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.
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.