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School News

Congratulations to LS Speech Contestants

The 26th Annual Lower School Speech Contest was held on Thursday, March 1 in the Multiplex with fourteen talented finalists participating. Fourth grader Kendal Massie won first place with "The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs". Second place went to Cooper Harris, fourth grader and third place went to Mary Adelaide Yeiser who is also in fourth grade. Those receiving honorable mention were: Helen Chandler, Jaelyn Hanna, Colleen Hood, Brooklyn Ivy, Karen Kitchens, Mary Margeson, Thomas Phillips, McRee Smith, Caroline Tinkham, Mason Wiggins, and Alex Wilson.

Trey Young '16  Awarded National Black Caucus Foundation Southwest GA Internship

For more than three decades, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Internship programs have successfully worked to address underrepresentation of African Americans among professional staffers on Capitol Hill. In 2014, CBCF initiated Emerge 535 campaign with the goal of placing 535 African American interns throughout the United States within every office on Capitol Hill. Mr. Trey Young, Deerfield-Windsor 2016 graduate, has been selected for one of these nationally coveted positions. He is currently serving in both Democratic and Republican member offices where he is offered learning from diverse voices and experiences among Capitol Hill staff.

The CBCF Communications Internship is a rigorous program that includes a full-time work week, educational seminars, individual and team building projects, along with several social and networking events. Therefore, the mission of the program is to improve our quality of life by training the next generation of leaders to make sound public policies. The mission is achieved with an eye towards change and a value of excellence. The semester-long CBCF Communications Internship program sponsored by State Farm offers selected undergraduate students who are interested in learning about press and media relations on Capitol Hill.

When asked to comment on his task, Mr. Young explains, "As a millennial servant leader on Capitol Hill in the 21st Century I am to serve as a vehicle to provoke positive change and modern ideas in American society. As a millennial servant leader, I would like to engage in our future society by investing in my community in a way that embodies responsibility to pave the way for a better and just society for all."

Aaroh Patel Named 2018 STAR Student

STAR Teacher Jake Clawson with STAR Student Aaroh Patel

Senior Aaroh Patel was named 2018 STAR Student for Dougherty County and will advance to Region competition. His score of 1580 secured this title among the schools in our county. Interested in a career in the medical field, Aaroh is currently interviewing at Brown University, Harvard, University of Georgia, University of Miami, University of Virginia and Yale. He selected Jake Clawson, mentor, history teacher and cross country coach, as his STAR Teacher. Aaroh is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Kalpesh Patel. Congratulations to Aaroh and Mr. Clawson for this prestigious honor.

Academic Bowl Competes at Andrew College Competition

Team Members: L to R: Amari Goode, Autumn Hart, Sarah Mullins, Charlotte Augenstein, Yash Jani, Porter Hill

Not pictured: Anthony Lacovara, Yvonne Ramos, Hannah Sims

The Academic Bowl Team recently competed in the Andrew College Academic Competition. Our team competed in the Small School/Independent School division. Congratulations to these students on an outstanding performance!

Hannah Sims – 1st place, Vocal Music

Yvonne Ramos – 1st place, Instrumental Music

Anthony Lacovara – 1st place, 9th grade Science

Autumn Hart – 1st place, 10th grade Science

Yash Jani – 2nd place, 10th grade Mathematics

Porter Hill – 1st place, 10th grade Mathematics

Amari Goode – 1st place, 9th grade Social Studies

Sarah Mullins – 1st place, Personal Essay

Quizbowl – 2nd place

Athletic Signing Day

Congrats to Leslie Sosby, Baylin Moore, & Camryn Bridges on their college athletic scholarships.

DWS celebrated its student athletes who will be playing at the collegiate level next year with a Signing Day Assembly today. Congrats to Leslie Sosby who will be playing soccer at Georgia State University, Baylin Moore who will be playing baseball at Georgia College and State University, and Camryn Bridges who will be running cross country and track & field at Columbus State University.

Baylin Moore Accolades: Baseball

Member of 2015-2016 state championship team

Under armour pre-season all American

USA Baseball NTDP Alumni

Perfect Game-East Cobb invitational Most Valuable Player

2016 Perfect Game Super 25 National Champion

14 Perfect Game All Tournament team selections

Camryn Bridges Accolades: Track and Cross Country

  • USAT&F Meet of Champions in Fayetteville, GA. Place-5th, time- 19:57
  • Footlocker South Regional Sophmore race in Charlotte, NC. Place- 13th, time-19:58
  • Footlocker South Regional Junior race in Charlotte, NC. Place- 14th, Time- 19:48
  • Footlocker South Regional Senior Race in Charlotte, NC. Place 3rd, Time- 19:14

Leslie Sosby Accolades: Soccer

Tournaments and showcases-

  • GA and Alabama State Cup (Final 4 in GA)
  • Disney (Orlando RPL)
  • CASL(North Carolina RPL)
  • PDA showcase (New Jersey ECNL)
  • Phoenix showcase (Arizona ECNL)
  • Sanford showcase (Orlando ECNL)
  • Eclipse showcase (Chicago RPL)
  • Philadelphia Turf showcase (Philadelphia RPL)
  • Nationals for ECNL in San Diego California (ECNL)
Lady Knight Swim Team Wins State for 3rd Consecutive Year

Deerfield-Windsor Lady Knight swimmers bring home THIRD consecutive STATE title.

Saturday January 27th the Deerfield Lady Knight swimmers competed in the GISA state championship. The Lady Knights, led by coaches Lisa Bartlett and Morgan Garcia, returned to defend their state crown at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. In a strong start, Lady Knights took first and fourth place in the 200 yard medley relay. The team consisting of Dorian Usry, Grace Mix, Anna Johnson and Deena Willcox finished a massive 10 seconds ahead of the second place team. In their first individual event, Lady Knights kept the pressure on other teams with Grace Mix taking first in the 200y freestyle with Deena Willcox finishing 5th. In the individual medley, Haleigh Joslin and McCall Nicholson kept the points ticking along with 4th and 5th place finishes respectively. In the 50y freestyle, Dorian Usry placed 3rd and Anna Johnson 7th. In the 100y butterfly, Grace Mix finished 3rd. The Lady Knights got their second win of the night with Grace Mix winning the 500y freestyle by 5 seconds and Deena Willcox coming in 5th. Dorian Usry followed that with first place in the backstroke with Haleigh Joslin (5th) and Kassidy Usry (8th) rounding off a great event. In the last of the individual events, Anna Johnson (2nd) and McCall Nicholson (6th) carried on the Lady Knights points tally in the breaststroke. With only the 200y freestyle relay remaining, the Lady Knights had an incontestable lead. However, that did not stop them from putting the exclamation mark on their performance. The team of Dorian Usry, Anna Johnson, Grace Mix and Deena Willcox finished 1st, with the team of Haleigh Joslin, Kassidy Usry, McCall Nicholson and Anna Lane Pierce finishing 5th. The Lady Knights took home the state crown by a massive 81 points, finishing with a total of 142. The Heritage School (Newnan, GA) was the closest challenge to the Lady Knights finishing second with 61 points. Senior Dorian Usry completed an impressive stint by taking home her 5th consecutive state title in the 100 yard back stroke.

The boys team, led by junior Logan Clark finished 9th in the state gaining points in 200y freestyle relay finishing 6th, as well as other finishes with Clark (9th)in the 100y freestyle and 4th in the 100y fly. Clark finished 6th in the freestyle again to complete a great individual day. The Knights also picked up a 6th place finish in the 200y medley relay with the team of Clark, Campbell Williamson, Anthony Lacovara and Levi May.

Mock Trial Team Makes its Debute

Congratulations to our Mock Trial team. Our Prosecution Team won the first of their two rounds and AnnaMarie Armstrong won the Best Witness Award in one of her rounds. They did a fantastic job in their first ever competition. Our team is comprised of Jaden Hubbard, Giacomo Palazzolo, Josh Lumogdang, Annalise Allen, Jackson Steers, AnnaMarie Armstrong, Amari Goode, Charles Peeler and Zoe Hopson. Anna Wilschetz '11 is the faculty advisor. Local attorney and alum, Melissa Peeler '89, also assisted the team.

Knights Got Talent

Congratulations to our student performers of the Knights Got Talent Parent Association event. It was a wonderful evening celebrating the talent of our students who performed for an "A list" panel of alumni judges. An enthusiastic audience used a live voting app to rank the top 5 contestants and the winners are: Vocalist Gabrielle Harris ,third place, guitar and drum duo of Bryant Collins and Jake Kinney, second place, and first place went to the duet of Landon Lowe and Yvonne Ramos.

A heartfelt thanks to our contestants for giving us a memorable evening!

Top 3 Acts from the Lower School Talent Show

Tumblers: Anna Chapman, Cellie Strickland, Hadley Woodall

Vocalist: Lily Kate Castle (Karen Kitchens filled in due to Lily Kate being sick.)

Band: Kendall Massie, piano, Luke Smurda, drums, Noah Watson, guitar

Middle/Upper School Contestants

Abby Sellers - Act 1 Solo, "A Life that is Good" by the cast of "Nashville"

Ava Hollowell & Mzee Merritt - Act 2 Dancing to "Feel it Still" by Portugal. The Man

John Hopson - Act 3 Solo, "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars

Thomas Peeler - Act 4 Magic

Liza Rogers, Sarah Royal - Act 5 Singing "Take on Me" by A-Ha

Bridges Pierce - Act 6 Solo, "Holy Spirit" by Frances Battistelli

Sarah Norton - Act 7 Yodeling, "He Taught Me How to Yodel" by Taylor Wave

Hannah Sims - Act 8 Solo, "Someone Like You" by Adele

Landon Lowe, Yvonne Ramos - Act 9 Duet, "Location" by Khalid

Evan Campbell - Act 10 Musical rendition "Smooth" by Santana

Brynn Sammons - Act 11 Acoustic guitar, vocals "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay

Gabrielle Harris - Act 12 Solo, "Trust in You" by Lauren Daigle

Bryant Collins, Jake Kinney - Act 13 Guitar and Drum Duo, "The National Anthem" and "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue"

Joshua Lumogdang, Benedict Enrio, Jacob Serina, Khrstyn Bais - Act 14 Group musical performance "Love" by Kendrick Lamar featuring Zacari

Bo Edwards, Gunner Gerbert, Jackson Tennyson, James Tennyson - Act 15 Group musical performance "Hotel California" by The Eagles

Many thanks to our PA event chairs, Banks Margeson and Brandi Singleton. Special thanks to Josh Chapel, Glenn Tennyson '88, and Jodi Mann for their help with the production of our show. Celebrity judges included Tracy Goode, Bo Henry '93, Carly Mathis '09, Robert Peacock '77, and Beau Turpin '04. Thanks to our judges for making this event a priority for their schedules.

Thank you to the DWS community who supported this event with your attendance. Your encouraging and enthusiastic participation made all the difference!

Congratulation to Misty Kitchens who was the lucky raffle winner of the trip for 2 to L.A. and America's Got Talent!

As always, we appreciate the generosity of our sponsors. We thank them for the support they give to our students through their corporate leadership.

"Star Studded" Sponsor

Dental Partners of Southwest Georgia

"Break a Leg" Sponsors

Raymond James

Smile Doctors

Southwest Georgia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, LLC

Olivia Bell Crowned Miss DWS

The 45th annual Miss Deerfield-Windsor pageant showcased the talent of 20 young women. The evening began with an opening dance number "Masquerade", choreographed by former Radio City Music Hall Rockette and Deerfield Alum, Kelley Bradshaw. Sponsored by the Beta Club, Miss Bradshaw served as mistress of ceremonies for the evening.

Olivia Bell, a Deerfield-Windsor senior, was crowned Miss DWS 2017. The first runner-up was Sarah Norton and the second runner-up was Haley Walden. Sarah was also the winner of the talent award. Miss Congeniality, an award voted on by the contestants, was AnnaMarie Armstrong. Miss DWS 2016, Morgan Dasher, a current senior, performed a dance number and crowned the winner.

One Act Play Wins Region

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the One Act play Aunt Leaf who took 1st place in Region competition.

Outstanding actor performers were:

Larkin Carden – 1st place

Michael Michas – 1st place

Hana Ghiathi – Honorable Mention

They will compete in State on November 16.

Homecoming 2017

DWS 2017 Homecoming was packed with excitement and activities. The Homecoming events were brought together by the Student Council. Dress up days for upper school students included pajama day, character day, Hawaiian day, Homecoming T-shirt day and class shirt day on Friday. The annual Senior Lunch auction was held on Thursday and raised over $5000. Friday began with traditional Upper School breakfasts by grade followed by the Powder Puff Football game. The lower school students came to the Middle/Upper school campus for an all school pep rally.

The Homecoming Court was presented at halftime of the game. The representatives included Seniors Taryn Carter, Raley Holman, Sarah Perrine, Junior EmilieAnne Misamore, Sophomore Caroline Speir and Freshman Emily Sosby. Raley Holman was crowned Homecoming Queen. The Knights were victorious over the Southland Raiders. The Homecoming dance was held in the cafeteria following Friday night's game.

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