As the summer winds down, there are many high school students preparing to enter a higher level of educational challenges. Whether selecting a two year or four-year institution, many students are intimidated by the hefty cost of tuition. Fortunately, tuition issues do not apply to recent Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School (RHHS) graduate, Ny'Jae Boozer. Boozer signed a full basketball scholarship to Indian River State College (IRSC) located in Fort Pierce Florida. IRSC is one of 13 institutions nationwide that offers over 150 programs leading to Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees, Technical Certificates and Applied Technology Diplomas.
Boozer heads to Indian River State College with twelve college credits added to her academic record. While attending RHHS, she was dually enrolled in the Early College Credit Opportunity program at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. Boozer plans to major in Business Management. She is unclear of plans after but she wants to concentrate on being successful in the classroom and on the basketball court. Boozer stated that “RHHS has prepared her for college both academically and athletically.” Boozer believes that she has a jumpstart on life and gives thanks to her family, friends, administrators, school staff, coaches, and many others who have helped her during her years in school. Boozer expressed how she has a competitive mind frame that motivates her to be competitive, instilled in her by her high school basketball coach Fredrick Toomer.
TaKisha Reid, the proud mother of Boozer, is thoroughly involved with her daughter’s academic and athletic matters. Reid is ecstatic about Ny'Jae's decision to attend Indian River State College. Attending countless games and events, which on several occasions Reid has assisted with working at these events to provide assistance as needed. Reid’s support and guidance are immeasurable.
Due to a prior engagement, head girls basketball Coach Fredrick Toomer was unable to attend. He shared his deepest regards with Boozer prior to the event. Toomer stated that he spoke with the IRSC basketball coach and they humbly agreed that Boozer will be a great asset to their organization. Toomer stated that he is proud of Ny'Jae as a student-athlete but more importantly as an individual. She is an excellent student who has displayed positive characteristics throughout her term at RHHS. Toomer expressed how happy he is for Boozer and he wishes her the best.
The principal of Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School, Dr. Karen Parker, was equally thrilled that Boozer has received a full basketball scholarship. Parker stated, “Boozer is an awesome student-athlete, and she is sure that she will display similar abilities in the college arena.”
Also, in attendance to show their support at Boozer’s memorable event were Tina Fraser, Ethel and Willie R. Frazier, Jeanine Bostick, RHHS staff and several of Boozer’s friends who are also recent grads of RHHS. These RHHS grads included TraNard Ferrell, who also received a scholarship and recently attended orientation at Spartanburg Methodist College; DesJaun Fraser and Kayla Hasty both who are planning to attend South Carolina State University. All students are wonderful student-athletes that are enthused about their upcoming college endeavors.