3rd Grader Jack Hinchey Wins “Smiling Faces, Beatiful Places” Essay Contest

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Heathwood 3rd Grader Jack Hinchey is this year’s independent school/homeschool winner of Congressman Joe Wilson’s “Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places” essay contest, which invites elementary school students in South Carolina’s 2nd congressional district to write about their favorite part of South Carolina History.

Congressman Wilson visited Ms. Whiteman and Ms. Harris’s 3rd grade class on May 20 to present Jack with a certificate, and then recognized Jack on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on May 24.

Jack’s essay, on one of South Carolina’s most legendary pirates, is printed below:


My favorite part of S.C. history is Blackbeard. His real name was Edward Teach, but people called him “Blackbeard” because he had a long, black beard. He was one of the fiercest pirates in South Carolina. He once trapped a group of people hostage and wouldn’t let them go till they gave him medicine. Blackbeard is one of my favorite pirates of South Carolina.