Last Saturday, the middle school Mock Trial team met at the Municipal Center to compete in their regional competition, sponsored by the SC Bar Association. Team sponsors Dr Gates and local lawyer Liz Attias were there to guide them, but now it was up to the students. They presented their case in a real courtroom, judged by a panel of real-life judges. The team consisted of Destiny, Matthew, Camper, Stone, J’Marion, Bristol, Corin, Evan, Kipper, and Blake. “It was hard. It was challenging.” Destiny explained. “I messed up one thing, but I think I did pretty well.”
The team won several awards from the competition. They won the first round, in which their plaintiffs went up against another team’s defense. Although they lost their own defensive round, the team was pleased with their results. Camper was named the Most Effective Plaintiff, and Fletcher was named Most Effective Witness for their round. “It was very long and tiring,” Camper admitted. “But in the end, it was a lot of fun!”
After months of hard work and practice, the middle school Robotics Team was ready to compete in their first competition of the year. Annika, Morgan, Baryck, Mason, Gracin, Quinn, Bryan, Gabby, and Ay’Shona were excited to show off their skills and explore the world of LEGO robotics. On November 9, the team piled into Mrs Crosby’s car and set off to Ten Oaks Middle School, where the Grand Strand Qualifying Tournament was being held. This year’s challenge was to create a robot that could help a blind person shop for groceries. “We did good on a lot of things,” Annika recalled, “But our robot was kind of acting up a bit. It was definitely a fun experience.”
The team, which they named the Angry Nerds, took home the Core Values Award. This highly-coveted award gave them enough points to qualify for the state competition. Although they did not win anything else, the Angry Nerds had a great time showing off their technical skills and learned a lot about robotics. The next competition will be held on December 14 at Cane Bay Middle School, and the team is looking forward to it.
Since the first days of October, the anticipation had been building to celebrate the “spooky season.” The last day of the month, the day we’ve been waiting for was finally here: Halloween. Disguised as everything from cowboys to ghosts, almost the entire school was dressed to impress for the special day. “We’re the Spice Girls!” Mrs. Patrick announced, sporting a red apron and a seasoning label along with several of her fellow teachers. Other highlights included a penguin, Wednesday Addams, a turtle, witches, superheros, movie characters, and a pair of middle-schoolers jointly disguised as a horse.
At lunch, teachers and students lined
up their cars outside for a Trunk-n-Treat. As students piled candy (and
clementines) into their bags, they chatted about the day and their plans for
that night. Immediately after the Trunk-n-Treat, students showed off
their costumes in the annual Halloween parade. “It’s the best holiday,” Ryleigh
sighed wistfully. “And I can’t wait to start planning my costume for next
year.” Thanks to student president
Margaret and to the entire Student Council for getting the day organized!
Our hot, humid fall weather broke just in time for the 7th Annual Oyster Roast on November 3. Sunday afternoon was crisp and sunny—perfect for eating oysters under the big tent in Francis Marion Park. After weeks of careful preparation by the PTO, everything was ready: tables and chairs set up, plywood delivered, bake sale and silent auction items on display, and Will Ness playing his tunes.
There were also three propane cookers in the parking lot cranking out piles and piles of steaming bivalves! It was an amazing afternoon full of good food, sunshine, and friendship, all for the benefit of our scholarship fund.
Our leadership in this endeavor was awesome—thank you, Niki Howard, Sandy Martin, and Susie Kaminski. Thank you, students, for pitching in (even though you didn’t get to keep your tips!) and thank you, parents, for pulling together to make this the most successful Oyster Roast to date. Our gratitude to the Family Justice Center for the use of the tables, chairs, and tents.
It’s hard to imagine that students would volunteer to spend their free time doing math, but then again, anything is possible at TGS! Demand for the Middle School Math Meet was so high that the school had to split up into two teams. On October 22, the huge group of middle schoolers piled into cars and set off to the Sumpter Civic Center. They were escorted there by Mrs Crosby, Mrs Craig, and Mr and Mrs Howard. On the two teams are Morgan, Annika, Camper, Blake, Trey, Destiny, J’Marion, Matthew, Gabby, and Baryck.
“We did all right, actually.” Camper shared after the event was over. “And we raided the vending machines.” She also described meeting new friends from the other teams, although she could not recall their names. Morgan and Matthew earned the highest scores of their teams, although they did not place in the overall competition. Regardless, they had a great time and it was a fun learning experience for everyone.
Front Street is the place to be for oyster-lovers next Sunday afternoon November 3 as The Georgetown School is hosts its 7th Annual Oyster Roast from 2-5:00 inFrancis Marion Park. Tickets are $25 and include all-you-can-eat oysters, chicken pilau, and hot dogs, along with the mellow sounds of live music by Will Ness. Soft drinks, beer, and wine will be served (advance tickets include one adult beverage/soft drink). There will be a Silent Auction and bake sale, plus lots of fellowship and fun. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund of TGS. Walk-ups are welcome, or call 843-520-4359 for tickets.
The sun was high as the British Literature class pulled up to Old Gunn Church. The forest around it was alive with the sounds of nature, but the church itself was silent. “It’s beautiful.” Ryleigh realized, staring up at the church. Moss-patched walls and a still-crumbling bell tower stood high above the trees, looming over the world below. Overgrown grass and weeds grew wild between gravestones. This church had once stood in stark contrast to the wilderness around it, but now the forest was taking it back.
The church, now a national historical marker, has been a part of Georgetown’s history for generations. Dr. Simmons lectured the class on the church’s history, explaining that it had been built to serve various plantation owners who lived in the area. The church fell into disrepair after the American Civil War changed the status quo of the south. Then, in a mysterious fire during the 1960s, most of the church burned down. Only the front wall and the bell tower remained, as well as the numerous gravestones still hidden in the weeds behind it. When asked what caused the fire, Dr. Simmons simply shrugged. “Nobody knows. It’s a mystery.”
The fire isn’t the only mystery surrounding Old Gunn Church. Originally known as Prince Frederick Episcopal Church, it is most famous for its supposed haunting- the ghost of one John Gunn. Legend has it that Gunn, who worked for the church, fell to his death from the bell tower and now his spirit haunts the grounds. Fortunately, the British Literature class did not have any encounters with this supposed spirit during their visit to the church. Visitors are no longer able to enter the church, which is fenced off from the general public, but the students still had a great time peering through the fence to look at the almost-forgotten landmark. After learning all about the history and legend surrounding the church, and taking plenty of pictures, it was time to head back to school. “I wish we could have stayed longer.” Margaret sighed wistfully. “It’s just so peaceful here.”
Immediately after school, members of the TGS volleyball team piled into cars and set off for St Michael’s. In their first and only tri-match of the season, the Kingfishers were playing Lowcountry and Elizabeth Ann Seton in the same night. At 3:30, they pulled into the parking lot and got ready to play. “We can win this tonight,” Coach Neubauer told her team before they went inside. “We almost beat Seton last time we played, and they’ve beaten Lowcountry. If we play as well as we did last time, we have a pretty good chance.”
There were unfortunate setbacks to the night’s events. First, there was an unscheduled JV game that pushed back the tri-match by almost an hour. Then, the games were each played 3 out of 5 sets, instead of 2 out of 3 that is typical for tri-matches. Lowcountry and Seton played each other first, and it was nearly 7:00 by the time TGS stepped out onto the court.
They started out strong, but as the night went on, their energy began to wane. Lowcountry won all three sets, although TGS was not far behind. By the time they played Seton, the Kingfishers were completely exhausted. “Come on, guys!” Margaret encouraged her team. “We’re close! We can still win this!” But after co-captain Ryleigh was taken out of the game by illness, the team began to fall behind. In the end, the Kingfishers left the gym in low spirits having lost every set they had played. Even though they didn’t win, it was good practice for their upcoming games and will be used as a learning experience.
The day we had been waiting for was finally here: the annual SCISA High School Quiz Bowl competition. After having competed with other students for their places on the team, the four students on the team were eager to go. Margaret, Ryleigh, Camille, and Ethan piled into Dr Gates’s car and drove to North Myrtle Beach Christian.
In the morning, TGS went up against Lowcountry, Christian School, and Pee Dee Academy. They were faced with rapid-fire questions about math, history, science, and more. Not having participated in the quiz bowl the previous year or practiced, TGS was at a disadvantage and struggled to keep up with the other teams.
Even though the team didn’t win, everybody learned a lot. “We lost pretty terribly,” Margaret admitted after the event was over. “But there was a lot of stuff in there that we just didn’t know.” Despite their loss, every team member went home with a very mild sense of accomplishment. “We still tried our best and had a great time,” said Margaret.
Wednesday, September 18, was the annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Challenge for Mrs. Crosby’s LA 1 and 2. Students had written up explicit instructions to prepare one of these tasty treats. They presented their instructions in front of the class and Mrs. Crosby carried them out to the letter with the materials on her desk.
“Please read EXACTLY what you have written!” she
instructed as AyShona got up to make her presentation. Unfortunately, AyShona forgot to mention that
the jars of peanut butter and jelly had to be opened and their contents scooped
out, resulting in much laughter as Mrs. Crosby actually placed the full jars
onto the bread. AyShona went back to her
seat with just squished bread on a paper plate.
Hayden fared slightly better. “Put jelly all over the bread,” he told Mrs. Crosby. In this way, he ended up with a slice of bread smeared all over with grape jelly. Bristol’s and Baryck’s instructions left Mrs. Crosby futilely stabbing at the unopened jars with the bread knife. And on it went! Students learned some valuable lessons about getting their message across in writing: words matter and you have to pay attention and put yourself in the place of the reader!