Segars Named WACH Scholar Athlete of the Year

Greg Conner, WACH-TV General Manager, Liza Segars, and Glen Rector, Athletic Director

Senior Liza Segars was recognized as the WACH-TV/Grow Financial Scholar Athlete of the Year during halftime of the varsity boys’ basketball in the Nash Student Center on January 29. In addition to a plaque, she was presented a scholarship check for $5,000 sponsored by Grow Financial.

Senior student athletes from public and private high schools in the five-county Midlands region are eligible for the award, and the judging criteria included academic achievement, athletic achievement, community activities, and creativity of a DVD submitted by the student. Liza was one of 22 Scholar Athletes of the Week who were eligible for the Athlete of the Year Award.

A starting point guard on the basketball team, Liza has been selected to play in the North/South All-Star game and has been named to the All-Region team. She is also a member of the track and field team. An honors student enrolled in six Advanced Placement classes this year alone, she has a 4.638 GPA. Liza has a long list of community service projects which includes a mission trip to Africa this past summer. A leader on campus, she serves as the Senior Class President, National Honor Society Vice President, and Beta Club Treasurer.

5th Grade Participates in STARBASE

Braelen Stewart & Michael Thorne

To participate in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program, the fifth grade students traveled to Eastover during the school day from January 22-25. The students participated in the Science Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation Space Exploration (STARBASE) Swamp Fox program which is a Department of Defense-sponsored activity hosted by the Air National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base.

Students took part in an inquiry-based curriculum with “hands-on/minds-on” experiential activities in the STEM fields. They had the opportunity to see how these academic areas are important as they interacted through on-base excursions to various work centers on McEntire JNGB. Teamwork and goal setting was a constant theme as students worked together to explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate concepts. The fifth grade teachers, who accompanied the students, are Mrs. Frances James, Mrs. Lynn Smith and Mrs. Sande Tisdale.

Dance Marathon Raises $11,000 For Children’s Hospital

Wilson Hall raised $11,103 for the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital by hosting its third annual mini-dance marathon. In partnership with the University of South Carolina Dance Marathon which raises over half a million dollars every year through the Miracle Network, the money raised will go to support bettering the lives of children at the hospital. The main community service project the school sponsors, Wilson Hall has raised a total of $33,325 for the cause during the past three years. Held in the Nash Student Center from 5:00-10:00 PM on January 12, the event featured music, games, activities and food for students of all ages. In addition to raising money through admission to the event, the committee raised money through the following activities: a Minute-to-Win-It basketball assembly with upper school students and faculty, a Teddy Bear Parade assembly for lower school students, a movie night in the multipurpose room, donations allowing upper school students to wear sweatpants during midterm exams, bake sales, and the solicitation of donations through the Miracle Network’s website. The student-led event was organized by the following members of the Executive Committee: Holly Poag (Chair), Carly Allred, Shelby Guldan, Sydney Jareckie, Kenzie Naylor, Elise Osteen, Chandler Patrick, Ingrid Singleton and Kinsley Waynick. Ms. Liz Affronti serves as the faculty advisor for the committee.

Students Recognized in Constitution Competition

Nathan Drakeford, Shelby Guldan, Chandler Patrick & Grey Holler

The team of seniors Nathan Drakeford, Shelby Guldan, Grey Holler and Chandler Patrick received the award for Most Effective Presentation at the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition held in Lexington in December. They are students in the Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics class taught by Mr. Tom O’Hare. The entire class, working in cooperative teams, prepared and presented four minute statements before a panel of community representatives acting as a congressional committee. Over 300 students from public and private schools from throughout the state participated in the competition. By participating in a simulated congressional hearing in which they testified before a panel of judges, students demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and had opportunities to take and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.

Community Open House

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Wilson Hall is hosting a community open house for the parents of prospective students in three-year-old preschool through twelfth grade on Sunday, February 10 from 2:00-3:30 PM. The public is invited to learn more about Wilson Hall and its academic, athletic and extracurricular programs from faculty members, current students, and current parents.