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Class of 2016 includes interesting students

First-year class features honor students, performers, adventurers

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College welcomed nearly 440 first-year students and 30 transfer students when classes began this fall, combining to create the largest incoming class in the college’s 158-year history. 

The college’s Admission Office compiles a first-year class profile each year of the incoming class, including tidbits of interesting information about the class in general and about individuals who make up the class.

“For the first time, we have more new students from outside of South Carolina than from inside the state,” Brand Stille, vice president for enrollment, says, adding that 52 percent of the new class is from elsewhere. That “elsewhere” includes 26 other states and four other countries – China, France, Rwanda and Mexico. The class includes 439 first-year students and 28 transfer students.

Stille gives these other facts about the Class of 2016:

• 12 were student body presidents in high school
• 1 in 16 was valedictorian or salutatorian in high school
• 19 earned the rank of Gold Award or Eagle Scout
• 23 were editors of their high school newspaper, yearbook or literary magazine
• 80 were Palmetto Fellows and 3 were National Merit Scholars
• 150 were captain of a sports team
• 75 signed national letters of intent to participate in athletics
• 26 are the first in their families to attend college
• 45 were Boys’ State or Girls’ State delegates

He also notes that the Class of 2016 includes:

• A Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar
• A juggler and unicyclist
• The youngest person to donate hair to Locks of Love, at age 3
• A puppeteer
• President of the South Carolina Beta Club
• A classical pianist
• Miss Teen South Carolina
• A bronze medalist in Tae Kwon Do at the Junior Olympics
• State champions in robotics and tennis
• Multiple skydivers
• A double gold-rated figure skater
• A Sonic Drive-In car hop
• One set of twins
• South Carolina Entrepreneur of the Year
• A student who founded a non-profit called Well Worth it, which builds wells in Africa
• A student who performed in Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift music videos
• A student who started a scholarship fund for children with diabetes
• A student who has been featured in an international Abercrombie and Fitch advertising campaign
• A student who has done research on global warming in Alaska
• A student who starred in a television commercial
• A student who has met Willie Mays, another who met Henry Winkler, and still another who “introduced” Paula Dean to Toms’ shoes
• One who led the national in scoring in lacrosse
• One who made a half-court shot at a Phoenix Suns game
• One who skipped 7th grade

The class includes some adventurers – they include students who:

• Jumped off a 30-foot cliff into the ocean
• Hiked more than 100 miles in Alaska
• Came face-to-face with a six-foot barracuda
• Scuba dived with whale sharks
• Summited a 14-er