Hometown Recognition Ceremony

Amphitheater aerial photoGovernor Henry McMaster and S.C. House Representative Raye Felder honored hometown heroes and champions on Thursday, April 21 at Fort Mill’s new Amphitheater inside Walter Y. Elisha Park (345 N. White Street, Fort Mill).  

Retired Fort Mill Police Chief Jeff Helms, who served the police department for 27 years before retiring last year, was presented with the Order of the Palmetto. The Order of the Palmetto is the State of South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, presented in recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievement, service and contributions on a national or statewide scale. Local, county and state officials, including Fort Mill Mayor Guynn Savage, also attended the ceremony.  

Several outstanding student and sports groups were also honored, including state and national champions from Nation Ford, Fort Mill, and Catawba Ridge high schools. The Fort Mill All-Stars, winners of the 2021 Dixie Youth Baseball World Series, were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments. Here is the full list of honorees: 

  • Olivia Corbi, Fort Mill High School, 4A Girls State Swim Championship & 200 Yard Freestyle State Swim Champion  
  • Nation Ford High School Band, 4A State Champions  
  • Nation Ford High School Girls Swim Team, 5A State Swim Team Champions-200 Yard Relay   
  • Nation Ford High School Marine Corps JROTC National Champions 
  • Fort Mill High School Band, USBANDS Southeastern States Championship  
  • Fort Mill High School Cross Country Team, 5A State Champions  
  • Catawba Ridge High School Marching Band, 3A State Champions  
  • Catawba Ridge High School, Sam Rich State Championship Cross Country 
  • Fort Mill All-Stars, Dixie Youth World Series Champions 
  • Jeff Helms, Ret. Town of Fort Mill Police Chief - Order of the Palmetto

Watch the ceremony below: