Battle of the Books State Champions


Lower school team: (front) James DeSollar, Ryan Hawkey, Thomas Creech, Dillon Bartlett, Mary Parish Williams & Zach Scholz; (back) Mrs. Susie Herlong, Robert DeSollar, Mrs. Kathy Coker, Lottie Bynum, Aubrey Payne, Mary Margaret Griffin, Jeremiah Jones, Sara Helen Simmons & Olivia Allen.


Middle school team: (front) Steve Scholz, Derek Smith, Tyler Mahr, Ava Peterson & Kayla Brown; (back) William Cooper, Jackson Mahr, Parker VanPatten, Mrs. Molly McDuffie, Colton Muszynski & Sam Louis Tisdale.

Both the lower school and middle school Battle of the Books teams won the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Championship held in Dalzell on November 30.

Advised by Mrs. Kathy Coker and Mrs. Susie Herlong, the following students are members of the lower school team that won its third consecutive championship: fifth graders Olivia Allen, Dillon Bartlett, Robert DeSollar, Mary Margaret Griffin, Jeremiah Jones, Aubrey Payne, Zach Scholz and Mary Parish Williams, fourth graders Lottie Bynum, Thomas Creech, Ryan Hawkey and Sara Helen Simmons, and third grader James DeSollar.

The following students are members of the middle school team advised by Ms. Susan Chavey and Mrs. Molly McDuffie: eighth graders Colton Muszynski, Ava Peterson, Sam Louis Tisdale and Parker VanPatten, seventh graders William Cooper, Tyler Mahr and Derek Smith, and sixth graders Kayla Brown, Jackson Mahr and Steve Scholz.

America’s Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in grades three through 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.


Colonial Day


Mary Claire Bearak

As part of the “Why America is Free” curriculum used in their U.S. History class taught by Mrs. Frances James, the fifth grade students participated in Colonial Day held on campus November 18. “Why America is Free” is a six-week program that offers a hands-on learning experience and covers the events, times and heroes of the American Revolution. Dressed in period costume, the students participated in a wide variety of activities including colonial cooking for the girls and a militia drill for the boys. Students also learned how to make candles, cornhusk dolls, hand-painted floor cloths, string toys and silhouettes. Boys attended the class “Education of Young Gentlemen” while the girls attended “Lady of Genteel Refinement.” Also dressed in period costume, parent volunteers and teachers led the ten different activities throughout the day. For Patriot Night, an evening reception held at the home of Dr. & Mrs. David VanPatten on November 17, students, faculty and parents also dressed in period costume.

Brown & Sears Sign with University of South Carolina


Thomas Brown & McLendon Sears

Seniors Thomas Brown and McLendon Sears each signed a National Letter of Intent to further their athletic careers at the University of South Carolina. Thomas will play tennis and McLendon will play baseball for the university next year. Students, coaches and family members attended the ceremony held in the Nash Student Center on November 9.

New York City Art Appreciation Trip


Emily DuRant, Courtney Clark, Breland Land, Hailey Ford, Bridget Anderson, Caroline Campbell & Catherine Clark on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.

Escorted by Mrs. Ashley Lareau and Ms. Mary Ann Reames, art teachers, and Mrs. Becky Haley, school secretary, students in the high school art classes visited New York City for the annual art appreciation trip October 29-31. To learn more about artists, art history and different styles of art, the group visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. The trip also provided the opportunity for the students to experience the culture of New York City as they visited Rockefeller Center, Fifth and Madison Avenues, Times Square, and contemporary art galleries located in Midtown. The students attended a performance of the Broadway show Wicked at the Gershwin Theater, and the group also visited Freedom Park and the Oculus at the World Trade Center.

5th Grade Visits Washington, D.C.


Grayson Alexander

Filling two chartered busses the 55 fifth grade students and their chaperons, led by the trip’s coordinator, Mr. Charles Smith, departed for the 35th annual Washington, D.C., area trip on October 15. The group spent two full days sightseeing in the city and the surrounding area, visiting such points of interest as the Capitol, White House, Library of Congress, Arlington National Cemetery and National Cathedral, as well as the Holocaust Museum, Embassy Row, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and National Archives.  They also visited the Smithsonian’s Air and Space, Natural History, and American History Museums. An evening tour of the city included the illuminated Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt Memorials, as well as the Iwo Jima, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials. They also toured Mt. Vernon and its educational center. The group spent a day at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and visited Jamestown Festival Park before returning home on October 20. As an assignment in conjunction with their U.S. History unit of their social studies class taught by Mrs. Frances James, the students will give a power point presentation about their trip to their parents.