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Highlanders Receive Early-Season Honors

Date: 
Thursday, September 6, 2018

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

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

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

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.

 

Averyt Tennis Center Brings Tennis Back to Heathwood

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

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!

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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

Clutch Free Throws by Walker Draffin, '22, are a Repeat of His Mom's Performance 25 Years Ago

Date: 
Monday, January 30, 2017

Like mother, like son … the Draffins are making a family tradition out of coming through for Heathwood in the clutch.

Twenty-five years ago, as a sophomore on the Heathwood Girls Varsity Basketball team, Katherine Juk Draffin (’94) got fouled shooting a 3-pointer against Ashley Hall. The game was almost over and the Highlanders were down by three, so the three free throws Katherine was awarded were obviously going to be decisive: make all three and the game would likely go to overtime; miss just one and Heathwood would lose. No pressure, right?

Katherine stepped up to the line and made the first shot … and then the second … and then—as every spectator held their breath—the third. The game was tied, and in the few seconds remaining, Ashley Hall failed to convert. Thanks to Katherine, the game went to overtime.

Flash forward to January 19, 2017, and the Heathwood Middle School Boys Basketball team is down by two points to a much bigger Camden Military squad. With under a minute to play and the clock winding down fast, point guard Walker Draffin (’22) launches a three-point shot, and is fouled in the process. Once again, no pressure, right? Make two shots and you can force overtime, make three and you’ll probably win the game. Anything less, and the Highlanders will almost certainly lose.

Walker stepped to the line and squared up to shoot. In the stands, his father Stephen (’90) said, almost in a whisper, “Oh, he practiced this a lot this weekend.” As calmly as if he were still taking those routine practice shots, Walker released his first free throw—and it sailed right through the net. He took the second, and once again, it hit nothing but net. In the stands, all the Heathwood fans held their breath … and Walker shot his third … and it too swished right in. With just seconds left, Camden Military hustled up court but couldn’t convert—and after being down by almost double digits at the half, Heathwood went on to win the game.

Parents in attendance who heard Stephen Draffin mention that Walker had recently put a lot of time in at the free throw line might have been tempted to point out to their sons that the Highlanders won the game thanks to Walker’s work ethic, and specifically his willingness to work hard in practice to improve his game. But Katherine Draffin says learning what it takes to come through in the clutch was just one of many takeaways from her own Heathwood basketball career: “Basketball was by far my favorite sport that I played at Heathwood,” she recalls. “It taught me a lot, on and off the court.”

2016 Highlander Athletics Highlights

Date: 
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 brought the Highlander Nation some terrific moments!

In no particular order, we’ve highlighted 10 of the top stories in the Heathwood Hall calendar year – ENJOY & GO HALL!

 

HIGHLANDERS WIN STATE

The Boys Cross Country team capped off an incredible 2016 season by winning their final four races, including the SCISA AAA State Championship!  Despite losing their top runner from 2015 and having lost senior captain Harrison Boorda to an injury, Coach Cindy Scannella’s team combined youth with experience to win the title on the Heathwood home course, behind the efforts of seniors Matt Quan and Aidan Powers, junior Nick Basile, and middle schoolers Joseph French and Hugh Willcox.

B-TEAM FOOTBALL, LATTIMORE DELIVER

Under the direction of first-year head coach Marcus Lattimore, the Highlander MS Football team entered the 2016 season having not won a game since 2013.  By game three, the Highlanders had ended that streak, and by the end of the season, the Highlanders had won their final four games and their first Region I Championship!  A huge Heathwood contingent packed out Hammond’s Edens Stadium and were treated to two second-half scores and a 12-0 win!

GROWTH IN THE COLLEGIATE HIGHLANDER FRATERNITY

The number of Heathwood alums taking their talents to the next level grew in 2016, as four Highlander graduates headed off to begin their collegiate careers, and one senior signed to pursue a collegiate career.  Brandon Hill signed on National Signing Day with Duke University, while Justin Taylor (Furman), Ben Wilson (Mississippi State), and Woodson Bagnal (Hampden-Sydney) all committed to their respective schools.  In November, senior Josh Caldwell signed with the United States Military Academy at West Point (Army) for collegiate basketball.

DEBUT OF THE TOURVILLE CENTER

Thanks to the generosity of Highlander donors, Heathwood renovated and updated a brand new Strength & Conditioning facility in the Lower Gym facility.  The facility features new weight equipment from Sorinex, a rehab and cardio room overlooking Highlander Stadium, updates to the Athletic Training room, and new athletic offices and storage rooms.  The top-of-the-line facility continues to keep Heathwood Hall at the forefront of facilities in SCISA and across the state.

THE YEAR OF NASIR

Maryah Nasir entered 2016 coming off the 2015 SCISA Cross Country State title, and dominated the calendar year from start to finish.  She claimed three individual state titles at the SCISA State Track Meet, claimed two gold medals during the summer in the South Carolina Junior Olympics, and then put together one of the great seasons in Highlander Cross Country history, winning eight events including the Region I title, en route to being named the Midlands Runner of the Year by The State Newspaper.

COACHING ACCOLADES

With so many of the Highlander teams succeeding in 2016, honors were awarded to several members of the Highlander coaching staff.  Boys Soccer’s Andrew Richardson earned Region I Co-Coach of the Year honors, and was named the State Private/Parochial School Coach of the Year by the NSCAA after leading the Highlanders to the state championship match.  In her first year as HH’s Volleyball coach, Ashley Jordan earned Region Coach of the Year honors and coached in the SCISA North-South game after leading the Highlanders to a runner-up finish in region play and a top seed in the state tournament.  After leading the Boys Cross Country team to the first Highlander state championship since 2014, Cindy Scannella was named the State Cross Country Coach of the Year.

PURSUING CHAMPIONSHIPS

While so many of our teams enjoyed great success, several excelled in competition and brought home hardware back to South Beltline!  The Wrestling team closed out the 2015-16 season with State Championship appearance, while the Girls Track team and Boys Soccer team both earned State Runner-Up finishes in the spring.  This fall, the Girls Swim team had a great showing at the Augusta Aquatics Center, narrowly finishing behind Ashley Hall to finish as the runner-up for the second time in three years.

CALDWELL JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB

Senior Boys Basketball player Josh Caldwell became the third member of the Highlander Boys Basketball program to join the 1,000 point club with his first basket at Porter-Gaud on December 2nd.  The reigning Region 1 Co-Player of the Year, helped lead the Highlanders to the SCISA State Semifinals in 2015-16, and is looking to take the team even farther this season before heading to West Point.

DIG PINK GAME PROVES HUGE SUCCESS

The Highlander Volleyball program engineered one of the great fundraising events of the year with their first annual Dig Pink game.  Honored during the event included our own golf coach Lynn Humphrey, who is in remission after battling Breast Cancer.  The event took place the night of the Hammond match, bringing in a terrific crowd donning pink, and featured bake sales, auctions, and a serving contest–to go along with a 3-0 sweep of the Skyhawks!

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

The Highlander Athletic Department heads into 2017 with great momentum!  Our thanks to the entire Heathwood community for their continued support!  There’s something great happening over on South Beltline!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

2016 Middle School Turkey Trot Raises $14,000 for Harvest Hope

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The 13th Annual Heathwood Hall MS TURKEY TROT was another amazing event.  This year’s theme was “Keep Calm and GIVE THANKS." 

The MS TURKEY TROT took place on the crisp morning of Tuesday, November 22, and it was the culmination of a series of events that provided our students in grades 5-8 with an opportunity to participate in a true service learning project that connects to our school mission and stewardship to others.  The MS TURKEY TROT took into account the developmental needs of all middle school students while instilling in them the desire to lead, serve, and give.

Over the course of the first semester, each grade in the Middle School participated in our annual Harvest Hope Food Drive that collected nearly 3,800 pounds of food.  Students in each grade took a field trip to Harvest Hope Food Bank.  The students saw firsthand how Harvest Hope works.  The students toured the entire facility, met volunteers, witnessed the process of collecting, sorting, storing, and distributing of food.  These field trips helped our students better understand the hunger issues facing many fellow citizens of South Carolina and what Harvest Hope Food Bank is doing to help combat hunger in our state.  

The 13th Annual Heathwood Hall MS TURKEY TROT went very well.  The day was simply beautiful. We first met in the Dining Commons for two wonderful research presentations on hunger and homelessness crafted by the MS Leadership Council.  While on the track, students, faculty, staff, and parents walked, ran, skipped, and danced.  As the trotters were trotting, a DJ played high-energy music that amplified the enthusiasm of the TURKEY TROT.  The community-building was joyous as everyone, including Cool Can Sam, enjoyed the Heathwood spirit of giving.  After lunch, which was donated by Breakers at Five Points, students enjoyed Fall Fun Day.  Students rotated through four different 25-minute activities: stickball, capture the flag, kickball, and dodgeball.  

We surpassed our goal of $13,000 for Harvest Hope Food Bank…WHOO!   The MS was able to raise $14,000 for Harvest Hope.  This tremendous donation translates into 70,000 meals for Harvest Hope at a time of great need in the community.  The TURKEY TROT is an ideal service learning opportunity, because it allows students to be involved, to get enthusiastic, and to be social in a safe environment while being productive.  The students love the chance to work at a common goal with friends and enjoy the positive competition. Therefore, over the last thirteen years, the Heathwood MS TURKEY TROT has generated a grand total of over $145,000 to Harvest Hope Food Bank.  Our MS Leadership Council went downtown to present this year’s check to Harvest Hope Food Bank during the WACH57 Share Your Holiday Event, Thursday, December 1.

Thank you to everyone who helped out in support of this service learning experience for our students and our division.  Thank you to everyone who donated dollars and gathered money for those in need in Columbia and to support Harvest Hope Food Bank.  Kudos to Chef Jim McMahon and FLIK for donating snacks and fruit for the 13th Annual MS TURKEY TROT.  Special thanks to Mrs. Bonnie Bruner for her calculating skills! Thanks to our MS HPA volunteers and faculty members who gave students the Harvest Hope green stickers.  Special thanks to our corporate sponsors: Breakers at Five Points (Mr. Bradley Morgan); Groucho’s of West Columbia (the Rosenbaum family); Columbia Eye Clinic (the Barker family); Gene Morris Produce Company (the Russell Morris family); Cool Care Heating & Air (the Wardlaw family); and the Sandhills Veterinary Clinic (the Thomas family).  Many thanks to the Heathwood Maintenance staff for their assistance, and thank you to the Heathwood PE staff for running the Fall Fun Day games.

With appreciation,

Rich Edwards

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