$4,557 Raised for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


Sydney Jarecki, Becka Noyes, Betsy Noyes, Chandler Curtis & Meredith Johnson

Wilson Hall raised $4,557 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the Pennies for Patients and Give Green campaigns. Since 2004, the school has raised $68,760 for this cause. The Key Club, advised by Mr. Ben McIver and led by club president Chandler Curtis, coordinates the fundraising project on behalf of the school.

Agno Accepted for Art Show

Junior Angelica Agno’s art work has been accepted for ArtFields Jr., an art competition open to students throughout South Carolina. The selection process was extremely competitive with more than 750 submissions from across the state. Angelica’s work will move forward to compete in the secondary category for cash prizes and awards to be announced April 28. ArtFields, held in Lake City the week of April 20-28, is one of the south’s premier art competitions and festivals. The goal of the show is to honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town. Over $100,000 in prizes will be awarded based on the input of every visitor to ArtFields and a panel of judges made up of acclaimed artists and educators. Angelica was recommended for the show by her art teacher, Ms. Mary Ann Reames.

Debate Team State Champions

Mary Jones, Hannah Alsaadi, Luke Kinney & Greyson Sonntag

The high school debate team of junior Luke Kinney and senior Greyson Sonntag won first place in the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Debate Competition. The topic of the debate was “The constitutional right of freedom of religion has wrongly evolved into freedom from religion.” In individual recognition, freshman Hannah Alsaadi won best speaker in the novice division and eighth-grader Mary Jones won best speaker in the middle school division. The team of juniors Bridget Anderson and Emily Bell won second place in the novice division, and in the middle school division the team of eighth graders Mary Jones and Annie Lauzon placed second and the team of eighth graders Lucy McIver and Harsh Patel placed third. Mrs. Stacey Reaves is the advisor for the high school team and Mrs. Dianne Sprott is the middle school team’s advisor.

Noyes Receives Global Honors Scholarship

Betsy Noyes

Senior Betsy Noyes received a Global Honors Scholarship from Gordon College in Massachusetts. Valued at $120,000, the scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, room and board. In addition, the scholarship provides for international travel, an international internship with a global service organization, seminars, and cultural activities. The Global Honors Scholars program prepares students to provide Christ-honoring leadership in a mutli-cultural world, and scholars will form a tightly knit cohort that will learn and travel together through their four years at Gordon.

Lee Wins Essay Contest

Eadon Lee

Wilson Hall students were well-recognized in the annual Myrtis Osteen History Essay Contest and received prizes totaling $1,475. Senior Eadon Lee won first place in the contest which was open to all Sumter County high school students who were asked to submit an essay with the theme “The Value of History to Me.” In addition to Eadon, the following students placed in the competition: 2nd place – senior Chandler Curtis, 3rd place – junior Bridget Anderson, and 4th place – freshman Andi Grae Wingate, and senior Madison Tash received the Sumter County Historical Society Scholarship. Mr. Tom O’Hare, a history teacher, coordinated the essays on behalf of the school. The students will be introduced and will read their essays during the Sunday Student Recognition Program at Sumter County Museum’s Heritage Education Center. With the purpose of encouraging history in the Sumter area, the competition is sponsored by Beauregard Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sumter County Historical Commission and Sumter County Historical Society.