident Academy and says he learned efficient ways to grasp concepts, developed the tools to be successful, and became a more well-rounded, patient person. “Before coming to Trident Academy, I never thought I’d do well on the SAT or be accepted into the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). I want to work in fashion public relations and I know I’m prepared to do that.”

Taylor Zerbst, of Mt. Pleasant, has been at Trident Academy since second grade and says she has become more confident and independent in academics, and she has learned how to be more organized. “I am confident about my future because Trident Academy has taught me how I learn best and prepared me for higher education and a career. I want to work in the medical field, possibly as a registered nurse (RN) or physician assistant (PA).” Taylor will be taking courses toward these fields at Trident Technical College.

James Holley, of Isle of Palms, has been a student at Trident Academy for nearly three years. “I thought I would always be frustrated about school before I came to Trident Academy. I never thought I’d be able to read at a post-secondary level, I never thought I’d be confident about learning in class and I certainly never thought I’d graduate from high school with awards.” James is the recipient of a Presidential Award for Educational Excellence and plans to enter the NAVY, where he is looking forward to traveling the world.

The Presidential Award for Educational Excellence is awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to students who have a 3.5 or above grade point average and have high achievement in reading or math on national tests (like the ACT or SAT).