In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

January 2016

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Focus on Athletics

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Athletic Improvements Underway at GWA

GWA consistently strives to provide quality programs and opportunities for our students through our Athletic Department. Several projects are underway or have recently been completed for the benefit of our students. GWA is grateful to those who have volunteered time, money or services to help make these enhancements come to fruition.
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New Athletic Practice Space Addition

A new 50’ x 100’ building is currently under construction in the Athletic Complex. Thanks to the support and leadership of GWA parent William Coleman the building will be a huge benefit to our athletes and our students. When it is complete, it will feature batting cages for baseball and softball. It will provide space for wrestling as well as practice space for football, band and other groups that need to escape inclement weather.

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Tennis Courts Resurfaced

Our tennis program is growing! GWA is adding a middle school tennis team. In preparation for tennis season and the additional space needed to accommodate players, all courts have been resurfaced.

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New Weather Monitoring Device On Campus

Keeping the safety of our athletes in the forefront, GWA has installed a weather monitoring device that will allow better monitoring for lightning as well as wet bulb temperatures. This device is mounted on the top of the scoreboard at the baseball field and gives our athletic staff more accurate monitoring of weather conditions on our campus. The wet bulb device measures environmental conditions during exercise. It helps staff to determine if conditions are too hot for athletes to be on the fields. This latest campus improvement provides an additional layer of safety for our families and our visitors.

Basketball Adds Fifth Grade Teams

The GWA basketball program has expanded to include fifth-grade teams and the Nicholson Center floor was refinished in the fall to provide the best playing surface for all our teams.

Soccer Adds Boys JV Team

This year enough interested players have signed up to play soccer, and GWA will be adding a Boys JV team.

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GWA Fields Are In Tip Top Shape

Thanks to the generosity of parents, Dan and Darla Pennington, our athletic fields are in top notch condition for sports! The Penningtons have graciously supported the GWA athletic program over the years with the contribution of fertilizer and seed for the maintenance of our fields. They also donate Turface product for our softball and baseball fields.

Booster Club Reorganized

The GWA Booster Club has been reorganized and will take on responsibility for promoting athletic programs, increasing community interest, recognizing the endeavors and achievements of teams, and assisting the Athletic department. Booster club fundraising efforts will support all athletic teams at GWA. A strong booster club is reliant on both volunteers and financial support to foster the development of our student athletes and to maintain high quality athletic programs.

Membership in the Booster Club is open to everyone. Parents, grandparents, alumni, and community friends are encouraged to join. The membership fee of $100.00 will be divided. 50% will go to foster athletic programs as a whole, and 50% will be credited directly to the sport of your choice for the purchase of equipment.

Please contact Shelly Rockmore at if you would like to join.

Current Athletic Needs

Several items have been identified by different teams that are needed for team improvement or facilities. Tax-deductible donations came be made to the Annual Loyalty Fund and marked restricted to be used for the purchase of any of these items.

Please contact Todd Shelnutt if you would like to sponsor or underwrite any of these requested / needed items:

Replace barrier netting baseball field

Basketball shooting machine

Volleyball court divider

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Upcoming Booster Club Fundraisers

The Booster Club will be raffling off a 1971 Chevelle SS on February 27, 2016. Here is a link to the car Tickets are $100 each. Limit 1,000 tickets. Contact Todd Shelnutt at or any baseball player to purchase a ticket.

There will be a Booster Club Spring Golf Tournament at Lake Lanier Islands on Saturday, March 19, 2016. The Booster Club is looking for sponsors and teams. Please contact Brett Bell at

Important Dates at a Glance

January 8 Report Cards Posted

January 11 Virginia Trip Parent Information Meeting

January 14 Preview GWA Tour

January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - HOLIDAY

Full Calendar of Events

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