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Skyhawk Equestrian Kate Robinson is Reserve National Champion
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Congratulations to Skyhawk Equestrian Kate Robinson who was named Reserve Champion at the IEA Varsity National Finals!!! Congratulations to this impressive Skyhawk Equestrian! At Regional finals Kate needed a blue ribbon to advance to Zone finals. At Zone finals, she had to place in the top three of 20 blue ribbon qualifiers from across the southeast. Kate was one of only 21 riders in the country to qualify in her division for National Finals. She was one of 8 who received a callback to ride in the final class at Nationals. Kate was recognized as Reserve Champion in the Varsity Intermediate Flat Individual Finals. She could not have done any of this without the support and dedication of Coach Taylor Myers and the rest of the 2017 SCISA State Champion Hunt Seat Equestrian Team which includes Team Captain Justice Myers, Seniors Madison Baker, Olivia Kelly, Alexandra Younan, and Sophomore Marielle McKissock.

Hammond Tenth Grader is Only SC Student to Qualify for Math Olympiad
Monday, April 10, 2017

Aayush Karan, through his performance on the first and second round of the American Mathematics Competition series has qualified to participate in the the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad. The USA(J)MO is the third step in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) series of math contests. This series of contests is used to identify and nurture high level mathematical talent in students across America.


The first round the AMC is taken by more then 300,000 students. The top 2% of those students are invited to take a second round test called the AIME -- which is a 15 question, 3 hour test. From there, the top 10% of AIME qualifiers (approximately 500 students in the nationare invited to take the USA Mathematical Olympiad or USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad.


Aayush Karan is the only student from South Carolina this year to qualify for the Mathematical Olympiad. The USA(J)MO is a 6 question, 9 1/2 hour exam on which students write rigorous mathematical proofs for each question. The top 30 to 40 students from the Mathematical Olympiad are invited to the USA Summer Olympiad training camp at Carnegie Mellon University where training and selection for the US International Math Olympiad team begins.


The USA(J)MO will take place from 12:30pm-5:00pm on Wednesday, April 19th and Thursday, April 20th. We wish Aayush luck on this exam!

A Splash of Red - An Interactive Open House
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Experience a splash of all things Hammond! This interactive open house is for families with children in grades prekindergarten through sixth in the greater Columbia area. Join us for science fun, a splash of football, art activities, a bounce house, and nearly everything in between! Thank you for accompanying your child. To make a splash at this event, contact Janine Lewis at 803-776-0295, ext. 1000.

Schoolwide Service Learning - Rise Up Against Hunger
Thursday, April 06, 2017

This year's schoolwide service learning project paired the youngest students with the oldest to package 25,000 meals in our stop hunger project. The enthusiasm and excitement was contagious with lots of laughter, camaraderie, and learning.  This marks the third year Hammond has packed meals, with the total number reaching 75,000 to date.  Of the many service learning projects on campus, Rise Up Against Hunger is one of the few that not only involves students of all ages and grades, but one in which they are also a part of the project from beginning to end.  Students raise money to purchase meals, package the meals, and track who receives the meals and when.  Each meal costs 29 cents, so everyone can participate and know they are contributing.



Emily Brady Bedenbaugh ('01) named Coordinator of Alumni Affairs
Monday, April 03, 2017

Dear Hammond Community, 

Over the past five years, we have experienced an increase in alumni involvement at Hammond and renewed enthusiasm as we have sought to re-engage with Skyhawks who have graduated.  This success comes, due in no small part, to the energy, creativity, and organization Katie Eaddy (’97), Coordinator of Alumni Affairs, has brought to the alumni office.  Through her efforts, our over 3,000 alumni have reconnected and are once again vital members of this school community. 

With two Skyhawks of her own attending Hammond, Katie recently made the decision to become more involved in the school as a parent volunteer and dedicated Skyhawk fan at her daughters’ games.  In addition, she will be working in the Lower School Kiva bringing her own special brand of creativity and organization to something so uniquely Hammond.  We will miss her in the alumni office, but are delighted she will be involved in a variety of other ways.

Following Katie’s announcement, we were fortunate to find among our own alumni base, a very capable and experienced replacement in Emily Brady Bedenbaugh (’01), who has served on the alumni board since 2009.  A graduate of Duke University, Emily earned a B. A. in political science and has worked with the South Carolina Office of the Attorney General, Chernoff Newman, and SCANA Corporation.

Emily has been named an “Influential Women in Business” by the Columbia Regional Business Report for her volunteer efforts and listed by The State newspaper as one of its "20 Under 40.” She is a graduate of both the Leadership Columbia and Leadership South Carolina programs. Emily and her husband, Jody, have a one year-old daughter, Eloise, who we hope will one day be a Skyhawk.   

Please join me in extending appreciation to Katie for her tireless dedication to our alumni program and in welcoming Emily to back to Hammond.

Kind regards,



Jody Lumpkin ('96) Named Head of Upper School
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Math Department Chair, Jody Lumpkin ('96), was recently named Head of Upper School by Headmaster Chris Angel.  Jody will replace retiring Head of Upper School, Rene' Bickley.  Jody has served in a number of capacities as a faculty member, and is remembered by alumni for his exceptional talent in the classroom and on the basketball court.

Below is a message from Chris Angel regarding Jody's recent appointment.

Dear Hammond Community,

Hammond has been growing leaders for over fifty years. We foster leadership in our classrooms, in the arts, on our athletic teams, and in service on campus and around the world. One particular highlight of working in an educational community is when a member of our alumni network returns to his alma mater to teach, coach, or work in some capacity. In the fall of 2004, an alumnus returned to Hammond to begin his career in education, teaching, coaching, and inspiring young minds. Over the last thirteen years, this faculty member has taken on various leadership roles, including Chair of the Math Department for the last eight years and Chair of the Academic Council for the last three. Today, it is my pleasure to announce that Jody Lumpkin’s next leadership role at Hammond will be as Head of the Upper School. 

We conducted a thorough, national search, and we were all impressed with the quality of applicants for this position. However, while some candidates had more administrative experience, Mr. Lumpkin’s passion for educating students, his love for Hammond, and his sincere desire to help us continue to grow as a community made him the clear choice for this role. Mr. Lumpkin has been working closely with Rene’ Bickley for the last several years and will immediately begin to assume some of these new responsibilities, ensuring a smooth transition into next year. 

It has been a pleasure working with Jody Lumpkin during my tenure in the Upper School. It's been particularly rewarding to see this talented educator's sphere of influence broaden as he's taken on additional responsibilities. Student-centered and a consensus builder, Jody's intellect and insightful nature, coupled with his commitment to Hammond, will build on the foundation we've established and will position our students for success. I'm excited for what the future holds under his leadership. – Rene’ Bickley 

Mr. Lumpkin joins an administrative team dedicated to working with our faculty and staff to help us continue to grow and develop as a school committed to providing our students with the best possible opportunities to find and achieve their passions. 

As an alumnus, parent, and teacher, I have seen tremendous growth at Hammond, and I am thrilled to continue to be a part of this institution as we work together to build on our strengths. It truly is a terrific time to be a Skyhawk. – Jody Lumpkin 

I would like to thank the members of the search committee as well as all of our other community members involved in the selection process. The Hammond Family has never been stronger or more engaged, and I am excited about our future with Jody in this role. Please join me in congratulating him and thanking him for serving the school in this capacity. 




Junior Class Costa Rican Field Study
Monday, March 27, 2017

A hallmark of the Hammond experience is the experiential education component of our curriculum.  Spring brings with it class field studies that begin in earnest in fourth grade.  Earthshine, Natahala, and Washington, are but a few of the opportunities students have to learn and explore outside of the classroom.  An annual rite of passage, the junior class annually treks to Costa Rica for service learning, team building, and exploration.  Cave spelunking, ziplining, and working and living within a Costa Rican community are hallmarks of the trip.  This year's excursion was no exception!

Upper School Theatre Department Stages Into the Woods
Monday, March 27, 2017

The stars came out last weekend when Hammond's Theatre Department staged an impressive showing of Into the Woods. Members of Hammond's SCISA State Championship Drama Team brought to life the musical by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from "Little Red Riding Hood", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Rapunzel", and "Cinderella", as well as several others. The musical is tied together by a story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family (the original beginning of The Grimm Brothers' Rapunzel), their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey.  Congratulations to these young thespians who made this difficult production seem like child's play!

Lower School Chess Club Named SCISA State Champions
Monday, March 27, 2017

The Lower School Chest Club is proud winner of the SCISA State Championship.  In a recent competition, the Club took first place, with individuals Robert Malanuk taking 2nd place and Cole Glenn winning 3rd place!  Congratulations to these impressive Skyhawks!

Kia Ora, New Zealand! Country of Study Day 2017
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

This year's Country of Study Day landed us squarely in New Zealand!  A signature program of Hammond's curriculum, this global component provides opportunities for a faculty member from each of our three divisions to visit the year's chosen country for indepth study of the culture, history, and people.  Beginning at the opening of school, these teachers share experiences with their respective divisions throughout the year, culminating in a day of celebration for each division.  Crafts, trivia, and authentic cuisine round out the day of fun and excitement!

Kia Ora!




Skyhawk Dancers Receive Awards at SCISA Dance Competition
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Skyhawk Dancers went toe-to-toe at the SCISA dance competition and came home winners! Congratulations to the 11 students who participated and to Sidney Ramsey, who tied for first place in her solo, Katie Fitts for her first place solo, and two groups who won first place in their categories!  Take a bow, Skyhawks!

Hammond Merit Scholars Program Seeks Applicants
Monday, February 13, 2017


The Hammond Scholars Program is seeking prospective 9th and 10th grade students outside the Hammond community who exhibit great academic promise, are in the top of their class, and are leaders among their peers.  Scholarships may include full or partial tuition and are based solely on merit.  These scholarships will renew annually until the time of graduation as long as the student remains in good academic standing.  Nominated students must possess a demonstrated record of academic achievement, exemplary character and leadership, and well-rounded participation within their school and community.  


Nomination Criteria


  ‘A’ average in all classes, top 10% of current class, and top 10% in national testing

  Demonstrated leadership and/or a positive contribution to a group or cause

  Completion of Hammond’s admission application, along with two teacher recommendations and a defined essay

  Selection Committee interview


2017 Dates


  Scholarship Application Deadline:  March 17, 2017                     

  Scholar Candidate Interview and Visitation Day: March 30, 2017


Application Steps


  Students should submit a nomination form, completed by a third party.

  Students are required to take the SSAT and should sign up as soon as possible.  

    Information and test dates can be found at www.ssat.org.  

  Students must complete the full Hammond application including two teacher recommendations, and a writing sample.

  Students must submit supporting school records to include the most recent report card, transcript, and standardized test scores.

  Students are required to submit an additional essay, using one of the following prompts:


What are the characteristics of a good leader?  When have you demonstrated these traits?

or What (or who) inspires you?



For questions or to request a nomination form, please contact the 

Admission Office at (803) 776-0295.



State Championship Math Team - Hammond Students Sweep SCISA Math Competition
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Skyhawk Mathathaletes take STATE!  Five Hammond students placed in the top 10, including 1st, 2nd, 5th, and two tied for 7th place in the state -- those being Aayush Karan (10), Tobi Ogunfowora (9), Sumant Rao (11), Joyce Song (12), and Lynn Feng (12) respectively.

Additionally, our two teams earned 1st and 3rd place in the state out of 39 teams.  Way to go, Skyhawk Math!


Select Ensemble to Sing for Pope Francis at New Year's Mass
Wednesday, December 21, 2016


The Select Ensemble of Hammond School will begin its choral concert tour of Austria and Italy on Monday, December 26, 2016.  The premier auditioned choir, consisting of 48 Upper School students in grades 9-12, will perform throughout the two countries in venues including the Salzburg Cathedral, the Basilica di Santa Maria in Impruneta, the Church of Santa Stefano Al Ponte in Florence, and culminate in performances in the New Year’s Day Papal Mass in Vatican City and conclude with a benefit concert in the Pantheon in Rome. 

The Select Ensemble has been chosen and is honored to share their talent and the gift of music, as they lend their voices to the 2017 New Year’s Day Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City as they sing with the Pope's resident choir at 10:00 am January 1st (4:00 am Eastern Standard Time).  The group will perform alongside the Sistine Chapel Choir, with Pope Francis presiding over the high Holy Mass for the new year.

With public concerts throughout Salzburg, a joint cultural and musical exchange in Impruneta, and the unbelievably incredible opportunity to sing for Pope Francis, the choir is excited to host a public concert for the city of Rome on January 2, 2017 in the Pantheon.  During this event the choir will collect a love offering from those in attendance to go immediately and directly to the earthquake relief efforts of central Italy. 

Follow the group's trip on social media and through our blog!


Twitter: @hammondchoirs

Instagram: @hammondselectensemble

Blog: http://2016selectensembletour.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HammondSchool/


Annual Tree Decorating Ceremony Heralds the Holiday Season
Saturday, December 03, 2016

An annual favorite and 25-year tradition, the Tree Decorating Ceremony brought together the school community to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season.  Prekindergarteners paired with Seniors to decorate the tree, accompanied by music of the band, the Select Ensemble, and Middle School choirs.  Happy Holidays from Hammond!

Youth in Government Names Hammond Outstanding Delegation
Monday, November 21, 2016
This week 33 Hammond students attended the Youth in Government (YIG) conference at the State House.  YIG, a model government program, was attended by 1500 students from 37 school delegations state wide.  Hammond's delegation was named Outstanding DelegationIn addition, five Hammond-sponsored bills passed both house and senate chambers.  
Individual awards and honors include:
Outstanding Statesman Awards: Cle Pennington, Cameron Obioha
Senior Associate Justice (2016): Madison Baker
Secretary of State (2017): Cameron Obioha
Conference on National Affairs (National YIG, 25 students from conference chosen): 
delegates: Sumant Rao, Cameron Obioha 
alternates: Cle Pennington, Madison Baker
National Judicial Conference: Madison Baker





Thursday, November 17, 2016

SCISA names Headmaster Chris Angel the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Charles Aimar Award for Educational Leadership.  This is the highest honor bestowed by SCISA. The award recognizes and celebrates an individual whose selfless dedication and commitment to independent education has made a positive impact on the life of a school and young people.

Chris joined the Hammond community in 2002 as Head of Upper School, and for the past eight years has served as Headmaster.  In making its selection, SCISA took into consideration the progress Hammond has made under Chris’ leadership, and the expectation of excellence found in all facets of the school program.  While many criteria were used in making this award, Chris has long been recognized in the Hammond community as a forward thinking educator, a patron of the arts, a devoted sideline coach, a teacher, a mentor, a community servant, and most importantly, an advocate for children of all ages. 

Congratulations to Chris Angel and the entire Hammond community!


Drama Wins SCISA First Place Award and Best Actor and Actress
Thursday, November 17, 2016

It was a great day for the Hammond Drama Department. In October, Hammond actors won in their region in the SCISA Drama One-Act Play Competition, and Sarah Adams and Ross Moore also won the individual awards for Best Actress and Best Actor, with Cameron Obioha and Patrick Aitchison garnering the Best Supporting Actor Awards.

Yesterday at the State Final held at the Sumter Opera House, Hammond earned top awards: State Championship for the One-Act play, William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, as well as Best Actress and Best Actor for Sarah Adams and Ross Moore, and Cameron Obioha and James Runge for Best Supporting Actors!

Early Tech Week: A Signature Program of the Hammond Experience
Thursday, November 17, 2016

The smell of fires burning, excited exclamations, and and the sounds of river cane flutes mark the beginning of Early Technology Week at Hammond.  A signature program, ET Week takes technology to a whole new level, one that dates back centuries ago: primitive technology.

In an attempt to engage students in the core components of the fifth grade social studies and history curriculum, students discover through experimentation these early and primitive technologies.  During a time in which the focus is on 21st century skills, ET Week expands the classroom into the natural world.  

Working with experts from across the country, students spend a week rotating through six project stations presented by visiting primitive technologists.  These stations provide activities in the very earliest forms of technology, from the burn and scrape method of hollowing bowls and canoes to making flutes out of river cane, gourd-working, pine needle and kudzu basket weaving, and deer foot tool kits.  

Grandparents Day is Nothing Short of GRAND
Friday, November 11, 2016

Every day at Hammond is a GRAND day, but without a doubt, today was the GRANDEST day of them all! We rolled out the red carpet for over 500 Grand Skyhawks from here, there, and everywhere. Combined Lower, Middle, and Upper School choirs helped celebrate the Veterans among us with a moving tribute to our country and the GRAND old flag. It was a GRAND day to be an American and a Skyhawk.


Competition Cheerleading Team Clinches State Title
Friday, November 11, 2016

The Compeitition Chearleading Team, under the direction of former Hammond cheerleader Coach Margaret Deans Fawcett ('09), clinched the SCISA State Championship title.  This marks the second consecutive year the team has held the title.  Congratulation to this great Skyhawk team!


Middle School Students Launch Weather Balloon
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Fifth and sixth grade classes launched a weather balloon to 108,000 feet from Hammond School. The balloon rose from the football field at a rate of 4.1 m/s, reaching an altitude of 108,000 feet before bursting. The balloon then wafted to Earth on a parachute. The entire trip took 3 hours. The parachute landed in a tree near Kingstree, SC.  Two Go Pro cameras were attached to the balloon, in addition to two Henry the Hawk mascots. The sixth grade class has been learning about weather and the atmosphere in Earth Science this year. Nine sixth graders assisted in building the balloon frame and additional sixth grade students assisted in the launch. 





Holocaust Survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan Speaks to Upper School Students
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Holocaust Survivor and author of Four Perfect Pebbles, Marion Blumenthal Lazan spoke to Upper School and 6th grade students, recounting her experiences as a nine-year old child interned with her family in the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, the same camp in which Anne Frank died.  

While Anne Frank left us no writings following her family’s arrest in Holland, Marion Blumenthal Lazan took us behind the barbed wire to describe in detail what life was like during those harrowing years. She also explained the events leading up to her family’s incarceration in Bergen-Belsen and its life-challenging aftermath.

Mrs. Lazan's childhood story was in sharp contrast to her message on the value of determination, perseverance, faith and hope. "My wish to each of you is for a peaceful world, one in which there is love, respect, and tolerance for one another, regardless of religious belief, race, color of the skin, or national origin; a world in which we will look for similarities in people, and respect the differences."

Hammond Named "Best Private School"
Sunday, October 23, 2016

The State's Best list, published by The State newspaper, named Hammond as Best Private School.  This award is recognition of the hard work of many, including our students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni, and friends who have helped the school establish an impressive 50-year record of academic, athletic, artistic, and community service awards and recognitions.  Congratulations to the Hammond community!

10% of Senior Class Recognized by National Merit Corporation
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Annually, over 1.6 million students take the PSAT Qualifying Test and enter the National Merit Scholarship Program, a nationwide competition for recognition and awards.  Seven members of the Class of 2017 were recognized as high scorers by the National Merit Corporation.  Brad Lewis and Sidney Ramsey represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors in being named National Merit Semi-finalists.  Brad and Sidney will continue to compete, vying for scholarships based on skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.  In addition, Kenneth Chow, Anne Crosswell, George Folline, Carlisle Harris, and Rex Oliver were named Commended Students, which places them among the top five percent of students nationwide.  They have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success in college and beyond.

Congratulations to these outstanding students!


Cambridge University American Stage Tour Conducts Workshops
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Christopher Gadsden Wells Endowment for the Arts sponsored a day of Cambridge University American Stage Tour (CAST) workshops and classes for Middle and Upper School students.  Packed with enthusiasm and excitement, workshops were interactive and helped expose students to the dramatic arts, while offering instruction on honing skills.

CAST, established under the patronage of Dame Judi Dench, is one of the major international theatre tours of the University of Cambridge. It aims to bring the work of Shakespeare to as wide an audience as possible in the eastern United States.  Each September, Cambridge’s most talented actors, directors, designers and technicians travel across the Atlantic to bring a Shakespeare play to colleges, high schools and professional theatres. CAST is increasingly renowned as a showcase of the leading dramatic talent in Cambridge, including countless actors and directors about to enter the world of professional theatre. Many past directors of CAST have gone on to successful careers in theatre directing.

Cum Laude Society Inducts Seven Students, Three Faculty Members
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Herbert Barks Chapter of the Cum Laude Society inducted seven students and three faculty members on September 12.  Hammond's Cum Laude Society was the second chapter chartered in South Carolina, and is considered the Phi Beta Kappa equivalent in secondary education. Recognized for academic excelence, student inductees from the Class of 2017 include: Sarah Adams, Madison Baker, Brad Lewis, Sidney Ramsey, Carlyle Rickenmann, Stanley Wong, and Alexandra Younan.  Faculty members were selected for induction based on a number of criteria, including holding advanced degrees, exhibiting a commitment to honing the craft of teaching, length of tenure, and striving to engage students in lifelong learning within and beyond the confines of the classroom.  This year's faculty inductees include Linda Khoury, Mike Rice, and Laura Riley.

Congratulations to these outstanding students and faculty members!

Dr. John Hopkins ('97) is Keynote Speaker at Cum Laude Induction
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hammond proudly welcomed Dr. John Hopkins ('97) as this year's Cum Laude Induction keynote speaker. Dr. Hopkins is a professor of Art History and Classical Studies at Rice University in Houston.  He holds a BS in Theater from Northwestern University and an MA and PhD in Art History from The University of Texas-Austin. Professor Hopkins specializes in the art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean with a particular focus on Roman architecture and sculpture, spatial experience and cultural and societal change.

Along with collaborators from Kings College in London, the UCLA Experiential Technology Center and Rice University, he has created more than a dozen 3D virtual reconstructions of lost Roman monuments.  In his role as Co-Director of the Collections Analysis Collaborative, he has also overseen the production of an online digital archive and database for the Menil Collection’s antiquities, an assemblage of over 600 objects.  In 2017 he will be co-director of the international, year-long Rice Seminar on Forgery and the Ancient World.


Win Over Spartanburg Christian Kicks Off Football Season
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Friday night football, a highlight of the school year, returned to Edens Stadium with a 40 to 7 win over Spartanburg Christian.  Skyhawks of all ages and grades fill the stands and sidelines in support of the team.   Corbett Glick was 14-of-14 for 302 yards and a school-record five touchdowns. Jack Theodore added three catches for 91 yards.  Way to go Skyhawks!

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/high-school/prep-football/article98270997.html#storylink=cpy



Convocation Marks Official Opening of School Year
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Convocation was held Monday, August 15, officially marking the opening of the 2016-2017 school year.  Faculty and staff gathered for remarks by Board of Trustees Chair Jason Tompkins and Headmaster Chris Angel followed by presentations from faculty members who visited this year's country of study, New Zealand.  These presentations, and the knowledge faculty members gained from the trip, will be shared throughout the year not only in the curriculum, but in extra-curricular activities for students.  Let the new year begin!

Hammond Set to Open 51st School Year on August 18
Monday, August 08, 2016

The 2016-2017 school year, Hammond's 51st, will begin on August 18.  Following a fun-filled summer of camps, our campus and classrooms are being prepared for the new year.  In addition to a full slate of fall sports and arts events, the academic year promises to be equally as exciting.  Students in Prekindergarten through grades 12 will return to a mix of old friends and new.  If you are interested in learning more about the Hammond Experience, visit our Admission page to request further information.  To schedule a visit, contact us at 803.776.0295.  It would be our pleasure to welcome you!

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