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Hilton Head Preparatory School has hired Dave Adams as their next football coach. Dave coached football at May River Academy (one of Hilton Head Prep's predecessor schools) from 1977-1982 where his team was the state championship runner-up in 1980 and state champion in 1981. He also coached the state championship track team at May River in 1981 and 1982. He then coached football again at Hilton Head Prep from 1984-1986 and was the state champion runner up in 1985. After coaching football at Hilton Head High School for 14 years, he became the Athletic Director at Bluffton High School for the last 12 years where he was also their first football coach.


"Returning to Hilton Head Prep is like a homecoming, "says Coach Adams, "It really is a dream come true. Not many coaches have the opportunity to end their career at the same place they started 38 years ago. The Prep Family has welcomed me with open arms and I look forward to serving the school and community for years to come."


Dave will also be teaching in the upper school where he is excited to get to know students – and his players – on many levels. He will also be helping coach in the school's basketball program. "We are thrilled to have Dave on board and are excited for him to lead our football program as well as work with our kids in the classroom," says Headmaster, Jon Hopman.


Hilton Head Prep Athletic Director, Rich Basirico, is excited to have Dave Adams join his coaching staff. "We are very fortunate and excited to have Coach Adams join our Prep family. His integrity, knowledge and experience makes him a perfect fit for our athletic program." says, Mr. Basirico.

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HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Upper School Academic Awards 2016

English Department Awards

Fundamentals of Writing: Addison Eldridge

World Literature: Hayden Garniewicz

Creative Writing: Chase Schupp

AP Language & Composition: Catherine Sheehan

AP Literature & Composition: Bailey Kaiser

Literature of Social Reflection: Sabina Vaughan

Film and Literature: Jacquelyn Nahman

Journalism: William Monts

Yearboo: Catherine Sheehan

Composition I: Dylan QiMing Zhong

Composition II: Raiden Baihua Yang

Composition III: Victoria Kurz

Composition IV: Shirley Zhilan Zhou

Literature I: Bumin Choi

Literature II: Adam Ao Guo

Excellence in Writing/Gr 9: Benjamin Eisinger

Excellence in Writing/Gr 10: Kacy Jones

Excellence in Writing/Gr 11: Alexis Voulgaropoulos

Excellence in Writing/Gr 12: Jackson Puckey

Senior Speech Award: Kathryn Herman and Anita Uwadia

SCISA Literary Meet Recognition: Sarah DeLoach, Ava Nixon, Chase Schupp, Lucas Tomita, Alexander Vanezis, Alexis Voulgaropoulos

SCISA Debate Team Recognition: Colten Lavery, Annalise Saponara, Uige Ujaan, Alexander Vanezis

Featured in "Literary Gems" for the YES! Magazine Student Writing Competition: Sarah DeLoach

Scholastic Writing Awards Gold Key Winner: Divya Sharma

University of South Carolina Honors College Writing Contest Winner: Melis Tirhi

Daughters of the American Revolution History Essay Contest Regional Winner: Jackson Puckey

Hilton Head Island Rotary's 4-Way Test Essay Contest Winner: Jacquelyn Nahman

Mathematics Department Awards

Algebra: Ashley Chang

Algebra II: Victoria Kurz

Algebra II Honors: Dylan Zhong

Algebra III/Trigonometry: Paul Griz

Geometry: Benjamin Eisinger

Geometry Honors: Healey Lucier

Pre-Calculus: Kiefer Surkamer

Pre-Calculus Honors: Charlotte Ruhlin

Calculus Honors: Catherine Meighan

AP Calculus: Catherine Sheehan

Statistics: Magdalene Sulek

AP Statistics: Evgeny Jake Smirnov

Cadet Teacher Award: Zachary June

Science Department Awards

College Prep Biology: Courtney Doyle

AP Biology: Allessandra Reuben

College Prep Chemistry: Bumin Choi

Chemistry Honors: Charlotte Covington

AP Chemistry: Riley Kuehler

College Prep Physics: Joshua Polk

Physics Honors: Alexander Vanezis

AP Physics: Ryan Nimmer

Anatomy and Physiology: Melis Tirhi

Susan B. West Marine Biology: Jackson Puckey

Integrated Science: Parker Shisheng Fang

United States Army Sponsored Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Attendees: Ben Eisinger, Lucas Tomita, Jackson Richard, Alexis Voulgaropoulos

Regional Science Fair Participants: Lucas Tomita, Emmeline Guerard, Evan White, Sarah DeLoach, Uige Rik Ujaan, Ryan Nimmer, Olivia Mitchell, Trey Speer, Bryan Allen, Frank Lin, Elizabeth Rankin, Avery Campbell, Logan Blair, Ben Eisinger, Shannon Hegarty, Alexis Voulgaropoulos, Serina Peiyu Xiong

South Carolina Independent School Association Science Fair Participants: Avery Campbell, Frank Lin, Lucas Tomita, Alexis Voulgaropoulos

International Science Fair Recognition: Lucas Tomita, Alexis Voulgaropoulos

World Languages

Spanish 1: Addison Eldridge

Spanish 2: Justin Perez

Spanish 3: Sarah DeLoach

Spanish 4: Alexis Voulgaropoulos

AP Spanish: Jackson Puckey

Chinese 1: Sallie Collins

Chinese 2: Martha Collins

Chinese 3: Uige Ujaan

Social Sciences

Western Civilization: Benjamin Eisinger

American Studies: Joshua Williams

American Politics and Society: Colten Lavery

Psychology: Paige Lucas

Economics: Evgeny Jake Smirnov

Ethics: Bailey Kaiser

AP US History: Uige Ujaan

AP European History: Anton Ugnivenko

History I: Raiden Baihua Yang

History II: Lisa Keyu Liao

Quiz Bowl Participants: Jack Dextraze, Marcus Ferreira, Jackson Puckey, Jackson Richard, Melis Tirhi, Uige Ujaan, Shengxu Wang

Fine Arts Department Awards – Visual Arts

Art I: Addison Eldridge

Art II: Olivia Mitchell

Art Honors: Catherine Sheehan

Aldo Landwehr AP Drawing: Magdalene Sulek

Ceramics I: Lucas Tomita

Ceramics II: Charlotte Ruhlin

Photography: Elizaveta Parinova

AP Photography: Magdalene Sulek

Web Design: Evgeny Jake Smirnov

Promising Picassos Upper School Recognition: Sarah DeLoach, Addison Eldridge, Samuel Fried, Adam Guo, Olivia Mitchell, Sarah Orie, Ian Parker, Elizaveta Parinova, Jackson Richard, Catherine Sheehan, Magdalene Sulek, Sabina Vaughan

SCISA Art/Photography Participants: Ana Cris Diaz Covarrubias, Alana McCallion, Sarah Orie, Joshua Polk, Catherine Sheehan, Evgeny Jake Smirnov, Magdalene Sulek

Fine Arts Department Awards – Performing Arts

Performing Arts Award: Kacy Jones

Director's Award: Keegan Crotty and Emmett Askeland

Orchestra: Emmett Askeland

Upper School Orchestra Participants: Emmett Askeland, Thomas Dextraze, Hunter Hopman, Shalina Parker, Benjamin Pellicci, Matthew Sullivan, Melis Tirhi, Alexis Voulgaropoulos, Joshua Williams, Savannah Young

Performing Arts Participants Class of 2016: Walker Campbell, Thomas Dextraze, Kathryn Herman, Zachary June, Bailey Kaiser, Michelle Kunz, Paige Lucas, Jackson Puckey, Jackson Richard, Melis Tirhi, Anita Uwadia, Sabina Vaughan, Shengxu Wayne Wang, Xioquan King Wu

SCISA Drama Team Participants: Logan Blair, Avery Campbell, Shannon Hegarty, Ava Nixon, Anita Uwadia

University Book Awards and Recognition

Harvard College Book Award: Volha Zavarotnaya

Salem College Book Award: Sophie Rudloff

Sewanee Award-Excellence in Writing: Sarah DeLoach

St Michael's College Book Awards: Stephanie Orrell and Xin Richard Liu

University of Virginia Jefferson Book Award: Evan White

Wake Forest University Book Award: Ava Nixon

Washington & Lee University Book Award: MacDonald Orie

Wellesley College Book Award: Serina Peiyu Xiong

Furman Scholars: Catherine Sheehan and Evan White

Wofford Scholars: Catherine Sheehan and Evan White

Ohio University Scholars: Kiara Parker, Joshua Polk, Evgeny Jake Smirnov

National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists: Cordell Clouston

Community Awards and Recognition

Eagle Scout Recognition: Zachary June (and candidate Thomas Dextraze)

Heritage Classic Foundation Scholarship: Jackson Richard

Hilton Head Rotary Club-Outstanding Senior: Jackson Puckey

National Merit Scholar: Jackson Richard

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship: William Monts

Margaret Gould Zonta Club Scholarship: Bailey Kaiser

Sun City Theater Scholarship: Kathryn Herman

Mayor's Youth Service Award Recognition: Sarah DeLoach, Julia Gigante, Nicholas Gioffre, Hunter Hopman, Michelle Kunz, Xin Richard Liu, Aidan McCloskey, Frank Milbourn, William Monts, Jacquelyn Nahman, Ryan Nimmer, Ava Nixon, Alexander Parsick, Davis Puckey, Jackson Richard, Sophie Rudloff, Michael Santorum, Jacqueline Steinmetz, Melis Tirhi, Lucas Tomita, Uige Ujaan, Alexis Voulgaropoulos, Peiyu Xiong, Evan White, Joshua Williams, Zhilan Zhou

Junior Leadership Class of 2016: Sarah DeLoach, Cole Frederick, Ryan Nimmer, McDonald Orie, Sophie Rudloff, Charlotte Ruhlin, Catherine Sheehan, Alexis Voulgaropoulos

Hilton Head Prep Awards and Recognition

Arts Department Scholarship Awards: Ava Nixon and Catherine Sheehan

Arts Guild Scholarship Award: Zachary June

Faculty Merit Scholarship Award: Sarah DeLoach

Parents Association Scholarship Awards: Kathryn Herman and Bailey Kaiser

The Jim Ferree Golf Outing Scholarship Award: Ryan Nimmer

The Tennis Carnevale Scholarship Award: Marcus Ferreira and Alexis Voulgaropoulos

The RET Thomas Scholar/Athlete Award: Thomas Dextraze and Madeleine McDonald

The Richard Basirico Scholarship Award: Benjamin Jackson

The 4-D Award: Joshua Polk

Citizenship Awards

Grade 9: Savannah Young and Michael Santorum

Grade 10: Martha Collins and Joshua Williams

Grade 11: Alexis Voulgaropoulos and Benjamin Jackson

Grade 12: Madeleine McDonald and Thomas Dextraze

Senior Speech Award: Kathryn Herman and Anita Uwadia

The Dolphin Spirit Award: Anita Uwadia


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The South Carolina Association of Independent Schools (SCISA) State Science Fair was held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in Sumter, SC. More than sixty private schools from across the state participated in this year's competition. Congratulations to the following Hilton Head Preparatory School students receiving recognition at this prestigious event:



UPPER SCHOOL (Senior Division):

Alexis Voulgaropoulos – First Place in Senior Biological Science Category

The Effect of Fibroin Protein Application on Escherichia Coli


Avery Campbell – First Place in Senior Physical Science Category

Endothermic Fire Extinguisher


Lucas Tomita – First Place in Senior Environmental Science Category
The Effects of Ocean Acidification on Coral Reef Health and Development


MIDDLE SCHOOL (Junior Division):

Elizabeth Hudak – First Place in Junior Behavioral Science Category

Do Middle School Students Judge a Book by its Cover?

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Hilton Head Prep senior, Jackson Richard, has been named a recipient of the Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship Award at Emory University as part of the Emory Scholars Program. He will attend Emory University as a member of the class of 2020.

The Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship is awarded each year and includes full tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board. Jackson will also receive a monthly stipend towards internships and research. Young men and women who demonstrate qualities of forceful and unselfish character, intellectual and personal vigor, outstanding academic achievement, impressive skills in communication, significant leadership and creativity in school or community, and clear potential for enriching the lives of their contemporaries at Emory University receive these scholarships.


Jackson was also one of eight outstanding Beaufort County seniors selected to receive the Heritage Classic Foundation Scholarship Award this month as well as being named a Semifinalist in September of 2015 and then a Finalist in February for the National Merit Scholarship Program and will continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered this spring.


Richard was also accepted to both Cornell University and Williams College and will be a Hilton Head Prep Certificate of Distinction Candidate for Prep's Inaugural Program this year.


Jackson Richard plans to study Biological Science and has spent time volunteering at the Waddel Mariculture Center, a field experiment station of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and one of the country's largest and most sophisticated facilities for mariculture research. Spending his early years living on a sailboat with his family instilled a love of the natural world. His love of nature also inspired him to run on the Hilton Head Prep Cross Country Team.

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Hilton Head Prep is pleased to announce several more athletic commitments for the seniors, Class of 2016. The student-athletes will sign their National Letter of Intent during a ceremony at Prep's Joseph B. Fraser, Jr. Field House on Thursday, April 7, beginning at 10:10 a.m.

Students scheduled to sign are:
Sam Fried – tennis at Mercer University
Dylaney Day – golf at Thomas University

Christian Garruppo – golf at McDaniel College
Alejandro Becker – tennis at Sewanee – University of the South

Jack Foyle – golf at College of Charleston

Jessica Post - sailing at Christopher Newport University


The athletes' family and friends are invited to witness the ceremony in the Field House.


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Hilton Head Preparatory School is pleased to announce that seventh grader, Thor Pullon, has been notified and invited by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2016 South Carolina National Geographic State Bee, which will take place on Friday, April 1, in Columbia, SC.


This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition. School Bees were held in schools with fourth through eighth grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took an online qualifying test. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and US territories to compete in the state Bees.


Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic book "The National Parks: An Illustrated History" and a medal, and will travel to Washington, DC, to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 22-25, 2016. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

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Hilton Head Prep alum, Reid D'Amico '11, has been selected to receive a 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship.


After completing his undergrad at Duke University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering in May 2015, Reid started his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University this past fall. He currently uses an engineering approach to research pulmonary hypertension. Reid has CF, and finds much of his drive by experiencing both the research and patient aspects of cystic fibrosis. Reid is also a director at the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Association (USACFA) and Publisher of CF Roundtable Newsletter.

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Jackson Richard, Hilton Head Preparatory School senior, has been selected as one of eight outstanding Beaufort County seniors to receive the Heritage Classic Foundation Scholarship Award, and will receive an $18,000 scholarship over the next four years. Each year in March, the Heritage Scholars are announced at a luncheon, sponsored by Palmetto Electric Cooperative, and are honored at the Opening Ceremony of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. During Monday's awards presentation and luncheon, Scott Richardson, past Prep parent and Scholar Committee Chairman, pointed out that "These scholars are not just straight A students. They are leaders in their schools, communities, and churches. They have interests that vary from biology to music to Boy Scouts".


Richard was also named a Semifinalist in September of 2015 and then a Finalist in February for the National Merit Scholarship Program and will continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered this spring.


Jackson Richard plans to study Biological Science and has spent time volunteering at the Waddel Mariculture Center, a field experiment station of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and one of the country's largest and most sophisticated facilities for mariculture research. Spending his early years living on a sailboat with his family instilled a love of the natural world. His love of nature also inspired him to run on the Hilton Head Prep Cross Country Team.


The Heritage Classic Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving lives throughout the state of South Carolina. As the general sponsor of the PGA TOUR's RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, millions of dollars generated from ticket sales and sponsorships are distributed to charitable organizations that enhance the quality of life for our citizens.

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