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Class of 2011 Graduates

(5/31/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

TRHS Graduates 2011

The Class of 2011 gathered this morning at Timmons Arena on the Furman University campus for their graduation ceremony. Salutatorian Creg McAda and Valedictorian Sydney Childs addressed the students before they were awarded their diplomas. To view and purchase photos taken by Piedmont Portraits visit their site at and click on the View Your Photos tab and find the Public Galleries.

Congratulations, Devildogs, and best of luck as you move forward!

Class of 2011 Graduation Photo Gallery

Underclassmen Awards Night

(5/24/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The underclassmen took the stage on Tuesday evening to receive academic and curriculum awards. For photos from the ceremony click on the link below.

Underclass Awards Night Photo Gallery

Spring Football and Powderpuff Football

(5/20/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The annual Spring Football game was held in Chico Bolin Stadium on Friday night with the White team defeating the Blue team 19-6. Before the game there were a pair of PowderPuff Football games with the Juniors beating the Freshmen and the Sophomores beating the Seniors. At halftime of the Spring Football game the Juniors scored once and held the Sophomores scoreless to take the 6-0 win.

PowderPuff Juniors vs Freshmen Photo Gallery

PowderPuff Seniors vs Sophomores Photo Gallery

PowderPuff Juniors vs Sophomores Championship Photo Gallery

Spring Football Photo Gallery

Athletes Honored at Spring Athletic Banquet

(5/17/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Devildog athletes were given special awards last night at the Spring Athletic Banquet. Among those honored were Conner Roy, Ericka McCarson, and Sam McBride all pictured above. Roy was named Male Athlete of the Year, McCarson was named Female Athlete of the Year and received a scholarship from the Athletic Booster Club, and McBride received a scholarship from the Athletic Booster Club.

Football Team Members do Volunteer Work

(5/17/2011 /

On Monday afternoon, over 30 members of the Travelers Rest High School football team were shuttled to an “undisclosed” location to take part in a unique volunteering opportunity for the T.R Historical Society.

Instead of holding football practice after school, the team was told that, if they wanted, they could get on the bus to help with work somewhere in the community. Full Story at

Yearbook Day at TRHS

(5/16/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Class of 2011 got the first look at the 2011 yearbook, "The Traveler." The Student Council provide breakfast for the seniors at the beginning of the day. Afterwards they viewed the Senior Slideshow and then returned to the Commons area to pick up yearbooks. Underclassmen received their yearbooks during the last block of the day.

Senior Send-Off Photo Gallery

Underclassmen Yearbook Day Photo Gallery

Spring Choral Concert Presented

(5/15/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Choral Program presented their annual Spring Concert in the Patricia Hunt Auditorium on Sunday afternoon. The program included selections from the Renaissance, the fifties, and the present. Senior choir members were also recognized with four of the five seniors having been in chorus for the past four years.

Photos from the Spring Choral Concert

Tennis Team Finishes Second in AAA

(5/14/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildog Tennis Team was one of two teams left playing on the final day of the season as they took on defending AAA State Champion Chapin in Sumter on Saturday morning. The Devildogs were unable to take the crown from Chapin as they swept the Devildogs 6-0. Chapin won all of their playoff matches 6-0 on their way to the repeat. The Devildogs are pictured above with the Runner-Up trophy. (Photo courtesy of Keith Simpson of Piedmont Portraits.) Congratulations, Devidogs, on an outstanding season.

Senior Awards Presented

(5/12/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Members of the Class of 2011 were honored on Thursday evening as awards and scholarships were presented. Pictured above are Brittany Dreibrodt and Malik Tarrant, recipients of the Principal's Award, with principal Lou Lavely. Congratulations to all the members of the Class of 2011. Graduation will be held in Timmons Arena on the Furman campus May 31st at 9:00am.

Senior Awards Night Photos

Tennis Team Headed to State

(5/12/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildog Tennis Team defeated BHP 4-1 this afternoon to claim the Upperstate Championship and a spot in the State Championship against the winner of Bluffton and Chapin. The match will be played at the Palmetto Park & Tennis Center located at 440/450 Theatre Drive in Sumter, SC on Saturday at 11:00am.

Sam McBride and Conner Roy won their singles matches. A key matchup was the #4 singles where Dylan Simpson lost the first set 4-6 and came back to win the second set 6-2. In the deciding tiebreaker Dylan took the lead quickly and ran out to a 5-1 lead and held on to win the tiebreaker 10-5 giving the Devildogs a 3-1 match lead. Gordon Hartman won his singles match to give the Devildogs a 4th match and the win.

Tennis vs BHP Photos

DECA Students Participate in International Competition

(5/11/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

TRHS DECA members Brittany Greene, Rudy DiBridge, Chase McCarson, Theo Palacino, Kristopher Robinson, and Andrew Beeler traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete in the International DECA Competition on May 2nd through 4th. ICDC is the highest level of DECA competition and encompasses career-focused competitions in finance, hospitality and tourism, marketing, management and entrepreneurship.This competition draws 15,000 students, advisors and alumni together from all 50 states and other countries like Canada. Students must use the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in order to compete against at least 500 students in their category. These students did a great job and competed strong. TRHS DECA would like to thank the administration, faculty and staff, the community, parents and students for supporting TRHS DECA.

Tennis Team Plays for Upper State Championship Thursday

(5/10/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildog Tennis Team advanced to the Upper State Championship match in the State 3A Playoffs with a 6-0 win over Clinton on Tuesday afternoon. Sam McBride, Connor Roy, Ryan Howard, Dylan Simpson, and Gordon Hartman won their singles matches. Taylor Loftis, and Seth Howard won their doubles match.

The Devildogs overall record is now 17-3 and they will play the winner of the BHP and Nation Ford match at home on Thursday, May 12. Come out and support the Devildogs.

Band Presents a Spring Concert

(5/10/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The TRHS Symphonic Band presented their annual Spring Concert this evening in the Patricia Hunt Auditorium. The program included music of Irving Berlin, music from the Harry Potter movies, and selections that the band performed at the State Concert Band Competition where they were one of five bands receiving straight Superior ratings. As extra motivation director Carl Wylie promised the band before the competition that if they received straight superior ratings a lucky student would win the chance to hit him in the face with a cream pie. As seen in the photo on the left this took place at the conclusion of the concert.

On a more serious note, the band was presented the South Carolina Band Directors Association's Outstanding Performance Award. This is the highest award that can be earned by South Carolina High School bands and requires achievements in marching contests, Concert Festival, Solo and Ensemble Festival, and individuals qualifying for All-Region and All-State Bands. It is the second time in three years that the TRHS Band Program has earned the award.

Band Spring Concert Photos

Golf Advances to State; Soccer Teams Lose in Playoffs

(5/10/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildog Boys' Golf Team will continue their successful season as they have qualified to compete in the State Championship to be held in Myrtle Beach on May 16th and 17th. The Devildogs finished second behind Greenville in the Upperstate Tournament held in Fort Mill on Monday. The Devildogs shot a 307 for the round. Congratulations on a great season and good luck at State!

The soccer teams traveled to play Fort Mill in the first round of the playoffs. The Lady Devildogs lost in the first game 3-0 and the boys lost in overtime 4-3. The boys' tennis team will travel to Clinton this afternoon for the second round of the playoffs. A win at Clinton means that the team would host the Upper State Championship on Thursday.

Boys' Tennis Team Opens Playoffs with a Win

(5/5/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildog Tennis Team advanced to the second round of the State 3A Playoffs with a 6-1 win over Union County on Thursday afternoon. Sam McBride, Conner Roy, Dylan Simpson, and Gordan Hartman won their singles matches. Sam McBride and Conner Roy along with Seth Howard and Taylor Loftis won their doubles matches. The Devildog's record is now 16-3 and will travel to Clinton on Tuesday May 10th for the second round of the playoffs.

Boys' Tennis vs Union County Photos

Baseball and Softball Stay Alive in Playoffs

(5/5/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Both the softball and baseball teams played host tonight in elimination games in the AAA State Playoffs facing the same opponents they hosted last Thursday night. The first four and a half innings in the softball game were controlled by the pitchers as the teams remained scoreless until Beth Youngblood came home in the 5th inning to give the Lady Devildogs a 1-0 lead. They would go on to score 4 runs in the fifth and six runs in the sixth inning to take the 10-0 win. They will travel to Nation Ford to face the Lady Falcons in a rematch from Friday's game. The Lady Devildogs need to win two games against Nation Ford to win the District 1 championship and move on in the playoffs.

The storyline of the baseball game was similar to Thursday's dramatic win. The visiting Falcons kept the Devildogs in check through much of the game and a three run home run gave them a 5-1 lead moving into the fourth inning. A pair of runs by the Devildogs cut the lead to 5-3 before Chris Peak belted a three run home run to give the Devildogs a 6-5 lead. Bradley Jones added a two run homer in the fifth as the Devildogs stretched their lead to 9-5. Nation Ford would score another run in the sixth but gave up six runs to trail 15-6. The Devildogs held on for the 15-6 win and will travel to Eastside on Wednesday to take on the Eagles for the District 2 championship. They need to win two games against the Eages to claim the championship and move on to the Upper State round.

Update:The seasons came to an end for the softaball and baseball teams on Wednesday night. Nation Ford defeated the Lady Devildogs 5-2 to win the District 1 championship and move on. The Devildog baseball team scored 7 runs in the first inning of the first game to cruise to a 14-4 win in the first game but Eastside would score 9 in the fourth inning of the second game as they went on for a 13-3 victory and the District 2 championship. Congratulations to both teams on great seasons.

Softball vs York Photo Gallery

Baseball vs Nation Ford Photo Gallery

Directions to Nation Ford High School (MapQuest)

'Blue and Gold' Brings Home Awards

(5/4/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

On Monday, six newspaper staffers traveled to Columbia for the annual S.C. Scholastic Press Association conference and competition. This year, The Blue and Gold received a Superior rating and a Sweepstakes award for finishing second in the state for individual awards. Placing in yearly individual awards (in which 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are chosen from the Fall and Spring Excellence in Scholastic Newspaper Awards) were the following students:

Golf Team Heads to Upper State Tournament

(5/3/2011 / TRHS Athletic Dept.)

The golf team qualified for the Upper State Tournament which will be held on Monday, May 9th at Fort Mill Country Club. The team played great in the county and region tournaments and finished the season with a record of 17-4. They finished 2nd in the region tournament and 6th in the county tournament. Zach Bishop, finished with the 4th best score in the region tournament with a 76 and 73 over two days. Zach was named to the all-region team as well. JP Ferguson, Rudy Dibridge, and Lloyd Nelson also posted rounds in the 70's both days at the region tournament. A top 8 finish at Upper State will qualify the team to play in the State Championship held in Myrtle Beach on May 16 and 17. Congratulations and good luck, Devildogs!

Soccer Ends Region Schedule; Prepare for Playoffs

(5/3/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildog soccer teams recognized their senior players between the girls' and boys' games against Greenville. Track and boys' golf seniors were also recognized. In the girls' game, the teams remained scoreless through the first half but Greenville broke the tie in the opening minute of the second half and added a goal near the end of the game to take a 2-0 win. The Lady Devildogs will be on the road in the opening round of the AAA State Playoffs next week. Details will be published once they are finalized.

In the boys' game Christian Tamayo scored in the eighth minute of the first half to give the Devildogs a 1-0 lead. The Devildogs continued to attack and Adam Turner scored with 29:30 left in the half to put the Devidogs on top 2-0. Rain began to fall just before halftime. The Devildogs will also be on the road for the playoffs and details will be published once the brackets are announced. Both the girls and boys will be playing the champions from Region 4.

Girls' Soccer vs Greenville Photos

Boys' Soccer vs Greenville Photos

Senior Night Photos

Prom 2011

(4/30/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The 2010 Prom was held on Saturday night at Twigs near Haywood Mall. Kelsey Willingham and Sam McBride were elected as Prom Queen and King. See the links below for photos from the night.

Prom 2011 Photo Gallery

Prom 2011 - Senior Walk Photo Gallery

Robotics Team in St. Louis

(4/29/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Travelers Rest High School Robotics Team TRIBE is in St. Louis this weekend at the FIRST Robotics Competition and will compete today. The team qualified for the national competition after receiving the Rookie All-Star award at a regional competition in Charleston. The competitions are broadcast online at Go to the Curie group to view the video stream. Team TRIBE (Team #3651) is scheduled to compete today, Friday, April 29, at 11:24, 3:42, and 5:18 in the blue alliance and at 2:06 in the red alliance.

Baseball, Softball, and Soccer Teams Win at Home

(4/28/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildog baseball team got off to a shaky start in the first round of the playoffs giving up a pair of runs to visiting Nation Ford in the first inning but scored three runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Both pitchers settled in and the score remained 3-2 through most of the game. Nation Ford took back the lead on a grand slam and scored again in the sixth to take a 7-3 lead. The Devildogs were unable to score in the sixth. Nation Ford threatened again in the final inning but were unable to score.

In the final inning Chase Rathbone got the Devildogs off to a good start with a double and would score when Baron Morgan added a double. With runners at second and third and a 7-4 lead Nation Ford chose to walk Bradley Jones to load the bases with no outs. A wild pitch to Chris Peek allowed another run in and the Devildogs trailed 7-5. With a 3-0 count Peek drove a fast ball over the center field fence to give the Devildogs the 8-7 come from behind win and keep them in the winners bracket. The second round game will be at TR against Eastside on Friday night at 6:30pm.

Also hosting a playoff game, the Lady Devildog softball team got off to a quick start with Meagan Smythe leading off with a triple. Erica Smythe would drive her in with a sacrifice to give the ladies a 1-0 lead. York would tie the game but the Lady Devildogs would get a hit with the bases loaded and end up with the bases empty and a 6-1 lead after a pair of errors. They held on to take the 6-2 win and will play top ranked Nation Ford on Friday night at Nation Ford. Click on the link below for Mapquest directions to the high school.

The Lady Devildog soccer team hosted Southside and took the win. The Devildog soccer team also had a 3-0 lead in the first half in the boys' game. The Lady Devildogs will host Berea on Monday and Greenville on Tuesday. The boys will play Greenville on Tuesday with Senior Night activities scheduled for halftime. Playoff opponents will be announced once the brackets are published.

Softball vs York Photo Gallery

Baseball vs Nation Ford Photo Gallery

Directions to Nation Ford High School (MapQuest)

Playoffs Begin Tonight for Baseball and Softball

(4/28/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The latest coaches polls have come out and the 8th ranked Devildog baseball team will host Nation Ford High School this evening in the first round of the AAA State Playoffs. The Devildogs are the top seed as Region II champs. This is the first region championship since 2001 for the Devildogs.

The Lady Devildog softball team will also host a first round game this evening facing York High School. The ladies are ranked 10th in the state. As Region II runnerup they are a two seed in the bracket which features the top ranked team in the state in Nation Ford. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 6:00pm.

TRHS Students Receive Pepsi Scholarships

(4/28/2011 / TRHS Webmaster and GCSD)

Two Travelers Rest High School seniors were named as recipients of the 2011 Pepsi-Greenville County Schools Golf Tournament scholarships for $1200. Joseph Jacobs and Sydney Childs were among twenty Greenville County students receiving the scholarships at a luncheon this week sponsored by Pepsi-Cola of Greenville. The 15th annual Pepsi/Greenville County Schools Golf Tournament was held last fall at Pebble Creek Club and raised more than $24,000 for the scholarships. Full Press Release from GCS

Tennis Team Finish Undefeated in Region Play

(4/27/2011 / TRHS Athletic Dept.)

The Devildog Tennis Team wrapped up their 3rd consecutive undefeated Region 2 championship with a 7-0 win over Berea. It was senior night at TR. Honored were Clint Brown, Lance Campbell, Taylor Loftis, Sam McBride, Ben Nix, and Connor Roy. Taylor, Sam, and Connor have played on the Tennis Team since 7th Grade.

Sam McBride, Connor Roy, Ryan Howard, Taylor Loftis, and Clint Brown won their singles matches. Ben Nix, and Lance Campbell along with Sam McBride and Taylor Loftis won their doubles matches. The Devildogs finished their regular season 15-3 overall and 10-0 in region play.

The Devildogs begin the State 3-A Playoffs on May 5th at home hosting Union County.

Senior Tennis Photos

TR's Jones wows crowd at HR derby

(4/21/2011 /

Three local players put on a home run display at Fluor Field Thursday night to headline the skills competition as part of the Greenville County Spring Break Baseball Tournament.

Travelers Rest's Bradley Jones, the last of 12 competitors in the home run derby, pounded six long balls over the fence - including a towering shot that landed on top of the office building beyond Fluor Field's Green Monster.

"When I hit that one on top of the building out there, I kind of wanted to walk off," Jones said of his long shot. "I don't think I've ever hit one that far. It's fun to hit here." full story at

Teams Clinch Playoff Spots

(4/15/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Three teams this week clinched the opportunity to host a first round playoff spot. The Devildog tennis team will host based on their third consecutive region championship. The Devildog baseball team defeated Berea 9-1 to finish the regular season with their first region championship since 2001. They will host the District II playoffs facing the fourth seed from Region 4 starting on April 28th. They will host the second round as well on Saturday, April 30th.

The Lady Devildog softball team lost a close game at home against Berea on Friday night. The ladies scored twice in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead but Berea would answer in the fourth with a pair of runs to take back the lead and would hold on for a 5-4 win to claim the region championship. The Lady Devildogs will host in the first round of the District I playoffs taking on the third seed from Region IV. The team recognized their seniors following the game.

Senior Night Softball vs Berea Photo Galley

JV Softball vs Berea Photo Galley

Big Week for Spring Sports

(4/12/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

With Spring Break rapidly approaching, the spring sports teams are remaining busy with Senior Night recognitions scheduled for baseball and softball teams. Although they will play their final home regular season games both teams will host first round playoff games and are playing for top seeds in the playoffs. The Lady Devildog softball team will recognize their seniors on Friday night following the Berea game. A win against the Lady Bulldogs will mean a co-championship in the region and possible top seed.

The golf team continues to play well and will face tough competition at Riverside. The team is 16-1 on the season and will play in the Greenville County Tournament over Spring Break. They will play in the Region 2 Tournament April 25-26.

The tennis team is closing in on a third region championship with region matches with Greenville and Berea remaining. They will recognize the seniors at the Berea match.

Track and Field teams are winding down their season with Greenville County Championships the end of this week and the Region 2 Meet after Spring Break. The soccer teams still have several games remaining and are fighting to improve their playoff seeds. For times and dates, including rescheduled events, see the calendar.

Senior Night Baseball vs Southside Photo Galley

'The Music Man' Opens Thursday Night

(4/5/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The TRHS Fine Arts Department will present "The Music Man" this week opening on Thursday night. One of the most popular musicals of all time, "The Music Man" contains some of the most popular tunes that will entertain your entire family. "Seventy-six Trombones", "You've Got Trouble", and "'Til There Was You" are just some of the familiar tunes in the show. Tickets are $7 for the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening performances which will begin at 7:00 each evening. A special student matinee will be presented on Friday morning during 1st and 2nd periods. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased before school on Wednesday and Thursday and during lunch on Thursday. Please check with your first and second period teachers before purchasing your ticket.

Photos from 'The Music Man' Dress Rehearsal

Photos from 'The Music Man' Matinee

Devildogs in First Place

(3/29/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Brian Peek got the Devildogs off to a quick start against Berea on Tuesday night hitting the second pitch of the night out of the park. All nine starters would get to the plate in the first inning as the Devildogs took an early 6-0 lead. They would extend the lead to 8-0 in the second inning and kept the visitors off of the scoreboard until giving up a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning. They would go on to close out the game in five innings scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the 12-2 win.

The Devildogs completed the first half of region play with a 5-0 record and sole possession of first place. They will host Eastside on Friday night. The Lady Devildog softball team traveled to Berea on Tuesday and lost a close game 5-4 giving Berea first place in the region at the halfway point. They will travel to Wade Hampton on Thursday and to Eastside on Friday.

Baseball vs Berea Photo Galley

Robotics Team Wins All-Star Award

(3/28/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The TRHS Robotics Team, TRIBE, competed in their first competition this past week in Charleston at the "First Robotics Competition". At the awards ceremony they were awarded the Rookie All-Star Award given to the outstanding rookie team which qualifies them to attend the national competition in St. Louis, MO at the end of April.

Photos from the Competition (Provided by K. Hawkins)

TRHS Receives National Student Council Award

(3/24/2011 / TRHS Press Release)

RESTON, VA – For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, Travelers Rest High School has been awarded a 2011 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils. More than 160 high schools were named National Councils of Excellence but Travelers Rest High School is one of only 144 high schools nationwide to receive the highly-esteemed honor of being named a National Gold Council of Excellence. This is the third consecutive year that Travelers Rest High School has received this award.

To meet the requirements for the National Council of Excellence award, a student council must demonstrate that it meets a variety of criteria. Those Councils named to the Gold level have met a greater number of the criterion than other nominated schools. In addition to the basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, and membership in NASC, schools that qualify for the award demonstrate such things as leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, financial planning, and active participation in their state and national student council associations.

"Receiving an NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award indicates a dedication on the part of the local school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program," says Jeff Sherrill, associate director of NASC. "NASC applauds the work of the National Gold Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their exemplary efforts to serve their schools as the elected representatives of their student body."

Principal Louis Lavely says, "I am extremely proud of our Student Council. The leadership and school pride that they have shown this and every year is second to none. They have received several state wide awards and I am happy to see that their efforts have been recognized on a national level." The TRHS Student Council advisors are Norm Nolen and Amanda Davis.

The National Association of Student Councils (NASC) promotes and provides leadership development opportunities to prepare and empower students to serve their school and communities. NASC is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The NASSP – the preeminent organization and national voice for middle level and high school leaders – also sponsors the National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), which recognizes outstanding middle level and high school students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. For more information on NASC, visit

Soccer Teams Ranked Fourth, Host Eastside

(3/24/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Both the boys' and girls' soccer teams are ranked fourth in AAA. The girls took on top ranked Eastside in a region battle for first place. The Lady Eagles took a 1-0 lead with 17 minutes remaining in the first half. The score remained 1-0 through most of the second half before Eastside would score a second goal. The Lady Devildogs answered quickly and cut the lead to 2-1 but the visitor held on for the win.

In the boys' game TR and Eastside were tied 0-0 at the half. Eastside scored two goals in the second half to take a 2-0 win. The Devildog baseball team, ranked 9th in AAA, traveled to Southside and came away with a 28-1 win to remain unbeaten in region play. The softball team also traveled to Southside and picked up their third region win with a 21-0 victory.

Girls' Soccer vs Eastside Photo Galley

Boys' Soccer vs Eastside Photo Galley

Soccer Teams Host Greer; Softball Hosts Greenville

(3/22/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The boys' soccer team took the field in the first game on Tuesday afternoon hosting Greer. The game remained scoreless through the first twenty-one minutes despite several shots on goal by the Devildogs. Adam Turner came into the game midway through the first half and scored a pair of goals in a six minute period to give the Devildogs a 2-0 lead at half on their way to a 5-0 shut out.

Also playing at home was the softball team hosting region rival Greenville. The Lady Devildogs cruised to a 21-0 victory and allowed only one hit.

The Lady Devildog soccer team is currently ranked fourth in the state in AAA and will host region rival Eastside, the top ranked team in AAA, on Thursday.

Soccer vs Greer Photo Galley

Softball vs Greenville Photo Galley

Edison Awarded Erskine’s Presidential Scholarship

(3/21/2011 / TRHS Guidance Dept.)

This past Friday afternoon held a big surprise for senior Parker Edison. Parker had recently visited Erskine University for a weekend stay and intensive interview process, where he was up against about 70 other candidates. These candidates, representing 10 different states, were all striving for Erskine’s highest scholarship award. Erskine’s admissions team set up a surprise visit to TR to inform Parker that he is this year’s recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, which values at approximately $150,000 over 4 years. Parker’s family, teachers, counselors, friends, and News Channel 4 were all there to surprise and congratulate him! Congratulations to Parker and his family!

WYFF Video of the Story

Photos from the Presentation (Photos by E. Gregg)

Devildogs Host Wade Hampton in Track Meet

(3/17/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Recent rains seemed to always come on days that the Devildogs had a track meet scheduled but beautiful weather on Thursday provided a great day to run the rescheduled meet hosting Wade Hampton. For photos from the event click on the link below.

Photos from Track Meet

Registration Conferences for Tuesday Night Cancelled

(3/15/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Registration conferences scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, March 15, have been canceled due to technical problems. Conferences will be held on Saturday from 9:00 until 11:45am as scheduled. The purpose of the conferences is to complete scheduling for underclassmen for the 2011-2012 school year.

Spirit Week Raises over $24,000

(3/11/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The final buy-out for Spirit Week 2011 was held in the auditorium on Friday. The Devildog Dancers performed for the crowd. Seniors Sydney Childs and Sara Tolson also performed and a slideshow of the week's activities was shown. Representatives from the three charities spoke briefly to the students and accepted checks for their charities. Narareth's Children and Pendleton Place each receive checks for $10,800 and the Enviro-Reading Garden received $2482 making the final total $24,082. The Student Council would like to thank all who participated in this year's events.

Photos from the Check Presentation

MYP Students Named 'Caring'

(3/11/2011 / TRHS IB Dept.)

During the month of February, teachers nominated students who exhibit the IB Learner Profile quality of being a Caring student at Travelers Rest High School. Caring students show compassion and respect towards the feelings and needs of others. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. Congratulations to the following students:

9th grade: Jenny Alexander, Ty Blassingame, Dillon Bostian, Sarah Coleman and Morgan King.

10th grade: Danielle Crumley, Anthony Evett, Jake Hawkins, Kira Hendricks, Jade Lawton, PollyRose Philpot, Keaton Shipman, Ashley Toole and Kayla Wiles.

Donkeys Take the Court

(3/9/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Spirit Week 2011 continues this week and an old activity made its first appearance in the new school. Donkey Basketball was held in the gym on Tuesday night pitting the underclassmen against the seniors and faculty. At the end of the night the senior/faculty team took the win 10-2 despite the fourth quarter advantage of an extra player (in this case a llama) for the underclassmen. A bachelor/bachelorette auction was also held at halftime. For photos from the night click on the link below and for a blast from the past check out the bonus photo gallery of the donkey basketball game from February, 2003.

Donkey Basketball Photos

Donkey Basketball Photos from 2003

Basketball Players Receive Honors

(3/8/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Congratulations to Ericka McCarson, Beth Youngblood and Lynn Strong in being chosen to play in the PAA Senior Showcase Basketball All-Star Game on March 11 at 6pm at Hillcrest High School. Please come out and support them on Friday the 11th. Congratulations to Ericka McCarson for being chosen for Peach Blossom All-Region in girls' basketball. Ericka was also chosen 3rd team All-County for girls basketball making her one of the top 15 girls in the county. Congratulations to Megan Marrah, Brooke Jenerette, and Kelly Melton for being chosen Honorable Mention for All-County in girls basketball.

Congratulations to Connor Roy, Quay Watts, Sammy Yeargin and Adam Brown for being selected to play in the PAA Greenville County All-Star Game. The game will take place at Hillcrest High School Friday, March 11 at 8pm. Connor Roy was also selected to play in the FCA Greenville/Spartanburg All-Star game which will be held at Byrnes High on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 pm. Congratulations to Domingo Jean for being selected to the Peach Blossom All Region Team.

Girls' Soccer Team Defeats Blue Ridge

(3/8/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Lady Devildog soccer team opened their regular season with a home win over Blue Ridge on Tuesday night. Sara Dorsett scored the first goal with a little over 16 minutes left in the first half. Cecilia Brown scored a little later in the half to extend the lead to 2-0 and would have an assist to Dorsett at the end of the half to give the Lady Devildogs a 3-0 lead at half on their way to a 6-0 win. They will host Hillcrest on Friday night in their next game.

Girls' Soccer vs Blue Ridge Photo Gallery

Softball Wins Opener

(3/7/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Lady Devildog softball team opened their regular season at home hosting Riverside. The opposing pitchers battled through the first five innings only giving up two hits each and allowed no runs. Meagan Smythe led off the bottom of the sixth with a base hit and moved to second on another Lady Devildog hit. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice and Meagan scored what would prove to be the winning run on a passed ball. Another sacrifice drove in a run to give the ladies a 2-0 lead. They would retire the visiting Lady Warriors in order to preserve the win.

The Lady Devildogs ended up with two runs on five hits. Samantha Arledge took the shutout win allowing only two hits and ended up with 13 strikeouts.

Softball vs Riverside Photo Gallery

Girls' Basketball Players Receive Honors

(3/7/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Congratulations to Ericka McCarson, Beth Youngblood and Lynn Strong in being chosen to play in the PAA Senior Showcase Basketball All-Star Game on March 11 at 6pm at Hillcrest High School. Please come out and support them on Friday the 11th. Congratulations to Ericka McCarson for being chosen for Peach Blossom All-Region in girls' basketball.

NHS Inducts New Members

(3/6/2011 / TRHS Staff)

Thirty-six new members were inducted into the TRHS National Honor Society on Thursday, March 3. Congratulations to all of these juniors and seniors.

Spirit Week Begins

(3/4/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Spirit Week 2011 began on Friday morning with a full slate of activities planned for the week. Krispy Kreme doughnuts were sold in the Commons area before school. Doc's Barbeque will be sold at lunch and the fourth period activities include a WII Dance competition in the auditorium and a Dodge Ball competition in the gym. Click on the title above for a PDF file of the calendar for the week.

Proceeds from the week will go to three charities. Pendleton Place is a place of safety and comfort for children who have hurt by abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Nazareth's Children is an organization helping AIDS orphans and underprivileged youth in Uganda. The TR Enviro-Reading Garden is a new addition to TRHS designed as an outdoor classroom. For more information contact any student council member or advisor.

Spirit Week 2011 - Day 1 Photos

DECA Students Compete at State

(2/28/2011 / TRHS Staff)

This weekend 14 DECA students, an advisor, a co-advisor and one chaperone attended the State Competition in Columbia, SC. All 14 students placed in the top ten and six students placed in the top three advancing to the International Competition in Orlando Florida. The following are those students who finished in the top 10:

These students qualified to go to Internationals:

The Quiz Bowl team consisting of Brittany Greene, Andrew Beeler, Theo Palacino and Rudy DiBridge finished 2nd out of 11 teams. Andrew Beeler and Theo Palacino made the DECA Quiz bowl All-Star team.

Congratulations to everyone and a special thanks to Mr. Wynder and Ms. Turner for participating in this grand adventure!

Black History Month Program Held on Friday

(2/25/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Richard Dawkins spoke to TRHS students on Friday as a part of a special Black History Month Program. He encouraged the students to continue to dream calling their attention to the presentation by the drama students earlier in the program. Also on the program was a poem read by Kira Hendricks and two selections performed by the Chorus. For photos of the event click on the link below.

Black History Month Program Photo Gallery

Devildogs Host Baseball Tournament

(2/25/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildog Baseball team is hosting a preseason tournament this week with 12 teams participating. The Devildogs opened the tournament hosting Carolina. Bradley Jones got the Devildogs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first with a two run home run. Austin Looper picked up the win as the Devildogs went on to take the 14-1 victory in five innings.

Games will continue beginning at 10am on Saturday with games every two hours.

Baseball vs Carolina Photo Gallery

Students Recognized for Reading

(2/18/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

As a part of their goal to help students develop literacy skills, the Literacy Focus Team of Travelers Rest High School presented coupons for free food to the students who read the most books during this school year. Sponsored by Five Guys Burger and Fries, the coupons were given to Moe Khant, Kascha Taylor, and Ellis Houston.

D2 Stageworks Presents 'A Thousand Cranes'

(2/17/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

D2 Stageworks presented the one-act play "A Thousand Cranes" on Thursday night. The play centers on Sadako Sasaski, a young girl who develops leukemia 10 years after the bombing of Hiroshima. The legend of the thousand paper cranes offers hope for restored health, but ultimately becomes a symbol for world peace. All proceeds will benefit the cast when they travel to the state theatre festival to present the production this weekend. The cast includes Anthony Evett, Sara Tolson, Sydney Childs, Cameron Tarrant, Laura Thurston, Taylor Wilcox, and Jonah Payne. Technical staff includes Jacklyn Brown, Diz LeFreniere, and Wes Tolson. Good luck to all at the state festival.

"A Thousand Cranes" Photo Gallery

GREEN Beginnings

(2/16/2011 / TR Green Club)

On Saturday, February 12, fifty-five students, teachers, staff and community members gathered to plant a variety of trees in the "second" courtyard behind the school. TR GREEN, the new environmental club, Graduate Greenville, GE, and TreesGreenville coordinated efforts to secure, deliver, and carefully plant native species of trees such as black gum, redbud, fringe, and red cedar in the first installation for our outdoor Reading Garden. Volunteers at GE helped to purchase the trees for the site, through an in-house grant. The TreesGreenville community forester, James Wilkins, supplied shovels, pick axes, gloves and know-how.

It was a real school community effort: Oregon Lawton opened the gates and supervised the planning, Drew Perry recruited and guided the Graduate Greenville students, Lou Lavely thanked and welcomed the gathering, student council member Alex Fowler made a welcome banner for GE, and the TR GREEN students provided the bulk of the labor and laughs. TR GREEN graphic historian Erin Ogletree took tons of pictures, while president Andrews Inglis was interviewed by the TR Tribune. There were others not present who also contributed to the planning and success of the day: Marge Sceizska from Graduate Greenville, Don Wright, Rick Huffman from EarthDesigns, and Mike Eudy.

This effort is only the beginning for the TR GREEN Club. The next step is to construct a pergola (designed by landscape architect Rick Huffman) in the same courtyard that will have tables and benches underneath to accommodate 35 people. Thanks to a commitment from the TR Student Council to give 10% of the donations from the upcoming Spirit Week to our outdoor Reading Garden, it is possible that teachers and groups will be able to reserve a beautiful and convenient space outdoors to teach a lesson or hold a meeting. The TR GREEN club also plans to start an organic garden this spring and to institute a Three-Day Earth Day celebration in April. So kudzu all around!!!!

Photos from the Tree Planting

Class Rings Arrive

(2/11/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Juniors received their class rings today and celebrated with a Pizza Party during each lunch.

Class Ring Pizza Parties Photo Gallery

Childress Wins Mr. TR Pageant

(2/7/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Thomas Childress was named the 2011 Mr. TR on Monday night duing the annual Mr. TR Pageant sponsored by the "Blue and Gold" newspaper. The Blue and Gold wishes to thank all of those guys who participted in the Mr. TR Contest. You are our Superheroes! They would also like to thank all of those students and teachers who worked hard to make the Mr. TR Contest a success. Winners included:

Senior Class

Junior Class

Sophomore Class

Freshman Class

Photo Gallery of Mr. TR Casual Wear

Photo Gallery of Mr. TR Formal Wear and Results

TRHS Hosts Region 2 Wrestling Tournament

(2/5/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Region 2 wrestling tournament was held in Joe Small Gymnasium on Saturday and two Devildogs came away with region championships. Nine Devildog wrestlers advance to Upper State AAA Qualifier as a result of their performance on Saturday. Region champions Clifton Burton (112) and Maleek Tarrant led the way as region champions in their respective weight classes for TR as 9 TR wrestlers move on to the Upper State AAA qualifier to be held at Eastside on February 18 and 19. Joining Burton and Tarrant are Ross Cambell (119) who was 2nd in the region, Brandon Duncan (125) 3rd place, Brettley Pressley (130), 3rd place, Nick Bolt (135) 4th place, Chaunce Cooper (152) 4th place, Josh Johnson (171) 4th place, and Justin Paden (189) who was 3rd place.

Region 2 Wrestling Tournament Photos

Senior Night for Winter Sports

(2/4/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

As the winter sports season nears an end the senior athletes were recognized between the girls' and boys' basketball games on Friday night. Greenville's girls team remained undefeated in region play holding on for a 55-51 win over the Lady Devildogs. In the boys' game, the Devildogs held a 36-23 halftime lead over the winless Red Raiders. They went on to outscore the Raiders in each quarter to win 70-51. Connor Roy led the team with 16 points. Sammy Yeargin and Quay Watts also scored in double figures with 14 and 12 points respectively. The varsity teams will finish their regular seasons on the road next week traveling to Southside on Tuesday and to Berea on Friday.

Girls' Basketball vs Greenville Photos

Senior Night Ceremony Photos

Boys' Basketball vs Greenville Photos

MYP Students Nominated as 'Communicators'

(2/4/2011 / TRHS IB Dept.)

During the month of January, teachers nominated students who exhibit the IB Learner Profile quality of being a Communicator at Travelers Rest High School. Communicators understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively. They work well with others. Congratulations to the following students:

9th grade: Michaela Allen, J Harvey Cleveland, Marti Elmore, Falcon Goodman, Kelsie Hamby, Chyanna Hawkins and Elizabeth Roberts.

10th grade: Kyle McAda, Seth Butler, Nate Cantrell, Katherine Lee and Alexander Poore

Devildogs Host Generals

(2/3/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Lady Devildogs led by double figures in the third quarter but saw their lead evaporate before holding on to take a 60-53 victory over Wade Hampton. Ericka McCarson led the ladies with 17 points. Beth Youngblood scored 16 and Brooke Jenerette added 11.

In the boys game, the Generals ran out to a big lead early leading 40-18 at half. They held on in the second half to remain undefeated with a 64-48 win. The Devildogs will recognize the senior athletes in Basketball and Wrestling on Friday night as they host Greenville in the final home game of the season.

Girls' Basketball vs Wade Hampton Photos

Boys' Basketball vs Wade Hampton Photos

Seven Devildogs Inducted into the TRHS Athletic Hall of Fame

(1/28/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Ricco Booker, Daniel Bruce, David Farnham, Jennie Lylerly, Mike Phillips, Dillard Pruitt and Roland Styles were inducted into the Travelers Rest High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, January 28th between the Devildogs girls and boys basketball games against Eastside. Congratulations to each inductee and their families. For photos click on the link below.

Photos from the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Girls' Basketball vs Eastside Photos

Boys' Basketball vs Eastside Photos

TRHS Athletic Hall of Fame Webpage

McBride Receives Tennis Award

(1/26/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

This past weekend Sara McBride received the 2010 - State AAA Player of the Year for Tennis. The award was presented to her at the Players of the Year Awards Ceremony held in Columbia, SC on January 23, 2011, hosted by the SC Coaches Association of Women's Sports.

Sara is a freshmen and was named All-Region in the AAA Peach Blossom Region. She was also named to the AAA/AAAA All-State team after finishing fourth in the class AAA/AAAA Individual Tournament held in November. Sara also was named Player of the Year for the Peach Blossom Region. Congratulations, Sara!

Devildogs Take Down Generals

(1/24/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The wrestling teams for the Devildogs and Wade Hampton Generals have met often this season and met again on Monday at Joe Small Gymnasium. The Devildogs jumped out to an 18-0 lead but the match tightened up and came down to the final pairings with the Devildogs taking the 39-37 win. The Devildogs will host Berea on Wednesday at 7:00pm for their final home match of the season.

Photos from the Match

Devildogs Host Berea

(1/21/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Lady Devildogs got off to a slow start but finished strong to defeat the Lady Bulldogs of Berea 75-54 on Friday night. The Lady Devildogs picked up their first region win and move to 8-8 on the year. Brooke Jenerette led all scorers with 31 points. Ericka McCarson added 17 points for the ladies. The first quarter ended with the Lady Devildogs leading 13-11. They extended the lead to 28-23 at half and took control in the second half.

In the boys game, Berea led 17-15 after a quarter and led 30-27 at half. The Devildogs hit a three pointer to take a 32-31 lead with about six minutes left in the third period and scored 3 three pointers in a 90 second span to extend the lead to 38-31. Berea would pull to within a basket several times but the Devildogs never gave up their lead and pulled away in the closing minutes for a big 62-46 win to remain unbeaten in region play at 3-0. Domingo Jean and Brian Peek led the Devildogs with 15 points each. Connor Roy scored 11.

The Devildogs will host Southside on Tuesday, January 25 and will host Eastside on Friday, January 28. Seven athletes will be inducted into the TRHS Athletic Hall of Fame between the games on Friday night.

Girls' Basketball vs Berea Photo Gallery

Devildog Dancers Photo Gallery

Boys' Basketball vs Berea Photo Gallery

School Remains Closed Wednesday Due to Winter Storm

(1/17/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Since late last week weather forecasts called for snow to arrive before school was scheduled to begin on Monday. When first reports from Atlanta came in Sunday night showing the snowfall there, Greenville County Schools announced the decision to cancel classes for Monday.

With roads refreezing throughout the county, classes have been canceled for Wednesday as well. End of Course tests will resume on Thursday if we have classes and regular exams will be moved to next week. We will publish further updates as the week progresses.

Send me your snow day photos and I will put together a photo gallery. Send them to (or click on the Contact Webmaster link at the bottom of this page.) If possible, reduce the size to 800 by 600 to make it easier to send and post.

Snow Day Photos

Revised Exam Schedule Announced

(1/14/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

With the snow and ice causing cancellations of classes this past week first semester exams have been rescheduled for the coming week. There will be no classes on Monday. Tuesday all classes that have not completed their End of Course tests will take them. This includes US History, make ups, and other groups as previously announced. Other classes will review for regular exams. Exams will be given on Wednesday (1st and 3rd blocks) and Thursday (2nd and 4th blocks) using the schedule previously announced. Click on the title above to see the revised exam schedules.

The second semester will begin on Friday, January 21st with all students going to their Connections class at 8:45 where schedules will be handed out. Students enrolled in Greenville Tech early college classes will begin on Monday, January 24th. Report cards will be distributed in Connections classes on Monday, January 31st. We will update the website with rescheduled athletic events as we receive that information.

School Remains Closed on Thursday

(1/12/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

Due to hazardous road conditions caused by refreezing, all Greenville County Schools will remain closed on Thursday. All activities scheduled for the day are canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. End of Course Tests will resume on Tuesday of next week. The regular exam schedule will be posted as soon as possible.

Some have sent me photos and a gallery has been created. Send me your snow day photos and I will add them to the photo gallery. Send them to (or click on the Contact Webmaster link at the bottom of this page.)

Snow Day Photos

Region Play Begins

(1/7/2011 / TRHS Webmaster)

As Greenville County Schools finish up the first semester the athletic teams begin region play with the Wrestling team taking on Eastside on Thursday night and losing a hard fought match. On Friday the basketball teams took on Eastside as well with the JV teams hosting the Eagles and the varsity teams on the road. The JV girls won their game by a wide margin. The JV boys trailed at half. Photos are available at the links below.

At Eastside in the girls' game the Lady Devildogs led 13-12 after the first quarter but Eastside outscored the ladies 18-10 in the second and held on for a 58-52 win.

Region II is expected to be especially tough this year in boys' basketball. Wade Hampton, Eastside, and Southside have all been highly ranked so far this season. Eastside hosted the Devildogs and took a 9 point lead after the first quarter. The Devildogs closed the gap to 6 at half and took advantage of a 16-3 score in the third period on their way to a big 59-57 road victory handing Eastside their second loss of the season and their first at home. The Devildogs will host unbeaten Wade Hampton on Thursday, January 13th.

JV Girls' Basketball vs Eastside Photo Gallery

JV Boys' Basketball vs Eastside Photo Gallery

TRHS Announces Seven New Members to Athletic Hall of Fame

(1/6/2011 / TRHS Athletic Dept.)

Ricco Booker, Daniel Bruce, David Farnham, Jennie Lylerly, Mike Phillips, Dillard Pruitt and Roland Styles will be inducted into the Travelers Rest High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, January 28th between the Devildogs girls and boys basketball games against Eastside.

Ricco Booker (Class of 1994) was a two sport star in basketball and baseball. In basketball, he was a member of the Foothills 3A Region Championship team in 1994. He was All Region, All State, and an Honorable Mention McDonald’s All American. Ricco was the 3A State Basketball Player of the Year in 1994. He was also All Region in baseball and played in the North/South Baseball game in 1994. Ricco played college basketball at Southern Wesleyan University and is a former coach at Travelers Rest High School.

Daniel Bruce (Class of 1995) was a four sport athlete and was also a member of the Foothills 3A Region Championship basketball team in 1994. In football he earned multiple awards including the Greenville Urban League Athletic Award. He went on to star collegiately at Wingate University in football and basketball. He was a two time member of the South Atlantic Conference basketball champions while at Wingate. After teaching and coaching for many years, Daniel is now an administrator at Berea High School.

David Farnham (Class of 1968) was a basketball, football and track star athlete and earned multiple varsity letters. After high school David played football at Clemson University on a football scholarship. He was the starting center for Clemson in 1970 and 1971 and was also an ACC Scholar Athlete. David coached football at several high schools in the upstate and was named the 2007 Shrine Bowl Head Coach and was the 2007 Greenville Touchdown Club Coach of the Year. After a courageous battle with cancer, David passed away in 2007.

Jennie Lyerly (Class of 1978) played basketball and also ran track. She earned multiple All Conference, All State and Greenville News Player of the Week awards. She led the Upstate in scoring her senior year averaging 21.4 pts. per game. She went on to play basketball for Clemson University where she was a member of the 1981-1982 ACC Women’s Championship basketball team and played in Clemson’s first appearance in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in 1982. Jennie is currently a teacher at Dutch Fork High School.

Mike Phillips (Class of 1970) was a four sport letterman in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was an All Conference, and All State performer. Mike was the Runner-Up SC Back of the Year in 1969 and was a member of the 1969 Shrine Bowl team. As a quarterback and safety, he led his teams to three Conference Championships and was also a multiple winner of the Greenville News Player of the Week award. He was a Palmetto Boys State representative in 1970.

Dillard Pruitt (Class of 1980) is known for his excellence in golf and basketball. He earned multiple Most Valuable Player and All Region awards in golf. Dillard went on to play golf for Clemson University and was an All ACC and All American performer while at Clemson. He was a member of the 1982 ACC Championship team. Dillard has won several amateur awards and played on the PGA tour winning the Chattanooga Classic in 1991. He is a PGA Tour Rules Official with duties on the Champions Tour.

Roland Styles (Class of 1953) was a football, basketball and baseball standout and earned multiple varsity letters. He was a team captain on the 1951 and 1952 football and baseball teams playing fullback and linebacker in football and catcher in baseball. He was voted the “Best Blocker” and “Most Athletic” his senior year. Roland played football while in the US Army in 1955 for the SACOM Commanders in Munich, Germany.

Symphonic Winds Concert Presented Fourth Block

(12/17/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The TRHS Symphonic Winds' Winter Concert had to be canceled on Thursday night due to the icy conditions. On short notice they were able to reschedule for the end of the day on Friday at 2:45 providing a holiday treat for students whose classes attended. Familiar Christmas favorites made up the majority of the program and the students seemed to enjoy the concert as they ended their day and began their Winter Break. Classes will resume on January 3rd.

Photos from the Symphonic Winds Winter Concert

School Closed Thursday Due to Ice; All Activities Canceled

(12/16/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

Due to icy conditions all Greenville County schools are closed today. Classes will resume on Friday. All evening activities and practices are canceled as well.

Winter Choral Concert Presented Sunday Afternoon

(12/12/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The TRHS Choral Department presented their annual Winter Choral Concert in the Patricia Hunt Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 4:00. The program included a variety of holiday favorites performed by the Chorus I singers, the ladies and men from all groups, and the Advanced Chorus.

Photos from the Winter Chorus Concert

Wrestlers Host Devildog Duals

(12/11/2010 / TRHS Athletic Dept.)

The Devildog Wrestling team hosted the annual Devildog Duals match on Saturday. Seven teams participated in the tournament. The Devildogs lost to Chapman in the championship final 36-33 finishing in 2nd place at the 5th annual Devildog Duals Wrestling tournament. The team defeated Blue Ridge (54-30), Pickens (54-30), and Wade Hampton (54-24) on their way to the championship match. They are now 7-4 for the year.

Individually, Bryson Pressley (103), Chase Rathbone (112/119), Ross Campbell (124) and Juan Rojo (HWT) were undefeated in Saturday's action. Solid performances were turned in by Clifton Burton (112/119), Maleek Tarrant(145) who had the biggest come-from-behind victory of the day, Chaunce Cooper (160), Joshua Sandman Johnson (171), and Justin Paden (189).

The Devildogs will travel to Mauldin on Wednesday and will host Berea on Thursday. For photos from the event click on the title above or the link below.

Photos from the Devildog Duals

Overtime Thrillers

(12/9/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Lady Devildog basketball team fell behind quickly to once beaten Greer as the visitors jumped out to an 11-0 lead. Things did not look much better at halftime as Greer held a 30-18 advantage. The Lady Devildogs chipped away at the lead through the third period and trailed 38-33 at the end of the third.

The ladies tied the score at 40 with 6:47 left in regulation and finally took a lead with three minutes left. The teams would swap leads until the final minute with the score tied at 49. Both teams had chances but were unable to connect so the game went to OT. The Lady Devildogs led 53-51 as the final minute of OT began and Ericka McCarson sank a pair of free throws with 7.1 seconds left to make the final margin 55-51.

In the second game the Devildogs and Greer battled back and forth throughout the game with Greer taking a 27-26 lead into halftime. The second half was similar to the first and the Devildogs made it a two possession game late holding a four point lead with under a minute to play. Greer scored quickly and then managed a steal to tie the game. Each team would have chances to win with under three seconds left. The buzzer sounded with the teams tied at 59. The Devildogs took control in the overtime and hit some key free throws to make the final score 70-62.

Girls Basketball vs Greer Photos

Devildog Dancers Photos

Boys Basketball vs Greer Photos

Wilson Named Miss TRHS

(12/3/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

Sophomore Montgomery Wilson was crowned Miss TRHS by last year's Miss TRHS, Casey Vaughn on Friday evening. For photos from the evening click on the links below.

Miss Travelers Rest High School

Senior Class Beauty

Junior Class Beauty

Sophomore Class Beauty

Freshman Class Beauty

Miss TRHS Photo Gallery 1

Miss TRHS Photo Gallery 2

Miss TRHS Photo Gallery 3

Miss TRHS Photo Gallery 4

MYP Students Nominated as 'Reflective'

(12/2/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

During the month of November, teachers nominated students who exhibit the IB Learner Profile quality of being Reflective at Travelers Rest High School. Reflective learners give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. Congratulations to the following students:

9th grade: Austin Bell, Ryan Dix, Kristin Gaunt, Trevor Leopard, MaKayla Miller, Samantha Reid and Caitlin Styles

10th grade: Ronnie Augustine, Sarah Blakeney, Steven Childs, Chloe Christopher, Marlayna Finley, Taylor Morris, Alex Poore and Lauren Waynick

Devildogs Open Tournament with a Win

(11/22/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildog basketball team got off to a sluggish start to open the Greenville County Thanksgiving Tournament at home on Monday night hosting Greenville Tech Charter. Trailing 16-10 after a quarter they managed to close the gap to 26-28 by half. The third quarter saw the game swing to the Devildogs favor as they out scored the visitors 18-11 to take a 44-39 lead into the final period. They closed out the game taking a 66-53 win. They will face Blue Ridge on Tuesday night at 7:30 with the winner of that game traveling to Eastside for the Tournament Championship on Wednesday. Greenville High will play Greenville Tech Charter in the first game Tuesday at 6:00.

Basketball vs Greenville Tech Photos

TRHS Teacher and Student Honored

(11/22/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

At an awards dinner on Saturday night in Columbia, Kelsey Harris was recognized as South Carolina's Outstanding Youth for 2010. Kelsey attended the awards ceremony with Mrs. Amanda Davis who was recognized as South Carolina's Outstanding Young Educator for 2010. The awards ceremony was hosted by the South Carolina Jaycees.

Lady Devildogs Win Tournament

(11/21/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Lady Devildog Basketball team hosted a pre-season tournament on Friday and Saturday. The ladies defeated Blue Ridge 72-53 on Friday night. Kelly Melton led the team with 15 points. Brooke Jenerette, Ashley Justice, and Ericka McCarson also scored in double digits.

The ladies defeated Seneca on Saturday in the championship game 51-47. Ericka McCarson led the team with 19 points. The boys' team will take the floor on Monday as they host the Greenville County Thanksgiving Tournament taking on Greenville Tech Charter in the 7:30 game. [Photo by Ed Kelly]

Cheerleaders Finish Fifth at State

(11/20/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Varsity Devildog Cheerleaders competed on Saturday afternoon at the Bi-Lo Center in the AAA State Competitive Cheer Competition and finished fifth out of the 13 teams that qualified. For the third year in a row Chapin High School took the championship and Greenville High finished as the runner-up. The South Carolina High School League has the video of the event online at

Photo Gallery of the Cheerleaders at State

D2 Stageworks Presents Comedy

(11/19/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

D2 Stageworks presented "Check, Please!" on Thursday night and on Friday morning. Subtitled "A comedy about blind dates" the presentation was a series of short scenes demonstrating that dating can be hard. Blind dates included a kleptomaniac, a mime, a much younger man, and a football fanatic among others. For photos of the presentation from Friday morning click on the title above or the following link.

Photos from "Check, Please!"

McBride Finishes Fourth at State in AAA/AAAA

(11/14/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

TRHS freshman Sara McBride was named All-Region in the AAA Peach Blossom Region and competed in the Class AAA/AAAA High School Individual State Championship in tennis at the Lexington County Tennis Complex in Columbia this past weekend. Sara made it to the semi-finals in the tournament and finished fourth overall in the tournament.

Sara was named to the AAA/AAAA All-State team and was also named All-Peach Blossom AAA Player of the Year. Congratulations, Sara!

Varsity Cheerleaders Qualify for State

(11/11/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

Congratulations to the Varsity Cheerleaders for their success at the Upper State Competition on Wednesday night. They finished third out of the twelve teams and qualified to compete at the State Competition which will be held at the Bi-Lo Center on November 20th. **Update** The AAA competition is scheduled to begin at 1:15pm with TR scheduled to perform at 2:26pm.

Winthrop Wind Symphony Performs at TRHS

(11/10/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Winthrop Wind Symphony performed in the Patricia Hunt Auditorium on Wednesday afternoon as a part of their biannual tour. TRHS was one of two upstate concert locations.

Winthrop Wind Symphony Concert Photos

Cross Country Teams Complete Season at State

(11/8/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildog Cross Country teams competed this past weekend at State. The boys' team finished 16th in the state and the girls' team finished ranked in the top ten with an 8th place finish. Congratulations to both teams!

Cheerleaders Win Regionals

(11/3/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

Congratulations to the Varsity Cheerleaders for being named REGION CHAMPS and winning the 3A Region 2 Competition with their highest score of the season. They will compete Wednesday, November 10th at Dorman High School for the 3A Upper State Qualifiers!

Blood Drive Held in the Media Center

(11/1/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Student Council sponsored the first Blood Drive of the year at TRHS today. Many students volunteered to give blood for the first time. As mentioned in a previous news article, Travelers Rest High School has led the county high schools in blood drives the past four years. This drive resulted in 111 units donated which was 12 above the goal that had been set. Thanks to all who donated. For photos of the drive click on the title above.

Devildogs Lose to Berea on Senior Night

(10/29/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

Barron Morgan dove into the endzone to give the Devildogs a 7-0 lead with 4:42 left in the opening period. Berea would answer less than two minutes later and go on to score 48 unanswered points to take the 48-7 win on Senior Night at Chico Bolin Stadium.

Seniors involved in Football, Cross Country, Volleyball, Girls' Tennis, Girls' Golf, Chorus, Band, and Student Council were recognized at halftime. For photos from the halftime ceremony click on the link below.

Pep Rally Photos

Senior Night Ceremony Photos

Varsity Football vs Berea Photo Gallery

NHS Hosts Fall Festival 2010

(10/28/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The annual Fall Festival was held in the Commons area of TRHS on Tuesday from 5:00 until 8:00 and was a big hit for area children. Sponsored by the TRHS National Honor Society the event provided a safe and fun activity for kids of all ages.

A variety of games were created by different campus organizations and students seemed to enjoy running the games as much as the children enjoyed playing them. TRHS students collected hundreds of pounds of candy to hand out at the event. A special thanks to area businesses who sponsored the games.

For photos of the night click on the title above or the link below.

Fall Festival Photo Gallery

IB Students Participate in 'Shred Day'

(10/26/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

Several IB Diploma students helped out this past Saturday at the Greenville Better Business Bureau's Shred Day in downtown Greenville. This event encouraged people to protect their identity by shredding their old documents that contained valuable information such as account numbers or social security numbers. Kayla Grubbs, Forrest Lomax and Victoria Cespedes unloaded cars and emptied boxes of paper for individuals wishing to shred their documents. This event is held once in the fall and once in the spring.

More Photos from Shred Day

Varsity Cheerleaders Win Division at Dorman

(10/25/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

Congratulations to JV cheerleaders for placing 3rd in Dorman Cheer Classic and congratulations to the Varsity cheerleaders for placing 1st in 3A division, beating 7 teams and acquiring their best score ever, a 236!

Both teams will compete this weekend @ Greenville High for the Carolina Classic.

Devildogs Lose on the Road

(10/22/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Eastside Eagles scored in the first quarter to take the 7-0 lead but the Devildogs would answer early in the second quarter to tie the game at 7. Eastside regained the lead for good late in the half scoring a TD and converting for two points making the halftime score 15-7.

Eastside pulled away in the third period scoring twice more to lead 29-7 going into the final quarter. They would score first in the fourth quarter to lead 36-7 before the Devildogs drove quickly down the field to score but then fail to convert on a two point conversion. Eastside clinched a playoff spot taking their second win in a row this season after starting 0-7 with the 43-29 victory. The Devildogs fall to 0-9 on the season and will host rival Berea on Senior Night next Friday.

Varsity Football vs Eastside Photo Gallery

FFA Sponsors Farm Day

(10/22/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The TRHS FFA sponsored their annual Farm Day this morning. Children from the area elementary schools came on campus to look at animals, ride horses, and learn more about snakes from the area. For photos click on the link below or the title.

Farm Day 2010 Photo Gallery

MYP Students Nominated as 'Thinkers'

(10/22/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

During the month of October, teachers nominated students who exhibit the IB Learner Profile quality of being a Thinker at Travelers Rest High School. Thinkers voluntarily and creatively apply their thinking skills to complex problems and make reasoned, ethical decisions. Congratulations to the following students:

9th grade: Alyssa Dockery, Katie Clark, Zachery Paulie, Matt Wilkey, Morgan McCarson, Sarah Coleman, Kristin Gaunt, Leticia Rodriguez, Ben VanMastrigt, DeAndre Wright and Kayla Turner

10th grade: Alexander Poore, Hannah Mashburn, Mark Pyke, Tyler Cole, Carlos Rosales, Steven Childs, Kelly Curry, Omar Banda-Aguilar, Kayla Wiles, Jeremy Cox, Calder Broussard, Keajah Henry, Chloe Styles, Jade Lawton, Halle Tripp and Jesse Warren

Cross Country Teams Compete at Region

(10/21/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The TR Cross Country teams competed in the region 2-3A championship at Cleveland Park on Wednesday. The boys finished 4th and the girls finished 3rd. Brooke Jenerette (8th overall) and Mary Miles Fewell (4th overall) received all-region honors. Both Hannah Gillespie and Sam DiBridge won their races and were the individual region champions. They were also named the Peach Blossom Runners of the Year.

Teen Read Week - Oct. 18-22

(10/18/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

This week is "Teen Read Week". The purpose of this week is to encourage students to read more outside of the classroom.

Activities to look forward to:

1. "Caught you Reading". This is a coupon that teachers will share with students who are caught doing extra-curricula reading. Get Caught, it's worth it!

2. "Where did that come from?" Each day a quote from a book you've read will be displayed during the morning announcements and throughout the day. If you know the name of the book the quote came from, write it down on a slip of paper along with your name and deposit it in one of boxes outside the offices of the assistant principals or the library. At the end of the day, the slips with the correct answers from each day will be placed in a special drawing at the end of the week.

3. "Reading is photogenic" Have a poster sized picture made of you showcasing your favorite book.

4. "Reading is for winners" Participate in a game to win books from authors like, Mead, Meyers, Flanagan, Jordan and others, candy, ice cream treats and cookies in the commons during lunch.

Teacher Cadets at Teacher Forum

(10/18/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

Three TRHS Teacher Cadets were chosen to speak at a Teacher Forum conducted by the SC Teacher of the Year, Kelly Nalley. This meeting, held at Roper Mountain Science Center, was a gathering of district Teachers of the Year from the upstate. Brittany Jones, Erica Catledge and Nichole Ciriaco explained why they want to become teachers and described the teacher who inspired them. These cadets will soon find out just how it feels to be a teacher (if only for a little while) when they and the rest of the class begin their field experiences in November.

Teacher Cadets Photo Gallery

The Blood Connection Presents TRHS with a Check

(10/18/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

Student Council members accept a check from "The Blood Connection". Travelers Rest High was the top school in the county for the fourth year in a row in blood donations.

Raiders Top Devildogs

(10/15/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Red Raiders of Greenville High scored quickly with an 86 yard kickoff return to open the game and scored again with a few seconds left in the first half after an interception to take a 40-0 lead. The Devildogs had trouble moving the ball against the Greenville defense and were shut out for the first time this year 50-0. The Devildogs will travel to Eastside next week before finishing the season at home against Berea on the 29th.

TRHS Receives Share of Michelin Donation

(10/13/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

TRHS Principal Lou Lavely accepted a check at the District office representing a share of the proceeds from the recent Are You Smarter Than a Greenville County Schools Fifth Grader? fundraiser sponsored by Michelin.

Full Story at the District Site.

Golden Regiment Receives First Place Honors

(10/10/2010 / TRHS Band Dept.)

Congratulations to the Golden Regiment for an outstanding performance on Saturday at the Mauldin Tournament of Bands! The marching band won first place honors in class 3A and won the overall Silver Division Grand Championship! Great job, band. Travelers Rest is very proud of you.

Big Plays Sink the Devildogs

(10/8/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

Wade Hampton drove down the field on their first possession to take a 7-0 lead. The Devildogs moved the ball but were forced to punt. A nice kick saw the Generals start their second possession on their own four yard line. A quick pass into the middle of the field ended up being a 96 yard TD for the Generals. They would score again in the first period on a 70 yard run to take a 21-0 lead.

The second period saw the Generals score twice more to take a 34-0 lead before the Devildogs were able to get on the scoreboard with a TD pass to Clint Brown with about 30 seconds left in the half. Wade Hampton scored on their next play to take a 41-6 halftime lead. Each team would score once in the second half making the final score 48-13.

The Devildogs will travel to Sirrine Stadium to take on Region leading Greenville next Friday night.

Varsity Football vs Wade Hampton Photo Gallery

Devildogs Fall in the Second Half

(10/1/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildogs hosted Southside on Homecoming 2010 and took advantage of a Southside fumble on their first play by driving in for a 7-0 score. The Devildogs kept Southside pinned deep but were unable to take advantage of the good field position until late in the first half when the Devildogs scored from a yard out to make the score 14-0. Southside moved quickly down the field for the first time but were unable to score before halftime.

Southside struck quickly in the second half scoring a touchdown on a tipped pass and a two point conversion cut the lead to 14-8. A bad snap on a Devildog punt went out of the endzone for a safety and the Devildogs lead was only 14-10. A 35 yard run by Southside at the beginning of the final quarter gave them the lead for the first time 16-14. The Devildogs moved down the field and had a first down inside the 10 but were unable to connect on a pass inside the five. A field goal attempt was just wide left. TR held Southside on the next possession but Southside intercepted a pass and returned it 52 yards for a TD with 2:18 left in the game making the score 24-14. The Devildogs turned the ball over on downs their last possession and Southside was able to run out the clock for their first win of the season.

The Devildogs will host Wade Hampton next Friday on Youth Night at Chico Bolin Stadium. In the Homecoming ceremony before the game Kelsey Willingham and Sam McBride were named Homecoming Queen and King. Click on the link below for photos from the ceremony.

Homecoming 2010 Pregame Ceremony Photo Gallery

Varsity Football vs Southside Photo Gallery

Golden Regiment Halftime Performance Photo Gallery

Homecoming 2010

(9/30/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

A good crowd came out to watch the 2010 Homecoming Parade on Thursday evening. Homecoming activities continued on Friday with a Pep Rally at 3:15 and presentation of the Homecoming Court will be at 7:00pm. The Devildogs will take on the Southside Tigers with kickoff at 7:30.

Homecoming Parade 2010 Photo Gallery

Homecoming Pep Rally Photo Gallery

MYP Students Nominated as 'Risk Takers'

(9/30/2010 / TRHS IB Dept.)

During the month of September, teachers nominated students who exhibit the IB Learner Profile quality of being a Risk-Taker at Travelers Rest High School. Risk Takers explore new concepts, ideas and issues. They show confidence and courage in new situations. They defend their beliefs strongly. Congratulations to the following students:

9th grade: Kody Satterfield, Timothy Arrowood, Ausha Shell, Brandon Rollison, Sarah Coleman, Matt Goss and Elizabeth Roberts

10th grade: Mitchem Anderson, Haley West, Corey Brooke, Sergio Clavijo, Terrance Sherman, Anthony Evett, Brittney McCrary, Sarah Pratt, Jasmine Wood and Laura Thurston

Devildogs in the Community

(9/30/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

TRHS Football players, cheerleaders, and parents recently donated their time and food to help to feed over 100 people from the Greenville area. For photos from the day click on the title above or the link below.

Community Service Project from September

Devildogs Fall to Tigers

(9/24/2010 / TRHS Staff)

The Devildog football team traveled to Blue Ridge on Friday and took an early 2-0 lead on a safety. Blue Ridge answered and scored to take a 7-2 lead and later led 14-2. TR cut the lead to 14-9 but Blue Ridge scored again to take the 21-9 halftime lead. The second half proved to be a defensive struggle before Blue Ridge scored in the fourth period and held on for a 28-9 victory. The Devildogs will host Southside on Friday, October 1st. The game will the first region contest and will be Homecoming for the Devildogs.

TRHS Students Receive Academic Honors

(9/23/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

Congratulations to our 2010 AP Scholars. These students are recognized by the College Board for receiving a score of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP tests. Congratulations to Alexander Barker, Elizabeth Batson, Rebecca Clanton, Beth Davis, Mary Jackson, Dalton Johnson, and Shannon Theobald. We would also like to congratulate our 2010 AP Scholars with honors, who average at least a 3.25 on 3 exams or more. Congratulations to Sara Harris and Tyler Silvers on this honor.

We also want to congratulate Creg McAda for being named as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. He was one of twenty-two Greenville County Schools students selected. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition with approximately 16,000 students nationwide for 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring. Complete story from the Greenville County Schools website.

Freshmen All in For Graduation in 2014

(9/23/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Freshman Class had an assembly on Thursday morning which began with a pep rally led by the freshmen cheerleaders, continued with motivational speakers, and ended with the freshmen signing a banner pledging to do everything possible to graduate in 2014. Thanks to Mrs. Harris for photos from the event.

Photo Gallery of the Freshmen Assembly

Teacher Cadets In the News

(9/22/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Teacher Cadet class at TRHS has been busy this year with lots of activities and projects. The cadets wrote, produced and illustrated Big Books that taught lessons such as never giving up, lying is bad, teamwork is great and using the golden rule. The cadets read these Big Books to a group of 1st graders at Duncan Chapel Elementary School. TRHS Teacher Cadets also enjoyed spending the day at North Greenville University with other cadet classes from Greenville County who partner with the university. Cadets are able to earn 3 hours of college credit through NGU for a small fee.

Our Teacher Cadet class also had the privilege of a special visit by the SC Teacher of the Year, Kelly Nalley. Using the children’s book Courage, by Bernard Waber, Mrs. Nalley led a discussion with the cadets about what kind of courage teachers should possess. Cadets were able to discuss with one another stories from their educational past when great teachers displayed courage in certain situations. The cadets enjoyed the visit from Mrs. Nalley and look forward to working with her again in the near future.

Teacher Cadets Photo Gallery

Cross Country Teams Win at Home

(9/22/2010 / TRHS Athletics Dept.)

Congratulations to both the girls' and boys' cross country teams as they defeated Eastside and Southside on Wednesday at home. Sam DiBridge won the boys' race, and Hannah Gillespie won the girls' race. Hannah Gillespie set a new girls' TR course record with a time of 20:48. Other top TR girl finishers were Brooke Jenerette, Kayla Wiles, Mary Miles Fewell, Averi Ellenburg, Katherine Fields, and Carson Miesfeldt. Other top TR boy finishers were Josh Wilkinson, Rudy DiBridge, Bryson Ware, J Harvey Cleveland, Parker Edison, and Matt DeHart.

Cross Country Photo Gallery

Blue Flame Burns the Devildogs

(9/17/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildogs returned home to face the Pickens Blue Flame and saw Pickens jump out to an early lead scoring three times in the first quarter for the 21-0 score. Sammy Yeargin pulled in a long pass for the Devildogs and took it in to cut the lead to 21-6. Pickens would answer, however, and took a 35-6 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The halftime performance by the Golden Regiment featured their 2010 show "Lord of the Rings". Click on the link below for photos from the halftime performance.

The Devildogs opened the second half recovering their onside kick attempt and completed a long pass down to the one yard line. On the next play Pickens forced a fumble and recovered. They went on to score on a 70 run. June Downs scored for the Devildogs late in the game as the Devildogs fell to the still unbeaten Pickens squad, 55-12. The Devildogs will travel to Blue Ridge next week to face the tigers. The next home game will be Homecoming week as the Devildogs begin region play against Southside on October 1st.

Varsity Football vs Pickens Photo Gallery

Golden Regiment Halftime Performance Photo Gallery

Lady Devildogs Sweep Blue Ridge

(9/14/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Lady Devildogs Volleyball team hosted Blue Ridge on Tuesday. The Lady Tigers have always seemed to be ready for the Devildogs and it looked like a familiar story as they jumped out to an early lead. The Lady Devildogs fought back, however, and were able to close out the first game and take a 26-24 win. They went on to win the second game to take a 2-0 lead. The third game saw the Lady Devildogs take an early lead and cruise to a 25-15 win to sweep the Lady Tigers and pick up their first win in five years over them. For photos from the game click on the link below.

Volleyball vs Blue Ridge Photo Gallery

Panthers Defeat the Devildogs

(9/9/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

Chapman took advantage of a long first pass play in the game and the first of five first half Devildog turnovers to take a 13-0 lead less than four minutes into the game. The Panthers would score twice more in the first quarter and once in the second before the Devildogs were able to get on the board and go into halftime trailing 33-8.

Chapman scored twice in the third period to lead 47-8 going into the final quarter. The Devildogs put together a nice drive in the final period and scored their second TD of the game with Barron Morgan taking it in to make the score 47-14. The Panthers were able to recover an onside kick attempt and ran the clock out. The Devildogs will host Pickens next Friday night.

Devildog Teachers Receive Web Honors

(8/30/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

Three TRHS teachers were listed among the ten high school teachers receiving the Best of the Web Webmaster's Choice Awards for 2009-10. Nominations were made at the end of the past year. Cindy Clanton, Victoria Chance, and Michael Eudy were all nominated and selected following a review by District staff as examples of excellent teacher websites. All of the award winners are listed on the District Best of the Web page. Congratulations!

In addition, the TRHS website received a Gold Award for the second year in a row. This award is given to websites that have "demonstrated a commitment to quality communication to your community, parents, students, and beyond." All of the school website award winners are listed here.

Third Quarter Sinks Devildogs

(8/27/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

TRHSThe Devildogs struggled on offense until Sammy Yeargin pulled in a long pass from Baron Morgan and A.J. Starks scored to cut Landrum's lead from 14-2 to 14-9 at the half. The third quarter, however, saw Landrum score a pair of touchdowns and a safety after a TR penalty to take control of the game with a 30-9 lead. Landrum would stick to the running game in the final period and score with 1:34 left in the game to make the final score 36-9.

The Devildogs will have next week off and travel to Chapman, who lost to Seneca on Friday, to play on TV Thursday night, September 9. Thanks to Coach Chrissy Harris for providing Twitter updates from the game.

Devildogs Lose Opener to Cavaliers

(8/20/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildogs were unable to capitalize on good field position set up by a long opening kickoff return or four Christ Church turnovers in the first quarter of their opening game. Christ Church recovered from multiple mistakes in the first to take the lead early in the second period. Another score in the quarter gave the Cavaliers a 14-0 lead at halftime.

Alumni football players from 1949 through the current decade were recognized at halftime. The players were treated to a cookout before the game. Christ Church scored with a little over five minutes left in the third quarter to stretch their lead to 21-0. The Devildogs drove to inside the 20 on the ensuing drive but turned the ball over on downs. Christ Church scored on an 85 yard run with 1:49 left in the third to take a 28-0 lead.

The Cavaliers scored on a TD pass in the fourth to make the score 35-0. June Downs would get the Devildogs' first TD of the season on the following drive including a long run to set up a 26 yard TD run. Christ Church would tack on one more TD with 15 seconds left in the game for the 42-7 final. The Devildogs will travel to Landrum next Friday and will not return home until the Pickens game on September 17th.

Varsity Football vs CCES Photo Gallery

Varsity Football Opens Season at Home Friday

(8/19/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildog Varsity Football team opens their 2010 season at home on Friday night taking on Christ Church. It is Alumni night and beginning at 6:30pm there will be a cookout for the football alumni lasting till kickoff of 7:30pm. At halftime the football alumni will be honored. Tickets are $6 this year.

Brown Named Third Runner Up

(8/17/2010 / TRHS Webmaster and GCSD)

Tim Brown, TRHS drama teacher, was named third runner-up last week in the Greenville County Schools Teacher of the Year presentation. Brown has been teaching for 18 years and has spent the last three at Travelers Rest High School. The drama department has grown under Brown's direction and students have participated in a number of dramas, musicals, and special presentations at the local, state, and national levels.

The process of selecting “the best of the best” began last fall when schools and centers chose their individual Teachers of the Year. These teachers submitted applications, which were evaluated by members of the Teaching and Learning team and veteran educators. Five judges then judged the top-scoring applications and ultimately selected the Top Ten finalists and the District Teacher of the Year.

Each Top Ten candidate for Greenville County Teacher of the Year is judged on nine areas including those on his or her application form, a classroom visit, and an oral interview. In the classroom, judges observe the teacher’s command of subject matter, classroom environment, communications skills, enthusiasm, creativity, and classroom management skills. During the interview, candidates are judged on his or her use of effective communication skills, organization of response, knowledge and command of subject matter, and substance and relevance of response.

Congratulations Mr. Brown!

Welcome Back, Devildogs!

(8/16/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

A new school year officially began as TRHS students returned to classes this morning. The Student Council greeted the seniors in the auditorium for the first presentation of skits to outline the school rules. Regis and Kelly interviewed the Jersy Shore cast, Mario and Luigi of Mario Brothers fame, Edward from Twilight and others.

The Student Council will also sponsor the "Back to School Blowout" this evening. The cost is $5 and will include a variety of activities. Other first week activities include the volleyball team's first scrimmage at home against Blue Ridge on Tuesday and the first home football game against Christ Church on Friday. Welcome back, Devildogs!

First Day Skits Photo Gallery

First Day Blowout Photo Gallery

Hall of Fame News

(8/12/2010 / TRHS All Sports Booster Club)

Attention Devildog supporters. The Travelers Rest High School Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee is currently accepting nominations for the Devildog Athletic Hall of Fame. Basic criteria for nomination is:

Athletes will become eligible for nomination five years after graduation and coaches five years after retirement from coaching. This timeline is done to determine whether the nominee is in fact a positive role model. The same time frame exists for all other potential candidates based on service to the school and the approval of the Travelers Rest High School Athletic Dept. and Administration. The nominee must have made an outstanding contribution to his or her sport(s). Typically, this may include the attainment of all-region, all-county or all-state honors, all-time leading scorer, winning a state championship, Athlete of the Year, etc. The nominee must also exemplify character while representing Travelers Rest High School and also afterward. In short, he or she must be a positive role model, worthy of being emulated by current and future students.

If you would like to nominate a former student athlete, coach or contributor for the Hall of Fame, please go to the attached link and print out a copy of the nomination form (2 pages). It must to be filled out with as much information as possible. It can be mailed to the high school or emailed to the committee. For additional information, please contact the Selection Committee at

Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Devildogs Win in FCA Jamboree

(8/7/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

The Devildogs took on Southside Christian in the annual FCA Coaches of Influence Jamboree on Saturday night at Furman University and came away with a 21-6 victory. Sammy Yeargin caught two passes for touchdowns in the game. Southside Christian scored in the closing minute of the game to avoid the shutout.

After the TR-SCS game, the third of five scheduled games, former TR coach Jim Howard received the 2010 FCA Coaches of Influence Award. Congratulations, Coach Howard.

Photos from the Jamboree

Theatre Students Perform at the International Thespian Festival

(8/1/2010 / TRHS Webmaster)

Erika Jackson and Gabby Norris traveled with Mr. Brown to the International Thespian Festival at the Johnny Carson Theatre at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in late June to join 2,500 delegates from across the US and overseas. The duo won an opportunity to present their duet scene from "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon" in the National Individual Events Showcase competition, where they received an "Excellent" rating.

The students also represented South Carolina in the Chapter Select Showcase by performing the one-act play "Graceland" in the Johnny Carson Theatre. The week was marked with master classes, Broadway quality musical productions, and many networking opportunities. Both students are recent graduates of TRHS and have been heavily involved in the drama department at TRHS. More photos are online at the D2 Stageworks Facebook fan page. (Photos by Tim Brown -- Backstage getting in to Make-Up, Posing Onstage at the Johnny Carson Theatre)

Theatre Students Walk the Great White Way

(8/1/2010 / TRHS Drama Dept.)

Four theatre students (Sydney Childs, Becca Shockley, Sara Tolson, and Miranda Crumlich) traveled with Mr. Brown and Mrs. Lavely to New York City in mid-June to enjoy a long weekend of Broadway theatre. The trip included three nights at the New Yorker hotel near Times Square and superior seating at two Broadway shows, South Pacific and The Phantom of the Opera, as well as two Off-Broadway shows, Our Town and Blue Man Group.

In addition, the group was treated to a backstage tour at the Lincoln Center and the Majestic Theatre following both Broadway performances. Kimilee Bryant, a graduate of TRHS and Broadway actress, personally met with the students for the tour of the Majestic Theatre following her performance in the demanding role of "Carlotta."

The trip also included a bus tour of the city, shopping in China Town, dinner in Little Italy, tickets to the Empire State Building observation deck, a dance class at Broadway Dance Studios, and a visit to the "Today Show." More photos are online at the D2 Stageworks Facebook fan page.

(Photos by Anne Lavely - Onstage at Lincoln Center following "South Pacific", Onstage at the Majestic Theatre with Kimilee Bryant, Posing with Michael McKean following "Our Town")

Are You Smarter Than a Greenville County Schools Fifth Grader?

(7/28/2010 / Greenville County Schools)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (July 20, 2010) – Faced with deep budget cuts that directly impact the operational performance of local schools, Greenville County Schools has teamed with Michelin for an innovative approach to raising money for basic supplies such as Promethean board lamps, paper products, and cleaning supplies. The school district and Michelin will host a community fund-raising event – “Are You Smarter Than A Greenville County Schools Fifth Grader?” on Saturday evening, Aug. 21, 2010 at the Carolina First Center.

Local celebrities and community leaders will match wits with some of the brightest fifth graders in the county for a night of family fun. Jeremiah Dew (J Dew), director of fun for the Greenville Drive, will be the master of ceremonies. Underwritten by Michelin and supported by a variety of local businesses, 100 percent of all funds raised will go directly to the schools for operational supplies.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $6 for children 12 and under. Admission includes a hot dog supper and an evening of entertainment that is fun for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased online at Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The game begins at 7:00 p.m. Full Story.

Video of the Public Service Announcement

Student Council Receives Honors

(7/20/2010 / TRHS Student Council)

The TRHS Student Council recently spent a week at Camp Cherry Grove, a state-wide camp featuring nearly 200 middle and high school student council officers and 18 adult staff members. On Thursday night the annual awards banquet was held to recognize those campers and junior counselors who showed exceptional leadership skills during the week. TR sent 10 student council members and 4 of them were recognized as outstanding student leaders. Those students were Anthony Evett, Mary Miles Fewell, Josh Kozic and Sam McBride. Kelsey Harris was recognized as one of the top 8 junior counselors. In addition, Sam McBride was selected as the Most Outstanding Leader of the week at camp. With this award, Sam will receive his registration fee paid to Southern Convention.

Sports Program Ads Deadline July 30th

(7/11/2010 / TRHS All Sports Booster Club)

Families, friends and supporters of all TRHS athletes: we welcome you to another great year of TRHS pride and encourage you to place an ad in this year's all sports program. This year we would like you to take the opportunity to support the program and show your Devildog colors by selling or buying an ad for one of your hard working Athletes who show pride and colors on and off the field. This year all ads placed on or before July 30th, 2010 will appear in the programs sold at all home TRHS football games, and basketball games.

Support your athlete with a program ad today!

Click here for the 2010-11 Advertising Form