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Raptor Report

May 22, 2024

from AMHS Partners in Education (PIE)

Community News

Raptors Celebrate the End of AP Exams

AMHS PIE provided an afternoon of fun, food, and games for Raptors to celebrate the end of AP Exams and the end of the school year this past Friday, May 17. Thank you to all of the Raptor parents who have supported PIE this school year!

The Final Countdown is On!

As our seniors are finishing exams this week, next week grades 9-11 will take their final exams. Check out the schedule below, along with the "Checkouts" schedule. Summer is coming!

National Merit Scholars Corporation Awards Two Seniors With $2,500 Scholarships

Congratulations to Colin George '24 and Maryn Tombs '24, who won $2,500 National Merit Scholarships last week.

According to the National Merit Scholars Corporation, these winners are the finalists in each state that are judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Seven total CCSD students have earned scholarships in this 69th annual program so far, five from AMHS. To learn more about this incredible honor, please check out the CCSD story at this link.

AMHS Senior One of 161 Students Nationwide Named Presidential Scholar

For the first time in three years, CCSD has a United States Presidential Scholar, actually two, and one is Michael Lee '24. The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) made the announcement earlier this month. Lee and an SOA student are two of 161 students from the Class of 2024, nationwide, to earn the honor.

Lee plans on studying in the field of science at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) in the fall. Learn more about the recognition at this link.

Junior Marshalls Named During Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to our Junior Marshalls, those students in the junior class who have the highest unweighted GPA from freshman year through their third quarter junior year! As Mr. Perlmutter remarked, this is an honor at any school, but an especially outstanding achievement at an institution like Academic Magnet High School! This year's Junior Marshalls are (from L to R): Mark Sereda, Jack Oakman, Meredith Finley, Riley Beasenburg, Lindsay Gunn, and Robert Heidenreich. To learn more about this ceremonial honor, please check out the story on the AMHS website at this link.

Don't miss Senior Awards Night!

Seniors and their families are invited to attend the AMHS Senior Awards Night on Wednesday, May 29 from 5 to 7 pm in the AMHS cafeteria.

It's time to celebrate our seniors before their final days as a student Raptor!

Do you Have Questions About Graduation?

Want to know the date and time for graduation? Or wondering if you need to worry about tickets for yourself and your family? Perhaps your student is wondering if they really HAVE to go to graduation practice. If you have questions, we've got answers. Check out the latest FAQ document on the AMHS website at this link or at this link.

Mindful Mondays: Open to students & staff!

Come start the week with your mind in the right place!

Time For Our New Raptors to Register for Summer Scholars

The AMHS Class of 2028 is taking shape! Registration is now open for Summer Scholars for ALL new students from July 29-August 1! It's a fun week that provides an opportunity to meet other students and learn more about the year ahead! Register today at this link.

Class of 2028 Families are invited to join the Facebook page at this link.

Click here to re-link your Harris Teeter Card - Try HT Plus Membership

AMHS Code is 4626

Current Number of Families Linked: 231

Funds raised to date: $864.96

In 2024, schools earn $10 for each HT Plus membership purchased by someone whose VIC card is linked to our school. Try it free for 30 days!

Participate in Opie Opportunties to Benefit AMHS

Calling all Opie customers! Opie, the drive-thru grocery store in Mount Pleasant has a School Opportunities program. Make sure you select AMHS in your account so AMHS can start earning rewards from your purchases!


Here's How: sign up for an OPIE account at or on the OPIE app; under OPIE Opportunities, select a school. If you already have an account, log into your account at and click OPIE+, then choose your school under My Account.

Administrative News

AB Schedule
Letters Home
Open Positions
Routes to AMHS
2024-25 CCSD Calendar
Official Website
School Calendar
Athletic Links + Socials
School Profile
Pay Fees on RevTrak
Past Raptor Reports
School Counseling News
Visit our website

New Handbook Now Available to Help Students & Parents Plan for What's Next!

Click here for

College Planning Guidance

Juniors Set to 'Take Flight' This Friday, May 24

Each year the Academic Magnet Foundation along with our AMHS Counseling Department work hard to deliver a full day program called Juniors Take Flight focused on preparing our rising seniors for the college application process. The full-day program includes a guide to the college application process--common terms, important dates, profile and student writing pointers, and other helpful tips and tricks to demystify a process that can seem overwhelming for students.


The guest speakers this year are Chris Gruber, the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Davidson College and Brennan Barnard, an author and College Counselor.

Scholarship List
ACT Dates & Deadlines
SAT Dates & Deadlines
CTE Future Ready Newsletters
2023-24 Lecture Series Topics
College Visit Verification Form
2013-2023 Matriculation
Upcoming College Visits

Dates for college rep visits at AMHS and college rep visits in the Charleston area can be found here.

Register through Naviance to show demonstrated interest. These sessions are open for all grades

Ms. Mansfield, the 2023-24 College and Career Specialist, is on the AMHS campus on Wednesdays and Thursdays during school hours.

Her email is 

Career Exploration Opportunities

Click here for Resume Tips!

Click here for Interview Tips!

Class Updates
AMHS StuCo Instagram Page

Class of 2024

2024 College Decisions
Class of '24 Parents on Facebook
Senior Lounge Snack Sign Up

Class of 2024 Senior Awards Ceremony: May 29, 5-7 pm

Seniors are expected to attend this event at the AMHS Cafeteria where special awards will be presented, and this year's valedictorian and salutatorian will be announced!

Graduation Practice will be held on Thursday, June 6 from 8:30-11:30 am and attendance is MANDATORY. Students who do not attend will not be permitted to walk at graduation.

The Graduation Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 7 at 3 pm at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Graduates should arrive NO LATER THAN 2 pm; but doors will not open to AMHS students and guests until 2 pm. NOTE: A clear bag policy is in effect!

Class of 2025

Class of '25 Parents on Facebook

Class of 2026

Class of '26 Parents on Facebook

Class of 2027

Class of '27 Parents on Facebook
Parent Boards
AMHS enjoys the support of three parent-led, community supported groups and an active SIC group. You can read about each group's mission and get updates below or find out more under the Parent Tab on the School Website.
PIE Funding Request Form

Elect Your PIE Board Members for the 2024-25 School Year

The proposed slate of new officers is now available from the Nominating Committee. Each member of PIE may cast one vote. No response will be counted as a "YES." 


Proposed PIE Board Members 2024-2025

President: Kate Williams, '25P and '28P

Vice President: Meredith White, '27P

Secretary: Kimberly Steele, '26P and '28P

Treasurer: Katherine Falls, '25P

Member-at-large: Coleen Griffin, '23P and '25P


Please email your vote by JUNE 1 to with the subject "PIE VOTE."

AMHS Spirit Store Open Until Friday, May 24

There are only a few weeks left to get your AMHS spirit wear! The store will close at noon on Friday, May 24, for the year. This will allow the last orders to be filled and picked up before the school closes for the summer. Visit the Spirit Store online at the PIE page at this link.

There's a great new shirt design for spring 2024, but there are only a few left. They will be restocked before the fall.

Thanks for all your support of PIE and especially spirit wear over the past two years. It's been a BLAST!! 


If you have any concerns you would like SIC to address in future meetings, please email Jessica Garrett P'25 at

Check out the 23-24 School Improvement Council Report

Mandated by the state, a School Improvement Council (SIC) serves as a vehicle for

teachers, students, parents, administrators, and community representatives to

collaborate and help schools across South Carolina reach the goals identified in their

five-year school improvement plans (SIPs). Review this year's report by scanning the QR code or click here.

SIC Reports to Parents
AMHS Booster

Join the Booster Club. Learn more here.

Visit our website

The Booster Club Needs You!

Please join the 2024-2025 AMHS Booster Club Board and Committees! Open positions include Secretary and Member-at-Large. Booster also has fun committees to support our Raptor Athletes! 

Email for more information.

Raptors of Distinction
Help spread the good news! Got scoop on a current or former Raptor making their mark in the world? Share it with the Raptor Report here.

Congratulations to Suguri Yamaguchi '26, Vanessa Nguyen '26, and Natasha Kiesler '24 (left to right) who give new meaning to our motto "Eruditio et honor!" Suguri and Vanessa recently won United Nations awards for their community service and Natasha Kiesler worked with Southern Lutheran Services this year, helping Lebanese refugee children learn English. Way to represent, Raptors!

Clubs, Arts + Academics
The AMHS Student Newspaper. Read it here to "get the word on the birds."

AMHS Students Awarded for Excellence in Visual Art

Congratulations to AMHS students Nikki Wu '25 and Xi Chen '26, who were honored this past Friday (5/17) for their excellence in visual art. Xi Chen won the Coastal Carolina judges choice (Artfiled Junior exhibitor) and Nikki Wu won a Scholastic Gold Key winner and was honored as an American Voices finalist.

Raptor Athletics

The latest Raptor Athlete-of-the-Week was Sierra Robinson '25 of the women's track & field team. In his nomination, Coach Johnson said, "Sierra has really stepped up to the challenge this year. She won the long jump and 200-meter dash at the region meet and then qualified for the state finals in 4 events last Saturday at Lower-State. We're looking forward to her continuing to push herself."

AMHS Lands on the Podium at AA Track & Field State Championship

Last week's AA track & field state championships officially concluded our competitions for the 2023-24 academic year and what a day it was! Check out the photos below, as well as the list of top finishes.


Women's 400 m hurdles: Sierra Robinson, 2nd

Women's 4 x 800 m: Cate Arrants, Rhythm Harris, Lila Garrett, and Abby Trolley, 5th

Women's 800 m: Cate Arrants, 5th

Women's 1600 m: Anna Hollister, 3rd

Women's 3200 m: Anna Hollister, 3rd

Men's 800 m: Colin George, 5th

Men's 4 x 800 m: CJ Geiger, Everett Landrith, Colin George, and Brayden Bunt, 3rd

Men's 1600 m: Quinn Swanton, 1st; Calvin Volkmann, 3rd

Men's 3200 m: Quinn Swanton, 1st; Hunter Kuhnell, 5th; Peyton Johnson, 6th; Calvin Volkmann, 7th

Men's pole vault: Jack Millet, 1st

*The men's track & field team came in 3rd place overall among all AA schools

Athletic Director: Raymond Knauer or 843.746.6376

Assistant Athletic Director: Stevie Jones

Trainer: Marty Travis

Coach contact information is here.

Sports Calendar
Athletic Links + Socials
Know of an opportunity from which AMHS students might benefit? Share it with the Raptor Report here.

Application for NOAA's Young Changemakers Fellowship is Now Open

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Young Changemakers Fellowship is now accepting applications through June 10. The Fellowship is a year-long empowerment program for high school students. Fellows receive mentorship, skill-building opportunities, and support from NOAA to design and lead an action project in their own community. They also learn about how NOAA works and directly provide their perspectives on agency priorities to NOAA’s leadership team.

The program runs from July 2024 through June 2025. Fellowship benefits include an expenses-paid kick-off summit in Washington, D.C., a $800 participation stipend, and up to $750 of action project funding. The fellowship is open to young people ages 13 and older who will be in high school during the 2024-2025 school year.

For more information, please read the full announcement here.

Rising AMHS juniors and seniors are invited to apply for the USC Business Success Academy scheduled for June 23-28, 2024 on the school's Columbia campus.

Students who are interested in exploring and learning about the various business majors available, who are curious about determining if a major in business is right for them, and/or who want to gain hands-on experience and engage with business leadership should apply by May 24, 2024. There is no cost for this hands-on business experience that could lead to exclusive scholarship opportunities!

Spend Spring Break 2025 in Costa Rica! Raptors are invited to consider this amazing opportunity to explore the ecology of Costa Rica during spring break of 2025. Students will conduct research on leatherback sea turtles AND earn 30 hours of community service. Email Ms. Phillips ( with any questions.

Community Service + Activities

Here is a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities.

Learn more about the AMHS Volunteer Hours

graduation requirement here.

Volunteer Hours Form

Have an event that could use AMHS volunteers?

Send info and details to

Help Sweep the Beach!

Is your Raptor looking for a volunteer opportunity? The next Isle of Palms beach cleanup litter sweeps will be held May 20, and then each Monday from June 3 through Labor Day. Click the "Litter Sweep Schedule" image for a .pdf with more details!

One Last Thing ...

The Raptor Report is published weekly by AMHS PIE on Wednesdays during the school year except for holiday breaks.

Faculty, students, and parents are encouraged to submit articles and/or pictures of AMHS events, honors, and needs.

Please email your information to the Raptor Report Editors by 5 pm on the Monday preceding the Wednesday publication date.

Feedback or suggestions for improvement? Please send an email as well.

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