Volleyball Team Earns Academic Recognition

The 2018 varsity volleyball team was recognized as an Academic All-American Team for the fourth consecutive year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The Barons were the only team in South Carolina to receive this honor. The AVCA recognizes programs in high school and college that excel in the classroom as well as on the court. The team earned a team GPA of 4.33 and completed 11 Advanced Placement and 25 honors courses. The team consisted of Camryn Bateman, Abbie Beatson, Sarah Cain, Hayley Champion, Gracyn Coker, Madison DesChamps, Cameron Duffy, Sydney Jarecki, Mary Claire Lee, Lucy Matthews, Madi Sliwonik and Andi Grae Wingate. The team was coached by Mr. Rip Ripley who was assisted by Ms. Andrea Davis.


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.