Wilson Hall students often say that a big part of their educational experience takes place outside the classroom, and there is a good bit of truth in that statement. Our students learn to enjoy a healthy balance between work and play, and Wilson Hall provides the opportunity for students to enjoy themselves with their friends and faculty through an extraordinary array of student activities. It is easy to see why students who enjoy coming to school do so much better academically.
From pep rallies like the Dodge Ball Tournament and The Baron Games to events such as the Homecoming Parade and Prom, students have a wide variety of activities to keep them busy. School-wide events such as the Fall Festival and May Day encourage the participation of not only students, but also the participation of parents. Art shows, theater productions and music programs for students of all ages not only entertain, but help create well-rounded young people.
Because of the small size of the student body, students are able to become active in various organizations. No matter how diverse a student’s interests and talents are, each person can usually find a group of students and faculty to share them. The Instrumental Ensemble, Lego Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes are just a few of the 48 clubs and organizations Wilson Hall offers.
Through these activities, students learn not only to respect, motivate, and lead their fellow Barons, but they also discover their own abilities and test their own values.
The Wilson Hall Field Day was held on Spencer Field on May 24. Students in grades 1-5, wearing class t-shirts, participated in over a dozen activities such as the sack race and the tug-of-war. To cool off, students ran through the sprinklers and enjoyed Pelican’s Snoballs. Sponsored by the PTO, the event was coordinated by Mrs. Kristen Sill who was assisted by Mrs. Hanna Rivers.
To recognize the many achievements of the Class of '21, the Senior Awards Program was held in the Nash Student Center followed by a lunch hosted by parents off-campus. At the program, department chairs presented books on behalf of teachers with a personal inscription to the student who earned the highest average in his or her class. Special named awards and the salutatorian and valedictorian medals were presented, and honor graduates were also recognized. Speaking on behalf of her classmates, Class President Madi DesChamps delivered the Senior Address. Also speaking were Ga-In Shin, Star Student, and Mrs. Micki Harritt, Star Teacher.
The school celebrated the last day of classes of the seniors with the Last Day Luncheon. Held in the Nash Student Center, the program featured a keynote speech by Mr. Chuck McCord, a science teacher, who was selected by the class. Seniors and their parents enjoyed a box lunch catered by Southern Pride Barbeque followed by plenty of photo opportunities. At the end of the school day, the senior officer offered parting words to the underclassmen over the loudspeaker before joining in the hall to sing the Alma Mater.
The 23rd Class Challenge, a field day for high school students, was held on Spencer Field on April 30. Madi DesChamps ‘21, Senior Class President, and Mrs. Cheryl Landstrom coordinated the event on behalf of the Student Council. Wearing t-shirts unique to each class, students competed in nine events ranging from traditional activities such as the three-legged race and water balloon toss to the bouncy ball hop and wet sponge relay. The events culminated in the always competitive tug-of-war, followed by students gathering to sing the Alma Mater. The Class of ‘24 was the overall winner.
The Wilson Hall Prom was the evening of April 23 on Spencer Field. Held under a large marquee tent, the prom allowed students to dance and socialize while enjoying the fresh air and perfect weather. Hydrangeas, ferns, greenery and candles decorated the area, and thousands of white lights were hung throughout the oak trees and tent. Parents hosted a Junior Prom Dinner and a Senior Prom Dinner at two homes, and all students gathered for the Post-Prom Breakfast, also hosted by parents.
Wilson Hall hosted officers from the South Carolina State Transport Police for the DRIVE (distracted, reckless, impaired, and visibility enforcement) to Zero Program. The comprehensive program designed to address driver behavior in three areas (outreach, education and enforcement) addresses unsafe driving behaviors before they occur. Students in grades 10-12 were given the opportunity to drive a go-kart type vehicle equipped with driver distraction/impairment simulation technology in a controlled course in the gym. This allowed the students to experience the effects of operating a motor vehicle while impaired or distracted. The program highlights the negative consequences of distracted and impaired driving behaviors, especially in and around motor vehicles.
Sponsored by the Student Council, students in grades 9-12 participated in a lip sync pep rally on Spencer Field. Organized by their class officers, students in each grade dressed in costumes appropriate to their class theme for the performance. The music ranged from 80s music to songs from classic Disney movies and the Disney Channel. After the performances the varsity cheerleaders led the students in group cheers which was followed by comments by a varsity football player, a fan, and a football coach, culminating in the singing of the Alma Mater.
To celebrate Halloween, students in the three-year-old preschool through fifth grade dressed in costumes during the school day. As part of the celebration, students entered over 100 decorated pumpkins that were on display in the football stadium. Each class visited the pumpkin display, picking up treats along the way.
Senior Madison DesChamps was crowned the 49th Homecoming Queen during a high school assembly on Spencer Field. The senior class nominated seven girls from the class to be on the Homecoming Court, and students in grades 9-12 voted for the queen. In addition to Madison, the following seniors were elected to the court: Abbie Beatson, Gracyn Coker, Breland Jones, Georgia McCart, Kaityn Smith and Andi Grae Wingate. Mary Catherine Matthews ‘20, the 2019 Homecoming Queen, returned from the University of South Carolina Honors College to assist Mr. Eddie Talley, Assistant Headmaster, with the crowning of the new queen.
A variety of activities took place to celebrate Homecoming. Spirit Week found students and faculty members dressing up to the following themes: USA, group costume, Hawaiian, movie characters, and holidays.
Students arrived to campus the morning of October 23rd to find the entire high school building decorated by the varsity cheerleading squad to the theme of “Baron Beach Day.” With the beach theme, the inside of the building had intricately painted banners and decorations that covered the floor, walls and ceiling. Students of all ages enjoyed the festive atmosphere throughout the day. Seniors Breland Jones and Mary Ellis Luebbert are the co-captains and Mrs. Lisa Furse is the cheerleader advisor.