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New Principal Points from Ms. Spencer

February 24, 2021

Greetings, Raptor families!

Our graduating class of 2021 continues to distinguish itself with some very big news!  

Twenty-three of our National Merit Semifinalists are now Finalists! (One semifinalist declined consideration.)  All of these students are now eligible for financial awards sponsored by universities and corporations.  We wish them all the best of luck!  To add icing to the cake, fourteen of our upcoming graduates received Presidential Scholars Candidates invitations.  Congratulations to each and every one! (Names are listed below.)  

As we proceed into the second semester of the 2020-21 school year, our extraordinary students at all grade levels deserve a look back at their accomplishments in the arts, academics, and athletics in Semester 1:

G10 Angela Mei (along with her brother) won the Southern Division MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) competition "Senior Piano Duet."

G12 Karoline Surdyk has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her artistic talent, garnering 2 prestigious Gold Key awards and 2 Honorable Mentions.

AMHS Boys Cross Country finished 5th place in the 3A State Championship. All Region Players are: Christian Geils- 6th place, Evan Daniels- 7th place and Carter Limbert- 10th place. All State Runners Division 3A State Championship: Christian Geils- 4th place and Evans Daniels- 8th place.

Volleyball defeated Oceanside in a regular season match, something that no other region team has done since they opened.

Swimming: 28 swimmers qualified for State Championships. Boys’ team was 3rd place and Girls’ team 5th place. Boys Top 10: Jack Austin- 100 Butterfly, Caleb Anderson- 200 Freestyle, Andrew Nichols- 200 Freestyle, Sean Healy- 500 Freestyle, Eric Beaver- 100 Backstroke. Girls Team Top 10: Mia Matthews- 200 IM,500 Freestyle, Maryn Tombs- 200 IM, 500 Freestyle, Sarah Burnett- 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle and Paisley Hodges- 100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke

Ironman/ Wonder Woman (qualified for State in all events) Andrew Nichols, Mia Matthews, Jack Austin, Paisley Hodge, Eric Beaver and Maryn Tombs.

** 100% Personal Best Times. New Team Record 50 Freestyle- Kyle Hertwig.

The 2020-21 women’s basketball season is a wrap and what a memorable season it was! Our ladies overcame several stoppages in play, as well as playing with masks to finish the season 4-10. I'm excited about next year as we only had one  graduating senior, Tabithia Johnson, whom we will surely miss.

Boys basketball placed 4th in the 3A region and grew through a lot of adversity. We are very proud of what our boys accomplished; 5 of our boys ranked in the top 15 for scoring in the region.

Wrestling - 3 wrestlers made the 3A Lower State Individual Championship: Sean Healy, Josh Moore and Bowen Enright. At-Large participants are Chase Dillon and Hunter Sutcliffe.

Girls Tennis finished the 2020 season coming in 3rd place in the 3A region. It was a great and memorable season.

G11 student Kevin Fan placed 2nd in the state in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and will represent South Carolina in the nationals.  He also received a $2000 scholarship.

G11 students advancing to the South Carolina History Day state contest in April are: 

Oliver Abar - Daniel Webster: A Testament to the Power of Oratory in American Politics

Augustus Dickinson - Daniel Webster: A Testament to the Power of Oratory in American Politics

Congratulations to all our students for their excellence in arts, athletics, and academics!

The Class of 2021 college and university admissions/scholarships are coming in, and one of our earliest was Rey Ortiz Bautista who received a full scholarship to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, thanks to QuestBridge’s National College Match Scholarship.

We look forward to more great Raptor news as we finish the challenging 2020-21 school year with Raptor resilience and persistence! 

Warm regards,

Catherine Spencer, Principal

National Merit Finalists

Justin Baek

Lilian Bluestein

Connor Burrill*

Owen Chapman*

Lydia Cox

Brendan Elliott*

Landon Ethredge*

Adam Frye

Adam Gatch

Simon Hughes

Kyle Jonsson

Lily Lassiter*

Simon Li*

Ruth Liu

Charles Medlock*

Shreyas Mytri

Ethan Ouellette*

Karoline Surdyk

Molly Tippey

Arther Unger*

Sophia White*

Benjamin Whitley

Porter Zach*


*Presidential Scholars Candidates plus:

Ishraq Haque

Benjamin Lipschutz

Frances O’Shea