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    November 21, 2022
    GSSM Foundation Updates
    November 2022
    Matthew Myers, Hydroponic Research Lab Manager, showcasing the innovative lab to a group of individuals
    GSSM Unveils the New Hydroponic Research Lab
    In September 2022, GSSM unveiled the new and innovative Hydroponic Research Lab, which is the first of its kind in the PeeDee Region. The Lab unites South Carolina’s rich agricultural heritage with its high-tech manufacturing expertise in one innovative platform that connects students of all ages to GSSM’s prowess in scientific research. Housed in an upfitted, insulated shipping container, the vertical Hydroponic Lab grows leafy greens, herbs, and vegetables in a stream of nutrient-rich water. The enclosed growing environment, controlled by computerized systems, allows students to experiment with all aspects of the growing process: nutrients, water pH, fans, lights, humidity, and watering schedules. At 900 square feet, the new lab has the capacity to grow 8,000 plants at once and allow plants to be grown year-round. Dr. Josh Witten, GSSM Director of Research and Inquiry, said, “the GSSM Hydroponic Research Lab provides unprecedented opportunities for students to engage in meaningful research on issues of worldwide significance right here on the GSSM campus,” and believes it will provide a unique way for the GSSM community to collaborate with researchers beyond campus.
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    GSSM's Day of Gratitude.
    Mark your calendars! The GSSM Foundation is returning for Day of Gratitude. On Tuesday, November 29, the Foundation will be raising money to honor Professor Elizabeth Bunn to benefit students interested in conducting international computer science research. It will be a day filled with interactive activities, on-campus engagement, challenges and competitions, and ending with a live online trivia hosted by Emmanuel Tedder '01. We hope you will join us in raising money to help fund these important experiences for GSSM students and to help us celebrate Mrs. Bunn. 
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    The Honorable Jay Lucas, 2023 Townes Award recipient, speaking at Around the World with GSSM.
    GSSM Announces 2023 Townes Award Recipient at Around the World
    On October 6, the GSSM community gathered with friends on the front lawn of campus to celebrate and support the successes of international learning at Around the World with GSSM. It was an incredible evening where guests learned about the accomplishments and work of GSSM students through these transformational experiences. We also announced the 2023 Townes Award recipient - the Honorable Jay Lucas as the 2023 Townes Award recipient. For 40 years, Representative Lucas has served South Carolina in numerous civic roles from local to state level and recently retired as Speaker of the House. He has been an avid supporter of the mission of GSSM and its students. We are excited to present the Honorable Jay Lucas with the Townes Award for transforming lives through his service on March 15, 2023, in Columbia, SC. Please plan to join us, in-person virtually, for an evening of gratitude and celebration. More details to come soon. 
    Guests enjoying international cuisine at Around the World with GSSM
    November 2022  Atlanta GSSM Reconnect 
    Join us for a GSSM Reconnect
    Do you miss interacting with your GSSM community? No worries. We are likely heading to an area near you. GSSM is hosting multiple Reconnect gatherings this fall and winter in South Carolina and across the country. We are inviting alums, parents, alum parents, partners, and friends of the school to join us at these events. You are guaranteed to meet people who share your love of the transformative power of a GSSM education. Click the link below for information about dates, locations, and to register. 
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    October 2022 Los Angeles GSSM Reconnect
    From Left to Right: Jamie Newman '90 at Charleston Reconnect, Former President Lee Cox, and Current President Danny Dorsel '90 at the Charleston GSSM Reconnect 
     “GSSM serves as a wonderful cornerstone in education here in South Carolina. The school does an incredible job supporting its students and their families. I cannot thank GSSM enough for all that it has done and is continuing to do for the communities and people of the Palmetto State. I am looking forward to celebrating the Governor’s School at the Townes Award celebration in March.”
    -The Honorable Jay Lucas, 2023 Townes Award Recipient 
    Matt Hands '91, President of GSSM Alumni Association
    Alum Spotlight: Matt Hands '91, President of Alumni Association
    The Governor’s School experience had a profound impact on my life. I can look at many aspects of my education, career, and relationships that were influenced by those two formative years, and I share this sentiment with many others across the last 30+ years of graduates.
    The GSSM Alumni Association has been a way for me to thank the Governor’s School for that unique opportunity that I was afforded many years ago. Through the Association, I have been able to give back to GSSM and to build connections with others of our alumni community who also share the desire to support the mission and students of the school.  As this year’s President of the Alumni Association, I am working to strengthen our alumni network, no matter where we live, so that we can build stronger connections within our GSSM community in a way that benefits each other and ultimately the school that gave us all this transformational opportunity.
    I encourage everyone to consider becoming involved in our Alumni Association and perhaps serving as a board member. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at hands.matt@gmail.com.
    Matt Hands
    GSSM Class of 1991

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