Academic Excellence

Awards and Recognitions

  • Students Win Honorable Mention in Science Competition

    Fourteen Lower School students, led by science teacher Mike Murphy, were named Honorable Mention award winners for the 2014-2015 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Program. The Honorable Mention award places Woodward's teams in the top 10 percent of all ExploraVision project submissions.

    Congratulations to the following student participants: Lily B., Kevin C., Christopher C., Nia B., Taylor G., Madison C., Jackson B., Cameron C., Claire A., Lauren H., Avery H., Dylan S., Vashti H., and Lonnie R.

    ExploraVision is a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. Students pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros and cons, and obstacles.

    Visit learn more about ExploraVision.

    Posted May 8, 2015
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  • MS Students Excel in National French Exam

    Eight Woodward 8th grade students placed in the top 10 for the State of Georgia on the National French exam. The National French Exam is a contest that takes place in public and private schools during the month of March. Woodward's 8th grade honors French students competed against peers in the Upper School as well as high school students from all over the state of Georgia and the nation. Seven Middle School participants also received a national ranking.

    Congratulations to the following students:

    • Anna Hodges - 2nd place
    • Sydney Hallas - 6th place
    • Cora Cody Jones - 6th place
    • Clara Wheelock - 6th place
    • Kwamena Awotwi - 7th place
    • Evonne Iau - 7th place
    • Anya Vijayvergiya - 9th place
    • Vincy Chiou - 10th place
    Posted April 28, 2015
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  • WN Fifth Grader Wins Geo Bee

    WN fifth grader Vishal S.

    Woodward North fifth grader Vishal S. placed first in the North South Foundation State Senior Geography Bee at Georgia State University in early April. Vishal also placed third in the foundation’s math bee.

    More information about the North South Foundation is available at

    Posted April 27, 2015
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  • WN Fifth Grader Earns Top Score on ACT EXPLORE

    WN fifth grader Khushi N.

    As a part of Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP), Woodward North fifth grader Khushi N. has placed in the 100th percentile on the English usage and mechanics section of the ACT EXPLORE test, which is designed for eighth grade students. Her score ranks higher than that of 100 percent of all U.S. eighth graders who took the test in the fall. Khushi’s composite score on the test places her in the 96th percentile overall.

    The Duke TIP serves academically gifted and talented youth, their families, and educators by helping students reach their highest potential in programs that go beyond what is offered in the classroom. Duke TIP students who qualify for the program’s talent search may take advantage of above-level testing, such as the ACT EXPLORE, as well as residential programs and various independent learning courses. For more information, visit

    Posted April 23, 2015
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  • Kindergartener Selected for GSU Scholars & Leaders Program

    Woodward kindergartener Marissa J. was selected by Georgia State University for the Saturday School for Scholars and Leaders Program. Marissa is the only kindergarten student selected this year. The program provides educational opportunities for enrichment and encouragement of gifted and talented children in the areas of fine and applied arts, math, and science. Marissa recently completed a Rocks, Minerals, and Crystals research project and later this month begins working on Lego Robotics with WeDo.

    Learn more about GSU's Saturday School for Scholars and Leaders by visiting:

    Posted April 21, 2015
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  • Senior Receives Prestigious Scholarships

    Meghana Gudur '15

    Woodward Academy senior Meghana Gudur has been selected as a recipient for notable scholarships at Columbia University and the University of Georgia—the Egleston Scholars Program and the Foundation Fellows Program, respectively.

    As an Egleston Scholar at Columbia University, Meghana would hold the most prestigious designation awarded to undergraduates in Columbia’s engineering school. The program offers a stipend and enhanced financial aid, research opportunities, faculty mentorship, specialized workshops, and more. The Foundation Fellows Program, UGA’s foremost undergraduate scholarship, provides a stipend, a housing supplement, faculty and peer mentoring, and grants for conferences. Foundation Fellows also participate in several fully-funded travel-study programs, including one at the University of Oxford in England.

    Meghana is also a finalist for the Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship at Duke University. The announcement of recipients is forthcoming.

    Posted April 14, 2015
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  • 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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