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Student Achievements

Grace Jameson won 1st place in the t-shirt contest for Red Ribbon Week


Katelyn Carter won the poster contest for Red Ribbon Week.


REACH Scholars

Michael Vescio and Brian Phillips









REACH Georgia is a needs-based mentoring and scholarship program designed to ensure that the state’s academically promising students have the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school and complete college. Both Brian and Michael now have up to $20,000 available to them to attend college. This $100,000 investment is made possible by REACH Georgia, the Foundation, and local post-secondary partners, like Georgia Southern University, East Georgia College and Ogeechee Technical College who have agreed to double-match each of the original $10,000 scholarships.

Nan Rushing Write-Off Winners

6th Grade: 
Ben Buckoff- 2nd Place/Vocabulary
Michael Austin- 3rd Place/Spelling
Jalisa Williams- 3rd Place/Language Expression
Ansley Jackson- 1st Place/Writing
Tanner Fallin- 1st Place/Mental Concentration
7th Grade:
Mikal Mascarello- 2nd Place/Vocabulary
Jada Scott- 1st Place/Spelling
Conley Roberson- 3rd Place/Spelling
Caitlin Waters- 2nd Place/Capitalization/Punctuation
Shirling Xu- 1st Place/Writing
Eletria Biswas- 3rd Place/Mental Concentration
8th Grade:
Lif Mallard- 2nd Place/Vocabulary
Buhmi Patel- 2nd Place/Spelling
Alaina Godbee- 3rd Place/Capitalization/Punctuation
Zach Pantin- 2nd Place/Usage
Nash Welch-3rd Place/Language Expression
Makenna Cross-2nd Place/Writing
National Geography Bee

Bryce Westerfield won the school level Geography Bee and his score on the qualifying test allowed him to advance to the state level Geography Bee in Macon, GA.

Pictured below are the top ten students participating in the school level Geography Bee. David Lippincott came in second place, Jake Peeples placed third and Brian Curry placed fourth in the competition.

geo bee

Back Row: Connor Tucker, Harrison Hughes, Charlie Denton, Nash Welch, Austin Halaby 

Front Row: Michael Vescio, Bryce Westerfield, David Lippincott, Jake Peeples, Brian Curry





Stock Market Game

The Georgia Council on Economic Education recently announced the winners of their Fall 2014 Stock Market GamMichaele. Played by students across Bulloch county, Michael Vescio of WJMS was announced at the Stock Market Game’s district winner. Michael along with the other participants invested an imaginary $100,000 in stocks and bonds. Their progress was based on the actual movement of the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq markets. Michael and the other district winners will be invited to Atlanta in May where the state winner will be announced. Michael and his classmates in Dr. Chester’s QUEST class took several of the top ten spots for the district.




Boys Basketball Team Win Region

Under the leadership of Coach Brian Hall and the coaching staff, the boy’s basketball team finished the season with an undefeated 18-0 record to win the title of Coastal Empire Region Champions.

basketball team

Back Row: Cam Harrison, Coach Brian Hall, Amontae Jernigan, Michael Hill, Nigel Braxton, Jaylon West, Chris Hill, Deontre Sparkes, Tybias Young

Middle Row: Duke Baldwin, Jaylon Hicks, Joseph Burns, OJ Reese, Jordan Baldwin, Jamarius Cone, Jaylin Hubbard, De’Von Taylor

Front Row: Garrison Littles, Elyja Fields, Janard Mike, Mike Wilcox, Matthew Childers, Jaylin Roberson, Henry Humphries

Chess Tournament

On January 24th, the WJMS Chess Team completed in the Ogeechee River Scholastic Chess Association’s tournament. After a close competition involving a tie-breaker, the team placed 2nd overall in the tournament. In the individual competition, Will Altman placed 3rd and Michael Vescio placed 4th.

Back Row: Tanner Fallin, Ben Heffner, Jackson Hamilton, Michael Vescio

Middle Row: Cameron Halaby, Will Altman, Jayman Patel, Brian White, CJ Bacon

Front Row: Gabriel Rowe, Eletria Biswas, Ky’iana Stanley, Riley Vasilatos, Ryan Brannen

Regional Student Technology Fair

On Saturday, January 31st WJMS students competed in the Bulloch County Regional Student Technology Fair at Julia P. Bryant Elementary. In the Hardware category, Ben Hand placed 1st and Davis Vasilatos placed 2nd in the 7th and 8th grade division. Shirling Xu placed 1st and Matthew Redwine placed 2nd in the Web 2.0 applications category for the 7th and 8th grade division. Nakyung Oh placed 1st in the Mobile Apps category for the 5th and 6th grade division. In the Technology Literacy Challenge, Shirling Xu placed 2nd in the 7th and 8th grade division. Students who placed 1st in their category will advance to the Georgia Educational Technology Fair competition in Macon on March 7th.

NKyung 7th 8th Web 2.0 Applications hardware
Pictured: Nakyung Oh, Matthew Redwine, Shirling Xu, Ben Hand, Davis Vasilatos.

Georgia Student Technology Fair

Ben Hand won 3rd place at the Georgia Student Technology Fair in Macon in the Hardware Category.


Georgia State Science and Engineering Fair 

Chase Page - 2nd Place Honors
Gabe Rowe - UGA Genetics Research Award

Penny Sikes Math Tournament

1st place team overall 

6th Grade Overall Team First Place WJMS
1st place team in ciphering

Team Ciphering 6th Grade First Place WJMS
Individual trophies:

David Lippincott First Place
Ben Buckoff 4th Place
Abby Welch 5th Place
Madi Welch 7th Place
Parth Patel 10th Place


On Tuesday, April 21st, the William James Middle School Boys Golf Team won the Middle School Region Championship hosted by Willow Lake Golf Club in Metter edging out runner up Richmond Hill by seven strokes. Competing in the event were Ebenezer Middle School, South Effingham Middle School, Effingham Middle School, Richmond Hill Middle School, Langston Chapel Middle School, Southeast Bulloch Middle School and Metter Middle School. This will be the boys second championship in consecutive years. Scores turned in by the boys were Mason Kleinlein 39, Tate Rackleff 41, Ford Berger 41, Stone Bailey 53, and Hunter Brown 59. Pictured from left to right: Coach Dr. Glenn Bailey, Savannah Barefoot, Brooke Bennett, Ford Berger, Mason Kleinlein, Tate Rackleff, Hunter Brown, Stone Bailey, and Assistant Coach Jim Winskie. 

4-H District Project Achievement Winners


Back Row: Drew Huthsteiner-3rd place in Workforce & Careers, David Lippincott-1st place in Performing Arts Instrumental, Riley Vasilatos-2nd place in Marine & Coastal Ecology

Front Row: Brittany Lane-4th place in Outdoor Recreation, Mayson Crawford-1st place in History, Adelind Sanders-1st place in Between Meal Snacks, Ansley Jackson-1st place in Wildlife

Young Georgia Authors Winners

6th grade- 1st-Brittany Lane, 2nd- Lindsey Hill, 3rd- Will Yawn

7th grade- 1st- Shirling Xu, 2nd- Daniel Crowe, 3rd- Eletria Biswas

8th grade- 1st- Makenna Cross, 2nd- Maggie Smith, 3rd- Lif Mallard

Nevils Write-Off Winners

6th Grade Winners:

Ben Buckoff- 2nd Place- Vocabulary

Michael Austin- 3rd Place- Spelling

Jalisa Williams- 3rd Place- Language Expression

Ansley Jackson- 1st Place- Writing

Tanner Fallin-1st Place- Mental Concentration

7th Grade Winners:

Mikal Mascerello- 2nd Place- Vocabulary

Jada Scott- 1st Place- Spelling

Conley Roberson- 3rd Place Spelling

Caitlin Waters- 2nd Place- Capitalization/Punctuation

Shirling Xu- 1st Place- Writing

8th Grade Winners:

Lif Mallard- 2nd Place-Vocabulary

Buhmi Patel- 2nd Place- Spelling

Alaina Godbee- 3rd Place- Capitalization/Punctuation

Zach Pantin- 2nd Place- Usage

Nash Welch- 3rd Place- Language Expression

Makenna Cross- 2nd Place- Writing