Awards & Honors Archive

For the latest student news and achievements, visit our blog homepage and our news and media page. For our Fine Arts student achievements, visit the Friends of Fine Arts blog.

Westminster Schools of Augusta STAR Student & Teacher2013 STAR Student and Teacher

Congratulations to senior Hope Patterson for being named the 2013 STAR student from Westminster Schools of Augusta. She has selected Upper School Latin Teacher Randall Nichols as her STAR teacher. Hope and Mr. Nichols were honored by the Augusta Kiwanis Club at a meeting on Feb. 11 at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. Read more about this honor by clicking here.

Fall 2012 Upper School Honor Roll Students

Congratulations to our Upper School students who earned High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the fall semester.

High Honor Roll

12th Grade
Michael Goodell
David Newton
Hope Patterson
Jonathan Sanders

11th Grade
Caroline Cain
Amy Chan
Joseph Coleman
Chandler Holgate
Mallory Walters

10th Grade
Jon Gibbs
Amalia Lee
Yang (Doris) Liu
Brielle Smith

9th Grade
Evan Downs
Justin Gaffney
Wils Meeks
Will Nabholz
Sophie Pollock
Abbey Robertson
Katelyn Shiley

Honor Roll

12th Grade
Joshua Adams
Jason Bailey
Colden Franklin
Brooke Lackey
David Legg
Wesley Maddox
Nina McCallie
Ben Morgan
Timothy Nabholz
Anna O’Neil
Caroline Powell
Melissa Rhodes
Shayne Rimer
Taylor Robertson
Yuyi (Zoey) Zhang
Ali Zimmerman

11th Grade
David Bakalemwa
Brenton Durkee
Grace Goodell
Anna Grimm
Jarred Hanner
Connor Hearon
Kalon Hightower
Caleb Lively
Leila Knox
Matt Kuhn
Lauren McGahee
Rebecca McGahee
Caitlyn Newbrey
Will Newton
Erin Nye
Caroline Page
Sam Paulk
Lawson Powers
Christina Rentas
Carley Rhoden
Josiah Smith
Nathan Vital
Ben Whitlow
Joshua Willis
Claire Zecha

10th Grade
Bryce Barinowski
Palmer Brigham
Annalaura Cranford
Jacob Criss
Margaret Daniel
Xiao (Charley) Gu
Grant Hall
Haley Hall
Summer Hall
Sibley McCallie
Sam McCartney
Michael McCraith
Donnyell Miller
Chris Plummer
Anna Plunkett
Addison Powers
Jason Quattlebaum
Aaron Reynolds
Brittany Rich
Martin Strauss
Jacob Woods

9th Grade
Nathan Bailey
Tanner Barfield
Brantley Barinowski
Rod Bayliss
Stuart Campbell
Jessica Caron
Emily Colley
Chase Hall
Sarah Grace Heaton
Caroline Head
George Inman
Anderson Jenkins
Charles Knox
Ethan Lynch
Caroline McCully
Chris Morgan
Christy Newton
Benj O’Neil
Catherine Paulk
Hannah Pearson
Anna Robertson
Seth Robinson
Ashleigh Romer
Edward Ruan
Joseph Woods
Thomas Williamson
Emily Yarid

Westminster National Geographic Bee Winner2013 National Geographic Bee Winner

Congratulations to Westminster’s 2013 National Geographic Bee winner, sixth-grader Joe Berman! Each year, thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject and increase public awareness about geography. Westminster Middle School students participated in the program on Jan. 11 for the 20th year.

Football Players Selected for Independent All-Area Football Team

Congratulations to Taylor Robertson and Ethan Lynch for making the 2012 Augusta Chronicle Independent First Team All-Area Team. Westminster also had several honorable mentions. Read the full article in the Dec. 23 issue of The Augusta Chronicle.

All-School Spelling Bee Winner

Congratulations to Auvia Carter (seventh grade) for winning the all-school spelling bee on Dec. 6! She will compete against the winners from other Augusta independent schools in the Independent School Spelling Bee on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Westminster.

The winner of that competition will continue to The Augusta Chronicle city-wide spelling bee, and so on up to the national spelling bee.

2012 National Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to the newest members of the Agape Chapter of the National Honor Society who were inducted on Nov. 7!

Caroline Atha Cain
Amy Yue-Yin Chan
Joseph Walker Coleman
Brenton Joseph Durkee
Grace Lanier Goodell
Anna Christine Grimm
Jarred Tyler Hanner
Chandler Bartlett Holgate
Caleb Anderson Lively
Lauren Ashley McGahee
David Carl Newton
William Nicholas Newton
Caroline Margaret Page
Samuel Madison Paulk
John Lawson Powers
Mallory Rebecca Walters
Anna Claire Zecha

A gallery of photos from the induction ceremony can be found on our Flickr page. You can also view the message from our guest speaker, Rev. Dr. James B. Higgins, on our YouTube channel.

Class Spelling Bee Winners

Class Spelling Bees for 4th through 8th grades took place on Wednesday, Nov. 7.  Here are the class winners:

  • 4th grade: Liam Thornton, Samuel Drake and Isabelle Gibbs
  • 5th grade: Nicholas Kershner and Chase Chiswell
  • 6th grade: Ford Vaughters, Tess Newton and John McCraith
  • 7th grade: Kylie Duckworth and Auvia Carter
  • 8th grade: Noah Kershner and Ysabel Velz

Middle School | Safe-Online Surfing Challenge

The computer department at Westminster has sponsored the Middle School Safe-Online Surfing Challenge (USA-SOS) since October 2010. This program is designed to teach students and parents about Internet safety.

Created by the FBI, the goal of this program is to ensure that participants can recognize and avoid potential dangers associated with the Internet. To accomplish this, the program addresses and defines topics of a serious nature such as seduction, child pornography, solicitation, exploitation, obscenity and online predators.

After two days of training in October, all students are given a posttest, and this quarter, seventh-grader Ellie Lynch’s score ranked her #13 out of 2,335 total seventh grade participants nationwide.

National Merit Scholarship Commended Students

In September, Wes Maddox and David Newton were named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), was given to Principal Menendez.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2013 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Congratulations Wes and David!

2012 Beta Club Inductees

Congratulations to the newest members of the Beta Club who were inducted on Sept. 19!

Bryce F. Barinowski
Margaret P. Brigham
Aaron Kathryn Brock
Taylor A. Butler
Annalaura Caroline Cranford
Jacob John Criss
Margaret Isabelle Daniel
Ivan S. Day
Jon Christopher Gibbs, Jr.
Summer Marie Hall
John C. Hearon
Matthew L. Kuhn
Leila Nations Knox
Nora (Shi Hui) Lu
Samuel J. McCartney
Michael R. McCraith
Donnyell Dashayla Miller
Kevin D. Nadeau
Timothy John Nabholz
Erin E. Nye
Addison F. Powers
Aaron Andrew Reynolds
Carley M. Rhoden
Johnathan Arvey Sanders
Brielle Montana Smith
Nathan P. Vital
Benjamin Russell Whitlow
Joshua R. Willis

BP-GOAL Scholarship Winner

Justin Gaffney (pictured third from the right) with his parents and representatives from BP and the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program

Justin Gaffney, son of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Gaffney, of Martinez, was awarded a BP-GOAL Scholarship to attend Westminster Schools of Augusta for the 2012-2013 school year. Representatives from BP and the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program presented the award to Justin at an assembly at Westminster on Friday, Sept. 21.

The Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program’s BP-GOAL Scholars Fund awarded 15 scholarships, enabling qualifying students to attend Georgia private schools beginning in 2012-2013. BP and its Castrol subsidiary, longtime education supporters, have embarked on the new scholarship program in connection with Georgia GOAL to provide Georgia parents with more options for the education of their children. To read the rest of this article, click here.

2012-13 Men’s Quartet Announced

Congratulations to the 2012-13 Men’s Quartet members–Jarred Hanner, Will Nabholz, Jonathan Sanders and Nathan Vital. These men auditioned on Monday, Sept. 17, and will compete at the Region Literary Tournament in March in addition to performing throughout the year.

Senior Hope Patterson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Patterson, was named a semifinalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Hope Patterson Named National Merit Semifinalist

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring 2011 PSAT test-takers in each state. Hope will now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Thank you to the Womens Ensemble (photo above), who sang the National Anthem at the home football game on Friday, Sept. 7.

2012-13 Women’s Trio News

Congratulations to the members of the 2012-13 Girls Trio who auditioned and earned a spot in September. Amalia Lee (tenth grade), Mary Garrett McLeod (eighth grade) and Aryle Pastore (12th grade) will sing at events throughout the year and at the GISA Literary Competition in March.

Debate & Forensics Teams Compete Well

Congratulations to our Debate and Forensics Teams for placing in the top 20 out of 95 schools at the Wake Forest Early Bird National Tournament. This is a national tournament with schools from as far away as California competing, and we had a great showing. Five debate teams competed and represented Westminster well. The Westminster Forensics Team had their best showing for Westminster in their nine years of forensics at Wake Forest.

The individual honors are listed below:
  • Aryle Pastore reached semi-finals in Dramatic Interpretation.
  • Christopher Lamberts and Christopher Morgan reached semi-finals in Duo Interpretation.
  • Brenton Durkee and Lawson Powers reached semi-finals in Duo Interpretation.

Westminster AP Scholars Named

Thirty-four Westminster students have received recognition as AP Scholars from the College Board, the organization that governs the Advanced Placement (AP) initiative.

Westminster students took 164 AP exams in 15 different subjects this past spring and achieved an 88 percent pass rate, a historic high for the school. This fall, Westminster is offering 17 AP classes, with the most recent expansions in the areas of computer science and fine arts.

Top Senior Athlete

Congratulations to Senior Nina McCallie who was selected by Augusta Magazine as one of the area’s top senior athletes for the 2012-2013 school year.

Awards & Honors by Academic Year

2011-12 Awards & Honors Archive
2010-11 Awards & Honors Archive