A West Ashley High School freshman just won a prestigious award, beating out a host of students from around the Tri-county area.
The Charleston Chapter of the American Council for the Blind named WAHS’ Zachary Waterman as its very first recipient of the Richard Bruggeman Outstanding Achievement Award for this school year.
Bruggeman was the former president of the chapter and a retired automobile sales associate. He died last summer and the award was named in his honor.
Bruggeman had been supportive of visually impaired students and the activities being offered to them.
Waterman was praised for positive upbeat outlook, positiveness, and conscientious efforts, in spite of some struggles with health issues.
“Friendliest kid you’ll ever met,” said a WAHS staffer when asked to describe Waterman, who had attended St. Andrews Middle School last year. Several school staffers and faculty members had nominated Waterman.

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