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Hilton Head Preparatory School presents its second show of the school year with the Upper School performance of the musical adaptation of the curiously quirky book "James and the Giant Peach". Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony Award nominated team of Pasek and Paul, "James" is now a musical for the whole family to enjoy! The show runs at the Hilton Head Preparatory School Main Street Theatre February 23-26.

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach... and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James' quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.

A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, the creative possibilities with James and the Giant Peach are endless. Actors will love playing the outlandish characters and performing brand new material from one of Broadway's hottest duos. Cast members include Avery Campbell as Ladahlord, Ava Nixon as James, Shannon Hegarty as Spiker, Sophie Rudloff as Sponge, Serina Xiong, Keegan Crotty, Grace Jarrell, Caylin Campis and Luke Herman. Also joining the show are ensemble cast members Baylor Horne, Hayden Garniewicz, Logan Blair, Susan Brooks and Anna Pellicci.

This gifted cast, under the inventive and witty direction of Prep's Director of Performing Arts, Ian McCabe, is sure to sweep you up in the magic of James' amazing journey across the ocean and to faraway cities. This show is a "masterpeach". Don't miss it!

Performances are February 23-26, Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 pm, and matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. Online ticket prices for the "James and the Giant Peach" are $10/students, $20 for adults and $15 for Seniors 65 or over. Door prices are $12/students, $25/adults and $15/Seniors 65 or over. For tickets and information, visit or call 843-715-8510.


The Board of Trustees of Hilton Head Preparatory School announces the extension of current Headmaster Jon Hopman's contract for an additional three years. As has been evident every day, Jon's leadership over these past three years has impacted life at Prep for everyone involved. His continued commitment to providing world-class academics while recognizing Prep's solid academic foundation will help Prep continue to provide the best education in the area. Jon's diverse professional background has enabled Prep to seize opportunities that the current times present even as others struggle to merely keep up. Prep's Board could not be more pleased with the job that Jon has been doing and with his ideas for the future. Board Chairman, Eric Wojcikiewicz says, "The entire Hopman family – Jon, wife, Mindy, and children Hunter, and Haylee – have been a tremendous addition to the Prep family. We look forward to having the Hopman family as part of the Prep family through the 2020-2021 school year and for many years to come."

In his first three years at Hilton Head Prep, Jon has worked hard to improve all aspects of the Prep experience. He has made numerous improvements to the curriculum through new vertical alignment, he has expanded electives in all divisions, led the school to achieve the Advanced Placement Capstone designation (the only school in the area to receive that designation), added the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program in the lower school and improved communication across all constituencies through the addition of the Schoology program. During his tenure, the faculty demographic has improved from approximately 50% of faculty with advanced degrees to 78%, with the largest number of PhD's on staff in the school's history. Already well known for its strong college counseling program and college placement experience, Jon has led the department to strengthen the program to begin in the eighth grade, added college seminars in all upper school grades, and added SAT and ACT review classes as part of the school day curriculum. He has also expanded the boarding program, made numerous capital improvements including renovations to the dining hall, the library, the athletic fields and several classroom buildings and raised the school's AP and SAT scores.


Island School Council for the Arts

2017 Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibit

Congratulations to the following Hilton Head Prep students on their acceptance into the Annual Promising Picassos Art Exhibit!

Jackie Sullivan

Owen Eldridge

Dylan Herman

Ben Eisinger

Hayes Wilkinson

Ransom Edwards

Abigail Mendoza

Andrew Harrington

Alexa Palazzo

Clara Kiser

Dorsey Barker

Alana McCallion

Sarah Orie

Addie Eldridge

Katherine Sheehan

Julia Gigante

Sarah DeLoach

Alex Wynne

Hayden Garniewicz

Parker Hill

Maya Shimada

Jaime Kidd

The 2017 Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibit will be hung in the Bank of America Room at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, free and open to the public and seen by several hundred community members and tourists, beginning February 9 ~ March 1, with the opening reception taking place on Thursday, February 9, 2017, from 5:30~6:30pm in the Wood Community Room, 2nd floor, at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.


On February 8th, The Captain William Hilton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awarded Hilton Head Prep students Elizabeth Eisinger (5th grade), Chloe Marko (6th grade), Owen Eldridge (7th grade), and Lauren Harvey (8th grade), the American History Essay Awards. The contest, open to all island schools, focused on the topic "Celebrating a Century: America's National Parks."

In addition, Morgan Woodson (5th grade) and Bailey Sullivan (8th grade) received the DAR Youth Citizenship Award. Each lower faculty and middle school on the island received this award to give to one outstanding student. The recipients were chosen by the faculty and staff of their respective schools.

Finally, Ryan Nimmer (12th grade) received the prestigious DAR Good Citizen's Award with his essay titled "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It."

Congratulations to all of our award recipients! We are proud of you!


Lucas Tomita Selected as National Youth Delegate for Prestigious Conference at George Mason University

Lucas Tomita, a student at Hilton Head Preparatory School has been selected to represent Hilton Head Island, South Carolina as a National Youth Delegate to the 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.

Tomita joins a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Tomita was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

George Mason University along with partners, National Geographic and the National Zoo are excited to welcome the nation's youth scholars to Washington, D.C. With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers aspiring environmentalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience. The week-long program is held at George Mason University's state-of-the-art campus. The Summit will encourage and inspire young leaders who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.

The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment will be held June 25 to June 30, 2017.

About the 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) is a unique student leadership conference designed to develop and encourage future leaders in the important field of environmental studies and conservation in the 21st century. The Advisory Board is chaired by Mark Bauman, Senior Vice President of the Smithsonian Institution's Enterprises Division and co-chaired by Joe Sacco, Educational Director for the National Zoo. Additional members include world renowned scholars, distinguished scientists and award winning university faculty, such as Dr. Tom Lovejoy, noted environmentalist and former executive vice president of the World Wildlife Fund. Delegates gain an insider look at environmental science, policy and conservation issues. For more information visit us online at


Hilton Head Preparatory School will host its annual Jubilee on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Sonesta Resort in Shipyard Plantation. The evening's theme will be "Love is in the Air" celebrating the enormous love that is found in Prep's community. The Jubilee will benefit academic excellence and student tuition assistance. The focus of the evening will be to honor and showcase distinguished individuals for their leadership and unyielding commitment to Hilton Head Prep and the community.


The ticket price for the Jubilee is $125 per person, while special sponsorship and underwriting opportunities exist ranging from $10,000 to $2,000; and special VIP tables along with options to purchase a variety of journal ads, and live and silent auction packages. This year also brings the excitement of mobile bidding to Prep's auctions which will simplify bidding for people at the event as well as provide the opportunity to bid for those who are unable to attend Jubilee.

For more information or to reserve tickets via phone, contact Nadine Mooers, Director of the Annual Fund and Events, at 843-715-8536 or


Next week Prep celebrates Coming Home week! During this celebration a King will be crowned as voted by the student body. Please see below for the spirit day's schedule of dress and events. Any changes and/or adjustments will be communicated.

  • Monday, January 30th: Pajama Day (no tank tops, sleeveless shirts, undergarments, athletic shorts, or spaghetti straps)

  • Tuesday, January 31st: Dressing Day
    • Seniors- Greek (togas with appropriate clothing underneath, fraternity/sorority attire)
    • Juniors- Low Fat (appropriate workout clothes, no sleeveless shirts of any kind)
    • Sophomores- Ranch (cowboy hats, flannel, boots)
    • Freshman- Thousand Island (Hawaiian)
    • "Guessing that Dressing" game at break
    • Vote for the Coming Home King after break
  • Wednesday, February 1st: Jersey Day (appropriate sports jerseys)
    • Knockout during break in the Middle School gym

  • Thursday, February 2nd: Generation Day
    • Seniors- Senior Citizens
    • Juniors- Moms and Dads (soccer moms, fanny packs, etc.)
    • Sophomores- Rebellious Teens (grunge, goth, rappers, chokers, holey jeans)
    • Freshman- Babies and Toddlers (onesies, blankets and teddy bears)
    • Boys' volleyball in the Field House during break and x-bin.

  • Friday, February 3rd: All out spirit day (HHP red, white, and blue)
    • 8:00am - Coming Home Court Presentation in the middle school gym

We are pleased to have acclaimed youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden join us on our campus on Monday, January 30th. Jeff will be meeting with Middle and Upper School students throughout the day but has reserved time in the morning to meet with our parents. Please join other Prep parents on Monday at 8:30 in the Dining Hall to hear Jeff's message. Coffee will be served. Since 1992 Jeff has been featured in over 4,000 teen programs in all 50 states, 48 countries, and every Canadian province. Jeff is a skilled motivator, and a dynamic, straight talking speaker. Please come hear his message! Accountability, Mutual respect, Empathy, Leadership, Social Intelligence, "Be the Best You Can Be" are just a few of the topics that he will weave into his personalized Prep Presentations. Please see for additional information. Don't miss out on this important opportunity.

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