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They say that working smarter is better than working harder.Why not both?

Whether you're running a high-volume warehouse, overseeing a new construction project, or managing a busy retail establishment, you know that a productive workplace is essential. When it comes to your workplace equipment, you need tools that not only save time and money but are reliable when you need them the most and help your team get the job done right.

At Absolute E-Z Up, we help professionals overcome low productivity by providing the finest stock pickers, tire pickers, and platform lifts in Daniel Island, SC. If you need more efficiency and more profitability at your job site, you're in the right place. Sure, big-picture processes play an important role in your workplace. However, in our experience, the top cause of low productivity involves wasted time on the job site - avoidable problems that slow down your day-to-day work. And when your day-to-day and overall deadlines aren't achieved, that fault falls on you.

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Some of the most common productivity issues
we hear about include:

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  • Low-capacity equipment that requires workers to make multiple trips to transport materials.
  • Unreliable equipment that breaks down again and again.
  • Workers on injury leave because of falls suffered from unsafe ladders or scaffolds.
  • Enlisting more manpower to fill in because you don't have the right equipment to get the job done.

If any of these problems sound familiar to you, you're probably wondering what in the world you can do to get back on track. That's where Absolute E-Z Up comes in - to give you the tools you need to be more productive and efficient, so you have peace of mind knowing your job will finish on time, the right way.

When we founded Absolute E-Z Up (AEUP), we created a plan to deliver safe, reliable work platforms, stock picker forklifts, inclined platform lifts, stair climbers, and material handling products that increase productivity by leaps and bounds. We're not talking a few minutes shaved off here or there. We mean upping your work cycles two to three times what you're used to, coupled with drastically reduced downtime from maintenance and repair.

Sound too good to be true?

Not at Absolute E-Z Up in Daniel Island, SC.

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The Absolute E-Z Up Difference

Our company was founded on three basic values:

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Safety - The Top Time Booster

When workers are injured, they're either placed on light duty or leave until they heal up and get back to work. This leaves you with the conundrum do you hire a new worker (which requires an initial expense) or reassign members of your staff to make up the difference? Obviously, neither situation is optimal. The biggest factor preventing these kinds of frustrating situations is workplace safety, which is why it's our top priority at AEUP. It doesn't matter if you buy a manual platform lift in Daniel Island, SC, or an electric stock picker. You can rest easy when you purchase equipment from us, knowing that AEUP aerial work platforms and material handling equipment come with the most innovative safety technologies.

A few of those safety mechanisms include:

  • Anti-tilt systems, helping to prevent toppling and turnovers.
  • Built-in pothole protection for driving equipment.
  • Double-foot sensors, which halts the machine from operating unless two feet are planted on the sensors.

Note: Depending on your needs, your machinery may or may not include some of these safety technologies. Please refer to specific product pages for more details.

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Productivity - Doing More with Less

Common sense might tell you it would be hard for workers to do twice as much work as they used to. However, with the right equipment, it's very possible. Common sense might tell you it would be hard for a worker to do twice as much work as they used to. However, with the right equipment, it's very possible. Whether it's hanging signs, moving a piano, working on a construction site, or any of the other tasks that require a stock picker, you'll save time and complete tasks faster with Absolute E-Z Up. Our stock pickers, vertical lifts, and stair climbers are:

  • Versatile - our equipment is more versatile than other options, giving you the ability to fit into small spaces with a zero turning radius.
  • Faster - our batteries change in only a few hours and can last for dozens if not hundreds of duty cycles.
  • More Efficient - Workers can speed up every part of the workday with special features, attachments, and deck extensions.
  • Lower Costs - You can maintain our equipment at lower costs, which saves you money when you need it most.
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Reliability - Always There When You Need to Work Hard

Common sense might tell you it would be hard for workers to do twice as much work as they used to. However, with the right equipment, it's very possible. Common sense might tell you it would be hard for a worker to do twice as much work as they used to. However, with the right equipment, it's very possible. Whether it's hanging signs, moving a piano, working on a construction site, or any of the other tasks that require a stock picker, you'll save time and complete tasks faster with Absolute E-Z Up. Our stock pickers, vertical lifts, and stair climbers are:

Industrial Stock Pickers in Daniel Island, SC

Warehouse picking involves workers pulling (picking) items located on warehouse shelves and moving them down the line for shipment to customers. This kind of work requires a great deal of coordination, organization, and attention to detail. Filling orders under deadlines and time crunches are common. As such, you need a trustworthy stock picker that can boost efficiency and increase production time.

Managers often adjust their picking strategy to be less time-consuming and costly when the real answer might lie with the tools and machinery they're using. At AEUP, we provide the highest-quality stock pickers for your business so that your workers can do the job they need to do as quickly and safely as possible.

With AEUP, you can increase material handling efficiency in a variety of industries and workplaces. We're talking retail, warehouses, factories, and even event venues. The ISP series offers ideal solutions for diverse applications. The models feature a 35% gradeability for greater job-site accessibility.

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We offer several pickers for different needs, including:
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ISP-7M™

If affordable efficiency is your priority, this is the picker for you. With over a 13-foot working height, it will be the last "ladder" your business will need to use. The ISP-7M is one of the most versatile and affordable stock pickers on the market and is ideal for a variety of workplaces:

  • Airports
  • Warehouses
  • Retail Stores
  • Distribution Centers
  • Educational Buildings
  • Entertainment Venues

This fantastic stock picker is light enough to be used on any surface. It is also very maneuverable, making it a great choice for any company that needs a safer working platform with the fewest mechanical parts. The ISP-7M comes with our industry-leading 5-2-1 Platinum Warranty and clocks in at almost half the price of electric stock pickers.

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ISP-11™

Industrial Stock Picker

If maximum versatility modern safety features matter most to you, the ISP-11™ will allow your team to work safer, faster, and with less strain on your workers. With this stock picker, you can increase safety, maximize uptime, and be able to adapt to any floorplan or warehouse layout. Durable, versatile, and low-maintenance, the AEUP ISP-11™ is a self-propelled stock picker that will modernize your material handling process.

  • Drive, rotate and elevate all at the same time. Most of our competitors can only do one of these functions at a time.
  • Closed canopy and damage-resistant carbon bumper.
  • Comes with an aluminum alloy mast cylinder column. That means you don' have to worry about motors or chains to maintain. Add to that a 5-year warranty, and you'll be working smarter and harder for years to come.
  • Our electric material trays are adjustable to any shelf height. Many such trays are not electric and can only adjust in six-inch increments. Instead of adjusting your whole machine due to a three-inch miscalculation, you can save time and frustration with the ISP-11.
  • Our double-foot sensor requires that both of your workers' heels maintain contact with the platform to drive. No more safety nightmares, like hanging over the edge to drive.

This fantastic stock picker is light enough to be used on any surface. It is also very maneuverable, making it a great choice for any company that needs a safer working platform with the fewest mechanical parts. The ISP-7M comes with our industry-leading 5-2-1 Platinum Warranty and clocks in at almost half the price of electric stock pickers.

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ISP-11™ TTH

If you're in need of a tire picker in Daniel Island, SC, our tire transport handler is exactly what you need. Safe, efficient, and versatile, this picker has a working height of over 17 feet, giving you the ability to grab tires on the highest shelves. With tires getting bigger and heavier, it becomes necessary to prevent injuries during all operations involving them. The AEUP ISP-11 TTH lifts both the operator and tires, easily placing them at the desired height while allowing faster and safer performance. As if that weren't enough, this tire transport handler also comes with our stellar 5-2-1 Platinum Warranty.

A Warranty That's on Your Side When You Need It Most

Unlike other companies in our industry, we are proud to say that our warranty comes standard on all our equipment. Stock picker forklift in Daniel Island, SC? Check. Vertical lifts? Check. Inclined platform lifts? Check. But this isn't any warranty - it's the Absolute E-Z Up platinum manufacturer's warranty, which is why you can trust the quality of AEUP products. Our Platinum Warranties are part of our commitment to value, safety, and quality. When you work with us, we want you to be able to trust that your Absolute E-Z Up equipment is a reliable, smart, long-term asset to your business that saves you money and time.

Our warranty allows our customers to secure their long-term budgets by reducing maintenance and repair costs. Since each piece of machinery is different, your warranty should be customized for the equipment that you need.

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5-2-1 Platinum Warranty
5-2-1 Platinum Warranty™ on AEUP Low-Level Access Series

No other elevated work platform or stock picker supplier has anything close to our 5-2-1 warranty. Here's what our warranty guarantees on our low-level access machinery:

  • 5 years on your mast assembly and cylinder
  • 2 years on all other components of your platform or stock picker.
  • 1 year on the lift's battery, which is not pro-rated.
  • Optional AEUP Extended 10-5-1 Warranty Service Coverage (ISPs)
5-2-1 Platinum Warranty
5-2-1 Platinum Warranty™ on AEUP EZ Climber Series

Customers choose our E-Z Climber series because it gives them years of dependable service, backed by a warranty that will replace any parts that fail, which minimizes production downtime. We are committed to covering labor costs for the first six months of your purchase. Our E-Z Climber Series warranty guarantees:

  • 5 years of coverage on the structural steel chassis of the machine.
  • 2 years of coverage on your electrical components.
  • 1 year of coverage on the battery, which is not pro-rated.
5-2-1 Platinum Warranty
5-2-1 Platinum Warranty™ on Electric Utility Vehicles

Our electric utility vehicles give you years of dependable service, coupled with a powerful warranty that covers and service that will replace any parts that fail during your warranty period. If a part fails, we'll get it replaced quickly, to minimize downtime from work. Your labor rate is reimbursable and is covered for the first six months.

  • 5 years of coverage on the structural steel chassis of your EUV.
  • 2 years of coverage on the EUV's electrical components.
  • 1 year of coverage on the EUV's battery, which is not pro-rated.

Ready to Get Productive?

At Absolute E-Z, our goal is to provide you with the highest quality transactions and product solutions in the safest manner possible. With the right equipment and mindset, we believe that work can be fun again, and we're here to help make that happen for you and your team. As such, our mission is to be the top provider of stock pickers and other warehouse equipment in Daniel Island. We make it a point to listen to our customer's needs and do everything in our power to uphold our reputation for excellence.

We'll do so by continuing to honor the commitment we made to ourselves and our customers from the very beginning - earning your respect and loyalty through continuous improvement driven by integrity, teamwork, and innovation.

If you're ready to take your workflow to the next level, we're only a click or call away.

Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
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Latest News in Daniel Island, SC

Meeting Notes - June 30, 2022

These are the issues coming before various City of Charleston boards and committees and the application results specific to Daniel Island and the Cainhoy area.City of Charleston Technical Review Committee (TRC)June 23: A site plan for the Foundation Place at Point Hope (third review), for a commercial development located at 826 Foundation Drive in Cainhoy and including five buildings totaling 38,000 GFA on 4.1 acres, to revise and resubmit to TRC.June 23: Site plan for Mikasa Apartments on Clements Ferry Road in Cainhoy ...

These are the issues coming before various City of Charleston boards and committees and the application results specific to Daniel Island and the Cainhoy area.

City of Charleston Technical Review Committee (TRC)

June 23: A site plan for the Foundation Place at Point Hope (third review), for a commercial development located at 826 Foundation Drive in Cainhoy and including five buildings totaling 38,000 GFA on 4.1 acres, to revise and resubmit to TRC.

June 23: Site plan for Mikasa Apartments on Clements Ferry Road in Cainhoy (first review), for a 19.55-acre site plan for the construction of multifamily residential buildings and a parking lot to house 320 units, to revise and resubmit to TRC.

June 23: A site plan for Parcel K Office & Parking at 2000 Daniel Island Drive on Daniel Island (second review), for a 36.9 acre site plan that calls for the demolition of existing parking lot and infrastructure, upfit of existing office building, new parking, and parking infrastructure, to revise and resubmit to TRC.

June 23: A site plan for Nowell Creek Multifamily at Daniel Island Drive on Daniel Island (second review), for a 9.02-acre plat for a 320-unit multifamily development, to revise and resubmit to TRC.

July 7: Preliminary subdivision plat for Cainhoy Hopewell Residential – Phase 2 at HopewellDrive in Cainhoy (third review), for a 74.8-acre site with 126 single-family units.

July 7: Road construction plans for Cainhoy Hopewell Residential – Phase 2 at Hopewell Drive in Cainhoy (third review), for a residential subdivision plat for 74.8-acre site with 126 single-family units.

July 7: A site plan for Davis Daniel Island Apartments at Parkline Avenue on Daniel Island (third review), for a 5.05-acre plat for a 4-story multifamily apartment building with 242 units wrapped around a parking deck.

July 7: Road construction plans for Daniel Island Northern Parcel FF Phase 2 on Ship Builder Street (second review), for a 40.9-acre plat for a 31-lot single-family residential development.

July 7: A site plan for Woodfield Daniel Island III at 225 Benefitfocus Way (second review), for a new 175-unit multifamily development on 6 acres. Early site work to include tree/vegetation clearing, demolition of existing building/hardscape, and rough grading and surcharge.

July 7: A preliminary subdivision plat for the Towne at Cooper River at Clements Ferry Road (first review) for a 5.3-acre plat with three lots with a right-of-way extension, roadway construction, and master infrastructure to serve Towne at Cooper River development.

July 7: Road construction plans for the Towne at Cooper River at Clements Ferry Road (first review) for a 5.3-acre plat with three lots with a right-of-way extension, roadway construction, and master infrastructure to serve Towne at Cooper River development.

June 15: Concerning 11.4 acres on Travis Lane (Honey Hill-Cainhoy Peninsula), requesting a rezoning from single family residential to diverse residential. Results are pending.

June 21: Considering a rental agreement to rent portions of the Daniel Island Recreation Center in the amount of $33,000 a year to Point Hope Presbyterian Church for Sunday services and other special events.

All meetings are open for public comment except the City of Charleston Technical Review Committee meetings.

For more information, contacts for specific projects and on location and time of the meetings or to learn more, visit charleston-sc.gov/AgendaCenter/.

Spagnoletti, Hubbard lead five Generals on VaSID All-State teams

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its 2022 All-State Men's Lacrosse College Division teams on Wednesday and Washington and Lee claimed five honorees.Leading the way on the All-State First Team was recent graduate Nick Spagnoletti (Madison, N.J. / Madison) and rising senior Harris Hubbard (Daniel Isla...

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced its 2022 All-State Men's Lacrosse College Division teams on Wednesday and Washington and Lee claimed five honorees.

Leading the way on the All-State First Team was recent graduate Nick Spagnoletti (Madison, N.J. / Madison) and rising senior Harris Hubbard (Daniel Island, S.C. / Bishop England). Recent graduates Teddy Bentley (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. / Cold Spring Harbor) and Michael Horgan (Charlotte, N.C. / Charlotte Catholic), along with rising senior Matt Gallagher (Lynchburg, Va. / E.C. Glass), were recognized on the second team.

Spagnoletti played 1006:21 of a possible 1141:46 between the pipes as a first-year starter in goal, recording 214 saves with 136 goals allowed. His .611 save percentage ranked 11th in Division III, while his 8.11 goals-against average ranked 17th overall. Spagnoletti posted double-digit save totals in 13 of his 19 games played, including three games with at least 20 saves. He logged 20 saves against then-No. 5 York (Pa.) and 21 saves in back-to-back games against then-No. 4 Christopher Newport and arch-rival Roanoke.

Hubbard was a major factor in the Generals ranking 12th in Division III in scoring defense (7.89 gpg) and 37th in ground balls. Individually, he tied for the team lead in caused turnovers (19) and he was third on the team in ground balls (48). He also tallied one assist.

Bentley, another leader on the defensive unit, helped the Generals rank 12th nationally in scoring defense, holding 12 opponents to single-digit goal totals. Bentley finished second on the team with 59 ground balls and he added nine caused turnovers. He also produced a career-best 10 points on seven goals and three assists.

Horgan also played a large role in W&L ranking among the nation's top defenses. He tied with Hubbard with a team-best 19 caused turnovers, also collecting 24 ground balls. Horgan logged eight games with multiple ground balls, with five contests of multiple caused turnovers this season.

Gallagher claimed his All-State Second Team laurel as a face-off specialist, as he finished the season winning 162-of-276 faceoffs for a .587 winning percentage. The Generals' primary face-off man, Gallagher picked up a team-high 66 ground balls and added a career-high eight points (3g, 5a) on the offensive end.

Washington and Lee completed the 2022 season with a 12-7 overall record. The Generals finished as the ODAC regular-season champion for the fifth straight year and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

-- www.generalssports.com --

Republican Party Candidates for Commissioner of Agriculture

What specific skills and experiences do you have that will aid you in carrying out the office and why are those skills important to the position? Bill Bledsoe: I currently serve as a “Soil and Water Conservation Commissioner.” I grew up on a dairy farm and got my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida. I’ve spent decades running my own business and practicing veterinary medicine. I wrote the manual, “Is It Time To Take Our Government Back.” Therefore, I know the e...

What specific skills and experiences do you have that will aid you in carrying out the office and why are those skills important to the position?

Bill Bledsoe: I currently serve as a “Soil and Water Conservation Commissioner.” I grew up on a dairy farm and got my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida. I’ve spent decades running my own business and practicing veterinary medicine. I wrote the manual, “Is It Time To Take Our Government Back.” Therefore, I know the enemy in the war that we are in. I am willing to lay down my life to protect the families in South Carolina. Our enemies created supply chain shortages, killed almost 1 million Americans with a bio-weapon, and now have the ability to cut off our external food supply from South America. I am the only one with the knowledge and willpower to save our families.

Rob Rozier: I’ve worked side by side with the farmers of South Carolina for over 30 years. Over the last decade, the farmers are telling me that the commissioner of agriculture no longer hears them. From higher grocery prices to increasing energy costs. We need our South Carolina farmers to be heard. I will work with the agribusiness professionals of our great state to hear their input on how to move South Carolina forward together. Our farmers, our agritainment, our voice. We don’t want to be beholden to donations from outside South Carolina or establishment money that SC certifies your tax dollars are being spent frivolously. It’s time to get South Carolina values back in the department of agriculture, it’s time to get South Carolina farmers their voice back. Vote Rozier for SC Commissioner of Agriculture ‘A Voice For SC Farmers.’

Hugh Weathers: I am a fourth generation farmer which is critical to leading the farmers of our state and having their confidence. I have led the Department of Agriculture for many years and have gained the trust of staff and state leaders. The Department has established its credibility with the public of South Carolina. Like any organization where the tone is set at the top, as Commissioner, I have worked very hard to achieve these levels of trust. I have used my business skills to manage the resources of the Department very effectively and efficiently. Approximately $30 million flows through the Department annually and I have established very thorough accountability procedures. I understand the value of research to listen to the opinions of our constituents to better utilize tax dollars to serve the public better. I am a good evaluator of skills and have placed very talented in key leadership positions in the Department.

What is your leadership style and how will you work with employees and stakeholders to serve the citizens of South Carolina?

Bill Bledsoe: My leadership style is that I serve those that are under me. I communicate with them, find out what they need, get it for them, and get the heck out of their way before I get run over. I empower those under me and then turn them loose. The only purpose of the Department of Agriculture is to help South Carolina’s stakeholders. The stakeholders are both the farmers and the families of South Carolina. It is incredibly hard for farmers to successfully make a living and for families to successfully grow and store their own food from their gardens. In this war, enemies are cutting off both our exports and our imports. Enemies want to destroy our families so that they become the world power in imports and exports. We must make South Carolina food independent to ever win this war.

Rob Rozier: Communication is paramount. The fine folks who work our land have critical data that must be shared for a comprehensive, organized, common sense approach to bettering the lives of our agriculturalists and those who consume their products. Secondly, I’m a fiscal conservative. Too many missteps in large deals like the State farmers market, or excess at taxpayer expense. I can SC Certify that I don’t even like 5-star hotels or fluffy pillows, and I’ve never been on a private plane in my life. Lastly, we need someone to sow the seeds of common sense future growth instead of pet projects that look like they expired six months after the politicians leave. How about broadening access to grain markets, allowing our cattle farmers to have choices for processing their animals, or dare we say more than a single wide slot at our ports. We are a coastal state after all. So it’s really one thing… I’ll listen to South Carolina, not out of state funding.

Hugh Weathers: I lead with an appropriate balance between hands on management and delegation of authority. As people develop in their skills, I am comfortable to delegate more. When necessary I am committed to the difficult conversations that must be had to help in individual development. I believe in accountability and require in myself and in those who seek to earn and maintain my confidence. I understand how the leadership of our state works together and I very happy to fill my part of that servant leadership. In all aspects of the job I have had the privilege to hold, I try at all times to maintain humility with the appreciation that I am in this role to serve the public.

SC’s first water leak detection dog reports for duty in Berkeley Co.

Meet Agua — a former shelter dog turned detective for Berkeley County’s Water and Sanitation Department. She’s a uniquely qualified, highly trained Labrador Retriever-mix equipped to identify water leaks in service lines and water mains.Agua is the first water leak detection dog in South Carolina and is gainfully employed by the county, but she’s not in it for the paycheck. She works solely for treats.In 2019, the county’s Water and Sanitation director learned about water leak detection dogs being ...

Meet Agua — a former shelter dog turned detective for Berkeley County’s Water and Sanitation Department. She’s a uniquely qualified, highly trained Labrador Retriever-mix equipped to identify water leaks in service lines and water mains.

Agua is the first water leak detection dog in South Carolina and is gainfully employed by the county, but she’s not in it for the paycheck. She works solely for treats.

In 2019, the county’s Water and Sanitation director learned about water leak detection dogs being used in other states and it piqued his curiosity.

Fast forward to October 2020, Berkeley Animal Society donated Agua to Berkeley County Water and Sanitation. Taylor James, assistant public information officer for Berkeley County, remarked that Agua was the right candidate for the job, since the Labrador and Retriever breeds are known for their keen scent work.

For six months, Agua trained extensively with Donna Murray, owner of Lowcountry Dog Training and now, continues to hone her skills on a weekly basis. She is on the job every day with handler, Tim McKnight, a BCWS service truck operator. During the weekend, Agua enjoys her time off as a typical, well-loved family pet.

According to Murray, the training started with just the basics, covering obedience. Then, she introduced her to “the smell”— water mixed with a little bleach to mimic treated water, and taught her how to locate it. When she finds the scent, Agua stops, marks it with her paw, scratches the area, and looks up at her handler. Then, she’s rewarded.

“We started with just that scent (bleach) and after being successful with that, I added other smells. We worked inside the building and outside finding her scent,” Murray explained.

Challenges do pop up from time to time, and Murray explained that Agua sometimes does “get distracted by squirrels, children and dogs. She doesn’t always warm up to people. However, she is great in the field.”

Agua has already been successful in detecting several service line leaks in the county, including utilities in neighboring municipalities.

She even paid an official visit to her old stomping grounds — The Berkeley County Animal Center.

Officials noted that during one particular call in October 2021, Agua was able to identify a sewer line leak at a construction site within 30 minutes after a contractor had spent many days trying to locate it. Once the leak is detected, repairs can be made.

“Agua has turned out to be a great asset for Berkeley County Water and Sanitation and the County as a whole, saving us lots of time and money — and she never calls out sick,” stated Doug Tompkins, BCWS director. “Our success with this unique canine is due largely in part to Berkeley Animal Center, Lowcountry Dog Training, and Pet Supplies Plus of Goose Creek. We are confident Agua will continue to be a vital community resource in the future.”

Murray added, “She is a tribute to what amazing dogs can be found in shelters.”

Bishop England, Philip Simmons valedictorians and salutatorians share words of wisdom

Gratitude. Grace. Grit. For local students who graduated from Philip Simmons High School and Bishop England High School on May 26 and June 4 respectively, those attributes helped them navigate their last four years that have been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.The top two seniors from each school’s graduating class delivered commencement speeches in which they reflected on the past, shared insights on success and expressed optimism for the future. Note: To view all the graduates, ...

Gratitude. Grace. Grit. For local students who graduated from Philip Simmons High School and Bishop England High School on May 26 and June 4 respectively, those attributes helped them navigate their last four years that have been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The top two seniors from each school’s graduating class delivered commencement speeches in which they reflected on the past, shared insights on success and expressed optimism for the future. Note: To view all the graduates, click here.

Anna Katherine Head, Bishop England High School

Valedictorian, Class of 2022

Anna Katherine Head always had a deep-rooted love for animals. Her family has fostered kittens through Berkeley County Animal Shelter and Charleston Animal Society for several years and her parents, Barbara and Anthony, always allowed pets in their home.

In the fall, Head will be studying animal and veterinary sciences at Clemson University Honors College with the hopes of becoming a veterinarian.

Head believes success can be viewed from many perspectives because one person’s success might not be another’s. “I always tell myself to go out and not regret what I’m doing… To do (everything) with purpose and with meaning.”

One thing Head’s most proud of is her class getting through high school during a pandemic. “It was a struggle, but we all did it and Bishop England handled it really well with all the hybrid (learning). The fact that we made it through shows that we’re a really resilient class.”

Head, who was involved in several activities including model United Nations, engineering club, pom squad, glee club and field hockey, advises younger students to study, do their homework and join clubs to participate and make friends.

Head said she is thankful for the support of her friends, family and all the teachers who made an impact on her life and helped shape her into the independent-thinking person she is today.

“We’ve been prepared, but we’re not owed anything … it’s up to us,” Head added. “We’re the newest action takers and we need to go out and be the good people in the world.”

Caitlin Keffer, Bishop England High School

Salutatorian, Class of 2022

Caitlin Keffer is most proud of how she has grown as a person over the past four years and how her extracurricular activities helped her develop new interests, become more confident and serve her community.

“A lot of hard work and studying have contributed to my success but also being optimistic that the hard work would pay off in so many different ways,” Keffer said.

Keffer will be attending the University of Notre Dame, majoring in neuroscience and is excited to begin a new chapter of her life this fall. “It’s an amazing school with a very welcoming atmosphere, football community and culture.”

The advice Keffer offers to underclassmen is to embrace every moment of high school. “Keep everything in perspective because the issues that seem so important when you’re a freshman are the things you will laugh at when you’re a senior. In the end it all works out.”

Keffer was involved in youth in government, varsity swim team, Lowcountry Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, National Honor Society and several school clubs. “I’m very self-motivated and I think it comes from always wanting to do my best. My parents always told me

that most importantly they want me to just do my best and be happy.”

Keffer, the daughter of James Reilly and Valerie, said success is being proud of yourself for reaching a goal without sacrificing your values.

“I believe you can do whatever you set your mind to,” Keffer added. “After the unexpected parts of the last four years, I know if we can push through the pandemic, then we can contribute to any kind of change we want.”

Jack Rose, Philip Simmons High School

Valedictorian, Class of 2022

Jack Rose believes that success is mostly a mindset. “Set goals you want to achieve … and fulfill them with happiness,” Rose said. “Just because there are setbacks or failures doesn’t mean you aren’t successful because success isn’t a straightforward, easy path, but the result of overcoming challenges.”

Rose credits his high school accomplishments to intrinsic motivation, challenging himself with a rigorous course load, always putting forth his best effort, and the ongoing support of his parents, Brad Rose and Kay Durst.

Rose will be attending Georgia Tech majoring in computer science. He wasn’t sure what he wanted to study until he joined the Philip Simmons robotics team and took the role of lead coder, which sparked his interest in computer science.

He also enjoys playing the saxophone, sailing and golf and was a member of Philip Simmons marching band, Berkeley County all county jazz band, the varsity golf team, National Honor Society and several school clubs.

In his graduation speech, Rose emphasized lessons learned through high school; perseverance, group effort, getting along with others and doing your personal best. He sums up his advice in a quote borrowed from his teacher, Mr. Carpenter; “Don’t be a trash human.”

Rose believes anyone can make an impact by being a good person. “Every person who is graduating this year will have some effect on the world whether big or small. Even small actions can grow like falling dominoes to help change the world.”

Julia Wood, Philip Simmons High School

Salutatorian, Class of 2022

Julia Wood said it was an honor being named salutatorian at Philip Simmons High School. “It gave me a great sense of accomplishment because our class is really competitive, so it was surprising and very gratifying.”

Wood will be attending the University of South Carolina Honors College majoring in exercise science. She hopes to pursue pediatric occupational therapy because she loves working with children. “I grew up a USC fan, so it felt right.”

Wood, the daughter of Bobby and Lindsay, said her strong work ethic and time management skills allowed her to be involved in sports and clubs while remaining dedicated to her studies.

She held many offices including captain of the varsity volleyball and softball teams, president of National Honor Society and the recycling club, along with serving on the junior and senior boards and the school improvement council.

“My awesome teachers at Philip Simmons were a source of inspiration and support,” Wood said.

“They pushed me through all my endeavors.”

Wood’s advice to underclassmen is to take advantage of every opportunity to be involved in their high school community because it’s the extracurricular activities that will create lasting memories.

“Success is working towards a goal with your unique passion and grit, putting forth your best effort and being rewarded with the results,” Wood said. “We can impact the world by simply sharing our experiences and spreading positivity for change; even the smallest act of kindness can have an impact on others.”

Bishop England Class of 2022

? 26 Academic Honor recipients

? 24 Palmetto Fellows

? $3,379,825 in academic and athletic scholarships

Philip Simmons Class of 2022

? 11 Academic Honor recipients

? 15 Palmetto Fellows

? 68 Hope Scholarships

? $8,832,354 in academic scholarships

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