Friday, January 30, 2015

Middle School Eagles Split with the Cougars

Our middle school basketball teams traveled to Greenwood this afternoon to play region contests against the Cambridge Cougars. The results were a close loss for the RW girls, 38-43, and a very lopsided win for the RW boys, 62-4.

The MS girls fought a hard battle, only to fall 6 points shy of a victory. RW trailed by just one point at the end of the first quarter (10-11), but, unfortunately, only managed to put 3 points on the scoreboard in the next quarter while the Lady Cougars racked up 12 to go up 23-13 at the half. The two teams went point-for-point in the third period, scoring 12 each, leaving still a 10 point deficit for the visiting Lady Eagles to make up in the final period. The Richard Winn girls continued to play hard and cut into the Cambridge lead, outscoring their opponents 13-8 in the final period. However, it was too little, too late as the Lady Cougars managed to hold onto a five point lead and capture the win.

The MS Lady Eagles were led by Hannah Gibbons with 13. Caleigh Caldwell added 7; Gracie Atkerson and Hannah Smith scored 6 apiece; Meredyth Melton had 4; and Riley Simpson added 2.

Coach Joe Pitt's MS boys must have had adrenaline pumping in their veins as they "man-handled" the Cougar team and secured the easy victory. Nine Eagle players posted points in the score book with Ben Lang-Spittler leading the way with 24 points. Other RWA scorers included Zack Taylor with 10; Hudson Wade added 7; Cameron Bass and Marshall Gibbons scored 6 each; Stephen Lang-Spittler had 3; and John Russell, Bradden Steele, and Dru Caldwell contributed 2 apiece.

Both middle school teams have two regular season region games remaining before region tourney playoffs begin. On Tuesday, Feb. 3rd, all four of the RWA teams will travel to Newberry Academy and on Friday, Feb. 6th, the Eagles will host W.W. King Academy. MS girls' action will tip off at 4:00 P.M. both times.

It's "T" Time

This morning the 5th grade US History class was able to step back in time and get a first-hand look at a classic Model T. Mrs. Missy Taylor's class has been studying the history of the Model T for about two weeks.

Fortunately, Mr. Jackie Wilkes, Samantha Wilkes’ grandfather, was so kind to bring his Model T for some "show and tell" time. The students looked over the car and had many questions about the way it runs. They were then allowed to have their picture taken while seated in and around it.

The fifth graders were very excited when Mr. Wilkes cranked it up before he left. As he drove off, many were amazed at how slow it really goes.

Eagle Teams Sink the Mariners

Both of RWA's varsity basketball teams closed out Thursday night's home games as victors over the visiting Lake Pointe Academy Mariners.

It was clear from early first quarter results (21-0) that the Lady Eagles were the dominate team. As usual, from the tip off to the final buzzer, they got down to business and easily captured victory number nineteen, 54-7.

Calee Thigpen nails a 3-pointer.
Alyssa Atkerson lays it up for 2.

Jaycie Johnson, Jessie Stidham, and Emily Brigman were the leading scorers with 16, 12, and 11 points, respectively. Before ending her game with an ankle injury, Calee Thigpen added 5 points; Sally Costenbader had 4; Alyssa Atkerson, Bailey Taylor, Cassidy Branham, and Hannah Gibbons had 2 each.
Hannah Gibbons scores from long range.

Contrarily, the varsity boys' contest went down to the wire before it was clear who the victor would be. Even though the Eagles had the lead at the end of both first and second quarters, the Mariners continued to push their game and tied it up at 46 all as the third quarter ended. Clutch free throw shooting down the stretch enabled the Eagles to outscore their opponents, 16-14, in the final period to claim the narrow 2 point victory, 62-60.

Mitchell Gibbons takes it to the hoop.
Cooper Swearingen nails a jumper.

Mitchell Gibbons led the Eagles' point tally with 22, and Cameron Cooper was close on his heels with 21 points. Matt Taylor knocked down 2 big free throws in the final minutes to add to the 4 points he scored earlier for a total of 6. Freshman Cooper Swearingen added 6, also, while teammates Christian Christianson had 3, and Hunter Gibbons and Rob O'Connor scored 2 each.
Matt Taylor eyes the basket from the charity stripe to score.
Mariner senior Alex Kurtz led all scorers with 35 points and hit his 2000th career point in the final quarter. The game was stopped to recognize this milestone for the Lake Pointe senior. Congratulations to Alex on this phenomenal athletic achievement!

The MS teams travel to Greenwood on Friday to take on the Cambridge Cougars. All four teams will make the short road trip to Newberry on Tuesday, Feb. 3, for their last region away game. The regular season will close out on Friday, Feb. 6, as the Eagles host the Knights from King Academy. It will be Senior Night for six RWA players - Cassidy Branham, Emily Brigman, Jessie Stidham, Cameron Cooper, Hunter Gibbons, and Matt Taylor. Come out and support our teams and seniors!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Taylor Commits to Troy

Richard Winn sophomore Bailey Taylor has recently given her verbal commitment to play softball at Troy University. We are all happy for Bailey, her family, and for Coach Mullins at Troy, and are excited about Bailey taking her power to Troy after graduating from Richard Winn in 2017.

Troy University  is a Division 1 university located in Troy, Alabama.

Bailey has played competitive fast pitch softball since she was eight years old.  Along with her time on the team pitching for RWA, Bailey plays short stop for the Lady Lightning Gold program out of NC. Bailey led her LLG Teams to the PGF Nationals in 2013 and 2014 in Huntington Beach, CA.

Bailey is the daughter of Rod and Retta (Melton) Taylor, both RWA alumni!

Congrats, Bailey, your Eagle Family is so proud of you!


Important DATE CHANGE! Please note that the Eagle Classic has been moved back a week to Sat., MARCH 14th due to an unavoidable conflict! PLEASE revise your calendar to reflect this change!

Alumnus Mark Mills receives the 2014 Top Shooter Award from Athletic Director Joe Pitt.
The Eagle Classic committee has already secured a 12GA Beretta A300, Max-5 camo shotgun to be raffled the day of the event. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. Raffle tickets are being printed now and will be available very soon!

Alumnus Mason Gibbons was the lucky winner of the 2014 shotgun raffle.
Look for more detailed information and more of last year's photos to be posted in the coming weeks on this blog!

Thanks in advance for supporting this 12th annual RWA Aerie yearbook/Booster Club fundraiser! Please help spread the word to your hunting and shooting enthusiasts. Teams may begin registering now by contacting Martha Ladd (RWA:803.635.5494, ext. 129 or

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Airbrush Artists in the Making ??

Mrs. Martha Ladd's junior and senior art students were fortunate to get hands-on airbrush instructions from one of the best, if not the best, airbrush artists in the world...our own Fairfield County native, Dru Blair.

The class of twelve traveled to Mr. Blair's art studio in rural Blair, SC, this afternoon to tour and have a brief lesson from the master of airbrush painting himself. Mr. Blair and his three assistants gave the students an overview of how to use the airbrush instrument and introduced them to several techniques used in airbrush painting. The students left with a much greater appreciation and knowledge of this style of art.

 "We are most grateful to Dru and his staff for the allowing us to get a small taste of this fabulous and unique art medium," said Mrs. Ladd.  

SAT and ACT Math Review Offered

Mr. Westall is reviewing math skills to help students prepare for SAT and ACT. The reviews will take place after school this Wednesday, January 28, and this Saturday morning, January 31, from 9:00 until 11:00 A. M. If you would like to participate, please let Mr. Westall know immediately. Juniors and seniors have priority. Space permitting, sophomores are welcome, too. You must let Mr. Westall know in advance; otherwise, he will not be here after school and on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Eagles and Patriots Battle to a Draw

The Eagle teams brought back two road victories tonight as they did "battle" against the Patriots of Wardlaw Academy in Johnston. Both Lady Eagle teams coasted to fairly easy wins, but, unfortunately, this time the match up against the Patriots was not as productive for the boys' teams. 

The MS girls literally got the ball rolling as Gracie Atkerson scored 10 in the 34-5 win. Eight more MS Lady Eagle players made their mark in the score book to capture the victory - Hannah Gibbons - 6; Meredyth Melton and Caleigh Caldwell - 4; Hannah Smith, Riley Simpson, Kaitlyn Thoma, Meredith Pope, and McKenzie Wilson - 2.

Ben Lang-Spittler led the MS Eagles in the scoring column with 8 in the 18-37 loss. Teammates adding points included Marshall Gibbons - 4, Stephen Lang-Spittler - 3, Zack Taylor - 2, and John Russell - 1.

The Lady Eagles coasted to a lopsided 62 - 9 victory over the Lady Patriots while notching their 18th win against 0 losses. Senior Emily Brigman had the "hot hand" for the Lady Eagles with 16 points but  was followed closely by senior teammate Jessie Stidham with 14.  The rest of the point production came from Jaycie Johnson - 10; Alyssa Atkerson - 10; Bailey Taylor - 8; Cassidy Branham - 3; Calee Thigpen - 1.

The varsity Eagles suffered a 40-60 defeat at the hands of the Patriots on their home court. RWA team leading scorer, senior Cameron Cooper, was held scoreless in the first quarter before he cranked out 14 points to lead the RW point tally. Other players contributing to the Eagles' point total included Mitchell Gibbons - 11; Cooper Swearingen - 6; Rob O'Connor - 3; Matt Taylor, Hunter Gibbons, and Jacob Steele - 2.

Both varsity teams will re-match against Lake Pointe on Thursday at HOME with the varsity girls playing at 6:00 P.M. The varsity boys' game will follow. The MS teams get back on the road again on Friday when they travel to Greenwood to play a region re-match against the Cambridge Cougars. Good luck to all our Eagle teams!

Basketball Individual and Team Photos

The following schedule has been set for basketball individual and team photos:

MS Boys - Wed., Jan. 28 @ 2:45 P.M.
V Boys - Wed., Jan. 28 @ 3:15 P.M.
V Girls - Thurs., Jan. 29 @ 4:00 P.M.
MS Girls - Friday, Feb. 6 @ 2:40 P.M.

Order may be placed after pictures have been taken 
or ordered directly online from the following website:
Photo packages range in price from $10 to $18.

Contact Martha Ladd if you have any questions.  -

Monday, January 26, 2015

Soaring to the Top to Make Fairfield County Proud

Recognition of Coach Dan Dickerson and his RWA State Championship football team was first on the agenda for the Monday night Fairfield County Council meeting. Council Chairwoman Carolyn Robinson opened the 6:00 P.M. meeting, and following a prayer by council member Mary Lynn Kinley, Robinson welcomed the team and visitors to council chambers. She then publicly praised the Richard Winn team and recognized the Player of the Year, All Region, All Star, and All State players as well. On behalf of Fairfield County, Robinson congratulated and thanked them all for bringing a such positive reflection upon our county. 
L-R: Coker Gilbert, John Coleman, Peyton Gilbert, Conrad Sharpe, Parker Amick, John Sandifer, Jonny Edenfield, Webb Yongue, Bryan O'Connor, Blake Pauley, Ryan Stillwell, Gunnar Hensley, Hunter Hartley, Tyler Douglas, B. Walters, Ryan Stillwell, Coach Dickerson. Not pictured: Matt Taylor, Hunter Gibbons, Wyatt Adams, Mac McDonald, Hunter Dean, Mitchell Gibbons, Bryant Carvalho, and Assistant Coaches Paul Brigman, Paul Bostrom, and Jeff Spires.
Following Robinson's talk and a quick group photo shoot, Coach Dickerson was given the opportunity to tell the audience about his team's "family" unity and hard work ethic as well as some highlights of their 13-1 season. Prior to leaving the meeting, each of the players present, along with Coach Dickerson, filed by each council member to shake hands and be personally congratulated by them.

Crusaders Cruise to Win 3 of 4 over Eagles

Basketball results from last Friday's road trip to Laurens were not favorable for three of the Blue and Gold teams. The varsity girls were the only Eagle team to bring home a victory.

The Lady Eagles boosted their undefeated overall record to 17-0 and remain the first place team in region competition (6-0). Scoring in their 45-24 victory over the Lady Crusaders were Jaycie Johnson-18, Jessie Stidham-15, Emily Brigman-5, Alyssa Atkerson-4, and Cassidy Branham-3.

The MS girls improved from the first time they fell to their Laurens opponents, losing this time only by a narrow 3 point margin, 19-22.  Hannah Gibbons was the leading scorer for RW with 9. Teammates contributing to the total were Meredyth Melton-4, Gracie Atkerson-3, Taylor Spires-2, and Riley Simpson-1.

Laurens racked up 14 points in the first quarter to take a commanding lead that they never relinquished. The Crusaders sent the MS Eagles home with a 12-37 defeat. RW had three players to record points in the score book, each one scoring 4-Bradden Steele, John Russell, and Hudson Wade.

The varsity Eagles struggled in Friday's rematch with the Crusaders, losing 28-80. Missed free throw and three-point opportunities hindered the Eagles' game. Cameron Cooper led the Eagle scoring in the effort with 11. Others posting points were Rob O'Connor-6, Mitchell Gibbons and Cooper Swearingen-4 each, Christian Christianson-2, and Matt Taylor-1.

All four teams hit the road once again tomorrow (Tues. 1/27) to face the Wardlaw Patriots with the MS girls tipping off the action at 4:00 P.M. in Johnston. The next home game will be on Thursday (1/29) when both varsity teams take on Lake Pointe. The Lady Eagles' game will start at 6:00 P.M. and the boys' game will follow. Come support our Eagle teams as they draw closer to the end of  regular season action.

Baseball Assistance Needed

Coach Berry is looking for someone to assist with MS and/or Varsity baseball. Responsibilities include being a part of all practices and games. If interested, please contact Coach Berry at or Coach Pitt at A small stipend is available. The emphasis is on being able to help with the middle school baseball team.

HS Math Meet Team

We would like to congratulate those juniors and seniors who participated in the SCISA Math Meet on January 20.

L-R: Hannah Silvia, Cassie Rae Cantrell, Chloe Dawkins, Jacob Steele, Jonathan Lewis, and Chrissy Caudill.
"They worked hard and represented us well," said Ray Westall, the team's coach/sponsor.

Junior Chrissy Caudill had the highest score from our team and earned a medal for her effort.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Championship Recognition

The Richard Winn Academy State Championship football team and coaching staff will be recognized and honored during Monday's (1/26) Fairfield County Council meeting for winning the SCISA 8-Man title in November 2014. The meeting begins at 6:00 P.M. and takes place in the County Council Chambers, located on the 2nd floor of the Fairfield County Government Complex, 350 Columbia Road, Winnsboro.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Learning the MADD Facts

Both a representative and a volunteer from the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) organization made enlightening presentations to RWA's high school students on Friday, January 23rd. 

Ninth through twelfth grade students listened to MADD volunteer, Mrs. Patricia Voelker, share her personal story of losing family members in an automobile accident involving a drunk driver. Mr. Steven Burritt, a MADD representative, showed a power point presentation with facts and figures and video clips as well as discussed relevant information with the students to help remind them to make smart decisions involving use of alcohol and drugs.

100 Days and Counting...

Mrs. Poland and Mrs. Taylor's kindergartners

Pre-K through 2nd grade students and teachers enjoyed celebrating the 100th day of school in "style" today as many of them dressed as 100 year old grandmas and grandpas and took part in various activities involving the number 100. Whatever the activity, from 100 licks of a lollipop to counting 100 pieces of candy to string a necklace, the teachers and students made it both a fun and educational event.

Mrs. Sherwood and her first grade group


Mrs. Atkerson's 2nd graders

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Candy Gram Order Time

The Aerie staff is excited to bring back the popular Candy Gram fundraiser that we offer each year around Valentine's Day. We're ready and willing to satisfy you by offering a fun, tasty, and thoughtful way to tell someone how much you care about him/her.

We are now taking orders for the gourmet-flavored heart and lip-shaped lollipops. Each lollipop, with its special message card attached, will be delivered to any student or staff member at RWA for only $1. In addition to choosing one of the eleven delicious flavors, you have the opportunity to send a special (or secret) message attached to a classmate, teacher, friend, or sweetheart. You may want to send one a day or several at one time. You may also send it anonymously. The Aerie staff members will see that your Candy Gram is delivered to the designated recipient(s) at the end of each school day, beginning on Monday, Feb. 9 through Friday, Feb. 13. 

 Order forms will be distributed to the elementary students on Friday, Jan. 23. Middle and upper school students may pick up order forms from the school's office counter,  from the Aerie classroom (lower school computer lab), or from the folder posted on the HS bulletin board. Click on the following link if you would like to print your own order form from home. Just be sure you send it, along with your payment, to the school office at least one day prior to the chosen delivery date.

Contact Jordan Parris (Aerie Business Manager) or Martha Ladd (Aerie Adviser) if you have any questions. ( or 803.635.5494, ext. 129) Thank you in advance for supporting this Aerie "fun"draiser!

EXTRA, EXTRA...Read All about It!

Spirit Wear Extras 

Get Them While It’s Cold!

Long-sleeve Grey- 15.00              Short-sleeve Twilight- 12.00
    Youth M - 2                                                  Adult S - 4

    Adult S - 3                                                    Adult M - 4

    Adult L - 2                                                     Adult L - 3

    Adult XL - 3                                                  Adult XL - 3

Long-sleeve Dark Grey- 15.00         Black Sweatshirt Crew- 22.00
    Youth L - 2                                                     Adult 2XL - 2

Navy Blue Long-sleeve T’s- 15.00   State Championship FB T’s- $10
    Youth M - 3                                                  Adult S - 9

     Youth L - 4                                                  Adult M - 2

     Adult M - 5                                                  Adult XL - 4

     Adult S - 3                                                   Youth L - 4

                                                                         Adult 2XL - 2

                                           Hats - 9.00 (4) 

100th Day Celebration TOMORROW

Kindergarten and elementary students will celebrate the 100th day of school on Friday, January 23rd. Look for photos of this "milestone" event in  an upcoming blog post.

Basketball Region Tournament Information

SCISA Region 2-A Middle School and Varsity Basketball Tournament Schedule:

Monday, February 9 at W.W. King Academy:
   Varsity Play-in Games
6:00 P.M. Girls  #4 (H) vs. #5 (V)
7:30 P.M. Boys  #4 (H) vs. #5 (V)

Tuesday, February 10 at Cambridge Academy:
   Middle School First Round (Semi-Finals)
4:00 P.M. Girls  #2 (H) vs. #3 (V)
5:15 P.M. Boys  #2 (H) vs. #3 (V)
6:30 P.M. Girls   #1 (H) vs. #4 (V)
7:45 P.M. Boys   #1 (H) vs. #4 (V)

Friday, February 13 at Laurens Academy:
   Varsity Semi-Finals
4:00 P.M. Girls #2 (H) vs. #3 (V)
5:30 P.M. Boys #2 (H) vs. #3 (V)
7:00 P.M. Girls #1 (H) vs. Play-in Winner (V)
8:30 P.M. Boys #1 (H) vs. Play-in Winner (V)

Saturday, February 14 at Richard Winn Academy
   MS and Varsity Championship Games
2:00 P.M. Girls MS Finals - Higher Seed Home Team
3:15 P.M. Boys MS Finals - Higher Seed Home Team
4:30 MS Awards

5:00 P.M. Girls Varsity Finals - Higher Seed Home Team
6:30 P.M. Boys Varsity Finals - Higher Seed Home Team
8:00 P.M. Varsity Awards

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Youth Photography Contest

Students in grades 8-12 are eligible and strongly encouraged to participate in the annual Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District youth photography contest. 

RULES: Photos must be taken in SC between April 1, 2014, and April 2, 2015. Students must attend school in Fairfield County. Black and white or color photos, sizes 4 x 6, 5 x 7, or 8 x 10 will be accepted. Photos must be hard copy, not framed or matted, nor cropped or altered in any way before the photo is printed. Each participant may enter up to 2 photos in each or any of the 4 categories. The deadline to submit photos is Thursday, April 2. Entries may be submitted directly to the Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District office (155 South Congress St.,Winnsboro) or brought to the school office on or before the April 2 deadline. Photos will not be returned and will become the property of FSWCD.

Each photo must have the following information on a note card or label on the back of the photo: 
a) Photographer's name, address, and phone number
b) Photographer's grade level and teacher's name
c) Category and title of photograph
d) Subject - name of each person in photograph, if any
e) Location where photo was taken

The CATEGORIES are as follows: 
1) Trees and Flowers  
2) Native Wildlife - deer, butterfly, wild turkey, etc. NO ZOO animals!  
3) Landscapes - sunsets, rivers, lakes, pastures, etc.  
4) Rural Life - grazing cow, people working the land, etc.  

Monetary prizes will be awarded to winners in each category and division. First place = $50, Second place = $25, Third place = $15.  

Contact Pat Ingle at the FSWCD office (815-4831) or Martha Ladd at RWA (635-5494, ext. 129) if you should have any questions. 

Eagles Take 3 from Knights

The Richard Winn Eagle basketball teams fell just 2 points short of sweeping the W. W. King Knights on their home court in Batesburg on Tuesday night.

The MS Lady Eagles defeated their counterparts by 20 points, but, unfortunately, the MS Eagles dropped a narrow 1 point loss, 29-30, to the Knights.

The Lady Eagles continued their winning ways, soaring to their 16th straight win and notching their 5th region victory in as many outings. Jaycie Johnson and Jessie Stidham led the scoring with 28 and 16 points, respectively. Alyssa Atkerson added 7 points, Emily Brigman had 3, Sally Costenbader scored 2, and Cassie McKeown rounded out the total with 1.

The RW varsity boys got back into the win column with a 61-43 victory over the Knights to close out the evening's contests. Leading the scoring for the Eagles were Cameron Cooper with 23 points and Mitchell Gibbons with 20. Five more Eagle players contributed to the 61 point total, including Matt Taylor with 6, Hunter Gibbons and Christian Christianson with 4 each, and Jacob Steele and Cooper Swearingen added a 2 point basket apiece.

All four teams will get back on the road on Friday, January 23, as they travel to Laurens to re-match against the Crusaders. The MS girls' game
will tip off at 4:00 P.M.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Your RWA PTO Presents...

A chance to win an iPad Air!

Tickets are just $1 each.

Lower School Students

Students in grades K3 – 6th will bring home 10 tickets each today to sell to family and friends. Please make sure to turn in all sold tickets (with purchaser’s name and phone number on the ticket stub) and money collected to your student’s teacher before February 5th.

Upper School Students

Upper school students can also purchase tickets directly from Mrs. Kerri Martin through February 5th.

Drawing – February 6th

The drawing for the winner will be held on Friday, February 6th at the home basketball games during the varsity games.Winner does not have to be present to win. Anyone (including PTO members) can purchase tickets and participate in the drawing.

If you have any questions or need more tickets, please contact a PTO representative below:
Keleigh Caldwell, Catie Brigman, Tammy Ramsey, Katie Nicholson, and Michele Boulware

Monday, January 19, 2015

Battle of the Eagles - RWA vs. Newberry

This past Friday night's basketball home region contests against the Newberry Eagles ended in a split, 2-2, with the RWA Lady Eagle teams (MS and V) winning both games, while the Newberry Eagles slipped away with close, hard fought victories in the MS and V boys' games.

Meredyth Melton works hard to get a good look under the basket.
Eight middle school girls scored for RWA in their lopsided 34-6 win. Hannah Gibbons and Hannah Smith led the scoring with 6 points apiece followed by Meredyth Melton and Caleigh Caldwell with 5 each. Riley Simpson scored 4, Gracie Atkerson and Rayne Williams added 3 apiece, and Emma Castles scored 2 points. The MS Lady Eagles held their Newberry opponents to only six free throw points for the entire game.

Ben Lang-Spittler controls the tip for the MS Eagles to open the game.
The RW middle school boys lead 8-7 at the end of the first quarter with Ben Lang-Spittler scoring all 8 points for the young Eagle team. However, in the second period, the RW boys fell behind, only scoring one basket while the Newberry team racked up 15 more points to take a 22-10 lead at the half. The second half of play was more even in scoring, but the RWA had fallen too far behind in the second quarter to make up the difference and lost 26-39. Ben Lang-Spittler scored 12, Hudson Wade and Cameron Bass added 4 each, while Stephen Lang-Spittler, Zack Taylor, and John Russell had 2 apiece.  

Senior Emily Brigman nails a two point jumper.
The varsity Lady Eagles had little trouble in putting away Newberry's Lady Eagles as RWA won convincingly, 56-16, to improve their overall record to 15-0. Jaycie Johnson led the scoring with 20 points, and Jessie Stidham followed with 15. Emily Brigman added 9 points, Bailey Taylor and Cassidy Branham had 4 each, and Alyssa Atkerson (back in the lineup again after battling mono since Christmas) and Sally Costenbader scored 2 apiece.

Junior Rob O'Connor leaps to play aggressive defense on the back court press.
The final game of the evening was quite the "battle of the birds" as the outcome was not determined until the final few seconds of the game. Newberry led through 3 quarters of the game, but RWA came out of the locker room at the end of the first half with fire in their eyes and wing in their wings. RWA held the opposing Eagles to only 5 points in the third quarter to their 10, bringing the home team within 2 points, 30-32, as the final period began. Coach Pitt's guys battled hard to take the lead in the 4th quarter, and at one point near the end of the game had an 8 point lead and looked to be the victor. However, momentum starting swinging in favor of the visitors as they were perfect from the charity stripe (7-7), and turnovers and missed opportunities by the RWA team proved costly. When the final buzzer sounded, it was the Newberry Eagles who captured the narrow victory, 51-48. Cameron Cooper had 24 points in the losing effort and Mitchell Gibbons added 14. Other Eagles scoring included Rob O'Connor with 5, Hunter Gibbons with 3, and Christian Christianson had 2.

The Eagle teams hit the road for their next three games, traveling to W.W. King, Laurens, and Wardlaw over the next week. The next home varsity games will be against Lake Pointe on Thursday, Jan. 29th, beginning with the varsity girls' game at 6:00 P.M.

Math Meet Tomorrow

The Richard Winn Math Team will compete in the SCISA High School Math Meet tomorrow. Junior participants are Jonathan Lewis, Chrissy Caudill, Chloe Dawkins, and Jacob Steele. Senior participants are Hannah Silvia and Cassie Rae Cantrell. The team is sponsored by Mr. Ray Westall. Good luck to our students!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Parent Appreciation Night Is a Success!

If you were absent for this event last night, you missed a delicious meal,  a great video of our students, and an even more outstanding program! 
The barbecue and fixings were cooked and supplied by John Martin (parent & alumnus) with the homemade dessert selections prepared by parent volunteers. Officers and members of the RWA SGA served the tea and water and desserts of choice.
After the meal, parents and friends were invited to the gym to watch a special video featuring many of our elementary, middle, and high school students that was prepared by teachers Callie Sims and Kerri Martin. 
Prior to the video presentation, the audience was welcomed by RWA Board of Directors Chairman, Cal Caldwell, who opened the program in prayer. After watching the video, Mr. Caldwell gave a brief update on the school's financial status and the Head of School search that will begin very soon. He also reflected on memories of his days as a student at Richard Winn and read aloud an excerpt of an interview about one of his former RWA classmates, Jack Livings, who is now a published author. In addition, Mr. Caldwell sang praises and personally thanked Dr. Nancy Coleman for the work, time, and dedication that she has put into making RWA a better institution in the five years she has been here.
Dr. Coleman came to the podium next to give an brief summary of the school's current status and concluded by thanking the audience for allowing her to be a part of the Eagle family.
Following Dr. Coleman's talk, Mr. Bobby Caldwell, former RWA parent and board chairman, stepped up to the microphone to introduce the guest speaker, Keller Kissam. Mr. Kissam is currently a Senior Vice President of the SCANA Corporation and President of Retail Operations of the SCE&G Company. In addition, he serves as the president of the SCISA Board of Directors. A product of a private school himself, Mr. Kissam spoke of all the wonderful attributes and positive reasons for private schools like Richard Winn  to continue to flourish and encouraged the audience to always be ambassadors for it in their workplaces and community. His message was both powerful and motivating! 
If you would like to hear the message and/or watch the school video, plans are in the works to get them published on the local cable TV station and linked to the school's website in the near future. 
A special thanks to our Board of Directors, Mrs.Lanna McMeekin (Director of Admissions and Development) and all those who had a hand in making this truly a night of appreciation for Richard Winn and its family of almost 50 years. "Long live our academy, hold its banner ever high!...Benedicat nos Deus (God bless us)!"