Academic Excellence

Awards and Recognitions

  • 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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  • Freshman Ranked No. 1 in Fencing

    Woodward Academy freshman Andrew Sun is currently ranked U.S. No. 1 for Y14 Men's Sabre fencing. He began fencing at Nellya Fencers, a local training facility, in January 2010. Since that time, Andrew has competed in 35 national tournaments and numerous local tournaments.

    In January 2014, Andrew finished 29th, out of 123, at the European Cadet Circuit in London, followed by a 25th place finish, out of 137, at the 2014 U.S. Junior Olympic Championships in February.

    Andrew also started his referee certification process in December. In January, he refereed the Capitol Clash--the biggest youth fencing tournament in the U.S., followed by the 2014 U.S. Junior Olympic Championships.

    Andrew's goal is to represent the U.S. at the World Cadet Championships in 2015 and 2016. To qualify for the U.S. team which takes only the top three fencers, Andrew must compete in seven U.S. tournaments and three European Cadet Circuit tournaments to receive the qualifying points.

    Posted March 17, 2014
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  • Math Team Excels in Competition

    The Upper School Math Team, led by math teacher Jeff Floyd, recently competed in the Furman University Mathematics Competition, winning two of the top three places overall in the Junior Division. The team from Woodward competed against 40 schools from three states. Freshman Vamsi Gadde earned a rare perfect score and won first place. Other winners included freshman Carson Collins who earned third place and junior Matthew Torrance who received honorable mention for his top-twenty finish in the Senior Division.

    With performances in the upper percentiles of American Math Competition participants nationwide, Matthew Torrance and Carson Collins have qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam in March. This second stage of testing leads to the selection of the six-member 2014 USA International Mathematics Olympiad team.

    After five rounds of this year's Georgia Math League, Woodward is ranked in eighth place overall, with Matthew Torrance, Vamsi Gadde and freshman Andrew Sun listed as high scorers statewide.

    Posted March 4, 2014
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