Academic Excellence

Awards and Recognitions

  • Fifth Grader Qualifies for Johns Hopkins CTY

    Fifth grader Laura L.

    Fifth grader Laura L. has qualified for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth after earning high scores on the School and College Ability Test. Laura placed in the 96th percentile in the verbal section and in the 93rd percentile in math against students at the eighth grade level. Laura’s scores secure her place in the center’s summer course.

    For more information about the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, visit

    Posted March 19, 2015
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  • Seventh Grader Qualifies for GA National Geo Bee

    Seventh grader William Gore has qualified to compete in the 2015 Georgia National Geographic State Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek, as a semifinalist. The contest will be held at Georgia State College of Arts & Sciences on March 27.

    This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 27th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.

    Each state champion will receive $100, the “National Geographic Atlas of the World, 10th Edition,” a medal, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 11-13, 2015.

    Visit for more information on the National Geographic Bee.

    Posted March 18, 2015
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  • Eighth Grader Wins Spelling Bee

    Woodward Academy eighth grader Mona Mahadevan won first place in the GISA State Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 3. Mona topped 45 other spellers from around the state. She will represent Woodward and all GISA schools at the Georgia State Spelling Bee on March 20.

    Visit to learn more about GISA and the annual spelling bee.

    Posted March 4, 2015
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  • MS Advances to Odyssey of the Mind Finals

    Woodward Academy Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Team

    The Woodward Academy Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team has advanced to the state finals tournament after placing first in their division at the regional competition at McDonough’s Ola High School on Feb. 21. Using the required concept “experiencing technical difficulties,” the team resolved technical failures with specific devices. The students rang a bell, flew a plane, opened a box, and more with only the power of rubber bands.

    Congratulations to the team members:

    Sonali Bhakta
    Sydney Hallas
    Vikram Kumar
    Nicole Lindelow
    Bryce Macaulay
    Shayna Patel
    Alex Vaughan

    Columbus State University will host the Odyssey of the Mind state finals tournament on March 28. Learn more at

    Posted February 26, 2015
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  • Upper School Students Excel at German Convention

    Woodward Academy Upper School students recently participated in the State German Convention--an annual two-day camp open to any student studying German as a world language. The Convention is sponsored by the Georgia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German.

    Congratulations to the following students for their awards:

    Damian Privat '15 - 1st in Story Retelling, 1st in Role Play and 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking
    Callen Inman '15 - 2nd in Written Test
    Kristin Wadsworth '18 - 2nd in Written Test and 3rd in Vocab Bee

    Posted February 23, 2015
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  • Robotics Team Wins Vexintines Tournament

    Woodward Academy Upper School Competition Robotics Team

    The Woodward Academy Upper School competition robotics team won the Saint Vexintines Day Massacre robotics tournament in Cumming, Georgia, on Feb. 14. The winning three-team alliance featured two robots piloted by sophomore Alex Dulisse and senior Jack LaFiandra.

    Jack also won his third programming championship of the year. With a score of 27 points, he is now ranked first in the state, eighth in the country, and 11th in the world.

    The team will compete next at the state championships in McDonough on Feb. 28

    Posted February 19, 2015
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  • Student, Teacher Receive STAR Award

    Senior Bradley "Chip" Cary has been named a 2015 PAGE STAR Student for Woodward Academy. Chip selected Upper School social studies teacher Charles Bryant as his STAR teacher. Chip and Mr. Bryant will be recognized at a special breakfast at Ansley Golf Club on February 17.

    Chip is the 2015 Valedictorian, a member of National Honor Society, WA Serves, Business Club and Varsity baseball team. Chip also serves as a Peer Leader and a member of the Honor Council/Discipline Board. In his spare time, Chip volunteers at Gwinnett Coop Food Band and as an App Developer at Dusty Wallet, Inc.

    The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, in its 57th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education. Since its inception, the STAR program has honored more than 24,000 students and the teachers they have selected as having had the most influence on their academic achievement. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent, or top 10 students, of their class based on GPA.

    Posted February 11, 2015
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  • Junior Wins Tech Award for Women

    Woodward Academy junior Cassie Van Orden was recently selected by NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) as a 2015 National Award runner-up of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Cassie was selected as one of 350 runner-up winners from 2,500 young women from across the country.

    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.

    To learn more about NCWIT, visit

    Posted January 16, 2015
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  • Junior Wins National All-American Miss Teen Title

    Jordan Meachum, 2014-2015 National All-American Miss Teen

    National American Miss crowned Jordan Meachum, a Woodward Academy junior, National All-American Miss Teen in its 2014-2015 pageant in Anaheim, California, during the Thanksgiving holiday. Competing in four areas – formal wear, personal introduction, interview and community service project – Jordan was selected from more than 70 participants, ages 16-18, from across the nation.

    Dedicated to encouraging future leaders, National American Miss is the largest pageant system in the nation for girls ages 4-21. The pageant awards one million dollars in cash, scholarships and prizes annually. For more information, visit

    Posted January 7, 2015
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  • Silent Voices Named Scholastic Crown Award Finalist

    The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) has named Silent Voices, Woodward Academy’s Upper School literary magazine, a 2015 Scholastic Crown Award Finalist in the High School Magazine category. For Crown Awards, publications are judged on excellence in design, photography, concept, coverage, and writing. The final announcement of Gold and Silver Crown recipients will take place at the CSPA convention at Columbia University in New York on March 20.

    Silent Voices received the CSPA’s Gold Crown Award in 2003 and has been a Gold Medalist in multiple years. The magazine offers a venue for Upper School students to publish their creative works, and the staff accepts submissions throughout the school year.

    For the complete list of 2015 Scholastic Crown Awards Finalists, visit the CSPA website. More information about Silent Voices is available here.

    Posted January 6, 2015
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