Boys Tennis Team Wins Region
The WJMS boys tennis team won the Coastal Empire Region Championship for the first time in school history.
Back row L to R: Student Assistant Bryce Costlow, Coach Kim Wagoner, Albert Zheng, Conner Williams, Henry Humphries, Will Altman, David Lippincott, Garrison Littles, Holden Hall, Coach Brian Hall, Kade Roberts
Front row L to R: Ethan Hiers, Turner Leggett, Jacob Lau, John West, Landon Collins, Walker Saussy, Hudson Lanier, Landon Brooks
Veterans Day Program
WJMS hosted a Veterans Day program with guest speakers from the community. The local 177th Brigade Engineer Battalion of the Army National Guard spent the day with our students showing them military vehicles and equipment. They also spoke with our students to answer questions they had about the military. Active duty military and local veterans were encouraged to come out and spend the day with us.
Regional Technology Fair Winners
WJMS students participated in the Regional Student Technology Fair on Saturday, January 21st. Hayne Woodward won 2nd place in Animation, Scott Caplinger won 1st place in Digital Game Design, Kylee Carver won 3rd place in Digital Photo Production, Bailey Borck won 1st place in Graphic Design, Noah Eggleston and Jacob Lau won 2nd place in Graphic Design, Elijah Beniman won 1st place in Internet Applications, John Parker won 2nd place in the Tech Literacy Challenge, and Noah Eggleston won 3rd place in the Tech Literacy Challenge. First place winners advance to the state competition in March.
Back row L to R: John Parker, Elijah Beniman, Noah Eggleston, Jacob Lau
From row L to R: Scott Caplinger, Kylee Carver, Bailey Borck
Not Pictured: Hayne Woodward
Math and Science Night
During the first nine weeks of school, WJMS held a Math and Science Night. Math and science stations were set up throughout the front hallway and the commons area. These stations had activities to review important skills being taught during the first semester. Additional areas had activities hosted by groups from OTC and the GSU Raptor Center.
Geography Bee Winner Named
All students at WJMS participated in the National Geography Bee by completing a multiple choice geography test. Of the tests, the top ten scoring students competed against each other in the school-level Geography Bee in January. After several rounds of competition, Anna Smith won the competition. Ethan Steiner came in second place with Chase Page in third. As our school winner, Anna Smith completed a written exam which was submitted to the National Geographic Society. Top scoring students from across the state will be notified in March and will advance to the state competition.
Back Row L to R: OJ Reese, Hayne Woodward, Cameron Halaby, Albert Zheng, Kate Lamb, Jackson Hodgin
Front Row L to R: Anna Smith, Ethan Steiner, Chase Page
Social Studies and Language Arts Night
During the second nine weeks, WJMS held a Social Studies and Language Arts Night. Students created a walk through time in the form of their very own wax museum. They portrayed historical figures to tell their audience about the events of the time period and guests toured the exhibits. Crowd favorites included the Berlin Wall, a Civil War cemetery, scenes from Anne Frank’s diary and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and a Camp Lawton exhibit from GSU. The hard work that all of the students put into the event was evident through the artifacts they created, the costumes they put together, and most of all by their excitement and participation on that special night.
Students Attend Junior Youth Assembly
Sponsored by teacher Penny Lott, WJMS students attended Junior Youth Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia in November. JYA is a three-day learning opportunity for middle school students, grades 6-8, designed to give participants an experience in the operation of Georgia's State Government. Legislators meet in committees and in the House and Senate chambers to debate legislation. Students are given an opportunity to discuss current state issues with state administrators. Students are guided through mock committee meetings and legislative procedures. Students debate and vote on bills that their fellow delegates have written and presented. Bills that pass in committee are then taken to the floor of the House or Senate for full debate and vote.
Back Row L to R: Adison Marsh, Kinsley James
Front Row L to R: Dana Dyches, Macaleigh van den Bosch
WJMS Boys Basketball Team Win Region
The WJMS boys basketball team won the title of Coastal Empire Region Champions for a third year in a row. The team also won the Knights Invitational Christmas Tournament for the third year in a row.
FBLA Stuffed Animal Drive
WJMS FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) collected 368 new and gently used dolls and stuffed animals to donate to the Bulloch County Sheriff's Foundation. This organization will disperse the dolls and stuffed animals to help children in our area. Some will be kept in patrol cars to comfort young children in situations from car accidents to domestic violence. Others will be donated to Safe Haven and DFACs.
Pictured: Olivia Long, Bubba Revell, Bethany Boyer, Taylor Hinson, Arieonne Lonon, Charity Murray-Davis, Shaniyah Houston, Adyn Holden, Jimmy Billings, Alyssa Skinner
WJMS Pageant Contestants Assist the Community
The Miss WJMS contestants served the community during the month of March. Students worked at the FUMC Soup Kitchen, painted nails at the Bethany Home, and assisted children with Reading to Rover at the Statesboro Regional Library.
Math Team Wins Tournament
The WJMS 7th and 8th grade math team recently competed in the Georgia Southern University Math Tournament. The team, coached by 8th grade math teacher Tom Borck, placed first overall in the middle school division. Seventh grader Evy Shen won first place in the individual competition with a perfect score.
Pictured: Albert Zheng, Scott Caplinger, Helen Piltner, and Evy Shen.
WJMS Students Attend NASA Astronaut Challenge
The first WJMS team to compete in the NASA Student Astronaut Challenge won the Lab competition by designing and drafting a unique greenhouse rover for Mars. This rover would help grow healthy (radiation free) food to help sustain life on Mars. The group had to pitch their idea to a team of NASA Engineers and won the bid for funding.
Pictured: Cameron Halaby, Gabe Rowe, Scott Caplinger, Paula Toquica, Ceci Smith, and Anna Smith
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Writing Contest Winners
Conducted nationwide, the VFW sponsors a youth essay competition to give students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme was “The America I Believe In” and local VFW visited WJMS to announce our school winners. In the county-level competition, Tanner Whitfield won 1st place, Gail Casilli won 3rd place, and Andee Mackiewicz won 6th place. Tanner Whitfield won 3rd place for the region.
Pictured in the back row are representatives from the local VFW.
School Winners Pictured Front Row: Tanner Whitfield, Gail Casilli, Abby Nessmith, Andee Mackiewicz, Peyton Shuman
Georgia Science & Engineering Fair
A total of 34 WJMS student projects competed at the Regional Science & Engineering Fair in Savannah bringing home 17 regional awards.
Region Winners Pictured Back Row (L-R): Will Yawn, Hunter Saussy, Brian White, Chase Page, Evy Shen, Henry Humphries, Ceci Smith, Abby Welch, Aiden McGowan.
Front Row: Andee Mackeiweicz, Zoe Pantin, Caleb Coleman, Megan Redwine, Jada Coble, Reid Ragan, Gabe Rowe.
Six WJMS students advanced to compete in the Georgia State Science & Engineering Fair in Athens in March.
GA State Science & Engineering Fair Qualifiers: Will Yawn, Henry Humphries, Hunter Saussy, David Lippincott, Evy Shen, Ceci Smith
National Random Acts of Kindness Week
WJMS celebrated National Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week February 13th through 17th with a school-wide act of kindness. This year students collected $2,276 for Hearts and Hands Clinic in Statesboro. In addition to student donations, fundraising included RAK T-shirt sales and the opportunity to wear a hat for $1. This year WJMS partnered with The Clubhouse with a Knight of Kindness on Thursday, February 16th. Guests could "Round Up to the Next Dollar" with the extra change going to Hearts and Hands Clinic.
Front row (L-R): Tabria Littles, Sana Chaudhry, Ansley Jackson, Andee Mackiewicz, Parker Stansel, RJ King
Back row (L-R): Scott Chapman, Madison Lee, Drew Dawson, Jill Jameson, Kara Holland (Hearts and Hands Clinic), Chase Page, Henry Humphries, David Lippincott, Dee Dee Thompson
Boyer Wins Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) Student Design Competition for Grades 6-8
WJMS Seventh grader, Bethany Boyer will be honored during the Georgia Appreciation Week Awards Luncheon on April 27, in Atlanta. Governor Nathan Deal will recognize the Student Design Competition winners at the event. Bethany received $500 for her winning entry which features Georgia industries and products.
Track Team Wins Region
The girls track team are the Coastal Empire Region Champions and have won seven championships out of the last eight years.
Baseball Team Wins Region
The WJMS baseball team are the Coastal Empire Region Champions.