Senior Anne Land Welch is the Spotlight Artist for the month of April. She is a student in the Advanced Placement 3D Ceramics class taught by Mrs. Ashley Lareau. Each month a student is chosen for the honor and has his or her artwork displayed along with a brief profile of the student. Anne Land answered the following questions for her profile: What are your favorite subjects? Advanced Placement English Language and Pre-Calculus. Who is your favorite artist? Fellow student Kayla Porter because all of her projects are very neat and smooth. What do you like/dislike about the medium with which you most often work? Slip is very messy, but fun to work with. What are some solutions you used to address a problem while creating one of your works of art? Improvise and adapt to make the project look good even if it breaks. What do you like most about art class? It is my creative outlet and I enjoy making ceramics.
Sophomore Warren Jolicoeur won Best Overall Presentation and sophomore Miranda Seuell won Second Place Overall in the first S.C. Independent School Assoc. State History Day Competition held in Manning. The SCISA History Day, patterned after the National History Day Program, is designed to enhance reading comprehension as wells as the verbal, analytical, reasoning and research skills of students. The theme for this year’s project was Triumph & Tragedy in History and students addressed the topic’s significance and demonstrated an understanding of its proper historical context. The in-depth research, which included primary and secondary sources, was used for a process paper and annotated bibliography, exhibit, and oral presentation. Miranda and Warren are students in Mr. Tom O’Hare’s Advanced Placement U.S. History class.
Sophomore Graham VanPatten won the championship in his weight class at the S.C. Independent School Association State Speed & Strength Competition hosted by Wilson Hall in the Nash Student Center. Sophomore Nathan Harris and junior Jagger Hebert were runner-up in their respective weight classes. The following events were included in the competition: 40-yard dash, pro-agility shuffle, vertical leap, bench press, power clean lift, and broad jump.
Sixth-grader Preston Drake was named the Best Overall Speaker in the middle school division of the S.C. Independent School Association State Debate competition held in Florence. She and her partner, eighth-grader Kirti Reddy, won second place and seventh-graders Dillon Bartlett and Jacob Bostic won fifth place. In the novice division, freshmen Mary Jones and Annie Lauzon placed fourth and sophomore Enrick Dickey and freshman Lucy McIver placed fifth. Placing in the varsity division were juniors Ben Matthews and Waverly McIver (4th) and senior Bridget Anderson and sophomore Emily Gray (6th).
Every team representing Wilson Hall was recognized in the competition which was limited to 16 teams per division. The topic of the debate was the following: “The U.S. federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the U.S.” Mrs. Stacey Reaves advises the high school debate team and Mrs. Dianne Sprott is the advisor for the middle school debate team.
In recognition of her 50th year of teaching at Wilson Hall, March 22 has been designated at Mary Lou Lee Day. Mrs. Lee, a second grade teacher, is being celebrated for her nearly lifetime of devotion to Wilson Hall students, families and coworkers. We are looking forward to her 51st year at Wilson Hall!