Filling three chartered buses, the 50 fifth grade students and their chaperons, led by the trip’s coordinator, Mr. Charles Smith, departed for the 38th Washington, D.C., area trip on October 19. The group spent two full days sightseeing in the city and the surrounding area, visiting such points of interest as the Capitol, Library of Congress, National Cathedral, White House and Washington Monument. They also visited Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima, Jefferson, Vietnam War and World War II Memorials, as well as Embassy Row, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and National Archives. The group visited the Smithsonian’s Air and Space, American History, and Natural History Museums, and the Holocaust Museum. An evening tour of the city included the illuminated Air Force, Korean War, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorials. They also toured Mt. Vernon and its educational center. The group spent a day in Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and visited Jamestown Festival Park before returning home on October 24. 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.
Senior Mary Catherine Matthews was crowned the 48th Homecoming Queen during half time of the varsity football game on October 18. The senior class nominated seven girls from the class to be on the Homecoming Court, and students in grades nine-12 voted for the queen. In addition to Mary Catherine, the following seniors were elected to the court: Carly Allred, Ava Claus, Elise Osteen, Emily Reynolds, Madi Sliwonik and Isabelle Weston.
A variety of activities took place to celebrate Homecoming. Spirit Week found students and faculty members dressing up to the following themes: athletic jerseys, cowboys v. aliens, fashion disaster, group costume, and USA.
Students arrived to campus the morning of the 18th to find the entire high school building decorated by the varsity cheerleading squad to the theme of “Wilson Hall of Fame.” With the sports theme, the inside of the building had intricately painted banners and decorations that covered the floor, walls and ceiling. Students of all ages enjoyed the festive atmosphere throughout the day.
The Student Council sponsored the 46th annual Homecoming Parade which traveled the four-mile route through the nearby neighborhood on the afternoon of the 18th. Each class, 6th-12th, sponsored a float decorated to the following themes: Mario Kart, Las Vegas, Duck Dynasty, Area 51, Safari, Knights, and Disco. The varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders and football players rode in trucks and floats, and girls on the Homecoming Court rode in convertibles. Every middle and high school student rode in the parade.
Following the football game, the Student Council sponsored a Homecoming Rave for high school students. The casual dance, which had a neon theme, was held in the multipurpose room and had over 100 students in attendance.
Senor Naomi Yoder was recognized as the Carolina Gold Construction Scholar Athlete of the Week for WACH Fox’s Sonic Friday Night Rivals. She was presented a plaque by the station before the game and will be featured in an on-air promotion on WACH. Naomi was selected for the award because of her academic and athletic achievement and her community activities.
Mr. Tom O’Hare is one of ten teachers in the nation invited to attend The Bill of Rights Institute program entitled “Last Best Hope: Citizenship, Statesmanship & American History.” The program is hosted with the Center for Statesmanship, Law and Liberty at Rochester Institute of Technology and the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. The three-day conference will be held in Rochester, New York, in November. A James Madison Fellow, Mr. O’Hare serves as the Social Studies Department Chair, and he teaches Advanced Placement U.S. Government & Politics, Advanced Placement U.S. History, and World History.