Alumni

Carter Seibels '98 specifically credits the Senior Exhibition in jumpstarting her career.

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Monday, February 1, 2021

Through her senior exhibition research, Carter Seibels '98 ultimately chose to study glass blowing, took a class from a local artist, and began producing unique glass beads that could be sold to people who were interested in crafts and homemade goods.

Fast forward a few years, and Seibels found herself attending college, where she continued to hone in on her skills and interest in making jewelry and designing glass beads. What started as a class project and a fun hobby soon became a budding business for Seibels, as more and more people began noticing and asking about the handmade items she wore around campus. READ MORE....

Seven Alumni Featured in New Anthology of Young SC Writers

News Type:  All School Alumni Date:  Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Seven Heathwood alumni are among the 40 young writers from across the state featured in the South Carolina Honors College's new anthology Writing South Carolina: Selections from the 5th Annual High School Writing Contest.

The Highlanders whose work was published in the anthology are Christina Altman, Genevieve Altman, Marie Charlotte Dememtriades, Justice Hill, Melina Manos, Athraya Murali, and Alyce Petit, all members of the Class of 2018.

All the essays in the anthology address the question "How can we make South Carolina better?"

“We think these students are on the front lines of what happens in our state, and we are pleased to publish their insightful work,” said Steven Lynn, founder of the contest and dean of the SCHC, a college within the University of South Carolina. “What they experience at home, school, and in their communities has been translated into gripping material for us to read. These writers are South Carolina’s future leaders, and I hope people will listen to what they have to say.” 

Want to Know What Life at Heathwood is Like This Year? Here's a Glimpse.

News Type:  All School Alumni Date:  Friday, September 11, 2020

This year looks different at Heathwood in some notable ways. But in many ways it's also felt similar to every other year at Heathwood: students who are enthusiastic about learning and educators who are passionate about teaching coming together for substantive and meaningful experiences both in the classroom and beyond.

Since pandemic safety guidelines prevent us from opening our campus to visitors as fully as we normally would, we created this video to give both current and prospective families a glimpse of what our students' experience is like this year. To watch, just click on the image below.

 

Software Company TerraStride owned by Lanford Holloway '02 recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Thursday, September 3, 2020

Last week Inc. Magazine published their annual list of the fastest growing companies in the country. TerraStride, was 624th on the list for the United States and 4th overall in the state of South Carolina. TerraStride achieved a 751% growth in revenue from 2016 to 2019, is the fastest growing software company in the state of South Carolina to be listed by Inc. Magazine, and the 6th fastest growing software company in the SC, NC, and GA market. Read More.

 

Dedication of Jake Clarkson Memorial Patio Honors the Life of a Remarkable Student

News Type:  All School Alumni Date:  Tuesday, August 25, 2020

On the first anniversary of his passing, we honored a Highlander who was taken from us much too soon with the dedication of the Jake Clarkson Memorial Patio on August 25, 2020. While the Heathwood community continues to mourn Jake's loss, we are also grateful to be able to celebrate his life and honor his memory through the creation of a beautiful new outdoor space for our students.

Located next to the Robinson Center for Math and Science, the Jake Clarkson Memorial Patio was made possible by generous donations from many who loved Jake, and by tremendous gifts of time and talent from his family. At a dedication ceremony on the morning of August 25, 2020, Head of School Chris Hinchey, Head of Upper School George Scouten, Student Body president AJ Kuse, and Jake's brother, Lane Clarkson, '19 all shared memories of Jake and of the impact he had on the Heathwood community. While dozens of Jake's family members, classmates, teachers, and friends looked on, the Clarkson family cut the ribbon officially opening the patio so that it can be enjoyed by all the Heathwood students who remember Jake's friendly spirit, joy for life, and love of the outdoors.

The Clarkson family, Chip, Glenda, Lane, and Jake, joined the Heathwood community in 2006, when Lane became a kindergartener. Jake followed in 2008. He was a gifted athlete who played JV football, JV and varsity soccer, varsity wrestling, and sporting clays. He was, in the words of Heathwood history teacher Gigi Dawson, "a silent leader among his peers. He didn't have to be the center of attention but he was the glue who held everyone together. He loved his friends and he loved Heathwood. He was a great Highlander."

Congratulations, Class of 2020 Graduates!

News Type:  All School Alumni Date:  Wednesday, July 1, 2020

On June 20, Heathwood held its 43rd Commencement ceremony on the lawn in front of the Bell Tower and welcomed 54 members of the Class of 2020 to the ranks of its alumni.

This is the first year Commencement was held on campus instead of at Trinity Cathedral, where pandemic-related safety guidelines precluded graduates and their families from gathering. The outdoor ceremony, with family groups seated at least six feet apart from each other, was memorialized in a painting by Heathwood parent Jamie Peterson, '24, '26. 

In his remarks to the graduates, Head of School Chris Hinchey noted that because of the pandemic, "This was also not the senior spring you wanted nor the senior spring you deserved," but added, "However, your time here will not be defined by COVID and this 3 month hiatus, but rather by the enormous impact you’ve had on Heathwood and on us and more importantly by your accomplishments and experiences in the classrooms, on the stage, on the fields and courts, and on our campus."

Class speaker Caroline Quan also acknowledged the pandemic's impact on the graduates' senior year but reminded her classmates, "I can’t tell you how things will work out moving forward, but I do know that despite all of this we can still do something. We can decide how this year will be remembered by talking, by speaking up. You see, we’re not social distancing, we’re physically distancing. Six feet apart doesn’t hinder your voice. So ask yourself, what can we say, and what can we do to make the change that we want to see? ... How do we make everything that has happened this year, all the good, all the bad, all the tears and anger and sorrow and laughter and smiles and waves goodbye, how do we take these moments and make them more than just stories? ... Maybe we as the Class of 2020 will not be leaving legacies of our own individual lives, but just one of collective hope and change. One in which we cheer each other on, just as we always have. And maybe, that is exactly how it should be."

Commencement speaker Joan Gabel, P '20, the President of the University of Minnesota, likewise spoke to both the challenges and the opportunities facing students who are graduating at this particular moment: 

"I came here today from the Twin Cities, where I now serve as the President of the University of Minnesota. Over recent weeks, our community up there has been through a lot. Tear gas clouds fill the air…and I’ve been yelled at by protesters on my front lawn. 

"Yet, above all of this, I’ve also experienced the power of the human spirit – from peaceful protests to those volunteering to clean up the next day and support each other – much like Fred Rogers’ (Mr. Rogers) advice, when the news is bad to “look for the helpers.”

"Graduates, I would say to you, be that person – be that helper. 

"Even a pandemic can’t break the way we are all intertwined and how much we need each other. As Dr. Martin Luther King once noted, 'Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.'

"Yes, you’ve been through a lot. But you have also risen to the task with character, strength, and resiliency. You’ve navigated these challenges, finished your projects, made your presentations, and earned the diploma you have worked so hard to attain, while rising up during a time of great personal significance to put the health, safety, and well-being of others above all else."

As they head off to college as far away as California (where four of them will attend universities ranging from Cal Tech to UC Berkeley) or as close to home as the University of South Carolina (where four will enroll in the Honors College), we wish all of our 2020 graduates well and look forward to hearing about their future endeavors.

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