Wilson Hall Receives State Volunteer Award

Mr. Fred Moulton, Headmaster

Mr. Fred Moulton, Headmaster

Because of its service to the S.C. Independent School Association, Wilson Hall was presented the Charles J. Beach Volunteer of the Year Award at the SCISA Fall Heads’ Conference. Mr. Fred Moulton, headmaster, accepted the award on the school’s behalf. This is the second time Wilson Hall has received this award from SCISA which has 110 member schools.

Wilson Hall regularly hosts regional and state competitions for drama, quiz bowl and spelling bees, as well as state tournaments and all-star games for basketball, football and volleyball. Faculty members and administrators assist with state chess tournaments and math meets and serve on SCISA committees.

 

deHoll Named WLTX News 19 Player of the Week

Mrs. Teresa Alexander & Simmons deHoll

Mrs. Teresa Alexander & Simmons deHoll

Senior Simmons deHoll, a member of the Wilson Hall 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 Simmons was nominated by her volleyball coach, Mrs. Teresa Alexander. 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. Simmons’ interview will be aired on November 26.

The captain of the volleyball team, Simmons was selected for the Georgia Independent School Assoc./S.C. Independent School Assoc. All-Star Team and the SCISA North/South All-Star Team, and she was named the Region Player of the Year. Simmons is a true scholar-athlete who was named a National Merit Semifinalist ranking her among the top one-half of one-percent of seniors in the nation, and she was named an Advanced Placement Scholar because of her performance on the national AP Exams. A leader on campus, she serves as the Senior Class President, Key Club Vice President and Baron Mentor Program Co-Chairman.

 

Dr. Ravi Zacharias Visits Wilson Hall

Dr. Ravi Zacharias & Thomas McGinnis

Dr. Ravi Zacharias & Thomas McGinnis

Dr. Ravi Zacharias spoke to a crowd of nearly 1,400 people for Wilson Hall’s fifth annual Mission Series held in the Nash Student Center on November 18. One of the foremost theologians of our time, he delivered a message titled “Atheism and Theism – Differing Answers, Drastic Ramifications.” Dr. Zacharias, a renowned Christian apologist who speaks and lectures around the world, has authored or edited over 20 books which have been translated into numerous languages.

During his 42 years as a speaker he has been in high demand at scores of well-known universities and colleges, such as Harvard University and Oxford University, but his presentation at Wilson Hall was the first time he has ever spoken at a school. Prior to his visit at Wilson Hall, Dr. Zacharias, who is a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, was at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in Oxford, England, and his next speaking engagement will be in Kiev, Ukraine.

Following his presentation, he graciously met with the members of Wilson Hall’s Senior Class to autograph copies of his most recent book, Why Suffering? Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense. He also posed with each student for a photo opportunity.

Dr. Zacharias has twice spoken at the Annual Prayer Breakfast at the United Nations in New York.  He has also addressed the writers of the peace accord in South Africa, the president’s cabinet and parliament in Peru, and military officers at the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow. At the invitation of the president of Nigeria, he addressed delegates at the First Annual Prayer Breakfast for African Leaders held in Mozambique.  Dr. Zacharias has addressed The White House and The Pentagon, and he has appeared on national news broadcasts on networks such as CNN and Fox.

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, which is celebrating its 30th year, has offices in 12 countries spanning four continents.

In the fall of 2009, a family approached Wilson Hall with the idea of doing something for the community with a particular focus on young people. The family was interested in something that would impact the lives of our young people for the better and for their future. From that meeting was born the idea of bringing in a well-known, inspirational speaker who might offer to the local population a message of encouragement, a challenge to leadership, an invitation for the greater good. As a reflection of the desires of this community-minded family, the event was named the Wilson Hall Mission Series.

Chess Team Ties for First Place

Trey Davis & Raines Waggett

Trey Davis & Raines Waggett

Wilson Hall’s defending state champion high school chess team tied for first place in the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Chess Tournament held at the Sumter County Civic Center. Seniors Trey Davis and Raines Waggett tied for second place in individual competition in which 103 students participated. Tying for fourth place in individual competition were seniors Ryan Corbett, Creighton Kellogg, Cody King and Tristan Whitaker, and junior Jake Croft. Mrs. Carmen McCaffrey is the advisor for the team.