Hilton Head preparatory School Winter 2015 Volume VII | Issue 1



Hilton Head preparatory School Winter 2015 Volume VII | Issue 1
Hilton Head preparatory School
Winter 2015
Volume VII | Issue 1
From the Headmaster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Faculty & Staff Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Around the Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Sports Review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Alumni Class Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Single Largest Donation in School History. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Checkmate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
14 The Bell is Back. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Parenting: 2015. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
2013 - 2014 Annual Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Technology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Making Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Naviance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
High Hopes for HI-5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
SCISA Art & Photography Show Honors. . . . . . . . Back Cover
Looking Forward
Perspectives is a publication intended for
the alumni, parents, friends and students of
Hilton Head Preparatory School. Perspectives
is published by the Hilton Head Preparatory
School Office of Institutional Advancement
two times each school year.
Story ideas or address changes may be sent to
[email protected] or to Hilton
Head Preparatory School Communications,
8 Fox Grape Road, Hilton Head Island, SC
29928. We reserve the right to edit
submissions for length, style or clarity.
Editor: Bethany Wilkinson
Art Director: Lori Parker
Dr. Michael Bassett ‘92, Sarah Benedik, Margot Brown,
Marilyn Calore, Kate Clark, Mary Ann Cyr,
Rebecca Edwards ’97, Peg Hamilton, Jon A. Hopman,
Stephen Marbut, Mark McDonald, Lucas McMillan,
Liz Nash, Brian Parkkonen, Michelle Pennell,
Stephanie Pullon, Gilbert Ramseur, Missy Santorum,
Laura Sirbaugh, Tami Speer, Jennifer Tucker,
Kevin Wald, Bethany Wilkinson
Photos & artwork courtesy of:
33 Park Photography, Dorsey Barker, Sarah Benedik,
Margot Brown, Jack Cherry, Hope Dobbelaere,
Rebecca Edwards, Keylan Hanna, Chloe Marko,
Trey Middleton, Bo Milbourn, Jasmine Moe, Will
Monts, Sarah Orie, Lori Parker, Willie Rice, Catherine
Sheehan, Maggie Sulek, Lucas Tomita,
Debbie Turturro, Bethany Wilkinson,
Daisy Woerheide, Laurel Woerheide
and by submission.
Back Cover
The cover artwork is by
Trey Middleton ‘23.
Hilton Head Preparatory School seeks to
educate college-bound students in a safe
environment. Instilling personal integrity
is central to our educational purpose.
We strive to prepare a diverse population
of qualified students for academic
challenges, for a successful college
experience, and for rewarding lives.
Over the past six months my family and I have been warmly welcomed into the community. I would like
to express my sincere gratitude to those of you who have helped us transition to the beautiful location of
Hilton Head Island and into Hilton Head Preparatory School.
Hilton Head Prep has proven to be everything described to me roughly a year ago. Prep is blessed
to have a dedicated Board of Trustees, tireless educators, and a student body that strives to excel in the
classroom, on stage, and in competition. I am continuing to make every effort to learn all there is
to know about Prep. Fortunately a number of parents have accepted the invitation to meet with
me and share opinions, concerns, and praises. Each of these meetings has given me the
perspective needed to move forward. On multiple fronts, I already have exciting news to share.
Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year has exceeded our expectations, which gives our
school a solid financial footing. For the first time in recent history our upper school is nearly at
capacity and we now have a need for more classroom space. Our admissions office has done a
superb job and will continue to strengthen our student body in each of our divisions as we enter
into the re-enrollment and recruitment season.
Prep received the single largest gift in its history with the donation of the Main Street
Theater from Mr. Jim Bradshaw and Mr. Carlos Evans. We look forward to using this new space
as our home location to spotlight our students in every aspect of the fine arts. The flexibility and
freedom gained from having our own theatre will be greatly appreciated.
Our annual Jubilee event raised funds specifically for updating the KNS Library into a more
modern learning commons. I am happy to announce that phase one was completed during the
Christmas holiday. This phase consists of a large multipurpose room which will mainly be used
as a study hall during the academic day. With this added room, two existing classrooms are
now available for instructional purposes. We have also built two small rooms to facilitate a quiet
space for tutoring and/or small group projects. Our intention is to provide a better space for our
students to comfortably study or meet and have all the necessary resources at their fingertips to
Mindy and Jon Hopman at the
meet our academic expectations.
Cowboy Cotillion Jubilee Fundraiser
We are excited to announce a new team member in our college counseling office. Mrs. Deena Paradiso
will be joining Mrs. Peg Hamilton on a part time basis to help facilitate new initiatives. Over the coming
months we will continue to educate parents and students in the upper school on the use and benefits of
Naviance, an web-based college planning/application program. The college counseling office will also be
tasked with expanding our support to future graduates through SAT prep classes, writing classes for college
essays, and college fairs. With the growth of our graduating classes we hope this addition to the college
counseling office will prove beneficial to everyone.
Although we have just hit the mid-year mark, we are already planning for the 2015-2016 school year.
Budgets are established, curriculum mapping is in progress, course offerings are being updated, and staff
needs are being determined. We can never sit idle in contentment of what has been accomplished. We must
always strive to better serve our students in all aspects of student life by maintaining our high expectations
with regard to academics and citizenship.
I am proud to be a part of the Prep community during this very exciting time. Prep is thriving and we
have a great deal to celebrate and appreciate as we continue to look forward.
Yours in education,
Hilton Head Preparatory School admits students of any
race, color, national, ethnic, or religious affiliation to all
the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally
accorded or made available to students at the school.
It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national and ethnic origin in administration of its
educational policies, financial aid, and athletic or
other school-administered programs.
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Jon A. Hopman
Faculty & staff Highlights
Faculty & Staff
Spirit Week isn’t just for students, several members of our
faculty participated by sporting their most comfortable
pajamas in celebration of “Pajama Day.” Pictured from
left to right: Bob Sulek [US Math], Gilbert Ramseur [US
Science], Bethany Battig [US Spanish], Michael Bassett
[US English], Bryan VanGronigen [Social Science Chair/US
Social Science] and Rachel Allen [World Languages Chair/
AP Spanish].
Bob Sulek [US Math] and
senior, Lucas McMillan, have
co-published an article to be
published in the next issue
of Mathmate (SC Journal of
Math) titled Search for Prime
Producing Formulas.
Bob Sulek [US Math]
coached a basketball team
at Columbia High School
in Maplewood, New Jersey
in 1983-84 that went to
the State Championship.
His team is slated to be
inducted into The Hall of
Fame in May 2015.
Mary Ann Cyr [MS
Humanities] has started her
own website and blog on The
Parent Conference at www.
a place where parents can
come together to explore,
discuss, and evaluate
ideas and ideals relating to
parents, kids and teachers,
so that we can help our
children develop a lifelong
love of learning and sense of
responsibility for themselves
and their world. Her blog is
called Conversation.
Kenn Luthanen [US
Science] spent his summer
in Schoefield Barracks in
Hawaii where he helped his
daughter by babysitting his
grandchildren, Shaun and
Abrianna, as they all awaited
the arrival of the newest
member of their family, a
baby boy, born October 30,
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Michael Bassett’s [US English] application was accepted
by the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival, hosted
through Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia,
where he was invited January 15-18 to give a 20 minute
reading/presentation on his original works of poetry.
Dr. Bassett’s book, “Hatchery of Tongues”, has been
chosen by Negative Capability Press as their sole nominee
for an American Book award.
Daniel Clinkman [US Social
Sciences] attended an
A.P. U.S. History workshop
at Wade Hampton High
School in Greenville, SC in
October. Clinkman learned
more about exam revisions
for the upcoming year in
order to further hone his
lessons and assessments.
Congratulations to Prep’s
2014 Rotary Teachers of the
Year, Marianne Frederick
[JK Teacher], Dan Sheehan
[MS History] and Jan
Dowell [US Math].
Congratulations to Jan
Dowell [US Math] on her
nomination for the 2014 Sue
West Educator of the Year
Bethany Battig [US Spanish] was
awarded a grant by Palmetto Electric’s
“Bright Ideas” program with which Ms.
Battig plans to start an expansive film
library which connects to the curriculum
in many disciplines and offers enrichment
and cultural awareness opportunities.
Ethan Arguello [Boarding
House Parent] went the
extra mile and crawled
during the Savannah River
Bridge Run on December 6,
2014, a 5K, to honor those
he served with in the U.S.
Marine Corps who lost their
lives or were wounded in
Heather Brougham-Cook
[5th Grade] and Karen
Zilhaver [5th Grade] will
be participating in the
Bill of Rights Institute
Student Learning Outcome
Evaluation where they will
both be external evaluators
to evaluate the effectiveness
of a new digital textbook,
“Documents of Freedom.”
The Inspire A Mind Fund
hosted a week long Faculty
and Staff Appreciation
Week in September which
included a mobile coffee &
tea bar provided by Corner
Perk, free Friday neck
massages, compliments of
Prep parent Anne Palumbo,
a faculty room refresh,
including a new refrigerator
and so much more!
Congratulations to Jennifer Cody Murphy [Business
Manager] on the birth of her first grandchild born on
December 9, 2014. Isabel Louise Murphy weighed in
at 8 lbs, 15 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Best wishes to
Jennifer’s son Nicholas ’98 and his wife Kristen.
Rachel Allen’s [World Languages Chair/AP Spanish]
husband, Chase Allen, owner of The Iron Fish Art Gallery
on Daufuskie Island, claimed the Audience Choice Award
in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards
competition in November. Allen is a self-taught artist who
handcrafts aquatic themed metal sculptures including
stingrays, mermaids and lobsters.
Hilton Head Prep’s upper
school English Department
dressed in matching black
and white and sported large
buttons in recognition of
National Punctuation Day.
Pictured from left to right:
Peg Hamilton [College
Counselor/AP English], Gay
Keyes [Library Director],
Dr. Michael Bassett [US
English] and Katy Hudak
[English Chair/US English].
Tina Webb-Browning
[Head of US/Science
Chair] became a
new grandmother
on September 18,
2014 to a baby
boy, Sidney Daniel
Joseph Arguello.
Best wishes to Tina’s
daughter Chelsey ’07
and husband, Ethan
Rachel Allen
[World Languages Dept. Chair] and Bryan VanGronigen
[Social Sciences Dept. Chair] successfully recruited 15
students for an alternative spring break service trip to
Nindirí, Nicaragua. In coordination with New York-based
volunteer organization, Bridges To Community, Inc., the
group will stay at a local school and build a house for a
qualifying family.
Congratulation to Sarah
Benedik [MS Science]
and her husband Stacey,
who welcomed baby
James into their family
in August.
Margaret Cooke [3rd
grade] and husband,
Simon, are expecting their
first baby in February.
For more than 90 years, the
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
have recognized the works of
the nation’s most creative young
artists and writers. This year,
Hilton Head Prep junior, Jackson
Richard, received a national
medal for his art and
was featured in the 2014
National Catalog.
Pooh Pal
The winning advisory this year of
the gingerbread competition went
out to Mrs. Rachel Allen’s advisory.
The creativity and detail speaks for
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A good time was had by all who attended
the international dinner, held at the
boarding house in November. All of the
students took part in preparing and cooking
the delicious meal.
We had a wonderful experience studying
dinosaurs in lower school. Our week started
off with a culminating activity that included a
dinosaur dig on our own sandy playground,
a working volcano, dinosaur races with dino
feet, a virtual field trip to the Smithsonian
Museum of Natural Resources and
dinosaur eggs that 5th grade created in
science class along with presentations by
each grade level.
for the 2014-2015 school year. This is a
formal ceremony in which the participants
pledge to represent the Z-club values and
fulfill the Zonta mission: Promoting the
status of women worldwide.
Let it Snow!
Prep students were thrilled to see it snowing when they arrived at school
the day before Christmas break. Head of Lower School, Mrs. Darcy Devrnja,
surprised the children with a courtyard full of snow!
Standing from left to right: Rowan Baltzley,
Martin Methodist College – Volleyball, Allie
Burak, Bucknell University – Tennis, Ellie
Zimmermann, Villanova – Tennis, Sydnee
Wheeler, Niagra University – Tennis. Sitting: JD
Moore, St. Peter’s University – Golf, Isi Nilsson,
USC – Golf
Junior Leadership is a Hilton
Head-Bluffton program working to effect
change in the community by providing
high school juniors opportunities to build
leadership skills through a variety of activities
including monthly meetings. The highlight
of the day was Ms. Peg Ham’s presentation
on Preparing for College Life, where she
engaged 31 juniors with her expert knowlThe quiz bowl team traveled to Pinewood Prep
edge and keen insights into the college
in November to compete in the state competition.
guidance application process. Prep’s Jr.
Although competition was fierce, the Hilton
Leadership members are: Abby Cohen,
Head Prep team came in third place. Competing Kate Herman, Bailey Kaiser, Michele Kunz,
participants were Jackson Puckey, Jackson
Maddie McDonald, Lindsey Neville, Kiara
The Zonta Induction Ceremony inducts
Richard, Alfred Yang, Paige Lucas, Rowan Baltzley Parker, Annalise Saponara and Sabina
new officers and members of the Z-club
and Jack Dextraze.
Grandparents Day.
A special candle lighting ceremony was held in November
to induct twenty-seven new members into the National Honor
Society. New members include Audrey Bennett, Walker
Campbell, Jackson Henz, Derek Johnson, Bailey Kaiser, Natalie
Kitchen, Michelle Kunz, Paige Lucas, Madeleine McDonald,
Isaac McQueen, Brennan Mikell, Will Monts, Grace Orie,
Kiara Parker, Jessica Post, Jackson Puckey, Katie Rankin, Jackson
Richard, Annalise Saponara, Andre’a Scopone, Maggie Sulek,
Anita Uwadia, Alex Vanezis, Kaiwen Wang, Alan Xu, Alfred Yang
and Ellie Zimmermann.
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A long-standing tradition at Prep, the
Halloween celebration and Pooh Pal parade
is one of the most exciting days of the year for
the lower school. The Pool Pal program pairs a
member of the senior class with a kindergarten
or first grade student. The children dress up
in costumes similar to their senior Pooh Pals
and parade throughout the campus. After the
parade, the children enjoy a fun-filled day of
activities and games in the lower school gym,
which is completely transformed with spooky
and fun decorations.
Congratulations to Lower School’s 23
Early Act members, sponsored by our local
Rotary Club. The first Early Act meeting
was highlighted by Rotarian’s Paul Walter
and Robert Eberly on September 25. They
addressed the new club members and
explained the Mission Statement, Four Way
Pledge and rewards of being an Early Act
member. This was followed by an exciting
election of officers among fifth graders. This
year’s Early Act officers are: President: Ashlyn
Parsick, Vice-President: Annie Palumbo-Alkire
and third officer: Samuel Matte.
Early Act is a worthwhile “Service Above
Self” organization that enriches young lives
through citizenship, service to others and
leadership opportunities.
The Ca
College Signings
It is a day where all lower school
students enjoy showing their grandparents and special friends around
the school and their classrooms.
Grandparents and special friends
share in a morning filled with coffee
and treats,
and then
a special
by the
children in
the middle
school gym.
Around the Campus
Fifth graders visited Honey Horn Plantation
armed with a notebook and pen to
celebrate the National Day on Writing.
Well Conducted! A handful of our middle school orchestra students
and one upper school student attended a Hilton Head Symphony concert in
October. After the concert the students and conductor gathered on stage
for a picture.
A festive time was enjoyed at this year’s Bluffton Christmas
parade. The Prep students walked along with Prep’s holiday
bus driven by headmaster, Jon Hopman.
Live music by Lyn Aveune
Nine students represented Hilton Head Prep at the
Rotary – sponsored Interact Symposium at the USCB
campus in October. They participated in community
service projects and team-building activities with other
private and public schools from the area.
Under the Stars
On November 6 Hilton Head
Prep’s second grade traveled to the
Coastal Discovery Museum as part
of the Nancy Bunting Enrichment
Experience. The students had a
fantastic experience learning about
reptiles and amphibians. Their favorite
part was holding the alligators and
touching their soft, bumpy skin.
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At Prep, the arrival of cooler weather and changing leaves means fall football, Spirit Week
and Homecoming. An exciting annual fall tradition, Spirit Week activities included dress-up
days, contests, powder puff football and the exciting announcement of the homecoming
court. Students showed their school spirit by dressing up on theme days, including Pajama
Day, Hunger Games Day, Career Day, Grade Theme Day and the ever popular All-Out Prep
Spirit Day.
The excitement of Spirit Week concluded with the crowning ceremony, during which time
senior Ellie Zimmerman was crowned Homecoming Queen. The 2014 Homecoming Court
also included: freshman, Shalina Parker; sophomores, Sarah DeLoach and Serina Xiong;
juniors, Bailey Kaiser, Kate Herman and Madeleine McDonald and seniors Taylor Kent, Ellie
Zimmerman, Vanessa Orrell and Grace Orie.
This year’s Jubilee, dubbed the
Cowboy Cotillion, was held at Lawton
Stables on Saturday, October 25. The committee, led by Dennis Puckey and Suzanne Milbourn, along
with many dedicated parents, faculty and staff members, worked tirelessly transforming a giant tent in the
middle of the horse pasture into a fun-filled atmosphere! The event brought in over $60,000 to go towards
enhancing the educational experience at Prep.
The next day, the community was invited to join the Prep family at the Family Fun Day. Children
enjoyed a day at the stables, from pony rides to petting the farm animals to lots of fun games. We also had a
visit from Lowcountry Raptors who provided live and rescued hawks and owls on display and discussed the
conservation and habitat loss of these majestic creatures. It was a pleasant day of community-building fun.
The 2014 Festival of Trees was held at the Sonesta
Resort, located in Shipyard Plantation, for the second year
in a row and chaired by Prep parent, Parker Harrington ’98.
The Festival of Trees is a spectacular display of beautiful
and creatively themed Christmas trees in all sizes and
colors. Trees are sponsored
and decorated by local
organizations, businesses
and individuals with themes
ranging from traditional to
whimsical to humorous. Trees
are kept on display in the
lobby of the resort where all
visitors have the opportunity
to purchase the trees, with
all proceeds benefiting the
Hilton Head Prep scholarship
program for local students.
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National Day
on Writing
It was a beautiful night as a group
from the Hilton Head Prep strings
orchestra performed under the Liberty
Oak in Harbour Town in December.
The Ca
Hilton Head Prep students performed
in September at Town Hall in Hilton Head
Island in celebration of the 227th birthday
of the U.S. Constitution, sponsored by The
Captain William Hilton Chapter of the
Daughters of the American Revolution.
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The Arts
Cast and crew of over 40 Hilton Head Prep middle and upper
school students brought to life the story of Millie’s adventures
in the play “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which tells the story of
a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City
to marry for money instead of love – a thoroughly modern aim
in 1922, when women were just entering the workforce. Millie
soon begins to take delight in the flapper lifestyle, but problems
arise when she checks into a hotel owned by the leader of a white
slavery ring in China. The style of the musical is comic pastiche.
Like the film on which it is based, it interpolates new tunes with
some previously written songs.
Prep receives largest
single donation in
school’s 50 year
By Margot Brown,
Director of Development and Finance
daughters attended Hilton Head Prep. Carlos Evans worked
on the island in the early 80’s and while he currently lives
in Charlotte, he has continued business and personal
involvement on Hilton Head Island.
“We are extremely thankful to Mr. Bradshaw and Mr.
Evans for this very generous gift to our school”, says Mr.
Hopman, “and we will be forever grateful.”
Hilton Head Preparatory School presented the Middle
School production of “Mulan” in the Main Street Theater
building in 2007 with resounding success and looks forward
to the excitement of hosting its own shows in the building
going forward.
“Having a presence on the north end of the island will
be beneficial for our school and the admissions process,”
says Bobbie Somerville, director of admissions at Prep, “we
are excited to add Prep branded signage at the Main Street
location and have the opportunity to hold admissions events
there as well.”
The Main Street Youth Theater currently leases the space
for their productions and the school is committed to working
with them going forward. The school is also open to other
community usage as the calendar will allow.
Photography courtesy of 33 Park photography
n December 30, 2014, Hilton Head Preparatory
School closed on the largest single donation in the
school’s history. Thanks to the generosity of two philanthropic
businessmen, James W. Bradshaw of Hilton Head Island and
Carlos E. Evans of Charlotte, NC, the school is now the proud
owner of the Main Street Theatre, a gift worth $1,950,000. “A
donation of this magnitude will make a huge impact on our
small private school by boosting our arts programming and
developing more opportunities for the creative process”, says
JR Richardson, Trustee Emeritus of Hilton Head Preparatory
School and a longtime friend of Mr. Bradshaw and Mr. Evans.
“I am thrilled that Prep now has its own arts theatre in
which we can showcase all of our performing arts in each division”, says Hilton Head Prep Headmaster, Jon Hopman, “and
we are committed to promoting arts in the community with
the use of this building”. Hilton Head Prep expects to use the
venue for its Upper, Middle and Lower School productions
as well as several music concerts and events throughout the
year. Hilton Head Prep’s director of performing arts, Peggy
Trecker White, is excited by the gift as well. “It is fantastic for
Prep arts to have a home base and I look forward to finding
creative ways to tell new stories.”
“Both donors are longtime friends and supporters of the
Hilton Head Island community”, says JR Richardson, “and
Hilton Head Prep is deeply appreciative of their large unselfish donation”. Jim Bradshaw, successful Island entrepreneur,
has lived on Hilton Head Island for 42 years and both of his
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Fall Sports review
Tennis – Coach Brian Parkkonen
Once again, we had a state-championship winning team this
season consisting of 14 girls, ranging in level of play from highly
ranked nationally to beginner level. The season team record was
12-1 with the only loss coming from Hilton Head High School when
we lost in the doubles tie break. The season match record was 82-16.
Team captains Katie Rankin and Sam Kriney had two huge
victories in our regular season final vs. Hilton Head Christian
Academy. Lindsay Zimmerman had an undefeated season and took
home Player of the Year honors at #1. Our top seven players had
a very consistent pattern of winning this year dropping only three
matches all year: Lindsay Zimmerman, Natalie Kitchen, Sydnee
Wheeler, Ellie Czura, Catie Meighan, Katie Rankin and Sam Kriney.
Despite the loss of two key senior players, Sydnee Wheeler and
Natalie Kitchen, we have plenty of talent returning next year, where
there is a bright future to be had with this group of talented, young
ladies moving up through the ranks – Alyssa Marotta, Michaela
Hegarty, Shannon Hegarty, Charlotte Ruhlin, Cori Leonard, Riley
Kuhler, Catherine Sheehan and Lauren Harvey. Hilton Head Prep’s
tennis future will likely be more of the same – total domination.
Country – Coach Liz Nash
There are many reasons to celebrate the successes and
accomplishments of this year’s cross country program. The season
began with over 400 runners participating in our annual Run for
RET race. Senior, Jackson Henz, finished second overall. The
season concluded with our State Meet where Jackson Henz was
crowned the State Champion by finishing first overall. Seventh
grader, Tori Herman, finished third overall. Jackson and Tori both
set personal records and were named to the All-State Team. The
boys and girls teams took third place honors as well. In between
the RET race and the State Meet, there were 23 runners working
extremely hard every day to improve their individual times.
Our region meet was another superb showing by our runners.
Once again, Jackson Henz and Tori Herman led the way. They
both finished first in their respective races. In the girl’s race, Foster
Willey finished fourth and Olivia Light finished fifth, earning All
Region honors. In the boy’s race, Joshua Williams finished third
and Ryan Nimmer finished fifth, earning All Region honors as well.
Both teams had first place finishes.
This year’s success was largely due to the fabulous leadership
provided by our seniors. Seniors were Jackson Henz, Ryan Henderson,
Ellery Newcomer, Grace Orie and Laurel Woerheide. Upperclassmen
Jack Dextraze, Sarah DeLoach, Eve Farah, Julia Gigante, Ryan
Nimmer, Jackson Richard, Aidan Sanz and Joshua Williams were also
positive role models for the younger team members.
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The future of the cross country program looks very promising.
We have a healthy number of talented middle school runners.
These runners include Rex Blahut, Mia Calamari, Avery Campbell,
Courtney Doyle, Tori Herman, Olivia Light, Healey Lucier, Justin
Stone and Cameron Wynne.
– Coach Kevin Wald
The 2014 varsity football season started out with a thrilling
28-16, come from behind win, against Bethesda Academy. The
Dolphins won two bowl games this season, the first being a 27-6
win over rival Thomas Heyward in the Independence Bowl and the
second bowl win put the exclamation mark as prep defeated arch
rival Hilton Head Christian Academy 32-10 to win the Cross Island
Bowl. It was the first time Prep had defeated the Eagles in seven
years. The Dolphins finished the season with an overall record of 8
wins and 3 losses. The region record was 4-1 which was good for
second place. The season concluded with a loss to Holly Hill in the
first round of the playoffs. We will definitely miss the 11 graduating
seniors but welcome back 19 returning players off of this year’s
roster. Go Dolphins!
– Coach Mark McDonald
a 1-7 overall record, the scoreboard certainly didn’t
indicate the many successes Hilton Head Preparatory Middle
School Football experienced this year. Despite playing a very
competitive schedule, and often mismatched in size and numbers,
the players were always willing to give it their all. Coach McDonald
and Coach Nitke were thrilled with the efforts of this incredibly
resilient group.
Sixth graders Nick Calamari and Spencer Hall made impressive
entrances into the middle school athletic program and proved to
be excellent teammates. A talented group of seventh graders,
which included Conrad Alford, Luke Bennett, JT Herman, Stone
McDonald, Gaston Moore, and Jorge Resto, will bring back a
strong skill set to compete next year.
This year’s team was led by a strong, close-knit group of eighth
graders: Logan Blair, Jack Braun, Albert Grandy, Hunter Hopman,
Frank Milbourn, Ben Pellicci, Michael Santorum and Mathew
Sullivan. By seasons end, all of the eighth grade players were
prepared to move on to the next level of competition.
The coaches, the tremendously supportive parents, friends
and family thoroughly enjoyed watching this team compete
throughout the year, watching their skills improving and their
resiliency strengthened. Hilton Head Prep has a great group of
players coming back next season and we are looking forward to
seeing some new faces on the field next year.
– Coach Laura Sirbaugh
The 2014 volleyball season may have been short on victories,
but it was loaded with heart. From an amazing win in the first set
of the season against powerhouse Pinewood Prep to tight fought
sets against cross-island rival and conference champ Hilton Head
Christian Academy, the young Lady Dolphins never gave up; they
battled hard and competed proudly in every match. Though the
team didn’t win a match, they did take seven sets from tough
opponents, including three sets in the Colleton Tournament,
placing them 15th out of 25 teams and one set from Beaufort
High School. Senior captains Rowan Baltzley and Riley Brown
provided leadership both on and off the court to the one junior,
one sophomore, and seven freshmen who rounded out the team.
Rowan led the team in serving percentage (92%) and digs (121)
and earned All Region IV Honorable Mention honors while Riley
recorded the most kills (29). Other category leaders were Keira
Wojcikiewicz with 35 aces and Charlotte Covington with nine solo
blocks and two block assists. With nine returning players, the future
of Prep volleyball is bright.
– Coaches Sarah Benedik & Kate Clark
had an amazing turn out for our volleyball season with 24
middle school girls participating. This allowed us to divide into A
and B teams. Both teams made tremendous amounts of growth as
the season progressed and each player had personal triumphs.
Our A team took on many JV level teams at other schools.
They were tenacious with the effort and hard work they put forth
to take on these older teams. We were very proud of them in their
final match against Beaufort Academy where they played all three
games and lost the last by just 2 points! There were many firsts
on our B team as many girls were trying out the sport for the first
time. All of the players improved their skills of serving, passing and
setting as the season progressed. They played well together on
the court and showed tremendous support for each other off the
court. A highlight of the season was winning third place in the St.
Francis Tip-Off tournament! Overall, it was a successful season and
we look forward to the future successes of these girls in volleyball
at Hilton Head Prep!
– Coaches Missy Santorum & Tami Speer
The Hilton Head Prep Varsity Cheerleaders began our season
with 14 enthusiastic girls. Cheerleading started in June with a
weeklong camp to prepare for the fall football season. Sewanee
Cheerleading Captain, Betsy Houston, led the camp and taught the
girls wonderful new cheers that got them prepared for their opening
day routines. The girls learned over 70 cheers, new dance routines
and creative new stunting this season. They also worked with the
Lower School Mini Phin cheerleaders and had the young girls join
them for several home football games and a pep rally.
The squad cheered at all home and away varsity football
games, as well as organized four pep rallies to help bring school
spirit to new heights! The cheer team members included: Blair
Bennett, Katie Cadden, Alyssa Calamari, Whitaker Gannon, Kate
Herman, Bailey Kaiser, Alyssa Marotta, Maddie McDonald, Lily
Neary, Ava Nixon, Vanessa Orrell, Jessica Post, Allie Santorum and
Sabina Vaughan.
– Coach Jennifer Tucker
middle school cheer squad had a busy fall season. They
started out with their first cheer camp in July where they worked
on proper stunting, jumps, and dances. Once school began,
the cheerleaders spent their time cheering on Cross Country,
Volleyball, and Football.
The middle school cheerleaders are currently working hard to
get ready for the winter season. You will see them soon as they
cheer on middle school basketball.
Members of the squad include Ella Alsko, Mia Calamari, Rachel
Stratton, Kailey Tucker, Halsey Williamson, and Lauren Wingate.
– Coach Michelle Pennell & Gilbert Ramseur
The sailing team had a fantastic start. Caitlyn Campbell,
Emmett Askeland, Allessandra Rueben, Madison Hart and
returning sailors, Will Monts, Jessica Post, and Jackson Puckey
practiced at the South Carolina Yacht Club. In the Beaufort Open
Regatta, Hilton Head Prep placed 7th overall out of 11 schools.
The A division finished in 3rd place and the B division finished in
9th place.
In September, Will Monts sailed his laser radial in a fleet
of 36 boats in the SAISA (South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing
Association) Cressy Qualifier Regatta. Eighteen races were
completed over two days. Will achieved his goal of a top ten finish
earning a 4th place finish. The team earned the SCISA runner-up
trophy in the SAISA Charleston Intersectional
In the SAISA North Points #1 Regatta, the team placed 3rd
overall out of 17 schools. This finish earned 15 points for Hilton
Head Prep towards qualifying for the SAISA District Championship
Regatta which will be held in the spring. In the A division, Will
Monts, Allessandra Rueben and Jessica Post won 1st place. The
B division came in 8th place with Emmett Askeland, Madison Hart
and Caitlyn Campbell.
The Sailing team is looking forward to competing in the
upcoming SAISA Points and Open Regattas as the series
continues through the winter and spring seasons.
uring school hours, be it break, lunch, or
academic support, not a second goes by
without at least one of Dr. Sulek’s chess boards
being used. You can walk into room 401 and see up to
double digit games on the chess boards that are
unfinished because of a lack of time. It is unheard of to
walk in and not see either an unfinished game or a match
being played. Every so often you can find a “do not touch” sign taped to one of the nearly ended matches. Hilton Head Prep has a
passion and a culture for chess that is often unrecognized for its quality and rarity in South Carolina high schools.
No matter what skill level or grade, everyone is welcome to come and play. This chess culture that has flourished at our great school
can be accredited chiefly to the efforts and enthusiasm of Dr. Sulek. All of Hilton Head Prep contributes to the constant chess culture
that is created, however. Over the past 10 years in the SCISA state competitions, our high school chess team has placed 1st in nine of
them. Along with that, for many of the past few years Prep has fielded a middle school team to compete (in the middle school tournament) as well. Even more astonishingly, there are lower-schoolers who meet with and are taught lessons by Dr. Sulek once a week.
Every Monday night at Barnes and Noble, Dr. Sulek and many students (and even some teachers) gather and play for a few hours
for the simple love of the game. Anyone and everyone who may want to join, no matter what level of skill or background in the game,
may do so. I attend as many of these sessions as possible and have one memory that, to me, shows the true difference of chess at our
school compared to others.
On this particular night, I was playing a match facing towards the common area of the Starbucks inside of Barnes and Noble. As per
usual, some people decided to stop and view the position of the match at hand. A woman who looked ecstatic to see me suddenly
rushed over to my board. At the time, I was more than sure that it was a family friend who I had completely forgotten and that I would
have to make conversation with this person who knew me, even though I did not know her. I could not have been more incorrect. This
lady started by saying, “I could not be happier to see you guys here”. What came next was unexpected. “How often do you play at
Barnes and Noble?” I fumbled around to tell her every Monday night at 7:00, and she was so happy because her son who went to
a different high school on the island could not find a chess club or even in-use chess boards on campus, but loved the game. This
encounter showed me how truly special our school is, all-around and certainly for chess.
Personally I started playing when I was about five years old. My mom taught me, and at that point in my life, anything that I did not,
or could not grasp quickly, I would push aside. Thus the early days of
chess in my life were short and not so sweet. I picked up the game
Strategic Foresight and
again in the summer between fifth and sixth grade. The second time
around was immediately different. I loved it. I could not beat either
Thinking about the Future
my dad or my mom and unfortunately my sister did not play, so I was
By Dr. Michael Bassett, Upper School English
forced to take my talents, or lack-there-of, to the computer. I was
always interested in the strategies and foresight it required. I currently
Since the end of August, thirteen upper school
play an unhealthy amount daily because of the true skill the game
students have been exploring future studies in a
takes, and the satisfaction I get from it. I enjoy it so much because no
special once-a-week night course offered by Prep
luck goes into it. You never hear the phrase “oh that was so lucky”
faculty members Dr. Bob Sulek and Dr. Michael
at a chess board, because it requires true knowledge, skill, foresight,
Bassett. Futures studies (also called futurology and
and understanding to beat a quality opponent.
futurism) is the study of postulating possible, probable,
I encourage everyone who does not know how to play, to learn. It
and preferable futures and the worldviews that
is never too late.
underlie them. Students in the course have been
engaging with the latest scholarship and thinking
critically about the future of issues such as the city and
urban design, sustainable energy and the environment,
medicine and healthcare, death and dying, love and
relationships, cybercrime, and warfare. One highlight
of the class was the visit by Dr. Konrad Kressley, a
member of the World Future Society and a polymath
who holds seven academic degrees and speaks many
languages. Dr. Kressley presented on the future of
religion. The future studies class is part of a continuing
commitment by Hilton Head Prep to offer students
and adults in the community intellectual enrichment
opportunities. Dr. Sulek and Dr. Bassett typically offer
two night classes a year. Previous courses include
“The Quest for the Historical Jesus,” “Truth and
Sophistry: the Importance of Socrates and Plato to
Our Contemporary World,” and “Incantations of Art:
an Overview of Art Criticism and Aesthetic Theory.”
Perspectives | Winter 2015
Around the Campus
By Lucas McMillan ’15
The Bell is Back … 2014
By Margot Brown, Director of Finance and Institutional Advancement
itting down to write this article on the bell was not an easy task.
I originally thought the tradition for the bell was to steal it and
return it at graduation. Or is the tradition to steal it and NOT return it
for long stretches of time? Both traditions have been upheld since the
bell was first given to the school by the family of Clay Johnson ’77.
The bell first arrived on the Sea Pines Academy campus around
1974. It was originally set on a post on Montessori side of campus
and then erected atop of the old gym roof in a bell tower in 1976. It
was then that the bell was stolen by the Seniors as a prank. Hidden
for the rest of the school year, Ricky Marscher ’76, returned it at
graduation. The following year, it was stolen again and returned
at graduation by Charlie Fraser ’77. And thus a “tradition” was
born. For the next 6 years, the bell was stolen and ceremoniously
returned at graduation.
As the story is told, the Class of 1984 stole the bell and DID NOT
return it at graduation in protest over the upcoming merger of Sea
Pines Academy and their rival May River Academy. Where the bell
was for over 25 years, no one but the Class of 1984 really knows,
but somehow it ended up at the law office of Sam Bauer ’84. Sam,
learning that Charlie Fraser ’77 and his wife Linda ’77 were searching
for the bell in celebration of Hilton Head Preparatory School’s 40th
Anniversary and their son Elliott’s graduation in 2005, agreed to
return the bell. It seemed appropriate that Elliott – Prep’s first legacy
graduate – would return the bell at his graduation. And the tradition
was reborn – or so all thought.
The Class of 2006 stole the bell that summer but did not return
it at their graduation the following spring. Somehow the bell ended
up in the possession of the Class of 2008. Rumor has it the bell was
submerged underwater for 2 years until it was returned again to the
Fraser family. Carson Fraser ’08 and Sloan Bragg ’08 ceremoniously
returned the bell at the graduation in 2010 and handed it over to
James Richardson ’10 and Sloan’s sister, Janie Bragg ’10.
Since the bell tower was demolished for safety reasons around
2010 leaving the bell with no rightful place of honor, no one knows
exactly how it was stolen again. The rumor was the class of 2012
got a hold of it and threatened not to return it until there was an
appropriate place for it to be displayed.
Fast forward to graduation of 2014. With a promise by the
school to hang the bell in the center of the new breezeway erected
between the Upper and Lower Schools, the bell was marched into
the graduation ceremony by James Richardson ’10 and Collins
Richardson ’12 and presented to headmaster, Peter Cooper, and
their younger sister Forest Richardson ’14 shortly after she received
her diploma.
The bell is now proudly displayed in the center of a newly
refurbished and spruced up courtyard in the center of campus. The
2015-2016 school year will mark the 50th Anniversary of the school
and it seems the most fitting time to settle the tradition once and
for all. Will the bell be stolen by the class of 2016 and returned at
graduation? Will it be stolen and not returned for years? Or will it
remain where it hangs with the secrets of its past known only by the
bell itself.
Brothers James
’10 and Collins
’12 Richardson
return the bell
at their sister’s
2014 graduation.
Janie Bragg ’10
and James
Richardson ’10
pass the bell
onto headmaster
Anthony Kandel.
Sloan Bragg ’08
and Carson
Fraser ’08 carry
the bell into the
2010 graduation
ceremony to
hand off to the
class of 2010.
Charlie Fraser ’77
returns the bell
at graduation.
Gorham Bird
and Ricky
Marscher ’76
the bell at
Parenting: 2015
Make your children accountable. We all love our
children and want to believe in all that they do. But, children make
mistakes and need to know that mistakes are okay. A mistake is not
a failure, but an opportunity to learn. Don’t fix the mistake for them.
By Marilyn Calore, Director of Counseling
Let them find that there are consequences to certain actions and
they need to know how to fix mistakes that happen.
I was excited this year for the opportunity to identify several
Help your children learn to problem-solve. When
parenting programs to bring to our school. Parenting children is
your children share a concern or a hurt, ask how they could have
very challenging and there is no simple formula that works for
made it better. If they can’t think of an answer, help to brainstorm
every child.
some solutions that may have worked.
Children bring us both joy and frustration. Having
Stick to your values. Every parent parents differently and
a child does not mean that you instantaneously
each family has different morals and values that they believe.
develop great parenting skills. And to
Children need guidance and a moral comcompound things even further, if you happass to follow. Don’t worry if your children
pen to be lucky enough to have more than
tell you that they are the only ones who
one child, you quickly realize that each
have a midnight curfew.
child is unique with his/her own strengths
Spend free time with your
and weaknesses.
children. Children have so many
What do we want for our children? In a
planned activities during the week and
research study of 67 countries, all parents
weekend. As they get older, it is even more
• Keep the computer in a centrally
responded that their optimum goal for
important to find time to connect with
located area such as a family room
their children is happiness. We all want our
each other. Spend relaxation time with your
or kitchen so you can see what your
children to develop into happy adults. But
children and participate in fun activities –
children are doing online.
how do we help our children to have the
watch a movie, go to lunch, do something
• Insist on times that are device-free
gift of lasting happiness? Sometimes in our
special together.
such as family meals and bedtimes.
effort to give happiness, we shower our
Teach your children to be kind.
Set a time at night to shut off all
children with lavish gifts they want, praise
When children learn to help others, it gives
devices, including cell phones.
them for every little thing they do, and not
them an understanding of the world around
• Get to know the technology. Kids
allow them to struggle with adversity. This
them. Learning to care is like learning
can master the technology far more
isn’t necessarily bad, but happiness comes
to play a sport or an instrument. It takes
quickly than a parent can. It is your
responsibility to know the apps and
from within us.
practice and children need to practice
features of each device that is
Psychiatrist Ed Hallowell in his
caring for others and expressing gratitude
being used by your children.
book “The Childhood Roots of Adult
for those who care for them.
• Check privacy settings, making
Happiness” states that children need five
One of the hottest topics in parenting
them stricter for younger children.
basic tenets to be happy – feel connected,
is children managing social media. In
• Friend your children and be a part
to play, to practice, attain mastery, and
October and November, we held two
of their online life. Ask for passwords
receive recognition. If parents focus on
workshops for parents to learn about social
and tell your children that you will
these tenets, children will develop inner
media. Deena Paradiso, a former school
be occasionally checking their social
qualities of optimism, connectedness
counselor and HHP parent, presented
media pages.
(feeling of being part of something larger
Netsmartz, a program that raises the
• Create ground rules. Talk about
than you), and confidence that lead to
awareness about the dangers and
what is acceptable to post.
Discourage negative behavior
benefits of cyberspace and reinforces
such as meanness, gossiping, and
I have had so many opportunities to
proper online behavior. According to
posting photos that could be
talk to students and learn about young
the American Association of Pediatrics,
harmful or embarrassing.
people during my fifteen years at Hilton
22 percent of teenagers log onto their
• Teach about online reputations
Head Prep. I am sharing my advice in
favorite social media sites more than 10
and remind your children that there
hopes that it will be helpful for you as you
times a day, and that 75 percent own cell
is a digital footprint left behind with
navigate through your children’s lives.
phones. This level of engagement online
their emails, texts, and photos.
Listen, listen, listen to your
can increase the risks of cyberbullying and
Today, future employers and
children – “Parents don’t
exposure to inappropriate content as well
colleges check to see what
listen” is the biggest complaint
as “Facebook depression” where the fear
applicants are doing on social
that I hear from Middle and
of missing out with peers and online
Upper School students. Listening
bullying can lead to symptoms of depression.
doesn’t mean always agreeing with your
See the side bar for several ideas that you
children. It means that you hear what they
can do to help your children use social
are saying. You can acknowledge how
media and game sites wisely.
they feel and why they feel that way. Don’t
Please join us at our upcoming parenting
judge or blame them for what they are saying. It will stop them from programs. We hope that you will find the programs helpful and
sharing anything with you.
interesting. If you have ideas for future programs, please email me
Be present. In other words, know where your children are (it was
at [email protected]
so much easier when you arranged the playdates). Get to know
their friends and their friends’ families.
Help Your Children
Use Social Media and
Game Sites Wisely
Perspectives | Winter 2015
Prep has adopted the Olweus
Bullying Prevention Program. The
program works to improve the school
climate and reduce bullying behaviors
through classroom meetings and advisory discussions, teacher training, and
individual interventions. In addition:
• Lower school continues to address
character, relationships, and conflict
resolution through Life Skills classes.
• Middle school and upper school
have had guest speakers who are
focusing on creating a culture of
kindness with our students.
• On November 21, Dean Sikes, a
motivational speaker, gave his message
that “You Matter” to our students. He
spoke that each person is an individual
and has a choice of what they can do
with their life. He stressed that students
should refuse to let their past ruin their
future and that each one of them has a
destiny to fulfill.
• On December 9, Rachel’s Challenge,
presented the powerful story of Rachel
Scott and how small acts of kindness and
acceptance can start a chain reaction to
positively affect our community. The
program left the students with five
challenges to make little changes in
their relationships to make their
community a better place.
Hilton Head Preparatory School
Parenting Programs
wednesday 7 pm Lower School Commons
Keep the Communication Flowing. Learn strategies to
keep the line of communication open with your child, from elementary age
through adolescence.
2.18.15 wednesday 7 pm Lower School Commons
Good Mental Health & Substance Use/Abuse.
Around the2015
parenting: 2015
Creating a
Culture of Kindness
Learn to identify possible issues and help your child navigate through
adolescence in a healthy way.
thursday 9 Am KNS Media Center
Stress/Anxiety Discussion. Discuss how stress and anxiety can
affect the whole family and learn strategies for Mind/Body Wellness for you and
your child.
4.22.15 wednesday 9 Am KNS Media Center
Book Talk: “Allow Your Children to Fail if You Want Them
to Succeed” with Mrs. Calore. This book provides parents with the tools
necessary to help their children succeed in life by loving them unconditionally,
accepting them for who they are, and holding them accountable.
2014 - 2015 ANNUAL REPORT
Leadership Circle
Dear Prep Community:
I am both pleased and excited about Hilton Head Prep now and looking toward
the future. Our enrollment is over 400 students for the first time in several years.
We have great leadership with a vision for the future from our new headmaster,
Jon Hopman. Our participation in the Inspire a Mind Fund increased
dramatically this year and starts anew this year with lots of positive energy.
Last year’s graduating class received the most diverse and broadest list of
college acceptances in the area.
Work has begun, in coordination with Sea Pines Security and the Beaufort
County Sherriff’s office, to evaluate and improve campus security. Over the
summer both the lower and upper school building entrances were changed so
that visitors are first greeted by a receptionist. Mapping of all the school facilities
entrances, exits, alarms, etc has been completed and loaded into a software
system that is accessible by the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department in
the event of an emergency.
Our core values continue to be academics, school family, the individual and
service. Academics is the first of our core values and while we take much
satisfaction in our results, we are focused on constant improvement. Grades and
understanding of subject matter are highly important. While some might debate
the merit of SAT, ACT and AP scores, the fact is these are very important to
most colleges. We are a college preparatory school and our faculty, administration
and Board of Trustees are all committed to continuing to be a leader in the
Lowcountry and achieving excellence in all these important areas.
I extend my thanks on behalf of everyone at the school for those who supported
the Inspire a Mind Fund, the Booster Club, the Arts Guild, Jubilee and
other giving opportunities. In particular, I want to thank all those that gave
so generously of their time for the good of the school community. On the
following pages donors to the 2013-2014 Inspire a Mind Fund, endowment and
technology upgrades are noted. We are tremendously grateful for your support.
Stephen H. Marbut
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
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J.T. Marbut ’14
Neil and Kari Marko
Robert and Stacey Marotta
Frank and Lisa Mayhew
Kevin and Barbara McCallion
Nancy McCormick
Don and Marilyn McDonald
Risa McMillan
Bob and Renne Meighan
Felipe and Norma Mendoza
Kelly Mengel ’14
Adam and Jennifer Mikell
Frank and Sandy Milbourn
Bill and Debbie Miles*
Frances Puntereri Miller ’00
Brian and Lucia Milton
Nicole Mitchell
Brayden Mitchell ’14
Collin and Elise Moe
Dennis and Tuesday Monts
Kent and Tammy Moody
Rosemary and E.H. Moses*
Nicholas Murphy ’98
Jaunell Murphy ’00
Niles Murphy ’06
Sean Myers ’14
Julia Nahman ’14
Danny Nash ’04
Liz Nash*
Tom and Edie-A Neary
Mark and Sheri Nixon*
Francis Noonan ’07
David and Marion Norman*
Robert and Rita O’Brien
Sean O’Connor ’14
Marilyn Oesterling*
Michael and Nancy O’Hara
Catherine ’92 and Todd Oomens*
Kevin and Robin Orford*+
Kevin Orford ’09
Alex Orford ’11
Tyler Orford ’13
Ron and Vanessa Orie*
Peter and Susan Orrell*
Vanessa Palmer
Parker’s Fueling
Scot and Kendra Parsick*+
Denise Parsick
Gina Patrick
Toks Pedro ’14
Marty ’81 and Allison Pellicci*+
Michelle and Brian Pennell
Will Peterkin ’14
Ann Petrie*
Marie Pistilli*
Jeffrey and Jennifer Post*
Publix Supermarkets Inc.
Stephanie and Mick ’84
Jeff ’81 and Paige Quinn
Gilbert Ramseur
Kathryn Ramseur-Riley and
Michael Riley*
Reebok Crossfit
Regi and Woody Rennie*
Jeff and Jill Reuben
Joseph and Lee Richard
Lois Richardson*
Forest Richardson ’14
Alice Richey
Justin and Christine Robinson
Clayton Rollison ’99
Eric and Kelly Ruhlin
Peter and Holly Ruhlin
Peter and Carol Ryan
Daniel and Missy Santorum*
Michael and Kathleen Sanz
Catherine Scarminach Lewallen ’95
Carol and Philip Schembra
Christopher Schembra ’06*+
Dick and Laura Sell
Brian and Elizabeth Sellers
Summer Settle
Linda Shaffer+
Daniel and Shannon Sheehan*+
Martha Sheehan
John Sheehan ’14
Tom and Miki Shimada
Cheryl Shookman*
Ron and Helen Simmons*+
SM Bradford
Staley Smith ’12
Keith Smith ’85*
Bobbie and Jim Somerville*
Brian and Meagan Spachman
Andrew Spencer ’14
James and Cindy Steinmetz*+
Fred and Elaine Steinmetz*+
Christian Steinmetz ’14
Cameron Stratton ’11
Christopher Stuckart ’06
Robert and Nancy Sulek*
Christine Sullivan
Bud and Paige Sullivan
Target - Take Charge of Education
Bruce and Angela Taylor*
William and Mary Katherine
Shaun Topper ’14
Michael and Jennifer Tucker*+
William Van
Carlie Van ’14
Bryan VanGronigen*+
Emily Vaughan ’14
Kevin and Kristen Wald
John and Beverly Walker
Chris Walton ’86
Jean ’87 and Bland Warren*
Fred and Kristin Warren
Greg Warren ’14
Kirk and Anna Warshaw*
Tiffany and Dan Waymont
Joseph ’09 and Isis Webb
Wells Fargo Foundation
Blake and Peggy Trecker White
Nancy Whiteside
Dale and Ann Whiting
John Wigington and Frances
Walter Wilkins ’91
Bethany Wilkinson and Scott Kohn
Burt and Marilee Willey
David and Dineen Williams
Joshua Williams ’18
Justin Williams ’18
John and Stella Wilmot
Steve and Dene Wilmot
Marisa Wojcikiewicz ’14
Candace Woodson*
Jared Woodson ’14
Yo Addiction
Randy and Jackie Young*
Randy Young ’14
Jim and Kathy Zimmermann
Timothy ’03 and Marissa Zwerner
Endowment Gifts
Terry and Carol Casey
Hilton Head Prep Booster Club
Hilton Head Prep Arts Guild
Nancy Bunting ‘05
Enrichment Experience
Lindsay Bunting
Wyllie and Jane Inglis
Paul and Vesna Jurist
Ingrid Low
Kevin and Robin Orford
* given to the Annual Fund for three consecutive years + increased gift over previous year
Gifts in support of
Paul and Gina Barney
Maryann Bastnagel and RickAmatucci
Bethany Battig
Chuck and Tina Browning
Murat and Sandra Caglayan
Steve and Cindy Duvall
Robert and Meg Eberly
Robert and Katherine Eberly
Patrick and Kim Hall
Chris and Kim Hurlbut
Gary and Kathy Joyner
Mark and Pam June
Jim and Nancy Kaiser
Catherine Be Kidd
Andy and Karen Light
Christina Lussi
Jim and Liz MacLeod
Steve and Johnna Marbut
Scott and Anne Middleton
Kent and Tammy Moody
Joe and Jennifer Nahman
Mark and Sheri Nixon
Mark and Ann O’Neil
Ron and Vanessa Orie
Tom and Lori Parker
Scott and Kendra Parsick
Paul and Susan Rankin
JR and Leslie Richardson
Tommy and Dorsey Smith
Bill and Jerri Thomas
Bryan VanGronigen
Sharon Webster and Ron Farsetti
Eric Wojcikiewicz and Jamie Berndt
Jeff and Melanie Wynne
HHP Arts Guild Members
Julie Alkire and Anne Palumbo
Ella Alsko
Wynn Alsko
Paul and Gina Barney
Jerry and Patricia Berndt
Todd and Sarah Brooks
Dino and Mary Calamari
Alyssa Calamari
Sally and John Cardamone
Gabriel and Christine Cohen
Peter and Pamela Cooper
Marianne Doyle
Courtney Doyle
Chris and Andrea Gannon
Peg Hamilton
Bobby and Elizabeth Hancock
Tim and Margaret Herman
Zachary June
Mark and Pamela June
Peter and Karen Kenneweg
Catherine Klimoff
Steve and Johnna Marbut
Neil and Kari Marko
John and Pam Martin
Scott and Anne Middleton
Joe and Jennifer Nahman
Mark and Sheri Nixon
Peter and Susan Orrell
Palmetto Electric
Gracie Palumbo-Alkire
Annie Palumbo-Alkire
Dennis Puckey
Kathryn Ramseur-Riley and Michael Riley
Paul and Susan Rankin
Phil and Nikki Sandmaier
Dan and Missy Santorum
Allie Santorum
Michael Santorum
Michael and Kathleen Sanz
John Sheehan
Cheryl Shookman
Richard and Tami Speer
Trey Speer
Dan and Shannon Stratton
John and Frances Wigington
Burt and Marilee Willey
Jennifer Winzeler
Eric Wojcikiewicz and Jamie Berndt
Keira Wojcikiewicz
Marisa Wojcikiewicz
Ben Wolfe
HHP Booster Club
Richard and Brooke Allen
Corrin and Beth Askeland
Maynard and Marianne Barker
Brit and Christina Barker
Paul and Gina Barney
Jerry and Patricia Berndt
Greg and Judy Blahut
Marguerite Bousquet-Williamson
Todd and Sarah Brooks
Robert and Nancy Brown
Robert and Nancy Bunting
Lindsay Bunting
Natalie Burk
Dino and Mary Calamari
Michael and Maureen Campbell
Terry and Carol Casey
Jeff and Sue Churchich
Peter and Pamela Cooper
Gwen Czura
Rick Dextraze and Libby Galloway
Marianne Doyle
N. and Rosemary Eaton
Robert and Katherine Eberly
Kevin and Valerie Fader
Brett and Marianne Frederick
Chris and Sally Gardocki
John and Darcy Gulbin
Bobby and Elizabeth Hancock
Brad and Krista Hanna
Tom and Susan Herman
Tim and Margaret Herman
Christopher and Kimberly Hurlbut
Dan and Pat Jackson
Gary and Kathryn Joyner
Mark and Pamela June
Jim and Nancy Kaiser
Paul and Martha Langan
Chuck and Tanner Larson
Andrew and Karen Light
John and Ginger Mallett
Steve and Johnna Marbut
Rosana Markley
Kevin and Barbara McCallion
Mark and Nanette McDonald
Robert and Ann Marie McPherson
Tim and Kathleen Mercier
Scott and Anne Middleton
Frank and Suzanne Milbourn
Nicole Mitchell
Mark and Sheri Nixon
David and Marion Norman
Sean and Sally O’Connor
Ronald and Vanessa Orie
Scot and Kendra Parsick
Martin and Allison Pellicci
Brian and Michelle Pennell
Mike and Beverly Petrilli
Dennis Puckey
Paul and Susan Rankin
Jeff and Jill Reuben
J.R. and Leslie Richardson
Lori Romolo
Eric and Kelly Ruhlin
Dan and Missy Santorum
Michael and Kathleen Sanz
Craig and Krista Schauss
Cheryl Shookman
Thomas and Melissa Smith
Brian and Meagan Spachman
Richard and Tami Speer
Jeff and Lorrie Spencer
Dan and Shannon Stratton
Bill and Jerri Thomas
Burt and Marilee Willey
Carol Willey
Steve and Dene Wilmot
John and Catherine Woerheide
Eric Wojcikiewicz and Jamie Berndt
Dan and Peg Wojcikiewicz
Jeff and Melanie Wynne
- 2015the
The Inspire a Mind
Fund is the heart
of Hilton Head
School’s fundraising
program. The
annual support of the
ongoing school operations
is critical in allowing Prep to continue its excellent
programs. We thank all of the donors who have supported
this important endeavor.
Annual Fund
Tuition and
Board Member
Tuition & Fees
Less: Financial Aid. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Corporation $5,68317
297 44.44%
Faculty $7,44760 60100.00%
Past Parent & Friends
Class of 2014
$11,20121 356
45 97.78%
Grandparent $25,65836 256 14.06%
Scholarships and Tuition Remission. . . . . . . . $(437,290)
Anonymous $105,213 1
Net Tuition and Fees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,662,496
Private Gifts, Grants and Special Events. . . . . . . . . .
Current Parent
Tuition and Fees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,516,325
Total Total Percentage
DonorsProspects Participation
Alumnus $6,476 571081
$324,044380 2125
Endowment Contribution. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $131,095
Miscellaneous Income. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $121,348
Total Revenues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,297,330
Physical Plant
& Insurance
Instructional &
Student Activities
Faculty, Staff and Administrative
Faculty, Staff & Administrative
Payroll & Benefits
Millions of Dollars
2013 - 2014 Annual report
Private Gifts, Grants
& Special Events
- 2014the
Endowment Miscellaneous
Payroll and Benefits. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,970,070
Instructional and Student Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $229,368
Technology Expenses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $219,629
Administrative Expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $421,189
Physical Plant Maintenance and Insurance. . . . . . . . $340,534
Auxiliary Expenses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Total Expenses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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as of June 30 of that year
Web-Based Learning
at school and at home
By Stephanie Pullon,
Director of
Learning Resources
“I like the way that IXL
explains what you did
wrong when you choose
a wrong answer. Also, you
truly have to master the
skill because when you
make a mistake it takes
points away. So when
you get to 100 you know
that you have really
mastered the skill.”
– Savannah Young
Eighth Grade Student
is a comprehensive, standards-aligned math
and language arts practice program offering
unlimited problems in thousands of skills.
Paul Mishkin, who started out as a software engineer at Oracle,
founded IXL Learning in 1998. One of the best things about IXL
is that students can access it from school and from home. IXL has
skills from Pre-Kindergarten to Pre-Calculus. The program has a
wealth of information: it shows
the student how many skills they
“IXL provides the
have practiced, gives a detailed
explanation of how to solve the
students a great
problem if they make a mistake,
way to reinforce
how much time they have spent
the mathematical
practicing each skill, and awards
concepts taught
them certificates along the way
in class that day
and “medals” once they have
or that week with
earned excellent or mastery
simply getting on
status. Teachers can pull up daily
their device that is
and weekly reports that shows
usually with them
their classes’usage, performance
or nearby.”
of individual students and classes
– Mr. John Nichols,
as a whole by skill, and identifies
Fourth Grade Teacher
trouble spots.
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“I am super proud of
Second Grade for receiving an online certificate this
morning for outstanding
completion of 15,000 math
problems using the online
IXL math program. This
differentiated math
enrichment program is used
during the school day using
our Lower School iPads.
This program is also a great
opportunity for home/school
collaboration by including it
once or twice a week as part
of each
student’s homework routine.
Math skills are really being
sharpened and advanced by
using this motivating on-line
– Mrs. Jane Inglis
Second GradeTeacher
Hilton Head Prep started using the web-based program during
the 2013-2014 academic year in the Middle School Pre-Algebra
and Algebra math classes. The students were assigned the IXL skills
that went along with the concepts being taught in their classes. The
program really helped solidify their math skills along with retention
of those concepts resulting in
better understanding of the
“I like that it [IXL]
material and higher test scores in
shows the amount
their classes.
This year Prep has expanded
of time and also
the program so that all students
graphs that show
in JK through 9th grade Algebra
what you are good
have access to IXL in their
in and what you
classrooms and at home. The
need to work on.
lower school teachers say that
I also like that it is
their students get excited when
on the computer
their teachers print their classand you can enter
room certificates, for example,
the problem
showing that the class as a whole
quicker and get
has successfully completed over
results right away.”
1,000 problems. For the past 3
– Stone McDonald
months, our Prep students have
Seventh Grade Student
completed 124,904 problems and
practiced 828 skills in over 1,119
IXL is a solid program that supports the in-class instruction and
helps motivates the students to build new skills to go above and
beyond the classroom expectations. It puts the learning back into
the students’hands since it calibrates the students’progress towards
mastery of concepts. In the education world of today, self-reflection
and tech learning are essential pieces to the educational landscape.
the Campus
technology at work
connections e
By Mary Ann Cyr, Middle School Humanities
“All of our students
take part in community
service programs, and
by the eighth grade,
these individual projects
become a year-long
effort designed to
make a difference
in the students
as well as their
ducation at Prep has always been
about helping the whole child, and
one of the important ways we do that in
the Middle School is through our Advisory
Program. Small groups of same-grade-level
students meet two or three times a week
with one of their teachers to talk and share
activities – all with the goal of helping
students make good choices, give back to
their community, and become responsible
global citizens.
Within the Advisory Program, through
guided activities and discussion, students
get to know and trust one another. This
helps them feel safe in asking questions and
comfortable sharing ideas and experiences.
Advisors take on the role of facilitator, asking
questions and making sure students maintain
respect and empathy with one another.
At other times advisors lead activities
which offer competitive experiences with
other advisories. Playing games all together
in the gym or on the field gives students
an opportunity to interact – and have fun
– with all of their classmates, not just the
ones in their class group. Often these games
require problem solving and teamwork and
our students always rise to the challenge.
Prep’s Middle School Advisory Program
also includes discussions centered around
the successful learning attributes of
perseverance, organization, and responsibility.
Students complete surveys that give them
insight into their learning styles and
challenges, and through advisory discussions,
share strategies that many find helpful.
In addition, advisors help them understand
their learning as their own work in an effort
to expand the intrinsic motivation that
comes with successful academic endeavors.
To ensure that advisory time is well
spent, teachers work with Marilyn Calore,
Prep’s Director of Counseling, to devise
games as well as make sure there is time to
talk about any issues that come up within
the school. In addition, they make sure to
bring up the issue of bullying periodically
so that students realize the importance
of standing up for one another as well as
keeping their teachers informed of any
problems they might be having with others.
Another main goal of the Advisory
Program is to help students reach outside
themselves and their world at Prep by
exploring global issues like homelessness,
local and global poverty, and local and global
environmental concerns. All of our students
take part in community service programs,
and by the eighth grade, these individual
projects become a year-long effort designed
to make a difference in the students as well
as their community.
The Prep community takes pride in
its academics, sports, and the individual
success of each of our students and a
big part of that success comes from the
relationships built through the Advisory
By Peg Hamilton, College Counselor
International students Alfred Yang and Kevin Wang use Naviance as a research tool to find out more information
about colleges and universities that they have applied to.
ith so many members of the
class of 2015 busy pondering
their destination beyond high
school, it seems that the future is uppermost in everyone’s mind. So it is indeed
with great pleasure that Prep announces
the acquisition of a significant tool which
truly makes the journey into the future
accessible to the students, to their families,
to their teachers, and to the college
counseling staff and Prep administration.
Naviance is an online, web-based
program which allows students and their
families to research colleges and universities
and then follow applications as each
one moves through the process. I call
Naviance an “internal and external
tracking system” because it engages
students in the process literally from
their first thoughts of college to that final
moment when we change their account
record to “accepted.”
Late this past summer, Prep committed
to Naviance for a multi-year contract.
Naviance, used by over 8,000 high
schools around the country, provides
each student with a variety of tasks to
be completed, each one essential to the
college application process. In addition to
the student access, parents can then be
privy to their child’s application progress
through “Family Connection.”
Lori Parker (our Naviance technical advisor) and I began installing the
Naviance software, the entire upper
school student body (grades 9-12) was
loaded into the system. Once everyone
Perspectives | Winter 2015
The Naviance home page shows the many resources available to help students in their college search.
was “in,” we began finding out just what
this powerful program could do.
Isaac McQueen
commented that Naviance
helped with resume
building and keeping up
with due dates.
On Wednesday, October 15, while the
underclassmen were sitting for the PSAT,
the seniors were introduced to Naviance.
By splitting up the class that morning, and
holding two introductory sessions in Prep’s
DLA lab, each senior got to begin his or
her individual online exploration. Each
senior received his or her personalized login
information, and pretty soon we could
hear excited comments as many of them
discovered exactly what they could do with
Since then, the Class of 2015 has
completed applications to a wide range
of colleges and universities across the
country. While many applications are
directed to institutions in the south
Clemson, University of South Carolina,
and College of Charleston, we have
also logged in applications to colleges
in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia,
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Florida,
Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts,
Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, Ohio,
California, Mississippi, Alabama, New
Jersey, New York, and Indiana.
But Naviance is more than “just”
college applications. As our seniors
are discovering, they can match their
academic information (grade point
average and SAT and/or ACT scores)
and their personal interests (how about
a major in forestry? Or sports management? Or Pre-law?) to potential colleges.
Naviance also includes a resume-building
function; as we continue to find from
college admissions personnel, the record
of achievements and activities give them
another means of assessing each applicant
in a holistic manner. After all, colleges
want to know what sort of person they are
able to welcome into their campus family.
And that person is more than grades and
test scores.
Then there are scholarships. Our
Naviance program will link students
to, for instance, the Heritage Classic
Foundation Scholarship and the
Lowcountry Scholarship Foundation,
to name just two. In addition, Naviance
contains a link to the Selective Service
(for the gentlemen) and to the NCAA
(for our prospective college athletes).
And with so many students using The
Common Application to apply, Naviance
is also linked to that feature as well. In
short, Naviance is like a giant buffet with
options for virtually any student.
and is finding “the organization that it
provides regarding schools I am interested in, schools I am applying to helps
greatly.” Others, like Derek Johnson,
Ellie Zimmerman, Blair Bennett, and
Stephen Gavin, agreed that the resumebuilding function was useful and that
the entire Naviance site helped keep
them organized and on track. Archer
Brooks commented that he has “found it
[Naviance] creates a better connection
with my college counselor because it gets
us on the same page.” And perhaps Trevor
Marbut summed it up best when he said,
“The most helpful feature is that it helps
me stay organized.”
There you have it. Naviance propels
Prep into the future offering our
students a myriad of features and
functions to assist with all the elements
of the college application process.
In the coming months and years, we
anticipate being able to introduce the
many features of Naviance to all our
students in grade eight and above. The
tools offered by Naviance go far beyond
the college application process and can
be utilized by students long before that
first application goes in the mail or is
completed online. Because Prep is a
college preparatory school, the earlier
And perhaps Trevor
Marbut summed it up best
when he said, “The most
helpful feature is that it
helps me stay organized.”
the process of preparation for college
begins the more successful the outcome
will be. And Naviance is the perfect tool
to help all of us continue to focus on the
Archer Brooks commented
that he has “found it
[Naviance] creates a better
connection with my college
counselor because it gets
us on the same page.”
We asked several of our seniors how
they found using Naviance to be. Isaac
McQueen commented that Naviance
helped with resume building and keeping
up with due dates. Stephen Frederico
logs into Naviance at least twice a week
Archer Brooks uses his laptop in the Senior Hallway to access Naviance. Naviance is a web-based application,
making it available anywhere the internet is available. A Naviance app for smart phones is available free of charge.
the Campus
health initiative
It was great to see some of our Alumni at our Homecoming
game in September!
Harrington ’98
High Hopes for
aving been a Prep student
(’91-’97), a Prep teacher (’10),
and now a Prep parent of three girls
– Ransom (2nd grade), Ruth Love (K)
and Camellia (JK), I could not be more
excited to cheer on Prep’s new health
initiative, HI-5.
HI-5 addresses five important
areas of wellbeing: 1. Joy and
Spiritual Wellbeing, 2. Relationships
(personal, peer and parental), 3. Food
and Nutrition, 4. Personal and Physical
Development, and 5. Community
Outreach. We have high hopes for HI-5
and intend to make a positive impact on
the overall wellness of our students, faculty,
parents and the community with regularly
planned and special events, educational
opportunities and fun, health-conscious
Each week in Community Connections,
you will find a calendar of events hosted
by HI-5 and a recipe and wellness tip of
the week written by Jennifer Winzeler, a
certified health and parenting coach and
parent to Owen (8th grade), Jules (6th
grade) and Ruby (2nd grade). Each week
you are also invited to a community walk-run
on Wednesdays at 8:30 leaving from the
courtyard outside the KNS building. The
group averages 5 miles (walking) and
endless amounts of good conversation.
And there’s more good health news –
October 30 HI-5 applied for the Whole
Kids Foundation’s 2015 Garden Grant.
The application process in itself enlivened
faculty, parents and students about the
addition of an organic garden and, if
awarded the grant, the garden will help
Prep flourish in so many ways beginning
this spring. According to the Whole Kids
Foundation, “School garden programs not
only promote healthy lifestyles in children,
but have also been shown to improve
children’s behavior and performance at
By Rebecca Edwards ’97
Perspectives | Winter 2015
school and improve their attitudes about
and appreciation for the environment.
Gardens serve as great outdoor classrooms
for any number of subjects, including
science and ecology, math, creative writing
and art. School gardens are wonderful
spaces for kids with different learning styles
and abilities to work in groups and engage
in hands-on, cross-disciplinary education.”
Through HI-5, Prep is also looking at
adding other interactive, wellness-minded
programs into the school. Prep’s submission
to the Whole Kids Foundation’s 2015
Garden Grant made the school eligible
for the Honey Bee Grant. The Whole Kids
Foundation reports the learning opportunities
associated with a beehive are endless.
Students can discover new aspects of:
HI-5 Biology by learning more about plant
and insect biology.
HI-5 Agriculture by learning how honey
is created and how plant yields are
increased through pollination.
HI-5 Ecology by learning about the
relationships between living
organisms and the natural world.
HI-5 Environmental Studies by learning
how the environment is affected by
the positive and negative choices we
HI-5 Culinary and Nutrition Studies by
studying the nutritional benefits of
naturally sourced honey and how to
incorporate it into cooking.
HI-5 Business through interactions with the
beekeeper and, by selling surplus items,
learning about the business aspects of a
product from start to finish.
HI-5’s mission is: to educate and
empower all sectors (Prep’s staff and faculty,
parents, students and community members)
about the five components of HI-5.
Please email me at [email protected]
com if you have any questions, insights or
Katie Finger
Girardi ’01 &
Mark Finger ’04
Chelsey Webb
Arguello ’07
Julia Nahman ’14,
Prep hosted its
annual Alumni
game on
November 28
at the Fraser
Field House
at Hilton
Head Prep.
A good time
was had by
all alumni who attended: Coach Rich Basirico, Kevin Orford ‘09,
Nick Strimpfel ‘05, George Hirsch ‘11, Danny Maggard ‘11, Randy
Young ‘14, Coach Kevin Orford, Charlie Wilmot ‘13, Alex Orford ‘11,
Teron Daley ‘14, JT Marbut ‘14 and Jared Woodson ‘14.
extraordinary moments
happen every day.
Make your gift today
@ www.HHprep.org.
Alumni Class
the Campus
Because of YOU ...
Prep welcomed alumni
from the Class
of 2011 in December
for our annual College
Panel discussion.
Panelist included:
Kirstin Jurgensen:
International Business
at USC, Carly Smith:
Public Relations at University of Oregon, Reid D’Amico:
Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, Caroline Santorum:
Experimental Psychology at USC, and Kelly Ryan: Public
Relations at University of Tennessee
Each fall, the Alumni Association
sends care packages to the class
that graduated the previous spring
to help them get through their first
college exams. Boxes are filled with
snacks, treats and miscellaneous
goodies along with personal notes
of encouragement from Prep’s
Alumni Class notes
Megan McGarty
[email protected]
Margot Olson Bowers
[email protected]
Shane Scibelli
[email protected]
Alumni Class
Brentwood TN from CT,
Scott Gstell is running
two breweries, Hap &
Harry’s Tennessee beer in
Nashville and Napa Smith
John Pinckney
Brewery in Napa, CA. He’s
[email protected]
having a ball in Nashville
with his wife Chrissy and
two girls Grace (9) and
Class Rep Needed for SPA Ruby Scott (6).
Mike Reynolds for MRA
[email protected]
Class Rep Needed
Sabra Wilkenson Thompson
[email protected]
Class Rep Needed
Teri Dunn-Floyd
[email protected]
Class Rep Needed
Linda Steadman Fraser
[email protected]
Susan Ochsner
[email protected]
Debbie Eakin Cornelia
[email protected]
Class Rep Needed
Congratulations to Dr.
Michael Bassett who
recently published a book
of poetry, “Hatchery of
Tongues,” with Negative
Capability Press, who
Lainie Cantrell Crose
[email protected]
chose his book as their sole
nominee for an American
Lainie Crose and her
Sam Bauer for SPA
family moved to Memphis, Book Award. This [email protected]
tion is a tremendous honor
TN in March 2014. She
Ashley Gunnin for MRA
and testament to Michael’s
is the Assistant Director
[email protected]
talent as a poet.
of Marketing and
Communications at St.
Founded by Whitney
George’s Independent
Knowlton in 2008, Last
Margaret Crenshaw
Chance Animal Rescue is
[email protected]
a volunteer based nonprofit
whose focus is to rescue
Perry Hodge
animals located in “kill”
[email protected]
facilities trapped on death
row in rural shelters. Their
Richard Crose and his
Adoption Program has
family moved to Memphis,
successfully found homes
TN in March 2014 where
for over 6,000 cats and
he is in the institutional
dogs since December of
bond sales department at
2008. The Middle Mutts
Duncan Williams, Inc.
Program has saved over
14,000 cats and dogs since
March of 2011.
Kimberly Davis, May
River Academy ’85, has
been married to Wesley
Davis for 28 years and
works as a chiropractic assistant in Vienna, VA. The
couple resides in Fairfax,
VA and has three children,
Kyle (26), Rebbecca (23)
and Nick (18).
Just recently relocated to
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named the new head coach
of the men’s tennis program
at the College of the Holy
Cross in Worcester, MA,
bringing over 15 years of
tennis teaching experience
to the team. Brad graduated
Catherine Lawrence Oomens
[email protected]
Marty Pellicci
[email protected]
Meredith Inglesby
Blanchard is currently
touring the country and
Canada with the Broadway
show “Newsies.” She is
joined by, and co-staring
with, her husband, Steve
Blanchard, and tagging
along with them is their 2
year old daughter Wren.
Addison Goss Cook
[email protected]
Randy Ferree
[email protected]
Sabine Eckenberg
married in March of last
year and welcomed a new
baby girl, Leonie, on April
4, 2014. She is currently
residing in Switzerland.
Nick Murphy
[email protected]
from Kentucky in 2003 with
a degree in Kinesiology/
Biomechanics. He was a
four-year member of the
men’s tennis team that was
nationally ranked in the
top-25 throughout his career.
He resides in Chicopee, MA
with his wife Heather and
their newborn son Greyson.
Brad is also the owner and
manager of Ski-in Inc. in
Wilbraham, MA and Ski
Haus in Longmeadow,
Class Rep Needed
Paul Halloran
[email protected]
Robin Haroutunian
[email protected]
Jill Bergeron presented
at the CUE (Computer
Using Educators) Conference in Napa, CA this
past year. Her presentation
was titled “How to Build
a PLN”. Jill also had two
proposals accepted by the
International Society of
Technology Integrationists
Angele Barker
[email protected]
David Bachelder
[email protected]
David Butler
[email protected]
Krista Maurer
[email protected]
Jill Bergeron
[email protected]
Baker Wilkins
[email protected]
Susan, have been in
Charleston, SC since 2005
with no plans to leave such a
great city! They have two children, Fox (4) and Haile (1).
Paula Edwards Wadley
[email protected]
Wes Sellew and wife,
Brad Walulak has been
for presentation at the
annual June conference.
She will be presenting on
personal learning networks
and alternative forms of
professional development.
Alumni Class
the Campus
Breck Vanbrunt and his
wife Jessica currently live
in Knoxville, TN with their
daughter Lillian.
Congratulations to Dr.
Jack Groh, Palm Beach
Class Rep Needed
Congratulations to Clayton
Rollison and his wife
Leah on the birth of their
son, Wyatt Mathew, born
October 7, 2014 weighing
in at 9 lbs. and 21 inches.
Janet Cully
[email protected]
Congratulation to Nicholas
(Nick) Murphy and wife
Kristen on the birth of their
daughter, Isabel Louise
Murphy, born December 9,
2014 weighing in at 8 lbs, Jaunell Murphy has
started a new job as the
15 oz.
Affiliate Resource
Coordinator for Hilton
After working as an engineer at NASA for six years, Head Regional Habitat for
Ben Davis (‘98) is now an Humanity.
Assistant Professor at the
Congratulations to Janet
College of Engineering at
Cully, and her new store
the University of Georgia,
“Tail Wiggles”, recently
where he teaches and
chosen “Readers’ Choice
conducts research related
to acoustics and vibration. Winner” as favorite pet
He resides in Athens with supply store by “Hilton
his wife Margaret, who is a Head Monthly” magazine.
Presbyterian minister. He
invites any HHP students 2001
who might be interested
Katie Finger Girardi
in studying engineering
[email protected]
at UGA to contact him at
[email protected]
Consortium for Graduate
Medical Education’s
Resident of the Quarter.
Seen here, with PBCGME/
St. Lucie Medical Center
DME and EM Program
Director Dr. Thomas
Matese, Dr. Groh was
nominated by a faculty
member who is also a
PBCGME alumnus, in
recognition of several acts
which reflect a pattern of
behavior that embodies
the attitude, ethics and
integrity of a model
Randy Ferree is living
and working in Atlanta, GA
for VMware, the fastest
growing software company
in the world, along with
soon to be wife Gabrielle
Hoyt. Randy specializes in
business to business sales,
acting as a consultant to
companies that are committed to enabling their
workforces through the
latest capabilities provided
by smartphones and tablets
in the office and in the
field. Randy and Gabrielle
will be getting married on
April 25, 2015 at Long
Cove Club in Hilton Head
Island, SC.
Faleisha Brown
[email protected]
Megan Donley
[email protected]
Hattie Keyes is the
Assistant Preschool and
Youth Director for the
Island Recreation Center
on Hilton Head. There,
she leads programs like
parents morning out; a
drop in preschool program
for ages 2-5 and an after
school recreation club,
which is a program for
all area schools. She also
helps in the coordination
of youth events such as
kid’s night out and various
community events.
Residing in New York
City, Chris Schembra
recently produced the 2
month National Tour of
the Emmy-Award winning
show, “The Little Flower”.
Last summer, he made his
television debut on Bravo
TV’s, “The Singles Project”.
He recently joined the Young
Leadership Committee
for the Israel-based charity,
Save A Child’s Heart,
providing pediatric open
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Alumni Class notes
Carson Fraser
[email protected]
Hilton Head Island on November 8, 2014 at Honey
Horn Plantation. Bridesmaids included alumni Simone
Bruderer, Rachael Hesling and Lara (Stephens) Harpe,
all class of 2006, Ellie Nixon ’13 and Ava Nixon ’17.
Groomsmen included the bride’s brother, Campbell Goss
’12. Christopher Schembra ’06 announced the group as
they entered the dance floor, and Eric Reid ’06 and John
Cranford of Cranford Hollow gave an impromptu
performance for a great surprise at the reception.
heart surgery for children
in developing countries.
He is still an investor in
the 4-time Tony Award
Winning Musical, “A
Gentleman’s Guide to
Love and Murder” which
just celebrated it’s first
anniversary on Broadway.
[email protected]
Nicole Schultz
[email protected]
Class Rep Needed
Congratulations to
Chelsey Webb Arguello
and husband, Ethan
Arguello, on the birth of
their son, Sidney Daniel
Joseph Arguello, born
September 18, 2014.
Lara Stephens married
After moving back from
Jonathan Harpe on May 3, two years abroad in Korea,
2014 in Charleston, SC.
Alexandra Smith is now
in her last year of graduate
Congratulations to Eric
school at Clemson University
Reid, who’s band Cranford where she recently took
Hollow was voted favorite a position as a behavioral
musician/band HHI - ,
therapist for children with
“Readers’Choice Winner” autism at a nonprofit in
by Hilton Head Monthly
Greenville, SC called
Hope Reach.
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Andrew Bennett was
married on December 13
to Alexis Rollins in
Chattanooga, TN.
Emily Blackshire
[email protected]
Reid D’Amico
[email protected]
Kirstin Jurgensen
studied abroad this
past year in Paris at the
Universite’Dauphine with
Caroline Santorum was the International Business
recently engaged to Lee
Department at USC. She
Ayres and will be attending also had an internship in
graduate school in the fall
Hamburg, Germany at a
at Mercer University where public relations firm in orshe plans to get a dual
der to improve her German
degree in Clinical Mental
speaking skills.
Health Counseling and
Kelly Ryan is a PR major at
the University of Tennessee.
Reid D’Amico is a
This past summer, Kelly
Biomedical Engineering
interned n at Coca-Cola in
major at Duke University.
Cairo and studied abroad
He has helped develop
in Urbino, Italy. Currently,
BME curriculum for
she is an intern for the PR
two BME classes and is
firm, Moxley Carmichael,
currently working on two
representing clients such
research projects. Reid is
as Pilot Flying J and US
currently in the process of Nitrogen.
applying to PhD programs
in BME and regenerative
Carly Smith
[email protected]
Congratulations to Kristen
Sutton, who is currently
finishing up her internship
at the Counseling Center
at Georgia Southern
University and will graduate
in May with her Masters.
She will graduate with a
Joey Ryan married
3.9 and over 300 hours of
Afton Anechiarico, on
direct service to clients.
October 11, 2014 in
Jacksonville, FL where
Joey is currently working
at Merrill Lynch.
Tim Neil
Hilton Head Prep got a
visit from one of our own,
Tim Neil, representing
Sewanee admissions, The
University of the South,
located in Sewanee, TN.
Pictured together brothers,
Kevin Orford and
Alex Orford ’11. Kevin is
working as the VP finance/
operations at KOL Global
in northern Virginia and
Alex is a senior at USC
majoring in graphic art and
Lyle Izzillo
[email protected]
Jarrett Nixon
[email protected]
Lyle Izzillo joined the
United States Air Force.
After basic training in
Texas, he now lives in
Florida and is currently
training for a top secret,
classified assignment.
James Richardson lives
in New York City and
recently started a job as
a Client Associate at JP
Jarrett Nixon recently
graduated from Clemson
University with a degree
in marketing and has
landed a job with a student
travel agency based out of
Florence, Italy. The company,
Bus2alps, is currently the
number one student tour
operator in Europe. Jarrett
serves as a Marketing
and Sales Specialist as
well as an International
Tour Guide. He lives in
Florence and takes groups
of study abroad students
on trips in nearly 40 cities
across Europe.
Madison Martin is in her
second and last term at
Richmond, The American
University in London where
she is completing her M.A.
in Art History and Visual
Culture. During her senior
year at the University of
Mary Washington, she received a grant to do research
at the Beineke Library at
Yale University as well as
the archives at the Solomon
R. Guggenheim Museum.
Her master’s thesis will
be a continuation of her
undergraduate work on artist and arts philanthropist,
Katherine Dreier.
Brittney Parker has
completed her degree in
Natural Resources and the
Environment/Wildlife and
Fisheries Conservation at
UConn a semester early.
She will be working as a
research assistant at the
Cape Eleuthera Institute
in the Bahamas through
June 2015. Her research
of endangered green and
hawksbill sea turtles will
be in conjunction with the
Archie Carr Center for
Sea Turtle Research at the
University of Florida.
Carly Smith is a PR
major at the University
of Oregon. She studied
abroad this past summer
in Vienna, Austria for eight
weeks. She also had an
internship at thelocal.at,
an Austrian website for
Austria’s news in English,
where she pitched and
wrote stories for their
website pertaining to
current events occurring
in Austria.
Marc Halseth
[email protected]
Congratulations to alumni
Mackenzie Brown and
Sarah Hancock and their
volleyball team for winning
Clemson University’s
Intramural Volleyball
Ellie Nixon
[email protected]
Alli Kenneweg
[email protected]
Reunion News
Mark your calendars to join us Thursday
afternoon, April 16, after the last round
of the day, for an alumni social for the
graduating classes of 2000-2006.
Details to follow!
You are cordially invited to get your
plaid on at the 2015 Hilton Head Prep
Heritage Alumni Social! Please join us on
Saturday, April 18 from 2:00 to 4:00
pm at the Hilton Head Prep concessions tent near the 17th green. Stop by
to say hello and have a drink on us! As
always we hope to see you there. Happy
Stay tuned for an exciting alumni social
that is currently being planned for New
York City in the spring of 2015!
Former classmates Randy Ferree and
Chris Schembra, both of the Class of
2006, have agreed to serve as chapter
presidents in Atlanta and New York City
respectively. Visit the Alumni Portal at
www.hhprep.org to update your information. We are also seeking someone to
serve as president of the Charleston, SC
chapter. Contact Bethany Wilkinson at
[email protected] to volunteer.
To submit information for inclusion in Perspectives. E-mail file to:
[email protected] In your e-mail, please include your
name and class year as well as a brief description of the event.
While it is our goal to feature all of the photographs received, we
cannot guarantee your photographs will appear. Photographs that
are too dark, of low resolution or ones will not appear well in print
may not be included in Perspectives. To submit a photograph for
publication, please follow these guidelines:
Patrick Andrews has
been selected as one of the
ACC Conference’s three
student athletes on the 80
member committee that
will create guidelines for
the power conferences in
football. This “autonomy
committee” has three
student athletes from each
conference. The output
of this committee will be
reshaping the future of
college football for the
Power 5 conferences ACC, Big 10, Big 12, PAC
12 and the SEC. Patrick
is currently a senior at
Clemson University and
is a pitcher on the baseball
Tyler Orford is currently
a sophomore at USC-B,
working his way towards
management at Publix.
Greg Warren
[email protected]
John Sheehan
[email protected]
Congratulations to Greg
Warren who was recently
elected to the George
Mason University Student
For digital photos:
1. Digital photographs should be at least 600 x 800 pixels and
saved in the .jpg format. Photographs taken with smart phones
are acceptable used at actual size, photos downloaded from the
internet are usually low resolution and will not print well.
2. Name the file after the individual submitting the photograph with
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3. E-mail file to: [email protected] In your e-mail, please
include the names and class years of all individuals as well as a
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Addison Goss ’06 married Andrew (Andy) Cook of
Kirsten Cadden moved
to Chicago this summer to
take a job as an Account
Management Associate at
The Corporate Executive
Board Company.
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2014 scisa Art & photography show honors
Fourteen talented Hilton Head Prep student artists received
awards in the 2014 South Carolina Independent School Association’s
Art & Photography Show. Honorees included those pictured here
and our cover art by Trey Middleton [4], who received a First Place in
his division.
Hope Dobbelaere [5] - Second Place
Catherine Sheehan [10] - First Place
Maggie Sulek [11] - First Place
Chloe Marko [4] - Second Place
Jack Cherry [6] - Honorable Mention
Hope Dobbelaere [4] - First Place
Lucas Tomita [8] - First Place
Dorsey Barker [10] - Second Place
Will Monts [11] - Third Place Keylan Hanna [12] - Honorable Mention
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Jasmine Moe {8] Honorable Mention
Laurel Woerheide [12] - Honorable Mention
Sarah Orie [9] Honorable Mention
Daisy Woerheide [9] Honorable Mention

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