Monday, February 29, 2016

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Eagle baseball began today with a preseason tournament at Fairfield Central against Ben Lippen.  Coach Brigman made the following comments after the game:

".... I thought we played pretty well, considering that this was our first bit of competitive action. Preseason tournaments like this one are a good way of identifying weaknesses, and they help to give our younger players experience which will be very valuable to us when we get into region play in a few weeks. This has been a very emotional few days for our baseball team, as well as the entire RWA family, with the passing of Coach Ladd, so I was proud that our guys were able to come out and show the effort they did."

The Eagles will take the diamond again on Wednesday, as part of the Fairfield Central Preseason Tournament play, at 6:00 against Columbia High School. 

Day 2 of Sophomore Adventures to the Everglades

Excerpt from Off to See the Lizard Blog: After a wonderful hot breakfast at the hotel we drove to John Pennekamp Park [for snorkeling] and had a wonderful experience with a remarkable 50 foot of underwater visibility .  We can't wait for Wednesday when we do it again! Afterwards we had lunch at a Cuban restaurant, visited the injured bird sanctuary, bought souvenirs at shell world and then headed off to Robert is here! 

Sunday, February 28, 2016


Congratulations to the varsity girls basketball team on their FOURTH consecutive State Championship title. A very special congrats to Coach Halt, Jaycie Johnson, Bailey Taylor, and Alyssa Atkerson who have all been a part of the program's success to secure four straight titles.

The 11:00 am championship game caught the Eagles behind 5-14 early in the second quarter but the Eagles closed in on the deficit and went into the half only down by one (13-14).

The Lady Eagles opened the second half just as they finished the first- STRONG! The Eagle defense and offense were on fire even with key point guard Atkerson in foul trouble.  Atkerson played solid basketball and maintained her court status throughout the championship game. 

Senior Jaycie Johnson connected on every basket in the second half that was a steal or she was able to draw the foul.  Her teammate, and also a senior Marion Walker Coleman, was key to creating many of the turnovers to drive the score onward and upward late in the second half to a final victory of 43-30.

Scoring for the Eagles were: 
Marion Walker Coleman: 9
Lydia Wilder: 2
Alyssa Atkerson: 10
Jaycie Johnson: 18
Bailey Taylor: 4 

Congratulations to Jaycie Johnson and Alyssa Atkerson for being named to the All-Tournament Team! 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Game Day

It's Game Day! Come out and support the Lady Eagles and don't forget to wear your royal blue to honor our "Royal Court Contenders." Good luck ladies!!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Honors Day

Mrs. Gibbons chaperoned nine juniors and seniors to USC Lancaster's Honors Day today.  The students competed individually but also as a team for scholarships.  Congratulations to Mitchell Gibbons for securing a $300 scholarship in the music competition.

Determination Proves Key

He that can have patience can have what he will- Benjamin Franklin.

The Lady Eagles literally took in down to the wire in their great defeat against Holly Hill in the semi-final basketball championship round. The Lady Eagles prevailed and posted a 44-41 win. Congratulations! 

The Lady Eagles compete in their fifth consecutive championship game on Saturday at 11:00 at the Sumter Civic Center.  The Eagles are determined to bring home their fourth straight championship trophy.

Salute and support our "Royal Court Contenders" by wearing your royal blue colors on Saturday.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"Happy All the Time"

The sound of these voices in music each Monday and Wednesday will make every listener smile!  Thank you little Eagles for making us feel "Happy All the Time."

No Parking Zone- Violators will be "Toad"

Mrs. Bailey's biology students dissected frogs today as part of their lab activity.  Students had the assigned task of identifying organs and structures such as the heart, lungs, gallbladder, liver, and intestines.  Many students enjoyed the activity and were complimentary of the experience while one or two didn't find the assignment as appealing.  All in all, it was a great hands on learning activity!

 Cassie McKeown and Katie Ashley
Sally Costenbader, Calee Thigpen, Lane Bickett, Lydia Wilder, Kimmy Albert

RWA Alumni..... Can You Answer?!

The Aerie staff is committed to making the 50th yearbook edition an extra special collection of memories in more ways than one!  Please take a moment and complete this short alumni questionnaire.

 50th Celebration Questionnaire for RWA Alumni

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Our Town according to RW 10th Graders

After reading Thorton Wilder's Our Town, the 10th grade class has been working on a research paper of OUR town of Winnsboro. The students were divided into four groups and have focused on different historical aspects of Fairfield County. Today, the students were the "tour guides" as they visited various places in town, including: The Old Brick Church, Anderson Rock Quarry, Fairfield County Museum, a historical site during the "witch trials", and Anvil Rock. 

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

The kindergarten and first grade were excited to learn about Mr. Hank Harrison's fire garb and the fire dog Monday morning. Mr. Harrison demonstrated how fire fighters put their uniforms on and discussed how a fireman uses his equipment. Mr. Harrison reminded the youngsters that firefighters were their friends and come to the rescue to help protect them from the fire. The fire dog may have been the most exciting part of the demonstration when he scoped out gasoline smell that had been "planted" Ella Grace's foot. Thank you Mr. Harrison for your time and expertise!

Lucky Number 700

Mrs. Poland's K-3 and K-4 class celebrated reading 700 books this school year! Their hard work earned them a pizza party and visit from Mrs. Wilkes. Mrs. Wilkes is the representative from First Steps that came to recognize their achievement and to celebrate by reading about worlds that they have yet to explore.

"Off To See The Lizard"

The sophomore class will soon embark on their much anticipated field trip to the Everglades, led Dr. Selby and accompanied by biology teacher, Mrs. Nancy Bailey. The group will fly from Columbia to Ft. Lauderdale where they will pick up rental vehicles for the five day adventure.  In addition to their “tromp in the swamp,” the students will snorkel the coral reef off Key Largo.  Eating Cuban cuisine, feeding tarpon by hand, and visiting a tropical wild bird hospital are all part of the expedition.  The group leaves on February 28th and will return on March 3rd.  Students will post pictures and file reports on their blog

Monday, February 22, 2016

Class of 2016 Graduate Info Needed

Attn Seniors and Senior Parents: Please submit senior sheets and baby pictures to Perry Anne Robinson ( ASAP! Pictures for senior slideshow are due to Mrs. McDonald by March 19th.

Lady Eagles Basketball Team Advances to Semi-Finals

Congratulations to Coach Halt and his Lady Eagles on their 58-27 quarter-finals victory over Northside. The Lady Eagles will compete against the Holly Hill Lady Raiders on Thursday, Feb. 25th, @ 5:30.  The venue will once again be Wilson Hall in Sumter.  Come out and support the Lady Eagles!  #winnbball

SGA Student Exchange Day

Student government officers will travel to Cambridge Academy on Wednesday, February 24th, as part of the organization's Student Exchange Day. Our SGA hosted Cambridge students in the fall, and it is now our turn to visit the Cougars campus. 

Miss RWA set for April 9th

Mini iPad Raffle Reminder

The RWA PTO is sponsoring a raffle for an iPad Mini 2. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn on March 3rd at the home baseball game.

If you have any questions or need more tickets, please contact a PTO representative below:
Keleigh Caldwell, Catie Brigman, Tammy Ramsey, Kathy Dean, Tara Miller, Ellen Hatchell, and Mandy Bartell.

 Thank you so much for supporting our great school!

Leo Club delivers stuffed animals to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital

On Thursday morning, February 18, Coach Halt drove 25 members of the Richard Winn Academy Leo Club to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia to deliver their special collection of more than 50 stuffed animals. Under the direction of Leo Club president, Chrissy Caudill, members of the club collected new stuffed animals from RWA students, parents, teachers and friends.  With a surmountable collection, Chrissy Caudill coordinated a hospital visit with Mrs. Alicia Davis, Child Life Specialist, and Mrs. Hester Taylor, Child Life Assistant. Mrs. Davis thanked the club for their generosity and expressed how significant the club's initiative was for the children as the department is always in need of new stuffed animals.

As the visit was ending, our group was approached by Rebecca D’erizans, RWA Class of 2004. Rebecca is interning at the hospital and was happy to see visitors from her high school alma mater!

RWA Varsity Girls Compete in 2nd Round of Playoffs

After their 62-25 win over Mead Hall on Friday, February 19, the Lady Eagles advance to the 2nd round of the SCISA A State Playoffs. The Eagles will face Northside Christian today at Wilson Hall at 6:00. Come out and support the Eagles!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Spring Sports Meeting

The middle school and varsity baseball and softball parent meetings will be Sunday, February 21 at 3:00 in the gym. Parents of players are expected to attend.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

RWA Reaches the Half Century Milestone

The average home in 1966 cost the consumer $23,300, while the cost of a car averaged $3,096. A postage stamp was $0.05, while a gallon of gas set the driver back $0.35 a gallon.

More importantly, on February 14, 1966, a board of directors was confident in fulfilling their ambition to charter an independent school in Fairfield County.  From their determination and hard work, Richard Winn Academy continues to educate and prepare students for leaders of tomorrow fifty years later.  Richard Winn kicked off their 50th celebration events this past weekend with two major events. 

On Saturday, February 13th, Richard Winn alumni, former faculty and heads of school, and current families and faculty joined together at The Farm at Ridgeway.  The 50th celebration committee entertained the 300+ guests with a most delicious buffet style barbecue dinner catered by Midway BBQ and music by DJ’s Barney Mims and Jimmy Munn.  The rustic atmosphere was the perfect setting for reminiscing and reuniting with former classmates and friends.

On Sunday, the committee invited all those with past, present, and future ties to Richard Winn to join them for Open House at the school.  Former Board Chairman and Class of 1992 graduate Cal Caldwell welcomed the guests and expressed his gratitude to all who had made Richard Winn what it is today and delivered a sincere thank you to those who are currently supporting the school through their monetary and volunteer services.  Cal shared with the audience that Richard Winn Academy is the core of so many of his longtime friendships and suggested Richard Winn has been the cornerstone for many friendships and relationships beyond his own. 

The Open House audience listened to a brief address by Mr. Bill DuBard, Richard Winn’s second headmaster (1967-1974), as he shared a little about Richard Winn’s history and how the existing site came to fruition.  Mr. Carroll Taylor also shared highlights from his 19 years of tenure at Richard Winn.  The core message from both former headmasters was Richard Winn’s foundation for success - supportive, dedicated families and volunteers.  Current chairman of the board, Mr. Jeff Wade, and current head of school, Dr. Henry Selby, gave closing remarks before the crowd guided themselves on a tour of the school and enjoyed birthday cake and other refreshments provided by the PTO and Booster Club.

Our next event to commemorate 50 years of excellence will be the annual Square Dance.  The date is April, 15, 2016; watch the Richard Winn blog (, and the Richard Winn website (, and/or Facebook page for more details!

Pictures of the weekend's events may be viewed by clicking on the following

Oops! Award Omission

Unfortunately, Bryant Carvalho's name was left out of the recent basketball tournament article. Both Bryant and Mitchell Gibbons were named to the All Region team, and Bryant was also selected as an All Tournament player. Apologies to Bryant and his family for the omission, and congratulations!

Congratulations, Eagle Teams!

Both of RWA's middle school teams and the varsity girls' team captured region championship titles last Sat., Feb. 13th. The final championship round was hosted at RWA beginning at noon with RWA's MS girls beating Newberry followed by our MS boys defeating Laurens. Both Eagle MS teams and coaches Haltiwanger and Johnson were awarded championship trophies at the conclusion of the MS boys' game. Additionally Riley Simpson, Taylor Spires, Jimmy McKeown, and Hudson Wade were named to their respective All Tournament teams. Congratulations to all the players and coaches on very successful seasons!
 Coach Haltiwanger's varsity girls' team hit the court next to defend their undefeated region record and capture the region tournament title. The Lady Crusaders of Laurens gave them a run for their money, and for the first time in a very long time, the Lady Eagles trailed at half time before pulling it out by a narrow 5 point margin at the end of regulation play. Congratulations, Lady Eagles and coaching staff Jason Haltiwanger, Millie Lambert, and Jessie Stidham. In addition, Jaycie Johnson was selected as Region Player of the Year, Alyssa Atkerson and Bailey Taylor were named to the All Region team, and Coach Haltiwanger was named Coach of the Year. Jaycie and Alyssa were also named as All Tournament players. Mitchell Gibbons was named to the boys' All Region team, and Bryant Carvalho was selected to both the All Region and All Tournament teams. Congratulations to one and all! #proudtobeaneagle #winnbball  #tourneychamps  #statebound

Friday, February 12, 2016

Varsity Girls Advance to Region Championship Game; V Boys Fall to Anderson Christian

Congratulations to the Lady Eagles varsity and the coaching staff on their semi-final victory on Friday at Laurens. The Lady Eagles, led by senior standout Jaycie Johnson's 34 point total, defeated the Lady Cougars of Cambridge, 63-28.
Coach Pitt's varsity boys' team did not fare as well against region opponent Anderson Christian, losing 31-51. The loss knocked them out from advancing to the region championship game, but the season may not be over yet. There is still an outside chance the boys will be eligible for post season state playoffs.
Good luck to both RWA middle school teams and our varsity girls' team as they play Saturday for their respective region championship titles! MS girls tip off at noon.

RWA Is Turning 50!

If you pre-bought your tickets to Saturday night's 50th kickoff celebration at The Farm in Ridgeway, we look forward to seeing you there tonight at 7 P.M.

Otherwise, we hope you and your family will join us on Sunday, February 14th from 2:30 - 4:00 P.M. for a FAMILY celebration. Sunday's agenda includes an opening welcome, a Ms. Nic music presentation by students in grades 1-5, special guest and alumni recognitions, light refreshments, and self-guided tours of the school.

Won't you join us in making this special day a memorable one in the half century of Richard Winn Academy's existence?


"Long live our academy; hold its banner ever high!"

Tournament Championship Admission

Attention, Eagle Fans!

For Region Tournament games: 

No season passes will be accepted for these games. 
However, SCISA and SCHSL passes will be recognized.

Student prices $ 4.00 for ALL students-- NO $ 2.00 for our students. 

Adult prices $7.00 for all adults 

Championship games hosted by RWA will begin at noon starting with MS Girls, MS Boys followed by VG & VB. 

Good luck, Eagles!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Eagles Defeat Knights to Advance in Tourney Action

RWA's varsity boys' team defeated the King Academy Knights 41- 26 on Tuesday to advance to Friday's region semi-finals against Anderson Christian.

Our #1 seeded Lady Eagles will play Friday at 7:00 p.m., and our boys' game will follow at 8:30 p.m. 

These semi-final contests on Friday will be hosted by Laurens Academy with the championship games on Saturday hosted by RWA. The championship round will begin with RWA's undefeated MS girls vs. Newberry tipping off the action at noon. 

See Tuesday's blogpost for the complete region tourney schedule.

Monday, February 8, 2016

iPad Mini 2 Raffle

The RWA PTO is sponsoring a raffle for an iPad Mini 2. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn on March 3rd at the home baseball game.

Lower School Students 

Students in grades K3 – 5th will bring home 12 tickets each today to sell to family and friends. Please make sure to turn in all sold ticket stubs (with purchaser’s name and phone number on the ticket stub) and money collected to your student’s teacher before March 3rd.

Upper School Students 

Upper school students can also purchase tickets directly from Mrs. Kerri Martin through March

  • The drawing for the winner will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at the home varsity baseball game. 
  • 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, Kathy Dean, Tara Miller, Ellen Hatchell, and Mandy Bartell.

 Thank you so much for supporting our great school!

Post Season Basketball Playoff Updates

Following an Eagle sweep (4-0) over the Knights last Friday at King Academy to close out the regular season, RWA's middle school basketball teams scored victories on Saturday at Cambridge Academy in the first round of region playoffs. Both MS teams will advance to the championship games on Saturday, Feb. 13th at RWA. Congratulations to the MS teams and coaches!

Coach Joe Pitt's varsity boys' team will travel back to Batesburg on Tuesday for round one against King. The winner of that game will advance to Friday's semi-finals hosted by Laurens Academy.

Coach Jason Haltiwanger and his varsity girls' team, undefeated in region play and seeded #1, will play the winner of Tuesday's King-Newberry game on Friday at 7:00 P.M. at Laurens.

Congratulations to our basketball athletes and coaches on their achievements and best of luck in the post season playoffs this week.

A revised playoff schedule is listed below. Please make note the change of Saturday's game times.

SCISA Conference Semi-Final and Final Conference Championship (revised)

Varsity First Round at WW King Tuesday 2/9/2016
3:30 Girls ACS vs Cambridge
5:00 Boys ACS vs Laurens Academy
6:30 Boys RWA vs King
8:00 Girls King vs Newberry

VARSITY SEMI- FINALS at Laurens Academy Friday 2/12/16
4:00 Girls #2 Seed (home) vs #3/#6 Winner (visitor)
5:30 Boys #2 Seed (home) vs #3 Seed (visitor)
7:00 Girls #1 Seed (home) vs #4/#5 Winner (visitor)
8:30 Boys #1 Seed (home) vs #4/#5 Winner (visitor)

MIDDLE SCHOOL AND VARSITY FINALS at Richard Winn Academy Saturday 2/13/16
12 MS Girls Richard Winn vs Newberry - RWA Home
1:15 MS Boys Richard Winn vs Laurens - RWA Home

3:00 Girls Varsity Championship - Higher Seed Home
4:30 Boys Varsity Championship - Higher Seed Home

Friday, February 5, 2016

Literary Meet

RWA students completed in the SCISA Literary Meet on Wednesday, February 3. We're proud of all of our students, but extend an extra congratulations to sophomore Lydia Wilder for placing first in Oral Interpretation and fourth-grader Miller Stuck for placing second!

Seniors Honored at Tuesday's Game

Our four basketball seniors, Marion Walker Coleman, Jaycie Johnson, John Coleman, and Gunnar Hensley were honored in-between the basketball games on Tuesday, February 2. We are very proud of our senior athletes and all they have accomplished throughout their basketball careers at RWA. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Help Needed Saturday

Eric Cathcart needs you! He is going to paint the development office this weekend! Many hands make light work! Contact him at or 803-718-3119 or just show up on Saturday morning. He's actually going to strategically apply KILZ on Friday if you'd like to help with that.

Thank You, Eagle Family!

A simple thank you is not enough to express our sincere gratitude and heartfelt love for your generosity in the Ballin' 4 Billy fundraising event! Our RWA family is AWESOME, and we appreciate your financial gifts, cards, encouragement, and prayers in a big and mighty Eagle way!
Aside from our own personal home, we consider RWA our home away from home and you all as members of our extended family. As Dorothy of The Wizard of Oz repeated, "There's no place like HOME!" And there's definitely no better family than our Eagle family!

Please continue to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers! We love you all and thanks again. 

 Love, The Billy Ladd family

To view the photos from the Basketball Sr. pep rally and the Ballin' 4 Billy pie tossing, go to 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hall of Fame Induction

2015 RWA Athletic Hall of Fame
The second class of Richard Winn Academy athletic Hall of Fame inductees included former Eagle athletes Louise Ferguson Deahl, Tom Ruff, Billy Ladd, and Coach Raymond Gardner (posthumous). Accepting for the Gardner family was Guerry Hensley, a family relative. The ceremony, rescheduled from Sept. 4, 2015 due to stormy weather, was held at half time of the varsity girls' basketball game against Anderson Christian on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.

Congratulations to these four on their outstanding athletic achievements!

Basketball Senior Night

Tuesday's region contests against Newberry Academy will mark the final regular season home basketball games for Richard Winn's middle school and varsity teams. Additionally, it will be a special night for senior players Jaycie Johnson, Marion Walker Coleman, John Coleman, and Gunnar Hensley and their parents.
Marion Walker Coleman drives down the court.
A pep rally to honor the four seniors will be held at the end of Tuesday's school day, and pies will be tossed at the "losers" as the Ballin' for Billy fundraising event comes to a close.

The MS girls' will tip off against Newberry at 4, and the other games will follow.
Gunnar Hensley shoots a jump shot.
John Coleman gets in position for a rebound.
Jaycie Johnson stretches out over her opponent to shoot.