Wilson Hall raised $10,110, far exceeding the goal of $7,000, for the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital by hosting a mini-dance marathon. It was the school’s first marathon and Wilson Hall raised more money than any high school who sponsored a first-year event in the state. In partnership with the University of South Carolina Dance Marathon which raises over half a million dollars every year through the Miracle Network, the money raised will go to support bettering the lives of children at the hospital. Held in the Nash Student Center from 5:00-10:00 PM on February 11, the event featured music, games, activities and food for students of all ages. In addition to raising money through admission to the event, the committee raised money through a movie night, bake sales, tee shirt sales, and the solicitation of donations through the Miracle Network’s website. The student-led event was organized by the following members of the Executive Committee: Natalie Ardis, Steph Areford, Danielle deHoll, Lauren Elizabeth Elmore, Lane Herlong, Sam Hilferty and Campbell Mims. Ms. Liz Affronti served as the faculty advisor for the committee.
Senior Sam Hilferty received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Valued in excess of $250,000, the appointment covers the cost of tuition, fees, room and board and medical and dental care, and it includes an annual salary for living expenses, uniforms, books and a computer. This fully-funded, four-year federal government program builds a solid leadership foundation that is essential for the graduates who serve their country as a U.S. Army officer following graduation. To receive an appointment, students must earn high grades in the most challenging of courses available, such as Advanced Placement courses, excel in athletics, and have a record of demonstrated leadership on campus and in the community.