Hats off to the Class of 2016

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The 61 members of the Class of 2016, the 46th graduating class, joined the 2,282 people who count themselves among the ranks of Wilson Hall’s alumni. Merit-based scholarships, valued at $4.7 million, were awarded to 85% of the graduates. The scholarships included three National Merit Scholarships, 11 Full Academic Scholarships, 30 Half Academic Scholarships, six Palmetto Fellow Scholarships, and 35 Life Scholarships.

The average SAT score for the top 25% of the class is 1379, with a high score of 1530, and the average score for the entire class, with all seniors taking the SAT, is 1165. Over 90% of the graduates took at least one Advanced Placement course, with many taking six or more, and were eligible to receive college credit.

Every member of the class gained acceptance to a four-year college or university. In addition to all of the major South Carolina institutions, students were accepted to a wide variety of schools such as Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic University and Wake Forest University.

Members of the Class of ’16 volunteered 4,551 hours of community service in twelve months. The recent graduates contributed to the school’s newspaper which was named the Best in State, and competed on the Chess Team, Debate Team, Drama Team and Literary Meet Team, all of which won multiple state championships. They also won the top awards in the state for art and music competitions. In addition, they were members of teams that won numerous state championships in baseball, boys bowling, girls bowling, boys cross country, football, boys golf, softball, and girls track.


Newspaper Named Best in State


The school’s newspaper, The Baron Bulletin, won the Best in State award in the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Publication Competition. This is the twenty-third time the newspaper, which is advised by Mr. Sean Hoskins and Mrs. Elizabeth Mayes Hyatt ‘02, has won this award.  The newspaper, for which senior Mary Paisley Belk served as the editor-in-chief, also won the awards for Best Layout and Design and Best Photography. Senior Caroline Clark won the award for Best News Article for “White Rabbit: the Courtney Clark Miracle,” and junior Drew Talley won the award for Best Sports Feature for “Sears Signs with Gamecocks.” The 2015 edition of the school’s yearbook, Idylls, won the award for Best Layout and Design. Logan Lee Alderman, Jim Mayes and Thomas McGinnis, 2015 graduates, served as the co-editors of the yearbook which is advised by Mr. Hoskins, Mrs. Hyatt and Mr. Ben McIver. The most recent issue of The Baron Bulletin is posted on the quick links tab on the school’s website.

May Day


Kate Whaley & Edward McMillan

Seniors Edward McMillan and Kate Whaley were crowned the May King and Queen at the 43rd annual May Day celebration in the Nash Student Center.  Other members of the senior court were Betsy Cunningham, Robert James, Catherine Kelley and Grier Schwartz.  Senior members of the court were elected by the 12th grade, and grades nine-12 elected the king and queen. The program began with the presentation of the court that included representatives from grades one-12, followed by the traditional May Pole Dance by the fifth graders. The program concluded with a musical production, with the theme of “May Day Memories,” performed by students in grades one-five. Sponsored by the PTO, Mrs. Susan D. Osteen was the chairman of the event and Mrs. Kimberly Land was the co-chairman. The lower school music teachers are Mrs. Frankie Eldridge and Mrs. Jeanne Shaw,  Mrs. Jennifer Reimer choreographed the program, and Mrs. Meg Creech and Mrs. Mary Simmons coordinated the May Pole Dance.

Art Exhibition and Reception

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The seventh annual Fine Arts Department Exhibition and Reception will be held May 17 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the Fine Arts Building. The showcase will feature the artwork of students in preschool through twelfth grade. Each art student will have at least one piece of artwork in the show which will feature over 1,000 works of art (ceramics, drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures). Refreshments will be served. The art teachers are Mrs. Ashley Lareau, Ms. Mary Ann Reames, Mrs. Tara Schumacher and Mrs. Jan Waggett.

Senior Service Day


Mack Kolb, Sam Watford, Catherine Kelley, Wells Osteen & Robert James

The 61 members of the Senior Class spent the school day on April 22 performing community service projects organized by the school counselor, Mrs. Elizabeth Hyatt, for five organizations in Sumter. One group worked at Croswell Children’s Home where they did yard work and played with the younger residents, and another group worked at the Sumter YMCA organizing equipment and filing paperwork. A group cleaned the Backcountry building, organized items and performed yard work for the Sumter County Museum, while another group hosted an ice cream party for the residents of McElveen Manor. The fifth group worked at First Baptist Church sorting donated clothes for the Care Closet benefiting foster children in Sumter County. 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.