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After the holidays, interested alumni volunteers will be assigned a Westminster senior to write a letter of encouragement, congratulations, or to welcome the student to the Alumni Association. These letters will be given to the seniors during the New Alumni luncheon, held in May 2015. Interested alumni should email Laura Turrentine.
The purpose of the Westminster alumni letter-writing campaign is to welcome our seniors into the Westminster alumni family and to give them words of encouragement as they embark on a new life away from Westminster. We want to encourage them to remember their Westminster family by coming back to our alumni events, volunteering with the school and mentoring current students. We need to let current seniors know what Westminster means long-term to graduated as we look back upon our experience. College can be a rude awakening, so it is important to let these new alumni know that there is a community of Westminster alumni that they can turn to in this big life transition.
Alumni can send a handwritten note or they can email their letter to Laura. All handwritten letters will need to be mailed to Westminster by Friday, Apr. 17, 2015.
All volunteers will be emailed the following:
- Introductory letter (with specific directions)
- Fact sheet about your senior student
- Sample Letters
- Westminster Alumni Association letterhead
If you have any questions, please email Laura Turrentine.
Do you know an outstanding eighth-grade student that you would like to see at Westminster for their high school years?
Consider nominating this student for the Westminster Honors Scholarship. The Westminster Honors Scholarship seeks to attract the best and brightest from the CSRA to Westminster for our top notch academic program. This scholarship can cover from half to full tuition for all four years at our Upper School, provided that the student maintains an 85-percent academic average.
To be eligible for scholarship consideration, a student must:
- be a new student to Westminster.
- be currently enrolled in eighth grade.
- be nominated by an adult outside the student’s family (i.e., a current or former teacher, school principal or guidance counselor, pastor, family friend, or Westminster alumnus/a).
- submit a complete application for admission.
- complete an on-campus interview and group testing.
Click here to print and fill out a nomination form. Forms may be turned in to Westminster’s Admissions office.
During Thanksgiving Chapel on Nov. 25, Mrs. Sue Ames and Dr. George Robertson were presented with awards honoring their years of dedicated service to Westminster and independent school education.
Lower School principal Sue Ames was recognized by the Georgia Independent School Association with the Distinguished Service Award for 25 years of service to independent school education. For the past 25 years, Mrs. Ames has served Westminster as a pre-k and TK teacher, parent volunteer coordinator, college counselor and for the last eight years as Lower School principal.
Dr. George Robertson, senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Augusta, was presented with the Fulton Buntain Award for Leadership in recognition of his commitment to the highest standards of professional and personal example as pastor in support of Westminster Schools of Augusta. This award, accepted by Headmaster Steve O’Neil on his behalf, was given out at a national gathering of Christian school leaders in Chicago. For almost 10 years, Dr. Robertson has chaired and served on the board of trustees at Westminster, has faithfully and passionately loved Westminster and promotes Christian schooling locally and nationally.
The Westminster community is pleased to congratulate Mrs. Ames and Dr. Robertson on these prestigious awards.
A huge congratulations to the cast and crew of our one-act play, “The 39 Steps,” for winning the state championship on Nov. 19! Junior Nathan Bailey and sophomore Kaleigh Anderson won Best Performer awards.
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Thanks to all who joined us for this years Parent Forum on Nov. 4.
If you were unable to attend, you can access the minutes through the Parent Portal.
Join the fun and help support the upcoming 2015 auction! Sponsor the event and/or donate and item for the silent or live auction.
Visit our auction page for more information.
The Westminster girls cross-country team won the GISA AAA state championship out of 14 teams in Albany, Georgia, on Oct. 25 for the first time in Westminster history. The girls dominated the course with four runners in the top 20, including two All-State finishers.
Most impressively, every girl raced a personal record. Before the results were posted, we knew we had reached our goal for every runner to run the best, most consistent race for the last meet of the season. The culmination of each girls’ personal best allowed the team to score just 74 points, handedly winning by 23 points ahead of the runner-up, Holy Spirit Preparatory. The girls raced a smart, strategic race. The top five stayed within 15 seconds of each other at the one mile. Emily Rogers and Tyra Kimbler moved up several runners throughout the second and third mile and held positions in the last stretch, becoming All-State finishers in fifth and 10th place. Just a freshman, Caroline Paulk placed 12th and has run consistently better with each race. We can expect more of her to come. Catherine Paulk decisively picked off six places between the one and a half and two mile, running her fastest by over a minute. Mary Garrett McLeod passed several runners in the final 400-meter kick. Mary Garrett has run consistent races all season, playing a crucial role as the fifth runner. Christy Newton improved by one minute and 20 seconds from the region meet a week ago, rounding off our top six with another strong finish.
State Championship Runners:
- Emily Rogers (sophomore): 5th place (All-State) with a time of 20:28
- Tyra Kimbler (sophomore): 10th place (All-State) with a time of 21:08
- Caroline Paulk (freshman): 12th place with a time of 21:12
- Catherine Paulk (junior): 16th place with a time of 21:22
- Mary Garrett McLeod (sophomore): 31st place with a time of 22:20
- Christy Newton (junior): 66th place with a time of 24:58
The team enjoyed a well deserved post-race lunch at Waffle House… All girls will return next year, which makes us excited for our prospective achievements.
Mark your calendars for our third annual Veterans Day program on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 9:40 – 10:25 a.m. in the Middle/Upper School gym. Veterans Day provides an opportunity for our school community to honor those from the U.S. Armed Forces who are serving or have served our nation. All students (pre-k – 12) will gather together, and all parents, grandparents, alumni and friends of Westminster are invited to attend.
Our distinguished guest speaker will be Mr. Doug Cates, former Westminster parent and board trustee, managing partner at Cherry Bekaert in Augusta and board president of Boy Scouts of America, Georgia-Carolina Council. Mr. Cates will lead us in paying tribute to America’s heroes. Col. Samuel G. Anderson, Ft. Gordon garrison commander, will give the opening remarks.
We especially want to welcome parents, grandparents, alumni and friends who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and encourage them to attend in uniform. We desire to have these guests of honor RSVP by Tuesday, November 4, so that we can appropriately plan for our time together. We will later correspond with those veterans who RSVP.
Our Veterans Day program will recognize our community’s veterans and provide our students with a powerful reminder of their civic responsibilities to their country and their need to respect and thank the men and women who have sacrificed so much so that we may enjoy freedoms like no other nation in the world. Please join us for what will be a memorable and patriotic event!
Senior Donnyell Miller has been named one of 3,100 Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program being referred to U.S. colleges and universities. These students scored in the top three percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). A roster of these students’ names, high schools and tentative college major choices is being sent to about 1,500 colleges and universities.
The National Achievement Scholarship Program was initiated in 1964 specifically to honor academically promising Black American high school students. The scholarship competition is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which also conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program that is open to all U.S. high school students.