Tracy Williams Halasz was the 1999 Wardlaw Academy Salutatorian. After Wardlaw she attended Clemson University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then went on to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing from MUSC. Tracy is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the Medical University of South Carolina where she serves as the primary care provider for children in foster care at the MUSC Foster Care Support Clinic. She has served as an executive officer for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners where she has given many presentations for this organization. Tracy said, “I felt very prepared leaving Wardlaw to attend Clemson. They prepared me academically, spiritually, and socially. Wardlaw is unique in the fact that it is not just a school, it’s a family. A family that prepares you for college and life. As a student you have an opportunity to have not only college preparatory classes from excellent teachers, but also the supportive atmosphere to grow and learn in extracurricular activities. I do not proof work without remembering punctuation rules that Mrs. Herlong or Ms. Booream taught me, nor calculate medication without using some skill Mrs. Rohr or Mr. Asbill taught me. However, my most precious experiences and memories that have taught me how to be a strong, female leader in my career and life, came from coaches like Dennis Gibson and my peers on the court with me. They taught me to believe in myself, that anything is possible, and determination and discipline are keys to success in life.” #whywardlaw