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Scheduling Change Boosts AP Pass Rates

The College Board has announced that 32 2017 Deerfield-Windsor School graduates and 11 current seniors have earned AP scholar designation based on their performances on 2017 Advanced Placement examinations. AP courses are college-level courses taught in high school, and students can earn college credit with exceptional scores on the nationally standardized examinations.

Deerfield offers 12 different AP courses to high-achieving sophomores, juniors and seniors, according to school officials. To be designated an AP Scholar, a student must post passing scores on at least three AP exams. Scholars with Honor must pass four exams and have a prescribed average score, and Scholars with Distinction must pass at least five exams with an even higher average score.

While it's not unusual for the school to have a high number of AP scholars, what is unusual is for the students who took AP exams to have an 83 percent pass rate — the highest number in recent memory.

"In the past, we've usually hit in the mid- to high-60s passage rate," DWS Head of School Geoffrey Sudderth said. "Our belief is we have created a new environment for the kids and their teachers to interact."

The new environment includes lengthened classroom time, achieved by reducing the number of daily classes from seven to five and rotating the two remaining classes into a weekly rotating schedule.

"We don't actually feel like we have lost anything, we feel like we have gained volumes," Sudderth said. "Our belief is this is sustainable, and I think we'll just keep getting better. What we've got right now, our time is our currency. What we have bought with this currency is a bunch of bright and shiny new toys, and we haven't figured out how to play with them yet.

"The new scheduling worked immediately, but we still have some other areas of the scheduling we haven't figured out exactly how to capitalize on. We're just in year two, and we think it will take us three to five years to get it all figured out."

Director of Upper School Janet Guillebeau said the students have adjusted, and the teachers appreciate the extra classroom time.

"We have excellent teachers who do a fantastic job challenging our talented students," she said.

Sudderth agreed.

"When you provide high-achieving students with more time to process and greater access to their devoted teachers, you have the opportunity to achieve even greater results," he said.

Deerfield's 2017 scholars are:

AP Scholars — Olivia Bell, Haley Broadaway, Dara Bruck, Evan Campbell, Mary Larkin Cardin, MacKenzie Copeland, Flannery Daughtry, Hana Ghiathi, Alex Holloway, Zoe Hopson, Hill Houston, Meenal Joshi, Jasmin Lopez, Aaroh Patel, Sarah Perrine, Rob Pilcher, Sam Reeder, Uday Sappati, Lexie Ruth Sells, Holley Vildibill.

AP Scholars with Honor — Alexandria Michas, Caroline Owens, Grant Wollam.

AP Scholars with Distinction — Mary Rachel Bonner, Rohit Doad, Jackson Eubanks, Kendyll Freeman, Devan Hammack, Maggie Ricks, Hannah Takash, Joe Tondera, Caroline Willis.

Academic Bowl Team Qualifies for National Tournament

The DWS Academic Bowl team travelled to New Orleans to compete in the National Academic Championship Tournament. Only in its second year of serious competition, the team qualified for two national championship tournaments. The team consisted of Devan Hammack (captain), Hannah Takash (vice-captain), Meenal Joshi, Haley Broadaway, Brynn Sammons, and Autumn Hart, and is coached by Irmgard Schopen-Davis. The team faced stiff competition from some of the top teams in the country from as far afield as New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Nebraska in a field consisting of about 100 teams.

Graduation 2017

With a sense of adventure, facing the next phase of their lives, the Deerfield-Windsor School Class of 2017 celebrated the end of their high school years in the traditional graduation ceremony on May 21 in the W. T. Henry Gymnasium. With a mixture of anticipation and anxiety, the 73 graduates marched through the doors of DWS for the last time as students. Presenting the invocation, Mary Rachel Bonner encouraged her classmates to stay true to themselves and to remember where they came from, and to walk with "great love for all the people we encounter." Salutatorian Joe Tondera challenged everyone in his class "to embrace the opportunities presented in college. Even if this means hesitantly venturing out of your comfort zone, this may be the only way to discover your specific path to satisfaction." Following that same thread, Valedictorian Rohit Doad encouraged his class to start today and "strive for excellence. Strive for knowledge for knowledge's sake. Strive to remove yourself from life's race to stop chasing after life's fleeting moments, to instead, cherish each moment available."

Meenal Joshi recognized the following BETA graduates:

Flannery Jane Daughtry

Rohit S. Doad

Jackson Scott Eubanks

Kendall Ashley Freeman

Devan Nicole Hammack

Alexandria Grace Holloway

Jacob Porter Johnson

Meenal Manish Joshi

Reynolds Burch Langstaff

Mary Margaret Murdock

Carson Wake Orlowski

Robert Sumner Pilcher, Jr.

Samuel James Reeder

Margaret Taylor Ricks

Mahsa Roosta

Uday Lakshmareddy Sappati

Hannah Page Takash

Joe Perkins Tondera

Holley Elizabeth Vildibill

Caroline Hollingsworth Willis

Grant Meyer Wollam

Carlton Marie Yarborough

MacKenzie Copeland recognized the following Honor Graduates:

Mary Rachel Bonner

Samaria Beulita Bridges

Margaret Collins Chandler

MacKenzie Rae Copeland

John Fletcher Cromartie

Flannery Jane Daughtry

Rohit S. Doad

Anna Victoria Eakes

Jackson Scott Eubanks

Kendyll Ashley Freeman

Devan Nicole Hammack

Alexandria Grace Holloway

Tyler Susan Jennings

Jacob Porter Johnson

Meenal Manish Joshi

Corey Min-Sung Kim

Reynolds Burch Langstaff

Jasmin Samantha Lopez

Hannah Taylor Mills

Mary Margaret Murdock

Carson Wake Orlowski

Robert Sumner Pilcher, Jr.

Samuel James Reeder

Margaret Taylor Ricks

Mahsa Roosta

Uday Lakshmareddy Sappati

Emma Longley Schneider

Rachel Marie Russell Sullivan

Hannah Page Takash

Erin Elizabeth Thomas

Joe Perkins Tondera

Holley Elizabeth Vildibill

Caroline Hollingsworth Willis

Grant Meyer Wollam

Carlton Marie Yarborough

Before receiving their diplomas, Headmaster Dave Davies presented the following awards:

Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards – Hannah Takash, Joe Tondera, Caroline Willis, Rohit Doad, and Maggie Ricks

The Graham P. Lowe Award – Joe Tondera

The Russell L. Grace Jr. Service Award – Maggie Ricks

The W.T. Henry Knight of Valor Award – Meenal Joshi

Giving the Faculty Challenge to the Class of 2017 was Mr. Geoffrey Sudderth, introduced by Maggie Ricks in a stirring tribute as she explained that 'not only is he supportive, but he genuinely cares about each individual student at Deerfield-Windsor." Addressing the graduates, Mr. Sudderth challenged the graduates to be flexible, adaptable, and resilient as they leave Deerfield-Windsor and begin a new journey. With Sudderth's words lingering and the anticipation of beginning a new adventure, Flannery Daughtry closed the ceremony with her benediction expressing her thanks to God for "allowing all of us to come together one last time in the place we have called home for so many years."

JV Tennis Team

We were very pleased to have seventeen 6th, 7th, and 8th graders participate in our inaugural DWS JV Tennis Team this season. We played seven matches and both teams were undefeated in match play. We went head to head with First Presbyterian Day School, Tiftarea, Westfield, and Valwood. We hosted a four team day of play in March, and it was a great day of tennis bringing home three team victories. Each player had the opportunity to play singles and doubles during the season, and they did a fantastic job!

Our seventeen JV Tennis players were:

Girls – Kate Walsh, Zahra Nurbhai, Katy Rose Boggus, McClellen Rice, Haley Haas, Bella Brim, Arya Patel, Sophie Singleton, Carlisle Cohen and Jia Patel

Boys – Jake Herrbold, Kale Banks, Ashton Fox, Tillman Dew, Brooks Margeson, Ellis Holton and Parks Cohen

What a great season these players had, and our future is glowing brightly for our DWS Netters.

Meredith Gruhl and Katie Sullivan

MS Students Participate in Project Frontline

The 8th grade W.A.T.C.H. groups have been learning the importance of moral, social, and civic responsibility. They chose to participate in Project Frontline which is a program where each class adopted a military unit. The students wrote letters of encouragement to the soldiers and sent care packages.

Summer Camps- Registration Open!

When school is out- DWS Summer Camps are in!

Register by May 19 to receive a camp t-shirt.

Visit our summer camp page for a full listing of our camps.

Complete the online registration form.

A non-refundable deposit of $25.00 is required to reserve your child's spot in each camp. (Camp igKnight requires a non-refundable deposit of $100.)

All fees must be paid by the first day of camp. Camp deposit must be made by cash or check. The remaining balance may be paid by student account, check/cash or credit/debit card.

Your camper's spot is NOT reserved until your deposit is received.




Year in Review Festival


On Monday, April 10th, a sweet, South Georgia spring morning greeted Deerfield Windsor's seventh grade students as they boarded a bus headed for the shade-dappled grounds of the Pilcher residence. Upon their arrival, students were greeted by brightly decorated tables and the warm smiles of hostess, Joy Pilcher, and volunteer event planner extraordinaire, Hilary Bennett. Teachers divided the 56 seventh graders into small, 14-person groups, and the first annual Year-in-Review Festival commenced with a picnic lunch provided by Herb Miller and his wonderful cafeteria staff and served by dedicated parent volunteers beneath the sprawling limbs of Live Oaks.

After their repast, student groups congregated at the first of four different academic stations, each designed to challenge their knowledge of a skill learned over the course of the 2016-17 school year. With Coach Davis, students became architects and laid out the floor plan of an imaginary San Francisco apartment using area, perimeter, scale, and ratio equations. The apartment's design came from details gleaned from one of the novels students read as part of their English Literature class. Other works of literature were also called to mind as students assumed the persona of a favorite character and presented memorized passages of significance to Mrs. Lacovara. Some of the selections included Shane by Jack Schaefer, "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe, "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, West of the Moon by Margi Preus, and The Treasury of Norse Mythology by Donna Jo Napoli. Mrs. McGee challenged students to locate each type of taste bud on their tongues (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami) and to guess the flavor of a jelly bean while blind-folded and pinching their noses, illustrating how taste and olfactory senses work in concert. Coach Pace facilitated a lively Harkness Discussion in which he posed the question, if next year's seventh grade students could only learn about one historical figure, which one should it be and why? Students debated such icons as Adolph Hitler, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., and Winston Churchill.

Rounding out the day was a dizzy bat relay race. Students lined up with their fellow group members, raced across an expanse of lawn, bent over and pressed their foreheads to the butt of a baseball bat, spun five times in a circle, and then had to right themselves and try their best to run in a straight line back to their team. Amongst staggers, falls, and belly-splitting laughter, Svaalberd (a.k.a. Harrison Smith dressed as the hump-backed goat man from Preus's West of the Moon) lurched through the grass bringing the suspenseful, cross-country chase from the novel to life. A teacher could not ask for a more fitting finale to a successful school year!

Sister Act Thrilled Audiences


April 7, 8, and 9 brought with it the 29th annual Deerfield-Windsor spring musical at the Municipal Auditorium. Sister Act thrilled audiences for three performances and had many proclaiming it one of the best musicals in DWS history.

Forty-eight cast and eight crew members took the stage to bring the movie-turned-stage musical to life. With a whole soundtrack of new songs, the storyline follows closely to the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg classic where Deloris van Cartier (senior Tyler Jennings) witnesses her mob boss boyfriend Curtis (senior Uday Sappati) murder one of his henchmen. She runs to police officer Eddie Souther (senior Rob Pilcher) who decides to hide her in Queen of Angels convent until she can testify in court, much to the Mother Superior's (senior Hannah Takash) chagrin. In a bit of an unorthodox manner, Deloris brings life to the convent, helping the choir raise their voice and helping Mother Superior learn there is good to be done beyond the convent walls. The nuns and Mother Superior, in turn, protect Deloris and accept her as one of their own.

Rounding out the main convent were Sister Mary Lazarus (senior Mary Rachel Bonner), Sister Mary Patrick (senior Maggie Ricks), Sister Mary Robert (sophomore Landon Lowe), Sister Mary Teresa (junior MaryJohn Collier), Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours (junior Larkin Carden), and Monsignor O'Hara (junior Mack Lane). Curtis's gang was made up of Joey (junior Cooper Roberts), TJ (7th grader Silas Connell), and Pablo (7th grader Michael Michas). In addition, there were many singing nuns and a variety of colorful characters to fill out the stage and add to this musical comedy.

In addition to the show, each year DWS raises money for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, the chosen charity of the International Thespian Society. Between the concession stand, raffle baskets, and even the passing of the offering plate, DWS Thespian Troupe #4441 and Junior Troupe #88863 are proud to have raised over $1800 to donate to our charity. We would like to thank those who contributed their generosity to such a worthy cause.

If you were unable to make it to Sister Act, we are sorry you missed out on this wonderful production. Have no fear, however, we will be back April 20, 21, and 22, 2018, with the thirtieth anniversary of the Deerfield-Windsor Spring Musical and our production of The Little Mermaid. Mark your calendars because you will not want to miss it!

Deerfield Windsor School won the region 3-AAA boys and girls track meet at Hugh Mills Stadium on April 12. The Knights have now won 14 straight region championships while the Lady Knights won for the 13th time.

The Knights got off to a great start in field events. John Collier Logan and Cameron McCook took first and second place finishes respectively in the shot put. The same duo were then able to take two of the top three spots in the discus with Logan again taking first, and McCook taking third. John Jacobs won both the long jump and the triple jump. Baylin Moore finished third in the long jump. In the pole vault, Jackson Tennyson finished second to Southland's Brady Shattles while Graham Edwards just outside the podium in fourth. In the high jump, Jackson Hinds took second and Oliver Davis took third.

On the track, Ethan Merritt was the high points leader contributing 25.5 points. Merritt took home first in the 800m, 1600m and 3200m, while breaking his own school record to run a 4:38 in the 1600m. Other stand out performances on the track were Porter Hill finishing second in both the 3200 and the 1600m, Evan Campbell finishing second in the 300m hurdles, Ford Bennett finishing second to Merritt in the 800m, Brynn Sammons winning the 400m and finishing third in the 200m, Reynolds Langstaff placed third in the 400m, and Garrett Jones taking third and fourth in 100m and 200m respectively.

The Lady Knights had an equally impressive start to the day with Lila Lanier winning the high jump with a height of 5-01 as well as finishing third in the 200m. Hadley Holt, who also took home the top points award for girls, won the long jump, the triple jump and the 300m hurdles as well as adding points in both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Sarah Cox's pole vault height of 9-06 was enough to give her a first place finish, with Raley Holman (2nd in shot), Virginia Warrington (3rd in Discus), and Deena Willcox (2nd in pole vault) all finishing on the podium.

On the Track, the Lady Knights finished one, two in the 3200m with Camryn Bridges and Flannery Daughtry at the front of the field. Bridges also finished third in both the 800m and the 1600m. In the shorter distances, Destiny Reed finished first in the 200m and second in the 100m, while Charlotte Augenstein finished first in the 400m. Carson Chandler also contributed on the podium with second in the 300m hurdles. The 4x100 team of Holt, Reed, Cox and Anna Eakes also finished first.

Ricks Earns State DAR Recognition

After working her way up from the local level, Deerfield-Windsor School senior Maggie Ricks was recently named the state winner of the 2016 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Essay Contest at the Georgia State DAR Society's annual conference in Stone Mountain.

Ricks was selected by Deerfield's faculty and by her peers as the school's "Good Citizen" based on certain criteria (basically good character, high academic standards, involvement). As D-W's representative, she earned the right to participate in the annual essay contest and was selected as the Thronateeska Chapter winner. Her essay was then put up against the winners from six other regions in the state competition.

As state winner, Ricks' essay now goes to compete in the Southeast Division round for the southeastern states of the U.S. After that, the winner will go on to national level competition. The winning essay at that level will receive a national award and a trip to Washington, D.C.

"It's a very big honor to be selected as the state winner," Kay Ragan, the Thronateeska Chapter DAR Regent, said. "Her (Ricks') essay was very impressive. We think it's important to encourage and recognize outstanding young people. Maggie is a delightful young lady, and we wish her great success for her future."

Ricks is the daughter of Scott and Jennifer Ricks. She is active in her school's student council, cheerleader squad, Thespian Society, Math Team, Beta Club and Spanish Club. She said she plans to major in International Business with a minor in Spanish.

The process of selecting the DAR Good Citizen begins at the start of each new school year, with the winner announced the following spring. Students who are recognized exemplify the characteristics of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. In order to be considered for the national award, students must compete at the local, district, state and division levels.

As the state winner, Ricks received a pin that embodies the qualities of good character, honor and understanding, a certificate and a monetary award.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations.

DAR members are committed to volunteer service, having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.

2017 Cannon Scholars

Sarah Norton and Will Potter, current students at Deerfield-Windsor School, have been named Cannon Scholars for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Cannon Family Scholarships are named in honor of Chris Cannon and his family in recognition of their generous support for Deerfield-Windsor School for many years.

Sarah, a junior, is the daughter of John and Lane Norton. Captain of the DWS dance line, she is also a member of the varsity soccer and track teams. Sarah is also president of the Spanish Club and a member of Beta Club, the math team, English Honor Society, and Student Council. Outside of school, she volunteers for the Albany Museum of Art, Camp Big Heart and Vacation Bible School

Will, a sophomore, is the son of Jason and Angie Potter. A member of the varsity football team, he is also a member of Beta Club and has been involved with stage crew for the spring musical, science club, and Key Club. Will has volunteered with Challenger League and served as youth recreational director at his church.

Cannon Scholarships are based primarily on academics. Extracurricular activities are considered in the selection process but are not the primary criterion. Students enter by completing an application and by writing an essay in a supervised setting. The DWS Board of Trustees' Scholarship Committee decides winners of the awards.

Students who have attended Deerfield-Windsor for at least one year are eligible to apply for this half-tuition scholarship. Two non-renewable Cannon Family Scholarships are awarded each school year.

Joshi Wins State Oratorical Program

Meenal Joshi has won the 2017 State of Georgia High School Oratorical Scholarship Program "A Constitutional Speech Contest" and will speak at the national contest in Indianapolis, IN in April. She represents DWS and American Legion Post 335 in Sylvester.

Meenal's prepared speech entitled "Pokémon, Freedom and the Constitution" takes its listener on a study of the U.S. Constitution using the 21st century electronic game as a guide. She will also have to present a speech on either the 7th, 10th, 16th or 17th Amendments. The specific topic will be drawn at the contest and Meenal will have 5 minutes to prepare.

Meenal is pictured wearing her medal with DWS Alum Philip Bishop, '04, who won the national contest.



Tennis

Tennis got off to a flying start playing three matches this week. Both teams ended the week 2-1. They started off playing against region rival Southland with both the boys and the girls walking away with comfortable wins. The next day they were back on the courts again versus GHSA Miller County. Again with good competition the teams both walked away with a win.

After a day of rest Wednesday they returned to the courts to play Brookwood in Thomasville. Unfortunately this time around The Knights and Lady Knights were soundly beaten by the warriors.

Both teams return to the courts today to play The Valiants from Valwood.

Soccer

Boys and Girls Soccer opened up vs local rivals Lee county. The girls started off well but were unfortunate to fall behind to a goal midway in the first half. Although the Lady Knights fought back they were unable to find the equalizing goal to lose 1-0 and start off 0-1.

The boys were able to reverse the score from the girls game to record a 1-0 victory vs the Trojans. The Knights scored a fantastic counter attacking goal midway in the first half from senior Reynolds Langstaff.

Both the Knights and Lady Knights return to action this week play at Tift County.

Track and Field

Track and Field kicked off their season this week with a home meet. There were standout performances from the following girls:

3200 – Camryn Bridges 1st, Hannah Dupree 2nd

High jump – Lila Lanier 1st, Rachel Bonner 2nd

Triple Jump – Hadley Holt 1st

Long Jump – Hadley Holt 1st

Shot put – Raley Holman 2nd, Kingsley Shepherd 3rd

Pole Vault – Sarah Cox 1st

100m – Destiny Reed 1st, Sarah Cox 3rd

1600 – Camryn Bridges 1st

400m – Olivia Bell 3rd

300H – Carson Chandler 1st, Hadley Holt 2nd

800m – Charlotte Augenstein 1st, Taylor Holmes 2nd

200m – Destiny Reed – 1st

Takash named Dougherty County STAR Student

DWS senior Hannah Takash was named Dougherty County's STAR Student for 2017 at the 57th Annual STAR Student luncheon.

Takash named Debbie Allen as her STAR Teacher.

Takash was among a group of six county students vying for the title.

The PAGE STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Program honors Georgia's highest-achieving high school seniors and the teachers most instrumental in their academic development. Since the inception of the program, more than 24,000 STAR students and teachers have been honored.

"This is not just a celebration of students, it's also a celebration of everyone in this room," Ufot Inyang, the Dougherty County School System's Director of Academics, said. "We commend them all for their effort, drive and passion."

Deerfield Headmaster Dave Davies was also effusive in his praise.

"We get a lot of publicity because of our athletic teams, but we have to try like crazy to get our academics recognized," Davies said. "Programs like this elevate the academics of all of the schools in our community."

STAR Teacher Allen said she was not surprised Takash was named the county's STAR Student.

"Hannah does everything you would expect from a STAR Student and does it well," Allen said. "She's not here today because of her SAT score, she's here because she's special."

Takash said she was in awe of the honor.

"Winning is almost indescribable; it's an incredible honor," she said. "I've already been accepted at Georgia Tech, but I still have four other applications out and I am waiting on the responses before I make a decision."

Takash said she is leaning toward becoming a mechanical engineer.

The STAR program was launched in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. In 1994, the PAGE Foundation was invited to coordinate the program in association with the chamber and the Georgia Department of Education. The 86,000-plus members of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators recognize Georgia's future leaders and the professional educators who have nurtured these scholars through the program.

To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on any single test date of the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class, based on grade-point average.

The Dougherty district winner will represent the county in the regional competition scheduled for March 21 at South Georgia Technical College in Americus

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