Hats off to the Class of 2017

The 55 members of the Class of 2017, the 47th graduating class, joined the 2,337 people who count themselves among the ranks of Wilson Hall’s alumni. Merit-based scholarships, valued at $3.7 million, were awarded to 96% of the graduates. The scholarships included 12 full academic scholarships, 14 half academic scholarships, nine Palmetto Fellow Scholarships, and 37 Life Scholarships.

The average SAT score for the top 25% of the class is 1205, with a high score of 1600, and the average score for the entire class, with all seniors taking the SAT, is 1223. 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 Penn State, University of California, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Point.

Members of the Class of ’17 volunteered 3,892 hours of community service during the school year. The recent graduates contributed to the school’s newspaper and yearbook which were 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, girls’ bowling, boys’ cross-country, boys’ golf, and softball.

Publications Named Best in State

The school’s newspaper, The Baron Bulletin, and the 2016 edition of the yearbook, Idylls, each won the Best in State award in the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Publication Competition. This is the twenty-fourth time the newspaper, which is advised by Mr. Sean Hoskins and Mrs. Elizabeth Hyatt, has won this award. The newspaper, for which senior Campbell Mims served as the editor-in-chief, also won the award for Best Photography and received an honorable mention for layout and design. Senior Hunter Hendrix won the award for Best News Article for “Governor Haley Moves to World Stage.” Mims received an honorable mention for his editorial “2016 Presidential Election: A Joke” and junior Noah Harvin received an honorable mention for his sports feature “What’s Wrong with the NFL this Season?” The yearbook, for which 2016 graduates Mary Paisley Belk, Mary Margaret Munn and Grier Schwartz served as the co-editors, was advised by Mr. Hoskins, Mrs. Hyatt and Mr. Ben McIver. The yearbook also received the award for Best Photography and Best Copywriting.  There are 110 schools that are members of SCISA.

Boyle & Young Win State Track Championship

Greyson Young & Evans Boyle

Seniors Evans Boyle and Greyson Young each won gold medals for their events at the S.C. Independent School Assoc. AAA State Track Meet. Evans won the long jump and Greyson won the 400 meter hurdles. The Region Champion boys’ team, coached by Mr. Rip Ripley, placed second at the state meet and finished the season with a record of 63-2. Evans and junior Noah Harvin tied for earning the most points at the region meet. The Region Champion girls’ team (52-11), also coached by Mr. Ripley, finished fourth in the state meet.



Ward State Golf Medalist

Easton Ward

Senior Easton Ward was the medalist for the S.C. Independent School Assoc. AAA State Golf Tournament, shooting a 69, the lowest score in the competition. The team, which placed third in the tournament, earned a combined scored of 315 for the 18-hole event held at Coastal Carolina University’s Hackler Golf Course in Conway. Also scoring for the Barons were junior Walker Jones (75), eighth grader Miller Jones (77), and eighth grader Will Barnes (94).  Walker was named the Region Player of the Year and was named to the All-Region Team along with Easton. The team, which won its ninth-consecutive Region Championship, was coached by Mr. Cayce Cole.

Li Receives Duke TIP Grand Recognition

Lucy Li

Seventh-grader Lucy Li qualified for grand recognition by the Duke University Talent Identification Program and is invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony at Furman University on May 18. Grand recognition students, who earn scores that are approximately equal to the top 10% of college-bound seniors taking the SAT, qualify for the honor by scoring at least a 680 on the math portion or a 670 on the reading and writing portion of the SAT.  Seventh-graders Chanson Bullard, Abby Clanton and Ivey Edwards qualified for state-level recognition and are invited to the State Recognition Ceremony at Furman. To qualify for this honor students had to score at least a 540 on the math or a 550 on the evidence-based reading and writing. Seventh-grade students who receive this recognition earn a score equal to or better than half of the college-bound seniors who took the tests.