Early College High School of Charleston County School District and Camp Happy Days among 2021 InnoVision Awards Winners

Early College High School Students

Early College High School Students

InnoVision Awards has been recognizing and supporting innovation in South Carolina through awards, forums, and networking since 1999. All of the 2021 finalists were showcased and winners were announced during the annual InnoVision Awards Celebration on November 9. The Charleston region was very well represented in the InnoVision Awards Program.

Camp Happy Days of Charleston won the Community Service Award. Camp Happy Days is a nonprofit serving South Carolina children with cancer and their families with its flagship week-long sleep-away camp. In the face of Covid, it deployed a battery of technologies to create a virtual experience to bring camp to the kids that would be attending the camp. Deployment of the virtual experience enabled Camp Happy Days to also reach children who were in the hospital and/or undergoing treatments that required they remain at home. Cindy Hay Johnson, Executive Director of Camp Happy Days said they will now always have a virtual camp and thanked InnoVision for giving them the opportunity to “share our story and our silver lining.”

Early College High School, Charleston County School District won the Innovation in Education Award. Principal Vanessa Denney and Assistant Principal Barrett Reese emphasized the school’s focus on closing achievement gaps and creating a supportive environment where students from diverse backgrounds can experience success in a college setting before they leave high school. The Early College High School, in collaboration with Trident Technical College, provides students in Charleston County a special educational opportunity. Students can participate in a summer bridge program after eighth grade, then focus on high school courses in ninth grade while preparing for college courses. When ready, they take college courses at Trident for college credit and participate in internships and apprenticeships. Principal Denney thanked InnoVision for sharing their story and the success of their students with a greater audience.

You may learn more about these and other winning innovations by viewing the November 9 Awards Celebration and winner videos at www.innovisionawards.org.

The InnoVision Awards Celebration also showcased five Charleston-region companies who were among the finalists:
• ArchCath LLC of Awendaw and FRD Accel of Charleston as finalists in the Technology Development award category.
• PunchListUSA and QuicksortRx of Charleston as finalists in the Technology Integration category.
• Ingevity as a finalist in the Sustainability category.

The full list of 2021 InnoVision Award winners.
• Elastrin Therapeutics Inc. (Simpsonville) for Technology Development
• Camp Happy Days (Charleston) for Community Service
• Aconabolics, LLC (Greenville) for Small Enterprise
• Early College High School, Charleston County School District (Charleston) for Innovation in Education
• Diversey Holdings Ltd. (Fort Mill) for Technology Integration
• Clemson University Composites Center (Greenville) for Sustainability

InnoVision Awards, established in 1999, is South Carolina’s premier organization dedicated to the advancement of innovation and technology. InnoVision is the only organization of its kind – a grass-roots, volunteer-led non-profit made up of businesses, organizations, universities, and individuals dedicated to recognizing innovation in South Carolina. InnoVision honors innovation in products, services, and education from across the state, and recognize innovators for achievements in their respective fields. An InnoVision Award is the mark of distinction for outstanding leadership, innovation, and technological excellence. For more information, please visit www.innovisionawards.org and follow the organization on LinkedIn via https://www.linkedin.com/company/innovision-awards.

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