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Heathwood Students Begin Remote Learning in Response to Covid-19 Pandemic

News Type:  All School Date:  Wednesday, March 25, 2020

When the Covid-19 pandemic forced the closure of Heathwood’s campus on March 16, faculty and students at all grade levels transitioned into remote learning protocols that featured both synchronous (live and interactive) and asynchronous experiences. While the exact nature of those experiences varies considerably from one grade level to another, students are continuing to cover much of the same material they would have learned in their traditional classrooms, largely thanks to exceptional work on the part of Heathwood’s tech team and a can-do spirit on the part of faculty and students.

Preparations for remote learning began weeks before the coronavirus hit South Carolina, as it became evident that schools in other nations were having to close in response to the virus and Heathwood might have to do the same. Division heads met with faculty to map out exactly what remote learning might look like, the tech team held training sessions on Google Meet and other options that facilitate virtual classrooms, and each division surveyed families to learn more about their expectations, challenges, and capabilities in a remote learning situation.

By the time Heathwood’s Leadership Team determined, on March 15, that it was no longer feasible to keep the campus open for the foreseeable future, detailed plans were thus in place for remote learning experiences in each division. Students in younger grades, for example, were given assignments to complete at home that were very similar to what they’d be doing at school, while older students continued to attend classes virtually, on a set schedule.

Initially scheduled for March 16-April 3, remote learning has now been extended to May 1 in response to SC Governor Henry McMaster's order that all public schools in teh state remain closed until April 30.

While the campus closure was done with a heavy heart, Head of School Chris Hinchey notes that the way students, teachers, and families have risen to the challenge says great things about the Heathwood community: 

“Developing our Remote Learning program was a herculean effort, and our faculty and division administrators deserve our gratitude and appreciation.  Transitioning from our traditional face-to-face learning program into a remote learning program is challenging, but to do it in one week - under the pressure of a growing pandemic while delivering a full day of classes and extra-curriculars – is monumental.  Additionally, our families have been so supportive and flexible and once again the Heathwood community has risen to the challenge.

“Based on the strong and trusting relationships with our students and parents and the professionalism of our educators,” Mr. Hinchey added, “we are getting great feedback and making substantive and positive changes.”

To learn more about Heathwood’s remote learning experience, visit the Covid-19 page on our website, where there are links to letters from each division head that provide extensive details on the process for that division.

Lower School LEAP Week: Learning, Engagement, Action, Possibilities

News Type:  All School Date:  Friday, March 6, 2020

From gardening to tennis to exploring Latin America and Spain, from Comic Book Creations to Colonial and Native American Activities to Healthy Minds and Healthy Hearts, the Lower School's LEAP Week short classes give students unique opportunities to step out of the traditional classroom and explore specific interests or discover new passions.

For the Week of March 2-6, all Lower School students spent the afternoon taking two hour-long classes of their choice. In Kid Authors, students explored the elements of storytelling, then wrote and illustrated their own books. Popular Mechanics focused on bridge-building, while Beautiful Butterflies allowed students to learn all about the different types of butterflies than can be seen in the Midlands.Classes like volleyball, baseball, and Ultimate P.E. created extra opportunities for students to get physical, while classes in sign language, cheerleading, and ballet allowed participants to develop new skills or enhance existing ones. In all, some LEAP Week courses were offered this year.

LEAP (Learning, Engagement, Action, Possibilities) Week is an annual program that's designed to expand learning opportunities for students in grades K-4 beyond the traditional classroom, just as Winterim does for Upper School students during the same week.

 

See the full gallery of LEAP Week photos here.

Innovation with Impact: U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Visits Heathwood to Explore Signature Programs

News Type:  All School Date:  Thursday, February 13, 2020

Heathwood was honored to host U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Mick Zais on February 12 as he toured the school to learn about innovative Heathwood programs and their impacts on students.

Dr. Zais, a retired Army General who has also served as President of Newberry College and S.C. Superintendent of Education, came to Heathwood in support of the Department of Education’s goal of diversifying K-12 educational offerings to better meet the diverse needs of American students. To that end, he heard from Heathwood students, teachers, and parents about their experiences with signature Heathwood programs such as Mindful in the Hall, Senior Exhibition, and Winterim.

“I used to get really stressed before quizzes, tests, and sporting events,” seventh grader Robert Sims Tighe told Zais. “But the deep breathing and other things I’ve learned through the Mindfulness program have helped me be a lot more calm and focused.”

That, said Middle School Head Suzanne Nagy, is one of the main goals of the Mindful in the Hall program, which was developed in response to growing levels of anxiety among students who are grappling with the challenges of social media and other facets of their digital lives on top of the perpetual stressors of adolescence. “We’re working with kids in a variety of ways to help them calm their nervous systems so they can be more successful in school and in their extracurriculars,” Mrs. Nagy said. “And so far we’re seeing great results.”

Likewise, Upper School Head George Scouten and Upper School Dean of Students and 12th grade English Teacher Elise Hagstette explained how Heathwood’s longstanding Senior Exhibition program equips students for success in college-level coursework and beyond. Because the program requires all Heathwood seniors to write and present a thesis-type piece of original research, they learn skills that many students are lacking when they arrive in college: “They’re putting together an advisory committee, including taking the initiative to reach out to an outside expert,” Dr. Scouten said. “They’re learning how to manage schedules, meet a series of deadlines, put together a prospectus, research, write, and present a lengthy paper – all skills that our graduates tell us over and over prepared them very well for college and their careers.”

Dr. Zais concurred, citing a study that found effective written and oral communication skills are increasingly important as a military officer’s career progresses. Having visited almost 300 schools during his tenure with the Department of Education, he also noted that he’s learned that really good schools know how to encourage parents to be involved in their children’s educations, something the parents in attendance said they appreciated about Heathwood.

Apart from the value of signature programs that create significant opportunities for personal and intellectual growth, the theme that emerged most clearly from the session was the importance of relationships in creating a strong learning environment. Students and teachers alike cited small classes and a school culture of respect for the value of all as making a big difference in the academic experience at Heathwood. For example, said Upper School English Teacher Sally Plowden, because her daughters felt respected by their teachers when they were Heathwood students, they were very comfortable connecting with professors when they got to college in a way that many students are not. “It was like they just took Heathwood with them when they went to college,” she said. “And that made them very successful in the college classroom.”

Highlanders Receive Early-Season Honors

News Type:  All School Athletics Date:  Thursday, September 6, 2018 Byline:  Early in the 2018 Fall season, two Highlanders have been recognized for their performances state-wide!

The beginning to the 2018-19 academic year has seen several of our Athletic teams and athletes earn strong performances, both on campus and throughout the area and state!  For two athletes, these performances have been recognized by different media outlets, earning accolades for both!



Rondarius Porter ('22) was named Midlands Player of the Week by The State Newspaper following the Varsity Football team's 13-12 overtime win in Week 2 over Wilson Hall in Sumter!  Porter helped limit the Barons to just two touchdowns over the course of the game, collecting 13 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks.  He is currently ranked in the top 5 in the midlands in sacks for the season. 

Jais Ward ('24) earned the SCRunners.com/MileSplit SC Girls Performance of the Week, after claiming the Skyhawk Invitational individual title.  In just her first competition as a Varsity runner, Ward ran a blazing 19:24 to continue the tradition of Highlander Girls runners claiming the title on the Hammond campus.  She continues her terrific work from the offseason, which included a 4th place finish at the Junior Olympic National meet. 

2018 Highlander Boys Golf: All In The Family

News Type:  All School Athletics Date:  Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Since Coach Lynn Humphrey took over the golf program in the mid-90’s, she’s had brothers, sisters, even twins, but never what she’s encountered this season.

 

The Boys Golf program currently features three different sets of brothers as the Lucas’ (senior Daniel and freshman James), Lamar’s (freshman William and 6th-grader Thomas), and King’s (senior Robert, and sophomore twins Manning and McLain) are all competing for the Highlanders this spring.  To say that the teammates are close is certainly an understatement.

 

Daniel Lucas and Robert King join Rox Pollard as the senior leaders on this year’s team but have embraced the concept of leading by example well before this season.  “I try to take what I’ve learned and pass it down,” Lucas said.  “I think (James) will be able to take a lot away from what seeing what I’ve done and how, and it’s just more special that we did it together.”

 

For King, the golf dynamic is the perfect sport for the camaraderie and competitiveness that exists between the three.  “For us, we’ve always been competitive.  Whether it was playing football or basketball at home, we always wanted each other to play well, but wanted to win in everything.  We help each other -- which is cool, but it’s an added aspect being able to live with two of your teammates.”

For freshman William Lamar, being of the younger members of the team hasn’t taken anything away from his experience as the older brother.  “Thomas is going to be a much better golfer than I am, but I try to set a good example with how I do things.  We’ve grown up playing together on the course, so we both ask each other a lot of questions about our swings and can help each other out.”

Being the younger brothers of an older teammate can be a challenging endeavor.  Often times, athletes can feel the pressure of having the “live up” to the expectations of their brothers’ careers, but for this group, the positives have outweighed any potential negatives.

 

“We’re very close,” Manning King shared.  “We’re around each other so much, it’s weird when we’re not together.  So, whether we’re at practice or a game, we’re comfortable.” 

 

“There will be moments on the course where Manning or Robert will do something good, and I’ll just look at them and nod, and I can see them excited.  It’s a huge bonus having each other on the course, because we all want each other to do well.” McLain King added.

For James Lucas, it’s been more than just the interaction on the course.  “On the way home from matches is nice to be able talk about shots, and really just to ride home together in general.”  The Lucas brothers are no strangers to togetherness, as James mentioned that Daniel has been a part of every team he’s joined.  That bond has helped propel a group with a strong mix of youth and experience to a current second-place standing in region play.

 

6th grader Thomas Lamar is perhaps the youngest member of the golf program, paired with what may be the highest ceiling in terms of golfing ability.  Of the three sets of brothers, he is also the only one who does not share the same campus building as his brother, so there time together on the course replaces what may be lost during the day.  “He’s my brother and we do a lot together.  I look up to him, and he’s the first person I go to when I have questions,” Thomas adds.  Even in their actions, you can see the bond between the Lamar boys.  As they entered a room on a Friday afternoon, the brothers, donning matching gray HH polos and khaki shorts, shared the same stance and spoke with the same tone, with younger brother Thomas looking to older brother William after answers, always getting a smiling look of pride in return.

 

As the season progresses towards its conclusion, the team will prepare for a run at a State Championship at the SCISA Golf Competition at the Hackler Course in Conway.  The final round will see not only the completion of the season, but the beginning of a dynamic shift.  Robert King is Clemson-bound in the fall, while Daniel Lucas will join the golf team at Columbia International.  Two households accustomed to the family bond of brotherhood will see slight separation, but all are confident that the bond will go unbroken.

 

“I think it’ll be a big change, because he’s not only my ride home, but he’s been on every team I’ve ever played on.  It’ll take some getting used to,” James Lucas shared.  Daniel knows that James will be prepared for the change.  “The competition between the two of us is interesting, he’s continuing to progress and will be a lot better than I was when he’s done playing here.  He may get an opportunity to play collegiate golf, and take advantage of that, but I think he’ll definitely blaze his own trail.”

Robert King knows the twins will have an adjustment period but won’t be completely removed from their interactions.  “At home, they’re going to lose a lot of stuff.  They usually count on me to make sure things are set and that messages from our parents get to them.

 

We’ll still be in touch, because we’re all very close.  I have other friends who aren’t as close to their brothers, but we’re always going to be friends.  I’ll definitely miss them a lot, but I won’t be too far away.”

 

Manning & McLain are apart often, but they know the difference of moving from three to two at home will bring change.  “Robert will go out with his other friends, spend the day with his buddies, so it’s not too unnatural for us to be doing different things.  But we are together a lot, and it will be different not having him there to really push us,” McLain says.

 

For Manning, the biggest difference will be in the competition aspect.  “McLain and I, being twins, always compete.  But Robert is always right there with us.  No matter what, we want to beat him.  So, when we’re on the course together now, we want to beat him, but also want him to do really well.

 

Regardless of how the season ends, these families will share that unique opportunity to have been together, creating memories that will last a lifetime.  But before the moments turn to memories, there’s the every going competition aspect.  For Daniel Lucas, he knows that the team is headed in the right direction.  “Seeing the guys that are with us now, with the young guys coming up, the future is definitely bright.  They’ll know how to work together and do something special.”

 

Until then, the King brothers have unfinished business.  The night before a weekend round between the three, all were asked who the favorite to win was:

 

Robert: “Me.”

Manning: “Me.”

McLain: “Me. Easily.”

 

It’s fair to say that the win will stay in the family.

 

2018 Highlander Boys Golf: All In The Family

News Type:  All School Athletics Date:  Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Since Coach Lynn Humphrey took over the golf program in the mid-90’s, she’s had brothers, sisters, even twins, but never what she’s encountered this season.

 

The Boys Golf program currently features three different sets of brothers as the Lucas’ (senior Daniel and freshman James), Lamar’s (freshman William and 6th-grader Thomas), and King’s (senior Robert, and sophomore twins Manning and McLain) are all competing for the Highlanders this spring.  To say that the teammates are close is certainly an understatement.

 

Daniel Lucas and Robert King join Rox Pollard as the senior leaders on this year’s team but have embraced the concept of leading by example well before this season.  “I try to take what I’ve learned and pass it down,” Lucas said.  “I think (James) will be able to take a lot away from what seeing what I’ve done and how, and it’s just more special that we did it together.”

 

For King, the golf dynamic is the perfect sport for the camaraderie and competitiveness that exists between the three.  “For us, we’ve always been competitive.  Whether it was playing football or basketball at home, we always wanted each other to play well, but wanted to win in everything.  We help each other -- which is cool, but it’s an added aspect being able to live with two of your teammates.”

For freshman William Lamar, being of the younger members of the team hasn’t taken anything away from his experience as the older brother.  “Thomas is going to be a much better golfer than I am, but I try to set a good example with how I do things.  We’ve grown up playing together on the course, so we both ask each other a lot of questions about our swings and can help each other out.”

Being the younger brothers of an older teammate can be a challenging endeavor.  Often times, athletes can feel the pressure of having the “live up” to the expectations of their brothers’ careers, but for this group, the positives have outweighed any potential negatives.

 

“We’re very close,” Manning King shared.  “We’re around each other so much, it’s weird when we’re not together.  So, whether we’re at practice or a game, we’re comfortable.” 

 

“There will be moments on the course where Manning or Robert will do something good, and I’ll just look at them and nod, and I can see them excited.  It’s a huge bonus having each other on the course, because we all want each other to do well.” McLain King added.

For James Lucas, it’s been more than just the interaction on the course.  “On the way home from matches is nice to be able talk about shots, and really just to ride home together in general.”  The Lucas brothers are no strangers to togetherness, as James mentioned that Daniel has been a part of every team he’s joined.  That bond has helped propel a group with a strong mix of youth and experience to a current second-place standing in region play.

 

6th grader Thomas Lamar is perhaps the youngest member of the golf program, paired with what may be the highest ceiling in terms of golfing ability.  Of the three sets of brothers, he is also the only one who does not share the same campus building as his brother, so there time together on the course replaces what may be lost during the day.  “He’s my brother and we do a lot together.  I look up to him, and he’s the first person I go to when I have questions,” Thomas adds.  Even in their actions, you can see the bond between the Lamar boys.  As they entered a room on a Friday afternoon, the brothers, donning matching gray HH polos and khaki shorts, shared the same stance and spoke with the same tone, with younger brother Thomas looking to older brother William after answers, always getting a smiling look of pride in return.

 

As the season progresses towards its conclusion, the team will prepare for a run at a State Championship at the SCISA Golf Competition at the Hackler Course in Conway.  The final round will see not only the completion of the season, but the beginning of a dynamic shift.  Robert King is Clemson-bound in the fall, while Daniel Lucas will join the golf team at Columbia International.  Two households accustomed to the family bond of brotherhood will see slight separation, but all are confident that the bond will go unbroken.

 

“I think it’ll be a big change, because he’s not only my ride home, but he’s been on every team I’ve ever played on.  It’ll take some getting used to,” James Lucas shared.  Daniel knows that James will be prepared for the change.  “The competition between the two of us is interesting, he’s continuing to progress and will be a lot better than I was when he’s done playing here.  He may get an opportunity to play collegiate golf, and take advantage of that, but I think he’ll definitely blaze his own trail.”

Robert King knows the twins will have an adjustment period but won’t be completely removed from their interactions.  “At home, they’re going to lose a lot of stuff.  They usually count on me to make sure things are set and that messages from our parents get to them.

 

We’ll still be in touch, because we’re all very close.  I have other friends who aren’t as close to their brothers, but we’re always going to be friends.  I’ll definitely miss them a lot, but I won’t be too far away.”

 

Manning & McLain are apart often, but they know the difference of moving from three to two at home will bring change.  “Robert will go out with his other friends, spend the day with his buddies, so it’s not too unnatural for us to be doing different things.  But we are together a lot, and it will be different not having him there to really push us,” McLain says.

 

For Manning, the biggest difference will be in the competition aspect.  “McLain and I, being twins, always compete.  But Robert is always right there with us.  No matter what, we want to beat him.  So, when we’re on the course together now, we want to beat him, but also want him to do really well.

 

Regardless of how the season ends, these families will share that unique opportunity to have been together, creating memories that will last a lifetime.  But before the moments turn to memories, there’s the every going competition aspect.  For Daniel Lucas, he knows that the team is headed in the right direction.  “Seeing the guys that are with us now, with the young guys coming up, the future is definitely bright.  They’ll know how to work together and do something special.”

 

Until then, the King brothers have unfinished business.  The night before a weekend round between the three, all were asked who the favorite to win was:

 

Robert: “Me.”

Manning: “Me.”

McLain: “Me. Easily.”

 

It’s fair to say that the win will stay in the family.

2018 Highlander Boys Golf: All In The Family

News Type:  All School Athletics Date:  Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Since Coach Lynn Humphrey took over the golf program in the mid-90’s, she’s had brothers, sisters, even twins, but never what she’s encountered this season.

 

The Boys Golf program currently features three different sets of brothers as the Lucas’ (senior Daniel and freshman James), Lamar’s (freshman William and 6th-grader Thomas), and King’s (senior Robert, and sophomore twins Manning and McLain) are all competing for the Highlanders this spring.  To say that the teammates are close is certainly an understatement.

 

Daniel Lucas and Robert King join Rox Pollard as the senior leaders on this year’s team but have embraced the concept of leading by example well before this season.  “I try to take what I’ve learned and pass it down,” Lucas said.  “I think (James) will be able to take a lot away from what seeing what I’ve done and how, and it’s just more special that we did it together.”

 

For King, the golf dynamic is the perfect sport for the camaraderie and competitiveness that exists between the three.  “For us, we’ve always been competitive.  Whether it was playing football or basketball at home, we always wanted each other to play well, but wanted to win in everything.  We help each other -- which is cool, but it’s an added aspect being able to live with two of your teammates.”

For freshman William Lamar, being of the younger members of the team hasn’t taken anything away from his experience as the older brother.  “Thomas is going to be a much better golfer than I am, but I try to set a good example with how I do things.  We’ve grown up playing together on the course, so we both ask each other a lot of questions about our swings and can help each other out.”

Being the younger brothers of an older teammate can be a challenging endeavor.  Often times, athletes can feel the pressure of having the “live up” to the expectations of their brothers’ careers, but for this group, the positives have outweighed any potential negatives.

 

“We’re very close,” Manning King shared.  “We’re around each other so much, it’s weird when we’re not together.  So, whether we’re at practice or a game, we’re comfortable.” 

 

“There will be moments on the course where Manning or Robert will do something good, and I’ll just look at them and nod, and I can see them excited.  It’s a huge bonus having each other on the course, because we all want each other to do well.” McLain King added.

For James Lucas, it’s been more than just the interaction on the course.  “On the way home from matches is nice to be able talk about shots, and really just to ride home together in general.”  The Lucas brothers are no strangers to togetherness, as James mentioned that Daniel has been a part of every team he’s joined.  That bond has helped propel a group with a strong mix of youth and experience to a current second-place standing in region play.

 

6th grader Thomas Lamar is perhaps the youngest member of the golf program, paired with what may be the highest ceiling in terms of golfing ability.  Of the three sets of brothers, he is also the only one who does not share the same campus building as his brother, so their time together on the course replaces what may be lost during the day.  “He’s my brother and we do a lot together.  I look up to him, and he’s the first person I go to when I have questions,” Thomas adds.  Even in their actions, you can see the bond between the Lamar boys.  As they entered a room on a Friday afternoon, the brothers, donning matching gray HH polos and khaki shorts, shared the same stance and spoke with the same tone, with younger brother Thomas looking to older brother William after answers, always getting a smiling look of pride in return.

 

As the season progresses towards its conclusion, the team will prepare for a run at a State Championship at the SCISA Golf Competition at the Hackler Course in Conway.  The final round will see not only the completion of the season, but the beginning of a dynamic shift.  Robert King is Clemson-bound in the fall, while Daniel Lucas will join the golf team at Columbia International.  Two households accustomed to the family bond of brotherhood will see slight separation, but all are confident that the bond will go unbroken.

 

“I think it’ll be a big change, because he’s not only my ride home, but he’s been on every team I’ve ever played on.  It’ll take some getting used to,” James Lucas shared.  Daniel knows that James will be prepared for the change.  “The competition between the two of us is interesting, he’s continuing to progress and will be a lot better than I was when he’s done playing here.  He may get an opportunity to play collegiate golf, and take advantage of that, but I think he’ll definitely blaze his own trail.”

Robert King knows the twins will have an adjustment period but won’t be completely removed from their interactions.  “At home, they’re going to lose a lot of stuff.  They usually count on me to make sure things are set and that messages from our parents get to them.

 

We’ll still be in touch, because we’re all very close.  I have other friends who aren’t as close to their brothers, but we’re always going to be friends.  I’ll definitely miss them a lot, but I won’t be too far away.”

 

Manning & McLain are apart often, but they know the difference of moving from three to two at home will bring change.  “Robert will go out with his other friends, spend the day with his buddies, so it’s not too unnatural for us to be doing different things.  But we are together a lot, and it will be different not having him there to really push us,” McLain says.

 

For Manning, the biggest difference will be in the competition aspect.  “McLain and I, being twins, always compete.  But Robert is always right there with us.  No matter what, we want to beat him.  So, when we’re on the course together now, we want to beat him, but also want him to do really well.

 

Regardless of how the season ends, these families will share that unique opportunity to have been together, creating memories that will last a lifetime.  But before the moments turn to memories, there’s the every going competition aspect.  For Daniel Lucas, he knows that the team is headed in the right direction.  “Seeing the guys that are with us now, with the young guys coming up, the future is definitely bright.  They’ll know how to work together and do something special.”

 

Until then, the King brothers have unfinished business.  The night before a weekend round between the three, all were asked who the favorite to win was:

 

Robert: “Me.”

Manning: “Me.”

McLain: “Me. Easily.”

 

It’s fair to say that the win will stay in the family.

 

Averyt Tennis Center Brings Tennis Back to Heathwood

News Type:  All School Athletics Date:  Wednesday, September 27, 2017

With the swish of a ball crossing the net, Heathwood’s new Averyt Tennis Center was officially christened on September 25, 2017 by varsity players Caroline Bunch, Ruth Dibble, Samantha Gaton, Olivia Hampton, Isabelle Lord, and Daisy McLeod, all members of the Class of 2018.

The courts are the culmination of almost two years of work by many members of the Heathwood community. Spearheaded by alumnus and current parent Wade Mullins, ’86, a committee which also included alum Brett Caldwell, ’86, alum and current parent Mills James, ’90, alum and current parent Dale Roberts, ’90, past parent and past tennis coach Sarah Roth, and current parent Seth Rose was instrumental in raising funds to demolish the old courts and replace them with a state-of-the-art facility that includes six new courts and a roomy tennis pavilion. Volunteer Committee Chair Wade Mullins worked closely with Director of Development Erin Pope and Head of School Chris Hinchey to see the project to fruition.

Having courts on campus makes a tremendous difference to the players’ experience, said Mullins, who was himself a member of Heathwood’s tennis team when the school’s original courts opened in 1984. After 30 years of use, those courts had fallen into disrepair and the teams were practicing and playing at the Cayce Tennis Center. “I can’t really describe to you the difference when you’re able to play on campus,” Mullins said. “It really improves team pride.”

In addition to a lead gift from the Averyt and Lord families, courts were donated by Ethel and Bill Bunch, Brett Caldwell, Elizabeth Richmond Tuller McElveen, Will and Nikki Merritt, Katie, Wade, Andrea and Ed Mullins, and the Wolfe/Postic Family. The Highlander Club provided generous support as well, as did a number of additional Heathwood families. Signature Tennis, Buchanan Construction, Snipes Electric, Hoover Buildings, and Stone Interiors also made instrumental contributions to the project. The lead donors for the original courts, the McCardle family, were also honored at the opening ceremony for the new courts.

The tennis center is one of a number of projects former Heathwood parents and current grandparents Peg and Gayle Averyt have supported over the years. Most notably, the Averyt Early Childhood Center is named in their honor because of the lead gift they made to the building fund.

The support of donors like the Averyts and the other families who contributed to the tennis center has long been instrumental to Heathwood’s growth and success, said Head of School Chris Hinchey. “I am continually impressed with the generosity of new and long-time Heathwood families.  It was amazing to watch the HHES tennis community rise to the challenge and help construct a beautiful tennis facility that gets our student-athletes back on campus.”

After the opening ceremony, the varsity team took to the courts for a match against A.C. Flora. It was their first time playing on campus in several years. Seeing tennis happening at Heathwood again made the whole project more than worthwhile, said Hinchey, who noted that, “To quote Dorothy, ‘There’s no place like home.’”

Davis and Powers Named Scholar All-Americans

News Type:  All School Athletics Date:  Tuesday, June 27, 2017

 

First they were All-Region, then All-State. Now Heathwood boys varsity soccer players JD Davis and Aidan Powers have been named NSCAA Scholar All-Americans—two of just 26 players nationwide to earn that honor.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America selects the Scholar All-Americans from a pool of high school seniors who have achieved at a high level academically and as soccer players and have performed significant community service.

“This is massive,” said Heathwood Head Soccer Coach Andrew Richardson. “I couldn't be prouder of these two young men, who have been exemplary student-athletes throughout their careers, and even better people!”

Congratulations, Class of 2017!

News Type:  All School Alumni Date:  Thursday, May 25, 2017

On May 26, 2017, Heathwood Hall held its 40th Commencement ceremony at Trinity Cathedral and welcomed the Class of 2017 to the ranks of our alumni.

The members of the Class of 2017 will long be remembered at Heathwood for their accomplishments in the classroom, on our playing fields, in the fine arts, and more. As Head of School Chris Hinchey put it in his Commencement remarks to the graduates, "I can tell you with certainty that you have left an imprint on us. I am saddened to see you go because your energy and hopes for the future are uplifting. You have come so far and you have so many challenges and opportunities ahead of you. You are a talented, caring, self-aware, and energetic group. While I am excited for you, I will miss you."

As they move on to colleges in 12 states and the District of Columbia, we wish our 2017 graduates all the best and ask them please to stay in touch!

Click here to watch Senior Video.

More pictures from graduation are available at https://www.heathwood.org/graduation2017

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