Blum Wins Essay Contest


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.