Segars Spotlight Artist of the Month

Senior Liza Segars, a student in the Advanced Placement 2-D Design class taught by Ms. Mary Ann Reames, is the Spotlight Artist for the month of November. Each month, a student is chosen for the honor and has his or her artwork displayed along with a brief profile of the student. Liza answered the following questions for her profile:
What are your favorite subjects and why? Chemistry and calculus because they are the most interesting to me. I find them interesting because of the way they apply to real life, especially chemistry. Also, my teachers are always willing to take extra time to help me understand things I’m struggling with.

Who is your favorite artist and why? Tyrone Geter because he captures similar aspects of life that I try to portray in my art.

What is one thing you like to do when you are not doing art? Play basketball.

What are some of the problems and solutions you came up with while creating one of your works of art? How to incorporate meaning into my art.

What do you like most about your art class? The ability to express myself through art.

Chess Team Captures State Title

The high school chess team won the S.C. Independent School Association State Tournament held at the Sumter County Civic Center on November 13. Advised by Ms. Carmen McCaffrey, the following students are members of the team: Sean Alderson, Rushi Baghat, Ashton Bartlett, Bo Brogdon, Langston Cooper, Nathan Drakeford, Mills Herlong, Grey Holler, Luke Kinney, Mitchell Matthews, Daniel Metzdorf, Wade Payne, Graham VanPatten and Jacob Watt.

4th Grade Colonial Day

Lauren Burchett

As part of the curriculum in their U.S. History class, the fourth grade students participated in the annual Wilson Hall Colonial Day which was held at the Carolina Backcountry Homestead at the Sumter County Museum on November 9. This recreated homestead, which hosts living history events, includes a log cabin, settler’s house, a smokehouse, barn, commissary (storehouse), loomhouse, outhouse, blacksmith shop, and gardens. Colonial Day offers a hands-on learning experience about daily life during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Dressed in period costume, the students participated in a wide variety of activities including colonial cooking and a militia drill. Also dressed in period costume, parent volunteers and teachers assisted the museum’s staff and volunteers with the different activities throughout the day. For Patriot Night, an evening reception held at the home of Tim and Holly Garrity, students, faculty and parents also dressed in period costume. The fourth grade teachers are Mrs. Tammy Amick, Mrs. Laura Brogdon and Mrs. Louise Dixon.

Sixth Grade Mountain Trip

Through activities such as white water rafting on the French Broad River, the 70 students in the sixth grade experienced an educational and enjoyable trip to Camp Kanuga in Hendersonville, N.C., from October 29-31. Organized by Mrs. Stacey Reaves, middle school principal, the 19th annual trip gave the students the opportunity to participate in four classes taught by the Mountain Trail Outdoor School which is located in the Appalachian Mountains. These classes included a co-operation and low ropes course, a hands-on course in rappelling, an orienteering and wilderness survival course, and a course in forest ecology. Students also enjoyed activities to promote bonding and team building with their classmates, such as campfires and recreational games, as well as time for a daily devotion.

5th Grade Washington Trip

Emma Corrigan, Ella Dixon & Madison Nolan

Filling two chartered busses, the 47 fifth grade students and their chaperons led by the trip’s coordinator, Mr. Charles Smith, departed for the thirty-seventh Washington, D.C., area trip on October 20. The group spent two full days sightseeing in the city and the surrounding area, visiting such points of interest as the Capitol, White House, Library of Congress, Arlington National Cemetery and National Cathedral, as well as the Holocaust Museum, Embassy Row, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and National Archives.  They also visited the Smithsonian’s Air and Space, Natural History, and American History Museums. An evening tour of the city included the illuminated Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt Memorials, as well as the Iwo Jima, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials. They also toured Mt. Vernon and its educational center. The group spent a day at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and visited Jamestown Festival Park before returning home on October 225. As an assignment in conjunction with their U.S. History unit of their social studies class taught by Mrs. Frances James, the students will give a power point presentation about their trip to their parents.