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Davis Scores 1000+ Career Points!

(Above photo courtesy of Richard Dunn)

Congratulations to senior Ashley Davis who scored 1000+ career points during the playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 20 against Bethlehem Christian. Davis entered the game needing seven points for 1,000 in her career, and she reached it on a free throw with 1:08 left in the second quarter. Athletic Director Andrew Bryan presented her with a commemorative ball after the game.  In addition to joining the 14 other Wildcats (both boys and girls) for this impressive achievement, including teammate Bobbi Wardwell, she:

  • is the only modern-era Westminster player to have 300+ successful field goals & 250+ successful free throws.
  • has notched over 400 rebounds, nearly 300 assists, over 250 steals & over 225 blocked shots
  • routinely ranked during her junior and senior year seasons in CSRA’s Top 10 in scoring, assists, steals, 3pt field goal %, total field goal %, free throw %, & blocked shots
  • has career 37% 3-point shooter
  • was chosen as ll-Area in 2016 & 2017 by The Augusta Chronicle
  • was voted All-Region and All State in 2017

According to Head Coach Greg Wilson,

“Without a doubt, Ashley Davis is the Lady Cats’ most dynamic player of the modern era of girls basketball at Westminster. From a statistical standpoint, she has led our team, dominated our region, and left her mark on the Augusta area for most of the past 3 seasons.  I cannot think of a recent player who’s had more impact on her team than Ashley Davis has had on us.  To see her acquire and build confidence as our team’s chief communicator and then witness her maturation as a leader both on and off the basketball floor has been a pleasure to watch and it will be exciting to see what mark she makes on the world as she transitions to college and beyond.”

Read more about the game on Feb. 20 at http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/high-school/2018-02-20/westminster-routs-bethlehem-christian-open-playoffs


Girls Varsity Basketball Wins Region!!

For the first time in school history, the girls varsity basketball team has won the region championship.  The lady wildcats defeated John Milledge Academy on their home court in Milledgeville to take home the region title.  Final score was 46-32.

With this win we will become the #1 seed from Region 4AAA as we enter the state tournament next week.  As the #1 seed, we will host the first round state game at Westminster on Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00pm.

Congrats again to our Lady ‘Cats and our coaches. Head coach Greg Wilson was awarded region coach of the year after the game.

CLICK HERE to see the girls state bracket (reminder, we are Region 4)


Westminster Welcomes French Exchange Students

In 2013, Westminster and Saint Denis International School partnered to develop a culture-enriching exchange program. Saint Denis, established in 1858, is a private Catholic school situated in the Loire Valley in France with over 800 students. It is composed of a preschool and primary school, Saint Martin, and a middle and high school, Saint Denis. Each year, we send one or more Upper School students to study for three months at Saint Denis, while they send students to study at Westminster for four weeks beginning in February.

This spring Westminster French student Kylie Smith, daughter of second grade TA Missy Smith, will spend a three-month immersion experience at Saint Denis where she will be a boarding student, spending her breaks and weekends with a host family. Earlier this week, Westminster welcomed five students from Saint Denis (two in 10th grade, three in 8th grade) all of whom are currently staying with host families. Their first day of school was Monday and they will be here for four weeks.

In addition, Carla and Carmen Créspin have joined Mrs. Pippin’s first grade class in the Lower School. They are the twin daughters of Julien Créspin, an English teacher at both Saint Martin and Saint Denis. They also will be here for four weeks. Westminster French teacher, Jordan Lambert,  personally taught at this school in France and both of her children have attended Saint Martin. She first met Julien when he was an exchange student at Aquinas High school in 1999. They quickly became friends and have stayed connected ever since.  The Crespins are staying with Mrs. Lambert and her family.


Senior Susan Yan named STAR Student

Congratulations to Westminster senior Susan Yan who was recently honored by the Kiwanis Club of Augusta at a luncheon on Monday, Feb. 12,  as one of two winners from Richmond County of the STAR Award. Susan selected Jordan Lambert as her STAR teacher.

The STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) program is a statewide initiative to recognize the highest achieving high school seniors and the educators who have made the biggest impact in their academic development. Each school nominates one student who must have the highest SAT score and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students in their class. The student then asks a teacher to join them. There were 12 finalists out of which Yan and one other student were named winners.

Yan is an international student from China who has attended Westminster since her freshman year. She said she is grateful to her parents for this opportunity and her teachers for helping her.

“She is so supportive and helpful throughout my high school career. She pushes me to go beyond my limits and see a broader world,” Yan wrote about Mrs. Lambert  for the banquet presentation.

“I’ve had Susan three out of her four years,” Lambert said. “She is so eager and up for anything. This is well-deserved.”

Yan plans to become an astrophysicist.

 

Read more in The Augusta Chronicle!

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2018-02-12/2-richmond-county-seniors-named-star-students


Lady Cat Wardwell Scores Career 1000+ pts

Congratulations to Westminster senior Bobbi Wardwell who was recognized on Friday, Feb. 2, for scoring over 1000 career points as a Lady Wildcat. A 4-year starter on the team, she has led the team to win 20+ games three years in a row. The Lady Cats are currently 20-2 in regular season play and are undefeated in the GISA AAA Region 4 League.

Some additional career highlights include:

  • 90 career 3-pointers
  • 195 career steals
  • 10ppg career avg
  • Team co-captain during both her junior and senior years
  • 2-time All Region player
  • 3-time All-Area player selected by The Augusta Chronicle

“Bobbi entered our program as an 8th-grader and is leaving as a mature young lady who I have no doubt will leave a mark on the world.  Her arrival at Westminster five seasons ago served as a catalyst in transitioning the Lady Wildcats’ basketball program from irrelevance to relevance in terms of competing for region and state titles,” said Head Coach Greg Wilson.


Seniors commit to Princeton, Southern Wesleyan

Ison, McLarnon & Smith to play college-level sports

Congratulations to seniors Larkin Ison, Cale McLarnon, and Brandon Smith who each signed a Letter of Intent today with their colleges of choice in front of family and friends.

Senior Larkin Ison III signed a national letter of intent (NLI) to play football at Princeton University. Seniors Cale McLarnon and Brandon Smith signed to play soccer for Southern Wesleyan University.

Ison started at Westminster as a junior and had an immediate impact as an all-area and all-region football player. He helped lead the varsity basketball team to a final four appearance and was awarded all-region honors.

McLarnon has been on the varsity soccer team since eighth grade, winning four straight GISA state championships. He has multiple all-region and all-state honors.

Smith is a four-year member of the varsity soccer team and has contributed to the last three straight GISA state championships. He is an all-region player.

Westminster now has five students from the Class of 2018 who have committed to playing a college sport in the next school year. Go Wildcats!

Check out the local news coverage!

http://www.wrdw.com/content/sports/Three-Westminster-athletes-ink-to-play-sports-in-college–472395403.html

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/high-school/2018-02-02/westminster-athletes-sign-letters-intent

http://wjbf.com/2018/02/02/trio-signs-at-westminster/


Cindy Bramhall Named Upper School Principal

February 1, 2018

Following an extensive search and interview process, Brian Case, Head of School at Westminster Schools of Augusta, has announced the appointment of Cindy Bramhall ’01 as principal of Westminster’s Upper School. Mrs. Bramhall succeeds Mike Freace, current Upper School principal, who has led in that role since 2016.  She will begin her new role on July 1.

“As a current teacher and an alumna from the Class of 2001, Mrs. Bramhall has a love for the school and a solid understanding of our mission. She brings with her school-wide experience, enthusiasm, and a strong commitment to Christian education,” said Mr. Case. “She is well-known in the community, is active at her church, First Presbyterian Church of Augusta, and has been a true leader in the school over the past seven years. I look forward to working with her in her new role at Westminster.”

Bramhall currently teaches English and Latin in the Middle School at Westminster and is a member of the discipline committee. In addition, she has served as 7th grade academic dean and has provided leadership outside of the classroom as a Middle School Bible study leader and cheerleading coach.

Prior to teaching at Westminster, Bramhall established the Latin programs at Hillcrest High School and North Augusta High School. After earning National Merit Scholar distinction as a student at Westminster, she attended Furman University where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Greek and Latin.

Mrs. Bramhall said that the job appealed to her because of influential experiences both as a student and now a teacher at Westminster.

“As an alumna, teacher, and parent at Westminster, I have had the privilege and blessing of being part of this school in some capacity for more than half of my life. Westminster has played a very significant role in shaping me into the person I am today,” said Mrs. Bramhall. “Because of that influential experience, I feel called to step out in faith and be used to further advance the mission of the school in the lives of students by leading the Upper School.”


Brad Joiner wins Westminster Geography Bee

Congratulations to Brad Joiner, grade 8, who was recently named the winner at Westminster’s National Geographic School Bee final competition on Jan. 25. Each year, the Nat Geo Bee empowers millions of students to be informed, curious, and knowledgeable global citizens.

Individual grade level competitions were held earlier in January to narrow down the field. A huge round of applause for all participants and for the eight students who reached the final competition:

Grade 6

Josh Buchanan
Riley Roach

Grade 7
Seth Lindman
Jason Tan

Grade 8
Jack Tabb
Jack West
Brad Joiner

Following the school  competition, Brad now has the opportunity to advance to the next level of the competition through a written test. The highest scorers on the written test will advance to the State level competition with a chance to move onto the national championship in Washington, DC.  The national champion wins a $50,000 scholarship from National Geographic and a prize trip.

During the bee, students were asked questions individually such as “Delaware Bay separates the state of Delaware from which state to the northeast?” and “Petroleum refining was an important industry for the economic development of the city of Tulsa in which state?”  for which they were allowed 15 seconds to answer. A second round involved asking the group the same question for which they were to give a written answer.  A third round of questions involved a map that shows interstate highways. Each student used the information on the map to answer questions such as, “Starting in Syracuse, New York, if you travel on I-81 south, you will first enter what state and a historically important coal mining region?” and Starting in San Francisco, CA, if you travel on I-80 east you will enter the Great Basin just before crossing into which state?”

The final round came down to Brad against Jack Tabb, in which they had to answer three questions with the one answering best out of the three as the winner. It was Brad who won with two out of three correct answers. His answer to the final question, “The Seikan Tunnel connects the island of Hokkaido with what other Japanese island?” clinched the win! 

Congratulations Brad and good luck in qualifying for the state level competition!


Westminster hosts Department of Homeland Security

On Thursday, Jan. 18, Westminster Schools of Augusta hosted a visit by Noel Kyle, program manager from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Branch. Ms. Kyle observed how cybersecurity education curriculum is being incorporated at Westminster’s Middle and Upper Schools.

Westminster is the first private school in Augusta to partner with the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) to implement its curriculum. By involving middle and high school students in STEM and cybersecurity subjects, Westminster graduates are better prepared for college and the 21st-century workplace.

Ms. Kyle stressed to Westminster faculty and staff the importance of cybersecurity and STEM education, particularly at the secondary school level. She also emphasized that cybersecurity issues impact a number of fields and that there is a growing need for highly qualified professionals familiar with cybersecurity issues.


MS Wildcats Swim to 1st and 2nd Place

Winter Storm Inga sure didn’t make the splash it was expected to. The same cannot be said about Westminster swimmers! They came, they splashed around, and they conquered with some fast swimming! Our team could be heard around the pool, as sportsmanship and cheers were high.

Friday, Jan. 19, our JV and Varsity team competed at the Loganville Christian Academy swim meet in Madison, Georgia. This was a great last meet for some and for others this was their last meet before State next weekend.

Our JV team continues to outperform their competition! For many of our newest swimmers, they started this year or last from the very beginning. To finish the season with all four strokes down and legal starts and turns = significant accomplishments! To place 1st and 2nd overall = AWESOME! JV girls placed 1st and boys 2nd. We don’t have many boys, so that’s saying something! Kudos to the middle schoolers!

Everyone held their breath as Katelyn Dawkins won the 50 free after falling behind on a turn by a nail biting .01 seconds! There was great support from team mates, even during exhibition swims where our JV boys won by a landslide. Way to go Adam, Brock and Harrison! A special shoutout to Hannah and Lilly who were up early on a Saturday after the meet to get an extra practice in before State. Every. lap. makes. the. difference!

Varsity girls placed 6th and boys placed 4th! John David caught up from behind on our first relay, out touching an opponent for 3rd place. Ashlyn Dawkins came in 2nd in a grueling 200 IM and Elizabeth Rucker came from behind to get 3rd in the 50 free. With Bethany cheering him on, Sam Williamson qualified for state in the 100 breast.

Notice a theme? Making a comeback after falling behind. It takes diligence and plain old guts to stick it out and not give up. Make it a great week in your commitments to faith, friends and family, and schoolwork…working for the goal, no matter what. And wish a Wildcat swimmer good luck as they hustle this last week and compete at Georgia Tech Saturday, Jan. 27, for their State Meet!