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Chapin Cheerleaders – State Champions (again)!

Once again, Rep Huggins and I will get to recognize these ladies/program at the State House in the spring. As I always share from the House Floor – “You can’t spell Champions without Chapin!”

From The Lexington Chronicle


“We got that gold, we took it back!”

This was the yearlong rallying cry for the Chapin High School competitive cheer team.

It began not too long after the Lady Eagles finished runner-up to Lexington High School last November at the SC High School League Class 5A final held in Florence.

“The day after state, they had a meeting and we were determined that it was going to happen this year,” longtime Chapin head coach Vicki Williams said. “But they’ve been practicing ever since then to get back. So it was a goal to get back.”

The daily regiment of fine-tuning the self-choreographic routines paid off Saturday at Colonial Life Arena.

Back in familiar surroundings, the Lady Eagles returned to their championship perch by winning the Class 5A title once again. In claiming a school-record 15th overall state title, three of the last four in Class 5A, Chapin scored a 349, the highest point total posted by any classification, to dethrone defending champion Lexington.

The Lady Wildcats finished 27 points behind the Lady Eagles for their fourth Class 5A runner-up trophy since 2016.

This marked the fifth straight year since Class 5A was created Chronicle Country teams were 1-2 in the final standings.

Other local teams who placed high were River Bluff in third place and Dutch Fork was sixth.

Prior to the Class 5A final, AC Flora repeated as Class 4A champion. Both Airport and Irmo were third and fourth, respectively, on a day six Chronicle Country teams finished in the Top Five of their classificaitons.

“Tonight it’s about this team,” Chapin coach Billie Williams said. “They’ve worked harder than any team we’ve ever had.”

Can’t spell Champion without Chapin! Chapin Cheerleaders

Several years ago when I was introducing the State Champion Chapin Cheerleaders with Rep. Huggins, I made the comment ” you can’t spell Champion without Chapin!” That phrase has not only stuck through the years, it’s one I’ve repeated MANY, MANY times from the well of the House Chamber.

Once again (6 year in a row, 11 of the past 12 years) Rep Huggins and I will welcome them and introduce them to our colleagues. Below is the resolution in their honor and we’re hopeful to bring the team to the State House on March 4th.



Whereas, on Saturday, November 23, 2019, the Chapin High School competitive cheer team enlarged its cheerleading dynasty and captured the 2019 Class 5A state cheer title with style; and

Whereas, at Columbia’s Colonial Life Arena, the Lady Eagles won their sixth straight state title and fifteenth overall. The six straight championships, won in three classifications, include two 3A titles (20142015), two 4A titles (20152016), and, most recently, the back-to-back 5A titles won this and last year. In addition, these graceful Chapin athletes have been champions eleven of the past twelve years; and

Whereas, opponent Lexington, going into the title competition, owned an unblemished record in 2019, a fact that gave that team reason for optimism in its quest to claim the 5A competitive cheer title. But the reigning champions from Chapin were more than determined to keep the hardware. Also, the Lady Eagles wanted to give their beloved head coach, Vicki Williams, a fourteenth state title in her apparent “last ride” with the team before retirement; and

Whereas, operating under the motto “won’t back down,” the focused and fired Chapin cheerleaders, each with the heart of a champion, outpointed Lexington 369365. In so doing, they racked up the highest score ever for any cheer team at state; and

Whereas, the House of Representatives, appreciative of the welldeserved recognition these athletes have brought to their school and community, congratulates the Lady Eagles, and the members look with interest toward hearing of their further exploits as competitive cheer champions. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:

That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, applaud the Chapin High School competitive cheer team, coaches, and school officials for a glitteringseason and salute them on winning the 2019 Class AAAAA State Championship title.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to PrincipalMichael Ames and Head Coach Vicki Williams of Chapin High School.

Chapin Cheerleaders to be honored at State House

(Last November, our Chapin Cheerleaders did it again! For the eighth time and FOURTH CONSECUTIVE year, they won the State Championship. This Wednesday morning, February 8th, Representatives Huggins, McLeod and I will welcome them to the House Chamber)



Whereas, the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives are pleased to learn that the Chapin High School varsity cheerleading squad of Lexington County took top honors for the fourth consecutive year at the state competition held at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville on November 19, 2011; and

Whereas, the superb execution of jumps, stunts, and tumbling for the Lady Eagles combined with the difficulty of the choreography and transitions in their routines enabled them to soar above their competition; and

Whereas, to the delight of their fans, the Lady Eagles have flown high above the aeries to capture eight state titles and ten regional victories; and

Whereas, through relentless practices filled with demanding drills, the Chapin High cheerleaders have garnered another victory and stunned their rivals with their repeated ability to capture the number one spot; and

Whereas, this 2011 win gave Head Coach Vicki Williams her seventh state title and the record for the most state trophies, more than any other coach, in the State of South Carolina, and she earned her seventh Cheer Coach of the Year award; and

Whereas, in a sport that demands precision, grace, and strength, Coach Williams and her skilled coaching staff used their own athletic ability and training to forge a championship team and teach these athletes lessons that will prove invaluable through life both on and off the floor; and

Whereas, the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives are grateful for the pride and recognition the Chapin High School cheerleaders have brought to their school and their community and look to hear of their continued accomplishments in the days ahead. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:

That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, recognize and honor the Chapin High School varsity cheerleading squad, coaches, and school officials for an outstanding season, and congratulate them for winning the 2011 Class AAA State Championship title.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to Principal Akil E. Ross and Coach Vicki Williams.

Recognizing the Chapin Eagles 2019 5A Competitive Cheer State Champions

Chapin High Baseball – STATE CHAMPS

Once again, as I’ve often said when introducing Chapin’s teams during their visits to the State House, You can’t spell Champion without CHAPIN!

The baseball team became the school’s third State Championship squad this year – with boy’s soccer and cheerleading winning titles earlier this year.

Special to The State

Chapin baseball moved to No. 1 in the Class 4A rankings early in the season and stayed there.

The Eagles capped off their impressive season Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory against Airport to sweep the best-of-three state championship series. It’s the program’s 11th state title, but first since 2002 when the Eagles won it in Class 2A.

“It’s about time, huh,” Chapin coach Scott McLeod said. “Somehow, we were ranked preseason No. 1 and we stayed with that the whole time. We never faltered. The kids kind of liked it. I like to be in the back and try to sneak to the front, but to be in the front the whole time was challenging for us, but the kids embraced it.”

Read more here

Palmetto’s Finest! Chapin Middle School

Representative Huggins and I were watching the Facebook Live streaming during our House GOP Caucus lunch today to learn the results! Glad we were watching! Congratulations Anna Miller and all the faculty, staff, students and parents at Chapin Middle!

From the District’s website

CHAPIN – Chapin Middle School has been named a Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award winner.

Students and staff assembled at the Lexington-Richland District Five school hugged and cheered as the announcement was made statewide through a live SCETV news feed on March 20. Palmetto’s Finest awards are presented annually to top South Carolina schools “offering the best in innovation and effective educational programs.”

“What an incredible honor for our school…our excitement is indescribable,” said Chapin Middle School principal Anna Miller. “This would not be possible without the support of our community, without great students and without the dedication of our faculty and staff. I am so proud to say we are a Palmetto’s Finest school.”

Chapin Middle serves 849 seventh and eighth graders, and their mission is to ensure that all students are prepared to succeed by providing a challenging curriculum that develops intellectual, social, and emotional growth within a safe, supportive learning environment. The District Five school has achieved excellent ratings, Palmetto Gold and Silver awards, and recently received national designation as a School to Watch. The faculty and staff ensure that all students are safe, happy, and learning by cultivating 21st century skills and educating the whole child through academies such as photography, Yoga, and Zumba.

School District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner said, “This award is a testament to the entire school and district community. We congratulate Chapin Middle School on this outstanding achievement and on being one of the Palmetto State’s finest public middle schools.”

The Palmetto’s Finest award is celebrating its 40th year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators. Four other schools receiving this year’s awards include: Batesburg-Leesville Elementary in Batesburg-Leesville, Lexington District Three; Joseph R. Pye Elementary in Ladson, Dorchester District Two; Chapman High in Inman, Spartanburg District One; and Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology in Darlington, Darlington County Schools.

Presenting the awards to the five winners were Brenda Byrd (Chairman of the Palmetto’s Finest Committee), Dr. David Mathis (President, SC Association of School Administrators), The Honorable Molly Spearman (SC Superintendent of Education) and Judi Gatson (Emcee and Anchor of WIS-TV).

“The Palmetto’s Finest award winners are models of innovation throughout our state,” said SCASA’s Executive Director Beth Phibbs. “They set the standard of excellence by creating an outstanding school culture which includes setting high expectations and providing opportunities for personalized learning.”

Can’t spell Champions without Chapin!

Today, Chapin High sets their sights on a possible TWO more State Championships!

In addition to the dynasty Vicki Wiliams has created with the Cheerleading Squad and the Championship performance by Mr. Herbert’s band ; Chapin boasts many champions in others sports every year. (The girls’ softball team is trying to make their mark this year as well!)

Good luck to all our student athletes!

2016 Chapin soccer

Chapin High renovation & expansion bid approved

Shireese Bell/Irmo Patch

More than 200 people cheered after motion passed to award bid for project

The bid for the renovation and expansion of Chapin High School was approved Monday night with a vote of 6-1, but not without opposition from those questioning the school’s student capacity.

At the board’s regular meeting Monday night at Chapin Elementary School, board member Beth Hutchison-Watson made a motion authorizing the district administration “to enter into a contract with the lowest responsible and responsive bidder for an amount not to exceed $45,940,500, in response to the district’s invitation to bid advertised Sept. 18 for the renovation and expansion of Chapin High School. The district administration is authorized to execute the contract at such time as there is no legal impediment to doing so.”

The motion was seconded by board member Jan Hammond. The only board member to vote against the motion was Kim Murphy. All board members were in attendance.

The bid has been awarded to China Construction America of South Carolina.

The base bid is $43,400,000 with four alternates ranging from $101,500 to $1,080,000, for mechanical changes and duct board replacement to an alternate plan for the administration area.

Click to read more from the Irmo Patch…

Be back soon!

Tomorrow, after introducing the AAAAA Chapin Cheerleaders again on the House floor, I will leave for another mission trip through my company, Movement Mortgage.

It’s truly been an incredible blessing to go on these missions and it really helps bring back perspective to my family, work, and life in general.

For the record, I will miss session next Tuesday. Something potential opponents will no doubt try to make issue with; but – trust me, we won’t be doing much Tuesday – I wouldn’t trade the time away serving others in 3rd world countries for what is probably 2 hours of introductions and local legislation or resolutions being read across the desk.

UPDATED: I was correct about Tuesday. There were 10 votes – all of them being unanimously passed.

State Champions – again!

From District 5’s website

Champions! Chapin, Dutch Fork High cheer take home state championships

IRMO – Chapin and Dutch Fork varsity cheerleaders once again reign supreme as the Eagles and Silver Foxes clinched state championships on November 18 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

“What an exciting moment to win a state championship and continue the tradition of excellence at Chapin High School,” said Chapin cheer coach Vicki Williams. “Our girls practice many, many weeks to prepare for this moment. We are so proud of them for representing Chapin High School in a first-class manner.”

This marks the Eagles 12th state championship under Williams, who took over the program in 2002. Chapin has now won nine state titles in the past 10 years.

“Coach Williams and the entire cheer program are the epitome of our ‘One Heartbeat’ mantra here at Chapin High School,” said principal Dr. Akil Ross. “It truly is remarkable to see the level of excellence they maintain year after year. We congratulate our varsity cheer program and thank our parents and school community for their continued support!”

The Silver Foxes celebrated their second straight title under coach Katie Nunnery. It is their third in four years.

“Anytime you face the level of competition that we do, being crowned state champions means so much,” Nunnery said. “In any competition, it is extremely difficult to win a championship, let alone back-to-back. Our girls work so hard on their craft and they certainly deserve it!”

Dutch Fork High principal Dr. Gerald Gary was all smiles after the performance and said, “I couldn’t be more proud of Coach Nunnery and our cheer team. They demonstrated perseverance and dedication throughout the year, and in the end all their hard work paid off. Thanks to all of our parents and those who have supported our cheer teams over the years!”