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Hammond News

2020

  • February

    Hammond's Dance Marathon Sets Fundraising Record

    One again, this year’s all-school fundraiser, the Miracle Network Dance Marathon, brought all three divisions together in support of Prisma’s Children’s Hospital.  A national movement benefitting Miracle Network Hospitals, the non-profit organization raises funds and awareness for over 170 pediatric hospitals.  One hundred percent of the funds raised stay at the local level to help fight pediatric illness or injury. Hammond students raised $60,168–a record for money raised by a mini-marathon.
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  • Skyhawk Wrestling: Back-to-Back State Championship Wins!

    Hammond's wrestling team, under the leadership of former Skyhawk wrestler, Mark Hood, clinched its second straight SCISA 3A title following a win over Ben Lippen. “Going back-to-back was hard,” Hammond coach Austin Hood said. “Hats off to Ben Lippen, Greenwood, Cardinal Newman, all the guys who were here today. It got really competitive, there’s a lot of parity.”
     
    “We were excited to be in the finals,” Hood said. “We have a very different team from last year, we had some young kids really step up. We had a sixth grader, seventh grader, freshman open the match and they really answered the bell.”

    Congratulations, Skyhawks!
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  • January

    Two in a Row: Tobi Ogunfowora wins USC Math Contest ... Again

    Senior Tobi Ogunfowora won first place in The University of South Carolina’s 34th annual math competition for high school students. The competition, open to students in grades 9-12, took place January 25. A total of 170 students representing 18 schools participated in the one-day event.  This marks the second consecutive year that Tobi has been named the top individual winner of the contest, a distinction accomplished by very few.  Tobi also recently won the SCISA math competition and Clemson's Calculus Challenge.  

    “We are extremely proud of Tobi and the hard work he has put into winning this competition for two straight years, something few high school students have achieved,” said Chris Angel, headmaster of Hammond. "“We take pride in identifying our students’ interests and talents and supporting them in every way possible to help cultivate and nurture those talents.”

    As a school, Hammond was in the top division designed for the best teams at the contest. The team of Laurence Zhang, Walker Barrett, Karry Zheng, Doga Ozmen, Vincent Huang, Vicki Li, Elsa Saine, John Li, and Tobi Ogunfowora took second place in the competition, with Elsa Saine, John Li, and Tobi Ogunfowora making the tournament's top 16. 
     
     
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  • 12 Inducted to Athletics Hall of Fame

    Skyhawk pride took on new meaning as the Skyhawk Nation announced its inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame induction, enshrining one coach and eleven student-athletes who helped blaze the way for hundreds of Hammond athletes who have followed in their footsteps. 
     
    The Hammond Athletics Hall of Fame was established to recognize the school’s finest student-athletes, coaches, and supporters who have excelled in their service to Hammond, either on the field of competition or behind the scenes, enriching and strengthening Hammond’s athletic program.
     
    With 150 state championship trophies garnered in just over 50 years, Hammond students have been successful at the art of competition, many experiencing equal success at the collegiate or professional level.
     
    The inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame class represents five decades, five sports, one coach, and twelve individuals who have positively impacted Hammond athletics. 
     
    Criteria for nomination to the Athletics Hall of Fame include: 
     
    • the student-athlete’s success at Hammond and beyond;
    • the impact of a coach on student-athletes, both on and off the playing field; or,
    • positive contributions made to Hammond athletics.  
    An induction ceremony and banquet was held January 24, 2020 to recognize this first class of inductees nominated by the Athletics Hall of Fame Committee.  Inductees included: Coach Charles McAlister, Bill Gause '75, Marsi McAlister '81, Martha Parker Hester '85, Jason Bradley '92, Michael Edens '94, Brian Ellis '95, Jody Lumpkin '96, Liz Price Brewer '98, Zeb Cope '00, Braeden Troyer '11, and BJ Bennett '12.
     
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  • Hammond Hosts Performers from Wicked

    The Christopher Gadsden Wells Endowment for the Arts made possible the opportunity for Hammond students to work with three performers from the Broadway musical, Wicked.  Students worked with Wicked cast members in sessions on dance, vocals, and improv.  In addition to honing their skills, students participated in a question and answer session moderated by Pearson Fowler ’11. 
     
    The Christopher Gadsden Wells Endowment for the Arts annually hosts visiting artists, providing exemplary opportunities to help develop and nurture artistic talent in Hammond students.
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  • HAMMOND Mathletes Take SCISA Top Awards

    Hammond Mathletes had another outstanding showing at the 2020 SCISA Math Competition. Impressively, Hammond took four of the top five individual awards. Elsa Saine took Fifth Place, Vicki Li took Third Place, John Li took Second Place, and Tobi Ogunfowora took top honors for the second consecutive year. Out of 39 teams, Amelia Gandhi and Karry Zheng of Hammond Team 2 won awards for the highest score. Hammond Team 1, Vincent Huang, Vicki Li, Elsa Saine, John Li, and Team Captain Tobi Ogunfowora, took First Place by earning 218 points, a 67-point lead. According to Faculty Advisor Patrick Rybarczyk, "Our next big contest is at the University of South Carolina. I am so proud of these kids not only for their accomplishments, but for what they are doing to help Middle and Lower School students. I could not ask for better students to coach."  Way to go, Skyhawks!
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