The school’s newspaper, The Baron Bulletin, won the Best in State award in the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Publication Competition. This is the 25th time the newspaper, which is advised by Mr. Sean Hoskins and Mrs. Elizabeth Hyatt, has won this award. The newspaper, for which senior Abby Zilch served as the editor-in-chief, also won the award for Best Photography and Best Layout and Design. Campbell Mims, a 2017 graduate, won the award for Best Editorial and junior Brown Osteen won the award for Best News Article. The 2016-2017 edition of the yearbook, Idylls, won the Best Layout and Design award and received honorable mentions for photography and theme development. Sallie Spencer, a 2017 graduate, served as the editor-in-chief of the yearbook and the advisors are Mr. Hoskins, Mrs. Hyatt, and Mr. Ben McIver.
Senior Bryce Lyles was awarded the Bill Simpson Award that recognizes the most outstanding male and female scholar-athlete in the S.C. Independent School Association each spring. Each of the over 120 schools that are members of SCISA may nominate a scholar-athlete for this award, which is the highest award SCISA bestows upon a student. A resume with Bryce’s academic and athletic accomplishments, along with a recommendation from Mr. Fred Moulton, headmaster, was forward to the selection committee at SCISA that made the final decision. The criteria for the award include SAT score, class rank, involvement in extracurricular activities, academic and athletic achievement, coaches’ recommendations, and community service record. Mr. Mike Fanning, SCISA Athletic Director, presented Bryce with the award at the Spring Athletic Awards Program. Bryce is the eleventh Wilson Hall student to receive this award.
Seventh-grade students Annabelle Huffman, Jackson Mahr and Sarah Sonntag qualified for state-level recognition by the Duke University Talent Identification Program and were invited to the State Recognition Ceremony at Furman University. To qualify for this honor students had to score at least a 540 on the math portion or a 550 on the reading and writing portion of the SAT. Seventh-grade students who receive this recognition earn a score equal to or better than half of the college-bound seniors who took the tests.
The varsity softball team captured the S.C. Independent School Association AAA State Championship by sweeping Cardinal Newman School 6-5 and 7-3 in the championship series. The Region Champion Barons, coached by Mrs. Teresa O’Hare Alexander ’98, finished the season with a record of 26-9. In the first three rounds of the state tournament, the Barons shut out all three of their opponents by a score of 43-0. In the first game, the Barons beat Ben Lippen School 17-0 to advance to the quarterfinal where they beat Augusta Christian School 16-0. In the semifinal, the Barons defeated Laurence Manning Academy 10-0. This is the fourth state championship for the Barons.
The following are members of the state championship team: Carly Allred, Camryn Bateman, Caitleigh Bryant, Maddie Elmore, Ansleigh Epps, Drake Ives, Sydney Jarecki, Liza Lowder, Becka Noyes, Kathryn Sistare, Madi Sliwonik, and Amelia Weston. Assisting Mrs. Alexander, who won her third state championship at Wilson Hall, are Ms. Emma Catoe ’13, Mrs. Kristall Hanson, and Dr. Clay Lowder ’85.
The members of the Class of 2018 wear t-shirts from the colleges they will attend in the fall. Each of the 69 members of the class was admitted to a four-year-college, and members of the class were accepted to 54 colleges and universities in 24 states. Ninety-nine percent of the students received a merit-based scholarship offer, and the class earned over $5.2 million in scholarships.