Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Last Day to Order Before Price Increases

Dec. 31st is the last day to order a 2016 yearbook at the $70 + tax pricing. As of Jan. 1, the price will increase to $75 + tax. Avoid the extra fee by ordering online TODAY!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Lady Eagles Crowned Holiday Hoops Queens of the Court

Holiday Hoops champions with trophy presentation by alum Joe Renwick, sponsor - Midlands BioFuels
The Lady Eagles defended their Holiday Hoops championship title on Tuesday evening by defeating Calhoun Academy 56-35. For the second night in a row, RWA had three scoring leaders who put up double digits. Jaycie Johnson-15, Alyssa Atkerson-14, and Marion Walker Coleman-11. More Lady Eagle scoring came from Bailey Taylor-7, Sally Costenbader-3, GracieAtkerson-2, Lydia Wilder-2, and Calee Thigpen-2. 

The Lewisville Lions roared to a 89-36 victory over the RWA Eagles to claim the boys' championship title. Mitchell Gibbons led the Eagles' offense with 23 points. Teammates Lane Bickett had 6, Cooper Swearingen added 3, Noah Edwards hit two free throws, and Bryant Carvalho and Todd Johnson each knocked down a free throw.

In the girls' consolation game, South Aiken Baptist defeated Lewisville HS in double-overtime, 65-64, while Calhoun beat South Aiken Baptist, 51-40, in the boys' consolation contest.

Mitchell with Coach Pitt - All Tourney Team
Jaycie & Alyssa - All Tourney Team
RWA players Jaycie Johnson, Alyssa Atkerson, and Mitchell Gibbons were named to the All Tournament teams.

Photo credit to Allison Spires.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Eagles Host Holiday Hoops Tourney

Both Eagle teams advance to Tuesday's championship games following Monday night's wins over South Aiken. 
The Lady Eagles dominated their opponents in the lopsided 63-23 victory. Three Lady Eagles scored in double digits to lead the offense - Jaycie Johnson-23, Bailey Taylor-18, and Alyssa Atkerson-12. Other teammates contributing offensively included Marion Walker Coleman-6, Lydia Wilder-2, and Calee Thigpen-2. 
The Lady Eagles take on Calhoun in the 6:00 p.m. championship game. Lewisville and South Aiken will match up in the 3:00 p.m. girls' consolation game.
The RWA Eagles defeated South Aiken 73-57 with junior Mitchell Gibbons scoring 28 points to lead his team to victory. Teammates Bryant Carvalho and John Coleman added 18 and 11 points, respectively, to the Eagle cause. Cooper Swearingen scored 9, Christian Christianson had 5, and Gunnar Hensley added 2. 
The Eagles will play the Lewisville Lions in the 7:30 p.m. nightcap championship game. Calhoun and South Aiken will match up in the 4:30 p.m. consolation game. 
Come watch and cheer on our Eagle teams during the final day of the Holiday Hoops tournament!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Alumna Spotlight

RWA alumna Carrie Baker serves the Fairfield County community
As a community pharmacist at Price's Prescription Shop in downtown Winnsboro, Carrie Baker is intimately involved with the health care needs of the residents of Fairfield County.  Properly filling prescriptions written by medical doctors is only part of her job. She counsels patients about the medications they have been prescribed, discusses potential adverse effects they may experience, and possible interactions with their other medications.  

Carrie is now working with the SC Pharmacy Association and DHEC to offer a Blood Pressure Coaching Program for rural areas in SC.  According to Carrie, “I enjoy working in close contact with the fine people of our community; serving them is very important to me.”

Carrie graduated from RWA in 1994, attended Columbia College, and received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2000.She and her husband Bruce, also a graduate of RWA, have three children, all of whom attend the academy.

Leos Serve

On Monday, Dec 7, ten members of the Leo Club at Richard Winn Academy visited the Veterans Administration Hospital in Columbia. The students wrapped gifts for veterans so that they would have Christmas presents to give to their loved ones. Club members also visited veterans and talked with them about their years of service. Paul and Bobbie Dove, members of the local Lions Club, and mentors to the Leo Club, accompanied the students to the hospital. Leo president Chrissy Caudill planned and organized the visit.
Winnsboro Lion Paul Dove and his wife Bobbie treated the Leos to lunch at LaBrascas after the visit to the V.A. 
Thanks to the Doves, the Winnsboro Lions Club, and RWA Leo sponsor Lanna McMeekin for activating this important service organization.

Eagle Hoops

During the last week of school prior to the Christmas break, the varsity basketball teams played two games on the road. The Lady Eagles notched two wins over Ware Shoals (Monday, Dec. 14) and Calhoun (Friday, Dec. 18), but unfortunately, the RWA boys' team dropped both games to their opponents.

The final scores and individual scores are as follows:
Lady Eagles (62) vs. Ware Shoals (20) - Jaycie Johnson-28, Alyssa Atkerson-15, Bailey Taylor-6, Marion Walker Coleman-3, Lydia Wilder-2, Calee Thigpen-2, Kimmy Albert-2, Hannah Gibbons-2, Caleigh Caldwell-2.
Eagles (46) vs. Ware Shoals (68) - Mitchell Gibbons-26, Christian Christianson-8, Lane Bickett-5, Cooper Swearingen-2, Bryant Carvalho-2, Gunnar Hensley-2, John Coleman-1.

Lady Eagles (50) vs. Calhoun (30) - Jaycie Johnson-25, Alyssa Atkerson-13, Calee Thigpen-6, Marion Walker Coleman-2, Kimmy Albert-2, and Caleigh Caldwell-2.
Eagles (35) vs. Calhoun (55) - Mitchell Gibbons-15, John Coleman-6, Lane Bickett-3, Christian Christianson-3, Cooper Swearingen-2, Bryant Carvalho-2, Noah Edwards-2, Gunnar Hensley-2.

Both teams will practice over the holiday break and be back in action on Monday and Tuesday  (Dec. 28 & 29) as RWA will host a Holiday Hoops tournament. Look for more info about game time and opponents to be posted soon.

Work Day Success...More to Come

Thank you to all parents, students, faculty, and board members who spent time improving Richard Winn on Saturday, Dec. 12th. We know your time is valuable, and we are very grateful that you were willing help!
We will host a follow-up work day on Saturday, January 2 from 9:30 - 2:00. More detailed information will follow. Sign up by clicking this link: If you have questions, e-mail or

The pictures above show some of the work that was done on Dec. 12.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Santa Claus made a brief stop at RWA Friday morning to watch and listen as the pre-school and kindergarten students performed their Christmas music program. Santa also had a few moments to spare to hand out an early Christmas gift to each of these students.

Santa made his surprise appearance near the end of the program. Surely he must have heard the good singing all the way from the North Pole and just had to fly down for a quick visit.

Music instructor,  Mrs. Ellen Nicholson, with the assistance of pre-school teacher Mrs. Deborah Poland, directed the young group during the festive holiday program. Mrs. Lore Gibbons provided the stage decorations.

Not only were the students lifting their voices in song, but they also entertained the audience with their rhythmic jingling of the bells and lots of hand and body choreography. This program, like countless others, certainly entertained the audience as Mrs. Nic continues to work her musical "magic" to help the RWA family make lasting memories during this special time of year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hope for Jenni- Thank You!

The following message is from Jenni Sharpe:

Ryan and I want to thank all of you at RWA, especially the volleyball team and coaches, for all you have done to support us during this difficult time. We truly appreciate the financial support, meals, gifts, cards, and prayers. Richard Winn is such a special place and much like an extended family. Without a doubt, in a time of need, you guys are always there to support current and former students in every way possible. We are so grateful for your kindness and support.

I have completed my treatment and we have faith that this treatment has healed me. We do not know why God chooses certain people or certain illnesses, but we do know that he has a plan for our lives. We truly believe his plan for us is to help others find Salvation. We will be stronger Christians and motivated disciples because of the trial that was placed in our lives, and we are ready to do our part of bringing others closer to God.

Love always,
Ryan, Jenni, and John Ryan

Workday Success!

 Thank you to all faculty, parents, students, and board members who contributed to the school work day on December 12.

We will have a second work day on Saturday, January 2 from 9:30 - 2:00. More information will follow. Sign up by clicking this link: If you have questions, e-mail or

First Semester Exam Schedule

Students in grades six and above will run the following Exam Schedule on 
Wed., Dec. 16 - Fri., Dec. 18:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 16: 1st and 2nd periods
  • Thursday, Dec. 17: 3rd and 4th periods 
  • Friday, Dec. 18: 5th and 6th periods  

    • School will dismiss at noon on each of these days for all students. 
    • Christmas holidays begin at noon on Dec. 18, and school will resume on January 4, 2016.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Blythewood Parade

Richard Winn will again enter a float in a local Christmas parade. On Sunday, December 13th, RWA will participate in the Blythewood parade which begins at 3:00 P.M. If you're in the area or are looking for something to do, go join the crowd in Blythewood and wave to our RWA float riders and walkers.

Float participants are reminded to wear red or green shirts or Christmas attire and be dropped off at Blythewood Academy no later than 2 P.M. A small number of students will be selected to wear the costumes provided for the roles of Mary, Joseph, etc. of the nativity. Walkers are to wear the candy stripe leggings and costumes from this past Thursday's school Christmas program. Mrs. Jena Johnson will have candy for them to hand out to the crowd.

Mrs. Kristin Chaisson, Mrs. Kim Wilkes, Mrs. Ashley Wilson, and Mrs. Johnson will be "on duty" to see that our students are well supervised. We ask that RWA participants are picked up from the Wendy's parking lot at the conclusion of the parade. Mr. Randy Wilkes will be driving his truck and pulling the RWA float. Mrs. Rachel Peake will be on board the float to lead the singers with Christmas music.

We also plan to participate in the Lowry Christmas Parade next Saturday, Dec. 19th, and are looking for participants to ride the float. We especially welcome RWA students from the Chester area to help us with this one. Please contact Mrs. Martha Ladd or Mrs. Johnson if available to help.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Eagles vs. Eagles

It was a battle of Eagles Friday night as RWA hosted the Chesnee Eagles. Two Eagle teams were sure to go home winners!

Number 22, junior Bailey Taylor, puts up 2 of her 16 points early in the game.
In the girls' game, the RWA Eagles claimed a thrilling 54-48 victory over the visitors from Chesnee. RWA never trailed in the game, but things got more interesting when Chesnee pulled within 3 points late in the fourth quarter. The turning point for RW was when senior Marion Walker Coleman took a charge under the Chesnee basket to stop the Chesnee momentum and swing it back to the Blue and Gold. Clutch free throw shooting by Lydia Wilder and Bailey Taylor at the end made the difference as standout player Jaycie Johnson sat on the bench with a head injury during the last portion of the 4th quarter.

Johnson led the RW offense with 19 points followed by Taylor with 16. Playmaker Alyssa Atkerson added 8 points, Calee Thigpen and Hannah Gibbons scored 4 each, Wilder swished 2 free throws, and Kimmy Albert had 1.

The nightcap event was not only another contest between two Eagle teams, but the boys' game literally "pitt"-ed the Pitt father-son coaching duo against one another. As an observer, it was interesting to see them both walking the sidelines using similar coaching tactics. RWA pulled to within 10 points early in the fourth period, but unfortunately, in the end, it was the Chesnee Eagles and the Pitt son, Andy, who claimed the 52-32 victory.

No boys' individual scores nor photos were available at the time of this blog posting.

School Work Day Reminder

We're making improvements to the main entrance area and faculty bathrooms from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and you're invited to HELP!

Parent and student volunteers will be painting and freshening up the main entrance, main hallway, and faculty bathrooms on Saturday, December 12th. Won't you join us?

Bring the following supplies, if you have them handy:

  •  Paint rollers, paint extension sticks, scrapers, drop cloths, step ladder, caulk gun

    Contact Kerri Martin or Callie Sims if you have questions.

Pre-school & Kindergarten Christmas Program

Please note the correct time for this program on Friday, December 18th. It will begin at 8:30 A.M. rather than 9:00 as stated in a previous blog post. Mark your calendar for another Christmas musical treat!
Pre-K and Five-Year Kindergarten Christmas Program   
Friday 12/18 @ 8:30 A.M. in the Ellen Nicholson Fine Arts Room

Thursday, December 10, 2015

It's Love & Joy & Laughter of People Everywhere

If you missed last night's Christmas program, you certainly missed a special treat! Mrs. Nic and Company put on another outstanding performance.

To open the program, as tradition would have it, first and second graders played the roles of the nativity while narrators read scripture and the remaining first through fifth grade students sang.

During the second portion of the event, the musical performances switched to secular songs and dances, and the middle and high school students joined in on the fun.

Throughout the event, special small groups had singing and dancing portions of the program. All in all, it was a magical night with beautiful Christmas music and memorable moments. Even the audience got in on the performance!

Below are a number of photos in random order that capture "What Color Is Christmas?" Look for the entire photo folder to appear online on the website soon.