Hurst & Reames Receive Distinguished Alumni Awards

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Dr. Anna Edens Hurst ’01 & Dr. Dave Reames ’98

Dr. Anna Edens Hurst ‘01 and Dr. Dave Reames ’98 received the 23rd annual Distinguished Alumni Awards at a special presentation on Spencer Field during half time of the varsity football game on October 30. Mr. Fred Moulton, headmaster, Mr. Chip McMillan, chairman of the board of trustees, and Mrs. John S. Wilson presented the awards.

Anna graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor of science in biological sciences. A Park Scholar, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honor fraternity and was selected as the student commencement speaker. She was also inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta Sigma honor fraternities.

Anna served as the opinion editor of the Technician, N.C. State’s student-run newspaper, and she was a co-host of the Brad Dixon Radio Program on WKNC, offering weekly current event and political commentary. She was the student chief justice of the N.C. State Judiciary Committee, and she was the co-founder and vice president of the March of Dimes Collegiate Council in Raleigh, North Carolina.

She graduated with a master of science in genetic counseling from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine where she was a graduate assistant and a prenatal genetic counselor with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Anna earned a doctor of medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina where she served as the president and volunteer coordinator for the Student Interest Group in Neurology and was a class representative for Standards of Conduct.

After earning her M.D., Anna completed a pediatrics residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She expects to complete a residency in medical genetics at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in June.

She serves on the Junior Board of Triumph Services, a non-profit which serves adults with intellectual disabilities and helps them achieve independent living, and helps plan fundraisers and coordinate social events for participants. Anna is a member of Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church where she volunteers as a child-care provider for children with special healthcare needs.

Dave is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon at the Neurosurgical Institute of Savannah and Center for Spine. His specialty is minimally invasive and complex spine surgery, and he also performs peripheral nerve surgery and cranial neurosurgery including brain tumors.

He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in biology from The Citadel where he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and Beta Beta Beta national biology honor society. He was the recipient of the Harry L. Carrigg Scholarship, the Rex Skanchy Scholarship and the Bernard Baruch Scholarship, and he received the Gold Medal Award for organic chemistry.

Dave graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a doctor of medicine. At MUSC he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and he received the following scholarships: Dean’s Scholarship, U.S. Achievement Academy All-American Scholarship, Southern Medical Association Scholarship, South Carolina Medical Association Foundation Scholarship, John C. Rich Scholarship, and DeWitt L. Harper Scholarship.

He completed a general surgery residency and a neurosurgery residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident, and he spent 12 months at Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand practicing complex intracranial neurosurgery. Dave went on to complete a fellowship in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery at the Semmes-Murphey Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, where he gained special training in tubular spine surgery, robotic surgery, and repair of complicated deformity and scoliosis correction.

Dave has written approximately 20 peer reviewed scientific papers and book chapters including publications in The Journal of Neurosurgery, The Spine Journal, and various textbooks. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Georgia Neurological Society, and Southern Neurological Society.




Homecoming Court: (clockwise from top left) Sara Landstrom, Mary-Catherine Smith, Mary Paisley Belk, Nicolette Fisher, Kate Whaley, Elliott Kissam & Betsy Cunningham.

Senior Kate Whaley was crowned the 44th Homecoming Queen during halftime of the football game at Spencer Field on October 23rd. The senior class nominated seven girls from the class to be on the Homecoming Court, and students in grades 9-12 voted for the queen. In addition to Kate, the following seniors were elected to the court: Mary Paisley Belk, Betsy Cunningham, Nicolette Fisher, Elliott Kissam, Sara Landstrom and Mary-Catherine Smith.

A variety of activities took place to celebrate Homecoming. Spirit Week found students dressing up to the following themes: nerd, group costume, throwback Thursday, and extreme blue and white. Students arrived to campus the morning of Homecoming to find the entire high school building decorated by the varsity cheerleading squad to the theme of “Once Upon a Win: A Storybook Ending.” A variety of classic stories, from Snow White to the Three Little Pigs, were represented with intricately painted banners and decorations. With the exterior of the building transformed into a castle and the office area decorated as the Enchanted Forest, students of all ages enjoyed the fairy tale atmosphere throughout the day.

The Student Council sponsored the 42nd annual Homecoming Parade which traveled the four-mile route through the nearby neighborhood on the afternoon of the 23rd.  Each class in grades six through twelve sponsored a float decorated to themes ranging from Baron Carnival to Barons in the Graveyard, and every middle and high school student rode in the parade. Mrs. Mary Lou Lee, a second grade teacher, was the grand marshal for the parade. The week concluded with the Homecoming Semiformal, also sponsored by the Student Council, on October 24th.


Senior Superlatives

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Edward McMillan & Kate Whaley – Most Likely to Succeed

The following students were elected by their classmates for the Senior Superlatives:
Most Likely to Succeed – Kate Whaley & Edward McMillan
Most Athletic – Nicolette Fisher & Robert James
Most Dependable – Mary-Catherine Smith & Coker Lowder
Friendliest – Mary Paisley Belk & Jake Reaves
Most Intelligent – Anna Lyles & Brayden Fidler
Most School Spirit – Leah Barwick & Grier Schwartz
Most Talented – Madeline Rauch & Carl Smeltz
Wittiest – Maggie Watts & Chandler Stone

Senior Service Project


Brent Carraway & Elliott Kissam

The 61 members of the senior class spent the school day on October 14, while the rest of the high school was taking the PSAT, performing a community service project for United Ministries of Sumter. They loaded and unloaded seven pick-up truck loads full of bottled water donated by the Santee Baptist Association, sorted flood relief supplies, and organized flood buckets filled with cleaning items. The project was coordinated by Mrs. Laura Barr and Mr. Glen Rector. Each year the seniors set a class goal of community service hours that they would like to complete before graduation, and the Class of 2016 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 nearly 55 hours per person.

Clark Wins Best in Show

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Emily DuRant & Catherine Clark

Junior Catherine Clark won Best of Show for her sculpture in the Sumter County Fair Art Show and junior Emily DuRant placed second overall in Best of Show and third place in sculpture. Wilson Hall students received 40 ribbons for their artwork in the show which was open to all students in Sumter County. Receiving Sumter Gallery of Art scholarships were third grader Logan Schumacher and second graders Luke Jervey and Karsyn Prescott. The art teachers are Mrs. Ashley Lareau, Ms. Mary Ann Reames and Mrs. Tara Schumacher.

The following students received first-place ribbons in their respective categories: senior Audrey Ann Atkinson – photography, eighth grader Matthew Blankenship – open or mixed media 2D, seventh grader Hayley Champion – open or mixed media 3D, seventh grader Emily Gray – open or mixed media 3D, sixth grader Mary Jones – drawing, seventh grader Bella Land – open or mixed media 3D, senior McKenzie Lowder – sculpture, fifth grader Erika Mattar – drawing, senior Jake Reaves – pottery, fourth grader Blake VanPatten – open or mixed media 2D, and sixth grader Mary Ellis Waynick – painting

The following students won second place in their respective categories: eighth grader Sarah Cain – open or mixed media 2D, fifth grader Samantha Fisher – open or mixed media 2D, junior Anna Katherine Graves – sculpture, seventh grader Owings Holler – open or mixed media 3D, eighth grader Ann Grace Jacocks – drawing, seventh grader Claire Kirkley – open or mixed media 3D, eighth grader Mary Catherine Matthews – open or mixed media 3D, junior Cate McCreight – pottery, sixth grader Lucy McIver – drawing, junior Cori Moore – photography, fifth grader Caitlyn Schumacher – open or mixed media 2D and open or mixed media, and fifth grader Ellie Stone – open or mixed media 3D.

The following received third place ribbons in their respective categories: fourth grader Katie Croft – open or mixed media 2D, fourth grader Landon Gilley – drawing, sixth grader Lucy Li – open or mixed media 2D, fifth grader Jackson Mahr – drawing, eighth grader Emily Moersen – open or mixed media 2D, sophomore Cora Murphy – photography, freshman Mary Margaret Terry – painting, and eighth grader Naomi Yoder – open or mixed media 2D. Winning fourth place ribbons in their respective categories were senior Dalton Miller – pottery and sophomore Amelia Weston – painting.