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Awards & Recognition

Newspaper, Banghart & Champion Named Best in State

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

Kennedy Wins at State Literary Meet

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.

Battle of Books Team Wins State

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.

Debate Team State Champions

Davis Lee & Jane McAdams

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).

Extra-Curricular Success

The school has earned 241 individual or team state titles through interscholastic competitions, including the recent championships for the Battle of the Books Team, Competition Dance Team, and Debate Team for the 2019-2020 school year. 

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