Meg Greene ‘05 and Cooper Wilson ‘00 received the 25th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards at a special presentation on Spencer Field during half time of the varsity football game. Mr. Fred Moulton, headmaster, and Mr. William Croft ‘90, chairman of the board of trustees, presented the awards on October 27. Meg is an editorial and desktop publisher and freelance designer who lives in New York City and works for the United Nations in the Documents Division. She previously worked for the U.S. Supreme Court as a composition specialist and for the U.S. Library of Congress as a visual information specialist. Meg graduated with a Bachelor of Science in graphic communications from Clemson University and will graduate in May with a Master of Science in publishing from New York University. She serves as an NYU Grad Student Council Representative and as the NYU Publishing Association Vice President. Greene received the NYU President’s Service Award in recognition of her volunteer work, and she is a member of the New York Women in Communications. Cooper is a litigator for the McLeod Law Group in Charleston. He has been named a Rising Star by S.C. Super Lawyers since 2013, and he co-authored The Law of Automobile Insurance in S.C., Seventh Edition. Cooper is a member of the James L. Pettigru Inn of Court, an organization comprised of judges, lawyers and law students from the 9th Judicial Circuit. He attended Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in history and the University of South Carolina School of Law with a Juris Doctor. Cooper serves on the Board of Directors for the Special Olympics of S.C., and he has been named the Star of the Quarter by the South Carolina Young Lawyers Division several times for his volunteer efforts with this group.
Filling three chartered busses the 65 fifth grade students and their chaperons, led by the trip’s coordinator, Mr. Charles Smith, departed for the thirty-sixth annual Washington, D.C., area trip on October 22. The group spent two full days sightseeing in the city and the surrounding area, visiting such points of interest as the Capitol, White House, Library of Congress, Arlington National Cemetery and National Cathedral, as well as the Holocaust Museum, Embassy Row, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and National Archives. They also visited the Smithsonian’s Air and Space, Natural History, and American History Museums. An evening tour of the city included the illuminated Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt Memorials, as well as the Iwo Jima, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials. They also toured Mt. Vernon and its educational center. The group spent a day at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and visited Jamestown Festival Park before returning home on October 26. As an assignment in conjunction with their U.S. History unit of their social studies class taught by Mrs. Frances James, the students will give a power point presentation about their trip to their parents.
For their annual fall service day on October 11, the senior class partnered as Hope Champions with Sumter Feeds My Starving Children. Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian, non-profit organization that feeds hungry children in 70 countries throughout the world by providing meals made up of a protein, vegetables, vitamins, and rice all in one meal pack. FMSC has held a Sumter packing event in August for the past four years and it has grown to almost 2,000 volunteers packing meals to feed 1,000 children for a year.
The seniors gathered on campus to learn about FMSC before breaking into groups to work on a fundraising project, and they visited each of the classrooms on campus to encourage fellow students to participate in this project. The seniors are working to generate support to sponsor a Wilson Hall shift at the Mobile Pack in August, which will be an opportunity for students, faculty, families and alumni to pack meals for hungry children. In a two hour shift it will be possible to pack enough meals to feed more than 200 children for one year.
For the fundraising project, each student and faculty member was given a small plastic tube with a Feed My Starving Children label on it. The instructions are to fill the tube with quarters, and return the filled tube to the school by Tuesday, November 21. Because one meal for one child costs about 22 cents, the thought is that each time you eat a meal, you put a quarter in the tube to provide a meal for another person. Mrs. Elizabeth Hyatt, school counselor, is the coordinator of the senior service project.
Senior Amelia Weston was crowned the 46th Homecoming Queen during half time of the varsity football game on September 29. The senior class nominated seven girls from the class to be on the Homecoming Court, and students in grades nine-12 voted for the queen. In addition to Amelia, the following seniors were elected to the court: Chandler Curtis, Hailey Ford, Meredith Johnson, Liza Lowder, Becka Noyes and Madison Reaves.
A variety of activities took place to celebrate Homecoming. Spirit Week found students dressing up to the following themes: athletic jersey, extreme blue and white, group costume, patriotic and salad dressing.
Students arrived to campus the morning of the 29th to find the entire high school building decorated by the varsity cheerleading squad to the theme of “Baron Cinema.” A variety of movies were represented with intricately painted banners and decorations that covered the floor, walls and ceiling. With the exterior of the building transformed into a theater entrance with a large marquee, popcorn boxes and movie tickets, the foyer an auditorium, and the office a concession stand, students of all ages enjoyed the festive atmosphere throughout the day.
The Student Council sponsored the 44th annual Homecoming Parade which traveled the four-mile route through the nearby neighborhood on the afternoon of the 29th. Each class in grades six through twelve sponsored a float decorated to the following themes: 1980s, cook out, Hawaiian, Jurassic Park, outer space, and western. Every middle and high school student rode in the parade for which Mrs. Becky Haley, school secretary, served as the grand marshal.