Do you enjoy Jeopardy! High-Q, and trivia games? Join the Academic Team! We participate in tournaments throughout the year. Practices are available 2 to 3 times a week at lunch and after school. The Woodward varsity and junior varsity teams have been state champions for the past three years. Successful team members are eligible for award letters and letter jackets. We are looking for students from grades 9-12 with a competitive spirit who are willing to learn. New members welcome! To find out more, see Mrs. Gravitt in Brewster 106.
Sponsor: Linda Gravitt, Jonathan Lee and Lacey George
This is a group of 7 to 8 seniors who have excelled in English, love to read, and are willing to read an extra book each month to discuss it with the group. The name comes from The Algonquin Round Table, a group of writers in mid-century who met at the Algonquin Hotel to discuss and critique literature.
Sponsors: Lorri Hewett and Margaret Lee
Students who are interested in public speaking and argumentation should consider joining the Debate team. Our students travel to debate tournaments from September to February. It is possible to participate during only part of the school year. Meetings are after school in History Room 041.
Head Coach: Maggie Berthiaume
Assistant Coaches: Bill Batterman, Paula Nettles and Brian Keith Jackson
The Math Team competes in Saturday Math Tournaments held at various high schools and colleges throughout the southeast, and several “in-house” competitions, including the Georgia Math League and American Math Competitions 10/12. No experience is necessary, just the desire to compete and the willingness to work.
Sponsors: Jeff Floyd
The Model United Nations meets during the year to prepare for competitions which take place at locations in the Atlanta metropolitan area and elsewhere. The program is designed to provide students with a practical understanding of the way that the United Nations and similar international organizations approach issues and reach decisions. It provides students with opportunities to prepare for and represent other nations in actual debates and problem-solving negotiations. There is a need for a minimum of 10 students for each simulation.
Sponsors: Lindsay Garbuz and Lori Wiseman
Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is a worldwide creative problem-solving competition with a focus on creative fields such as visual and performing arts, music, and creative writing. Students are given a budget and a problem to solve. To present a solution, they must build a set, make cotumes and props, solve ant building aspects of the problem, and write a skit. In addition to these long-term problems, teams will complete one "spontaneous" problem at each competition. Teams will start by competing at a regional level and may move up to state or world competitions.
Sponsor: Bill Nicholson and Kris Silvers
Senior Philosophy Seminar
The Senior Philosophy Seminar consists of about ten seniors, chosen by the sponsors after an application process in the Spring. The group meets in the early evening about 8-9 times per year to discuss selected philosophical issues. A textbook, Philosophy: Paradox and Discovery, serves as a guide and is required reading over the Summer.
Sponsors: Tom Ehrensperger, Ronda Zents and Charles Bryant
Senior Theology Forum
The Theology Forum is comprised of 12-14 seniors who are selected by a committee of teachers and peers. The members are selected each spring and meet 7-8 times during the year in the evening for dinner and a discussion of world issues as approached through various theological beliefs. Although at present no particular text is required, selected readings will be the focus of each meeting. Some meetings may include guest speakers or field trips. As a forum discussion group, all members are encouraged to suggest topics for discussion, as well as, to be open minded to the beliefs of others.
Sponsor: Lucy Klein and Jennifer Gallegos
Society of Women Engineers
Woodward has established a cooperative relationship with the Society of Women Engineers at Georgia Tech, forming what they affectionately call "Little SWE". We are the only school in Georgia to have a SWE chapter. Working with our mentors at Tech, students explore engineering careers and related technologies. The club is open to any student interested in engineering as a career option. All students are welcome to join, regardless of gender.
Sponsor: Paula Nettles