The Middle School Battle of the Books team won the S.C. Independent School State Championship. Advised by Mrs. Susie Herlong and Mrs. Molly McDuffie, the following students are members of the team: David Texas Ardis, Abel Ayres, Casey Belinski, Lottie Bynum, Thomas Creech, Carsen Fannon, A.J. Gronau, Carter Gronau, Sara Helen Simmons & Maxwell Smith. America’s Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in grades 3-12. Students read books and come together to demonstrate their reading comprehension abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The teams are given a list of 20 books to read prior to the competition, and then they are asked specific questions about the books to earn points.
Emily Gray '21 won Best of Show for her drawing in the highly competitive Young Women in Art Juried Exhibition at Converse College. She is a student in the Advanced Placement Drawing class taught by Mrs. Tara Schumacher. Also recognized in the show were Kaitlyn Smith ‘21, a student in the AP 3-D Art (Sculpture) class taught by Mr. Schumacher, who won first place in sculpture. Amp Boonaneksap ‘21, a student in the AP 3-D Art (Ceramics) class taught by Mrs. Ashley Lareau, received an honorable mention in ceramics.
The following students also had their work selected for the show, an accomplishment in itself: Jerica Bozio ‘21, Catharine Busch ‘21, Carlie Fort ‘22, Claire Kirkley ‘21 and Ga-In Shin ‘21.
The purpose of the exhibition is to provide a venue to recognize exemplary art works of young women in high school, to help students begin to prepare for a major in art while still in grades 9-12, and to introduce them to the Converse College Department of Art and Design and the variety of majors offered to women. All young women in South Carolina in grades 9-12 were eligible to submit entries to the exhibition which will be presented virtually beginning March 12.
The Middle School Quiz Bowl won the S.C. Independent School Assoc. Region Championship and will advance to the state competition. The team accumulated more points in a single round than any other high school or middle school team. David Texas Ardis and Jane McAdams served as the team co-captains, and the following students were also members of the team: Abby Bradley, Lottie Bynum, Anna Kate Coker, Frances Mac Elmore, AJ Groneau, Carter Groneau, Molly Jones, Gavin Lamb and Sara Helen Simmons. Mrs. Susan Barfield and Mrs. Sheri Singleton are the advisors.
The High School Quiz Bowl Team, advised by Mr. Tom O’Hare won the S.C. Independent School Association Region Quiz Bowl and advanced to the state semifinals. The following are members of the team: Amp Boonaneksap, Chanson Bullard, Warren Jolicoeur, Gavyn Mathes, Douglas McAdams, Colton Muszynski and Ga-In Shin.
The school’s newspaper, The Baron Bulletin, won the Best in State award in the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Publication Competition. This is the 27th time the newspaper, which is advised by Mr. Sean Hoskins and Mrs. Elizabeth Hyatt, has won this award. The newspaper, for which senior Emily Banghart served as the editor-in-chief, also won the awards for Best Photography and Best Layout & Design. Emily won the award for Best Editorial for “Animal Testing Should be Banned in the US” and junior Hayley Champion won the award for Best News Article for “Prisma Health Launches the Community Health Mobile Unit.” Junior Miller Jones received an honorable mention for his sports feature “Etienne Plans to Return to Clemson for Senior Year.” The 2019 edition of the yearbook, Idylls, won the Best Photography award and received honorable mentions for copywriting, layout & design, and theme development. Sarah McCreight ‘19 served as the editor and Mr. Hoskins, Mrs. Hyatt, and Mr. Ben McIver are the advisors for the yearbook
Junior Logan Kennedy won first place in the humorous oral interpretation competition at the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Literary Meet. Participants read verbatim a work of literature, poetry, or prose, and the work must have recognized literary merit. Reading “A Tale of Two Salamis” by Brian Eden, Logan was judged on his communication skills and his ability to convey the author’s meaning through oral inflection and expression. He was also judged on vocal technique, acting performance, preparation and selection of work. Mr. George Carruth serves as the Literary Meet Team advisor.
The Lower School Battle of the Books Team won the S.C. Independent School Association State Competition. Advised by Mrs. Kathy Coker and Mrs. Sande Tisdale, the following students are members of the team: Abel Ayers, Casey Belinski, Gavin Getz, Isabella Holdcroft, Harris Huffman, Eddie Lowe, Grace McArthur, Keighan Norton, Samantha Shapiro and Cameron Salzer. The Middle School Battle of the Books Team won the Region Championship and placed second in the state competition. Advised by Mrs. Susan Barfield and Mrs. Molly McDuffie, the following students are members of the team: Charli Bonser, Jackson Bonser, Shay Brunmeier, Lottie Bynum, Thomas Creech, Carsen Fannon, Ryan Hawkey, Eric Norton and Sara Helen Simmons.
America’s Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in grades 3-12. Students read books and come together to demonstrate their reading comprehension abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The teams are given a list of 20 books to read prior to the competition, and then they are asked specific questions about the books to earn points.
The Middle School Debate Team won the S.C. Independent School Association State Debate Competition. The team of eighth-grader Davis Lee and seventh-grader Jane McAdams won first place in the middle school division, and placing second in the same division was the team of eighth-graders Dillon Bartlett and Jacob Bostic. Placing third in the competition was the novice division team of sophomore Mary Jones and freshman Kirti Reddy, and the varsity division team of junior Hannah Alsaadi and senior Nick Miller.
Named to the SCISA All-Star Debate Team were the following students: Bartlett, Bostic, Jones, Lee, McAdams, sophomore Lucy McIver, and Miller.
“Be it resolved: Red Flag laws should be enacted in every state to help curb the current gun violence plaguing the United States” was the topic for the debate, and participants were prepared to argue both the pro and con position of the topic. The Debate Teams are advised by Lt. Katie Kohler who was assisted by Mrs. Stacey Reaves (high school team) and Mrs. Dianne Sprott (middle school team).