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Congrats to the MS Golf Team!

Coach McSwain, "This group has tremendous potential. I'm proud of the time and effort they have put into improving their game."

Playing 5 regular season matches, they won 3 of them and placed 2nd in the other two. They finished 2nd in the Region Tournament. Boles Middleton was the low medalist in the region tournament and Blake Broadaway was third in region golf match. Congratulations to these students for a great season!

Odyssey of the Mind Teams Win 1st in Regionals

Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. OotM teaches students how to think creatively and divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Deerfield-Windsor currently has two OotM teams composed of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. These teams competed in the vehicle and balsa problems at the regional tournament in Hawkinsville, GA today. Congratulations to both teams for winning first place! They advance to state finals in Columbus, GA on April 7.

The balsa team members are Caughey Culpepper, Cat Darden, Blaine Ellion, Macy Hatcher, Brooklyn Ivy, Zachary Martin, and Biz Parrish.

The vehicle team members are Chapel Coley, Ben Everett, Kendal Massie, Brantley Michlig, Ethan Newsome, Bess Pennington, and Abby Taylor.

Coaches are Beth Collier, Kathy Meskell, Erica Massie & Karen Stiller.



Anna Johnson & Gracie Swan Named Cannon Scholars

Each year, Deerfield-Windsor students are able to compete for a half-tuition scholarship. Eligible students are those in grades 9,10,11. While academic record and extracurricular activities are considered, the scholarship is based primarily on the essay written. Competing students entered by application and were asked to write an essay. This year's topic was: If you had the choice to include three items in the 2017-2018 Deerfield-Windsor school time capsule, what would you choose to include?

We are proud to announce this year's recipients are Juniors, Anna Johnson and Gracie Swan. While excelling academically, both young ladies are entrenched in student life at Deerfield-Windsor. Anna has been active in Student Council, Science Club, DWS Swim team, Beta Club, Spanish Club, Key Club, YB Literary and serves as a writing center tutor. Gracie is active in Latin Club, Spanish Club, B-team Cheer, Science Club, Beta Club, Key Club where she serves as current President, Honor Committee, Thespian Society and Spring Musical.

Congratulations to you and your families, Anna and Gracie! Job well-done!

State Literary Competition

Congratulations to the Literary team members who competed at State competition in Barnesville, GA on Tuesday, March 20.

Larkin Carden: First Place Dramatic Oral Interpretation (three-peat)

Zoe Hopson: First Place Personal Essay

Morgan Dasher: Third Place Rhetorical Analysis Essay

Other state competitors were Brynn Sammons, Evan Campbell, and Michael Michas.
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.