Wilson Hall raised $11,103 for the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital by hosting its third annual mini-dance marathon. In partnership with the University of South Carolina Dance Marathon which raises over half a million dollars every year through the Miracle Network, the money raised will go to support bettering the lives of children at the hospital. The main community service project the school sponsors, Wilson Hall has raised a total of $33,325 for the cause during the past three years. Held in the Nash Student Center from 5:00-10:00 PM on January 12, the event featured music, games, activities and food for students of all ages. In addition to raising money through admission to the event, the committee raised money through the following activities: a Minute-to-Win-It basketball assembly with upper school students and faculty, a Teddy Bear Parade assembly for lower school students, a movie night in the multipurpose room, donations allowing upper school students to wear sweatpants during midterm exams, bake sales, and the solicitation of donations through the Miracle Network’s website. The student-led event was organized by the following members of the Executive Committee: Holly Poag (Chair), Carly Allred, Shelby Guldan, Sydney Jareckie, Kenzie Naylor, Elise Osteen, Chandler Patrick, Ingrid Singleton and Kinsley Waynick. Ms. Liz Affronti serves as the faculty advisor for the committee.
The team of seniors Nathan Drakeford, Shelby Guldan, Grey Holler and Chandler Patrick received the award for Most Effective Presentation at the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition held in Lexington in December. They are students in the Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics class taught by Mr. Tom O’Hare. The entire class, working in cooperative teams, prepared and presented four minute statements before a panel of community representatives acting as a congressional committee. Over 300 students from public and private schools from throughout the state participated in the competition. By participating in a simulated congressional hearing in which they testified before a panel of judges, students demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and had opportunities to take and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.
Junior Elise Osteen is the Spotlight Artist for the months of December and January. Elise, who is taking Advanced Placement 2-D Design with an emphasis in photography, is the first Wilson Hall student to enroll in the class as a junior. She is a student of Ms. Mary Ann Reames. Each month a student is chosen for the honor and has his or her artwork displayed along with a brief profile of the student. Elise answered the following questions for her profile:
What is your favorite medium? My favorite medium is photography because it can show everyday things in a new way.
What are your favorite subjects? Because I like to write, English is my favorite subject.
What is one thing you like to do when you are not creating your art? Play the ukulele, watch Netflix, or hangout with friends.
What are your plans after graduating from Wilson Hall? I will go to college and eventually work for a design company.
To enhance the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM) curriculum, Wilson Hall is offering new classes, Mechatronics and Introduction to Engineering Technology I & II, which are being taught in the new innovation laboratory. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, robotics, electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications engineering, systems engineering and control engineering. As part of the class, students design and build a VEX robot.
Introduction to Engineering Technology is a course which develops analytical thinking and independent problem-solving skills through project-based learning using the Ardunio, an open-source computer hardware/software platform for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control the physical world around them. Arduino was born at the Ivrea Interaction Design Institute as an easy tool for fast prototyping, aimed at students without a background in electronics and programming, and is widely used in the educational curricula at both high school and college level.
These new classes were added to the existing technology curriculum: Advanced Placement JAVA Programming, Advanced Programming, Computer Science & Applications, Computer Structures & Design, and Introduction to Programming. These classes are taught in a newly renovated computer science lab for upper school students.
In addition, all students in four-year-old preschool through sixth grade take a computer science course in a computer science lab dedicated to our younger students.
Seniors Sean Alderson, Shelby Guldan, Callie McAdams and Ingrid Singleton, members of the high school quiz bowl team advised by Mr. Tom O’Hare, participated in the annual Central Carolina Technical College Academic Challenge.
Sean earned the high score for overall general knowledge as well as the high score for business & industry and history & literature.
The team marketing competition, in which Wilson Hall placed first, consisted of teams tasked with identifying a target student and developing a marketing strategy to recruit the target student to attend CCTC.
Thirteen four-student teams from Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties participated. The Academic Challenge is structured in a Jeopardy/College Bowl format where teams compete against one another on topics that include: business and industry, health, history, literature, mathematics, popular culture, and science.
There were three areas of competition: general knowledge exam, team marketing competition, and academic challenge. The general knowledge portion was a computer-based 100-question multiple-choice exam in which all students competed against one another.
The final competition was the Academic Challenge portion, to which Wilson Hall advanced to the finals, where teams participated in a Jeopardy style competition.