Clay Target Takes State! Article Shared from the Jasper Sun Times.
Posted by: carmen | February 13, 2018
Thomas Heyward Academy made school history in skeet shooting by earning state championships. Competing at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources skeet championships in Edgefield, C.J. Cleland, Chandler Thames and Mark DeLong took first in the varsity division and won the SCISA state championship — the first SCISA skeet shooting crown in school history. Brandon Smith, Trevor Cleland and Nicholas Wise earned middle school state championships. Smith, Cleland and Wise also earned first in the state trap championship.Thomas Heyward Academy made school history in skeet shooting by earning state championships. Competing at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources skeet championships in Edgefield, C.J. Cleland, Chandler Thames and Mark DeLong took first in the varsity division and won the SCISA state championship — the first SCISA skeet shooting crown in school history. Brandon Smith, Trevor Cleland and Nicholas Wise earned middle school state championships. Smith, Cleland and Wise also earned first in the state trap championship.
THA Wins Top Honors From Daughters of the American Rvolution
Posted by: carmen | March 1, 2017
Senior Jamie Davis won the Emily Geiger Good Citizen Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Of all the high school seniors
chosen, her essay was the only one chosen and sent to the State DAR for scholarships consideration. Jamie attended the DAR banquet on February
9th, accompanied by her mom, nana, and history teacher Mr. Stanley. Jamie says that besides being nervous, she enjoyed her time there and felt
very honored to be a part of it. Also, 7th grader, Jessica Tilton, won the Emily Geiger American History Essay contest. Jessica had to write an essay
acting like she was at the Grand Canyon, one of the national parks. She had to make it like a journal entry. Jessica also had to read her essay. Both
girls worked hard, and the awards were well deserved.
The DAR official website contains the following information about their organization:
"DAR stands for Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. AR members volunteer millions of service hours annually in their local communities including supporting active
duty military personnel and assisting veteran patients, awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and
supporting schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars. For more than a century, the members of the
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution have dedicated themselves to historical preservation, promotion of education, and
encouragement of patriotic endeavor. These goals are as relevant in today's society as they were when the organization was
founded in 1890. Most of DAR's volunteer work is accomplished by the grassroots efforts of chapters on the local level which focus on the mission areas of DAR by encouraging members to become involved in these initiatives in their local communities."
THA senior Ryan Riley has had a lifelong dream of joining the United States Marine Corp after high school. “I want to join the United States Marine
Corp because of the high respect and honor they receive,” said Riley. Ryan enlisted at the beginning of his senior year. Since signing on the dotted
line, Ryan has worked very hard to get in shape for basic training. Every Tuesday after school, Ryan meets other future marines from the area at
The Beaufort Air Station to complete physical training to prepare for the 8 weeks of basic training they will complete after graduation. Of all the
branches of the military, the Marine Corp has the hardest basic training. Ryan Riley just doesn’t do PT to get ready for the Marine Corp, last Friday he went to Battery Creek High School where he helped recruit other students to join and become a part of the Marine Corp. At the recruitment they
had a pull up challenge where he maxed out at a total of 27 pull ups. Ryan said, “ It was a great experience to spread the word of the life changing experience that I’m about to go through, and to show others that they could to.”
Senior Class of 2017 is in full force preparing for graduation. Majority of the class has figured out what they want to do after graduation. Two
men are enlisting in the military after graduation. Ryan Riley is joining the Marines and Coleman Neill is joining the Coast Guard. We are very proud
of these two young men. The rest of the class is very excited about their future. The colleges planned to attend are, Georgia Southern University,
Charleston Southern, College of Charleston, Clemson University, North Greenville University, Lander University, USCB and many more. We are
extremely proud of the Class of 2017.
As the 2016-2017 basketball season comes to a close
Thomas Heyward Academy wants to recognize our senior athletes. Blake Bannon,
Andrew Boyles, Ethan Glassberg, Jonah Young, Ellie Bryan, Jamie Davis, and Haylee Wade. A few of our seniors to reflect on their times on the court. After injuring his hand during a game, senior Blake Bannon said, “My favorite basketball season was my junior season because I
actually got to play the whole season.” Bannon had surgery to repair the damage to his hand. He hopes to make a full recovery before baseball season.
Jamie Davis said “My favorite basketball memory was
during a game at Andrew Jackson when I went up for a rebound and a girl from the other team
stepped on my shoe and it came off half way. I was running down the court with my shoe half off asking the ref for a timeout but he just would not call
it. Eventually a timeout was called and my shoe would not untie for anything. By this time both teams were on the other side of the court ready to
play and I’m still on the other side of the court trying to untie my shoe. I eventually got my shoe tied and back on after what felt like five minutes.
When I got up everyone clapped like I was an injured player.”
“My favorite basketball memory was winning senior night!” Andrew Boyles
The Varsity boys have won five games. The boys have really learned to work together and become a great team. Our varsity girls finished the season 22-3. They played in the SCISA state playoffs February 17, 2017.
From the very first day of school, the senior class has been to preparing for
graduation. We all sat down on our lunchroom tables, not realizing it would
be our last-first time as students, to watch a video made by Jostens that left
us in tears. Goosebumps rose on our arms as we watched the seniors in the
video cheer on their football team, yell at pep rallies, and laugh with the people
they had known all their lives for the very last time. Then we ordered invitations,
caps and gowns, and other “senior” items.
For me personally, that was the first time it registered this was it! Senior year
was here, and it was not slowing down. For senior Morgan Doughty, it all began
when her best friend and fellow senior, Jamison Horton, sent her pictures of the
apartment she would be living in next fall. Morgan commented, “It all felt so real
and finally hit me that everything is changing and I will be away from everybody
and everything I’ve ever known. I also felt very stressed out and nervous.”
Even before the first day, anxious seniors took their senior pictures. They booked
a photographer, choose the perfect outfit and some even travelled to their college
towns to capture the moment on their campus-to-be. They also decided senior
quotes for the yearbook. Since then, seniors have sent applications to their chosen
colleges. Students like Tiffany Cooler, who has been determined to attend the
College of Charleston, have worked extremely hard to be accepted into college.
She expresses that the wait was hard. “Every day I checked the mail to see if I had
received the letter and it wasn’t until New Year's Eve, in London, when I received a
picture from my dad of the acceptance letter and my heart was filled with joy.”
Some have decided to join the armed forces after graduation. Ryan Riley has decided
that the Marines will be the branch he joins. Another student, Coleman Neill, has
chosen the Coast Guard.
Student athletes are playing their last seasons and saying goodbye to the field or
court they have poured blood, sweat, and tears on. Some are continuing their athletic
careers in the fall on an athletic scholarship. Hannah Cannon and Madison Cooler
signed in the fall. Others hope to walk onto a sports team in college. They can be
found in weight rooms or perfecting their craft.
Seniors are excited for their senior trip. Seniors have earned the money for this trip
by working in the lunchroom. It has taught responsibility and work ethic needed in the
real world. Students will use this trip as a farewell event to celebrate the love they have
shared, and the hard work it took to get to this momentous point in their lives.
Since the first day of school, Thomas Heyward has been preparing us for the following
years: as THA alumni, college students, as soldiers, as college athletes, as wives and
husbands, as mothers and fathers; to be upstanding citizens with bright futures. In
economics class, we have learned life skills and a sense of money management. “Most
seniors know where they are going to school next fall, so now it’s just time to take the
lessons Thomas Heyward has equipped us with and use them in our daily life.”
says senior, Bailey Carson.
Behind all the student success, you will find the beloved parents and teachers. The
guidance counselor’s office door has swung open multiple times and has begun to
feel like a second home. There, our guidance counselors have educated us on FAFSA,
SAT, ACT, NCAA compliance and many other necessities for furthering our education
The last few months of senior year students will be making final decisions on colleges
and majors and sending in payments. Next month seniors will be receiving graduation
invitations in the mail and sending those out to family and friends. They will also be
purchasing graduation day attire, but most importantly making the final days count with
the tight-knit group of friends we have all grown to love and care for.
"Senior year is for the tears, Facing the fears, Listening to the cheers.
You find out how close you are to some. And how far away you are from others.
You'll have your lasts and get ready for the firsts. Then look back on it and remember it forever!"
The Thomas Heyward clay target team traveled to the SCDNR
Youth Championship in Edgefield, South Carolina. There, the team triumphed,
receiving many accolades and titles. CJ Cleland, Mark DeLong, and Chandler
Thames led the team to earning the title of SCISA runner up in trap and first
place in the JV State Championship. Trevor Cleland, Wyatt Pope, and Nicholas
Wise also placed third in the middle school division for trap. In the second
day of the tournament, Trevor Cleland, Hayden Daley, and Brandon Smith placed
second in the middle school state championship. Chris Cleland, coach of the
clay target team, stated “I cannot say enough about how proud I am of our kids.
We have grown as a team from when I started. We started out with only seven
kids and we have grown to twenty-one shooters. We went from only winning one,
maybe two a year to having placed in every event so far in the last two years.
After this weekend, we have won three state titles in the last year and a half
and we still have two more state tournaments this year, and hopefully we can
place in those also. And I cannot say enough about our new shooters this year.
They have also placed in every event this year.” As the team celebrates their
accomplishments, they are getting ready for the next two tournaments hoping to come
out on top.
Trey Grier, Thomas Heyward’s first wrestler in school
history, started off his career seven years ago, at Robert Smalls Middle
School. He is the only member of the THA
wrestling team coached by Wade Lucas. His mentor is a Marine by the name of Joe
Argueta. Grier participated in the State
Tournament this past weekend, Grier said “It was Great Experience.” The match itself only consisted of seven
contenders, so it basically stared in the quarter finals. Trey’s first match had a quick and easy first
period. His second match was won against the number 2 seed Harrison Boorda. He next
faced Larry Sullivan from Augusta Christian for the State title. That match went
into triple overtime, where Grier took second place. Grier said, “The atmosphere was very heated.
It felt like I was against the whole gym.” THA is very proud of Trey Grier for
introducing a new sport to the school. Hopefully he inspired more students to
explore the sport of wrestling.
Eighth grade can be a bit of a transition for most students. It is the beginning stage of moving out of childhood and into near-adulthood. Eighth graders do not often slow down to think about these things though; they are too busy enjoying what they are doing. One such student is Bayli Belger. “Right now I’m playing varsity softball with a great team. Today we play Bluffton at 6:30 and we have a tournament this weekend in Sumter. We also have practice almost every day and I constantly learn new things.” The varsity girls are 5-2 so far and look to make a play for State again. “I really enjoy playing softball with my team,” Belger says. There is no slowing down for these students, but they have a lifetime to enjoy the memories they are making.
7th Grade Takes a Trip to Coastal Discovery Museum
Posted by: carmen | March 15, 2016
By Arthur Cartier
The 7th grade took a field trip to Hilton Head Island’s Coastal Discovery Museum. While there students were able to enjoy the experience of dissecting a squid. They also had the opportunity to view marsh dwellings, and learn a lot about their local ecosystem. 7th grade teacher Mrs. Crosby said, “Coastal Discovery Museum and it’s employees are very knowledgeable about the lowcountry”. Seventh grader Branden Davis said, “ I liked dissecting an animal for the first time.” Bryson Resh said, “I learned a lot about plankton, and how squids spit out ink as a diversion.” Overall the majority of the the class really enjoyed the trip and was able to take a lot away from it.