Above & Beyond: Wilson Hall Summer Programs

Wilson Hall is offering 25 different week-long sports and enrichment camps as part of its annual Above & Beyond Summer Programs. The programs, which are open to the public, are for students in preschool through 10th grade. To view the complete description of each camp, please visit the quick links tab on wilsonhall.org, and click on the summer program link that includes the summer program brochure. For more information about registration and age requirements, please contact Mrs. Brooke Wilder, summer programs director, at boykinbrooke@yahoo.com.

The following are the offered camps: (enrichment camps) American Doll Camp, Art Smorgasbord, Camp Kindergarten, Enchanted Garden Camp, Filmmaker’s Camp, Friendship Camp, Jump Start First Grade, Lego Camp, Pirate Camp, Rube Goldberg Science Camp, Sculpture Camp, Theatre Camp, (sports camps) All-Sports, Baseball, Middle School Boys Basketball, Elementary Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Cheerleading, Equestrian I & II, Fencing, Quarterback/Receiver Football, Elementary Soccer, Junior Soccer, and Girls Volleyball.

7th Grade Trip to Charleston

In conjunction with their history and science studies, students in the seventh grade and their chaperons spent May 8-10 on an educational trip in Charleston County. The group spent both nights on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. The students enjoyed a flight simulator, a dock tour of retired naval vessels, and a virtual reality space mission, as well as an educational scavenger hunt aboard the ship. The group spent a day on a boat tour with Barrier Island EcoTours and visited Capers Island where the students studied the ecology and enjoyed lunch on the beach. To conclude the trip, the students visited the Charleston Aquarium. Ms. Emily Robinson, the 7th grade  history teacher, and Mrs. Sheri Singleton, the life science teacher, coordinated the trip.

Tavarez a Texas Merit Scholar

Senior Matthew Tavarez received a National Merit Scholarship from the University of Texas at Dallas. Valued at $178,000, the scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, room, board, books and supplies, and recipients are eligible for the university’s honors program. For students designated as National Merit Scholar Finalists, the scholarship program is reserved for the top academic applicants in the nation.

May Day

Seniors Justin Timmons and Steph Areford were crowned the May King and Queen at the 45th annual May Day celebration in the Nash Student Center.  Other members of the senior court were Chandler Curtis, Liza Lowder, Bryce Lyles and Jake Meyers.  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 who were coordinated by Mrs. Meg Creech and Mrs. Mary Simmons. The program concluded with a musical production, with the theme of “Spring into Music,” performed by students in grades one-five who were directed by Mrs. Frankie Eldridge and Mrs. Jeanne Shaw. Sponsored by the PTO, Mrs. Tiffany Davis was the chairman of the event and Mrs. Jennifer Alford Reimer ‘00 was the co-chairman and choreographer.

Senior Service Project

For their annual spring service day on April 27, the seniors raised over $4,000 through a walk-a-thon to benefit Sumter Feeds My Starving Children (FMSC). The 69 members of the class, who met on campus before walking over four miles to Swan Lake, raised the money by seeking pledges from friends and family. In addition to the funds raised through the walk-a-thon, the seniors raised over $7,300 for the project during the fall. 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 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. Mrs. Elizabeth Hyatt, school counselor, is the coordinator of the senior service project.