Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday's Festivities, Follies, and Football

Friday, Oct. 30, was indeed a busy, fun-filled day for RWA students and teachers. From the Book Character Parade to the White Out Pep Rally to the Senior Night pre-game festivities to the nail-biting, last minute, heart-breaking 22-21 football loss, the day was slam full of activities.

More photos and stories of these and other events from this past week will be posted soon, so keep an Eagle Eye out for them! 

Happy Halloween and enjoy the Rock Around the Clock weekend festivities. Be safe and have fun!

Also, don't forget to set your clocks back an hour on Sunday morning.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Football and Cheerleading Senior Night

Come out to Ruff Field Friday night (10/30) at 7:00 P.M. to honor our Class of 2016 football players, cheerleaders, and their parents prior to the game. The Senior Night recognition will begin at approximately 7:10 P.M.,  prior to the 7:30 kickoff against the Andrew Jackson Confederates.

Additionally, the RWA Family will pay tribute to the seven senior football players and eight cheerleaders during a White Out Pep Rally at 2:00 P.M. Senior football players include John Coleman, Coker Gilbert, Gunnar Hensley, John Sandifer, Nic Stillwell, B Walters, and Webb Yongue. Senior cheerleaders include Addie Bostrom, Chrissy Caudill, Marion Walker Coleman, Chloe Dawkins, Nancy Blair Gonzalez, Rebecca Robertson, Perry Anne Robinson, and Megan Simpson.

Students are asked to wear WHITE spirit wear to school and BLACK to the game.

RWA's Love Letter

Check out Friday's video commercial produced by Hunter Glisson and Gunnar Hensley:

Busy Little Eagles

Mrs. Poland's pre-schoolers and Mrs. Taylor's kindergartners have experienced some fun learning activities over the past week.

The combined classes enjoyed their recent trip to the SC State Fair last week.

Then on Tuesday morning of this week, Mrs. Poland's students got in an extra fun pumpkin carving activity as they literally had a hand (or two) in making a class Jack-o-Lantern. 

College Fair

Richard Winn high school students as well as guests from other local schools will get a chance to meet with college and university admissions representatives on Thursday morning, Oct. 29th.The event will take place in the RWA gymnasium.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Powder Puff Game Rescheduled

Due to numerous conflicts with Saturday's scheduled Powder Puff football game, a new date and time have been set. The game will now take place next Thursday, Nov. 5th at 2:00 P.M. and should be over around 3:15 or 3:30 P.M.
This is an Aerie fundraising event, so students wishing to attend may be excused from their 6th period class for the $1 admission fee. In addition to our junior cheerleaders on the sidelines during the game, half time "entertainment" will feature the "lovely" Miss Homelycoming contestants. Jars for loose change voting will be placed in the hallway outside the cafeteria during break and lunch each day from now through next Thursday.

#TBT - "This Is Home"

Order NOW during BLITZ WEEK! Click on the following link to view a yearbook video commercial made by 2016 staff members Jaycie Johnson, Megan Simpson, and Laken Tanner. They chose to select some old digital files to add along with many of this year's pictures, appropriate to show on a Throw Back Thursday... Check it out!

Post Season All Stars

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Learning from the Past

Many of the RWA 6th - 9th graders had a blast touring Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown on Tuesday. Here are a few photos of several small groups of students that were shared on social media by parent/chaperone Eva Castles.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like BLITZ WEEK!

What is Blitz Week you ask?
It's a brief period of days when the yearbook staff works extra hard to convince you to order a yearbook! 

For the next six school days (Oct. 28 - Nov. 4), the Aerie staff will be very visible pushing sales by giving out daily candy rewards to those who order now and to those who have already ordered. The staff also has some special short video commercials prepared to show each day. Signs are posted around the school as reminders as well. 

Order forms will be given out at the end of school on Wednesday to all the students who have not yet placed an order ! Please consider ordering one SOON! With a $20 deposit, we will accept monthly payments of $10 beginning in January through May, or you may choose to pay the full amount ($70 + 4.90 tax) upfront. A $5 price increase will go into effect on Jan. 1 if you have not ordered prior to Dec. 31. You may also choose to order online through the Jostens website: and pay with a credit or debit card. 

We promise you that this 50th edition yearbook will be spectacular and well worth your hard-earned money... PRICELESS, in fact! Here's a teaser... we have some special effects in store that have never been done in any of the 49 previous yearbooks. They'll blow your mind!  

REMINDER: Friday Is Favorite Book Character Day

Pre-K and kindergarten through fourth graders and their teachers are asked to dress as their favorite storybook character on Friday, Oct. 30. The parade of characters through the halls will take place at approximately 10:15 A.M., and then the group will re-assemble in the Library for costume judging and light refreshments.Students are reminded to bring the character book along for the parade and judging.

Lady Eagles Fall Short of the Title

RWA Lady Eagles - 2015 A State Runners-Up
Monday's SCISA A volleyball State Championship match was played at Glenforest School in West Columbia on Monday, October 26, between the Richard Winn Lady Eagles and the Anderson Christian Lady Lions.

The teams were familiar opponents as they had battled it out during region competition prior to qualifying for the state playoffs. Even though the Lady Eagles had proven themselves to be the better team during the regular season, the Lady Lions played a nearly flawless championship match to capture the state title, 3-1.

Unfortunately, we don't always have a storybook ending or get the outcome we expect, but such is life, and we grow and learn from our mistakes, disappointments, and failures.

But what a phenomenal season our Lady Eagles had! Never in the history of the RWA volleyball program has a team posted an undefeated regular season record and advanced to the championship match with only three single game losses. An overall record of 22-1 is certainly
nothing to sneeze at!

Senior Jaycie Johnson soars high to score a kill
From the countless hours in the weight room and on the court to attending camps and making road trips, these girls and their coaches were not just about volleyball skills they were honing but also about team bonding, learning life lessons, and making lasting memories. Certainly we were all disappointed in the championship outcome, but remember the rather trite but true saying, "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game."These eleven players and their coaches are to be commended for representing our school with talent, humility, and honor throughout the entire season.

Coach Callie Sims summed up Monday night's results best, "Tonight was a tough loss. But we defined ourselves this season. Colossians 3:23-'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.' We aren't defined as a team by wins or losses or trophies. We're defined by our effort and attitudes. These girls played with all their hearts, and I couldn't ask for anything more. I'm so proud of each of them and honored to be a part of their great season."

Thank you, Lady Eagles, for giving this former coach and true blue Eagle fan an exciting season of high school volleyball at its best!
You'll always be #1 in my heart!  #proudtobeaneagle  #winnvb

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Lady Eagles Play for the State Title

What: SCISA Volleyball Class A State Championship Match
Richard Winn Academy Lady Eagles vs. Anderson Christian Lady Lions

When: Monday, Oct. 26th @ 6:30 P.M.

Where: Glenforest School, 1041 Harbor Dr, West Columbia, SC 29169

Join the RWA Family in cheering on our Lady Eagles to their first volleyball state championship title! 

Wear Blue and Gold to show your support! Click on the link below for info about a Fan Bus. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ring Chasin' - State Bound

For the third time in the 20 year history of RWA volleyball, the Lady Eagles will make an appearance on center court to play for the state volleyball championship title.

Two of former coach Elizabeth Patrick's varsity teams advanced to the title match and represented us well, but fell short. (FYI... Coach Peake played on the RWA team that competed for the first championship title in 2004.)

Dating back to the inaugural 1995 season, the RWA volleyball program established a long tradition of winning seasons and post season playoff appearances, but thus far have not been able to capitalize on achieving that ultimate goal - a state championship.

Well, we've all heard the saying, "third time's the charm." With a fundamentally solid program, skilled players and coaching staff, and a strong family fan base, the focus, desire, and ability are there to make it happen!

The Lady Eagles boosted their overall record to 22-0 with Saturday's playoff victories over Beaufort Academy (25-16, 25-18) and Mead Hall School (25-20, 25-16) to capture the Upper State title and advance to Monday's 6:30 P.M. state championship match. RWA's opponent will be region foe Anderson Christian. As of this posting, the location of the title match is yet to be determined. Look for that announcement to be forthcoming.

Congratulations to our Lady Eagle varsity team and coaching staff, Callie Sims and Rachel Peake, on your many achievements this season - undefeated regular season, 2-A Region Champions, A Upper State Champions. We all wish you the best in your quest to get that title for RWA that's long overdue!

#relentless #upperstatechamps #keepthevision #ringchasing #believeandachieve #winnvb


 Let the CELEBRATION begin...

2015 A Upper State Champions

Friday, October 23, 2015

Lady Eagles Advance to Saturday's Playoff Rounds

Round 3 Victory Celebration
After a shaky first game start, the Lady Eagles got rid of the early game butterflies, gained focus, and went to work taking care of their three opponents in Friday's first three rounds of playoff action at the Upward Star Center facility in Spartanburg. Of the three matches, the Lady Eagles won six games to just one loss (24-26), improving their overall record to 20-0.

RWA played Jefferson Davis in round one, defeating them in two games, 27-25 and 25-12.

Round two pitted the Lady Eagles against the Lady Patriots of Wardlaw, a familiar opponent. RWA sent them to the loser's bracket with a two-game loss, 25-16 and 25-14.

In round three, RWA faced Patrick Henry's Lady Patriot team, the only other remaining team without a loss in the Upper State bracket.The Lady Eagles led most of game one, but the Lady Patriots kept it close and forced RWA into mistakes, tying the game up at 24-24. RWA dropped game one, 24-26, but regrouped to win game two, 25-13. Fortunately, RWA went into the tie-breaker game with momentum to notch the match victory, 25-19. All the other remaining teams in the Upper State bracket now have at least one loss in this double elimination tourney.

The Lady Eagles will compete in round four at 8:00 A.M. Saturday morning against Beaufort. Saturday's quarter and semi-final round venue is the Upward Volleyball Center located at 6655 Pottery Road in Spartanburg.

Marion Walker Coleman

Rebecca Robertson

Jaycie Johnson

Megan Simpson

Grier Hensley

Madison Wade
Alyssa Atkerson

Sally Costenbader
Celebrating a point scored
Good luck to our Lady Eagle players and coaches! RWA ALL THE WAY!
#stateplayoffs #winn

Soaring to a Fabulous Finale

The MS football Eagles finished out their 2015 season in big style Thursday, defeating W.W. King 52-0. In addition to the shutout victory, the young Eagles boosted their overall record to 5-2. The team is coached by Coach Eric Johnson and assisted by Coach Douglas Peake. Congratulations on a great season, guys! #winn

#8 Brandon Miller zig zags through the defense.

#15 Tyler Tanner attempts to get a two point conversion in heavy traffic.

#1 J Talbert finds an opening up the middle to pick up more Eagle yardage.

For more photo coverage of this game and most of their other home games, go to

Sensational Singing Sandlappers

Mrs. Ellen Nicholson directed the first through fifth graders in a sensational tribute to Mrs. Nelle McMaster Sprott (Mrs. Nicholson's aunt), composer of all the songs sung in Thursday's musical program.

Students portrayed famous South Carolinians including Thomas Sumter the Gamecock, Francis Marion the Swamp Fox, and Mrs. Nelle Sprott.

A number of Mrs. Sprott's family members were in attendance for the program in addition to three of the original Singing Sandlappers that were directed by Mrs. Sprott when she was pulling together a record album of her SC songs for the Tri-Centenial celebration.

Whether performing as a large group, as soloists, or as small groups, overall this was another one of Mrs. Nicholson's masterpieces. Mrs. Sprott would certainly be proud of them all!
The "Land Belongs to England..."

Charlie Bonds sings a solo.

Rob Wilson, Jacob Chaisson, and Lawson Wade share the spotlight.

Soloists Anna Grace Martin and Kitt Nicholson

Fifth grader Anna Grace Martin, AKA Mrs. Sprott, tells about the album her students helped her produce.

The students sing a song about the Town Clock, complete with hand motions.

Mrs. Sprott's family members are on the far left and original Singing Sandlappers and Mrs. Nicholson on the far right.
#curtaincall #kudostooneandall

For the complete photo gallery of this event's photos, go the where they will soon be posted.