Governor's School for Science and Mathematics welcomes new staffers

Mary-Kate Ward and Lauren Shirley join South Carolina residential high school.

Mary-Kate Ward  

Mary-Kate Ward and Lauren Shirley recently joined the staff at the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) in Hartsville.

Ward joins the team at GSSM as recruitment and outreach coordinator, while Shirley will be the new public relations and marketing coordinator.

Lauren Shirley  

“Mary-Kate and Lauren are excellent additions to our dynamic team,” Kim Bowman, CEO of the GSSM Foundation and executive vice president of Strategic Direction, said. “I’m confident they will bring an abundance of energy and creativity to their respective roles in addition to talent and commitment.”

Ward is a 2009 GSSM graduate who grew up in and currently residents in Summerville, South Carolina. She went on to attend Clemson University, where she graduated in 2013 from the Calhoun Honors College with a bachelor's degree in science teaching with a concentration in biological sciences.

Before coming to GSSM to work, Ward was with Athletic Academic Services at The Citadel. In her new role with GSSM, she will focus on students and program delivery across the low country.

“I am thrilled to be fulfilling one of my career aspirations by returning to the Governor’s School as a recruiter," Ward said. "Not only does GSSM expose students to high-level academics and an opportunity to live in a community of scholars, but students learn how to be successful in so many aspects of life and develop permanent friendships.

“I thrived both academically and personally during my two years at GSSM, and am grateful for all of the opportunities my exceptional education afforded me," Ward continued. "I look forward to sharing my story and meeting talented students throughout the low country.”

Shirley hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. She recently graduated from the University of South Carolina, where she was the news editor for the Daily Gamecock.

She has worked as a news reporting intern at the Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina where she covered local news and feature stories.

In her role at GSSM, Shirley will focus on cultivating relationships with statewide media and expanding the school’s social media presence.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to work with GSSM,” Shirley said. “I’m especially looking forward to using my passion for news to put our school into the spotlight, where it belongs.”

GSSM is a two-year, public, residential high school specializing in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with an emphasis on economics and entrepreneurship.

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