Past DCA Honorees
Our 2016 Inaugural Distinguished Citizens Awards honorees are as follows:
2016 Parent Volunteer - Dennis Puckey
Dennis has been involved as a volunteer in just about every facet of Hilton Head Prep. From the time his children enrolled at Prep, Dennis jumped in with both feet which means he has been volunteering at Prep for over 13 years. Dennis has been the President of the Parents Association for five years and he has chaired Jubilee seven times - and had his hand in many more – including the most successful Jubilee in recent memory, the Silver Spur Rodeo. He led the movement to bring back the Festival of Trees after a long absence and helped create the Back to School Bash. He was Booster Club secretary, on the Tradition of Excellence Capital Campaign Fundraising Committee, on the Headmaster Search Committee, on the 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee, on the Coastal Clean Water Festival Committee, and runs the concession stand for the Arts Guild. He is the first person people call when they need food for an event, a rental house for a teacher, a driver for a field trip, welcoming new parents, manning an event table, and drumming up support for Prep in every way imaginable. Dennis’ love for Prep and enthusiasm for helping the school community is immeasurable.
2016 Alumni - Andrew Hazel ‘06
A lifer at Hilton Head Prep, Andrew credits much of his success to his foundation provided during those 12 years. The lessons he learned in the classroom and as a four-year letterman on the Tennis and Cross Country teams not only instilled a love of Prep in his life, but taught him the importance of giving back to the community. Andrew is a co-owner of Cranford & Sons LLC and Swampfire LLC and is the manager of the national touring act, Cranford Hollow. When he moved back to Hilton Head Island after studying engineering at Maryville College, Andrew began giving back to Hilton Head Prep. He was a member of the Hilton Head Prep Alumni Association Board, became involved in many Prep activities, and wears a Prep logo on his shirt proudly around the Island. He and the members of Cranford Hollow have donated a free concert to the Jubilee auction six times, played at the Back to School Bash, and played along with students at the Prep Strings Concert. He is involved in many non-profit organizations on the Island including NAMI, Friends of Caroline Hospice, Hilton Head Humane Association, and The Island Rec Center. Most recently, he helped raise money for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief.
2016 Alumni - Eric Reid ‘06
Eric joined the Hilton Head Prep family in 2002 as a freshman when his family moved to the island from the Detroit area. He played on the varsity football and golf teams, and in addition to playing the violin with Ms. Klimoff’s music ensembles, played in the extracurricular Hilton Head Island Youth Orchestra.
After graduating from Prep in 2006 he attended Auburn University where he majored in history, a subject that had always interested him, but one he had developed an even greater love for through his Prep education. After pursuing musical interests in college which included touring the southeast with the Weston Burt Band, Eric returned to the Island permanently in the summer of 2011 and began playing his violin at acoustic dinner shows with singer and guitarist John Cranford. By September of that year, Cranford Hollow had become a full-time project. Now, five years later, the band has played over a thousand shows in 25 states all across the country. Eric and his follow band members have donated a free concert to Prep’s Jubilee six times, played at the Back to School Bash and alongside students at Prep strings concerts. Eric and Cranford Hollow have supported many island community events, most recently playing concerts to raise money for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief.
Athletics - Bailey M. Puntereri ‘97
The winner of the Headmaster’s Award during his senior year at Hilton Head Prep, Bailey excelled in the classroom and on the athletic field. He was the student council president, on the honor council, president of four different clubs, and captain of the boys varsity football, basketball, and soccer teams. He was named SCISA All State for football and soccer as well as both sports “Player of the Year” his senior year. After Prep, Bailey graduated from the University of Virginia, where he walked on to the football team as tailback his first year. He then started in real estate at The Greenbrier Sporting Club in West Virginia, moving to New York with Colliers International. In 2007, he was recruited by the private equity firm Blackstone, moving him and his wife, Maria, to London, UK, where they lived for seven years, and where their children, Rosie and Ford, were born. While in London, Bailey picked-up the sport of cricket, and, by happenstance, played in the prestigious Eaton vs. Harrow “First XIs” alumni all-star Cricket Match, where he was honored with the “Man of the Match” award. He and his family returned to New York in 2015, where Bailey became a Director with the Park Hill Group of PJT Partners, the investment advisory group that was spun out of Blackstone. He currently lives in Greenwich, CT, where his wife teaches at, and children attend, Greenwich Country Day School. Bailey is a member of Prep’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Athletics - Hadley Puntereri Miller ‘00
Hadley was a stellar student and athlete during her years as Prep. She won multiple academic awards including the Charles A. Scarminach award, the school’s highest award. She was student council president, on the honor council, co-editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist, and captain of the varsity girls tennis, basketball, and soccer teams. She was all-state and all-conference in soccer and basketball and was region “Player of the Year” her junior and senior year in soccer where she led the soccer team to three state championships and two runners-up
in the six years she played soccer. Her basketball team also won three state championships during her tenure. After graduating from the University of Virginia, where she coached a girls youth soccer team, Hadley moved to Atlanta to work with Turner Entertainment as the Digital Media Project Manager for the Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. She played competitive tennis with ALTA, and received certification as a Pilates instructor. She moved to New York in 2012, working at MTV as Operations Manager of their Digital Platforms group, as well as teaching Pilates at Equinox. In 2013, she began at Christie’s, Inc., the international art auction firm, and is currently Vice President, Head of Digital Product Development. She lives in Scarsdale, NY, with her husband Doug. Hadley is a member of Prep’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Athletics - Cooper Puntereri Collier ‘02
Cooper was the recipient of many accolades as a student athlete at Hilton Head Prep. She received the Charles A. Scarminach Award, the school’s highest award, was the chairman of the honor council, student council president, a member of the women’s a cappella chorus, a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist, and captain of the girls varsity tennis, basketball, and soccer teams. During her tenure at Hilton Head Prep, she led her teams to a total of seven state championships and three runners-up. After Prep, Cooper went to the University of Virginia, where she coached a youth soccer team, and was a featured soloist with “The Virginia Belles,” an a cappella singing group. Upon graduation in 2006, she remained in Charlottesville working as Merchandising and Marketing Coordinator for Caspari, Inc., before moving to San Francisco in 2009 to work for the Pottery Barn Product Development Division of Williams-Sonoma. After taking Graphic Design at the University of California, Berkeley, she worked with the Harland Clarke Company to help develop a new paper goods division. Cooper moved to Charleston, SC, in 2014, and started the eponymous Collier Rose Ink company, a producer of luxury fabric, wallpaper and home accessories, as well as continuing to play competitive tennis. She and her husband Nate, Culinary Brand Manager at the French cookware company, Le Creuset, have two daughters, Lilly and Eloise. Cooper is a member of Prep’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Educator - Richard A. Basirico
Rich began his Prep career as Athletic Director and Head Basketball and Baseball Coach at May River Academy in 1979. Since that time, Rich has distinguished himself by demonstrating exceptional leadership, commitment, character, and achievement and has significantly contributed to the quality of education and athletics at Prep. After the merger of May River Academy and Sea Pines Academy, Rich continued as Head Basketball Coach and Athletic Director at the newly formed Hilton Head Prep. Over the years he has been asked to step into many administrative positions and served as the Director of Student Activities, Head of the Middle School, and Head of the Upper School before accepting the job of Athletic Director once again in 2011. As Head Varsity Basketball Coach for 26 years, Rich took his team to 14 Conference Championships and five State Championships and was named SCISA Coach of the Year 12 times. He was inducted into the Hilton Head Prep Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. But more importantly, Rich molded young men with his lesson on sportsmanship, integrity, and hard work. Rich is the parent of three Hilton Head Prep lifers, grandfather of three, and has been married to Karen for 44 years.
Leader/Friend of Prep - Charles A. Scarminach
Chuck’s love for Hilton Head Prep began even before his children attended the school. As a member of the Board of Trustees for 13 years – and Chairman for 10 years – Chuck was instrumental in advancing the ideals, mission, vision, and traditions of Prep. Chuck negotiated the merger of Sea Pines Academy and May River Academy in 1985 and also negotiated the sale of the May River Campus to provide much needed debt funding for Hilton Head Prep. He presided over the school during a series of economic downturns which resulted in significant financial stress for the school and worked with the board to create fundraising programs which kept the school from closing. He has assisted with transactions with CSA, helped rebuild the baseball field and program and continues to support Prep in many ways. He served on the Prep Athletic Hall of Fame committee for more than 10 years and continues to advise Prep on legal matters. You will still see him on the sidelines of a Prep football game. A practicing attorney on the island since 1973, Chuck was a pioneer who helped shape modern-day Hilton Head Island and with it Hilton Head Prep. He understands this community better than anyone, especially why a strong private school is important. Chuck is the parent of five lifers and had a child at Prep for 27 consecutive years.