Monday, August 31, 2015


Academic Awards and Beta Club Induction
Wednesday, Sept. 2 - 6:30 P.M.
RWA Gymnasium
PTO will provide light refreshments prior to event

Home Volleyball TODAY!

Catch the Lady Eagles in home action on Tuesday, Sept. 1, beginning with the MS match vs. Cambridge at 4:00 P.M. The varsity match will follow at approximately 5:15 P.M. Come cheer on our teams as they seek to keep their win streaks going! #winn

Generals Surrender to Mighty Eagles

The fans were treated not only to another dominating performance of Coach Dan
Dickerson's "Boys of Fall," but also to some amazing scenery - a breathtaking pink and yellow sunset in one end zone and a full moon rising in the sky in the opposite end zone.

The RWA Eagles took care of business early on as they cruised to a first quarter score of 42-6 over the visiting Cathedral Generals. In the second period, RWA tacked on two more touchdowns and went into halftime leading 56-6.
Per SCISA's rules, when one team leads by 40 or more points, the game clock runs. The second half of play literally sped to a finish with Cathedral putting another six points on the scoreboard in the third quarter. The final score, 56-12, gave the Eagles their second win of the young season.

The senior tandem of John Coleman and Webb Yongue ignited the Ruff Field scoreboard for 24 points apiece, each scoring four touchdowns. Two of Coleman's TD's came from the defensive side of the game as he picked off two passes and ran them both back for touchdowns of 47 and 65 yards.

Altogether the Eagle offense racked up 241 rushing yards and 129 in the passing game to account for the lop-sided scoring. Junior Mitchell Gibbons used his kicking skills effectively, going 6 for 7 in field goal attempts to score six points for the Eagles, and senior Nic Stillwell added two points to the total tally with a two point conversion rush of five yards.

The Eagle defense was hard at work as well, forcing the opponents into turnovers. In addition to Coleman's two, Yongue and Peyton Gilbert each snagged an interception, and Christian Christianson recovered a General fumble. Junior Bryant Carvalho and senior Nic Stillwell led the team with 5 and 4 individual tackles respectively. However,  RWA lost 105 yards in penalties and two fumbles.

The Eagles play at home again this coming Friday, Sept. 4, as they host the Crusaders of Laurens Academy. It will also be Hall of Fame night as four new members will be inducted into the second class of RWA's Athletic Hall of Fame during half time. Kickoff is set for 7:30 P.M.

To view the rest of Friday's game photos, click here:

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Home Volleyball on Tuesday

RWA's MS and varsity teams host region foe Cambridge Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 1st beginning at 4 P.M. Come cheer our volley girls on to another victory!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Eagles Dominate Generals

From the opening kickoff, the Eagles took control of the game while going on a scoring frenzy and owning a 42-6 lead at the end of first quarter. The 56-12 final score secured Coach Dickerson, his coaching staff and players, their second win in as many outings.Congratulations, Eagle players and coaches!

As of this posting, no stats are available, but look for them and game action photos to be added later this weekend. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Are You Ready for Some FOOTBALL?

RWA vs. Cathedral - Friday, August 27 - 7:30 P.M. - RWA's Ruff Field



Volleyball Teams Remain Undefeated

On Thursday afternoon in front of a home crowd, both the MS and varsity Lady Eagle volleyball teams scored victories over the Heathwood Hall Lady Highlander teams.

Seventh grader Meredith Pope pushes a set over the net.
Coach Rachel Peake's middle school squad improved their overall record to 3-0 by defeating the visitors from Heathwood Hall in three games, 2-1. The RWA volley girls won game one, 25-8, but fell in game two, 22-25. The young Lady Eagle team got their momentum back to win the tie-breaking game three to claim the match victory.

Sydney Boulware goes vertical to make the block.
Riley Simpson has her overhand serving technique down pat.
 Likewise, Coach Callie Sims's varsity girls kept their undefeated record intact with a match win over the Lady Highlanders in three straight games, 25-16, 25-15, and 25-17. The veteran RWA squad goes 4-0 in the early season.

Junior setter Madison Wade dinks the ball past the Heathwood defender for the point.
Senior outside hitter Rebecca Robertson returns the serve to her setter.
Senior Jaycie Johnson focuses on making a good first pass to her setter.

Both teams pick up game action again next Tuesday, Sept. 1, in their second home contest. The Lady Cougars of Cambridge will travel to RWA for 4:00 (MS) and 5:30 (V) matches. This will be the first region contest for the RWA teams.

Congratulations, teams and coaches!  #winn 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lady Eagles Host Lady Highlanders

Come cheer on our Lady Eagle MS and varsity volleyball teams TODAY as they host Heathwood Hall. Good luck to our players and coaches! #winn

4:15 P.M. - Middle School
6:00 P.M. - Varsity

Eagles Learn of the Aroma of Christ

Much of Wednesday's second chapel service was conducted by junior Mitchell Gibbons, SGA vice-president. Mitchell not only lead parts of the service but also joined Dr. Selby on guitar and Mrs. Nicholson on piano to lead the group singing.
Rev. McManus delivers the Chapel message.
The Reverend James McManus, pastor of Bethel ARP Church of Winnsboro, delivered a thought-provoking homily based on 2 Corinthians 2: 14-17. The scripture reading tells us that "we are to God the aroma of Christ..." Rev. McManus paralleled this to our lives by reminding us that our music choices, our actions, our day-to-day existence reflects upon who we are, what we stand for, and how others see us. How do people know you? How will people remember you? Will you stand strong for Christ and have the "aroma" that leads others to see Him in you?

Second grader Maggie McManus knows the answer to Daddy's question.

This week, rather than praying the Lord's Prayer, the audience sang it. "Amazing Grace" was also beautifully sung by the group before the weekly Chapel service closed.

Collection Time for Box Tops & Soup Labels

Dear RWA Family,

It’s time to start turning in all those Box Tops you have been saving this summer!  In order to make this fun for the students, we will continue to have some incentives.  In K-3 through 6th grade, there will be a pizza party given to the class that collects the most box tops by October 23, 2015.  Also for every packet of 50 box tops that your child turns in, he or she will receive a jeans pass which will permit him(her) to wear jeans to school on the day that he(she) presents this pass. The jeans pass is a great incentive for both lower and upper school students. 

The box top labels can be attached to the box top sheets found on the school website for download, or the box top labels can be put in a sandwich bag and sent to school. Please make sure to label your bags and/or sheets with the student’s name and homeroom teacher. The Box Top collection bin is located in the RWA office. Remember to check the dates because expired box tops will not be accepted.

As a reminder, we are also collecting Labels for Education.

Both of these programs are vital to providing supplies and funding to assist the PTO!  Please support our school by collecting Box Tops and Labels for Education, and get your friends and families involved as well.

Thank you.
Kathy Dean

Biscuits Are Back

Your RWA PTO will host our first fun Chick-fil-A morning of this school year on
Friday, September 4th   
We’ll be set up in the student drop off lines, so make sure to plan to pick up some yummy Chick-fil-A biscuits for you and the kids!

We will sell the biscuits starting at 7:30 A.M.and will end the sale at 8 A.M., unless we run out sooner!

We will have biscuits for sale in the following locations:

- Lower School Drop Off Line

- Main Entrance Drop Off Line

$3 per biscuit

All proceeds from our biscuit sales will support the RWA PTO which directly benefits our great school.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Patriots Surrender to Eagles

The Lady Eagles varsity volleyball team turned on their skills and power and played as a team  in handing Wardlaw, the defending A state volleyball champions, a defeat in four games in front of the Lady Patriots' home crowd on Tuesday afternoon. It was a big win for Coach Sims and Coach Peake and their varsity squad.
Sophomore middle blocker Sally Costenbader plays with intensity as she spikes the ball.
Game one was a see-saw battle with numerous lead changes before the Lady Patriots finally pulled it out, 25-22. Then, not only did the Lady Eagles battle through the annoying gnats and 90+ degree gymnasium, but they also pushed through and played hard in the next three games to turn the results in their favor, winning 25-17, 25-14, and 25-15, to notch the match victory and keep their early season undefeated record intact, 3-0.
Junior setter Alyssa Atkerson hits the floor to dig the ball and keep it in play.
Senior outside hitter Marion Walker Coleman focuses on making a good first pass to her target setter.
Congratulations, team and coaches! 

Make plans to see them compete against the Heathwood Hall Highlanders in the home opener on Thursday (8/27) at 6:00 P.M. The MS team will start the action at 4:15 P.M.

Come support our Lady Eagle volleyball squads and cheer them on to another victory.

School Pictures TOMORROW!

No advance payment or order form needed. Just show up and SMILE!

Monday, August 24, 2015

They're Finally HERE!

The 2015 Aerie yearbooks arrived this afternoon and will be distributed to those who ordered on Wednesday morning following Chapel. The Aerie staff hopes you find this edition a good read, filled with lots of wonderful color pictures and memories of the 2014-2015 school year.

There are numerous extra copies available if you wish to buy one. We will hold the extra copies a month and then return the extras to Jostens to get credit for the unsold ones, so don't delay! $85.60 is the Last Chance pricing which includes tax.

We are also still taking orders for the 2016 yearbook. If you missed the Early Bird discount pricing at Open House, you can order one from now until Dec. 31 for $74.90. Contact Martha Ladd ( or 803-635-5494, ext 207) if you wish to reserve one of the extra copies.

Academic Awards Ceremony

Richard Winn Academy's academic awards for the 2014-2015 school year will be presented during the annual recognition ceremony on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. The 6:30 P.M. ceremony will be held in the gym with the PTO providing light refreshments prior to the event.

Students in current grades eight through twelve will be honored for the previous year's top academic achievements in individual classes. Invitations will be issued soon to those recipients. Also on the agenda is the induction of new Junior and Senior Beta Club members for the 2015-2016 school year.

  • Academic Awards and Beta Club Induction - Wednesday, Sept. 2  at 6:30 P.M.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


RWA students (grades preK - 11), faculty, and staff will have school pictures taken on Thursday, August 27, by Strawbridge Photography. No advance payment is needed. Picture packages will be sent home with each student in 2-3 weeks for purchase approval or you may return any unwanted photos.

Senior pictures and underclass make-up pictures are scheduled for Monday, September 14th.

Picture Day for grades Pre-K - 11: Thursday, August 27
Senior Picture Day: Monday, September 14
Make-up Picture Day for grades Pre-K - 11: Monday, September 14

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Football Game Highlights

ABC Channel 4 of Charleston posted highlights of last night's game featuring RWA at Charleston Collegiate.
Click on the following link to watch:
Go Eagles!

Friday, August 21, 2015

50th Planning Meeting

The next meeting of the 50th celebration planning committee will be Sunday, August 23rd at 4:00 P.M. in the RWA Library. It's not too late to jump on the bandwagon to volunteer your help and share your ideas! We welcome alumni, parents and faculty/staff - past and present, and friends of Richard Winn Academy! Hope to see you there!


Congratulations to the Eagle football players and coaches on WINN #1! RWA defeated Charleston Collegiate 58-18 in the season opener in Charleston.
The Eagles will play Cathedral Christian on the RWA home gridiron next Friday, August 28. Kickoff is at 7:30 P.M.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Eagle Football Kicks Off

Good luck and safe travels to our Eagle players, coaches, cheerleaders, and fans as they travel to the Charleston area on Friday to open the 2015 football season against Charleston Collegiate. The kickoff is at 7:30 P.M.

If you can't go to the game, follow the results as posted on RWA's Twitter account (@winn_sports) throughout the game.

Eagles Soar over Falcons

Both MS and varsity volleyball teams chalked up their second win of the season in as many outings, defeating the Lady Falcons of Ben Lippen on Thursday.
Coach Peake's MS team won games one (25-14) and three (15-8) to win the best of three to claim the victory.
Taylor Spires spikes it into the Falcon court for the point.
Riley Simpson's serves score many points for the MS Lady Eagles. 
The varsity team won games 1 (25-19) and 2 (25-19) before dropping game 3 (23-25), forcing a fourth game. Coach Sims's players rallied back in the fourth game to seal the win.
The Lady Eagles celebrate a point earned.

Madison Wade stays focused on her powerful overhead serve technique.

Alyssa Atkerson uses excellent form to set up her teammates for the Kill.

Jaycie Johnson soars high to score the Kill.

Congratulations to the players and coaches. The varsity will take one more road trip on Tuesday, August 25, to face the Lady Patriots of Wardlaw before opening their home season on Thursday, Aug. 27 against Heathwood Hall Highlanders.

Volley Girls Compete for Their 2nd "W"

Good luck to both Lady Eagle volleyball teams as they make the short road trip to Ben Lippen School in Columbia on Thursday afternoon to compete against the Lady Falcons. The MS match begins at 4:15, and the varsity game will start soon after the conclusion of the last MS game.

Best of luck to our players and coaches! GO EAGLES!

Eagles Unite in Prayer and Praise

This was not the typical Wednesday morning at Richard Winn Academy. The school day started out in a wonderful new way. Along with our new headmaster, Dr. Henry Selby, came the idea to institute a chapel service once a week with all the first through twelfth grade students, teachers, and staff in attendance. The chapel service was (and will continue to be) held each Wednesday in the Ellen Nicholson Fine Arts Room from 8 - 8:30 A.M.

SGA president Perry Anne Robinson opened the service by leading the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Next the group sang the Alma Mater and the RWA Fight Song. Perry Anne also read aloud the scripture reading for the service.

After Dr. Selby opened Chapel in prayer, he then presented a brief history lesson in the form of a PowerPoint presentation of William Porcher DuBose, an American Anglican priest and theologian of the mid-late 1800's. DuBose was a native of Winnsboro and "was arguably the major Episcopal theologian in the United States."

Next Coach Jason Haltiwanger, Dean of Students, delivered a powerful homily that referenced biblical scripture from Genesis 15 and 3, John 17:4, and Ephesians 6:10-20. Coach Halt spoke of putting on the full armor of God to do the work God created us for to completion. He emphasized that God created us to work and related it to the work students must complete during their school years.

Near the end of the service, all students and teachers celebrating a recent birthday were asked to come forward, state their names and ages, and then the entire audience serenaded them with "Happy Birthday."

Dr. Selby played his guitar, accompanied by Mrs. Nicholson on piano, and the group sang "Sandy Land." The program concluded with the singing of the hymn"Seek Ye First."

The first Wednesday morning Chapel service was both inspirational and refreshing. I think it's safe to say that this very positive change is something we can look forward to attending throughout the Wednesday mornings that lie ahead in the 2015-2016 school year. 

Look for more photos of this event to be posted on the following link.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Volleyball Teams NET Successful Season Openers

Congratulations to both MS and varsity volleyball teams and to Coaches Peake and Sims on getting the season started off to a WINN-ing record. Both teams traveled to St. Matthews on Tuesday for their season opener against the Lady Cavaliers of Calhoun Academy.

Coach Peake's MS team won the first and third games of the best-of-three match to claim the victory. The varsity team, under the direction of Coach Sims, swept the Lady Cavaliers in three straight games to notch their first "W" in the 2015 record books.

Both teams make the short trip to Columbia on Thursday to face the Lady Falcons of Ben Lippen. The MS match begins at 4:15 and the varsity will follow.  Keep up the good work, Lady Eagles!

Learning the Ropes

Mrs. Chaisson's fifth graders enjoyed a lesson in patriotism on Tuesday morning as they were taught the proper procedures to raise, lower, and fold our country's flag. As RWA tradition has it, each fifth grade class has the responsibility and privilege of raising and lowering the flags each school day. 
Mrs. Chaisson submitted the following summary, describing what her students experienced today:

The three Soldiers (the word Soldiers is capitalized in the Army) who visited our 5th grade classroom are MAJ Chaisson, SSG Adams, and SGT Marcum. 

The fifth grade class proudly took on the responsibilities for raising and lowering the national and state flag for RWA. As a class, we understand this is an important responsibility and wanted to learn the proper way to raise and retreat the colors. We determined there was no better way to learn about this time-honored tradition than from our nation's heroes who bravely protect and defend our great nation. As part of the Honor Platoon on Fort Jackson, SSG Adams and SGT Marcum explained to our students the significance of properly respecting and honoring our flag.

The Soldiers taught us how to properly march in formation to the flag pole, place the flags on the ropes to raise, secure the flags in place, retreat the colors, and properly fold both our national and state flag.
Our students truly enjoyed the experience with our heroes and learned about the importance of respecting the flag as it represents the history, pride, and sacrifices of our great nation.