In Focus @ GWA
A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy
May 2, 2019
Yesterday marked a major milestone for graduating seniors across the nation. May 1 is known as "Decision Day" - the deadline for students to choose the college or university they will attend. As they considered which school to select, GWA's Class of 2019 was well positioned with 82% prequalified for the Zell Miller and/or Hope Scholarships. In all, more than $4.6 million in scholarships were awarded to GWA seniors. Additionally, 10 seniors earned athletic scholarships and two were awarded music scholarships. We asked some of our seniors to share their college choices and how GWA prepared them for success...Read More.
Why is it a Worthwhile Investment?
By Femke Côté, Associate Head of Curriculum and Global Studies
"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer." -Author Unknown
Everything we teach our students on campus has inherent value and a direct impact on their success at the next level. At the same time, we understand that many of the soft skills that successful students need are not found in a curriculum, but are embedded in experiences - like going on a global exchange.
Exchanging to another culture and immersing in a different "normal" provides students with a concentrated opportunity for personal growth that cannot be fully replicated in our classrooms. An exchange trip fosters empathy, adaptability, and resilience in a much shorter amount of time than we are able to provide on campus. All of these skills are of incredible importance for colleges and the working world, and have become hallmarks of a great educational experience at the K-12 level. We are privileged to be able to provide our students with three separate opportunities to go on exchange during their high school tenure and have already seen students reap the benefits of their experience through their ability to tackle tough classes with a new confidence and step into unfamiliar situations with ease. Truly, they are living proof of the opening quote.
Questions about student exchange? Contact Femke Côté at email@example.com.
Student Trip of a Lifetime to Croatia
When: June 8-16, 2020
Cost: $3,990 – includes airfare, all accommodation/transportation costs, excursions, medical insurance, all breakfasts and some dinners
Who: Upper school students (must have completed freshman year by May 2020)
Why: Croatia is perhaps one of the most unique countries in Europe, and sits on the opposite side of the Mediterranean as Italy. The country is known for its incredible natural beauty and cinematographic history, hosting one of the HBO's most popular shows Game of Thrones. George Walton students and trip leaders will embark on an experience of a lifetime, zip-lining across the Cetina River, exploring the famous Plitvice Lakes, sea kayaking on the island of Hvar, and touring the famous historical structures that made Game of Thrones what it was!
For more information, or to register, go to https://travefy.com/trip/gjfc6kkx7ark7uwxgdfb6uuxtjrv2.
Questions? Contact Femke Côté at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GWA Senior "Steels" Big Title
GWA Senior, Thomas Ashley and his competitive cheerleading team, Stingrays Steel, took the Championship title in Level 5 Large Coed Division of the Cheer Worlds competition at the ESPN Center this past weekend in Orlando, FL. Thomas has been cheering competitively for five years and plans to cheer for Austin Peay State University this fall. Thomas credits his tumbling abilities to his dad who co-owns Rockdale Gymnastics and has taught him his skills over the years. Thomas has attended GWA since K5.
Check Out Our New App!
George Walton Academy is piloting a phone app that’s designed to make it easier for you to access school information. We invite you to use one of the following links to download the app and check it out. We would love to hear back from you as we fine-tune this app. Please send any feedback to Jeanie Beach at email@example.com so we can make it an effective tool for our families.
Apple App Store Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-gwapp/id1458384466?ls=1&mt=8
Google Play Store Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.me0adc58f412.www
This app is free for parents thanks to the support of our Corporate Partners. We have just launched our enrollment for 2019-2020 Corporate Partnerships and have added several new features including a link to our Corporate Partners on the new app! We will also feature a bi-monthly digital flier where partners may advertise sales, discounts or specials. Be on the lookout for our new Corporate Partner directory at the first of the year that contains a calendar of important dates and will be provided free of charge to our families. For more information on how to be a corporate partner, check out our brochure: https://bit.ly/2UPwGBE
On the app you will see a Dawgs 360 button. It is not active yet. If you are a Dawgs 360 member, please continue to use your current app until the end of the year.
Academic Standouts Receive Major Honor
The eight juniors with the highest cumulative grade point averages receive the designation of Junior Marshals and will serve as ceremonial leaders for the Class of 2019. Congratulations to Mary Grace Cowan, Bailey Croker, Melissa Gish, Lauren Holley, Ben Howard, Jenna Lo, Landen Johnson, and Spring Rawl.
Team Building Through Biology
The Seven Survival Skills for the Twenty-first Century
By Lynn Robinson, Middle and Upper School Counselor
We are quickly approaching the third decade of the world wide web. That is hard for me to believe, but it is a fact. By the end of the 1990s, even I had a home computer and access to the internet. Ever since the internet became commonplace, educators have faced a challenge: We’ve had to adapt the classroom to make way for new technology. As we changed the classroom, we had to ask ourselves, “In the Information Age, what does it mean to be educated?” Dr. Tony Wagner, former professor at Harvard University and now the senior research fellow at The Learning Policy Institute, began working with “the world of work” in order to find an answer to that all important question...Read More.
Inspiring Students Through FCA
FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) is an organization that focuses on serving local communities around the globe by engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to unite, inspire and change the world through the gospel. At GWA, the group also even includes some of whom are not athletes. Every Thursday FCA meets in Mrs. Steele’s classroom for some inspirational “food” during lunch time. Also, once a month, students are led by an outside guest, a GWA student, or a GWA faculty member. They also view a Tim Tebow video. Our school is fortunate to have some dynamic guests from the surrounding communities provide spiritual truths to help students navigate circumstances in their lives. Pictured here is Mr. Reggie Hubbard from Snellville’s 12Stone Church who shared his personal story and Bible passages. Every student is welcome to join the group at any time. For more information please contact Carolyn Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GWA Hosts Relay for Life
We invite our entire community to get involved: volunteer, donate, honor a loved one affected by cancer and help raise awareness and funds to fight cancer. To be part of this life-changing event, CLICK HERE to access the registration form, or contact Director of Dawgs 360 Elizabeth Mcdonel at email@example.com for more information.
Dedicate a Luminaria: Light up your community and honor every life touched by cancer. Dedicate a Luminaria to a loved one lost, someone currently battling, or anyone who has overcome cancer. Dawgs 360 is selling Luminaria Bags at the price of two for $10. If you are interested in purchasing bags, please stop by the front office.
100 volunteers are needed on May 3! We are in need of volunteers in different areas, from unloading to loading tents, traffic coordinating, joining or starting a team, helping at the survivor dinner, as well as providing and driving golf carts! If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We need YOU!
Opportunities for Involvement:
Relay for Life Volunteers:
Set- Up: Fri., May 3 from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. & 4 - 6 p.m.
Host/Hostess’ for Survivor Dinner Clean- Up: 11 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Golf Carts and Drivers: Fri. May 3
Teacher Appreciation Week:
Week of May 6 - 10
We need breakfast bakers, mailbox treats, desserts for appreciation lunch and small tokens of appreciation! Please see below for more information regarding Teacher Appreciation Week, or email Elizabeth McDonel at email@example.com to get involved!
Showcase of Artistic Talent
The AP art show luncheon took place today where the students exhibited their 2D design portfolios before they package them for submission to the AP College Board for judging. Mary Grace Cowan and Delaina Ratliff used drawing, painting and mixed media to create their portfolios under instruction from Mr. Reagan, while Mr. Cole’s students Chloe McGraw, Tayia Mast, Jesse Wood and Rebecca Trifu used their photography skills to create their portfolios.
GWA Students Tickling the Ivory
Last Sunday 90 dedicated and talented first grade through senior pianists performed in spring piano recitals. They have worked hard throughout the year and shown a commitment to study piano. GWA’s piano lab offers a unique place for students to learn on campus. If your child is interested in enrolling in one of our piano classes for the 2019-2020 school year, please contact piano instructor, Corrie Beth Noll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music To Our Ears
GWA Presents Dessert Theater
This Saturday, May 4 the sixth-12th grade Musical Theater class will perform Dessert Theater at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. in the GWA Cafeteria. Admission is free! We will offer everything from middle school students performing Shakespeare to upper school students singing Cooper & Gaga’s Shallow duet. Hope to see you in the GWA Cafeteria this Saturday!
Hitting the High Notes With High School Musical
Varsity Boys Soccer Team Makes History
For the first time in George Walton history the varsity boys soccer team competed in the state playoffs! Their season was one for the record books and will never be forgotten by those who were a part of this remarkable season. They finished their season 10-5. In addition, Cody Carnes, Griffin Whitmire, Tommy long and Matthew Mcmain made the all region team.
Varsity Girls Soccer Finishes Strong
The varsity girls soccer team ended the year with a 5-9 record and kept pace with last year’s improvements and placing fourth in our area. Morgan Butler was the leading goal scorer with Annabelle Jerman and Julie Cato leading the defense from the back. The team earned their first region wins in many seasons by defeating Athens Christian both at home and away. To top the season off, all five seniors scored a goal on senior night, and for some defenders like Sarah Sykes it was their first goal in their high school career. Although the team is graduating five key seniors such as the captains Morgan Butler and Lydia Akin, the team will gain at least six eighth graders who have already made valuable contributions on the JV team this year. With those girls and another coach added to the team, it seems the girls are primed for their best season yet next year.
Impressive Inaugural Lacrosse Season
The boys lacrosse Team compiled a record of 1-2-1 in their inaugural season. They tied their first game vs Grayson 17-17, and won against Brookwood with a final score of 10-8. Sophomore attackman Edward Downey led the team in scoring, while fellow sophomore goalie Ryan Denhardt anchored the defense and showed great promise in the goal. The team and coaching staff would like to thank seniors Darius Barnum and Jason Rockmore for their leadership this season. The team looks forward to competing at the varsity level next year.
Varsity Tennis Wrapped Up a Successful Season
Varsity girls tennis finished their season with a 12-2 record, winning the Region!
Individual accomplishments include: Reagan Peppers and Melissa Gish finished their season undefeated as number 2 and 3 singles. Varsity tennis boys finished their season 3-6.
Racing To The Top
Congratulations To Our Bulldog Baseball Team!
The Varsity baseball team ended the season 16-13. Their first Team All Region Players were
Omar Daniels, Koby Dunn and Noah Coleman. Their second Team All Region Players were Jake Gray and Jake Whitten. Two of our Bulldogs signed to play at the next level. Omar Daniels – Georgia Highlands and Noah Coleman- East Georgia.
Calling All Upper School Volleyball Players!
University of Alabama Snags A Talented Alumnae
Congratulations to Izzy Ott ’18 on her recent accomplishment of making The University of Alabama’s Color Guard team! Way to go Izzy!