Areford Named AP Scholar with Honor


Steph Areford

Because of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, 32 students received recognition from the College Board. About 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to earn an AP Scholar Award. In May, 85 Wilson Hall students became eligible to receive college credit by earning a score of 3 or higher on at least one exam. Wilson Hall’s average passing rate is 84%, well above the global average passing rate of 60%.

The AP is a global academic program in more than 100 countries. AP Exams, which students take after completing challenging college-level courses taught at their high school, are graded on a five-point scale (5 being the highest). Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement, or both for grades of 3 or higher. To qualify to teach an AP course, teachers must attend an intensive AP workshop held during the summer. Wilson Hall offers 17 AP courses.

Lane Herlong, Sam Hilferty, Hannah Pauley and Maggie Segars, Class of ’17, received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award for earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more exams.

Senior Steph Areford received the AP Scholar with Honor Award for earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more exams. The following members of the Class of ’17 also received this recognition: Banks Burns, Emily DuRant, Sean Jackson, Michael Lowery and Patrick Muldrow.

The following seniors received the AP Scholar Award for earning a 3 or higher on at least three exams: Blake Alderson, Carly Cooper, Chandler Curtis, Meredith Johnson, Eadon Lee, Amber Prewitt, Greyson Sonntag, Grace Towery, Tod Yang and Zack Zobrist. Also receiving this honor were 2017 graduates Patrick Bell, Ashley Brunson, Danielle deHoll, Danny Dilts, Katie Duffy, Hunter Hendrix, Tripp Herlong, Carlos Marquez, James Munford, Madison Niles, Drew Reynolds and Brad Russell.


Volleyball Team Receives National Recognition

Wilson Hall’s varsity volleyball team was selected as a 2016-2017 Academic All-American Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the second consecutive year. The team was also selected as an Honor Roll team, recognizing it as having one of the top-25 grade point averages of all girls high school teams in the country.

The AVCA recognizes programs in high school and college that excel in the classroom as well as on the court. The Barons achieved a team GPA of 4.681 on a 4.0 scale. Among the 12 members of the team, they completed 17 Advanced Placement courses and 22 honors classes.

On the court the Barons won the Region Championship for the third straight season, finishing with a record of 22-12 and receiving a top-four seed in the S.C. Independent School Assoc. AAA state tournament.

The following students were members of the 2016 team: Catherine Clark, Courtney Clark, Chandler Curtis, Danielle deHoll, Cameron Duffy, Katie Duffy, Sydney Jarecki, Liza Lowder, Becka Noyes, Betsy Noyes, Madison Reaves and Madison Sliwonik. The Barons are coached by Mr. Rip Ripley who was assisted by Ms. Andrea Davis.

Students Travel to Italy

Madison Reaves, Chandler Curtis & Meredith Johnson

Mr. Ben McIver, Latin teacher, escorted a group of students and parents on a trip to Italy from June 7-17. The educational trip, which included visits to museums, historic landmarks, and ancient ruins, gave students the opportunity to experience the customs, culture, and food of Italy.

After landing in Milan, the group traveled throughout the country, from the Adriatic to the Mediterranean Seas, spending nights in Assisi, Florence, Naples, Rome, and Venice. During their travels by bus, the students and chaperons stopped in Bologna, Pompeii, Sorrento and Verona. They also travelled by ferry to the island of Capri.

The visit in Assisi included the fortress Rocca Maggiore and the Basilica of St. Francis, the stop in Bologna featured San Patronio Basilica, and the tour of Verona included Juliet’s Balcony. Following a boat tour of Capri, the group visited Capri Town and the Garden of Augustus.

During their stay in Florence they visited the Baptistery of St. John, the Basilica of Santa Croce, and the Santa Maria Cathedral, as well as the Ponte Vecchio Bridge over the Arno River. They also toured the Gallery of the Academy of Florence that houses many famous works of art such as Michelangelo’s sculpture of David.

While in Rome the group visited Vatican City which included a tour of the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. Also in Rome, they visited the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon.

In Venice the group traveled the canals in gondolas, stopped on the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal, and visited the island of Murano for a glass blowing demonstration. The stay in Venice also included visits to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square.




Hats off to the Class of 2017

The 55 members of the Class of 2017, the 47th graduating class, joined the 2,337 people who count themselves among the ranks of Wilson Hall’s alumni. Merit-based scholarships, valued at $3.7 million, were awarded to 96% of the graduates. The scholarships included 12 full academic scholarships, 14 half academic scholarships, nine Palmetto Fellow Scholarships, and 37 Life Scholarships.

The average SAT score for the top 25% of the class is 1205, with a high score of 1600, and the average score for the entire class, with all seniors taking the SAT, is 1223. Over 90% of the graduates took at least one Advanced Placement course, with many taking six or more, and were eligible to receive college credit.

Every member of the class gained acceptance to a four-year college or university. In addition to all of the major South Carolina institutions, students were accepted to a wide variety of schools such as Penn State, University of California, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Point.

Members of the Class of ’17 volunteered 3,892 hours of community service during the school year. The recent graduates contributed to the school’s newspaper and yearbook which were named the Best in State, and competed on the Chess Team, Debate Team, Drama Team and Literary Meet Team, all of which won multiple state championships. They also won the top awards in the state for art and music competitions. In addition, they were members of teams that won numerous state championships in baseball, girls’ bowling, boys’ cross-country, boys’ golf, and softball.

Publications Named Best in State

The school’s newspaper, The Baron Bulletin, and the 2016 edition of the yearbook, Idylls, each won the Best in State award in the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Publication Competition. This is the twenty-fourth time the newspaper, which is advised by Mr. Sean Hoskins and Mrs. Elizabeth Hyatt, has won this award. The newspaper, for which senior Campbell Mims served as the editor-in-chief, also won the award for Best Photography and received an honorable mention for layout and design. Senior Hunter Hendrix won the award for Best News Article for “Governor Haley Moves to World Stage.” Mims received an honorable mention for his editorial “2016 Presidential Election: A Joke” and junior Noah Harvin received an honorable mention for his sports feature “What’s Wrong with the NFL this Season?” The yearbook, for which 2016 graduates Mary Paisley Belk, Mary Margaret Munn and Grier Schwartz served as the co-editors, was advised by Mr. Hoskins, Mrs. Hyatt and Mr. Ben McIver. The yearbook also received the award for Best Photography and Best Copywriting.  There are 110 schools that are members of SCISA.