The boys’ golf team won the S.C. Independent School Assoc. AAA State Championship for the second consecutive year. The two-day tournament was held on The Hackler Course of Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach. With a score of 597, the Barons had a comfortable lead over the second place team that scored 613. Christian Salzer led the Barons with a 139, followed by Walker Jones (149), Grier Schwartz (154), Easton Ward (155) and Coker Lowder (182). Coached by Mr. Glen Rector, the team won the Region Championship for the eighth consecutive year and earned a record of 35-2. This is Wilson Hall’s eighth state golf title.
The lower school Battle of the Books team won the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Championship for the second consecutive year. Advised by Mrs. Kathy Coker and Mrs. Susie Herlong, the following students are members of the team: fifth-graders Jackson Mahr and Steve Scholz, fourth-graders Dillon Bartlett, Robert DeSollar, Mary Margaret Griffin, Brett Rogers, Zach Scholz and Mary Parish Williams, and third-graders David Texas Ardis, Lottie Bynum, Thomas Creech, Ryan Hawkey, Michael Rupe and Sara Helen Simmons. 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.
The high school theatre troupe, directed by Mr. Christian Smith, received a Superior Performance rating at the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association Festival held at the University of South Carolina Spartanburg. Senior Delaney Johnson won first place in technical design for her set design for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Senior Stewart Holler and sophomore Greyson Sonntag won first place in comedic duet for their performance of This Side of Heaven. Both public and private high schools from across the state participated in the competition.
Senior Anna Lyles signed a National Letter of Intent to run cross-country and track at Wofford College during a ceremony held in the Nash Student Center on April 13. Anna, who is a member of Wilson Hall’s cross-country and track teams, was selected for the All-State Team and was named the Region Runner of the Year.
Junior Sam Hilferty earned a perfect score of 1600 on the SAT. To put this achievement in perspective, among the class of 2015 there were 1,698,521 students who took the SAT. Of those, only 2,046 students achieved the highest possible score on the critical reading and math sections according the College Board, the non-profit organization that administers the test. Every student at Wilson Hall is required to take the SAT at least twice.