Senior Luke Kinney signed a National Letter of Intent to further his athletic career in college as he will be a member of the fencing team at the United States Air Force Academy. Students, faculty and family members attended the ceremony held in the Nash Student Center on March 13.
Seventeen students received recognition at the S.C. Independent School Assoc. Music Festival held at the University of South Carolina School of Music in Columbia. The following members of the high school chorus, directed by Mr. Scott Warren, received a superior rating and gold medals in small vocal ensemble: Bridget Anderson, Emily Bell, Amp Boonaneksap, Yeajin Kim, Livian Mai & Jade McIntosh. The following upper school students were recognized for individual performance and received medals: (bass guitar) Logan Kennedy; (piano) Bella Land, Emily Bell, Chanson Bullard, Jackson Mahr, Mary Catherine Matthews & Caitlyn Schumacher; (voice) Bridget Anderson & Emily Bell. The following lower school students, accompanied by Mrs. Jeanne Shaw, a lower school music teacher, were recognized with medals for piano: Madison Grace Hansen, Banks Smith & Anne McCrea Williams.
Wilson Hall students were well-recognized in the annual Myrtis Osteen History Essay Contest and received prizes totaling $1,975. Senior Bridget Anderson won first place 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.” Bridget also received the Sumter County Historical Society Scholarship. In addition to Bridget, the following students placed in the competition: 2nd place – freshman Madi Smith, 3rd place – sophomore Sarah Emily Durham, and 4th place – sophomore Enrick Dickey. Mr. Tom O’Hare, a history teacher, coordinated the essays on behalf of the school. The students will be introduced and will 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.
Senior Luke Kinney has received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Valued in excess of $400,000, the appointment covers the cost of tuition, room and board, medical and dental care, and fees, and it includes a monthly stipend for living expenses. This fully-funded, four-year federal government program builds a solid leadership foundation that is essential for the graduates who serve their country as a U.S. Air Force officer following graduation. To receive an appointment, students must earn high grades in the most challenging of courses available, such as Advanced Placement courses, earn a high SAT or ACT score, excel in athletics, and have a record of demonstrated leadership on campus and in the community. Applicants submit letters of recommendation and essays, pass a fitness assessment, and, in most cases, receive a nomination from one of his or her state’s congressional representatives.
The Elementary Literary Team and the Middle School Literary Team each won first place in the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Literary Meet which had over 400 participants representing schools from throughout the state. Wilson Hall’s delegation, consisting of 20 students in grades 2-12, participated in the competition held at Charleston Southern University. In addition to the two team trophies, Wilson Hall students earned 13 individual trophies. The following students won first place trophies in their respective divisions: third-grader Angela Agno – storytelling, eighth-grader Cameron Coulter – essay, eighth-grader Sam Fisher – essay, fifth-grader Madison Grace Hansen – poetry, seventh-grader Jeremiah Jones – extemporaneous speaking, and second-grader Eli Smith – storytelling. Receiving second place trophies were fourth-grader Lauren Burchett – poetry, third-grader Harris Huffman – storytelling, senior Mitchell Matthews – essay, seventh-grader Ben Reynolds – oral interpretation humorous, and fifth-grader Banks Smith – poetry. Earning third place trophies were seventh-grader Maggie Norris – oral interpretation humorous and senior Daniel Metzdorf – oral interpretation dramatic. Mrs. Lynn Davis and Mrs. Ebbie Goodson advise the elementary team, and the middle school and high school teams are advised by Mrs. Kristall Hanson, Mrs. Molly McDuffie and Ms. Emily Robinson.