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.
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.
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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
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.
Upper School Principal Joey Menendez announced today that senior Jacob Criss has been named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
- On Thursday, Oct. 30, ASC (After School Care) will be open until 5:30 p.m.
- On Friday, Oct. 31, ASC will be open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
If you are interested in utilizing ASC but your child does not regularly attend, please be sure to register in advance. Email Peggy Dixon for more information.
The ACT, SAT and PSAT can be daunting tests, and a little preparation can go a long way in making students more comfortable on test day.
What does this course have that others don’t?
- Use of real College Board and ACT materials, not materials created by a third party
- Instruction by a known, proven instructor, Elease Layman (see below for more information about Elease), who has a relationship with the Augusta community, not an unknown instructor who may have as little as 35 hours of training
- Interactive homework Q & A sessions, where students can get more personalized attention
- Great savings for Westminster students
Who should come to these courses?
Group classes are most effective when the student is motivated to improve, has an engaged classroom presence, and commits to complete work outside of the classroom.
Who is Elease Layman?
Elease is a 2002 graduate and valedictorian of Westminster Schools of Augusta and a 2006 graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Classics and in Religious Studies. She spent nearly 6 years (2006-2012) working as a tutor and director at Georgetown Learning Centers, a prestigious tutoring and test prep company based in McLean, Virginia. In 2011, she began an independent partnership with Westminster to offer online private test prep and support for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT. Since that time, she has worked with students from Westminster, Augusta Prep, Academy of Richmond County, Aquinas, and other schools across the country and internationally. Three of her students were named STAR students for their schools in Richmond County. Her average score increase with complete private SAT tutoring is 188 points (2400-point scale) and with complete private ACT tutoring is 2.4 points (36-point scale).
Registration closes according to the dates on the registration form*, or when course is full. Contact Elease Layman with questions at 301-767-6848 or by email.
*You will find the registration form links at the top of this news post.