VanPatten Wins Speed & Strength Competition

Jagger Hebert, Nathan Harris & Graham VanPatten

Sophomore Graham VanPatten won the championship in his weight class at the S.C. Independent School Association State Speed & Strength Competition hosted by Wilson Hall in the Nash Student Center. Sophomore Nathan Harris and junior Jagger Hebert were runner-up in their respective weight classes. The following events were included in the competition: 40-yard dash, pro-agility shuffle, vertical leap, bench press, power clean lift, and broad jump.

Drake Best Speaker at State Debate

(front) Preston Drake, Kirti Reddy, Mary Jones, Annie Lauzon, Lucy McIver, Waverly McIver, Dillon Bartlett, (back) Enrick Dickey, Bridget Anderson, Emily Gray, Jacob Bostic & Ben Matthews

Sixth-grader Preston Drake was named the Best Overall Speaker in the middle school division of the S.C. Independent School Association State Debate competition held in Florence. She and her partner, eighth-grader Kirti Reddy, won second place and seventh-graders Dillon Bartlett and Jacob Bostic won fifth place. In the novice division, freshmen Mary Jones and Annie Lauzon placed fourth and sophomore Enrick Dickey and freshman Lucy McIver placed fifth. Placing in the varsity division were juniors Ben Matthews and Waverly McIver (4th) and senior Bridget Anderson and sophomore Emily Gray (6th).

Every team representing Wilson Hall was recognized in the competition which was limited to 16 teams per division. The topic of the debate was the following: “The U.S. federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the U.S.” Mrs. Stacey Reaves advises the high school debate team and Mrs. Dianne Sprott is the advisor for the middle school debate team.

Lee Celebrated for 50 Years of Teaching

Stella Cromer, Aliya Taylor, Mrs. Mary Lou Lee & Gabriella Metzdorf

In recognition of her 50th year of teaching at Wilson Hall, March 22 has been designated at Mary Lou Lee Day. Mrs. Lee, a second grade teacher, is being celebrated for her nearly lifetime of devotion to Wilson Hall students, families and coworkers. We are looking forward to her 51st year at Wilson Hall!

Kinney Signs National Letter of Intent

Senior Luke Kinney signed a National Letter of Intent to further his athletic career in college as he will be a member of the fencing team at the United States Air Force Academy. Students, faculty and family members attended the ceremony held in the Nash Student Center on March 13.

State Music Festival Recognition

Livian Mai, Amp Boonaneksap, Yeajin Kim, Mr. Scott Warren, Bridget Anderson, Jade McIntosh & Emily Bell

Seventeen students received recognition at the S.C. Independent School Assoc. Music Festival held at the University of South Carolina School of Music in Columbia. The following members of the high school chorus, directed by Mr. Scott Warren, received a superior rating and gold medals in small vocal ensemble: Bridget Anderson, Emily Bell, Amp Boonaneksap, Yeajin Kim, Livian Mai & Jade McIntosh. The following upper school students were recognized for individual performance and received medals: (bass guitar) Logan Kennedy; (piano) Bella Land, Emily Bell, Chanson Bullard,  Jackson Mahr, Mary Catherine Matthews & Caitlyn Schumacher; (voice) Bridget Anderson & Emily Bell. The following lower school students, accompanied by Mrs. Jeanne Shaw, a lower school music teacher, were recognized with medals for piano: Madison Grace Hansen, Banks Smith & Anne McCrea Williams.