Each Friday, Heathwood sends out a weekly list of accolades, celebrating student and faculty success and thanking members of the Heathwood community for notable contributions to the school or the community at large. Those accolades are archived here as a record of what we've accomplished, week by week and year by year.
To share an accolade with the Heathwood community, send it to email@example.com.
May 19, 2017
Kudos to the students from Mrs. Firetag’s State and Local Government class who presented to City Council this week. Mayor Benjamin asked them to come to the Council meeting and share their ideas about expanding the Sally Salamander walking tour of Columbia—a project that came about through the Columbia Connections program.
Congratulations to the 2016-17 Yearbook Staff on winning Best Theme Development in the SCISA yearbook competition!
Congratulations to 6th grader Katie Noble on winning champion overall in the hunter division of short stirrup at the Progressive Show Jumping horse show last weekend in Aiken.
Congrats to the National Junior Honor Society members whose Diaper Drive brought in over 17,000 diapers for Harvest Hope Food Bank—and to the 6th grade class, which won a dress-down day for bringing in more diapers than any other Middle School grade. Tune in to WACH Fox tonight at 10 for a story on our diaper drive and what it means to Harvest Hope.
Thanks are in order for the ten international students who have been leading the Chinese Culture Club for first through fourth graders in Afternoon express. Jim Xue, Cassie Guo, Coco Yuan, Chris Lou, Ray Wang, Krystal Feng, Charlotte Li, Liz Li, Lexi Xia, and Daisy Luo have spent the past six weeks teaching our lower schoolers about Chinese culture, Chinese language, making dumplings and using chopsticks. They are planning on offering the club again next year!
Thanks are always in order for the many parents and friends who volunteer their time and talents in support of Heathwood—and we are celebrating all of our volunteers on Tuesday, May 30th at our Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour: 5:30 pm at River Rat Brewery. If you’ve volunteered for the school in any way, please join us!
May 12, 2017
Congratulations to the Girls Track & Field team—they are 2017 State Champions!
Kudos to all the amazing performers who wowed us at the 2017 Lower School Talent Show!
Congrats to Kit Mullins, '20, Ben Matthews, '19, and Olivia Merritt, '20, who graduated from Youth Corps last night. Youth Corps is a year-long leadership training experience for 9th & 10th graders. Students participate in starting and running a business, community service projects, legislation at the State House, journalism, arts and culture, and more.
Congratulations to John Davis, ’17, Brandon McCullough, ’18, Aidan Powers, ’17, Daisy McLeod, ’18, and Kate Nassab, ’18, who have been named to the 2017 All-Region soccer teams, and Austin Cox, ’17, and Benton Mason, ’17, who are All-Region in baseball.
We're very proud that Heathwood Librarian Jennifer Falvey's article "Balance in the Middle" has just been published in the Spring issue of Independent Teacher! It's a great piece on Heathwood's whole-child approach to the middle school experience. Read the article at https://www.nais.org/magazine/independent-teacher/spring-2017/finding-joy-and-balance-in-the-middle/
Thank you to Groucho’s for all they’ve done to support Heathwood’s theatre program this week, by hosting a percent night last night at four of their Midlands-area restaurants and by sponsoring tomorrow night’s showcase performance of the one-act play “The Dark Road.”
May 5, 2017
Congratulations to Junior Roscoe Burk-Moody—his painting of Heathwood's Campus Center stairs received Honorable Mention in the 2017 Southern Teachers Art Contest, making him one of 15 finalists out of more than 440 entrants. His work will appear in the Southern Teachers 2017-18 calendar, which is distributed to schools all over the region.
Congrats to the Middle School Lacrosse team and to coaches George Scouten and Joe Moran on wrapping up an undefeated season—GO HALL!
Kudos to all of our Early Childhood students for their amazing work on Habitat Day! From the projects to the performance, they wowed us with all they have learned.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Midlands Gives and supported our Senior Class’s Johns Island service project. The $12,255 we raised will have a big impact on our students’ ability to help rehabilitate homes for Johns Island resident.
April 28, 2017
Kudos to Upper School English teacher Dr. Sally Plowden, who has just been named 2017 SCISA Upper School Teacher of the Year. Dr. Plowden is the 12th Heathwood teacher to earn SCISA Teacher of the Year since 2001.
Congratulations to Heathwood mock trial coach and parent Barb Petit—she has been named 2017 SC Bar Citizen of the Year for her work with Heathwood’s mock trial program.
Congratulations to sophomore Haley Nicks, who based on her 2017 SC Junior Academy of Science project has been selected to be one of 12 South Carolina student delegates to the national meeting of the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) in Austin, Texas in February of 2018.
Congratulations to Heathwood Hall’s newest inductees to the Cum Laude Society: Jaylen Davis, Aidan Powers, Matthew Quan, Carter Smith, Julia Tenhover, Marie Charlotte Demetriades, Ruth Dibble, Jaelen King, Athreya Murali, Kate Nassab, Amelia Robinson-Brown, and Emma Shealy. Fewer than 400 Cum Laude Society chapters exist worldwide, and a school’s selection as a Cum Laude school signifies that it is an institution that produces and honors excellence in academic achievement.
Kudos to all the Heathwood students who have been accepted to the Governor’s School for the Arts this summer—among them are 8th graders Charlotte Hughes (creative writing), Anna Swearingen (drama), and Mercedes Perez (visual arts) and 9th graders Kate Falvey (drama) and Lucy Derrick (visual arts).
Congratulations to Amelia Robinson-Brown, Sonali Patel, and Athi Murali on being invited to publish their 2017 SCJAS research papers in the Journal of the South Carolina Academy of Science. (3 of 14 students statewide who received the invitation, selected from 250 who applied.)
Kudos to all the Heathwood students who attended this week’s PAIS Festival of the Arts: 8th graders Hugh Barringer, Catherine Barron, Isabella Clarke, Ellie Hedgepath, Charlotte Hughes, James Lucas, Claire McDonald, Walker McKay, Serena Parmar, Anna Swearingen, and Kack Taylor, 9th graders Molly Caballero, Lucy Derrick, Annaka Ehlers, Kate Falvey, Sydney Helms, Constance McCants, Ava Rosenbaum, Paul Smith, and Briana Stanley, 10th graders Phina Abikhaled, Alex Cox, Mitesh Das, Evan Farr, Ella He, Tre Martin, Ben Mathews, James McConnell, Susu McDuffie, Fletcher Meriwether, Elizabeth Morris, Marsh Taylor, and Kate Willhide, 11th graders Christina Altman, Genevieve Altman, Jack Falvey, Daniel Lucas, Crystal Pusey, Jackson Scott, and Emma Shealy, and 12th graders Leila Barwick, Eryn Blake, Brenna Connor, Eliza Drake, Krystal Feng, Bethany Harrell, and Charlotte Li.
Kudos to alum Gabe Brander, ’13, for helping to raise $10,000 for the National Inclusion Project at last weekend’s “Dancing Like the Stars” charity event. Gabe, a starting left tackle on the Duke football team, was one of several Raleigh-Durham-area celebrities participating in the even
April 21, 2017
Congratulations to Seniors Louise Tester and Rachael Whittaker, who both signed letters of intent this week to continue their track & field careers in college. Rachael will run for Winthrop University, and Louise will compete for Roanoke College.
Thank you to Mr. Soufiane Afkinich, co-owner of the Rock Hill, SC based food truck and catering company The Moroccan Cookbook, for visiting the Middle School today and allowing 8th grade French students both to practice their French language skills as well as enjoy some special treats! Mr. Afkinich talked to the French IB class about his country of origin, the francophone country of Morocco, while the class enjoyed genoise pastry and Moroccan mint tea. (http://www.moroccancookbook.co
April 13, 2017
Congrats to Senior Savannah Hillmeyer, who signed a letter of intent to swim for the University of South Carolina. Savannah will enroll in USC’s Honors College.
Congratulations to Junior Alyce Petit and Sophomore William Scouten, who were both selected to represent Columbia in the district (state) level of the Optimist International Oratorical Competition. Each received a $500.00 scholarship at the club level and will be competing for additional scholarship money at the state level.
Kudos to 3rd grader Gus Conder, who received two Champions awards in his division and one Reserve Champion in his division over the weekend at his horse shows in Camden. He was riding his pony, Gizmo, at one horse show in the Walk /Trot Division. Then he rode another pony, Gracie, at another horse show in the Walk /Trot Division. Way to Go Gus!
Thank you to Grammy-winning PBS host David Holt and his band for a phenomenal performance for our Upper School students this morning! And thank you to past parents Lyles and Melanie Glenn for making Mr. Holt’s appearance at Heathwood possible.
Thank you to Laurent Prescelti, owner of Crêpes et Croissants, for coming to Mme Keller's 7th grade French classes to make crêpes. Students ordered in French, and he and the students asked and answered questions in French for the remainder of the class. A great way to practice their listening and speaking skills!
Thank you to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott for coming to speak to our State and Local Government students today!
April 7, 2017
Kudos to Junior Marya Nasir for a remarkable performance at the prestigious SC Coaches Classic Track & Field meet—she won both the 800 meter and 1600 meter races, and her time of 5:11 in the 1600 is the best in the state among both public and independent school athletes so far this season. She is only the 3rd SCISA female athlete ever to win a Coaches Classic event and the first ever to win two events at the meet.
Congratulations to 8th graders Charlotte Hughes and Serena Parmar for winning 1st place in the Junior Team division at the SCISA Science Fair this week with their project on "The Effects of Potassium, Calcium, and Nitrogen On The Growth Of Plants". And congrats to the eight other 8th graders who qualified to attend the SCISA Science Fair: Van Clarke, Jack Cook, Anna Heaton, Ellie Hedgepath, Daisy Luo, Pierce McLaughlin, Mercedes Perez-Shillington, and Gracie Tanner.
Kudos to the six Heathwood students who were honored by the Columbia Urban League as outstanding African American high school seniors and recipients of the “Young and Gifted” Award: Josh Caldwell, Jaylen Davis, Matthew Guah, Bethany Harrell, Ian Singleton, and Rachael Whittaker. Jaylen also earned the Urban League’s “Spotlight Award” for a student who has demonstrated exceptional achievement.
Congrats to 2nd grader Juliana Angus—she won last weekend’s SC state competition for best all-around gymnast for the Excel Bronze level. She also won 1st place for the beam and floor exercise competitions, and 2nd place for the vault competition.
Congratulations to Upper School Science Department Chair Jim Morris, who has been named 2017 South Carolina Junior Science and Humanities Teacher of the Year by the SC DoD.
And kudos to the 19 Heathwood Upper School students whose original scientific research earned them awards at this year’s South Carolina Junior Academy of Sciences conference: Hailey Nicks, Ben Mathews, John Heaton, Faith Robertson, Bangjie Xue, Kate Nassab, Olivia Antonetti, Olivia Merritt, Kit Mullins, Madeline Ashcraft, Amelia Robinson-Brown, Athreya Murali, Sonali Patel, Allison Hall, Evan Barker, Luke Gabel, DuBose Tuller, Trevor Squirewell, and Kathleen Powers.
Congratulations to 11th grader Athreya Murali on being selected to represent Heathwood and South Carolina as one of five students in the South Carolina delegation to the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, which will take place in San Diego April 26-30.
Kudos to 9th grader Olivia Merritt, who was awarded the USTA Sportsmanship Award at The Dunes Sparks Toyota Junior Championship last week.
Congratulations to alumna A’ja Wilson on being named Most Outstanding Player at this year’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and for leading the Lady Gamecocks to a national championship. A’ja was interviewed on ESPN’s Sports Center yesterday: http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=19092712.
March 24, 2017
Kudos to 8th grader Charlotte Hughes, who is the 2nd place winner in the middle school division of the SC State Library’s “Young Minds Dreaming” poetry contest. More than 600 students entered the contest, and Charlotte is one of only nine whose work was singled out for recognition.
Congrats to Maryah Nasir (2 mile, mile, 800), Rachael Whittaker (100 hurdles, triple jump), Janie Hicks (high jump), Louise Tester (pole vault), Shaniya Parker (shot put), and Rachael Whittaker, Morgan Goodwin, Jaylen Davis, and Nadia Deas (4 x 100), who all notched first-place finishes at Wednesday’s home track meet, propelling the Highlanders to a 2nd-place finish out of a strong field of 7 schools.
Congratulations to all the students whose great work was featured in the Lower School Science Fair, and to these prize-winning students:
1st place: LeeAnn Johnson, Matthew Golden, Elijah Drake Giovanni
2nd place : Michael Nardella, Jack Hinchey, Mary Frances Ruskell
3rd place: TJ Hylton
4th place: Boyd Hodges, Natalie Johnson
5th place: Emma Edwards
1st place : Turner Rice
2nd place: Nadia Howard, Carraway Hammett, Jay Nelson
3rd place : Gus Conder, Savannah Gross, Anna Reid Nagy & Anna Whiteman, Mateo Jonell
4th place: Chavis Kelly, Jackson Noble, Davis Hagstette
5th place : Sabin Koon, Abigail Caulder, Lexi Raman, Lindy Woods
Kudos to all the winners of the 8th grade science fair, who will now compete in the SCISA science fair on April 4: Charlotte Hughes and Serena Parmar (1st place), Daisy Luo and Ellie Hedgepath (2nd place), Mercedes Perez-Shillington and Gracie Tanner (3rd place), Van Clarke and Jack Cook (4th place), Pierce McLaughlin (5th place), and Anna Heaton (6th place).
Congrats to the five Highlanders who earned all-region wrestling honors: Jake Clarkson, AJ Kuse, Ryan Liester, Reagan Olsen, and Jackson Avery. The all-region team is made up of students from public and independent schools all across the Midlands, so we’re very proud that so many of our wrestlers were honored.
Congratulations to alumna A’ja Wilson, ’14, who is one of four finalists for college basketball’s prestigious Naismith Award! Fans can vote for Naismith winners up to once a day through March 30—vote for A’ja at www.naismithtrophy.com/vote.
Kudos to Auction Chairs Ann Gluse and Nikki Merritt and their talented Auction Committee for all their great work on the 2017 Heathwood Annual Auction. And thank you to all who attended the auction or bought auction items—your support makes a big difference for our students!
Thank you to WACH Fox for their inspiring story about Heathwood 6th grader Gregory Brown, who is attending school virtually with the help of a robot as he battles leukemia: http://wach.com/features/11-year-old-boy-battling-leukemia-attends-school-through-robot
March 17, 2017
Congratulations to the Upper School Mock Trial Team and Coach Barb Petit for finishing in 3rd place against a very impressive roster of opponents at the state competition last weekend! Team members Alyce Petit and Marra Edwards won Judges’ Choice Awards for Best Attorney and Marra, Alyce, and Wallace Stuckey all earned Judges’ Choice for Best Witness. Marra, Alyce, and Emma Shealy all received Best Attorney Awards from their peers, and Marra and Emma won peer awards for Best Witness.
Congrats to the 5th grade boys who are on the Eastminster Presbyterian team that won the 5th grade Columbia Interfaith Basketball League tournament: Charlie Clarke, Krish Patel, Davidson Bradley, Charles Willcox, and Davies Roberts.
Kudos to 2nd grader Catherine Jowers, who has received a piano scholarship from the Columbia Music Teachers Association! Catherine studies piano with Mary MacDermut through Heathwood Plus.
Kudos to Seniors Josh Caldwell and Rachael Whitaker, who were both selected to play in last weekend’s SCISA All Star basketball games!
March 3, 2017
Congratulations to Heathwood’s Upper School Mock Trial Team for winning last weekend’s regional competition and to all the team members who won individual recognition. Marra Edwards, ’19, and Emma Shealy, 18, both were named Judges’ Choice for best Attorney, Alyce Petit, ’18, and Wallace Stuckey, ’18, were honored as Judges’ Choice for Best Witness, Marra, Alyce, and Lexie Colwell, ‘19, earned Peers’ Choice Best Attorney Awards, and Emma and Wallace were selected as Best Witnesses by their peers. The team will face off against four other regional winners and seven wild card teams at the state competition March 10-11.
Congrats to 7th grader Daniel Sobel for advancing to the state Geography Bee! Daniel will compete against the other state finalists on March 31 for a chance to advance to the national competition.
Kudos to Athreya Murali, ’18, who has been selected by the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium to represent South Carolina at their national meeting in San Diego in April and compete to win in the national poster session.
Congratulations to alumna A’ja Wilson, ’14, on being named SEC Player of the Year in Women’s Basketball for the second year in a row. A’ja and the Lady Gamecocks are the #1 seed in the SEC tournament this weekend.
Honors are rolling in for the Highlander Basketball program! Juniors Matthew Lee and Justice Hill have been named to the SCICA North-South All-Star Game, while senior Rachael Whittaker has been named to both the SCISA/GISA Senior Game and the SC Hoops Festival Senior Game. Senior Josh Caldwell will join Whittaker in the SCISA/GISA Senior Game and will be coached by Heathwood's Jeff Whalen.
Kudos to Mrs. Roberts’ 5th grade math students for their exceptional work in IXL this year! Mrs. Roberts recently tabulated their achievements and discovered that collectively they have accomplished the following:
- Outstanding completion of over 900 hours
- Outstanding completion of over 110,000 questions
- Excellent progress on over 2150 5th grade math skills
- Excellent progress on over 150 6th grade math skills!
Thank you to the two distinguished writers who met with our students over the past week. Columbia Poet Laureate Ed Madden discussed the public life of poetry with our 8th graders and journalist and author Cokie Roberts shared stories of women’s contributions to American history with our 3rd and 4th graders.
February 24, 2017
Kudos to the Boys Varsity Basketball Team for advancing to the semifinals of the state tournament! They’ll face Porter Gaud today at 5 at the Sumter Civic Center. Come cheer them on—a great Heathwood crowd could be the 6th man that helps propel them to the championship game!
Huge congrats to the Upper School drama students who participated in last weekend’s PDA/SCITS High School Drama Festival. Against tough statewide competition from both public and independent schools, Heathwood’s one act play won Chapter Select, meaning our students were selected to represent South Carolina at the National Thespian Festival this summer! The group also received a number of other awards, including:
- Senior Thespian Scholarship—Eliza Drake, ‘17
- Superior Play Production
- Excellent Acting—Eliza Drake, Genevieve Altman, ’18, Christina Altman, ‘18
- Best Original Music—Evan Farr, ‘19
- Most Professional Play
Congratulations to the following Upper School students who won regional recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition: Elle Kuse, ’19, received an Honorable Mention for poetry, and Elliott Cox, ’17, received a Gold Key for Humor and was selected to advance to the National Level.
Congratulations to Laura Slocum, who gave a presentation Tuesday at the American Chemical Society’s Western Carolinas Section on the campus of Lander University. Her topic was the way in which active involvement in mentoring, networking, and presenting stimulates professional growth for independent school educators.
Congrats to Head Football Coach Marcus Lattimore, who is the recipient of City Year’s 2017 Sand to Diamonds Award for his outstanding work with young people and his DREAMS Foundation. Coach Lattimore will be honored at City Year’s Ripples of Hope Gala on March 2 at the Columbia Marriott. Tickets to the gala are available at https://ssl.charityweb.net/cityyear/event/columbia_fy17_gala.htm.
Kudos to alumna Margo Mullins, ’15, on being selected for the 2017 Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows Program. This highly selective summer institute brings together rising college juniors from all over the country to participate in leadership training at George Washington’s home in Northern Virginia. Margo, who is a sophomore at Wofford, will spend six weeks at Mount Vernon this summer.
Thanks to all who helped with our 2017 American Red Cross Blood Drive! 24 people signed up for the blood drive. 19 of the 24 volunteers registered on Thursday and 15 pints of blood were collected. The American Red Cross greatly appreciates your help.
Thank you to all those who donated uniforms for the Used Uniform Sale, and huge thanks to Amy Cox, who has lead the sale for at least the last 7 years if not longer! We will miss her as her youngest is graduating. And a big thank you to Kim Neel, Gina Elliot, Maria Genovese, and Shannon McGee for all their help. We made around $2700, which will go to support our teachers and staff and Heathwood programs. Thank you!
February 17, 2017
Congratulations to Elliott Cox, ’17, and Wallace Stuckey, ’18, who earned Honorable Mention (top five) in the General Assembly, First Committee for their work as Cuba in this year’s University of Georgia Model United Nations Conference. In all, over 600 students were at the competition.
Kudos to Caroline Bunch, ’18, and Ben Matthews, ’19, for being nominated by the Youth in Government office to serve as local leaders for their state-wide Togetherhood service project. To assist local homeless families, Caroline and Ben will lead a drive to collect household items necessary in moving out of transitional housing (kitchen trash cans, trash bags, household cleaners, kitchen towels, etc.). Caroline and Ben were also named Outstanding Media Staff at the 2016 YIG conference.
Congratulations to basketball players Rachael Whittaker, ’17, and Matthew Lee, ’18, for being named All-Region in basketball, and to Josh Caldwell, ‘ 17, who is Region Player of the Year, and Coach Jeff Whalen, who is Region Coach of the Year. Both our girls and boys varsity basketball teams will see action in the state playoffs this week. Come cheer the girls on tonight at 8 p.m. at Wilson Hall, and the boys at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Sumter Civic Center!
Kudos to alumnus Thomas Smith, ’14, who has been selected for the Summerall Guards at the Citadel. Being chosen for the Summerall Guards, which is the Citadel’s silent drill unit, is a very rigorous process and a very prestigious honor among Citadel cadets.
February 10, 2017
Congrats to Heathwood Strength and Conditioning Coach Jay Spearman on his peer-reviewed article in the journal NSCA Coach: "Purpose and Methods of the Hip Hinge and Squat in High School Strength and Conditioning--with Personal Perspective and Sample Program."
Kudos to 8th grader Olivia Keith, who has been offered a spot in the prestigious and highly competitive Boston Ballet Summer Program.
Congratulations to the Heathwood Varsity Wrestling Team for finishing in third place at last weekend’s state championship tournament. The team is back in action tomorrow in the individual state championship competition—come cheer them on starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Hammond Wrestling Barn.
February 3, 2017
Congrats to the Middle School Girls Basketball team—they are 2017 Region Champions!
Congratulations to Heathwood Boys Cross Country Coach Cindy Scannella on bring named High School Sports Report State Coach of the Year!
Congratulations to all the student athletes who were named High School Sports Report All-State Athletes: Benton Mason, ’17 (FB), Savannah Hillmeyer, ’17 (Swim), Madison Branum, ’18 (Golf), Frances James, ’18 (Tennis), Brandon McCullough, ’18 (FB), Maryah Nasir, ’18 (CC), and Hugh Willcox, ’22 (CC).
January 27, 2017
Congratulations to Rip Blackstone and the Upper School Heathwood Hall Math Team, which took second place in the SCISA State Math Meet. Members of the runner-up team included Jaelen King, Athreya Murali, John Davis, Ray Wang, and Grayson Byrd.
Kudos to the four Heathwood 8th graders who have earned top chairs in the South Carolina Region III Junior Symphonic Band:
Serena Parmar - 1st Chair Flute
Catherine Barron - 2nd Chair Clarinet
Jack Taylor - 4th Chair Clarinet
Jackson Byrd - 9th Chair Trumpet
Our students competed with thousands of others from public and independent schools, so earning a chair is a significant accomplishment. They will prepare and perform a concert at Nation Ford HS in Rock Hill on February 24th and 25th along with students from other schools in the region, which extends from Columbia up to Rock Hill.
Kudos to Coach Marcus Lattimore, who has a key role in the new movie “Faith’s Song,” which opened last Friday and is playing at Regal Columbiana Grande Stadium.
Heathwood hosted the SCISA Regional Spelling Bee this week, and we’re excited to congratulate the following Highlanders who advanced out of tough competition to make it to the state spelling bee: Annie Benoit (5th grade), Clare Baker and Kayla Barnes (7th grade), and Ty Jones (8th grade). The region only sends two finalists at each grade level to the state competition, so Clare and Kayla pulled off a grade-level sweep!
Kudos to all members of the Heathwood community who participated in the Salvation Army’s 2016 Battle of the Bells! The results are now in, and our Heathwood Hall National Honor Society and Student Government students raised $1,235.77 during the bell ringing competition on December 10th. Heathwood Hall again was the only independent school to participate in the Battle of the Bells. Collectively, the schools raised $10,009.09, which will help in the Salvation Army’s efforts to support needy families in the Midlands. Many thanks to the following faculty and staff members who rang the bells with our students: Divya Amin, Janis Corley, Mary Beth Fry, Elise Hagstette, Molly Roddey, and Raven Tarpley!
January 20, 2017
Kudos to Heathwood’s Boys and Girls Bowling Teams for a great performance at yesterday’s SCISA state tournament! The boys are state runners up, and the girls finished third, just 5 pins out from also being runners up.
Congratulations to the following students who presented today at the 46th Annual South Carolina Junior Science and Humanities program at the University of South Carolina: Marie Charlotte Demetriades, Paris Tomlin, Sonali Patel, Jaylen Davis, and Athreya Murali.
Many thanks to the following students who volunteered this past Saturday at Epworth Children’s Home as a part of our MLK Day of Caring: Kate Nassab, Bethany Harrell, Eliza Drake, Aliyah Johnson, Isabelle Lord, Amelia Robinson-Brown, Lucius Craig, Caroline Bunch, Emmye Mullins, Justice Hill, Ruth Dibble and Daisy McCleod. Details on what they accomplished are in our story about them at https://www.heathwood.org/students-help-epworth-home-martin-luther-king-day-service.
Congrats to 7th grader Rom Kellis and 8th grader Joseph Pope, who came in 10th and 13th respectively out of 76 competitors in their age group at last weekend’s sporting clays competition. Both also achieved their highest scores to date. This is Heathwood’s first year fielding a sporting clays team, and we’re impressed by how quickly our athletes have progressed.
Thank you to all who helped out with Heathwood’s new admission video! It’s had a great response so far—if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HeathwoodHall, or on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/199885581. If you like it, please share it on your Facebook or Instagram feed to help us get the word out to as many people as possible!
January 13, 2017
Kudos to Heathwood’s Youth in Government Mock Trial Team—Alyce Petit, Lexie Colwell, Emma Shealy, Madeline Ashcraft, and Marra Edwards. They just got their scores from this year’s competition, and while they already knew they finished first in the state and are headed to nationals, they just learned they also received a perfect score—a truly remarkable accomplishment.
Congratulations to Maryah Nasir, ‘18—she has been voted The State newspaper’s Female Cross Country Runner of the Year! Check out The State’s video interview with Maryah at http://www.thestate.com/sports/high-school/article122819439.html.
Congrats to Savannah Hillmeyer, ’17, for committing to swim for the University of South Carolina next year, and to attend the USC Honors College.
January 6, 2017
Kudos to Upper School Chemistry teacher Laura Slocum for earning national recognition as this year’s winner of the James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching “for inspiring students to learn the beauty of our molecular world and for contributions to chemistry education as a researcher. editor, and exemplary educator.” You can read more about Laura and the award in the latest issue of Chemical & Engineering News at http://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i1/James-Bryant-Conant-Award-High.html?h=600295575.
Congrats to all the teachers and students who staged a fantastic performance of the Christmas Truce of 1914 last month, and to all who helped construct the replicas of World War I trenches in the woods across from the Middle School. The Christmas Truce cast included faculty members Dr. George Scouten, Dr. Sally Plowden, Elise Hagstette, Lisa Norman, Raven Tarpley, Nadege Keller, John Adams, and Stan Wood, and students Julia Lauterbach, Wallace Stuckey. Henry Scouten, Fletcher Merriwether, William McKelvey, William Scouten, Roy Mathews, Jake Sawyer, Eliot Cox, Alex Cox, Jackson Avery, Lexi Colwell, and Roscoe Burke-Moody.
Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball team for being champions of this year’s Home Pest Control Classic!
December 9, 2016
Kudos to 5th grader Helen Tinch, whose efforts have earned official Treasured Tree status for the cherry trees by the Heathwood pond! Helen’s essay about the trees’ beauty and the role they play in the life of the Heathwood community led to them being named 2016 Treasured Trees by the City of Columbia.
Congratulations to Senior Josh Caldwell on reaching the 1000-point milestone in boys basketball this week! Josh is just the 7th Highlander boys player to score 1000 points. He will play basketball for West Point next year.
Kudos to the Middle School mock trial team for being the inaugural winners of the Professionalism and Civility Award at the state Mock Trial competition last week. Nico Adamo and Ellie Colwell also won individual attorney awards, and Nico Adamo and Liam Quan won witness awards. We also want to give a shout-out to Mary Nord, who was inadvertently left off the list of those who won attorney awards at the regional competition last month.
December 2, 2016
Kudos to Dr. Edwards and the Middle School on yet another hugely successful Turkey Trot! Yesterday, the Middle School Leadership Council presented Harvest Hope with a check for $14,000, which will provide 70,000 meals to those in need in our community. Over the last 13 years, the Turley Trot has raised more than $145,000 for Harvest Hope. Dr. Edwards’ article about this year’s Turkey Trot is at https://www.heathwood.org/2016-middle-school-turkey-trot-raises-14000-harvest-hope.
Kudos to all who contributed to Heathwood’s extraordinary performance at this year’s Youth in Government competition! Heathwood Upper School students earned recognition for:
- Outstanding Media Staff: Ben Mathews and Caroline Bunch
- Outstanding Trial Attorney: Alyce Petit
- Susan Hitt Outstanding Attorney Award: Lexie Colwell
- Outstanding Trial Team(#1 out of 40 at the conference): Alyce Petit, Lexie Colwell, Emma Shealy, Madeline Ashcraft, and Marra Edwards
- Legislation Recognition: Roy Mathews, Wallace Stuckey, Marie Charlotte Demetriades, and Samantha Gaton
You can learn more about Youth in Government by watching the video about this year’s event that Ben Mathews and Caroline Bunch produced: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_GfQg8Fr6oCSThfVXhqdlpfbDA/view
Congratulations to 5th graders Spencer Robert Thomas, Ryder Kellis, and Annie Benoit, who all had winning entries in this year’s Richland Soil and Water Conservation District Arbor Day Youth Contests. This year’s contest theme was “Talking to Trees: If you could speak to a tree, what would you say?” Students were challenged to respond to the theme using any of three methods: performance, email/writing, and greeting card. In the 4th-6th grade division, Spencer placed 2nd in the greeting card category, Ryder placed 3rd in the greeting card category, and Annie placed 2nd in the email category.
Kudos to Junior Ruth Dibble and Sophomore Suyan McDuffie, whose poems were honored in the Western Carolinas Section of the American Chemical Society’s Illustrated Poem Contest. Upper School Chemistry teacher Laura Slocum and English teacher Elisha Sircy worked together with students on an interdisciplinary assignment in which the students composed short poems on the 2016 National Chemistry Week theme of solving mysteries through chemistry. Ruth’s poem was awarded top place for the 9th-12th grade division and will now be entered in the national competition, and Suyan’s received 2nd place for 9th-12th grade.
Congrats to Junior Maryah Nasir and 7th grader Hugh Willcox—both earned All Region honors at the South Regional Footlocker Race this weekend!
Thank you to all the student athletes and staff from USC Athletics who visited with our Middle School students in this week’s Town Meeting. USC Director of Life Skills and Community Outreach Erica Nelson was joined by basketball player and Heathwood Alum A’ja Wilson, baseball player Will Crowe, and tennis player Rachel Rohrabacher, all of whom talked to our students about leadership, time management, overcoming adversity, and how much they love their sports and their studies.
Congratulations to the Middle School Robotics Team for winning the Middle School Championship at the IT-ology Robotics Competition! Team members Austin Davis, Neil Kennard, Aaron Sawyer, and Daniel Sobel were coached by Heathwood parent Denise Davis and 6th grade science teacher Jason Giovanonne.
November 18, 2016
Congratulations to Heathwood’s Middle School Mock Trial Team—they were one of only three teams in the Midlands to advance to the state competition! Liam Quan, Nico Adamo, Parker Mustian, and Jett Pindar all won Judges Choice awards for Best Attorney or Best Witness, and Liam Quan, Ellie Colwell, and Nico Adamo received Student Choice awards. The State competition is December 2-3 in Lexington.
Thanks to Julie Firetag, Barb Petit, and Gigi Dawson, who have taken Heathwood’s first-ever Youth in Government (YIG) delegation to the annual four-day conference here in Columbia. Heathwood’s inaugural delegation includes Caroline Bunch, Kate Nassab, Lily Richter, Paris Tomlin, Madeline Ashcraft, Lexie Colwell, Marra Edwards, Emma Shealy, Ben Mathews, Roy Mathews, Wallace Stuckey, Samantha Gaton, Lawson Leidinger, Isabelle Lord, Alyce Petit, and Marie Charlotte Demetreades.
The Gills Creek Watershed Association had this to say about Willis Ware and three Upper School students who participated in last weekend’s Gills Creek clean-up: “Many thanks to Willis Ware and Upper School Students Annaka Ehlers, Henry Kimbrough, and Trey Nash, who participated in Saturday’s Gil’s Creek Clean-Up, removing six bags of recycling and 21 bags of trash from the Gil’s Creek watershed.”
Kudos to Upper School students Eliza Drake (’17) and Jack Falvey (’18), who are representing Heathwood on the committee that’s planning the 5th annual PAIS Festival of the Arts along with students from nine other PAIS member schools. In addition to their work, a logo designed by Susu McDuffie (’19) has been selected for use throughout the 2017 festival. The festival will be hosted by Hammond on April 24th. Each year at the festival, over 350 students and faculty from PAIS member schools gather to participate in workshops led by the faculty and other artistic opportunities organized by the student committee
Kudos to the students in Mrs. Halfacre Bryant’s 1st grade class, who have made “hope bags” decorated with messages of hope and filled with toiletries and other basic necessities to share with those in need in our community.
Kudos to the students in Mrs. Firetag and Mrs. Hodges classes who took part in Engenuity SC’s What’s Next Midlands project, which is a platform for brainstorming ideas for how to make our community even better. The students got involved through Heathwood’s Columbia Connections program and suggested that the city would benefit from a putt putt golf course, a riverfront boat ramp that would allow easy access for kayaks, and more. Parents can join the movement and rally behind ideas by going to http://whatsnextmidlands.com/#/ideas. The next great idea will be selected on Nov 30.
November 11, 2016
Congratulations to Senior Josh Caldwell, who signed today to play basketball next year at West Point! And come cheer on Josh and the rest of the Boys Varsity team at their first scrimmage of the season at Lugoff-Elgin Monday at 6:30.
Kudos to Senior Benton Mason and Junior Brandon McCullough, who earned 1st-Team All-State honors in football, and to Junior Mac Hardy, who was named to the Second Team, and Sophomore Trevor Squirewell, who earned honorable mention.
November 4, 2016
Congrats to the Boys Cross Country team, who are 2016 SCISA 3A State Champions! Varsity runners Hugh Willcox, Joe French, Nick Basile, Matthew Quan, Aiden Powers, Baron Stanton, and Ben Feldman all gave stellar performances to pull out a close win over second-place finisher Cardinal Newman.
Kudos to Maryah Nasir, Hugh Willcox, and Joe French whose performances at the State Meet last weekend earned them spots on the 2016 All State Cross Country team.
Congrats to alum A’ja Wilson, ’14, who has been named to the first team of the Associated Press’s Preseason All-American team in women’s basketball.
And kudos to all who gave to or helped with this year’s Harvest Hope Food Drive. Thanks to you, we were able to donate 3,749.5 pounds of food, which surpasses last year’s total and will provide over 2,200 meals!
October 28, 2016
Congratulations to Heathwood’s Middle School Math Team—they came in 2nd place out of 19 teams in the state yesterday at the 2016 SCISA math meet! Thumbs up to team members Jack Cook, Nico Adamo, Serena Parmar, Walker Draffin, Isabelle Piper, Daniel Sobel, Will Koon, Carly Galbreth, Jonas Lindsay, and Ethan Smith for a stellar performance!
Congrats to the football B team—they are 2016 region champions! After a scoreless first half in yesterday’s championship game, they outscored a talented and hard-working Hammond team 12-0 in the second half to capture this year’s title.
Kudos to alum Catherine Ivey, ’14, who is Miss Midlands USA 2017 and will be competing in this year’s Miss SC USA pageant. Catherine is currently a junior at Wofford College, where she is a cheerleader and YoungLife leader. You can learn more about her and her pageant platform at https://www.gofundme.com/missmidlandsusa.
Congrats to Boys Cross Country Coach Cindy Scannella, who was named Region Coach of the Year! Come cheer on Cindy and the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams when they compete in the State Meet tomorrow at 9 a.m. here at Heathwood.
October 21, 2016
Congrats to B Team football for two big wins just two days apart! On Tuesday they beat Hammond 14-12 in their final regular-season game, and on Thursday they knocked off Ben Lippen 24-0 in the semifinals of the playoffs. They’ll face Hammond again in the championship game on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 5:00.
Kudos to Maryah Nasir and the Boys Cross Country team for impressive performances at this week’s Cross Country Regionals. Maryah was the individual winner of the girls race and the boys beat out Cardinal Newman, Ben Lippen, Hammond, and Augusta Christian to finish as the first-place team. Emmye Mullins and Kate Nassab joined Maryah in earning All-Region honors. Hugh Willcox, Joseph French, Nick Basile, and Matthew Quan earned All-Region in the boys race.
Congrats to the Highlander Girls Swim Team, who capped off another stellar year by finishing as State Runner-up! Savannah Hillmeyer won two individual titles, and she and teammates Lily Richter, Olivia Moran, and Abby Wilson captured the state title in the 200 Medley relay.
Kudos to Madison Branum for wrapping up her impressive season by winning the SCISA 3A Girls Golf Championship on Tuesday!
Congratulations to volleyball coach Ashley Jordan, who was named SCISA Region 1-3A Coach of the year! The team starts tournament play in Myrtle Beach today.
Congrats to Heathwood parent Kerry Egan (Jimmy, ’22, and Mary Frances, ’25, Ruskell), whose new book, On Living, is featured as a Top Pick in People Magazine this week.
October 14, 2016
Congratulations to the 29 members of the Classes of 2017 and 2018 who were inducted into the National Honor Society last night: Genevieve Altman, Philip Brewer, Caroline Bunch, Lydia Comer, Coleman Couick, Lamar Dawkins, Nadia Deas, Marie Charlotte Demetriades, Ruth Dibble, Samantha Gaton, Idalia Hanna, Jaelen King, Lawson Leidinger, Isabelle Lord, McKenzie Lott, Melina Manos, Olivia Moran, Emmye Mullins, Athreya Murali, Kate Nassab, Sonali Patel, Alyce Petit, Amelia Robinson-Brown, Emma Shealy, Wallace Stuckey, Paris Tomlin, Ray Wang, John Weiss, and Abby Wilson.
Kudos to the 27 members of the Class of 2021 who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society this week: Nico Adamo, Catherine Barron, Jackson Byrd, Van Clarke, Ellie Colwell, Jack Cook, Brooke Edwards, Isabelle Herndon, Braxton Hill, Charlotte Hughes, Morgan Iseman, Victoria Johnson, Ty Jones, Emily Kahn, Claire McDonald, Walker McKay, Jackson Meriwether, Parker Mustian, Mary Nord, Serena Parmar, Mercedes Perez-Shillington, Joseph Pope, Lexi Singletary, Anna Swearingen, Gracie Tanner, Jack Taylor, and Clara Wilson.
It was a big day for Highlander athletics on Wednesday—congrats to the Boys Cross Country team for winning the Highlander Invitational, to Maryah Nasir for finishing first in the girls’ race, and to the B and JV Football teams for big wins over Cardinal Newman!
Congrats to Upper School physics teacher Tim McKnight for winning 3rd place in photography in the Fine Arts competition at this year’s State Fair!
October 7, 2016
Congratulations to Maryah Nasir for finishing in first place last Saturday in a large and very competitive field at the Lowcountry Invitational cross country meet! This is a meet that attracts many of the top runners in the state Come cheer on Maryah and all the rest of our girls and boys cross country teams at our very own Highlander Invitational on Wednesday at 5 (rescheduled from this week because of the evacuation)!
Kudos to the Girls Varsity Volleyball team for beating Hammond and raising awareness and money for breast cancer research at the Dig Pink game on Tuesday!
Kudos to Senior Eliza Drake for participating in the 2016 Spoleto Study Abroad arts and humanities program this summer in Spoleto, Italy. The program manager says they were so impressed with Eliza that they would love to have more Heathwood students next summer. Spoleto Study Abroad offers both student summer programs and adult enrichment tours. To learn more, visit www.spoletostudyabroad.com
September 30, 2016
Congratulations to senior Isabella Antonetti, who was named a National Merit Semi-Finalist, and seniors Grayson Byrd and Savannah Hillmeyer, who were named National Merit Commended Students.
Kudos to the Boys Cross Country Team, who handily won the Wilson Hall Invitational meet on Wednesday, beating out perennial powerhouses Porter Gaud and Wilson Hall! 8th grader Joseph French, 7th grader Hugh Willcox, 12th graders Matt Quan and Aidan Powers, and 11th grader Nick Basile led the charge for the Highlanders. Come out and support both the Boys and Girls XC teams this Wednesday at 5 p.m. at our own Highlander Invitational!
Congrats to 3rd grader Gus Condor for being Reserve Champion of his equestrian division at a horse show in Camden! The division is called Trotting over Poles. Gus and his pony, Orchard Hills Fine By ME (nicknamed Gizmo), are ready to compete at their next horse show in Tryon, NC. Let’s Go Gus and Gizmo!
September 23, 2016
Kudos to Senior Harrison Boorda, who has been named SCISA Sportsperson-of-the-Month! In last week’s Orangeburg Invitational cross country meet, where he was running for the first time after being sidelined by injury for weeks, Harrison abandoned his race plan to help an injured runner from another team. His unselfishness made a big impression on his fellow Heathwood runners and on the coach of the injured runner, who wrote a detailed and heartfelt letter about Harrison’s unselfishness.
For the third week in a row, a Highlander has earned a coveted spot as one of four SCISA Players of the Week. This week’s honoree is Junior Cross Country standout Maryah Nasir, who finished in first place at Wednesday’s Body Shop Invitational and who currently has the fastest time among all Midlands girls in public or private schools!
Thanks to PEAK Student Leaders Harrison Boorda, Roscoe Burk-Moody, Molly Cabellero, Lucy Derrick and Celie Tate, the 20+ participants in this year’s first PEAK for Faculty event had a great experience paddling on the Saluda River last weekend! Stay tuned for info about a PEAK for Parents event on October 9!
Congrats to Upper School Science teacher Jim Morris, whose story about Heathwood’s use of Weatherbug in the classroom beat out dozens of other entries in an Earth Networks contest to win a new Weatherbug display monitor for use on our campus! More details about when the monitor will arrive and where it will be located to follow soon!
September 16, 2016
It was a big week for Highlander student athletes!
Kudos to Madison Branum, ’18, for being named one of four SCISA players of the week for her outstanding performance in golf so far this season. She’s the second Highlander in a row to be recognized by SCISA—volleyball player Flinn Christian was honored last week.
Congrats to volleyball standout Jaylen Davis, ’17, for being named WLTX Player of the Week!
Congratulations to Maryah Nasir, ’18, who had the 4th fastest time out of 619 girls who competed in the highly competitive Coaches Classic varsity cross country races on Saturday. Maryah now has the fastest 5K time of any girl in the Midlands and the 5th-fastest time in the state among both private and public school girls.
Kudos to boys cross country runner Harrison Boorda, ’17, who did not finish as fast as usual in this week’s Orangeburg Invitational because he stopped to help an injured runner from another team. That student’s coach sent Heathwood Athletic Director Jeff Whalen a letter that read in part, “This was a great lesson that I shared with my team. Harrison unselfishly took himself out of a good moment, helped another runner in a bad moment and turned the whole thing into an unbelievable moment for all of us. Many times our young people see or experience the negative parts of society and the world, but Harrison showed us all that there is still good out there.”
Congrats to football player Benton Mason, ‘17, who’s listed in The State this week as the Midlands’ top punter, with an average of over 41 yards a punt!
Kudos to alumna Grace Smith, '13--she is Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week after notching a pair of impressive shut-outs as goalie for the William & Mary soccer team!
Congrats to Jazzy Frierson, ’24, who won five first-place awards and one second place at the 2016 Rumble in the Dirt Open Karate Tournament last weekend.
It was also a great week for alumnus Jamie Altman, ’16, who has been named a finalist in the SC High School Writing Contest, which he entered last year as a senior at Heathwood. Sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s Honors College, the contest asked students to consider how to improve the state of South Carolina. Jamie is one of a select group whose essays will be published in a collection by USC Press.
Congratulations to Roy Mathews and Emma Shealy, both of whom were accepted into and participated in Davidson’s summer program for high school students. Roy and Emma were two of only 80 students representing 24 states from the West Coast to the East Coast, as well as Belgium, Canada, China, Great Britain, Greece and Rwanda.
September 9, 2016
Kudos to the Girls Golf team, which collected wins in a tri-match last week over Hammond and Wilson Hall! The Highlanders were led by Junior Madison Branum (37) and Freshman Olivia Antonetti (42), who claimed the two lowest scores of the day! Madison also participated in the Palmetto Golf Preview on Tuesday, featuring the top teams and players in the state, finishing at +1 for the 18-hole event, and earning a top-10 finish!
Congrats to Junior Flinn Christian for being chosen as one of 4 statewide SCISA Players of the Week for her outstanding performance in Volleyball.
Congrats to Varsity Football players Duffy Beal, Mac Hardy, and Reagan Olsen, who were all featured on midlandshssports.com for their strong performances and leadership on the field this year.
September 2, 2016
Congratulations to alumna Avnika Amin, ’10, for having her scientific research published! Avnika is one of the authors of the recent article “Comparative Analysis of the Parent Attitude about Childhood Vaccines short scale and the five categories of vaccine acceptance identified by Gust et al.” Currently a graduate student in Public Health at Emory, Avnika was the 2010 recipient of Heathwood’s St. Michael’s Cup in Science.
Kudos to Kate Falvey and Ava Rosenbaum, ’20, who worked with 11 other volunteers to make a huge difference on Saturday during the Gills Creek Watershed Association clean-up. 20 bags of trash and 12 bags of recycling were picked up. In the past five years, more than 110 Heathwood students and adult volunteers have helped during the quarterly adopt-a-highway clean-up efforts. We invite all members of the Heathwood community to join us for one of our three remaining Gills Creek clean-up days during the school year. The clean-ups are on the following Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
- November 12
- February 4
- May 13
Please contact Willis Ware at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining our students in this important effort.
Congrats to the Girls Swim Team for winning their second meet in a row by finishing first in last Saturday’s Newberry Invitational. And congrats to Junior Maryah Nasir for finishing in 1st place at the Skyhawk Invitational cross country meet on Saturday.