Jessica Allen, Salutatorian of the Class of 2010 attended the College of Charleston where she majored in Public Health. She received scholarships from Junior Miss of Edgefield County, Junior Miss of South Carolina, and received funding from the LIFE scholarship. After graduating from the College of Charleston, Jessica received her Masters of Health Administration from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Jessica said, “My leadership roles at Wardlaw helped me develop the confidence to form relationships with my professors and my peers at the beginning of my college career. This allowed me to form a network of supportive advisors and peers. The teachers at Wardlaw truly cared for and challenged each student, and made sure that I had the tools necessary to succeed on a collegiate academic level.” She believes that being involved in all of Wardlaw’s extracurricular activities, she learned the time management skills necessary to have a successful college experience. She encourages current students, “Don’t just go to class and go home – be as involved as possible! Take on leadership roles in organizations you are interested in. Colleges want to see that you are a leader, not just a member.” Jessica’s fondest memory of Wardlaw is winning state championships in both volleyball and softball. She believes those experiences built friendships for a lifetime and taught her lessons in life that she is grateful for today. Jessica now lives in Fort Worth, where she is the Program and Marketing Manager for the North Texas Area Community Health Centers. #whywardlaw


Caroline Yarborough is a 2005 graduate of Wardlaw Academy. Upon graduation, she attended Clemson University and graduated from there in 2009. Caroline received the South Carolina LIFE scholarship. Caroline said, “the transition from Wardlaw to Clemson was seamless. With the strength of the teaching staff and the ability to be involved in a number of extracurricular activities, I felt well-rounded entering college. I felt especially strong in English thanks to my teachers (Mrs. Herlong and Mrs. Booraem).” She advises future graduates that “college is just as much who you know as what you know. While Wardlaw provided a strong educational background, the school also offered a number of activities to be involved in such as student government, athletics, and FCA. Getting involved in all of these programs helped me recognize many familiar faces on Clemson’s campus. It also helped me feel comfortable exploring many options in college which facilitated connections that have influenced me for the better, both personally and professionally.” Caroline also credits her basketball coach, Dennis Gibson for his leadership, advice, and positive influence throughout her Wardlaw experience. Caroline is currently the Business Development Manager at McGuire Woods LLP, in Charlotte. #whywardlaw