The school honored its student athletes at an early signing ceremony held at the school. The following student athletes were honored: Margaret Ashmore, golf at Georgia Regents University; Jake Kessel, golf at Dickinson College; Matthew Mendez, tennis at Ohio State University; Samuel Meuret, golf at the University of Iowa; Ana Lizeth Ruiz Laphond, golf at the University of Oklahoma.
Heritage Academy guidance counselors, Betsey Castellano and Dean Costakis, recently conducted their fall National Honor Society induction ceremony in the school library. New inductees are as follows: Margaret Ashmore, Jasmine Chee, Lillian Green, Lita Huber, Clementina Rodriguez and Will White.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
Congratulations to student Sarah Cooke who ran in the South Carolina Cross Country Championships on Nov. 16 and is the official 3K state champion. She won the "bantam" (9- and 10-year-old) girls division with a time of 12:06, beating the second place finisher by more than a minute.
Theatre arts teacher and creative arts players director Harry Culpepper Jr. was elected vice president of the South Carolina Theatre Association. He will serve a two-year term and will then succeed into the office of president for a consecutive two-year term. He will be responsible for planning the association's annual convention, typically attended by more than 800 students, teachers, administrators and theater professionals.
The Barnes & Noble book fair is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. During the fair, a percent of sales, including purchases at the cafe, goes back to the school. Tell the cashier at checkout.
Snow Wonder featuring Singers and Calypso Boom will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 in the school gym. Please bring a new blanket or make a donation for those in need in lieu of admission.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
The school's annual Christmas tree sale began Nov. 29. Fraser fir trees will be on sale at the school's softball field on Wilborn Road across from the Island Recreation Center. A portion of the proceeds will go toward Hilton Head High athletic programs. The lot will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 18.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Upper school social sciences chair Bryan VanGronigen, middle school math teacher Matt Dakolios and fifth grade humanities teacher Heather Brougham-Cook were selected as Hilton Head Island Rotary Teachers of the Year.
Sophomores Tiegue Brougham-Cook and Jack Dextraze represented the school in the South Carolina Music Educators Association Regional Orchestra after a rigorous competition. They are eligible to audition for the All State Orchestra in January.
Seventh-grader Bumin Choi won the Johnson and Wales Junior Open golf tournament on Amelia Island, Fla., in the 11 to 14 age bracket. Choi finished the weekend with a 150 (76, 74) to win by one.
The Festival of Trees at the Sonesta Resort in Shipyard Plantation will feature more than 70 beautifully decorated holiday trees, on display for nearly two weeks through Thursday. All trees are available for purchase, and the event is free and open to the public.
M. C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The School Improvement Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in the M. C. Riley media center. Parents and members of the community are invited to the meeting to work together on improvement of the school.
The Singing Eagles Chorus will perform at the Bluffton Christmas tree lighting at 5 p.m. Friday at the Bluffton Town Hall.
Students and parents are invited to a holiday craft fair from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the main building. Students will have the opportunity to work with teachers and parents to create fun holiday crafts and ornaments. This free annual event is sponsored by the M. C. Riley PTO.
The M. C. Riley Joleba African Drumming Ensemble will perform in the Bluffton Holiday Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday.
RED CEDAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The school will have a Chick-Fil-A night Thursday. The school's Honors Choir will sing.
The Red Cedar drum and dance team and the Red Cedar Girl Scouts will participate in the Bluffton Christmas Parade. It begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Red Cedar honors choir will sing at the Bluffton Christmas tree lighting Sunday. The event begins at 3:45 p.m. at Station 300 in Buckwalter Place. The choir will perform at 5:15 p.m.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
The school's Winter Concert will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the school.