Students Earn South Carolina Junior Scholar Designation

posted Jan 15, 2019, 6:32 AM by Oconee Google

Based upon their PSAT scores and/or Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) recognition, thirty-three Seneca Middle School students recently learned that they have been named as South Carolina Junior Scholars.  The South Carolina Junior Scholars program was established to identify 8th grade students with exceptional academic talent and to sponsor summer programs at participating South Carolina colleges and universities.  These programs are designed to further their intellectual growth, broaden their individual interests, and promote their scholastic achievement.

The thirty-three Seneca Middle School students who have been named South Carolina Junior Scholars are:  Camryn Bay, Luke Bleuel, Brady Bowen, AnnaBelle Bowling, Anna Brewer, Angie Diaz-Hernandez, Logan Dover, Samuel Goodroe, Paul Hainisch, Camryn Hanson, Conner Henderson, Jessica Hendricks, Madeline Kanagy, Hannah Leach, Megan McConnell, Logan McIntyre, Amy McKee, Christopher Brandon Nixon, Collin O'Donnell, Grace Orrey, Mattie Padgett, Ruby Prosser, Reese Robinson, Abigail Romero, Riley Schrader, Rachel Ann Sharpe, Ethan Shaw, Sydney Sorber, Cierra Stone, Ethan Summerville, Lillianna Taft, Alexandria Winkler, and Micah Zeller.

Student Places Third in State Level of Essay Contest

posted Jan 15, 2019, 6:23 AM by Oconee Google

It is impressive enough for a student to earn 1st place in the local and also the district level of an essay contest, but Seneca Middle School student Angie Diaz-Hernandez surpassed even those feats when she also placed third in the state with her essay submission to the Patriot's Pen essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFW).  Diaz-Hernandez's essay on the topic of "Why I Honor the American Flag" took first place honors at the local level sponsored by VFW Post 6830 in Walhalla.  Her essay then took top honors for VFW District 4 before moving on to the state level and third place placement.  Her English/Language Arts teacher, Stephanie Necessary, who worked with Angie on her essay said, "I am so thankful for the VFW who provides amazing opportunities like this to our young people.  Contests like this not only support our students but also serve as teachable moments for students to reflect on the sacrifices our armed forces have made to protect our nation."

Walhalla Elementary Family Fun Run

posted Jan 10, 2019, 6:36 AM by Oconee Google

When:  Saturday, March 9, 2019
Where:  Walhalla Elementary School, 508 Fowler Road, West Union, SC  29696
Time:  Registration opens at 7:30 am; One mile starts at 8:45 am; 5K starts at 9:00 am

For more information, contact Walhalla Elementary School at 864-886-4480.

To register online, visit:

Duran Wins SMS Geography Bee Again

posted Dec 12, 2018, 7:20 AM by Oconee Google

Winning a school-wide geography bee as a seventh grader is impressive.  Winning it two years in a row is even more remarkable.  Seneca Middle School eighth grader Christopher Duran did just that recently at the school's National Geographic Bee event.  This second win was no easy feat, however, due to heated competition from participants at all grade levels.  In fact, a run-off was required to break a tie between Duran and sixth grader Logan Wilson to determine the final winner.  Duran will now complete a written test to determine if he will move on to the state-level bee and hopefully on to the nationwide National Geographic Bee competition in Washington, DC.  The remaining participants in the school-wide bee were McKenna Foster, Cooper Stills-Glass, Joseph Mahaffee, and Collin O'Donnell.

SMS Student Selected to National Honor Choir

posted Dec 4, 2018, 5:14 AM by Oconee Google

The Seneca Middle School community is accustomed to having members of its music programs selected as the best in the county, region and even the state.  However, it is truly exceptional to have a student named as one of the finest in the nation.  For the second rotation in a row, a student from the Seneca Middle School chorus program has been selected for the National Middle School/Junior High Honor Choir.  Eighth grader Dalton Land will travel to Kansas City, Missouri from February 27 - March 2, 2019, to rehearse with this choir and will present a concert on March 2, 2019, as part of the National American Choral Directors Conference.

The National Honor Choir is only formed every two years, alternating years with a multi-state regional choir, both selected through the American Choral Directors Association.  The Seneca Middle School chorus program has had one or more of its members named to either the National or Southern Region Honor Choir for each of the past three years.  At Seneca Middle School, Dalton is a member of the Honors Chorus directed by National Board Certified teacher Carla Brock.

SHS - Sounds of the Season

posted Nov 28, 2018, 11:49 AM by Oconee Google

Seneca High Chorus Concert Announcement

The Seneca High School Choral Department presents "Sounds of the Season" on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 8:00 pm.  The event will be held at Seneca Baptist Church located on 1080 South Oak Street in Seneca.  The program will feature the Women's Chorus, Mixed Chorus, Honors Women's Chorus, Honors Chorale and Madrigal Singers.  Admission is free and open to the public.  

Students Rewarded for High Academic Achievement

posted Nov 19, 2018, 5:13 AM by Oconee Google   [ updated Jan 14, 2019, 7:42 AM ]

When a new principal takes the helm at a school, changes in at least some routines and procedures are to be expected.  However, for Dr. Darrell McDowell at Seneca Middle School, there is at least one tradition that he has no plans of changing.  At the school, those who earn an average score of 96 or higher in all courses are named to the Principal's List honor roll at the end of each quarter.  For years, the school has rewarded these students with exceptionally good grades with exceptionally good food by taking them out to lunch.  With the first quarter of the school year under his belt, Dr. McDowell thoroughly enjoyed presiding for the first time over this tasty tradition at the Los Amigos restaurant in Seneca.  He not only had the opportunity to reward the fourteen who qualified, but also had the change to get to know these academic leaders better.

The Seneca Middle School students who earned a place on the Principal's List for the first quarter are:  6th grade - Brecken Alexander, Celia Gully, Brighton Hamilton, Emily Ivey, Ethan Sullivan, Macie White and Caleb Zeller; 7th grade - Sidney Doyle, Claire Lindsey and Turner Wilson; 8th grade - Anna Brewer, Logan Dover, Maddie Kanagy and Brandon Nixon.

Seneca Lions Club Chooses Peace Poster Contest Winners

posted Oct 29, 2018, 4:51 AM by Oconee Google

Peace and kindness.  It doesn't take much to understand that you can't achieve one without the other.  For more than 25 years, Lions Club International has sponsored a Peace Poster Contest for children ages 11-13 in an effort to encourage "young people worldwide to express their visions of peace."  Sponsored locally by the Seneca Lions Club, art students at Seneca Middle School worked hard over the course of several weeks to create posters that portrayed this year's contest them of "Kindness Matters."  After a thorough review, five works were judged to be the best.  Seneca Lions Club member Nancy Bock came to the school to award the top five.  They were:  1st place - Aurora Negro, 2nd place - Leah Broome, 3rd place - Lily Foster-Kyle, 4th place - Caroline McElroy, and Honorable Mention - Brianna Bates.  Aurora's artwork will now move on to district-level judging and then hopefully further to the International level.  All of their artwork may be seen hanging in Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe over the next few weeks.

SMS Students Earns Place in All-State Chorus

posted Oct 23, 2018, 4:57 AM by Oconee Google

In the life of a teenager, the passage of just a few months can seem like a lifetime.  For a very talented group of Seneca Middle School students, the months between learning they had been selected for the elite All-State Chorus and the actual All-State event not only seemed lengthy but also saw roughly half complete their last year at Seneca Middle and move on to the ninth grade at Seneca High School.  The All-State Chorus audition and selection process starts in the spring yet the clinic and concert don't take place until October; thus the departure of those moving on to high school.  For Seneca Middle School Chorus Director Carla Brock, they will always be "her" students.  She gladly still oversaw the travel and participation of both the Seneca Middle and Seneca High School delegations to Charleston for the All-State clinic and concert in early October.  She said of the event, "This year's All-State conductors were extremely inspiring and gave our students an extraordinary experience.  Our kids worked very hard and had a blast."

The large number who qualified from Seneca Middle School tied for the second most from any school in the state only trailing a magnet school for the arts.  The current Seneca Middle School students who qualified for All-State Chorus are:  Luke Bleuel, Drake Denney, Isaiah Glenn, Mary Alice Harben, Sean Hoffman, Dalton Land, Jack Lee, Madelyn LeRoy, Megan McConnell, Emma Padgett, Delane Rosemond, Olivia Sires, and Stella Smith.  The group now at Seneca High School are:  Kristen Brown, Payton Burkett, Camille Ellenburg, Nicole Feagan, Kaidence Hamm, Brooke Lindsey, Nick Mack, Amari McCalope, Anais Puffer, Corbin Shirley, Connor Sluder, and Donovan Williams.  Two additional students also qualified while at Seneca Middle School but have since moved to a new school district.

Back row:  Luke Bleuel, Madelyn LeRoy, Jack Lee, Dalton Land, Olivia Sires, Stella Smith and Isaiah Glenn; Front row:  Delane Rosemond, Sean Hoffman, Megan McConnell, Drake Denney, Emma Padgett and Mary Alice Harben

SMS Students Named to All-Region Orchestra

posted Oct 15, 2018, 6:34 AM by Oconee Google

Competing against musicians from all over Anderson, Greenville, Pickens and Oconee counties, four Seneca Middle School students recently learned that they have made the cut and earned spots in the Region 2 Orchestra.  In fact, one - Luke Bleuel - performed so well that he was named 1st chair violin, an amazing accomplishment.  Also named to the Region 2 Orchestra were Ruby "Sam" Prosser - 2nd violin, Alexandria Winkler - viola and Brandon Nixon - cello.  These outstanding musicians are taught at Seneca Middle School by Orchestra Director David Warlick.  They will participate in the Region 2 clinic and concert in November at Furman University.  Warlick said of his All-Region students, "I am extremely proud of these students.  They have worked hard outside of class time and their dedication has paid off.  I would like to credit three private teachers as well - Luke studies with Jennifer John; Alexandria with Carla Rogers; Brandon with Laura Koelle."

Pictured L to R:  Alexandria Winkler, Brandon Nixon, Ruby "Sam" Prosser, Luke Bleuel

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