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Four Hilton Head Preparatory School upper school students came home with honors after competing with approximately 400 others on Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15 at the 2017 Sea Island Regional Science Fair.

Hilton Head Preparatory School Grand Award winners are:

  • Frank Lin, Chemistry, Grade 111st Place (Competitor) - Title: Structure of LYS B28 Pro B29 Insulin
  • Lucas Tomita, Environmental, Grade 101st Place (Competitor) – Title: A Comparative Study of Different Plant and Limestone Combinations, and their Ability to Naturally Mitigate the Harmful Effects of Ocean Acidification on Coastal Coral Reef Health

  • Ben Eisinger, Grade 10 – 1st Place (Competitor) – Title: A Study on Sustainable, Environmentally-Friendly, Alternative Insulators

  • Rachel Stratton, Chemistry, Grade 9 – 1st Place (Observer) – Title: BPA vs. BPS: What's in Your Water?

Grand Award winners at the high school level will travel to Los Angeles, California
May 14-19, 2017 for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where more than $4 million in prize awards is expected to draw approximately 1,700 student competitors from around the world.

Upper School Awards:


1st Place, Grade 10 – Abby Freed - Comparing Dog and Human Mouth Cleanliness

2nd Place, Grade 9 – Kierstin Clark & Jordan Lalli - Is It Really Clean: Testing the Effectiveness of Various Cleaners on Various Surfaces

3rd Place, Grade 10 – Natalie Middleton & Lizzie Rankin - Testing Antibiotics Against Bacteria

Honorable Mention, Grade 10 – Kaitlyn Adkins, Courtney Doyle, & Olivia Light

Bacteria Growth on Various Models of Soda/Water Bottles


Honorable Mention, Grade 9 – Mackenzie Joyner - Does Cooking Food Destroy its Potential Vitamin Levels


Honorable Mention, Grade 10 – Sarah Griz - Carbon Dioxide and Its Effects on the Ocean

Math & Engineering:

Honorable Mention, Grade 9 – Willis Woerheide - Paving the Way to the Future


2nd Place, Grade 11 – Allessandra Reuben -Exploring the Link Between Behavioral Psychology and Cognitive Learning

Honorable Mention, Grade 9 – Scout Yokley - How Can Different Genders and Age Groups Self-Assess Their Personalities?

Zoology, Health & Medicine:

2nd Place, Grade 11 – Shannon Hegarty - The Effect of Music on the Recollection of Alzheimer's Patients

Honorable Mention, Grade 9 – Brittany Hanna - The Effects of Artificial Sweeteners on Heart Rate of Daphnia Magna

Middle School Awards:


2nd Place, Grade 6 - Jackie Sullivan - "The Effect on the Heart Rate of Daphnia magna when exposed to Popular Beverages"


2nd Place, Grade 7 - Hope Dobbelaere - Encourage! A cell phone app design

Honorable Mention, Grade 8 - Grace Lanier - Boat Hull Designs

Honorable Mention, Grade 8 - Michael Calamari - The dye-sensitive solar cell engineering project


2nd Place, Grade 7 - Haylee Hopman - How much bacteria is present in ice machines and dispensers

Honorable Mention, Grade 7 - Jared Reuben - Bacteria Busting Bromelain

Honorable Mention, Grade 8 - Ella Tomita - Ha"pee" Cabbage- An alternative fertilizer


Honorable Mention, Grade 7 - Ella Clark - Self-Control, Self-Esteem, or Self-Perception Key to Success

Zoology, Health & Medicine:

Honorable Mention, Grade 8 - Bailey Sullivan and Mia Calamari - Bye Bye Acne- Testing the effects of salicylic acid on facial bacteria


3rd Place, Grade 8 - Tommy Stauffer and Bradbury Kiser - Is Cheating Worth It: Testing corked bats in baseball


Hilton Head Preparatory School seniors Catherine Sheehan and Charlotte Ruhlin have been selected as two 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 Tuesday'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 engineering to music to fostering golden retrievers."

Next fall, 31 Beaufort County collegians will be receiving Foundation grants at an expenditure of $149,500. A grand total of $3,965,350 will have been awarded to 312 students after the 2017 distribution.

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.


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.


The 25th Annual Promising Picassos presented by the Island School Council for the Arts (ISCA) Student Art Exhibition opened on Thursday, February 9, 2017. The event unveiled incredible emerging artists who used various mediums to display at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina's Bank of America room. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on display from February 9, 2017 - March 17, 2017.

Promising Picassos is open to all students, grades 3-12 in the public, private, and home schools of southern Beaufort County and is a competitive juried show where entries are selected by a committee. This year approximately 121 works were submitted from seven different schools. Eighty pieces were selected for the 2017 Promising Picassos exhibition where they are framed and prominently displayed.

Congratulations to the following Hilton Head Preparatory School students on their selection and awards!

Upper School Students

Catherine Sheehan – First Place

Addie Eldridge – Second Place

Alana McCallion – Honorable Mention

Dorsey Barker – Star of Distinction

Julie Gigante – Star of Distinction

Alex Wynne – Star of Distinction

Sarah DeLoach

Ben Eisinger

Hayden Garniewicz

Clara Jane Kiser

Sarah Orie

Middle School Students

Drew Harrington – Star of Distinction

Alexa Palazzo – Star of Distinction

Abigail Mendoza

Owen Eldridge

Parker Hill

Jamie Kidd

Ransom Edwards

Hayes Wilkinson

Maya Shimada

Jackie Sullivan



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.


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

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