Local graduate receives diploma from police chief

GREENVILLE — Pickens home-schooled student Pierce Curren, co-star of award-winning educational TV series “Scaly Adventures,” received his high school diploma from Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller in a special ceremony on Friday, May 24.

Curren stars in the weekly TV series and is also a youth motivational speaker focusing on issues teens typicaly struggle with, including bullying, educational abandonment, substance abuse and suicide. His hope is that others will see his support of law enforcement as an encouragement to see officers as a resource for dealing with these issues rather than an adversary to be avoided or feared.

“We are very proud of our partnership with law enforcement and their support of our efforts to reach young people with a positive message,” saidRichard Curren, Pierce’s father and executive producer for the show. “Having Chief Ken Miller present this diploma to our son is our way of honoring him and all of those who serve our nation and community. I can think of no better way to remind our son to live a life of passion and purpose in the service of others.

“Chief Miller is the epitome of such a person to us, and we were honored that he accepted our request to present Pierce with his high school diploma.”

Pierce Curren will be attending Wofford College on a full scholarship from the Bonner Foundation. The Bonner Foundation provides a scholarship to students in exchange for weekly commitment to intensive and meaningful service with a local community organization over their four years of college education.