Hats off to the Class of 2016

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The 61 members of the Class of 2016, the 46th graduating class, joined the 2,282 people who count themselves among the ranks of Wilson Hall’s alumni. Merit-based scholarships, valued at $4.7 million, were awarded to 85% of the graduates. The scholarships included three National Merit Scholarships, 11 Full Academic Scholarships, 30 Half Academic Scholarships, six Palmetto Fellow Scholarships, and 35 Life Scholarships.

The average SAT score for the top 25% of the class is 1379, with a high score of 1530, and the average score for the entire class, with all seniors taking the SAT, is 1165. Over 90% of the graduates took at least one Advanced Placement course, with many taking six or more, and were eligible to receive college credit.

Every member of the class gained acceptance to a four-year college or university. In addition to all of the major South Carolina institutions, students were accepted to a wide variety of schools such as Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic University and Wake Forest University.

Members of the Class of ’16 volunteered 4,551 hours of community service in twelve months. The recent graduates contributed to the school’s newspaper which was named the Best in State, and competed on the Chess Team, Debate Team, Drama Team and Literary Meet Team, all of which won multiple state championships. They also won the top awards in the state for art and music competitions. In addition, they were members of teams that won numerous state championships in baseball, boys bowling, girls bowling, boys cross country, football, boys golf, softball, and girls track.