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As an Episcopal School we are upheld by the Baptismal Covenant which calls us “to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”

 

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Students can explore their interests and passions through opportunities in athletics, the arts, leadership, worship, service, and more.

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As an independent school, CCES offers an educational experience that is truly unique. Small classes, dedicated faculty, and well-rounded programs help to create a supportive yet challenging environment where students can learn, grow, and excel.  

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In partnership with students, teachers, and parents, CCES counselors and chaplains help nurture students’ intellectual development, personal integrity, and sense of community and self-worth.

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Senior practices her knee strike technique during a self defense class on the CCES baseball outfield.
Kelsey Long, Social Media Coordinator

At CCES, getting students “college ready” is a comprehensive, multi-year process that starts in early grades and culminates in the Upper School, where three outstanding college counselors are committed to working one-on-one with each student to help them find their college fit. In 2018, CCES College Counseling took their individualized and all-encompassing curriculum a step further by introducing Transitions to College: School Life, Academics, and Healthy Relationships. This three-day series for seniors focuses on the things that we all wish someone had taught us before we left for college.

This year, Transitions to College Programming kicked off with a conversation about personal finances with current CCES parent, Ben Worley, from Northwestern Mutual. Worley explained steps to build a strong financial foundation as well as basic financial skills, including the importance of time when investing, creating a budget, and cash flow management. He shared personal experiences, recommended helpful resources, and offered insightful answers to questions from students.

Over the course of Monday and Tuesday, seniors participated in self-defense classes with Terence and Ashley Brister from Unified Self Defense. Terence is the owner and a State Certified Law Enforcement Officer with 13 years of experience in the military, law enforcement, and personal protection services. Ashley is the Class Coordinator of Unified Self Defense, a home invasion survivor, and a huge advocate of self-defense classes. The pair educated students in simple and effective self-defense techniques, such as a head block, knee strike, and palm heel strike, that they could easily retain. 

Students rounded out day two with an Alumni Panel held in the Performing Arts Center. Moderated by Associate Director of College Counseling, Lindsey Waters, the five CCES alumni shared personal college experiences, advice for college life, and answered questions including: 

  • What is something that surprised you about college?

  • What do you wish you had known before entering college?

  • How have you found opportunities to get involved?

  • Have your study skills changed from high school?

  • What do you miss most about CCES?

Panelists included: Yasmene Clark ’23 (New York University), Graham Malo ’23 (Belmont University), Jaya Chandler ’23 (Clemson University), Patrick Champion ’23 (University of South Carolina), and Ashley Deliberto ’23 (Auburn University)

Seniors concluded this three day series with a discussion on Health and Safety with guest speakers Aaron Whited (12th Grade Dean of Students), Stacey Ejiri (Middle/Upper School Nurse), Zay Kittredge (Upper School Counselor), and Amy Rogers (Registrar and OCC Coordinator). Speakers explained a variety of topics, including personal experiences from college, building healthy relationships, a parent’s point of view, general health and safety, and answered student questions.  

This programming led into senior service programming on Thursday, which included the Senior Breakfast on campus, off-campus community service, graduation rehearsal, and the Head of School’s Dinner. 

The “Transitions to College” program would not be possible without the coordination of the Upper School Administration and College Counseling Teams, as well as the generous guest speakers and alumni who take time to share with students. The Class of 2024 will soon graduate academically prepared through the CCES college-prep curriculum and more college-ready thanks to the Transitions to College series. 

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Billy Hendrix mid-air catching a football for the Cavaliers.
Kim Gendron, Social Media Coordinator

When Billy Hendrix ’24 sets his mind on something, he commits 100 percent to make it happen. From playing football and lacrosse, to putting on a charity event and leading a Bible study for Middle School boys – there are no limits when it comes to Billy saying yes and jumping right in.

For as long as he can remember, playing football was the dream for Billy. He grew up going to games at Clemson with his family (Tucker ’25 and Louise ’29) and immediately fell in love with the game. He played a little when he was younger, but as soon as he hit 7th grade at CCES, he was all in on being a Cavalier.

Billy tried a number of other sports over the years – church basketball, soccer at the Y, golf, and a short stint in little league where he jokes that he holds a record for being hit by the most pitches that season. However, it wasn’t until freshman year of high school that he found his other sport. He played tennis in Middle School, but decided to try out for lacrosse after former Head Coach, Joe Cummings, reached out. He calls it “one of the best decisions” he’s ever made and was instantly drawn to the team and how much fun they had together.

Over the years, he’s made countless memories with these two teams – winning back-to-back state championships with football, which was a childhood dream come true, and all the road trips for lacrosse that created a strong bond with the team. However, easily the most special moment of his athletic career was last year – when, during a playoff game, he caught his first pass from his younger brother, Tucker. Billy says, “It’s so surreal to go from playing catch in the backyard as kids to connecting for that catch in the playoffs.”   

Billy is endlessly proud of his younger brother. He’s had a front row seat, watching all the hard work Tucker has put in to get to where he is today – State Championship starting QB who committed to Clemson earlier this year. Billy says, “I’m so happy to have shared this experience with Tucker and had these past two seasons playing with him.”

Quin Hatfield, Varsity Football Head Coach, describes Billy as “authentic and a well-rounded student-athlete.” He notes that Billy has made valuable contributions on the football field and certainly served the CCES community well during his time here. Quin says, “Perhaps the best thing I can say about Billy is that my 9-year old son greatly looks up to him. He asked for a guitar for his birthday this year after he attended Billy’s concert.”

In addition to finishing his senior football season with a state championship, Billy was also able to finish his lacrosse career on a high note. He was named the Short Stick Defensive Midfielder of the Year for 4A, also making the All-State First Team for Defensive Midfield. Short Stick Defensive Midfielders (SSDM) are known for their versatility and adaptability, qualities that certainly apply to Billy, both on and off the field. Billy says, “Playing this position is so fun – I get to be creative in how I get the ball up the field.”

What stands out to Joey Porchetta, Varsity Boys Lacrosse Head Coach, about Billy is how genuine he is – regardless of who he’s with or what’s he’s doing, he never changes who he is. On the lacrosse field, Billy is loud, full of energy, and always coachable. Joey says, “Billy is a man of many talents – whether it’s on a field, playing an instrument, or spending time pouring into people, Billy shows up big!”

When he’s not spending his time at practice or games, Billy can likely be found with a guitar in hand. Music has been a stress-reliever over the years, giving him a reprieve from the pressures he felt from competing. He was introduced to the guitar in 3rd grade and then decided to add singing to the mix in Middle School. His first official performance was at the CCES Middle School Talent Show and he hasn’t stopped since. In 8th grade, he got his street performers permit which allows him to perform publicly in Greenville. Billy loves taking his guitar downtown and doing what he loves most – playing music and getting to connect with so many different people.

When it came time to decide on a topic for his senior capstone, connecting it to music seemed like a natural idea. While talking with his family about upcoming musical festivals in Greenville at dinner one night, his dad suggested creating his own festival for his capstone. Of course Billy did what he always does – he said yes without hesitation and jumped right in to the process of making it happen.

After working with his capstone advisor and Director of Arts, Katie Leckenbusch, he scaled his idea down a little, focusing on creating a solo charity concert. Earlier in the year, he had met Redd Martin, founder of Sunday Dinner with a Twist, which provides hot meals to those in the homeless community each week. Having had the opportunity to spend time with people struggling with homelessness through his street performances, he immediately knew he wanted to support the mission of this local ministry. 

In the end, over 200 people came to his concert and he raised over $2,000 for Sunday Dinner with a Twist. Billy says, “This is the thing I’m most proud of in my high school years – that I was able do something that would help people.”

Some of his biggest supporters in the crowd were the seventh grade boys he’s been mentoring this year. Billy has been a member of YoungLife, a local high school ministry, since he was a sophomore. When he was asked by the leaders to consider being a part of WyldLife, the middle school program of YoungLife, he, of course, didn’t hesitate. He started working with 6th grade boys at Beck Academy last year, and transitioned to leading a Bible study for 7th grade boys at CCES this year.

Billy considers it a big responsibility to be leading these younger students. It has motivated him in his faith so he can better serve and teach them. He says, “They are so much fun, with so much energy and excitement to learn.”

It’s a little bittersweet for Billy, thinking about leaving this place next week as he graduates. He’s been at CCES since Primer and credits the school for helping “make me who I am.” He loves so many different aspects of CCES – his friends, his time as a Cavalier, being pushed academically – but the thing that he considers the most special are the teachers. He says, “The teachers here really care about students beyond just grades. I’m so grateful that I have had these years here.”

While Billy speaks highly of his teachers, those who have had Billy in class share that Billy is equally caring towards them – from his diligence in his school work and taking time to follow up with teachers to uplifting classroom discussions and bringing smiles to everyone’s faces. Jeanne Kotrady, US Spanish Instructor, says, “Billy is a special person with so much to offer in the classroom and beyond. His faith grounds him in kindness and compassion for others. I will not only miss teaching him, but will also miss his frequent visits to my classroom just to say ‘hola.’”

In the fall, Billy will head off to Clemson University, a familiar and beloved place that is still close to home. He plans to study business or economics, get involved with a campus ministry like FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), and take any other opportunity that comes his way. As he works his way into a new school community, we have no doubt his bright smile, all-in attitude, and love for people will leave a deep impression on Tiger Town just like he has at CCES.

To read more about his senior capstone concert, click here.

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 A portrait of Mariela Ramos in a Fordham University sweatshirt, her future college.
Kim Gendron, Social Media Coordinator

Christ Church Episcopal School experiences have prepared graduating seniors for whatever comes next and to make a positive difference in the world. Each week, we will put the spotlight on a graduating senior from the Class of 2024. We hope you enjoy getting to know these amazing CCES students!

Whenever Mariela Ramos ’24 enters a room, it instantly lights up. Described by Director of College Counseling, Linda Schulz, as “confident, disciplined, genuine, and people-oriented,” Mariela has left a bright mark on CCES during her four years here. 

Originally from Puerto Rico, Mariela moved with her parents to Florida when she was ten years old. Though she left the island at a young age, her heritage is still a large part of her life and she returns every summer to visit her grandfather. “I really love my Puerto Rican people,” she reflects. “My culture is really important to me and I want to remain connected to it. I love my family and the food is amazing.” 

Once in middle school, her family moved to Greenville and Mariela started at CCES as a freshman. The transition was challenging as she knew very few people and found herself retreating into a quieter demeanor. By junior year though, Mariela had found her footing and now you seldom see her walking through the halls without a group of friends around her. 

She has also jumped feet first into many extracurriculars, both at CCES and beyond. A member of the Varsity Swim team for three years and the Varsity Cheerleading team for her senior year, Mariela enjoys the camaraderie that comes with being part of a larger team, and she shows up ready to try her very best. One summer a few years ago, Mariela attended camp at the West Carolina Sailing Club on Lake Hartwell, where she and other campers learned how to sail. Since then, she goes regularly on the weekends and hopes to learn how to sail on the “Laser” sailboat this summer, an advanced level boat. 

Pursuing opportunities like these outside of school takes extra effort and dedication, but for Mariela, it is well worth it. “I love meeting new people and trying new things,” she reflects. The Greenville City Youth Council is another area where she has actualized this sentiment. During her freshman year, she became involved with the council after her mom saw a Facebook ad for the group. The council consists of a group of students from all different schools across the Greenville area who come together every month to discuss local issues and events for the city. They also have guest speakers come from various aspects of the city and speak to them on different topics ranging from rising housing prices in Greenville to the bus routes. 

Around fourteen students participate every year, and students have to apply and interview to be accepted. During the interview, she was asked “tell us what you want to change about Greenville,” and Mariela quickly responded, “I would like Greenville to be safer for bikers.” An avid biker, Mariela used her own experiences with biking in the city to propose added bike routes throughout the downtown area. Today, there is no shortage of bike routes, and we like to believe that she might have played a small part in that

Her love of cities shaped her college search, and next year, Mariela will find herself living near one of the largest in the country - New York City. She will be attending Fordham University, specifically the Rose Hill Campus, which resides in the Bronx. 

Her journey there has been quite serendipitous, having first discovered the college through a YouTube series known as the “Ram Cam” (Fordham’s mascot is the Ram). The “Ram Cam” depicts the day in the life of a student at Fordham, and Mariela immediately fell in love with the beautiful campus and vast academic offerings there. After doing some research, she realized that her grandfather actually attended the university long ago and had many fond memories from his time there. 

Mariela can’t wait to get started and looks forward to the many new faces and places she will get to know there. A High Honor Roll and Honor Roll student all throughout her time at CCES, there is no doubt that she will continue to succeed academically. Right now, she is “undecided” on her major but is considering radiology after learning about it from her aunt who works in the field. Praised by her teachers for her hard work ethic and willingness to advocate for herself, she will take on any challenges ahead with a “can-do” attitude and a big smile on her face. 

Just for Fun: 

What is your favorite Puerto Rican dish? A whole plate of tostones (fried plantains). And mofongo. And Flan…too many to mention.  

What is your favorite movie? Original Spider Man. 

Do you have any pets? A dog named Miyo. He’s living his best life in Puerto Rico with my grandpa. 

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Nick Pritchard - Katy James Award
Kim Gendron, Social Media Coordinator

On Thursday, May 2, the Upper School student body gathered together in Rooke Theater of the Hartness Performing Arts Center for the 2024 Underclassmen Awards Ceremony. Head of School, David Padilla, welcomed everyone and offered his congratulations to the individuals who would be recognized. Padilla was followed by Head of the Upper School, Wes Clarke, who reflected on this ceremony as a wonderful celebration of the CCES community.

Assistant Head of the Upper School, Amanda Beckrich, began the presentation of awards, all of which were selected through extensive and collaborative deliberation of the Upper School faculty, and some by classmates. She presented the Cavalier Spirit Awards, which recognize students “who exemplify the Cavalier Spirit – characterized by integrity, enthusiasm, outreach to others, and cooperation.” A boy and girl from both the ninth and tenth grades are selected. This year’s ninth grade recipients are Isabella Agnew and Sheamus Schellinger. The tenth grade recipients are Hamilton Shew and Lexie Sobocinski.

The next awards were presented in memory or honor of former CCES students and teachers.

The Daniela Dacco Award is selected by members of the sophomore class and given in memory of Daniela Dacco ’73, the first CCES exchange student. The award recognizes the sophomore who exhibits leadership, concern, and sensitivity for others. The recipient of the 2024 Daniela Dacco Award is Sarah Spratlin Bullcok.

The Katy James Award was established in memory of Judith Katherine James ’13 and is awarded to a member of the sophomore class who pursues diverse interests with joy and enthusiasm. This award recognizes an individual who, in the ninth and tenth grade years, has distinguished him or herself in athletics, arts, and academic pursuits, as Katy did. This year, CCES recognized two recipients of this award – Priya Lafeber and Nick Pritchard.  

The Meghan McManus Memorial Award is given in memory of Meghan McManus ’14 to a senior girl who best exemplifies the qualities for which Meghan was known: a faithful and committed Christian; a compassionate friend to all; an intelligent, grounded, and level-headed young lady; and a well-rounded student, one accomplished academically, athletically, and artistically. The recipient of the 2024 Meghan McManus Memorial Award is Victoria Mullen.

The Connor McManus Memorial Award is given in memory of Connor McManus ’17 to a freshman boy who best exemplifies those qualities for which Connor was known: a faithful and committed Christian; an empathetic friend with a big heart for the underdog; enthusiasm for school sports and service; a fun-loving student with a dry wit; and an avid reader. The recipient of the 2024 Connor McManus Memorial Award is Judd Windham.

The Kathy Adamee Award was established in honor of former CCES English teacher, Kathy Adamee, after 34 years of service in both the Middle School and Upper School English departments. This award recognizes a student in the sophomore class who has demonstrated the greatest growth and/or skill in the areas of academic research and oral presentation in his or her Sophomore Project. The recipient of the 2024 Kathy Adamee Award is Emerson Lowder.  

The Anna Gibbins Young Women’s Leadership Award was established in memory of Anna Gibbins, who demonstrated her devotion to CCES through her work as a CCES parent, a member of the Board of Trustees, and as Assistant Director of Development in the school’s first Development Office. This award is given to a female from the junior class to encourage leadership development and exploration of interests through a unique summer program opportunity. The 2024 Anna Gibbins Young Women’s Leadership Award recipient is Mary Mayken Reed.

The 2024 Collegiate Book Awards are sponsored by college admission offices and local college alumni associations. The award recipients were selected by Upper School faculty.

Columbia University Book Award

Madelyn Brotherton

Dartmouth College Book Award

Olivia Lu

High Point University Book Award

Amanda de Leon

Hollins University Creative Writing Book Award

Brooke Grayson

Rhodes College Book Award

Mackenzie Grove

St. Lawrence University Book Award

Ava Weston

Tulane University Book Award

Chandler Sherman

Wake Forest Book Award

Anna Bruner

Washington and Lee University Book Award

Kayla Brezenski

Hollins University Mary Beth Hatten Award for Science and Scholarship

Mackenzie Grove

University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award

Eliza Roy

University of Rochester Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology

Hunter Frederick

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Award

Sierra Kremenliev

West Point Leadership Award

Tucker Hendrix

George Eastman Young Leaders Award

Luke Brownlee

Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award

Ella Grace Burnett

Student Council President, Korey Nary, and Honor Council Chair, Ava Claire Davis, presented the Jones Endowment Faculty Award. This award was established in memory of two former CCES teachers, Catherine Wing Jones and her daughter, Ellen Jones Donkle ’74. Members of both the CCES Student Council and Honor Council select the recipient, a faculty or staff member of the Upper School who demonstrates genuine commitment to his or her subject area of responsibility. The 2024 Jones Endowment Faculty Award is Marion Nelson, US English Teacher. Nelson is described by students as one who always “goes the extra mile” and continuously strives to “sustain the school’s core values of character, community, excellence, and service.” She is known for creating an engaging classroom environment that encourages academic growth and resiliency. Marion is genuine in her care of students, leaving an impact on all students who walk through her door.

After presenting the faculty award, Korey and Ava Claire transitioned their student leadership positions for the 2024-25 school year. Korey called it an “honor” to serve and turned over the office of Student Council President to Tucker Hendrix. Ava Claire said she “greatly valued” the opportunity to protect and preserve trust, honor, and integrity at CCES and turned over the role of Honor Council Chair to Skylyr Yearby.

The next two awards were presented by Associate Head of School, Dr. Angela Allen.

The Lane Abrams Growth Mindset Award was established in honor of CCES Director of the Achievement Center, Lane Abrams. It recognizes an Upper School student from the freshman, sophomore or junior class who demonstrates achievement while fostering a growth mindset. The awardee is one who exhibits grit and resolve by showing innovation, motivation, and productivity in his or her daily pursuits, both academic and person. The recipient of the 2024 Lane Abrams Growth Mindset Award is Mary Helen Yoder.

The Blair Babb Smoak Memorial Award is given to the junior who, in the opinion of classmates, best exemplifies the qualities by which Blair Babb Smoak ’93 is remembered – a person of genuine sensitivity and caring for others, a leader who is willing to give of self to help at all times, one whose character demonstrates sincerity and dependability, and one who leads by exhibiting all the attributes of a true friend. The recipient of the 2024 Blair Babb Smoak Memorial Award is Chandler Sherman.

The final three awards were presented by Head of School, David Padilla.

The Will Grist Scholarship Award is given in memory of Will Grist Jr. ’99 to a rising senior who demonstrates Will’s qualities of honesty, integrity, compassion, and gentleness; a true friend with a zest for life; a wonderful sense of humor; respect for the dignity of the individual and consideration for others. The recipient of the 2024 Will Grist Scholarship Award is John Walter Whisenhunt.

The Jackie Messer Rogers Scholarship Award was established in honor of Jackie Messer Rogers by her children – Charles Jack Rogers ’80 and Mary Rogers Guy ’82. It is awarded to the rising senior with the highest cumulative GPA at CCES in grades nine, ten, and eleven through the first semester, with concentration in AP or IB course work. The recipient of the 2024 Jackie Messer Rogers Scholarship Award is Eliza Roy.

The Roger, Kirk, and Dena Stone Scholarship Award was established in the names of the children of Mr. and Mrs. E. Randolph Stone. It is awarded to the rising senior who has been in attendance at CCES continuously since grade nine and who has achieved the highest combination of evidence based reading and writing and math scores on any SAT taken through the end of the junior year. This year there were two recipients of the Roger, Kirk, and Dena Stone Scholarship Award – Olivia Lu and Mitchell Wolken.

Congratulations to all of the award winners at the 2024 Underclassmen Awards Ceremony!

Note: Photo of the Lane Abrams Growth Mindset Award is forthcoming. 

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Mac Spear swings to hit a tennis ball.
Kim Gendron, Social Media Coordinator

Perhaps it is unsurprising that someone with a bright academic mind and strong appreciation for numbers would gravitate towards playing tennis. One of the few sports without a clock, wins and losses are instead determined by the numbers. To win a match, a player must win a certain number of games and sets. In other words, tennis is the perfect sport for Mac Spear ’24.

Mac was introduced to tennis by his parents, both former tennis players, when he was five or six years old. While he has tried a number of other sports – soccer, ice hockey, sailing, skiing, sport climbing, archery, golf, lacrosse, and swimming – tennis was always a constant.

Mac grew up in Newport, Rhode Island, home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He fondly recalls his first memories of tennis, including his first racquet, which was Sponge Bob Square Pants themed. He started hitting balls at home with his parents, and before long, was participating in junior clinics at the Hall of Fame.

After his family moved to Greenville, Mac started attending CCES in the 3rd grade and describes his experiences here as “an amazing journey.” He points to many aspects of the school that stand out – the high quality academic programming, the teachers, and “fantastic” arts, athletics, and extracurricular activities. However, above all, he says “What makes CCES special is the tremendous sense of community and support for all members of the school.”

Mac credits CCES with giving him the opportunity to grow, both athletically and academically. He has been a member of the Varsity Boys Tennis team since his freshman year, serving as a captain for the past three years. Mac has played in a number of USTA (United States Tennis Association) tournaments, but he says, “Representing CCES has given me a sense of pride and responsibility that I didn’t get from competing as an individual.”  

One of Mac’s favorite aspects of the team is how “tight” the group is – because it’s a smaller group compared to other sports, they know each other well and are “quick to support one another, on and off the courts.” The team has had a number of exciting playoff runs, including one Mac will always cherish – beating St. Joseph’s in the semifinals to advance to the 2022 State Championship. In addition to on-court achievements, Mac has enjoyed all the time spent with his teammates and Head Coach Jimmy Burford (US History Instructor), during practices and matches, especially all the road trips.

Coach Burford describes Mac as a “consistent rock in the foundation of Cavalier Tennis,” and as a quiet, servant leader whose impact has been undeniable on the team. Burford says, “It has been a distinct pleasure to have Mac’s talents and character on our team these past four years.”

Tennis has taught Mac a lot over the years, emphasizing the importance of physical and mental resilience and determination. Mac says, “As a player, you always have the opportunity to come back and win, no matter how far down you are. It creates and continually reinforces an attitude of never quitting or giving up, no matter what the score is.”

When Mac is not playing tennis, he is an extremely dedicated student, building quite an impressive resume during these past four years of high school. He has always been interested in remote-controlled (RC) cars and aerial vehicles, but two years ago, he decided to take his interest to the next level. Guinness is the “recognized authority” on a number of world records for RC cars. So naturally, he founded a club at CCES – the RC Club – to focus specifically on the goal of breaking the record for the longest distance traveled by a RC car in 24 hours.  

Two years later, the group is prepared to put all their work into action. Guinness has officially accepted the RC Club’s challenge, with the 24-hour event to take place in the next few weeks. Mac says, “The members of the RC Club are talented, innovative, and determined. I believe that collectively we have the right team to bring the record home to CCES after two full years of preparation and practice.”

Chris Lipp, US Technology Instructor and the faculty advisor of the RC Club, made the suggestion for Mac to integrate the campaign for the Guinness World Record with his Senior Capstone. The result - his project, titled “Raising the Benchmark: The Journey to a World Record,” with assistance from Chris, also serving as his capstone advisor. 

Mr. Lipp’s experience teaching Mac in the classroom and working with him on these various RC projects has echoed that of others. He says, “Mac Spear is an outstanding overall student, who continues to grow in his knowledge and abilities in Computer Science and technical disciplines, but it is in his ability to lead that Mac stands head and shoulders above the rest.” 

After graduating (hopefully with a RC car world record), Mac will return to New England to attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dartmouth was the perfect combination of a multidisciplinary academic program and a large number of clubs to choose from. Mac plans to pursue a dual degree program, which will allow him to earn both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Engineering degrees. Outside of his studies, Mac is looking forward to taking advantage of all the extracurricular opportunities at Dartmouth, including all the outdoor recreational activities and the Formula Hybrid-Electric Racing team.

While Mac’s time at CCES is coming to a close in the next month, he is grateful for all that CCES has given him – a community of strong friendships and a number of opportunities that have grown him as a student and an athlete. Mac says, “While I’m definitely looking forward to starting the next chapter of my life in college, I will never forget CCES and all the school did in launching me forward.”

There is no doubt Mac will accomplish great things in this next phase of life – whether it's breaking world records, leading quietly, or taking on the engineering world by storm. CCES will always be rooting for Mac and we look forward to seeing what he sets his mind to next.

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Students look at their Foreign Language Honor Society induction certificates.
Kim Gendron, Social Media Coordinator

Christ Church Episcopal School proudly inducted 49 new members into one of four Foreign Language Honor Societies (Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish) on Tuesday, April 30.  Students qualify for induction by maintaining a consistently high level of academic achievement in their chosen language courses.  Additionally, these foreign language departments recognized several other awards and achievements, marking the dedication and hard work of our students.  

The ceremony included opening remarks from Chair of the Modern & Classical Languages, US Instructor Taron Ware. He was followed by warm welcomes, given by students Hutch Lyman ’25 (French), Louise Martin ’24 (Chinese), Emma Catherine Mahon ’24 (Spanish), and Madelyn Brotherton ’25 (Latin), given in their respective National Honor Society languages.

Chandler Sherman ’25 was the student speaker, sharing about her journey learning Chinese for the previous six years, with plans to continue for her senior year. She spoke about the importance of learning a foreign language and growing an appreciation for other cultures. Next, the ceremony included a musical selection by Louise Martin ’24 and Luke Brownlee ’25.

First, Taron introduced the Seal of Biliteracy, with this year being the first year CCES has administered the qualifying exams. This award celebrates students who have demonstrated high levels of proficiency in two or more languages. There are two levels to this award – Functional Fluency and Working Fluency. Functional Fluency is awarded to students who can manage routine communications, handle everyday tasks, and answer common questions. Working Fluency is more advanced, with students being able to offer more detailed explanations while navigating communication in both routine and unfamiliar situations.

The following students were recognized by their respective teachers:

French Functional Seal of Biliteracy, testing at the Intermediate-Mid level: Annabelle de Brux ’24, Vincent Hofmann ’25 , Hutch Lyman ’25, Will Marguet ’25, Lara Sieverling ’25, and Helene Wanka ’26

Latin Functional Seal of Biliteracy, testing at the Intermediate-Mid level: Pera Roberts ’24 (earning a silver Maxima cum Laude award on the National Latin Exam), Anaya Gibson ’24, Isabella Kanos ’26 (earning a silver Maxima cum Laude award on the National Latin Exam), Addy Lyon ’26, Krish Patel ’26, Will Snyder ’26, Sophia Tzouvelekas ’26, Robert Woodward ’26, Celina Brotherton ’27, and Liam Weston ’25

Latin Working Seal of Biliteracy, testing at the Advanced-Low level: Luke Brownlee ’25 and Madelyn Brotherton ’25 (earning a gold Summa cum Laude on the National Latin Exam)

Spanish Functional Seal of Biliteracy, testing at the Intermediate-Mid level: Izzy Kimmell ’26, Andrew Cai ’25, Luca Mezzogori ’25, Brooke Morgan ’25, and Eliza Roy ’25

Next, the following students were recognized as National Spanish Exam medalists: Isabella Agnew ’27, Nicky Arzt ’27, Katherine Bernuy-Bates ’26, Sarah Spratlin Bullock ’26, Amanda de Leon ’26, Ben Fulk ’26, Jerry Gan ’27, Mateo Gärtner-Laviña ’26, Alex Hass ’24, Jake Iskandar ’25, Elliot Jeray ’25, Izzy Kimmell ’26, Priya Lafeber ’26, Samuel Levy ’26, Bo Lowrance ’26, Emma Catherine Mahon ’24, Sophia Malave ’27, William Mims ’25, Ginevra Mor ’25, Giorgia Napolitano ’26, Carmen Cardona Padilla ’26, Hamilton Shew ’26, Graham Smith ’26, Caroline Sutton ’25, Luisa Maria Waecker ’25, Rafael Waecker ’25, Sebastián Waecker ’25, and Ella Williams ’25

To conclude the ceremony, the following students were presented by their respective teacher for induction in the Language Honors Societies:

National Latin Honor Society: Celina Brotherton ’27, Lillian Champion ’27, Millie Holekamp ’27, Hadley Miller ’27, Anna Ried ’27, and Robert Woodward ’26

National French Honor Society: Evan Keable ’26, Julian Monsell ’26, Carmen Cardona Padilla ’26, Wrigley Valle ’26, and Helene Wanka ’26

National Chinese Honor Society: Chandler Sherman and Nolan Quinn

National Spanish Honor Society: Isabella Agnew ’27, Nicky Artz ’27, Katherine Bernuey-Bates ’26, Carson Bowers ’25, Kayla Brezenski ’25, Sarah Spratlin Bullock ’26, Ella Grace Burnett ’25, Amanda de Leon ’26, Ben Fulk ’26, Jerry Gan ’27, Brooke Grayson ’25, Mateo Gärtner-Laviña ’26, Alex Hass ’24, Jake Iskandar ’25, Elliott Jeray ’25, Izzy Kimmell ’26, Priya Lafeber ’26, Samuel Levy ’26, Camilla Lopez-Jordan ’26, Bo Lowrance ’26, Sophia Malave ’27, William Mims ’25, Ginevra Mor ’25, Giorgia Napolitano ’26, Carmen Cardona Padilla ’26, Jackson Repp ’25, Hamilton Shew ’26, Rylee Strohmaier ’25, Caroline Sutton ’25, Delaney Townsend ’25, Rafael Waecker ’25, Sebastián Waecker ’25, Luisa Maria Waecker ’25, Charlotte Wang ’25, Ava Weston ’25, and Ella Williams ’25

Candidates recited the oaths from each society and signed their respective register. Congratulations to all of students who were recognized for their foreign language achievements!

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Cooper Hronchek stands beside his mom inside of the University of Florida football stadium.
Kim Gendron, Social Media Coordinator

Christ Church Episcopal School experiences have prepared graduating seniors for whatever comes next and to make a positive difference in the world. Each week, we will put the spotlight on a graduating senior from the Class of 2024. We hope you enjoy getting to know these amazing CCES students!

Cooper Hronchek ’24 has certainly packed a lot into his years at CCES – from winning state championships and balancing an extremely rigorous slate of courses to multiple business ventures and becoming more comfortable as a leader. He has learned a lot on and off the field that he believes will help him be successful as he graduates in less than a month and starts this new chapter.

In the fall, Cooper will be attending the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL to pursue a degree in finance. He knew from the start of his college application process that he wanted to attend a bigger school, so he also applied to GeorgiaUSCClemson, and Notre Dame. However, in the end, Florida was the perfect combination of size, academics, and distance from home.

While he’s excited for a bigger school and all the different opportunities and experiences that will be available, Cooper has enjoyed his time at CCES, where he has been a student since the 3rd grade. Cooper particularly appreciates how close everyone is, saying, “This community is something you can’t get anywhere else.”

The CCES community certainly loves a good football game, and Cooper, a member of the Varsity Football team since his sophomore year, will graduate with a number of memorable ones on his resume. At the top of the list are the two state championships – the team won back to back titles in 2022 and 2023, his junior and senior seasons. While the season didn’t end in a championship, the regular season win in overtime against rival St. Joseph’s when he was a sophomore is also a favorite. Cooper made All-Region honors as a junior and a senior, and was the recipient of one of the highest team awards this year - the “Sword of the Cavalier.” This is given to the player who demonstrates “outstanding leadership on and off the field, embodying the team’s core values of effort, teamwork, and passion.”

Teachers and coaches have always noticed Cooper’s natural leadership skills. In the classroom, he is quick to jump into discussions, attentive to others’ perspectives, and always willing to help his classmates. On the field, teammates and coaches quickly recognized his selfless attitude, always striving to put the team above himself. Cooper was selected to be a part of the CCES Leadership Academy last year, a yearlong program for junior student-athletes that focuses on leadership styles and areas for growth on respective teams. The program, led by Football Head Coach, Quin Hatfield, impressed upon Cooper that he didn’t need to be the best on the field to be a good leader. Instead of focusing on individual success and accolades, Cooper worked to support his teammates, cheering them on regardless of how he played.  

While it’s bittersweet to have his football days behind him now, Cooper has no regrets. He worked hard, always gave 100 percent, and cherished every moment. He says, “I hope younger players just have fun and enjoy it, because it won’t last forever.”

In addition to football, Cooper also played basketball for three years and was a member of the Varsity Boys Basketball team that won State this year. Outside of sports, Cooper was a member of the Investment Club and Spanish Club, was inducted into the Spanish Honors Society, was an AP Scholar, and maintained High Honor Roll for three of his four years (Honor Roll for the other), despite his intense course load.

Cooper will graduate with seven Advanced Placement courses on his transcript, doubling up in sciences his junior year (AP Physics and AP Chemistry) and social sciences this year (AP Psychology, and US Government and Economics). His favorites were AP Physics and AP Spanish, calling them “fun” and “hard, yet rewarding.” 

Although balancing this rigorous curriculum of classes hasn’t been easy, Cooper says it’s taught him a lot about how to manage his time well. Because of the constant workflow, he quickly developed a relaxed attitude, trying to not be overly stressed or anxious about everything on his plate. Instead, he kept his head down, focused on the next task, and got it done. That mindset translated to the football field as well, allowing him to move on from any one play and focus on the next snap.

Despite his already packed schedule, Cooper has taken multiple opportunities to learn about business and expand his entrepreneurial spirit. As a sophomore, he and a classmate wanted to make some money, so naturally they bought a vending machine. They struggled to find a location and ended up selling it, making $2 in profit. This might have discouraged some, but not Cooper. He and some friends had been casually doing yard work around town since the 9th grade, but decided to take it up a level. They added a range of services, including window washing, mowing, and cleaning gutters (although now they mainly just do mulching and pine straw), quickly filling up their days with clients. Then, this year, he had to choose a topic for his senior capstone project. Cooper made it his goal to expand his knowledge about investing, doing research, understanding market trends, and becoming more comfortable investing for himself.

Associate Director of College Counseling, Bartley Sides, describes Cooper as “a dedicated and versatile individual with a wide range of interests.” Mr. Sides says, “Cooper’s involvement and enthusiastic approach to life make him a well-rounded and engaging individual, and I have no doubt that he will add as much to his college community as he has the CCES and Greenville community.”

Just for fun!

Who is someone who has greatly influenced your life? My dad.

If you could relive any CCES experience, what would it be? MS recess.

Name something this world could use more of? Cooperation.

If you could try anything and know you wouldn’t fail, what would it be? Golf. 

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Kim Gendron, Social Media Coordinator

As a senior student-athlete at Christ Church Episcopal School, Reeves Dobson is juggling quite a lot – he’s a captain of the Varsity Boys Soccer team, running a yard work business with friends which serves the local Greenville community, and dealing with the typical hectic schedule of a high school senior. In these next few months, there will be big post-grad decisions along with the CCES traditions celebrating these students during their last few months of this chapter. But even with everything going on, Reeves has remained committed to integrating service into his life, working with the breakfast ministry at Triune Mercy Center

Perhaps the best thing about Triune’s breakfast ministry, at least according to Reeves, is how it is open to anyone. Over his time serving, he has seen people from various stages of life come through the doors for breakfast – some are coming for the food and others for the camaraderie. Reeves says, “It truly is incredible to get to know all these people from different walks of life, and the conversations I have had with them have always been rewarding.”

Reeves knew a little about Triune prior to volunteering, but was interested in learning more about the service work they do. He talked with Elizabeth Jarrett, CCES Director of Experiential and Service Learning, and Kaytina Mills, former CCES Service Learning Coordinator last year and learned about the breakfasts at Triune, which were served every Monday. Reeves was looking for a way to “make an impact on his local community” and the breakfast ministry seemed like the perfect opportunity. 

Once Reeves knew about the breakfast ministry, he jumped right in and has been serving once a month since his junior year. On those Mondays, he’s up and over to Triune by 6:45am where he helps in the kitchen or wherever else is needed. Right before 7am, they set up the food for serving and pray over the morning as a group. They serve breakfast from 7-8am, then he helps with clean-up before heading out to school for the day. It makes for an early morning at the beginning of a week, but it’s always worth it. The general sense of community at Triune is special and there is a noticeable environment of positivity and warmth. Reeves says, “It feels like everyone is looking out for and supporting one another, no matter how well they know each other, and that is a really powerful thing.” 

Reeves credits CCES and the emphasis on service learning with giving him a good understanding and appreciation for service through the hourly curricular requirement. However, he quickly recognized the vast amount of need in the community and didn’t hesitate to get involved outside of what was required at school. Reeves plans to continue to look for service opportunities after graduation. 

If Reeves could tell younger students just one thing about service, it would be this: “The more you do service, the more rewarding you’ll find it to be.” He wants them to understand that service goes beyond something they do at school – it’s a transformative way to support the community and connect with individuals from different walks of life. Reeves’s dedication to service is a reminder to us all that even in the busiest of times, there is always room to make a difference and spread kindness to others. 

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Emory Allen posing at a restaurant.
Ellie Dalkin, Director of Young Alumni Relations & Communications

Christ Church Episcopal School experiences have prepared graduating seniors for whatever comes next and to make a positive difference in the world. Each week, we will put the spotlight on a graduating senior from the Class of 2024. We hope you enjoy getting to know these amazing CCES students!

When Emory Allen, Class of 2024, sets a goal, there is little doubt in anyone's mind that she will achieve it. Director of College Counseling, Linda Schulz, describes Emory as a student who “demonstrates great determination and courage” and “is steadfast in always giving her best efforts to all she pursues.” Emory’s ambitions at CCES have spanned the pool, the track, the classroom, and even the hospital ward. Throughout them all, she has shown a remarkable amount of grit and compassion. 

Emory joined CCES as an eighth grader and immediately plugged into the swim team. As a distance swimmer, she excelled in races requiring a high level of mental fortitude and endurance, and her success was evident in the various accolades she received throughout her swimming career, including All County, All Region, All State, and Highest Point Scorer. She also spent her summers by the pool serving as a swim lessons coach and a summer league swim instructor.

Mentorship opportunities like these have always been very important to Emory, and during her senior year, she started volunteering at the Serenity Place, a local rehabilitation center for mothers with young children. Described by Service and Experiential Learning Director, Elizbeth Jarrett, as “kind and respectful, hardworking and motivated,” Emory provides babysitting for the mothers’ children every Tuesday night. 

This opportunity, however, might not have been available to her had she not made the difficult decision to try out for the cross country team instead of the swim team during her senior year. The cross country’s close knit team welcomed her with open arms, and she quickly realized running provided a competitive outlet and an opportunity to make new friends. This decision to get out of her comfort zone has spurred her on to continually try new things, including volunteering at Serenity Place and later joining the track and field team. “So many good things came out of the scary decision to transition from swimming. It has inspired me to try new things, make new friends, and I’ve gotten to know Ms. Jarrett better, who introduced me to Serenity Place,” Emory reflected. 

Getting out of her comfort zone is nothing new for her though. During the summer before senior year, Emory participated in CCES’s Internship Program, which provides rising seniors with real world experience through internships in various fields across the Upstate. Her cousin is a pediatric ICU nurse, so she has always been curious about the nursing profession. Through the internship program, she had the opportunity to spend a few weeks in the pediatric ICU at Greenville Memorial Hospital and quickly realized how much she loved it. 

Despite working long hours, she knew something was different when she came home after a long day at the hospital and never complained about being tired. Instead, she was too busy reliving the day’s adventures and discoveries. “I love that it’s not a ‘sit at the office’ job, but you get to be moving around and doing something with your hands,” Emory says. “You are also exposed to so many different situations, and you get to have a big impact on both the kids and their families.”

After this experience, she made the decision to pursue a career in nursing, and this goal has shaped her college search. She wanted to attend a school that would allow her to start working as a nurse as soon as possible, and that criteria narrowed her search to schools with “direct admit” programs, in which students complete four years of nursing education including clinical rotations. She applied to James Madison UniversityAuburn University, and West Virginia University, among others, but the one that ended up being the top contender was not on her initial list until Mrs. Schulz suggested it – Belmont University in Nashville, TN. 

Belmont has a direct admit nursing program, and ninety-six percent of students enrolled in the program are employed in nursing within six months of graduation. This checks an important box for Emory, and it is also located in a big city with a strong medical community found in Vanderbilt University. The Belmont campus, however, feels small and organized in a way that made Emory feel right at home when she visited.

In looking ahead at closing of her chapter as a CCES student, Emory has one more goal she would like to accomplish – break six minutes in the mile at a track meet. Given her track record (no pun intended), it won’t be long before she meets that goal, careening her forward towards the many more she will pursue at Belmont and beyond. 

 

Just for fun! 

Name something this world could use a lot more of? Empathy. 

Who is someone who has greatly influenced your life? My mom. 

If you could create one mandatory course for seniors, what would it be? Finance. 

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