In Focus @ GWA

A news bulletin for the families of George Walton Academy

April 14, 2022

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Key Deadlines & Dates

  • School Holiday: Good Friday, April 15
  • Senior Class - Paint Your Path: April 20
  • HS Arena Registration: April 21
  • Aladdin: April 21 & 22
  • Rising 9th Grade Meeting: April 26 @ 6:30 p.m. in cafeteria
  • Dance Showcase: April 27 @ 4 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Spring Band Concert: April 28 @ 7 p.m.
  • Cinderella: April 28 & 29
  • Field Day: April 29 (see below)
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Crime Solvers

By Tara Walker

Seventh-grade Life Science students put on their forensic serologist hats for the day and were tasked with analyzing blood evidence found at the scene of a “burglary.” Students needed to match the blood type found at the crime scene with one of the four suspects. This blood typing lab activity served to wrap up their lessons over the circulatory system, allowing students to analyze and see which antigens each sample of blood had by adding antibody anti-serums. They concluded suspect three was guilty and the world can rest easy now that they have solved the case!

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Engaging Assignments

By Chelsea Byrd

Eighth-grade students in Mr. Griffin’s and Mrs.Byrd’s classes read novels together for honors and academic English. Honors students read The Year the Lights Came On by Georgia author, Terry Kay. It is a coming-of-age story about a small, Georgia town getting electricity thanks to FDR and the Rural Electrification Administration. Kay’s book is formatted without named chapters. So, students were tasked with naming ten chapters, providing an artifact to represent the chapter, and a piece of evidence to support the chapter title. Then, they had to tie it all together and justify their ideas.

Academic students read Spooked: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America by nonfiction narrative writer, Gail Jarrow. She weaves a story of setting the East coast up for a believable hoax right before Halloween. Her goal is for readers to understand the importance of checking your facts. Students were asked to research a real hoax and then turn it into a believable podcast story, similar to Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast.

All of the students spent Monday observing, discussing, and listening to projects published by their peers. As they observed, they focused on elements of projects they found impressive like the most creative chapter titles or the most believable story. Lastly, they wrote down whose project they would most likely emulate and why.

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Inspired By Design

By Liz Jones

The Graphic Design class and the yearbook staff had the opportunity to tour Standard Press in Atlanta with senior account executive and GWA parent Keith Tinsley. In touring the facilities, they were able to gain a better understanding of what goes into the finished products they have been working on in their classes. They saw how printing plates were created for traditional Heidelberg presses and saw the inside of a digital press and its very large liquid ink cartridges. Students watched a demonstration about how the signatures of a book are printed flat and folded, cut and bound to create the finished product. They viewed various other printing machinery, including a new machine that prints foil digitally. They also saw the creative offices where the marketing team helps integrate augmented reality with printed promotional materials to take businesses to the next level in their marketing strategies.

After the printing company, they visited the High Museum of Art where they toured an exhibition entitled Disrupting Design: Modern Posters, 1900-1940. They viewed posters made by some of the pioneers of modern graphic design and saw how their work continues to influence modern graphic design today. They also toured other exhibits. Students will use their inspirations when they return to the classroom to help in their next design projects.

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Welcome to GWA!

We are thrilled to welcome Harmony, Fanny, and Ombeline to GWA! These French exchange students from St. Denis International School (located just outside of Paris) will spend the next month with us as ninth graders. They will each live with a GWA host family and are excited to learn about American culture over the coming weeks.
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Creative Collaboration

Don’t miss the upcoming GWA production of Aladdin, Jr. on April 21 and 22 at 6 p.m. The show is a collaborative effort between upper school drama, dance, and art students. For the first time, prosthetics made by Mr. Jameson and his art students will be used to enhance the stage appearance of specific characters. The show is directed by Paula Gerhardt, with choreographer

Genie Wiggins, music director senior Allison Carter, and dance captain senior Anna Swope.

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Terrific Tennis

A big congratulations to our girls’ tennis team! They beat Athens Academy 3-0 on Wednesday to win the Region title for a third consecutive year! Reagan Peppers and Camille Malcom won the first two points for GWA and the duo of Abigail Mack/Mia Smith clinched the title, winning 6-1, 7-5 at number one doubles! The boys' team beat Prince Avenue 3-0 to place third in the Region. Braylee Malcom clinched the match at three singles, Logan Thornton and Evan Phillips both won at one and two singles.

Both the girls' and boys' tennis teams will head to the GHSA State Tennis Tournament. Girls will play on Tuesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. against Lakeview Academy at GWA in round one. Boys will play on Wednesday, April 20 at 2 p.m. against Pinecrest Academy at Pinecrest. Good luck, Bulldogs!

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Top Dawgs!

Our GWA varsity Bulldogs defeated LCA in game 3 of the Region series with a final score of 11-2. The series showcased great baseball by all players both defensive and offensive.

Starting pitchers for each game were:

Junior - Will Atkinson - Game 1

Sophomore - Mason Maughon - Game 2

Freshman - Tyler Woodbury - Game 3

Home run hitters for the series:

Tyler DesOrmeaux - 1

Jake Lance - 2

Colt Ratliff – 1

Congratulations, Bulldogs!

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Congrats to our GWA golf teams! The boys won the Walton County Championship and the girls tied for second place with Loganville behind Social Circle. This follows a win over Archer High School by both teams right before spring break.

County match top scores:


Will Herren 38

Ben Ellerbee 38

Matthew Herren 39

Reed Lawrence 40


Taylor Tinsley 49

Hannah McDonel 57

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Special Deliveries

For the first time since COVID began, GWA fifth graders were able to carry on with their Easter tradition of taking beautiful Easter baskets full of generously donated items to the Walton County Senior Citizens Center. Students were given a tour and told of the delicious meals served and many activities available for the senior citizens of Walton County. They were given a warm welcome and enjoyed a short visit with a few seniors. This annual trip is one that always fills the heart!
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Make Plans for Summer Fun!

GWA activities don’t stop when the school year ends! Our camps begin May 30 and run through July 25. Check out the exciting camp offerings for Summer 2022!

Click HERE for complete details and registration. Please contact Ashley Kirkpatrick with any questions.

  • 3D Design with Mr. Gasaway
  • Basketball Skills Camp with Coach Lamonique and Coach Grace
  • Basketball w/ Coach Reynolds
  • Build the Future (3D city software) with Mr. Gasaway
  • Christmas in July Camp with Mrs. Scott
  • Cooking Camp with Mrs. Gervais
  • Craft Camp with Mrs. Scott
  • Crochet Camp with Mrs. Feinstein
  • Dot and Dash Robots with Mr. Gasaway
  • Draw, Paint, Create Art Hosted by The Sketch Pad
  • English SAT Prep Rising 11th – 12th grades
  • English SAT Prep Rising 9th – 10th grades
  • Flight 2050 (Learn about aviation) with Mr. Gasaway
  • Girl’s Youth Basketball with Coach Hines
  • LEGO Camp with Mrs. Power
  • Melty Bead Camp with Mrs. Scott
  • Minecraft and Video Game Camp with Mrs. Bellah
  • Mission to Mars with Mr. Gasaway
  • New London Driving classes
  • Outdoor Sports Camp with Ms. Shupe
  • Princess Camp with Mrs. Bellah
  • Reader’s Theater with Ms. Shupe
  • Soccer Camp with GWA Soccer Coaches and Players
  • Stay and Play with Ms. May (Offered all weeks camp is offered)
  • SUMO Robot Camp with Mr. Gasaway
  • Tennis Camp with Coach Chiara
  • Theater Basics Camp with Ms. Gerhardt
  • Wrestling Camp with Coach Sperin
  • Youth Football Camp with Coach Beer
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Getting Ready for Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2 - 6) is a special time to honor the individuals who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. We hope all GWA families are excited to recognize and show gratitude to our steller educators with special activities. We encourage you to thank our faculty by signing up to help with the following events - snacks for mailboxes, breakfast treats, desserts and in-kind donations.

It's easy to sign up - just click HERE and fill in an available slot. Questions? Please send them to Elizabeth McDonel, Dawgs 360 at Thank you!

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Today's In Focus is proudly sponsored by Apex Painting & Decorating, Inc.( Interested in advertising through our Corporate Partnership program? Contact Jeanie Beach at or call 678-635-3812.
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