Coulombe, Studer begin classes at GSSM in Hartsville

Staff Report

HARTSVILLE — Lexi Coulombe and Reed Struder from Newberry County have been accepted to the S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) in Hartsville, joiing students from across South Carolina to form the Class of 2019.

GSSM students moved onto campus in mid-August and classes started Aug. 14. This year, GSSM celebrates 276 students representing 128 high schools and 35 counties.

Coulombe, daughter of Jennifer and Daniel Coulombe of Newberry, transferred to GSSM from Newberry High School.

Studer, son of Heather and Todd Studer of Prosperity, transferred to GSSM from Mid-Carolina High School.

For nearly 30 years, GSSM has been one of the nation’s top ranked residential high schools, serving the state’s highest achieving juniors and seniors. It offers unique, college-level courses and a hands-on curriculum with a special focus on science, technology, engineering, math and research, along with concentrations in economics and entrepreneurship, as well as a full array of humanities courses.

One of 12 specialized science and math programs in the country, GSSM has been nationally recognized for its overall excellence, strong mix of intellectual challenges and dedicated teachers, as well as its rigorous mentored scientific and economic research program.

For more information on how to apply for GSSM’s class of 2020, visit

Staff Report