Duke University's Talent Identification Program recognizes academically promising seventh graders based on standardized test scores. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT as seventh graders allowing them greater insight into their academic abilities. Twelve of the fifty-two qualified WJMS 7th graders chose to participate. Three of these students; Chloe Durden, Sabrina Vanterpool, and Alex Wagner, scored at or above the national average of high school juniors or seniors who tested on at least one part of the ACT or the SAT. The three are invited to a special recognition ceremony to be held at Georgia Southern University in May.
The boys soccer team won the 2011 Region Championship and the girls are the runners-up Region Champions.
The boys and girls track teams are the 2011 Region Champions. In addition, the students below set new school records for their events:
A. Hunter - Long jump 16'2", High jump 4"10", 4 x 100 meter relay 50.98, 4 x 400 meter relay 4:27.33
C. Wilson - 800 meter 2:36, 4 x 100 meter relay 50.98, 4 x 400 meter relay 4:27.33
K. Kingery - 4 x 100 meter relay 50.98, 4 x 400 meter relay 4:27.33
A. Carter - 4 x 100 meter relay 50.98
S. Powell - 4 x 400 meter relay 4:27.33
D. Donaldson - Shotput 44' 11.5"
O. Ware - 4 x 100 meter relay 45.43, 4 x 400 meter relay 3:46
T. Thomas - 4 x 100 meter relay 45.43
R. Smith - 4 x 100 meter relay 45.43
T. Johnson - 4 x 100 meter relay 45.43, 4 x 400 meter relay 3:46
B. Daniels - 4 x 400 meter relay 3:46
J. Osborn - 4 x 400 meter relay 3:46
The WJMS 6th grade Math Team won 1st place overall in the Penny Sikes Math Tournament which is open to all Bulloch County 5th and 6th graders. Coached by Tom Borck, the team also won 1st place in the ciphering round. In the individual competition, Deshauna Williams placed 2nd, Ria Mitra placed 3rd, Alex Brown placed 5th, Leanna Marz placed 6th and Ashley Williams placed 8th.
Eighth grader, Chris Koehler won 2nd place in the Technology Literacy Challenge at this year's Georgia Educational Technology Fair. Chris placed 1st in the category at the Bulloch County Tech Fair held in January to advance to the state level competition. In addition, Whitt Van Tassell won 2nd place in Multimedia Applications for 8th graders at the Georgia Educational Technology Fair.
Eighth grader, Ted Griffin will represent WJMS at the state-level National Geographic Bee on April 1 at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. Ted qualified as a state finalist by taking a 70-question test and earning one of the top scores in the state.
WJMS Boys Basketball team won the Coastal Region Championship with an undefeated season.
Eighth grader, Scarlet Shumate won the Bulloch County Spelling Bee and will go on to compete in the regional competition at the end of February.
WJMS students placed 2nd overall in the Nan Rushing Write-Off competition. Individual winners are listed below:
Capitalization & Punctuation: Sixth Grade – Second Place, Taylor Smith, WJMS; Third Place, Julia Muldrew, WJMS; Seventh Grade – First Place, Katelyn Bennett, WJMS; Eighth Grade – Second Place, Katy Zuber, WJMS; Third Place, Emilio Quintero, WJMS. Spelling: Sixth Grade –Third Place, Leanna Marz, WJMS; Seventh Grade – Mikayla Andrews, WJMS; Eighth Grade –Second Place, Scarlet Shumate, WJMS; Usage: Sixth Grade – First Place, Kaitlan Koehler, WJMS, Alexandra Brown, WJMS; Seventh Grade – First Place, Katherine Price, WJMS; Second Place, Adam Redman, WJMS; Eighth Grade -Third Place, Chel’le Littles, WJMS. Language Expression: Sixth Grade –Third Place, Justin White, WJMS; Seventh Grade – Sam Tillman, WJMS; Vocabulary: Sixth Grade – Sara Gravley, WJMS; Third Place, Jameson Orvis, WJMS; Seventh Grade –Second Place, Alex Wagner, WJMS; Eighth Grade –Third Place Whitt Van Tassel, WJMS. Mental Concentration: Seventh Grade – First Place, Pierce Lux, WJMS; Composition: Sixth Grade – First Place, Ria Mitra, WJMS; Second Place, Ashley Williams, WJMS; Seventh Grade –Second Place, Alexis Costlow, WJMS.
On Saturday, January 29th Bulloch County held its first Technology Fair. WJMS students entered a total of eight projects and they did very well. Our students won a total of six awards during the final ceremony. The two first place winners will advance to the state competition in Macon in March.
1st Place - Whitt Van Tassell
2nd Place - Alyssa Chester
3rd Place - Catherine Brinson
Media Literacy Challenge:
1st Place - Chris Koehler
2nd Place - Chris Koehler
2nd Place - Whitney Thompson
At the 2nd tournament of the Ogeechee River Scholastic Chess Associations Annual Series Tournament held at Bulloch Academy on November 13th, the WJMS chess team placed 2nd out of eight middle schools competing. WJMS team members are Pierce Lux, Ted Griffin, and Jordan McCombs.
The WJMS football team won the 2010 Coastal Region Champion title.
Mrs. Borck, Mrs. Oliver, and Mrs. Lane won a Foundation Grant in the amount of $750 to purchase books for students in the WJMS Book Club.
Emerson Chester and Tammie Dickens earned their doctorate degrees in education.
Mrs. Borck was honored by Office Max in their "A Day Made Better" campaign. This is a national event in which teachers across the country are given $1000 worth of classroom supplies.