Junior Thomas Brown won the state championship for boys singles in the S.C. Independent School Association Open Tennis Tournament held at Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter. Thomas won 6-0 in both the semifinal and final rounds. Advancing to the finals of the boys doubles were seniors Chandler Stone and Tradd Stover, and playing in the finals of the mixed doubles were seventh grader William Coulter and eighth grader Elizabeth Davis. Mr. Chuck McCord is the coach of the boys tennis team and Mrs. Debby Williams serves as the coach of the girls team.
Escorted by Mrs. Annalie Savon, a Spanish teacher, a group of high school students visited Costa Rica for a Spanish language immersion tour from March 26 – April 4. As part of the trip the students had interactive language lessons by certified local language instructors and enjoyed a variety of cultural activities each day. The students visited different regions of Costa Rica and each day had a different theme including the following: community and social entrepreneurship, biodiversity, environmental sustainability and ecotourism, youth and culture, culinary traditions, and Costa Rican history. The group also enjoyed a wide variety of activities such as zip-lining through the canopy of the rain forest.
Wilson Hall swept the S.C. Independent School Association State Debate Competition with teams winning first place in both the high school and middle school divisions. The team of sophomores Chandler Curtis and Meredith Johnson won the high school championship, and the team of eighth grade students Mary Catherine Matthews and Waverly McIver won the championship in the middle school division. Sophomore Greyson Sonntag won the Best Speaker Award for the high school, and he and his partner, freshman Luke Reuwer, won the second place trophy for debate. Eighth grade students Darden Kelly and Naomi Yoder finished fourth in the middle school competition. Sophomore Joshua Easler is also a member of the competition team but was unable to participate due to illness. The topic of the debate was “Affirmative action to protect equal opportunity in the U.S. is justified.” The debate teams are advised by Mrs. Dianne Sprott, who is assisted by Mrs. Stacey Reaves, and she accompanied the students to the competition held in Florence.