Piedmont Alumni Josh and Nikki Baucom, along with the National Art Honor Society, collected donations for Levine Children’s Hospital for Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week in honor of Hunter Baucom and Evan Drake. Levine Children's Hospital does a fantastic job of making a family’s hospital experience the absolute best it can be, and many people know someone who has been blessed by their services. Art students brought in items that will be given to children and families in the hospital.
Congratulations to Piedmont's winter track team for their performance at the NCHSAA State Track Meet on February 10-11. The following school records were broken: Girls 4x800m Relay: Kaitlyn Szymanski, Katie Verrill, Carly Szymanski and Jaeden Phelix; Boys 4x800m Relay: John Ciprich, Nathan Griffin, Matthew Cameron, and Chandler James; Boys 1600m Run: John Ciprich; Boys 3200m Run: John Ciprich; and Girls 1000m Run: Katie Verrill. In addition, Michael Rodriguez was named All State for the shot put and Katie Verrill was also named to the All State Team in the 1000m run!
The Piedmont High School Panther wrestling team won their second consecutive Dual Team State Championship in dominating fashion over Orange High School in a rematch of last year's State final. After dropping the opening two bouts, the Panthers stormed ahead with seven consecutive victories before Kylan Thomas sealed the victory for the Panthers with a third period pin fall at 152 lbs. Luis Oropesa started the Panther train with a 9-6 victory at the heavyweight division. Oropesa's win was followed by victories from Tripp Collins, Bailey Wicker, Nate Huntley, AJ Gilvary, Colby Funderburk, and Mason Fisher. Luis Oropesa was recognized as the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the State Finals for his performance on Saturday. Panther starters Matt Price, Troy Hagin, Ben Austin, Matt Coble, James Price, Travis Murphy, and Ryan Barbee were also key to the Panthers' run in the State playoffs. The Panthers will now turn their attention to Individual Regionals and States to be held over the next two weeks.
Hunter Tyson became the all-time leading scorer in Union County boys basketball history in a 80-72 victory over Parkwood on Tuesday, January 30. Tyson, who scored a game high 42 points, surpassed Sun Valley’s Shaun Stewart (1980 points) to set the new record. In addition to breaking the record, Tyson also eclipsed the 2,000 point mark and currently checks in with 2,011 points in his career. Earlier this season, Hunter Tyson moved to 6th all-time in Union County boys basketball history, scoring the 1,651st point of his career. While this would be a special moment for any player, it was especially significant for the Tyson family as Hunter surpassed his father, principal Dr. Jonathan Tyson, who was previously #6 on the scoring list. Hunter will continue his basketball career next year as a Clemson Tiger!
Congratulations to Maggie Thomas, who was one of three Union County students selected to participate in the Union Power Cooperative Youth Tour this summer. Maggie will join over 17,000 other delegates from across the country on June 5-9 in Washington, D.C. During the Youth Tour, students will learn how electric coops were organized and how they bring power to the nation. In addition, she will have the opportunity to meet with North Carolina legislators and tour the many monuments and sights of Washington, D.C.