SUMMERVILLE, SC – May 18, 2012 – With preparations for graduation underway, Pinewood Preparatory School, an independent, college preparatory school located in Summerville, S.C., announces the valedictorian and salutatorian for the class of 2012 and takes stock of the academic achievements attained by its students, including three who earned a perfect score on one or more sections of the SAT.
This year’s valedictorian will be Taylor Greene. Greene, who lived in Russia for five years and Germany for three, has served as student body president and as captain of the Model United Nations team. He is also the captain of the Pinewood varsity swimming and the varsity cross country teams and is a member of the track team, the Math Club, Beta Club, and Frisbee Club. Taylor has taken eight Advanced Placement (AP) courses and plans to attend Clemson University.
Salutatorian for the class of 2012 will be Zachary Yaeger. Yaeger, who plans to study physics at Clemson University, achieved a perfect score on the critical reading portion of the SAT and on the Math subject test (SAT II). Yaeger is a National Merit finalist and is a member of the fencing team, the International Club, and the Latin Club. He has taken eight AP classes and is a volunteer with Charleston County Parks and Recreation and Greyhound Pets of America.
In addition to Yaeger, two other students at Pinewood Preparatory achieved perfect scores on sections of the SAT. Ansley Bolick of Summerville received a perfect score on both the math and reading portions of the test and Nong Nong, a junior at the school, achieved a perfect score on the math portion.
Bolick, who will be attending the University of Pennsylvania, plans to study medicine. She is captain of the Pinewood State Championship Quiz Bowl team, a member of the Mock Trial team and the Model United Nations team, and a member of student government. She took eight AP classes and served as an assistant for a mentoring program at Flowertown Elementary School for fifth and sixth grade girls. Bolick is a National Merit Scholar and is graduating as one of the top five students in her class.
Meanwhile, Nong is considering Ivy League schools and other top colleges and plans to study business or accounting. She is a member of the Art Club, the International Club, and the Beta Club.
Rounding out the top five of Pinewood’s graduating class are Nick Holt and Dylan Hopper. Holt has been named a Hollingsworth Scholar at Furman University and will receive a scholarship valued at $100,000 for four years. This is the third Pinewood student to receive the prestigious Hollingsworth award. Holt, who has taken six AP courses, spent his junior year of high school in New York City. He is a member of the varsity cross country and track teams, as well as the Math Club, Play Production, and Model United Nations team.
Hopper has taken seven AP courses and is active with student government, Beta Club, the National English Honors Society, and Fusebox. Hopper was selected as a James Otis Scholar and participated in the James Otis Scholar Lecture Program at the State House in Columbia. She plans to attend the College of Charleston.
With graduation nearing, Pinewood has also announced this year’s junior marshals. Marshals are students ranked in the top ten percent of the class who have taken at least one AP course and who have sat for the exam in addition to having taken at least three honors, or AP, courses. The junior marshals assist at baccalaureate and at graduation. This year’s marshals are Mathilde Demey, Lauren Fanning, Kyle Hair, Jarrett Londergan, Abby Mandel, Ryan Moore, Austin Pahl, and Peter Ruby.
Junior Marshal Mathilde Demey will be traveling to France next year as an exchange student. She is a member of the Pinewood Beta club, International Club, student government, and Blue Crew. She also played on the varsity tennis and track teams. She plans to study biology and languages in college.
Lauren Fanning has won nine SCISA gold medals for piano. She plays varsity soccer and runs on the Pinewood cross country team in addition to being in the International Club, Interact Club, Beta Club, and Mu Alpha Theta. Fanning has attended piano camp at Furman University and has taken four AP courses at Pinewood.
Junior Marshal Kyle Hair plans to study physics and engineering in college. He is a member of the Pinewood varsity baseball team, Beta Club, and Blue Crew. Kyle also attended Boys State, an involved summer camp that allows young men to actively learn more about the American governmental system.
Jarrett Londergan is a member of the varsity soccer, varsity football, and state championship speed and strength teams. He is a member of the Beta Club and Math Club. In college, Londergan plans to study engineering and medicine.
Abby Mandel traveled as an exchange student to the Bently School in San Francisco as part of the Network of Complementary Schools program. The Network of Complementary Schools is a group of public and independent schools that offers its students and faculty opportunities to experience learning through varied programs at its member schools. Mandel has taken four AP classes and runs on the varsity cross country and varsity track teams. She is part of Play Production, International Club, Interact Club, the Marine Biology Club, and Beta Club, and serves as a Panther Ambassador.
Ryan Moore is a St. Paul’s senior volunteer who participates in the Beta Club, International Club, Marine Biology Club, FCA, Fusebox, and student government at Pinewood. A member of the varsity soccer team, Moore has taken three AP classes and plans to study biology in college.
Junior Marshall Austin Pahl participates in fencing and is a member of the Quiz Bowl team, the Model United Nations team, Mock Trial, and the Math Club. He has taken four AP classes and is involved with archeology at the Summerville Dorchester Museum. In college, Marshall plans to study international business.
Peter Ruby plans to study engineering in college and is a member of the Beta Club and International Club. He is a member of the varsity soccer, cross country, and track teams. He has two state championship rings and has taken two AP classes at Pinewood.
The honor of flag bearer goes to a junior, Sean Carter. Sean is an Eagle Scout who plans to study engineering in college. A member of Quiz Bowl, the Chess Team, and the Robotics Team, Carter also plays on the junior varsity soccer team.
Pinewood Preparatory School, located in Summerville, S.C., is an independent, college preparatory school dedicated to giving students in pre-school through 12th grade a foundation for success in all aspects of life. Pinewood places strong emphasis on educating, inspiring, and motivating students who are destined for leadership and achievement. With rigorous academics, small class sizes, competitive athletics, diverse extra-curricular and fine arts programs, all within a family-like atmosphere, the focus is on developing well-rounded students who are prepared for the world that awaits them.
The school is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Southern Association of Independent Schools. Pinewood Preparatory is also a member in the National Association of Independent Schools, the South Carolina Independent School Association, and the Palmetto Association of Independent Schools. More information is available at www.pinewoodprep.com.