CPA celebrates 50 | Congrats Colleton | The Press and Standard

by | September 30, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: September 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Photos by JEFFERY MUSGRAVE

Alumni from all eras of Colleton Preparatory Academy gathered for two days of celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary Friday and Saturday.
Events kicked off Friday with a school-wide pep rally, featuring performances by cheerleaders from the Teeny Hawks, Wee Hawks, elementary, JV and varsity cheer squads, as well as an alumni cheer group. “We had 13 alumni cheerleaders,” said CPA Cheer Coach Megan Driggers. “It was so fun getting to work with these JCCA (John C. Calhoun Academy) and CPA graduates.” The alumni group included graduates from the 1970s to 2015, some of whom Driggers coached while they were at CPA. “It was really great to see and work with them again,” she said. The excitement from the crowd at the pep rally when they took the floor was amazing. They performed like they had all been teammates forever, so it just proves ‘once a War Hawk, always a War Hawk’ is more than a slogan. I am so glad that I was able to be a part of it.”
Prior to the football game, alumni and their families gathered for a tailgate party in the end zone. The school was also open for alumni tours from 5-7 p.m.
Before kickoff, CPA Music Director Jennifer McMillan led an alumni and current student chorus in singing the National Anthem. “We were beyond excited to have a combined chorus of alumni singers and current students perform the National Anthem Friday night, and look forward to making the joint choir a homecoming tradition,” McMillan said.
A record-breaking crowd watched the War Hawks defeat Kings Academy 42-20.
During halftime, Penelope Tuten was crowned Homecoming Queen 2016 by last year’s winner Ally Knight. The homecoming court (Heather Davis and Langley Harter, ninth grade; Elizabeth Anne Dean and Kayleigh Peters, tenth grade; Sydney Crosby and Caroline Jones, eleventh grade; and Haley Wilson, Penelope Tuten and Patricia Utsey, twelfth grade) were driven onto the field in BMW convertibles provided by Hilton Head BMW.
Festivities continued on Saturday with a crowd of nearly 300 gathering at The Hale Shop at Dovefield Plantation on Green Pond Highway for fellowship, dancing and fundraising for the CPA Capital Campaign. The 50/50 raffle, silent and live auctions, donors and sponsors raised nearly $40,000.
The event was organized by Lori Beard, who “did a wonderful job this weekend. Both nights were a huge success,” said CPA Head of School Jill Burttram.
“It is absolutely amazing the amount of support we get from our community each year for this event,” said CPA Board Chairman Heath Griffith. “CPA thanks you very much!”

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