Academics

Academic Excellence

Awards and Recognitions

  • 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 ncwit.org/.

    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 namiss.com.

    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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  • Senior Wins Tech Award for Women

    Woodward Academy senior Meghana Gudur was recently selected as one of 35 winners, from more than 2,600 participants from 50 states, of the 2015 National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing National Winner. Meghana plans to major in computer science with a concentration in bioinformatics in college next year. Currently, Meghana professionally codes websites for small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

    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 www.ncwit.org/.

    Posted January 5, 2015
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  • Woodward North Students Sharpen Tech Skills

    FIRST LEGO League: Skittle Warriors team

    Two teams of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders represented Woodward North at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) regional tournament at Taylor Road Middle School on Dec. 13. In FIRST LEGO League, students design and program an autonomous robot to score points on a thematic playing surface and practice problem-solving while being guided by the FLL Core Values which emphasize teamwork, discovery, fun, and sportsmanship. Members of the Skittle Warriors Team – Alina N., Faheem J., Avinash A., Ashna G., Aren P., and Eshaan A. – won the tournament trophy for best teamwork. The Speed of Light team members are Joseph H., Vishal S., Julia L., Kai B., and Kennedy C.

    During the week of Dec. 8, all WN students, from pre-K to sixth grade, participated in the Hour of Code. Using a variety of computer programs and applications – including Scratch, Tynker, Kodable, Lightbot Jr, and Code.org – they created holiday cards, animated idioms, and programmed BeeBots. The students will continue to use the coding applications throughout the year.

    The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science organized by Code.org, a non-profit that seeks to make computer science available in more schools and to increase participation by women and underrepresented students of color in the field.

    Posted December 19, 2014
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  • Junior Wins Awards at Model UN Conference

    Junior Vinay Nandanampati won awards for Outstanding Position Paper and Outstanding Delegate in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees committee at the Georgia State High School Model United Nations conference last week.

    Posted November 20, 2014
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  • Senior Reflects on Stanford Leadership Program

    Senior Charles Jackson III received a Certificate of Achievement and Team Leadership awards for participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) Business Innovation program at Stanford University from July 27 through August 3, 2014. In the program, high school students explore business professions through an interactive curriculum and role-playing exercises that put them directly in the board room and challenge them to make critical day-to-day decisions like CEOs.

    "It was the perfect opportunity, academically and socially," said Charles. "Not only did I get a glimpse of what it takes to interact with professors and peer classmates from around the world in a college setting, but I also had opportunities to learn leadership qualities and get an insider's perspective on a future career."

    Charles said the NYLF program mirrors Woodward's rigorous curriculum, mission, and values. "Both push me to grow academically, culturally, and socially, while providing an opportunity to experience a collegiate atmosphere," he said.

    Posted November 12, 2014
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  • Silent Voices 2nd at National Convention

    Woodward's Upper School student literary magazine, Silent Voices, won 2nd place in Best of Show in the literary magazine category at the National Scholastic Press Association's (NSPA) Fall National High School Journalism Convention.

    Also at NSPA, junior Nic Huey's two finalist photographs received honorable mention for Picture of the Year and Director of Student Publications Rebekah Goode-Peoples was recognized as a Certified Journalism Educator.

    Posted November 11, 2014
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  • WA Earns Honorable Mention at Model UN Conference

    The Woodward Academy Model United Nations Club represented Saudi Arabia and Iraq at this year's Georgia Tech Model United Nations conference October 13-14. Senior Ruth Schapiro and junior Vinay Nandanampati received honorable mentions in their Model UN committees at the conference.

    The next WA Model UN club conference will be held November 12-13 at Georgia State University.

    Posted October 20, 2014
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  • Sophomore Wins Big on Math Team

    Sophomore and Math Team member Carson Collins won top ten individual trophies in the JV division of two math tournaments during the month of October. Carson placed 9th at the Luella High School tournament and 6th at the North Fulton tournament. Having won five trophies in just one year of competition, Carson is tied for 9th place on the list of all-time winners in the 34-year history of the Math Team at Woodward. Click here for a complete list of winners.

    Posted October 15, 2014
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