5th Grade Participates in STARBASE

Braelen Stewart & Michael Thorne

To participate in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program, the fifth grade students traveled to Eastover during the school day from January 22-25. The students participated in the Science Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation Space Exploration (STARBASE) Swamp Fox program which is a Department of Defense-sponsored activity hosted by the Air National Guard at McEntire Joint National Guard Base.

Students took part in an inquiry-based curriculum with “hands-on/minds-on” experiential activities in the STEM fields. They had the opportunity to see how these academic areas are important as they interacted through on-base excursions to various work centers on McEntire JNGB. Teamwork and goal setting was a constant theme as students worked together to explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate concepts. The fifth grade teachers, who accompanied the students, are Mrs. Frances James, Mrs. Lynn Smith and Mrs. Sande Tisdale.

Dance Marathon Raises $11,000 For Children’s Hospital

Wilson Hall raised $11,103 for the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital by hosting its third annual mini-dance marathon. In partnership with the University of South Carolina Dance Marathon which raises over half a million dollars every year through the Miracle Network, the money raised will go to support bettering the lives of children at the hospital. The main community service project the school sponsors, Wilson Hall has raised a total of $33,325 for the cause during the past three years. Held in the Nash Student Center from 5:00-10:00 PM on January 12, the event featured music, games, activities and food for students of all ages. In addition to raising money through admission to the event, the committee raised money through the following activities: a Minute-to-Win-It basketball assembly with upper school students and faculty, a Teddy Bear Parade assembly for lower school students, a movie night in the multipurpose room, donations allowing upper school students to wear sweatpants during midterm exams, bake sales, and the solicitation of donations through the Miracle Network’s website. The student-led event was organized by the following members of the Executive Committee: Holly Poag (Chair), Carly Allred, Shelby Guldan, Sydney Jareckie, Kenzie Naylor, Elise Osteen, Chandler Patrick, Ingrid Singleton and Kinsley Waynick. Ms. Liz Affronti serves as the faculty advisor for the committee.

Students Recognized in Constitution Competition

Nathan Drakeford, Shelby Guldan, Chandler Patrick & Grey Holler

The team of seniors Nathan Drakeford, Shelby Guldan, Grey Holler and Chandler Patrick received the award for Most Effective Presentation at the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition held in Lexington in December. They are students in the Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics class taught by Mr. Tom O’Hare. The entire class, working in cooperative teams, prepared and presented four minute statements before a panel of community representatives acting as a congressional committee. Over 300 students from public and private schools from throughout the state participated in the competition. By participating in a simulated congressional hearing in which they testified before a panel of judges, students demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and had opportunities to take and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.

Community Open House

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Wilson Hall is hosting a community open house for the parents of prospective students in three-year-old preschool through twelfth grade on Sunday, February 10 from 2:00-3:30 PM. The public is invited to learn more about Wilson Hall and its academic, athletic and extracurricular programs from faculty members, current students, and current parents.

Osteen Spotlight Artist of the Month

Junior Elise Osteen is the Spotlight Artist for the months of December and January. Elise, who is taking Advanced Placement 2-D Design with an emphasis in photography, is the first Wilson Hall student to enroll in the class as a junior. She is a student of Ms. Mary Ann Reames. Each month a student is chosen for the honor and has his or her artwork displayed along with a brief profile of the student. Elise answered the following questions for her profile:

 What is your favorite medium? My favorite medium is photography because it can show everyday things in a new way.

 What are your favorite subjects? Because I like to write, English is my favorite subject.

 What is one thing you like to do when you are not creating your art? Play the ukulele, watch Netflix, or hangout with friends.

 What are your plans after graduating from Wilson Hall? I will go to college and eventually work for a design company.