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


We will be featuring different alumni every week and highlighting their personal experience at Wardlaw Academy. We invite you to read each week about how Wardlaw Academy has helped mold and prepare each graduate for the next step.


Graduate Beth Warnken, was the 2017 Wardlaw Academy Valedictorian. She is now a freshman at Winthrop University in their Honors Program. Beth received several scholarships including Palmetto Fellows, Winthrop Fellows, Winthrop Garnet, Girls State, and Watson Brown. Beth said “Wardlaw gave me all of the academic information and skills I needed to prepare me for college.” She also stated “My best experience at Wardlaw was being involved in the student government. Planning trips to the State House and Myrtle Beach really helped me prepare for my role in the Emerging Leaders Program at Winthrop. I encourage all students to get involved in the student government and push yourself to get organized. No one will do this for you at college, so let the amazing teachers and staff at Wardlaw Academy help prepare you for the next step!” Beth is not only involved in the Emerging Leader Program, in between her honor classes she is also a member of the Baptist Student Ministry and on an intramural volleyball team. Beth Warnken is the perfect example of #whywardlaw. Tune in next week for another spotlight graduate!