Academic Excellence

Awards and Recognitions

  • 6th Graders Visit BizTown

    Sixth graders at Woodward recently visited Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia's BizTown. JA BizTown creates a unique opportunity where students were able to interact within a simulated macro-economy, and take on the role of employee, tax payer and consumer. During the visit to JA BizTown, students received unique job assignments and worked in teams at their assigned business. By the end of the simulation, each student completed a day's work, developed a personal budget, deposited a paycheck at the bank and made purchasing decisions.

    The experience begins in the classroom with four weeks of JA-provided curriculum that culminates with a day spent at JA BizTown. The center is designed as an interactive marketplace, representative of the local business community including financial services, media telecommunications, utilities, manufacturing and more. The center is authentic and interactive to create a transformational experience for all students.

    Click here to learn more about JA BizTown.

    Posted April 17, 2014
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  • 2nd Graders Study Economics

    This week, second grade students at the Primary School concluded their study of basic economics by selling lemonade to students and guests. The students designed their own posters and flyers to promote the lemonade stand and offered purchase times during carpool and at different times throughout the day. All proceeds from the lemonade stand will support Animal Aid USA, a nonprofit organization that relocates uncared for animals to loving homes.

    As part of a unit on economics, all second graders read the book, The Lemonade War, about a brother and sister with competing lemonade stands. A couple of Primary School parents also visited the students this week to offer insight into marketing strategies and starting a business.

    Posted April 16, 2014
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  • Success at FLAG Spoken Language Contest

    Students from around the state of Georgia participated in the Foreign Language Association of Georgia's (FLAG) Annual Spoken Language Contest on March 29 at Decatur High School. Thirty Woodward students participated in French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German and Latin and were interviewed by judges who assessed their speaking skills. All Woodward students won an award, with 70 percent receiving the top award of superior. Molly Wafer and Austin Barrett participated in two languages.

    The following Upper School students participated in the contest:

    • Tyler Valastro
    • Jackson Payan
    • Indira Cunningham
    • Simon Cohen
    • Alexa Flesch
    • AJ John
    • McKenzie Tylka
    • Daniel Hamm
    • William deCourcy-Ireland
    • Simon Willis
    • Austin Barrett
    • Edward Easterlin
    • Austin Barrett
    • Lillian Duong
    • Pooja Dave
    • Kawan Prather
    • Yash Joshi
    • Chris Lea
    • Helen Taylor
    • James Williamson
    • Molly Wafer
    • Isabelle Romero
    • Sydney Warren
    • Christopher Kennedy
    • Katie Pressgrove
    • Leslie Fellwock
    • Damian Privat
    • Aliyah Cofer
    • Maheen Chranya
    • Meghana Gudur

    Posted April 8, 2014
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  • Students at Lower School Create Newspaper

    Students at the Lower School have recently come together to form a new student newspaper club. Articles in the publication, the Goober Gazette, are written by approximately 25 students who meet monthly. Click on the link at right to read the latest issue of the Goober Gazette, with articles about No Place for Hate, March Madness and a review of The Lego Movie, to name a few.

    Posted April 7, 2014
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  • Five Teams Advance to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

    Five Odyssey of the Mind teams from Woodward have qualified to advance to the World Finals at Iowa State University on May 28. The state rankings are as follows:

    The Not So Haunted House- Div. 1 - 2nd Place. Team members from Woodward North are Namit M., Ryan S., Anderson P., Drew M., Emma S., Kylie H., and Kelsey L. Coaches are Neelam Miglani, Tonya Milton and Chris Moss.

    Stackable Structure - Div. 1 - 1st Place. Team members from Woodward North are Emily A., Anjali S., Ashna G., Sanaa M., Naman M., Avijit S. and Vishal S. Coaches are Kathy Smith and Leena Smith.

    Stackable Structure - Div. 3 - 2nd Place. Team members from the Upper School are Cassie Van Orden, Sarah Kate Carpenter, Brianna Fernandez, Gillian Jewel, Zach Orig, Will Romero and Dwayne Watkins. Coach is Ingrid Van Orden.

    Seeing is Believing - Div. 1 - 1st Place. Team members from Woodward North are Connor R., Rohan S., Connor L., Faheem J., Komal C., Akbar C. and Tapasya K. Coach is Michelle Rosenthal.

    Seeing is Believing - Div. 2 - 1st Place. Team members from the Middle School are Sonali Bhakta, Alex Vaughn, Alex Rand, Brad Freedman, Trinity Foley, George Kimbrough, and Armand Fernandez. Coaches are Robyn Freedman and Samantha Freedman.

    Tonya Milton, 4th grade teacher at Woodward North and Assistant Odyssey of the Mind Director, was inducted into the Georgia Odyssey Coach's Hall of Fame on March 29 during the State Tournament at Columbus State University.

    Posted April 4, 2014
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  • Fifth Grader Runner-up in Character Contest

    Woodward North fifth grader Kendal N. was named runner-up in the Storyworks magazine "Create a Character" contest. Kendal was one of 4,000 participants and was chosen by the famous children's book author Patrick Jennings. Kendal created a dragon with magical powers for her character submission.

    Posted April 4, 2014
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  • Student Written Poem Published in Magazine

    Woodward seventh grader Evonne Iau's poem entitled, "Obviously," will be published in CountyLine Magazine in April. Evonne's poem was described as "one of the best" by the editors from CountyLine, a community magazine published for residents of Johns Creek and South Forsyth.

    Posted March 31, 2014
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  • Students Win Tech Award for Women

    Woodward Academy students Meghana Gudur, junior, and Catherine Van Orden, sophomore, were recently selected as national runner-up recipients of the 2014 National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing Georgia Affiliate. Woodward Academy senior Aja Jayne Rawden received the Georgia Affiliate runner-up award.

    NCWIT is a nonprofit coalition that works to increase diversity in IT and computing. NCWIT believes that greater diversity will create a larger and more competitive workforce and promote the design of technology that is as broad and innovative as the population it serves. NCWIT focuses on improving diversity across the entire spectrum: K-12 through college education, and on to academic, corporate and entrepreneurial careers.

    The Aspiration Awards highlight young women in grades 9-12 who possess an extraordinary aptitude for IT and computing, paired with strong leadership qualities and academic goals.

    To learn more about NCWIT, visit

    Posted March 26, 2014
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  • Freshman Named Carson Scholar

    Woodward Academy freshman Erica Abraham has been named a 2014 Carson Scholar.

    Carson Scholarships are awarded to students in grades 4-11 who exemplify academic excellence and humanitarian qualities. Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship to be invested in their college education, along with a recognition package, and an invitation to attend an awards banquet. To-date, more than 6,200 scholarships have been awarded by the Carson Scholars Fund.

    Posted March 24, 2014
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  • French Teacher Receives Presidential Award

    Upper School French teacher Stephane Allagnon received the Presidential Award at the 2014 FLAG (Foreign Language Association of Georgia) Conference. Mr. Allagnon was recognized with this honor for his work, dedication and contribution to the Foreign Language community in Georgia.

    Earlier this year, Mr. Allagnon was was presented the insignia of the French Palmes Académiques for his dedication to French language education and culture--one of four recipients in Georgia to receive the order of Chevalier (Knight).

    Posted March 18, 2014
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