The team of eighth-graders Ann Weathers Blankenship and Madisen Galiano and freshman Samantha Richards, members of the scholastic shooting sports team, won all three of the S.C. Independent School Association Girls State Championships. The team brought home state trophies for skeet, sporting clays, and trap, and Ann Weathers won the High Overall Shooter medal for all three competitions. Although they qualified to compete on the junior varsity level, the girls elected to move up to the varsity level competition. The team is coached by Mr. Brent Hiott.
Wilson Hall students were well-recognized in the annual Myrtis Osteen History Essay Contest and received prizes totaling $1,500. Senior Alex Blum won the highest award, a $1,000 scholarship, 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.” The following students placed in the competition: 3rd place – senior Waverly McIver, 4th place – sophomore Madi Smith, and 5th place – freshman Kirti Reddy. Mr. Tom O’Hare, a history teacher, coordinated the essays on behalf of the school. The students were introduced and 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.
Junior Breland Jones was selected as a 2020 Carson Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship award that will be invested for her college education. Established by Dr. and Mrs. Ben Carson, The Carson Scholars Program awards students who have embraced high levels of academic excellence and community service. Breland and her family have been invited to the Carson Scholars Fund’s Awards Banquet in Baltimore, Maryland, in May.
Students in the art and theatre classes, escorted by their teachers, visited New York City for a fine arts appreciation trip March 6-9 and stayed in the Hilton Midtown in Manhattan. To learn more about artists, art history and different styles of art, the group visited the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the Met Breur for the exhibit of Gerhard Richter who is considered to be one of the world’s most important living artists. In addition, students visited the The Armory Show, New York City’s premier art fair featuring the world’s most important artwork from the 20th and 21st centuries. For the experience of live theatre, students attended one of the following Broadway shows in the Theatre District: The Lion King, Mean Girls, or Wicked. Expanding their theatre experience, students and chaperons participated in a private improvisational acting class held in a studio in Hell’s Kitchen. The trip provided the opportunity for students to experience the culture of New York City as they walked through Central Park, shopped in SoHo, dined in Times Square, and ice skated at Rockefeller Plaza. Mrs. Ashley Lareau, Art Department Chair, organized the trip and she was assisted in chaperoning by Mr. George Carruth, theatre teacher, and Mrs. Tara Schumacher, an art teacher. Mrs. Susan Barfield, Mr. Sean Hoskins and Mrs. Cheryl Landstrom also went on the trip.
As part of the curriculum, the members of the Junior Class attended the 15th annual Junior Class Retreat at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina, March 1-3. Coordinated by Mrs. Laura Barr and Mr. Glen Rector, the retreat provided rising seniors with a “beyond the classroom walls” experience with a focus on loyalty, leadership and legacy.
The retreat included group activities, structured discussions, and opportunities for enjoying the facilities of the conference center located in the mountains of North Carolina. Activities included an obstacle course operated by the Mountain Trail Outdoor School, team-building exercises, and cooperation games.
Dr. Milt Lowder, a licensed counseling psychologist in Greenville who graduated from Wilson Hall in 1990, delivered the keynote speech with the topic of “Defining Success.” There were also presentations given by Mr. Fred Moulton, Headmaster, as well as from some of the dozen faculty members who attended the retreat.
Every member of the Class of 2021 had the opportunity to enjoy the significant benefits of a time set apart for community building and individual character development in a way that will not only benefit each student individually, but continue Wilson Hall’s strong tradition of effective preparation for college and beyond.