Academic Excellence

Awards and Recognitions

  • Upper School Students Excel in Foreign Language Contest

    Students from around the state of Georgia participated in the Foreign Language Association of Georgia's (FLAG) Annual Spoken Language Contest, held on March 28 at Mountain View School. Twenty-eight Woodward Upper School students participated in French, Spanish, Chinese, German and Latin and were interviewed by judges who assessed their speaking skills. All Woodward students won an award with 75% receiving the top award of Superior. Congratulations to the following students:

    Joshua Briggs
    Maheen Chranya
    Simon Cohen
    Carson Collins
    Cele Daly
    Neel Edupuganti
    Arnith Eechampati
    Briana Fernandez
    Prasanth Gudur
    Noor Kabakibou
    Roshni Kailar
    Jennifer Katz
    Sarah Lu
    Vinay Nandanampati
    Amari Page
    Jackson Payan
    Tashfia Rahman
    Caitlin Reed
    Ben Reich
    Jacob Reich
    Jasmine Sears
    Lauren Sobel
    Parker Stephenson
    Evan Strat
    ​Kristin Wadsworth
    Katy Warren
    Tam Wheat
    Meredith Williams

    Posted April 10, 2015
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  • Third Grader Selected for Children's Congress

    Woodward third grader Bobby K. has been selected to represent Georgia as a 2015 Children's Congress Delegate. Bobby, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of two, will meet face-to-face with some of the top decision-makers in the U.S. government to share his personal story about living with T1D. Bobby was selected after writing a letter to his congressman.

    Every two years, more than 150 children living with T1D gather in Washington, D.C., to help members of Congress understand what living with T1D is like and how important funding is for life-changing therapies until a cure is found.

    Visit to learn more about the Georgia chapter of JDRF.

    Posted April 9, 2015
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  • Senior Selected for University Chinese Flagship Programs

    Grant West '15

    Grant West ’15 has been accepted into Chinese Language Flagship programs at three universities: the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Indiana University, and the University of Mississippi. The programs are a part of the Language Flagship, a national initiative to change the way American students learn languages. Language Flagship students earn professional language proficiency, advanced cultural skills, experience living and working abroad, and intercultural career insights.

    Posted April 1, 2015
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  • 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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