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Matriculations and Acceptances

Class of 2024

(Bold indicate schools where students have matriculated.)

Anderson University
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University-Tempe
Auburn University
Auburn University (Honors College)
Bates College

Baylor University
Belmont University
Beloit College
Berry College
Birmingham-Southern College
Boston College
Brevard College

Brigham Young University-Idaho
Brown University
Cal Poly
Catawba College
Centre College
Champlain College
Charleston Southern University
Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Clemson University
Clemson University (Honors)

Coastal Carolina University
College of Charleston
College of Charleston (Honors)
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Dickinson College
Drew University
Duke University
East Tennessee State University
Elon University
Ensign College
Florida Southern College
Florida State University
Fordham University
Fordham University (Honors)
 
Furman University
George Mason University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Southern University
Grambling State University
Greenville Technical College
Hampden-Sydney College

Hampton University
High Point University
Hillsdale College
Hofstra University
Indiana University

Indiana University (Honors) 
James Madison University
Kennesaw State University
Lander University
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Liberty University
Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University (Honors) 
Mars Hill University
Mercer University
Miami University-Oxford (Honors)
Millsaps College
Mississippi State University
Muhlenberg College (Honors) 
Newberry College
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A & T State University
North Carolina State University 
North Greenville University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Nova Southeastern University
Ohio State University
Pratt Institute
Presbyterian College
Purdue University
Queens University of Charlotte
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
Rice University
Roanoke College
Rollins College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Samford University
Santa Clara University

Savannah College of Art and Design
Seattle University
Southern Methodist University
Southern Virginia University
Spartanburg Methodist College
Suffolk University
Texas A & M University (Honors)
Texas Christian University
The Catholic University of America
The George Washington University
The New School
The University of Alabama
The University of Tampa

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
The University of the South

University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Georgia

University of Georgia (Honors)
University of Glasgow
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Illinois 
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Massachusetts-Boston
University of Miami
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Mississippi
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Florida
University of Oklahoma
University of Oxford (New College; UK)
University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh (Honors) 
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina (Honors)
University of St Andrews (UK)

University of Tulsa
University of Vermont
University of Vermont (Honors)
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Utah Tech University
Utah Valley University
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech (Honors)
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Washington State University
Weber State University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
West Virginia University
William & Mary
Wingate University
Winthrop University
Wofford College
Xavier University (OH)
Yale University

 

Senior Spotlights

Spotlight On: Mariela Ramos, CCES Class of 2024
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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Senior Spotlight: Cooper Hronchek, CCES Class of 2024
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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Spotlight On: Emory Allen, CCES Class of 2024
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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