Hall of Fame
EVITA ROGERS '99, BASKETBALL
Collegiate basketball player
Evita Rogers ’99 led Woodward to the 1999 State Championship and the All Area 2nd team in basketball and was chosen as the team captain her senior year. A four-year letter winner and starter at Georgia State University, Evita capped off her career by nishing as the all-time leader in games played (121) and eld goal percentage (53.5 percent). She ranks in the top 10 all-time in eight categories including points scored, games played and started, and rebounds and steals. A member of three NCAA tournament teams and a Women’s National Invitation tournament squad in 2000, Evita concluded her career helping Georgia State post a 56-16 (.778) league mark and an overall record of 89-35 (.718). Evita was a two-time Most Valuable Player selection of the A-Sun Conference tournament and garnered all-conference honors three times. She was a recipient of the 2005 Verizon Academic All-District 3 Award and named to the league’s All-Academic team in three consecutive seasons. Evita graduated from Georgia State on the Dean’s List with a major in exercise sport science and was nominated for “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges” in 2003. Evita played professional basketball on the Escola Secundaria Santo Andre of the Liga Fenina—the top women’s division in Portugal. She later served as the assistant coach for the Georgia State women’s basketball team. After receiving her master’s degree in sports administration, Evita works at Anytime Fitness, a family owned gym, as the tness manager and trainer.
CASEY SIMPSON-SONKE '97, VOLLEYBALL collegiate volleyball player
Casey Simpson-Sonke ’97 led her Woodward volleyball team to the state championship twice. She was selected as the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Player of the Year in 1996 and was honored as the team MVP. She received a rst-time honor for the state of Georgia when she was awarded the Gato- rade Circle of Champions State Player of the Year for Georgia in 1995 and 1996. Casey was selected as an alternate for the U.S. Youth Junior National team and accepted a position on the U.S. Elite All-Star team playing internationally for two weeks. Recruited by more than 50 Division I colleges, Casey accepted a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She went on to win two ACC titles with three appearances in the NCAA tournament, breaking several records along the way. She was named 2nd team All-ACC as a junior and 1st team All-ACC as a senior. Additionally, she was honored nationally as 1st team All-American Coaches Association during her junior and senior years. Casey was named ACC Player of
the Week several times and managed to earn a spot on the All-ACC Academic team during her senior year. Casey lives in Marietta with her husband, Jeff, and their ve-year-old daughter, Sienna. She has owned KC and Company for 15 years, selling luxury products to hotels and casinos.
C.J. WILLIAMS '93 FOOTBALL
collegiate football player
A triathlete, C.J. Williams ’93 participated in football, basketball, and track during his time at Woodward. C.J. was the 1990 Best All-Around Back and Best Offensive Basketball Player. He was named the MVP for the football team and received the Paget Award for Most Outstanding Trackman of the Year in 1991. He also received the Brewster Award for most valuable athlete in 1992-1993. A two-time MVP for basketball, C.J. was the fourth leading scorer in WA basketball history. He was selected to play in the Georgia and Florida High School All-Star game and as a member of the AJC metro Atlanta prep team of the year. He also was on the GHSA All-State team of the year. After graduating from Woodward, he attended Georgia Tech and was named the 1995-1996 Outstanding Back of the Year. In 1996-1997, he received the John Hunsinger Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence. C.J. resides in Riverdale with his son, Calvin, who is an eighth grader at Woodward.
COL. MANCHESTER C. paget (1926 - 2013), football
state championship winner (coach)
Col. Manchester C. Paget was a beloved Georgia Military Academy English and history teacher. With
more than 40 years of service to the Academy, Col. Paget in uenced numerous lives in the classroom and as a championship caliber coach in football and track and eld. He attended Staunton Military Academy in Virginia, where he excelled in athletics and went on to play football at the University of Alabama. Col. Paget came to GMA in 1928 and coached football until 1935, winning two state championships. As a track and eld coach, he coached a number of successful track stars including GMA alumnus Lewis Perrin Walker whom he took to the National Championship in Chicago in 1932 where Perrin set the present GMA/ Woodward 200M school record at 21.3 seconds. Col. Paget also led the 1959 track team to win the Mid-South Track and Field Championship. In 1961, Paget was named GMA’s rst Alumni Director and Director of Development. He served the Academy until his retirement in 1968.
1986 Girls Track Team
state championship winner
The 1986 girls track team won the rst female state championship in the history of Woodward Academy. The team had a perfect dual meet record of 6-0. In the large invitational competitions, the team won four titles and was runner-up in two others. The invitational losses were to Northeast Macon and Tennessee state champion, Harpeth Hall. The girls were repeat Region 4-AAA Champions winning in 1986 by almost 40 points. During the 1986 season, the team members established seven individual school records and two relay team records. Despite the absence of an individual state champion in a single event, the team scored 49 points, outdistancing Monroe Area’s team, which nished second with 31 points. In addition, the Woodward Academy girls track team exempli ed the term student-athlete with a team average GPA of 3.65.
Akeem Hardnett ’04, TRACK
sec championship winner
A vintage eagle, Akeem Hardnett ’04 holds the Woodward record for the triple jump at 48 feet 8 inches
in track and eld. He received the gold medal in triple jump at the Track Coaches of Georgia Invitational in 2003 and was the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics National Triple Jump Champion in 2002 and 2004. Also in 2004, Akeem was nominated as Track Man of the Year by the Atlanta Track Club, won the state title in triple jump, and brought home the national title at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics. Af- ter graduating from Woodward, Akeem was awarded a scholarship in track and eld to attend the Univer- sity of Tennessee. In 2007, he helped Tennessee win the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championship. In 2009, he was a member of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field All-Mideast Region team for triple jump. During his time at UT, Akeem was voted as team captain by his teammates and won the team’s Most Improved Award. He also received The Pritchett Award for “Most Dedicated Athlete,” in addition to being a member of the All-SEC Outdoor Second Team. Akeem was a member of the SEC All-Academic Team and graduated with a degree in journalism and electronic media. He is currently number nine on the University of Tennessee Track and Field All-Time Performance List for triple jump at 51 feet 5 inches. Akeem now works for Delta Air Lines where he manages 140 Atlanta-based ight attendants at Harts eld-Jackson International Airport
Keith Harris ’71, FOOTBALL
collegiate football player
Keith Harris ’71 earned three varsity letters in football, one in wrestling, and four in track during his time at Woodward. He served as the captain of the 1969 War Eagles football team and captain and MVP of the 1970 Georgia All-State Football championship team. He was voted Back of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). Keith also was named Lineman of the Year for the Greater Atlanta All-State team and was chosen as a member of the Tri-City and WSB Metro All-Star teams in 1969 and 1970. He received the Sunkist Honorable Mention All-American Award in 1970. Keith’s performance during his years at Woodward led to a full scholarship to attend the University of Georgia where he continued his success as a Bulldog. During his time at UGA, he was a starting athlete three out of his four years. He led the 1973 team in interceptions and was ranked second in tackles. In 1974, he led the team in tackles and was elected team captain. Keith played in the American Bowl College All-Star game and graduated from UGA in 1975 with a B.B.A. in general business. He and his wife, Cricket Justice Harris ’73, have four children—Ashley Bowen, Brittany Carlton Lamb ’03, James Carlton ’00, and Hannah Harris. Keith is managing partner of Justice Advertising Company, an outdoor advertising rm, and owns The Harris Company, a landscape business.
WILL JONES '84, FOOTBALL
collegiate football player
During his time at Woodward, Will Jones ’84 played football and was a two time All-State Defensive End, a recipient of the Colquitt MVP Award as a senior, and Defensive MVP as a junior. He was a member of the 1981 and 1982 Sub-Region Champion Quarter nals teams, with eight straight shutouts, as well as a member of the 1983 Region Champion Quarter nals team. Will was the student body vice president and was voted Most Athletic by his senior class. He also played basketball during his time as a War Eagle and earned the MVP award during the 1983-1984 season. Respected by his teammates, Will was voted captain of the football and basketball teams. In 1984, he received the Woodward Academy President’s Award. Will went to the University of Georgia on a full football scholarship. He met his wife, Karen, at UGA, and asked her on their first date while she was Miss Georgia Football. They have been married for more than 25 years and have three sons: William, who attends The College of William & Mary on a foot- ball scholarship playing on the offensive line, and twins, Matthew and Jeff, seniors at Richmond Academy in Augusta. Will is the executive director at the Augusta National Golf Club.
Michael “Spider” Maxwell ’83, gymnastics
Michael “Spider” Maxwell ’83 was the Georgia State High School Junior Varsity All-Around champion for gymnastics in 1979 and was the Varsity All-Around champion from 1980-1983. Spider received a full gymnastics scholarship to Pennsylvania State University. In 1984, he was the USGF Junior Elite National All-Around champion and the champion of the South African Cup. He placed third All-Around in the Cup of the Americas/Cuban International Open and was ninth in the NCAA Nationals. In 1987, Spider re- ceived the bronze medal on vault at the U.S. National Championship, East Team Captain at the Olympics Sports Festival, NCAA All-American on the parallel bars, and won the Nissen Award—the highest honor bestowed to collegiate gymnasts. Spider is married to fellow Penn State graduate, Jennifer, and they live on the southside of Atlanta with their son, Sam.
lacey agnew '06, golf
Lacey Agnew ’06 led Woodward to three consecutive AAAA State Championships in golf. In 2006, she nished as the runner-up in individual medal play as a senior and was named Rookie of the Year as a freshman on a team that nished runner-up in the state tournament. Lacey also played basketball at Woodward where she was the starting guard. She helped lead the team to three regional championships and four state tournament appearances. She earned 10 varsity letters during her Woodward career—four in golf, four in basketball, and one each in volleyball and softball. Lacey credits Coach Jon Merrill for his in uence on her entire athletic career. After Woodward, she joined the golf team at Florida State Univer- sity. She played in the NCAA championship and holds the record for the lowest round in school history. Lacey notched six top 10 nishes and tied the Seminole school record with a low round of 65 which earned her selection to play in Asia. She began touring with the LPGA in 2012. Lacey has participated in several LPGA Futures Tour events since graduating from FSU. She tied for 20th which gained her provision- al status on the LPGA Tour and full-exempt status on the Symetra Tour. Lacey enjoys the love and support of her parents, Janet and Wes, her brothers, Tripp and Carter, and her nephew, Logan.
WILLIAM CASS '59, Swimming
Named an AAU All-American in 1959, William Cass served as the captain of the Georgia Military Academy swim team as a junior and senior. Mr. Cass was an AAU National Champion and an American record holder. He ranked No. 1 in the nation in 200 and 50 meter freestyles. He went on to swim for Indiana University, where he was a five-time All-American. Mr. Cass lives and works in Indiana.
Tommy Lyons '66, Football
NFL FOotball player
On the anniversary of his 25th year of NCAA participation, Tommy Lyons became one of only six former NCAA student-athletes chosen per year to receive the distinguished Silver Anniversary Award. His post-Woodward Academy experience has been filled with accomplishments, including being 14th round selection for the Denver Broncos in 1971 and playing for six seasons in the NFL. Dr. Lyons is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He has served as guest conductor for the Denver Symphony Orchestra. In 1976, Dr. Lyons received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and he currently serves on the Academy's Advisory Board. He and his wife, Cheryl, are parents to Jacob '01, Jordan '04, and Zachary.
johnny stallings jr. '75, wrestling
collegiate wrestling champion
Four-time Georgia High School Wrestling State Champion Johnny Stallings Jr. posted an overall 103 - 1 career record as a Woodward Academy student and was a 1975 High School All-American. Mr. Stallings went on to join the wrestling team at Auburn University, where he became the 1977 and 1979 SEC Collegiate Wrestling Champion, the 1977 SEC Tournament Outstanding Wrestler, and a three-time NCAA tournament qualifier. Mr. Stallings and his wife, Cathleen, reside in Bethlehem, Georgia.
Jim suddath '77, basketball
acc championship player
As a basketball and baseball player for Woodward Academy, Jim Suddath was the first student to receive the Georgia High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete of the Year award. Mr. Suddath ranked second in career points scored in Academy history. He was a four-year letter winner, a three-time MVP, and a Parade All-American in basketball as well as a three-year letter winner in baseball. He also was ranked the No. 2 basketball player in the state and received a full athletic scholarship to Duke University. During his time at Duke, Mr. Suddath was a member of two ACC Championship teams and played for the Final Four team in 1978. He and his wife, Jenny, have four children—Joshua, Joanna, Julia, and Jordan.
teresa lopez mann '78, BASKETBALL
collegiate basketball PLAYER
Teresa Lopez Mann was a four-year letter winner in basketball and volleyball and a three-year letter winner in tennis at Woodward Academy. In her senior year, she received the Gold Eagle as well as the titles of Most Valuable Girl Athlete and MVP for both basketball and volleyball. In girls basketball, Mrs. Mann holds the Academy record for most career points scored with 1,464. She averaged 19.2 points per game in her senior season and is third all-time in rebounds. After Woodward, Mrs. Mann played on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets basketball team and was name Best Offensive Player in 1980. She is married to fellow former Georgia Tech basketball player John Mann. They live in Atlanta with their two children, Samantha and J.J.
Dana Jefferson '87, track
Dana Jefferson, a member of the 1986 Woodward Academy State Championship track team and the recipient of the U.S. Army National Scholar-Athlete Award, is a two-time Atlanta Track Club Woman of the Year in 220 yards (1984 - 85) and the 1986 Atlanta Track Club Woman of the Year in the 400 meter race. In 1985, she placed first in 220 yards at the state meet as well as second in the 200 meter race. Ms. Jefferson also participated in the AAU Junior Olympics that year, taking first place in the 200 and 440 meter races. At the 1986 state track meet, she placed first in the 1,600 meter relay, second in the 220 yards, and third in the 440 yards. She placed first in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and mile relays at the region track meet the following year. Ms. Jefferson is currently a math teacher at Woodward Academy's Middle School and is the mother of Heyley and Jace Gatewood.
Kenny SPears '88 (1970-1997), Football
National championship player
Kenny Spears was the first football player in Woodward Academy history to rush as many as 4,543 career rushing yards. His Woodward career highlights also include 43 touchdowns and the team's MVP title in 1986 and 1987. Mr. Spears was the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Offensive Player of the Year and Atlanta Touchdown Club Back of the Year in 1987. After Woodward, he went on to attend the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of the 1988 National Championship team.
Anthony thomas '98, basketball
collegiate basketball player
With 1,755 career points, Anthony Thomas holds a top-five spot in career points scored in Woodward Academy history. Mr. Thomas was selected to the All-State team in 1996, 1997, and 1998 and was named the MVP in each of those years. Among the top members of his class academically, he received a full scholarship to Furman University, where he was a member of the region championship team in 1996 and 1997. Mr. Thomas went on to receive a law degree from Georgia State University. He is now the Dean of Students for the Upper School at Woodward Academy. He and his family reside in Atlanta.
julian jenkins '02, football
nfl football player
A member of the 2002 State Tournament basketball team, Julian Jenkins was a four-year varsity letter winner and two-time MVP for the Woodward Academy boys basketball team as well as a recipient of the Triathlete Award. Mr. Jenkins was the 2001 - 2002 Georgia Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year and a member of the Riddell Footwear High School All-American Team in 2001. CNNSI and ESPN.com both ranked him among the top 100 football players in the nation. When he graduated magna cum laude from Woodward, Mr. Jenkins received the Gresham Award and was chosen as the Best All-Around Senior for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup. At Stanford University, he started all 22 games as a junior and senior and played 42 of the 44 games of his career. Also among his collegiate accomplishments are two honorable mentions in the All-Pac-10 selection, 22 tackles for loss, 17 quarterback sacks, and 130 total tackles. After Stanford, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Mr. Jenkins in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and he played in the NFL for three years. Mr. Jenkins currently works with the National Collegiate Scouting Association to help high school student-athletes in the recruiting process.
kim beck '04, basketball
wnba player, atlantic 10 legends
Three-time captain and MVP of the Woodward Academy girls basketball team, Kim Beck holds the records for most assists, second-most steals, and sixth-highest career points in Academy history. As a senior, Ms. Beck was a two-time region player of the year and a member of the All-State team. She also was a member of the region championship teams in 2002 and 2003 as well as the region runner-up in 2000. She went on to be a four-year starter at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and became the Atlantic-1 Rookie of the Year in 2005. Ms. Beck was one of three finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award and an AP All-American honorable mention in 2007. The following year, the Seattle Storm selected her as the 36th overall pick in the WNBA Draft, where she played for two years. Ms. Beck was honored in March 2015 as a member of the third class of Atlantic 10 Legends at the Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship in Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Beck currently teaches at a charter school in southeast Washington, D.C.
1996 girls basketball team
The 1996 Woodward Academy girls basketball team posted a 31-game winning streak—tying the Academy record for most wins in a season—and set the school record with its consecutive 61 game victories to complete its undefeated season as two-time State AAA Champions. The team also won the Region 5-AAA Championship for three consecutive years (1994 - 1996) and was ranked the No. 2 team in the nation by Street & Smith. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution named the team No. 1 in the state, and USA Today ranked it No. 1 in the South and No. 4 in the nation.