Senator Thomas McElveen and Dr. Sara Finley Lindsey received the twenty-second annual Distinguished Alumni Awards at a special presentation on Spencer Field during half time of the varsity football game. Mr. Fred Moulton, headmaster, Mr. Chip McMillan, chairman of the board of trustees, and Mrs. John S. Wilson presented the awards on Oct. 17. Thomas, a 1996 graduate, is a partner and practicing attorney with the Bryan Law Firm in Sumter. Representing District 35, he is the youngest currently-serving member of the South Carolina Senate. He graduated from Davidson College with a bachelor of arts in history and from the University of South Carolina School of Law with a juris doctor. Sara, a 1994 graduate, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, and she is also the assistant director of pediatric clerkship for third-year medical students at USC. She provides general pediatric care and consultation at the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital as well as the Children’s Hospital Outpatient Clinic. Sara graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor of arts in biology and from the USC School of Medicine with a doctor of medicine.
Each fall the upper school faculty nominates students for the honor of Mr. and Miss Wilson Hall and the Mr. and Miss for grades nine-11. When nominating a student the faculty considers the following factors: above average academics, participation in athletics and/or extracurricular activities, outstanding citizenship and excellent character.
From the list of faculty nominated candidates, students in grades nine-11 vote for their own class, and all students in nine-12 vote for Mr. and Miss Wilson Hall. While voting, students consider the same criteria the faculty considers when choosing the most well rounded representatives of their class and of Wilson Hall. The following students received this honor: Mr. and Miss Wilson Hall – Raines Waggett and Laura-Clare Thevenet, Mr. and Miss Junior – John Ballard and Kate Whaley, Mr. and Miss Sophomore – Drew Talley and Diamond Crawford, and Mr. and Miss Freshman – Bryce Lyles and Madison Reaves.
Most Likely to Succeed – Simmons deHoll & Chase Belk;
Most Athletic – Hannah Jordan & John Wells Baker;
Most Dependable – Carter Dwight & Jim Mayes;
Friendliest – Hanna Niebuhr & Talmadge Johnson;
Most Intelligent – Kendall Brogdon & Raines Waggett;
Most School Spirit – Madison Beasley & Holland Johnson;
Most Talented – Laura-Clare Thevenet & John Eagle Miles;
Wittiest – Daisy Chumbler & Pierce Thompson
The Middle School Drama Club, directed by Ms. Hannah Leirmoe, won the SCISA Regional Drama Competition held in Greenwood. The troupe performed the one-act play “Relative” and will advance to the SCISA State Drama Competition hosted by Wilson Hall at the Sumer Opera House on November 11. Eighth-grader Katherine Grace Singleton won the Best Actress Award and eighth-grader Sean Alderson won the honorable mention for Best Actor. The high school drama troupe, also directed by Ms. Leirmoe, performed the one-act comedy “Louder, I Can’t Hear You.” Senior Daisy Chumbler won the Best Actress Award, junior Sean McAlister won the honorable mention for Best Actor, and junior Wells Osteen won the honorable mention for Best Actress.
Senior Class sets service goal for year
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The 60 members of the Senior Class spent the school day on October 15, while the rest of the high school was taking the PSAT, performing community service for Sumter. With the cooperation of the Clemson Extension Service, the class was divided into four work groups to pick up trash in four different areas of town. Each year the Senior Class sets a class goal of community service hours that it would like to complete before graduation, and the Class of 2015 has set a goal of 3,400 service hours. While the school sponsors two service days for the seniors, the students will perform community service hours on their own in order to meet the goal of 55 hours per person. The project was coordinated by Mrs. Elizabeth Hyatt, school counselor, and Mr. Glen Rector is in charge of senior community service program.