When longtime Heathwood Early Childhood Teacher Molly Roddey passed away in 2020, she left behind a legacy of sparking a love of nature in a generation of Heathwood students. On May 14, 2021, we honored Molly’s life and legacy with the dedication of Molly’s Garden, a space beside the Early Childhood building where students can continue to find the same joy in watching plants grow and blossom that Molly shared so generously.
At the dedication ceremony, SC Representative Seth Rose presented... Read More
A podcast produced by students in Heathwood’s Studies in Leadership and Applied Journalism class has been selected as a finalist in National Public Radio’s 2021 Student Podcast competition. The 15 finalists were chosen from more than 2600 submissions.
The podcast, “Shoot Again, You Coward,” tells the dramatic story of a politically motivated murder in broad daylight: in 1903, SC Lieutenant Governor Jim Tillman shot State newspaper editor-in-chief Narcisco Gonzales in downtown Columbia... Read More
The Highlander Boys Track and Field Team has captured their first state title since 2006. It was, said Head Coach Cindy Scannella, a true team effort, with individual athletes consistently making choices for the good of the team rather than for personal glory.
“Of all the teams I have coached in college and high school, this team achieved through grit and perseverance more than any team I have ever coached," Scannella said. "There is truly no 'I' in this team, and these boys love one another... Read More
The Heathwood Hall girls’ track team turned in one of the best state meet performances in school history by winning 9 of 17 events at the 2021 SCISA AAA Track & Field Championship on May 1. The title is the girls’ team’s 3rd state championship in four years. The team scored 144 pts. and finished 28 pts. ahead of 2nd place Porter Gaud.
The Highlander charge was boosted by first place finishes from Madelyn Gomez who won all three distance events (2 mile, mile, 800); Aly Conyers, who won... Read More
Eighth Grade Civics Teacher Chris McDuffie has been named the 2021 SCISA Middle School Teacher of the Year. He is the 13th Heathwood faculty member to earn Teacher of the Year honors since 2001.
Mr. McDuffie joined the Heathwood faculty in 2013, and both his knowledge and his passion for civics education soon became legendary. In the words of Middle School Head Maria Madden, “Chris is one of those special educators who has a tremendous impact on his students, both while they are in his class... Read More
Posted by Amoni Jerman on Thursday, April 15, 2021
The 2020 yearbook “The Highlander” has been nationally recognized by Jostens for outstanding yearbook design, and its cover is included in Jostens' 2021 Look Book, as an example of excellence to inspire yearbook editors across the nation.
Yearbook adviser Cindy Scannella and editors James Lucas, Addie-Grace Cook, and Grayson Miller worked together to create the theme “Blaze Your Trail” for volume 48 of “The Highlander.” After attending a Jostens workshop in Greenville, S.C., they pulled... Read More
Heathwood's Upper School Chess Team has won the 2021 SCISA State Championship, tying for first place with Hilton Head Prep at the state tournament on March 31.
Coached by Upper School Math teacher Rip Blackstone, the team members are senior Jack Cook, juniors Andrew Kriter, Pete Peterson, Jimmy Ruskell, Ryan Shelley, Daniel Sobel, and Lane Stanley, and sophomore Ethan Smith.
Heathwood freshman Cherry Zhang has been honored with a 3rd Place award in Painting in Converse College's 2021 Young Women in Art Exhibition for her paining entitled "Waterfall."
Senior Janae Johnson also had artwork selected for the exhibition, in the Mixed Media category. Her piece is entitled "African Woman."
The annual exhibition provides a venue to recognize exemplary artworks of young women in high school and to help students begin to prepare for a major in art.
The exhibition,... Read More
Nine members of the Heathwood Class of 2021 have been honored with the Columbia Urban League's Young and Gifted Award. Seniors Aly Conyers, Braxie Hill, Janae Johnson, Chi Chi Nwanagu, Christian Pearson, Ronnie Porter, Elijah Rhooms, Neb Sneath, and Kalvin Tobias were recognized in a virtual ceremony on February 28. The award celebrates the accomplishments of African-American high school seniors who have excelled in academics, the arts, leadership, technology, and athletics.
Former NFL Defensive Tackle Orien Harris has achieved a lot in his 37 years: a National Championship and an AP All American nod with the 2001 Miami Hurricanes, five years in the NFL, and his current role as the Student Success Coordinator, an English teacher, and a football coach at Atlanta’s Lovett School. But, he told Heathwood’s Middle School students in this year’s Career Day Keynote Speech, he never could have done it alone.
“I owe a lot of my success to the teachers and mentors in my... Read More