See You at the Pole

Wilson Hall students and faculty met an hour before school started the morning of September 26 to participate in the annual See You at the Pole event which is part of the Global Week of Student Prayer. Held the fourth Wednesday of each September, this international event encourages Christian students to gather around the flag pole for prayer and scripture reading before the start of the school day. Wilson Hall’s chapters of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, advised by Mrs. Karen Jones and led by senior and president Holly Poag, and First Priority Christian Club, advised by Ms. Heather Eldridge, sponsored the campus event.

 

Singleton Named Commended Scholar

Senior Ingrid Singleton has been named a Commended Scholar in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. These students placed among the top three percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT.

Military Appreciation Night

To celebrate the military presence in our community, Wilson Hall sponsored a Military Appreciation Night for the varsity football game on September 7. The school has enjoyed a decades-long relationship with Shaw Air Force Base, home to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command, 20th Fighter Wing and Ninth Air Force, as well as the Third Army/U.S. Army Central Command. Students from military families comprise 19% of the student body, including 36% of the new students enrolling this year.

Twenty American flags, a Prisoner of War flag, and four South Carolina flags, loaned to the school by the family of the late Mayor Bubba McElveen and the Sumter County Museum, were flown throughout Spencer Field. The varsity cheerleaders painted a red, white and blue run-through banner for the team that read “Here Come Our Heroes” and distributed red, white and blue balloons to the student fans, and for the night’s spirit theme students dressed in patriotic garb.

Captain Nicholas Lopresto, who serves as chaplain at Shaw AFB, offered the invocation before the game. Chief John F. Kennedy, who retired from the Air Force after 24 years of service, sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and sophomore Bella Land sang “God Bless America.” Conducting the coin toss was Colonel Dustin Smith, retired Air Force as Central Command Chief of Staff at Shaw AFB. Mrs. Elizabeth Hyatt, school counselor, coordinated the event.