Matthews Crowned Homecoming Queen

Mary Catherine Matthews

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.

Yoder Named Scholar Athlete

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.

O’Hare Selected for National Conference

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.

Welch & Matthews Elected Mr. & Miss Wilson Hall

Seniors Jay Welch and Mary Catherine Matthews were elected Mr. & Miss Wilson Hall by students in grades 9-12. For this honor, the faculty nominates candidates while considering the following factors: above average academics, participation in athletics and/or extracurricular activities, outstanding citizenship, and excellent character. From the list of faculty nominated candidates, students in grades 9-11voted for their own class, and all students in 9-12 voted for Mr. and Miss Wilson Hall. The following underclassmen received this honor: Mr. & Miss Junior – Miller Jones and Breland Jones, Mr. & Miss Sophomore – Alex Jackson and Anne-Marie Torchia, and Mr. & Miss Freshman – Hampton Watson and Emma Bradley.