• USC is offering a free pre-participation exam this Saturday at Williams Brice Stadium. Forms can be picked up at Chapin High

  • Athletic physicals scheduled for April 26 have been cancelled

  • Congratulations to Megan Rinehart on winning first place in Lexington Medical Center's Art of Healing competition!

  • Congratulations to Yonie Penev for receiving the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship!

  • USC will be holding the Give It Up For Good yard sale on May 24th from 8-1 at the Greene St. Intramural Field.

  • Come out to support I AM WE at the Black Out Bullying bowling night at Anchor Lanes on May 9 from 6-8.

  • Congratulations to Aaron Martin and Emily Franklin for being awarded outstanding soloist!

  • Jostens will be on campus for the last time on Wednesday April 30 from 11 to 1. Any balance must be paid to pick up orders.

  • Don't miss out on the last Choir concert of the year on May 1st at 7:30 at Chapin Presbyterian Church

  • Junk to Funk will be held on April 24th in the old gym at 6:30 tickets are $5. Make sure to come out and support the CHS arts

  • Congratulations to Shaleighya Sulton for setting the new shot put record of 42 ft at the girls track meet.

  • Congratulations to Morgan Weaver for setting the new school record for the long jump of 15ft!

  • Prom will be held on May 3rd at 8PM at the Columbia Conference Center. Tickets can be ordered in room 202 until April 23rd.

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Soul Surfer makes waves

Soul Surfer makes waves

Soul Surfer Makes Waves

The new movie, Soul Surfer, based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, has been described by critics as “truly heartwarming and inspirational.” It relates the dramatic events of the young girl who made national headlines in 2003 after she survived a vicious shark attack.

Hamilton was enjoying an above average surfing career when tragedy struck on the Halloween morning.  A tiger shark attacked the unsuspecting Hamilton practically severing her left arm in the assault.  Eventually, doctors would have to remove the arm and it looked like Hamilton’s surfing days were over…but that wouldn’t make for much of a movie.  Hamilton is determined to surf again and eventually earns a national title.

“She’s a great role model.  She’s passionate about her sport and she doesn’t give up even though she lost an arm,” said Freshman Bethany Hermelin.

Annasophia Robb plays Hamilton and does a spectacular job creating a tough but emotionally accessible young woman struggling with what has happened.

I saw the movie, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I also read the book in eighth grade for summer reading, and after seeing the movie, I think it did a good job portraying the characters and events.  The fact that Soul Surfer is rated PG limits the amount of violence and intense subject matter. The scene where Bethany actually lost her arm wasn’t as graphic as the book. 

Another thing I really liked were the surfing scenes.  They were spectacular.  I thought it was amazing how the digital advancements made it look as though Annasophia Robb’s arm was really missing. 

All in all, the movie was great, and I would rate it a four out of five stars.  I would recommend it to anyone who likes heartfelt, inspirational movies.

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