Abigail Daniel-Perez is the first person in her family to graduate from high school. Now, she’ll be the first to attend college — with a little extra help from the Blythewood Chamber of Commerce.

Daniel-Perez received a $1,000 college scholarship from the chamber at its monthly meeting Tuesday. The 18-year-old Blythewood resident graduated from Westwood High School with a 4.4 grade point average, including straight As in 12 credit hours of dual-enrollment (simultaneous high school and college credit) classes. She also served as a teacher cadet, was elected president of Westwood’s national art honor society, participated in the garden club and won a Beta Club award for most community service hours.

Despite her impressive and diverse resume, Daniel-Perez said she was “surprised but very pleased” to earn the chamber scholarship.

She plans to attend the University of South Carolina this fall, majoring in exercise science and minoring in astrophysics. Her ultimate career goal is to become a trauma surgeon.

“I actually wanted to be an astronaut, but I didn’t meet the height requirement,” she said.

Also receiving big checks at Tuesday’s meeting were the winners of the chamber’s recent Cow Patty Bingo fundraiser. The lead-in event to the Doko Rodeo offered participants the opportunity to guess in the form of raffle tickets where four cows would drop their “patties” on a grid of squares mapped out in the rodeo arena.

Winners were Valerie Kendrick, $1,000; Matt Cunningham, $750; Yvette Goodrich, $500; and Dale Cogan, $250.

Categories: Blythewood, Business, Education, Richland County

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