Battle of the Books State Champions

Middle School Battle of the Books State Champions

Elementary Battle of the Books State Champions

Both the elementary and middle school Battle of the Books teams won the S.C. Independent School State Championship held in Dalzell on November 29. This is the fourth consecutive state championship for the elementary and the second consecutive state championship for the middle school.

Advised by Mrs. Susan Barfield and Mrs. Molly McDuffie, the following students are members of the middle school team: eighth graders William Hardee, Tyler Mahr, Harsh Patel and Derek Smith, seventh graders Kayla Brown, Jackson Mahr, Nathan Owens, Syd Richardson and Steven Scholz, and sixth grader Zach Scholz.

Advised by Mrs. Kathy Coker and Mrs. Susie Herlong, the following students are members of the elementary team: fifth graders Lottie Bynum, Lydia Cheek, Thomas Creech, Ryan Hawkey and Sara Helen Simmons, and third graders Eva Dochtermann, Gracie Nibblelink, Maddie Posch and Wes Sargis.

America’s Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in grades 3-12. Students read books and come together to demonstrate their reading comprehension abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The teams are given a list of 20 books to read prior to the competition, and then they are asked specific questions about the books to earn points.


Clark Player of the Week

Mr. Rip Ripley & Courtney Clark

Senior Courtney Clark, a member of the varsity volleyball team, was named the WLTX News 19 Player of the Week. For this program News 19 honors exceptional high school seniors who participate in varsity sports, maintain a high GPA, and are outstanding citizens in their community. Area coaches send letters to News 19 recommending student athletes, and Courtney was nominated by her coach, Mr. Rip Ripley. News 19 Sports presents each winner with a letter jacket and a plaque, and the student is then featured in a 30-second promotional announcement that airs for one week.



Dabbs & Jones Sign Letters of Intent

Daulton Dabbs & Walker Jones

Seniors Daulton Dabbs and Walker Jones each signed a National Letter of Intent to further their athletic careers in college. Daulton will play baseball at Francis Marion University and Walker will play golf at Wofford College. Students, coaches and family members attended the ceremony held in the Nash Student Center on November 9.

Davis Wins State Art Show

Sophomore Lizzy Davis won first place in the S.C. Independent School Association State Art Show held in Summerville on November 3. Her altered photograph entitled Tony’s Ghost in Barn received the blue ribbon for her division in photography. In total, nine students received recognition in their respective categories. The following students received second place ribbons: junior Angelica Agno for her acrylic painting Boat, fifth-grade student Ellie Hudson for her mixed-media painting Cats with Pac-Man, and junior Brenden Wade for his photograph Splash. Receiving third place ribbons were the following students: sophomore Sarah Cain for her acrylic painting Abstract Cat, junior Ingrid Singleton for her acrylic painting Grandpa Drinking Coffee, and sophomore Kyndal Waynick for her photograph Silver Sphere. Receiving honorable mentions were eighth-grade student Chanson Bullard for her pencil drawing Dog and junior Julia Gregory for her photograph Dryer Ball. The art teachers are Mrs. Ashley Lareau, Ms. Mary Ann Reames and Mrs. Tara Schumacher.

Quiz Bowl Wins Academic Challenge

Matthew Tavarez, Sean Alderson, Ingrid Singleton, Steph Areford, Shelby Guldan, Patrick Fidler, Callie McAdams & Tod Yang


Members of the high school quiz bowl team, advised by Mr. Tom O’Hare, won first place in the Central Carolina Technical College Academic Challenge on November 3. Fourteen four-student teams from area public and private schools participated in the day-long competition. The team of seniors Steph Areford & Matthew Tavarez and juniors Shelby Guldan & Ingrid Singleton placed first in the general knowledge exam and first in the team essay competition. The team of seniors Patrick Fidler & Tod Yang and juniors Sean Alderson & Callie McAdams placed first in the academic challenge competition. The general knowledge exam was a computer-based 100 question multiple choice exam with the categories of history & literature, business & industry, science, social science, and mathematics. Of the 56 students who took the exam, three Wilson Hall students achieved the highest scores. Steph won first place in social science, Matthew won first place in science, and Tod won first place in mathematics. For the team essay competition teams were given a topic and asked to compose a short essay within one hour, and the academic challenge was a Jeopardy style competition.