St. James honor graduates share passion for learning, life

  • Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tindall Ouverson, Rhylee DeCrane and Duncan Fultineer share a passion for learning, a passion for life, and on Friday, a passion for the stage as the honor graduates at St. James High School.

Ouverson, the valedictorian of the Class of 2014, plans to attend Furman University in the fall and study sustainability.

Decrane, this year’s salutatorian, is heading for Mississippi State’s Honors College on an athletic and academic scholarship.

Fultineer has plans to study mechanical engineering – maybe – at the University of South Carolina’s honors college.

“I want to make a difference,” said Ouverson, who surprised herself with her choice of Furman.

She had always leaned toward an out-of-state school, but one visit to Greenville was all it took for her to sign up.

It didn’t hurt, she said, that the diversity program was fairly new.

Plus, because it was an in-state school, she was able to take advantage of the scholarships that must be used at state schools.

“I’m a tree hugger,” she said with a smile.

DeCrane does her hugging on the soccer field. She’s been part of elite teams almost since the time she put on her first pair of cleats, so it was a natural that she take her goaltending talents to the best school.

While she said she really didn’t have an inkling about what to expect when she visited Starkville, she came home committed and signed her national letter of intent on the February signing day.

It took Fultineer a bit longer to make up his mind on a college and a career.

He vied with his two classmates all the way through school academically.

While he was selected by the honor graduates to give his speech, it turned out that he was the third-ranked student at St. James.

“Right now, I’m leaning toward mechanical engineering,” he said. “But it may be some other type of engineering or some other science aspect. I just want to be happy.”

About 0.5 honor points separate the three.

While all three head into college with enough credit hours to get a boost, Ouverson said that Furman doesn’t accept those credits, so she’ll be a true freshman.

All three say they are competitive, but not in a bad way.

“My parents just told me to do my best,” Ouverson said.

For three years, Fultineer has been captain of the Academic Team and two of those years he led the team to nationals.

They just missed out the third year. He also served on the homecoming court this year.

In her spare time, Ouverson plays viola with the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra and is active in her school’s recycling program.

She and DeCrane attended the Scholars Academy – a program at Coastal Carolina University that pulls together some of Horry County’s most gifted students while Fultineer spent all four years at St. James.

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