Advanced Placement United States History Students Debate


Advanced Placement United States History Debate

Mr. Zawacki’s Advanced Placement United States History Class debates whether the United States was justified in the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Arguing for the Affirmative were students David Botti and J.T. Page and arguing for the negative were students Jiri Honajzer and Bria’ Sanders.

Mr. Zawacki’s Advanced Placement United States History Class Debates the United States entry into World War I


Representing the Affirmative side were J.T. Page and Bria’ Sanders while arguing the Negative position were Jiri Honajzer and David Botti. Strong arguments revolved around the Lusitania, Sussex Pledge, Submarine warfare, British Blockade, Munitions, the influence of Bankers, Effective Propaganda, President Woodrow Wilson’s moral stance and sympathizers on both sides.

Heritage Crew Team has a benefit Bingo eve!!

The Heritage Crew Team had a successful bingo banquet and raised money for the team!  Congrats to all!!

Heritage Students Shine at IJGT Georgia Junior

Miles becomes back-to-back Georgia Junior winner

Valdes and Vilips nab second consecutive IJGT victory 

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed south to The Club at Savannah Harbor to host the Georgia Junior on Feb. 22-23, 2014. Round one was played in textbook golf weather with temperatures around 70 degrees and a day filled of sunshine. Despite temperatures dropping slightly into the 60s during the final round, the forecasted rain held out as the final groups finished play. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were up for grabs resulting in numerous lead changes throughout the 36-hole two-day tournament. The field featured 89 juniors between the ages of 12 and 19 years old.

DSC_0837Going into round one in second place, Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., had not yet finished showing his best golf as he nabbed first in the Boys 15-19 Division after round two. Battling closely with Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, Miles looked to bring consistency to his second round, tallying two birdies and making par on 13 of the 16 remaining holes. Even with 4 birdies in round one, Miles still remained a stroke behind Kim. Regrouped and ready to compete, Miles kicked off his second round with two birdies in the first four holes. Miles secured his first victory on his 2013-2014 season finishing the weekend with a 71-73–144 overall score. This victory gave Miles back-to-back titles at Savannah Harbor, who was also victorious in 2013 on the same course.

“My coach, Tim Cooke, and I have been working on my iron play and really working on my transitions so that changed and was working well [for me],” said Miles.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, and his come-from-behind effort in round two. Terrazas improved his round one score of 77 by seven strokes to secure second place, finishing the weekend with a score of 77-70–147 overall. Rounding out the top three was Kim and his score of 70-78–148 overall.

Terrazas’s round two score of 70 landed him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award that goes to the player in each division with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament.

DSC_1083 copyIn the Girls Division, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, lead both days as she finished her second consecutive IJGT tournament in first. Despite struggling with her irons on the first day, Valdes finished the final round strong with five birdies, three of which came on her first nine holes. Coming off of a Major Championship first-place victory at Kiawah Island in the weekend prior, Valdes made eight birdies on the tournament, the most across all divisions.  Her 70-71—141 overall score positioned Valdes a commanding 10 strokes ahead of her competition.

When asked what worked well for her, Valdes commented, “My putting definitely, I wasn’t hitting the ball very well but it is always good to putt well. It helps you a lot.”

Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., finished second after improving on her round-one score by a staggering 11 strokes. She finished the tournament with a score of 81-70—151 overall. In third place was Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, with a score of 78-74—152 overall.


DSC_1087 copyEight-time IJGT winner Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, placed first in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Finishing 15 strokes ahead of his competition, Vilips approached the tournament with an aim for consistency. His 2-under-par second-round score of 70 featured four birdies and only two bogeys. Arguably his best performance of the tournament came on the back nine of round two where he made par on seven of eight holes, the eighth being a birdie. His score of 72-70—142 overall earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“My approach shots into the greens were pretty accurate so it gave me the chance to make a few birdies,” said Vilips.

Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada tied for second with a score of 157 overall.

Mr. Zawacki’s Government Class Debates Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action Debate

Affirmative Action is intended to promote the opportunities of defined minority groups within a society to give them access equal to that of the privileged majority population. Representing the Affirmative arguments were Jake Kessel and Dakota Sabados,  while the Negative arguments were voiced by Carolina Lewis and Sydney Nix.

Student artistic talents shine at the ISCA’s Promising Picasso event

With an academy roster filled with intelligent and passionate students, it is no surprise to find exquisite artistic talent budding from the Heritage Academy. Art students from the Academy had the opportunity to express their artistic talent and have it on display at The Promising Picasso Student Art Exhibition hosted by the The Island School Council for the Arts (ISCA) located in Hilton Head Island, S.C. on February 6, 2014.

The ISCA collects artwork submitted by teachers in the Hilton Head and Bluffton areas for the Spring Exhibition. Students are give 16×20 inch canvases to create a work of art using the instruction and creativity they have acquired over the semester. The Heritage Academy art teachers then submit the students’ artwork to the ISCA where they are judged by professional artists and the gallery owner for the final selections to be hung.

In its 28th year, the ISCA Promising Picasso Student Art Exhibition featured artwork by public and private school students in the area in grades 3-12. Among the artwork submitted by the Heritage Academy were acrylic, oil and mixed media pieces. This year, Heritage Academy students Hazwan Ascraft Abdul Rahman, Kanwat Uenghiranpaisan, Maryann Aaron, Clementina Rodrigues and Kota Mishimura were all some of the winners at the event. Congratulations to all of the talented artists who participated!

Advanced Placement United States History Students Learn The New Deal

Mr. Zawacki’s Advanced Placement United States History students are shown here sudying the effects of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s attempts to apply the concepts of Relief, Recovery and Reform to the Great Depression. The students, JT Page, David Botti, Bria’ Sanders and Jiri Honajzer, are in a comprehensive study of the 1930’s and a detailed reading of “Since Yesterday” by Frederick Lewis Allen is utilized as a guide.

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Heritage Students lead food drive for Deep Well Project

Heritage students lead food drive for Deep Well Project

In anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday last week, several Heritage Academy students proudly represented the academy and Junior Sports Corporation with their dedicated involvement in the Deep Well Project, a volunteer-based non-profit located on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The Deep Well Project, in action since 1973, has a mission to “help neighbors in need by providing basic assistance in emergency situations.”

Kayla KozakClementina RodriguezJasmine CheeMaurizio De Bono and Lizzy Tupamahu all put forth honorable and selfless efforts to help those in need by spear-heading a community service food drive within the Heritage Academy and Junior Sports Corporation’s housing campuses. The drive, which took place from Nov. 18-25, 2013, was a huge success with a total of 471 non-perishable items being collected.

Heritage Students lead food drive for Deep Well Project

Kozak (left) and Rodriguez (right) handled publicity for the Deep Well Project food drive.


Kozak and Rodriguez (pictured above) handled all of the publicity for the two-week span leading up to and during the community service event. Kozak made announcements about the drive and Rodriguez made posters, which were spread out over the two campuses and JSC offices.

Chee, De Bono and Tupamahu (pictured below) were also essential to the event, as they helped count and deliver the hundreds of donated items to the Deep Well Project headquarters.

Heritage Students lead food drive for Deep Well Project

Left to right: De Bono, Chee and Tupamahu help count and deliver donated items.


The Deep Well Project provides assistance all over the island in a variety of ways — ranging from providing school uniforms to underprivileged children, helping with a rent payment for a family or individual between jobs, repairing a building or home’s wheelchair ramp through their Housing Repair Program, and providing groceries and warm meals to those in need.

Left to right: De Bono, Chee and Tupamahu help count and deliver donated items.

National Honor Society Inductees 2013


The Heritage Academy  National Honor Society Inductees for 2013 are …

Margaret Ashmore, Jasmine Chee, Lillian Green, Will White, Clementina Rodriguez and Lita Huber