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Wilson principal tells group: ‘We try to put students first’

March 6, 2019

BY LAUREN OWENS

Morning News

lowens@florencenews.com

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Fellows in Education program members toured Wilson High School on Tuesday and learned about its programs.

Principal Eric Robinson opened the March meeting with an informational session about Wilson’s IB program, sports medicine program and early college program.

The IB program at Wilson High School scored second in the state for IB test scores, and the students ranked well across the nation and world, Robinson said. Students in the early college program can graduate from high school with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.

Robinson said the school focuses on programs that will provide children a better future, whether that is in a four-year university, a technical college or the workforce.

“My idea is just like the district’s: We try to put students first at all times, and we have to cater our curriculum to every student,” Robinson said. “We try to prepare them for life afterward.”

Bryant Moses, a fellow and a member of the Wilson High School Alumni Association, talked about the active role the association takes in the school through providing scholarships for students and donating money to the school.

Robinson said the association gives almost $25,000 to the school each year.

Annie Ham, a member of the 2018-19 fellows, is a parent of a Wilson High School student, as well as a Wilson High School alumna.

“It makes me feel really good about him (her son) being a student here,” Ham said. “I feel the principal seems to be doing a really great job.”

Ham said she was pleasantly surprised to see how nice the school is after almost 30 years since she was a student. She also said the student camaraderie is just how it was while she was in school.

“It’s also nice to hear how the students thought about the school,” Ham said. “It’s a lot of the way I felt about Wilson while I was here. There was always a lot of school pride and school spirit.”

The next Fellows in Education program will be at Dewey L. Carter Elementary School.