In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

January 20, 2022

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Key Deadlines & Dates

  • Winter Sports Senior Night (non-basketball): Jan. 25
  • Red Cross Blood Drive: Jan. 28, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Yearbook Deadline: Jan. 31
  • Basketball Senior Night: Feb. 4
  • GWA Open House: Feb. 6
  • Lucky Dawg Gala and Benefit Auction: Feb. 26
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Looking at Law

Senior Dominic Williams has thoroughly enjoyed interning with MG Law in Conyers. He said, “There’s never a boring moment or a moment where I’m regretting it.” Dominic had the opportunity to sit in on legal meetings as well as help with general office duties, send out requests for medical/billing records, file documents and fix document templates – all while learning about the legal system. Dominic commented, “The people are amazing and that helps a lot! The office energy is always great.” Thanks to MG Law for offering Dominic a first-hand look at law!

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Handled with Care

Junior Della Couch is thankful for the opportunity to intern with Summit Chase Animal Hospital. She has gained so much knowledge about animal care through hands-on learning. Della has observed surgeries, taken blood samples, helped contain dogs and cats, and assisted the vets with other daily tasks. She has a new appreciation for the physical strength it takes when treating large or unfriendly animals as well as dealing with family pets that may not make it through. Overall, Della described her internship as an “eye-opening experience.”

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Time on the Ranch

GWA juniors Ben Ellerbee and Graham Hill headed west for a unique internship experience at JH Ranch – a high-adventure Christian guest ranch in Etna, California. They chopped wood, fixed cabins, and, in general, helped the community. Their efforts behind-the-scenes also provided the opportunity to understand all of the “moving parts" at the ranch and its ministry.

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Second Grade STEM Lab

By Janet Bishop

The second-grade is studying the states and properties of matter. In STEM we looked at the properties of each of our items: baking soda, vinegar, and a balloon and brainstormed together to make a descriptive list of their properties. Next, we asked the question – Could we blow up the balloon without using air? Students dumped baking soda in the balloon and into a bottle containing vinegar and were surprised to see their balloons blow up by themselves using carbon dioxide produced by the chemical reaction of the baking soda and vinegar. We recorded the results and labeled solid, liquid and gas on our drawing to wrap up the STEM lab.

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Creations and Critiques

Middle school art students in Ms. Sims’ class completed their paint pour works and wrapped up the project with a critique and valuable feedback from their classmates. The paint pouring techniques create colorful swirls on the canvas using acrylic paint. Two techniques were used, a clean pour in which individual colors of paint are poured in layers onto the canvas and a dirty pour technique in which different colors are layered in the same cup and poured onto the canvas together. Students then tilted the canvas to allow the paint to spread, creating unique designs and some added the use of silicone, a palette knife, or a blow dryer to get different effects. The results are incredible – great job, students!
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State-Bound Swimmers

The GWA Swim Dawgs showed up and showed out at last Friday’s meet at UGA’s Ramsey Center! The Boys 200 Medley Relay team – Jake Stout, Charlie Stout, Baylor Lingner and Timothy Pham won first place and dropped their state qualifying time. The group also qualified for state in the 400 Free Relay. The state qualified Girls 200 Medley Relay team – MK Dopp, Sarah Digby, Emma Dopp and McKenna Rutledge made their second qualification in the 200 Free Relay.


Good luck to the Swim Dawgs as they compete on Saturday at the 1A Championship Meet and at the GHSA State Meet on February 4 and 5 at Georgia Tech!

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Hoops Update

The varsity boys basketball team earns another Region win on the road with a hard-fought 57-55 victory over Prince Avenue on Tuesday night. Leading scorers included Kennedy Johnson with 24 points and Noah Hicks contributing 21 points. The team stands at 12-3, 4-1 (Region) on the season. The girls team fell short by only a few points against Prince Avenue and look for a win on Friday night as both teams travel to Loganville Christian Academy. Go Bulldogs!
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Riders Head to Region Finals

Both the high school and middle school GWA equestrian teams have enjoyed a great regular season - winning several championships and reserves! High school is qualified for Region Finals and middle is close to qualifying. The teams are hosting their home competition on January 29 at Wellspring Farm in Monroe, the final regular season competition for our region.
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Tickets On Sale Now!

Make plans to join us for our 2022 Lucky Dawg Gala and Benefit Auction! This year's event will be held in Monroe at The Factory at Walton Mill. Not only will the most-anticipated event of the year take place at a new venue, we will be welcoming Seth "Your Rocktioneer," and enjoying delicious food provided by Epting Events. We want to thank our sponsors and invite others to join us for an evening to benefit our students. We are also currently soliciting items for the event. Contact Jeanie Beach at jbeach@gwa.com if you would like to donate something to the auction.


Click HERE for more details about the event and to purchase tickets/sponsorships.

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Choose Your Destination!

This year we have kicked our raffle up a notch and we are allowing you to pick from FOUR fabulous locations when you purchase a raffle ticket! Click HERE to download a flier with rules and information. Forms need to be turned in to Jeanie Beach in the Advancement Office to be entered into the raffle. The drawing will be held at the Lucky Dawg Gala and Benefit Auction on Saturday, Feb. 26. You do not have to be present to win. Sales are limited to only 100 tickets - so don't delay and miss out on purchasing a ticket.

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Admissions Event

Be sure to let friends and neighbors know about our upcoming Open House event! We look forward to welcoming prospective families on Sunday, February 6!
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Order Your Letter Jacket Tomorrow!

Scholastic Images, our official letter jacket partner, will be at George Walton Academy on FRIDAY, JANUARY 21 during break and all lunches and walk students through the easy ordering process.


Students - Letter jacket orders need a $100 deposit along with proof that you have lettered, so bring your GW award letter, varsity letter certificate, or signed form(attached) along with any patches you may have at the time of order. Whether you lettered in academics, fine arts, or athletics, we encourage you to order your jacket now so you can wear it with PRIDE! Letter jacket information is available at www.scholasticimages.com as well as in the front office. Go BULLDOGS!

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If you helped cheer on the Braves during the World Series or the Dawgs at the National Championship games OR at either of the celebrations, the yearbook staff needs your photos for a feature story in the yearbook. Send us the best photos you have! We would prefer photos of GWA students where you can see that they are actually at the game or celebration. The higher the resolution, the better. All photos will be CONSIDERED for publication, but we may not be able to include them all. Send photos to Liz Jones – ljones@gwa.com

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Practicing Kindness

Next week is the Great Kindness Challenge: one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible on campus. Lower and middle school students will receive a kindness checklist on Monday to encourage them to accept the challenge. Last year, 16,865,491 schools participated all over the world. Please join us by spreading random acts of kindness next week so we can show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS! Bonus: you can download the GKC app right on your phone.
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Meet Jeanie Collin!

Jeanie Collin has worked at GWA for four years – first as an academic coach in the PARC and currently as a fourth-grade teacher. She earned an early childhood degree from the State University of West Georgia and holds a master’s degree in the same field of study from Piedmont College. Jeanie and her husband Chris have two children, and both attend GWA – Avery (junior) and Peyton (sophomore). Jeanie enjoys reading, doing puzzles, playing tennis, trying new restaurants, going to the beach, and watching her kids play sports.

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Meet Matt Reynolds!

Dean of Students and Associate Head of School for Student Services Matt Reynolds (’09) is a proud GWA alum and has worked (full-time) at the school for the past nine years. He is also the head varsity boys’ basketball coach in the midst of an impressive season! Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in Education from Liberty University. He is married to Haley Hodges Reynolds (GWA ’09) and they stay busy keeping up with their toddler Charlie.
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Today's In Focus is proudly sponsored by Sugarloaf Wealth Management (www.swmllc.com). Interested in advertising through our Corporate Partnership program? Contact Jeanie Beach at jbeach@gwa.com or call 678-635-3812.
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