Filling two chartered busses, the 47 fifth grade students and their chaperons led by the trip’s coordinator, Mr. Charles Smith, departed for the thirty-seventh Washington, D.C., area trip on October 20. 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 225. 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.
Teresa O’Hare Alexander ’98 and Robert Wilson ‘99 received the 26th 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 19.
Teresa works at Wilson Hall where she teaches 7th grade composition, 7th grade study skills, and high school leadership. She was named the State Middle School Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Independent School Association, and she was voted as the Wilson Hall Middle School Teacher of the Year three times by her peers. Under her leadership as the head coach, the varsity softball team won the state championship three times and Teresa was named the State Softball Coach of the Year. She graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in education. Teresa and her husband, Troy, live in Sumter and are members of St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic Church. They have two children, Wil ‘30 and Variah. Teresa is the daughter of Tom and Lucy O’Hare.
Robert, an attorney, serves as Senior Counsel with the law firm of Marshall Denning in New York City. He is also the Chief Legal Officer for Vandis, a technology company also in New York City. Robert serves on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. He graduated from the Clemson University Honors College with a Bachelor of Arts in history, the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business with a Master of International Business Administration, and the University of South Carolina School of Law with a Juris Doctor. Robert and his wife, Annie, live in Columbia where he is the President of the Wales Garden Neighborhood Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Five Points Coalition of Neighborhoods. He is the son of Bob and Emily Wilson.
Seniors Mills Herlong and Liza Segars received the honor of Mr. and Miss Wilson Hall. Each fall the upper school faculty nominates students for Mr. and Miss Wilson Hall and the Mr. and Miss for grades 9-11. When nominating a student the faculty considers the following factors: above average academics, participation in athletics and/or extracurricular activities, outstanding citizenship, and excellent character.
From the list of faculty nominated candidates, students in grades 9-11 voted for their own class, and all students in 9-12 voted for Mr. and Miss Wilson Hall. While voting, students consider the same criteria the faculty considers when choosing the most well rounded representatives of their class and of Wilson Hall.
The following underclassmen received this honor: Mr. & Miss Junior – Emory Moore and Maddie Elmore, Mr. & Miss Sophomore – Wade Payne and Madison DesChamps, and Mr. & Miss Freshman – Hugh McLaurin and Lucy McIver.
Senior Angelica Agno won the Youth Overall Best in Show Award for her drawing and Wilson Hall students received a total of 38 awards in the annual Sumter County Fair Art Show. Third-grade students Ellis Coker and Kate Skinner, who won Youth Best in Show Sponsored Awards, received scholarships to the Sumter County Gallery of Art Second Saturday art classes. Winning first place in their respective categories were the following students: eighth-grader Ashley-Reid Baker – drawing, sixth-grader Kaylan Boudrea – open/mixed media 3D, junior Lizzy Davis – sculpture, fifth-grader Andrew Howle – painting, eighth-grader Rebekha Patel – open/mixed media, eighth-grader Jack Poag – open/mixed media, eighth-grader Caitlyn Schumacher – open/mixed media 3D, sixth-grader Logan Schumacher – drawing, senior Ingrid Singleton – painting, sixth-grader Matthew Simmons – open/mixed media 3D, and senior Adam Torchia – photography.
The following students received second place ribbons for their work: senior Angelica Agno – painting, sixth-grader Kaylan Boudreau – open/mixed media 2D, sixth-grader Lucy Buxton – open/mixed media 3D, eighth-grader Gabrielle Gregory – open/mixed media, senior Julia Gregory – photographer, seventh-grader Talan Griffin – open/mixed media 3D, fourth-grader Natalie Irizarry – open/mixed media 3D, junior Darden Kelly – pottery, third-grader Katy Knight – drawing, eighth-grader Landon Miller – open/mixed media, senior Chandler Patrick – sculpture, sixth-grader Sophie Sweatman – painting, and fifth-grader Sanders Warrick – painting.
Earning third place ribbons were the following students: eighth-grader Ashley-Reid Baker – open/mixed media, sixth-grader Knox Buxton – open/mixed media 3D, eighth-grader Coker Cutler – open/mixed media, third-grader Trip Hunt – drawing, sixth-grader Josie Jackson – open/mixed media 3D, third-grader Katy Knight – open/mixed media 3D, junior Sarah McClun – sculpture, eighth-grader Caitlyn Schumacher – drawing, senior Mary Margaret Terry – painting, junior Kyndal Waynick – open/mixed media, and seventh-grader Mary Parish Williams – open/mixed media 3D. The art teachers are Mrs. Ashley Lareau, Ms. Mary Ann Reames and Mrs. Tara Schumacher.