As part of the curriculum in their U.S. History class, the fourth grade students participated in the annual Wilson Hall Colonial Day which was held at the Carolina Backcountry Homestead at the Sumter County Museum on November 9. This recreated homestead, which hosts living history events, includes a log cabin, settler’s house, a smokehouse, barn, commissary (storehouse), loomhouse, outhouse, blacksmith shop, and gardens. Colonial Day offers a hands-on learning experience about daily life during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Dressed in period costume, the students participated in a wide variety of activities including colonial cooking and a militia drill. Also dressed in period costume, parent volunteers and teachers assisted the museum’s staff and volunteers with the different activities throughout the day. For Patriot Night, an evening reception held at the home of Tim and Holly Garrity, students, faculty and parents also dressed in period costume. The fourth grade teachers are Mrs. Tammy Amick, Mrs. Laura Brogdon and Mrs. Louise Dixon.
Through activities such as white water rafting on the French Broad River, the 70 students in the sixth grade experienced an educational and enjoyable trip to Camp Kanuga in Hendersonville, N.C., from October 29-31. Organized by Mrs. Stacey Reaves, middle school principal, the 19th annual trip gave the students the opportunity to participate in four classes taught by the Mountain Trail Outdoor School which is located in the Appalachian Mountains. These classes included a co-operation and low ropes course, a hands-on course in rappelling, an orienteering and wilderness survival course, and a course in forest ecology. Students also enjoyed activities to promote bonding and team building with their classmates, such as campfires and recreational games, as well as time for a daily devotion.
Filling two chartered busses, the 47 fifth grade students and their chaperons led by the trip’s coordinator, Mr. Charles Smith, departed for the thirty-seventh Washington, D.C., area trip on October 20. The group spent two full days sightseeing in the city and the surrounding area, visiting such points of interest as the Capitol, White House, Library of Congress, Arlington National Cemetery and National Cathedral, as well as the Holocaust Museum, Embassy Row, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and National Archives. They also visited the Smithsonian’s Air and Space, Natural History, and American History Museums. An evening tour of the city included the illuminated Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt Memorials, as well as the Iwo Jima, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials. They also toured Mt. Vernon and its educational center. The group spent a day at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and visited Jamestown Festival Park before returning home on October 225. As an assignment in conjunction with their U.S. History unit of their social studies class taught by Mrs. Frances James, the students will give a power point presentation about their trip to their parents.
Teresa O’Hare Alexander ’98 and Robert Wilson ‘99 received the 26th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards at a special presentation on Spencer Field during half time of the varsity football game. Mr. Fred Moulton, Headmaster, and Mr. William Croft ‘90, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, presented the awards on October 19.
Teresa works at Wilson Hall where she teaches 7th grade composition, 7th grade study skills, and high school leadership. She was named the State Middle School Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Independent School Association, and she was voted as the Wilson Hall Middle School Teacher of the Year three times by her peers. Under her leadership as the head coach, the varsity softball team won the state championship three times and Teresa was named the State Softball Coach of the Year. She graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in education. Teresa and her husband, Troy, live in Sumter and are members of St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic Church. They have two children, Wil ‘30 and Variah. Teresa is the daughter of Tom and Lucy O’Hare.
Robert, an attorney, serves as Senior Counsel with the law firm of Marshall Denning in New York City. He is also the Chief Legal Officer for Vandis, a technology company also in New York City. Robert serves on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. He graduated from the Clemson University Honors College with a Bachelor of Arts in history, the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business with a Master of International Business Administration, and the University of South Carolina School of Law with a Juris Doctor. Robert and his wife, Annie, live in Columbia where he is the President of the Wales Garden Neighborhood Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Five Points Coalition of Neighborhoods. He is the son of Bob and Emily Wilson.