• GSSM Alumnus Landon Bradshaw ’19 will give Convocation Speech

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    September 01, 2022


    Sam Hoffman

    For Immediate Release
    GSSM Alumnus Landon Bradshaw ’19 will give Convocation Speech
    HARTSVILLE, S.C. (September 1, 2022) – The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that Landon Bradshaw '19 will give the school's Convocation speech on Thursday, September 8 at 2 p.m.  

    Convocation is a traditional gathering that celebrates the launch of the academic year. At GSSM, Convocation is held
    annually at the start of the school year to welcome the newest class of students and present the seniors with academic letters. Academic letters will be awarded to 133 seniors, and a formal welcome will be extended to the class of 2024, which is comprised of outstanding scholars from across South Carolina.

    “We are honored to have Landon back on campus to address the student body during the 2022 Convocation Ceremony,” said President Danny Dorsel. “Landon has garnered a number of accomplishments at Wake Forest since graduating from GSSM, most recently receiving the Barry Goldwater Scholarship for undergraduate researchers. While at GSSM, Landon completed research at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. I think our students will gain a tremendous amount from Landon’s perspective on GSSM and college. Personally, I’m looking forward to Landon’s visit, because while at GSSM he and I met weekly as part of our Student Council Buddy system, so I had the privilege of getting to know Landon well. He is a solid leader and all-around great person.” 

    Bradshaw, a Lake City, South Carolina native, is a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major at Wake Forest University. At Wake Forest, Bradshaw is involved in many ways around the school and the Winston-Salem community. He is a President’s Aide in the Office of the President, where he participates in the university’s governance by giving student feedback and engaging with the university leadership. Bradshaw is also a part of the executive board for the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, Wake Downtown Ambassadors, Deacon Douglas, Dean’s Student Advisory Panel and the Climbing Club. In addition to his involvement around campus, Bradshaw has spent time doing research at Wake Forest School of Medicine studying Regenerative Medicine and Cardiovascular Science. 

    Outside of the classroom, Bradshaw volunteers at Wake Forest’s Virtual Tutoring program, where he spends time helping kids in grades K-12 in the Winston-Salem area. He has also volunteered at the 12th Annual MLK Read-In event to advocate Dr. King’s messages of civil rights, literacy and the importance of community service. 

    "SCGSSM played a pivotal role in my academic and personal development, so I am incredibly excited and honored to return to my alma mater as this year's Convocation speaker and articulate the growth that Govies inevitably encounter,” said Bradshaw. 

    After graduating from Wake Forest, Bradshaw is planning to attend medical school and become an academic physician. He hopes to develop regenerative medicine therapies in the lab and see them used in the clinic firsthand. 

    About GSSM

    One of the few specialized public residential high schools of its kind, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science + Mathematics (GSSM) exists to push motivated young learners beyond their perceived levels of academic ability. Founded in 1988 under the leadership of the late Governor Carroll Campbell, GSSM has consistently raised the bar for STEM education in the Palmetto State. GSSM’s two-year residential high school program—as well as its virtual high school program, summer camps, and outreach programs—all invite young people to explore the subjects they love in a diverse, inclusive, and uncommonly supportive academic environment. Here, challenge is viewed as a gateway to opportunity. GSSM students embrace the school’s rigorous approach to education and in so doing begin to realize their full potential. Learn more by visiting www.scgssm.org.
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