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Christopher Metzger '12 is a Research Associate with the Center for Prosperity and Development in Washington DC

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Christopher Metzger '12 is a research associate for the Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in Washington DC and most recently was the lead organizer of the 2019 Global Development Forum. Read More

Peyton Bryant Recognized As one of the 20 Under 40 in Columbia

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Monday, March 25, 2019

 

Peyton Bryant '06 is recognized as one of The State's Newspaper 20 Under 40 Class of 2019.

Peyton Bryant '06 is a Senior Broker and P​​rincipal at NAI Columbia.  He has been named one of this year's 20 Under 40 .  He is involved in the Columbia community in a variety of ways and is a member of the Heathwood Alumni council.  Read the full article here. 

Jennifer Gray '01 Recognized as Next Gen 2018: Hollywood's Rising Executives 35 and Under

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Monday, November 12, 2018

Jennifer Gray '01 is a Partner with Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman in Los Angeles, CA.  She has been named one of the next generations Hollywood's Rising Executives 35 and Under.  Jennifer represents a fellow Alum, Manish Dayal (Patel) '01, star in The Resident as well as many other rising talents. 

Read the full article here

1 x 1 Design, Owned by Asheley Scott '98, Receives AIA Columbia Design Award

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Monday, November 12, 2018
1x1 Design provides architecture, interior design and planning services for a range of residential and commercial clients, focusing on innovative design.  Recently, two projects received design recognition by the Columbia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Columbia). 
The Interior and Exterior Renovations at The Bakery at BullStreet was given a Citation Award in Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse/Renovation.  The Bakery was first constructed in 1900 as part of the South Carolina State Hospital Campus, and was abandoned in the 1990s. Since that time, the building had fallen into great disrepair. 1x1 Design worked in conjunction with Hughes Development Corporation (Owner),SOCO (tenant) and Buchanan Construction Services (General Contractor) to pioneer the re-habitation of the historic buildings on the BullStreet Campus.
Also, the interior renovations of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church was recognized for a Divine Detail Award. 
 

 

Madelyn Smith '09 Featured in MidlandsBiz, Named as Home Works of America New Operations Officer and Director of Health Works Initiative

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Madelyn Smith '09 was recognized in the Midlandsbiz newsletter announcing her new dual role as Home Works Operations Officer and Health Works Director. She will be working in partnership with Palmetto Health to facilitate home repairs linked to health factors and oversee day to day ministry efforts throughout the state. 

Read the full article here

Catherine Savoca '15 Featured in Washington & Lee Magazine

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Thursday, September 6, 2018

Catherine Savoca '15

Heathwood graduate, Catherine Savoca '15, was featured in The Columns, Washington and Lee's Magazine.  The Columns ran an interview with Catherine highlighting her work exploring the real estate development industry this summer as a sales and marketing intern in Lisbon, Portugal.

 

Read the full interview here...

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

Alumni Spotlight: Sanchit Kapur, '11

News Type:  Alumni Date:  Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sanchit Kapur, ’11, just graduated from college in 2016 but has already built an impressive career in financial services. In addition to earning a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Political Science from the University of South Carolina’s Honors College, Sanchit completed internships in investment analysis and investment banking. Now he’s a Financial Services Consultant in Charlotte.

Here Sanchit talks about how his time at Heathwood helped him discover his vocation and develop the work ethic that has accelerated his career, and shares his advice for current Heathwood students who want to take the right steps now to jump-start their own future careers.

 

How do you feel your Heathwood experience prepared you for college and/or your career?

Heathwood challenged you to grow outside of the classroom through experiences like Winterim and Model UN. I felt Heathwood helped me develop into a well-rounded person.

 

What Heathwood teacher made the biggest impression on you?

I took Mrs. Norman’s Honors Biology in 10th grade and her AP Environmental Science class in 12th grade. Science was- and still isn’t- my strong suit. I feel like I can look back and credit Mrs. Norman and her class for helping me develop a strong work ethic because I wanted to get a good grade in her class and gain her respect.

 

What Heathwood classmates had an impact on you?

Thad Moore (class of 2011) and I have remained very close friends since our Heathwood days. We roomed together at USC for over 4 years and have travelled quite a bit together. I’ll speak for him as well, but I believe a good part of our friendship is challenging each other to grow and improve in our professional and personal lives.

 

What are you doing now? Tell us a little about your career path.    

I am a financial services consultant based in Charlotte. During school, I fell in love with Economics as a subject due to its real-world applications. I started reading about the financial crisis and interned with a couple of banks and asset managers. I was fortunate enough to intern in different areas of finance- from digital strategy to asset-backed securities to portfolio management.

I enjoyed learning new areas of the financial world so I became a consultant due to its variety of projects that touched all levels of banks. I also really wanted to travel for work and consultants are typically on the road weekly.

 

What do you enjoy most about your job? What do you find most rewarding about it?

Consulting is dynamic because we have projects that require a steep learning curve and quick deadlines, so you are continuously on your toes with new subjects, new clients and new goals- almost on a daily basis. I enjoy the unpredictably of my job because it’s never boring and you cannot be complacent.

 

What advice do you have for current Heathwood students who might be interested in following in your professional footsteps?

Focus on what you can control and read continuously to gain expertise in your field. If you combine those two, you will gain the self-awareness to grow and gain a passion and work ethic that will set you apart from your peers.

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

News Type:  All School Alumni Athletics 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.”

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