Goff to speak at Missions Series

The annual Mission Series program is open to the public, free of charge.

Bob Goff is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of Love Does, as well as an attorney who founded Love Does, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq and Somalia. Bob is a sought after speaker for leadership, church and university events, inspiring current and future influencers to get to the “do” part of life. Choosing to live audaciously, Bob connects to audiences in a powerfully inspirational, yet down to earth manner. Love Does has now been translated into ten languages.

Bob has pioneered the vision of Love Does (formerly Restore International) to fight for freedom and human rights, working to improve educational opportunities and to be helpful to those in need of a voice and a friend. Love Does has worked with Uganda’s judiciary in bringing over 200 cases to trial, as well as pursuing justice, intervention and education for at risk women and children in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq and Somalia. Restore Leadership Academy in Northern Uganda educates over 300 students with a focus on character and leadership development. Because of Bob’s vision and the work of Love Does, he serves as the Hon. Consul for the Republic of Uganda to the United States.

Bob continues to be inspired by friendships he’s developed with others around the world who live their lives pursuing strategic ways to help others. The impact of his life is fueled by love but not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob’s love takes action; Bob believes Love Does.

Senior Service Project – Hope Champions for Feed My Starving Children

Eadon Lee, Abby Zilch & Meredith Johnson


For their annual fall service day on October 11, the senior class partnered as Hope Champions with Sumter Feeds My Starving Children. Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian, non-profit organization that feeds hungry children in 70 countries throughout the world by providing meals made up of a protein, vegetables, vitamins, and rice all in one meal pack. FMSC has held a Sumter packing event in August for the past four years and it has grown to almost 2,000 volunteers packing meals to feed 1,000 children for a year.

The seniors gathered on campus to learn about FMSC before breaking into groups to work on a fundraising project, and they visited each of the classrooms on campus to encourage fellow students to participate in this project. The seniors are working to generate support to sponsor a Wilson Hall shift at the Mobile Pack in August, which will be an opportunity for students, faculty, families and alumni to pack meals for hungry children. In a two hour shift it will be possible to pack enough meals to feed more than 200 children for one year.

For the fundraising project, each student and faculty member was given a small plastic tube with a Feed My Starving Children label on it. The instructions are to fill the tube with quarters, and return the filled tube to the school by Tuesday, November 21. Because one meal for one child costs about 22 cents, the thought is that each time you eat a meal, you put a quarter in the tube to provide a meal for another person. Mrs. Elizabeth Hyatt, school counselor, is the coordinator of the senior service project.


Senior Amelia Weston was crowned the 46th Homecoming Queen during half time of the varsity football game on September 29. The senior class nominated seven girls from the class to be on the Homecoming Court, and students in grades nine-12 voted for the queen. In addition to Amelia, the following seniors were elected to the court: Chandler Curtis, Hailey Ford, Meredith Johnson, Liza Lowder, Becka Noyes and Madison Reaves.

A variety of activities took place to celebrate Homecoming. Spirit Week found students dressing up to the following themes: athletic jersey, extreme blue and white, group costume, patriotic and salad dressing.

Students arrived to campus the morning of the 29th to find the entire high school building decorated by the varsity cheerleading squad to the theme of “Baron Cinema.” A variety of movies were represented with intricately painted banners and decorations that covered the floor, walls and ceiling. With the exterior of the building transformed into a theater entrance with a large marquee, popcorn boxes and movie tickets, the foyer an auditorium, and the office a concession stand, students of all ages enjoyed the festive atmosphere throughout the day.

The Student Council sponsored the 44th annual Homecoming Parade which traveled the four-mile route through the nearby neighborhood on the afternoon of the 29th.  Each class in grades six through twelve sponsored a float decorated to the following themes: 1980s, cook out, Hawaiian, Jurassic Park, outer space, and western. Every middle and high school student rode in the parade for which Mrs. Becky Haley, school secretary, served as the grand marshal.

See You at the Pole

Wilson Hall students and faculty met an hour before school started the morning of September 27 to participate in the annual See You at the Pole event which is part of the Global Week of Student Prayer. Held the fourth Wednesday of each September, this international event encourages Christian students to gather around the flag pole for prayer and scripture reading before the start of the school day. The theme for this year’s event was “Fix Our Eyes” from Hebrews 12:2. Wilson Hall’s chapters of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, advised by Mrs. Karen Jones and led by senior and president Layton Creech, and First Priority Christian Club, advised by Ms. Heather Eldridge and led by eighth-grader and president Lucy Matthews, sponsored the campus event.


Art Show Winners

Seventeen students earned a total of 20 ribbons at the Sumter County Fair Art Show. Winning first place in their respective categories were the following students: junior Angelica Agno – painting, eighth-grader Mary Claire Graves – open media, fifth-grader Ellie Hudson – open media, sixth-grader Clark Kinney – drawing, senior Crystal Moore – open media, fourth-grader Mary Ellen Thorne – open media, and seventh-grader Will Singleton – drawing. Sixth-grader Jeremiah Jones won first place in painting and second place in open media, seventh-grader Noah Kennedy won second place and third place in open media, and seventh-grader Caitlyn Schumacher won first place and second place in open media. The following students received second place ribbons for their work: fourth-grader Morgan Aycock – drawing, fifth-grader Logan Schumacher – painting, eighth-grader Madison Smith – drawing, fifth-grader Michael Warrick – open media, and fourth-grader Bowen Zitzke – open media. Earning third place students were fifth-grader Kaylan Boudreau – open media and fourth-grader Madisen Grace Hansen – open media. The art teachers are Mrs. Ashley Lareau, Ms. Mary Ann Reames and Mrs. Tara Schumacher.