National Merit Scholarship Finalists

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Kendall Brogdon, Raines Waggett & Simmons deHoll

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Seniors Kendall Brogdon, Simmons deHoll and Raines Waggett have been selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalists. They are the only three students in Clarendon, Lee and Sumter counties to receive this recognition, according to the National Merit Scholarship Program publication, and represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. As three of the approximately 15,000 graduating seniors in the nation to receive this high honor, they are eligible to receive a National Merit Scholarship or a corporate-sponsored or college-sponsored merit scholarship. Finalists are selected based on their test scores, academic record, course work, school recommendation, extracurricular activities and leadership, and student essay. More than 1.5 million juniors in nearly 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

State Literary Meet Champions

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Rania Smeltz, Jane McAdams, Duncan Rupe, Lucy Matthews, Logan Kennedy & Tate Sistare.

The Middle School Literary Team won first place in the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Literary Meet. The school’s delegation, consisting of 20 students in grades 2-12, participated in the competition held in Summerville. As a school Wilson Hall accumulated the most points with 13 of the 20 students placing in the top three in their respective categories. The following students won first place trophies in their divisions: senior Duncan Rupe and eighth-grader Rania Smeltz – essay writing, sixth-grader Logan Kennedy – oral interpretation, fifth-graders Lucy Matthews and Tate Sistare – poetry recitation, and second-grader Jane McAdams – story telling. Winning a second place trophy was third-grader Caitlyn Schumacher for poetry recitation. Receiving third place trophies in their divisions were the following students: senior Daisy Chumbler, junior Sean McAlister and eighth-grader Katherine Grace Singleton – oral interpretation, eighth-grader Maggie Ballard – extemporaneous speaking, third-grader James Hiott – poetry recitation, and second-grader McKinley Kelly – story telling. Mrs. Stacey Reaves, assisted by Ms. Hannah Leirmoe and Mrs. Tara Schumacher, is the advisor for the literary team.

Performing Arts Department Presents Legally Blonde

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The Performing Arts Department is performing the musical Legally Blonde on the Nash Center Stage at 7:00 PM on February 18 & 19. Students from the high school chorus, directed by Dr. Laura Ballard, and from the high school drama class, directed by Ms. Hannah Leirmoe, will perform. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students, teachers, senior citizens and members of the military; tickets may be purchased at the main office during school office hours (8:00 AM – 3:00 PM).

Belk Offered Academy Scholarship

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Chase Belk

Senior Chase Belk has been offered a full academic scholarship to the United States Air Force Academy. Valued at $441,000, the scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, room and board and medical and dental care, and it includes a monthly stipend for living expenses, uniforms, books and a computer.