Hats off to the Class of ’19

The 58 members of the Class of 2019, the 49th graduating class, joined the 2,464 people who count themselves among the ranks of Wilson Hall’s alumni. Merit-based scholarships, valued at $4.1 million, were awarded to 97% of the graduates. The scholarships included nine full academic scholarships, 12 half academic scholarships, 9 Palmetto Fellow Scholarships, and 37 Life Scholarships. 

The average SAT score for the top 25% of the class is 1380, with a high score of 1490, and the average score for the entire class, with all seniors taking the SAT, is 1226. Over 88% of the graduates took at least one Advanced Placement course, with the average student taking at least four, and were eligible to receive college credit.

Every member of the class gained acceptance to a four-year college or university, earning admission to 80 colleges and universities. The graduates will attend college at 25 different schools in 13 states. In addition to attending South Carolina institutions such as Bob Jones University, The Citadel, Clemson University, College of Charleston, Francis Marion University, Presbyterian College, University of South Carolina, and Wofford College, the graduates will attend the following schools: Baylor University, Christopher Newport University, Covenant College, George Washington University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Syracuse University, United States Air Force Academy, University of Denver, University of Kansas, University of North Florida, University of Pittsburgh, University of Southern California, University of Washington, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. 

Members of the Class of ’19 volunteered 3,728 hours of community service during the school year. The recent graduates contributed to the school’s newspaper which was named the Best in State, and participated on the Chess Team, Dance Competition Team, Debate Team, History Day Team, Literary Meet Team, and Reading Fair Team which won multiple state championships during their high school careers. They also won the top awards in the state for art and music competitions, and they were members of the state champion softball team.

 

 

O’Hare Named SC Bar Law Related Education Teacher of the Year

Mr. Tom O’Hare received the S.C. Bar Law Related Education (LRE) High School Teacher of the Year Award. Mr. O’Hare, who teaches Advanced Placement U.S. Government & Politics, Advanced Placement U.S. History, and world history, was presented a plaque and a $1,000 stipend at the annual High School Awards Program. The award is presented to a teacher in South Carolina who has fostered public understanding of the values of our legal and judicial system, stimulated a deeper sense of individual responsibility by helping students recognize their legal duties and rights, encouraged and supported effective LRE programs, and increased communication among students, fellow educators, and those working in the legal system. Each year Mr. O’Hare and the students in his AP Government class participate in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition. The S.C. Bar LRE is a service arm of the Bar that, since the mid-1980s, has provided teachers, school resource officers, juvenile justice personnel and lawyers with resources, materials and technical assistance to teach law and citizenship education.

Jarecki Named State Scholar-Athlete of the Year

 

Senior Sydney Jarecki was awarded the Bill Simpson Award that recognizes the most outstanding male and female scholar-athlete in the S.C. Independent School Association each spring.  Each of the over 120 schools that are members of SCISA may nominate a scholar-athlete for this award, which is the highest award SCISA bestows upon a student. A resume with Sydney’s academic and athletic accomplishments, along with a recommendation from Mr. Fred Moulton, Headmaster, was forwarded to the selection committee at SCISA that made the final decision.  The criteria for the award include SAT score, class rank, involvement in extracurricular activities, academic and athletic achievement, coaches’ recommendations, and community service record. Mr. Mike Fanning, SCISA Athletic Director, presented Sydney with the award at the Spring Athletic Awards Program. Sydney is the twelfth Wilson Hall student to receive this award.

 

Newspaper Named Best in State

Holly Poag

The school’s newspaper, The Baron Bulletin, won the Best in State award in the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Publication Competition. This is the 26th time the newspaper, which is advised by Mr. Sean Hoskins and Mrs. Elizabeth Hyatt, has won this award. The newspaper, for which senior Holly Poag served as the editor-in-chief, also won the award for Best Artwork, Best Photography and Best Layout and Design. Holly won the award for Best Editorial and junior Elizabeth Kirby won the award for Best News Article. The 2017-2018 edition of the yearbook, Idylls, won the Best Theme Development award and received an honorable mention for photography. Emily Barnes and Grace Tristan, 2018 graduates, served as the co-editors of the yearbook and the advisors are Mr. Hoskins, Mrs. Hyatt, and Mr. Ben McIver.