Category Archives: Wren Area

School Board approves construction bid for Wren projects, names PHS auditorium

By David Meade
The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees packed alot into their first meeting of 2017 held in the library at Palmetto High School.
Board members approved a construction bid for Wren projects, adopted the 2017-18 school calendar, renewed the superintendent’s contract, recommended a new trustee member.
They also announced that the Palmetto High Auditorium will be named in honor of long time Board Chairman Fred Alexander, who died in November.

Wren High receives Blue Ribbon Lighthouse award

Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc. recently awarded its prestigious Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School Award to Wren High School, during its annual Blueprint for Excellence National Conference held in Orlando, Florida. Wren High Principal Nichole Boseman and Assistant Principal Chris Chapman received the award for the school.

Palmetto, Wren, Powdersville Bands march together

Anderson School District One Bands march together

For Williamston Christmas Parade

Bands from all three Anderson School District One High Schools, Palmetto, Wren and Powdersville joined forces to march in the Williamston Christmas Parade.

Wren Homecoming court

Wren held homecoming during halftime ceremonies last Thursday against Eastside. The Homecoming court included: Savannah Burkett, Bethany Gibson, Karli Morris, Macy Smith, Brayden Trammell, Bailey Wood, Adrienne Santos, Carley McKinney, Savannah Huff, Reagan Fleming, LeAnne Davison, Krista Gordon, Bailey Hayne, and 2015 Wren Homecoming Queen Carrie Moore. (Photo by Michael Lollis/

Wren homecoming queen

Krista Gordon was crowned Wren Homecoming Queen 2016 during halftime ceremonies at last Thursday’s game. Pictured from left are: 2015 Wren Homecoming Queen Carrie Moore, Wren Principal Nicole Boseman; 2016 Wren Homecoming Queen Gordon, and her father Mike Gordon. (Photo by Michael Lollis/

Wren student arrested in assault incident

At school fieldhouse

By Stan Welch – A 17-year old Wren student has been charged with assault following an incident that occurred on Sept. 16 at Wren High School.

According to reports, Bradley Kade Clardy of Piedmont was arrested by Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies for assault and battery in the third degree after allegedly stripping a 14 year old male student and forcing him to put on a cheerleader’s uniform. Warrants state the incident happened during school hours at the Wren High football fieldhouse and that it was caught on video.

Two new middle schools being proposed – Anderson District One

 After updating Board members on the School District One building program Tuesday, Superintendent David Havird introduced plans for replacing Palmetto Middle and Wren Middle school buildings, which are two of the oldest in the district. Havird said Palmetto Middle School was constructed in 1953 and Wren Middle School was built in 1951. Both schools were new high schools when they were originally constructed.

Under the proposed plan, construction of two new schools will take place at the current school campuses while present facilities continue to be used. Portions of both structures will be retained, including gyms and auditoriums. Once the new construction is completed, the old parts will be demolished and removed.

Preliminary planning will take place over the next year with a bond referendum possibly in 2019. The building project is expected to take three years to complete.

Wren High Class of 2016

Palmetto, Wren to get new auditorium seats

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Anderson School District One Board unanimously approved the purchase of 1,400 new auditorium seats for Wren and Palmetto High Schools. The project will cost approximately $223,000 and should be completed over the summer. Funding for the project will be from a contingency fund of the local option sales tax.

Superintendent David Havird said the project is not on the original project list but due to strong sales during the holidays, the district received additional funding from the 1 cent sales tax. The new seating will be indentical to seats installed in the Powdersville High Auditorium. Each school has seating for 700.

Student Art Show opens Thursday – At the Artory

The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center at The Artory will hold an opening reception this Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. for the second annual Anderson District One Student Art Show. The public is invited and admission is free. The reception will feature student artwork from throughout the district. Ten entry artworks were submitted by each of the District One art teachers. The Artory is at 123 Gossett St. in Williamston.

Campbell, Hicks to be inducted SC Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame

By Mike Matthews

Fran Campbell and Lynn Hicks, coaches at Wren High School, will be inducted into the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame this Friday in Columbia. During their times at Wren, the varsity boys and girls basketball coaches have set the standard for excellence in athletics.

They have coached longer, won more games, and brought home more championships than anyone else (in any sport) in the history of Anderson School District One. Coach Campbell and Coach Hicks have each spent the last 33 years of their respective careers at Wren High School.

Miss Wrenicycle winners

Winners of the 2016 Miss Wrenicycle pageant are from left: Miss Junior, Morgan Lynn Brust; Miss Wrenicycle, Jaclyn Sophia LiBrizzi; Miss Sophomore, Sarah Elizabeth Barker; and Miss Freshman, Claire Addison Wilson. (Photo by Rhonda Horne)

Board previews designs for new athletic facilities

At Palmetto and Wren

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board members approved the 2016-17 calendar, heard an update on the local option sales tax and previewed designs for two new athletic facility projects the tax is funding. Scott Powell of Craig Gaulden & Davis presented architect schematic designs for the planned Palmetto High School Muli-purpose facility and the Wren High Weight Room/Locker Room facilities. Powell said the projects are in the design phase and they are working on about one year out so that it can be ready for fall 2017.

The 6221 sq. ft. multi-purpose facility at Palmetto High will be located near the softball field. It will be one large open space building with a 20 ft. ceiling and a turf or rubberized floor. Wrestling mats will be designed so they can be lifted up to the ceiling allowing more floor space, Powell said.

Piedmont Parade – Wren High AFJROTC

The Wren High School AFJROTC leads the Piedmont Christmas Parade Saturday morning.

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