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!
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.
Wilson Hall students were well-recognized in the annual Myrtis Osteen History Essay Contest and received prizes totaling $1,975. Senior Bridget Anderson won first place in the contest which was open to all Sumter County high school students who were asked to submit an essay with the theme “The Value of History to Me.” Bridget also received the Sumter County Historical Society Scholarship. In addition to Bridget, the following students placed in the competition: 2nd place – freshman Madi Smith, 3rd place – sophomore Sarah Emily Durham, and 4th place – sophomore Enrick Dickey. Mr. Tom O’Hare, a history teacher, coordinated the essays on behalf of the school. The students will be introduced and will read their essays during the Sunday Student Recognition Program at Sumter County Museum’s Heritage Education Center. With the purpose of encouraging history in the Sumter area, the competition is sponsored by Beauregard Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sumter County Historical Commission and Sumter County Historical Society.
Senior Luke Kinney has received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Valued in excess of $400,000, the appointment covers the cost of tuition, room and board, medical and dental care, and fees, and it includes a monthly stipend for living expenses. This fully-funded, four-year federal government program builds a solid leadership foundation that is essential for the graduates who serve their country as a U.S. Air Force officer following graduation. To receive an appointment, students must earn high grades in the most challenging of courses available, such as Advanced Placement courses, earn a high SAT or ACT score, excel in athletics, and have a record of demonstrated leadership on campus and in the community. Applicants submit letters of recommendation and essays, pass a fitness assessment, and, in most cases, receive a nomination from one of his or her state’s congressional representatives.