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Coach Hellier Named MDJ Boys Soccer Coach of the Year
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 6/21/2017

Congratulations to Coach Steve Hellier for being named the Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Boys Soccer Coach of the Year! 

From the Marietta Daily Journal - June 14, 2017

From not fielding a team at all to winning a Class A state championship over archrival Walker, all it took was four years.

When the...



Ecuador Mission Team Completes 14th Trip to Quito
Categories: General, Upper School, Student Life
Posted: 6/21/2017

The Ecuador Mission Team completed their 14th trip to Quito June 9-18 to serve at Love and Hope Foundation School (Fundacion Amor Y Esperanza), a Christian school for young students whose families are in need.

During their time in Quito, the team comprised of Upper School students and their leaders built relationships...



Olivia Powell ('10) Pursues Her Gifting in the Medical Field
Categories: General, Alumni
Posted: 6/19/2017

Olivia Powell is learning to be on her own as a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit. Hired in February 2017 by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for the night shift, she is training for her job by working alternate day and night shifts.

“It’s a good way to learn how...



Fuller ('17) Drafted by Los Angeles Angels
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 6/14/2017

Congratulations to Sam Fuller ('17) for being drafted in the MLB's 14th round by the Los Angeles Angels! He is only the second player to ever be drafted directly after graduating Whitefield and the highest player ever selected from Whitefield.

A right-handed pitcher, Sam has played baseball since he was five,...



Hellier Wins College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 6/13/2017

Recent Whitefield graduate William Hellier ('17) was awarded a college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship on June 7. Students who earn this type of National Merit Scholarship will receive between $500 and $2,000 per year every year of their undergraduate studies. 

William will be attending the University of Oklahoma and plans to pursue...



Baseball Players Earn All-Region and All-State Recognition
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 6/8/2017

Congratulations to the following 2017 varsity baseball players for earning All-Region recognition!

• First Team - Senior Sam Fuller, Freshman Ian Kennedy
• Second Team - Junior Luke Persons
• Third Team – Senior Mason Jones, Senior Jimmy McCarthy, Junior Carter Huffman

Senior Sam Fuller was also named to first team All-State. Congratulations!



2016-2017 Faculty and Staff Awards
Categories: General, Lower School, Middle School, Upper School, Athletics
Posted: 6/7/2017

Whitefield faculty and staff celebrated the end of the 2016-2017 school year on May 26 with a magnolia-themed luncheon in the LSSAC. After enjoying a southern-style lunch, Dr. Kevin Bracher presented the annual years-of-service awards as well as special awards recognizing outstanding faculty, staff, and coaches. Congratulations to the following...



Lower School Year Ends with Closing Chapel
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 5/25/2017

The 2016-2017 Lower School year ended on May 25 with a closing chapel. During this time, a representative from each class shared words of wisdom with the class below, a few of the fourth-graders shared the testimonies, and the kindergartners sang a farewell song to the fourth-graders. At the conclusion,...



Whitefield Celebrates 20th Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 5/22/2017

Whitefield celebrated the Class of 2017’s graduation with a baccalaureate service on Friday, May 19, in the Lower School Student Activity Center and the 20th Commencement on Saturday, May 20, at The Church of the Apostles. The graduates marched in robes and cords representing their various achievements as parents, grandparents,...



Fifth-Graders Study Plants at Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Categories: General, Middle School
Posted: 5/19/2017

The fifth-graders ended their science unit on biomes, the plant kingdom, and plant reproduction with a field trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden on May 16. They saw examples of each part of the plant kingdom, including a conifer that is actually deciduous, and toured three biomes: desert, rain forest,...



Class of 2017 at a Glance
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 5/17/2017

Click to Enlarge Given the academic challenge and high expectations, graduating from Whitefield Academy is quite an accomplishment. Years of studying, sports practices, drama rehearsals, and other co-curricular activities all culminate into this final celebration of all that the seniors have achieved.

The Class of 2017 has much to celebrate as they...



Juniors Receive Special Achievement Awards
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 5/17/2017

Every year, the Upper School has the opportunity to nominate juniors for a few awards beyond the awards available at Honors Day. The following students have earned special recognition based on their grades, test scores, activities and service. 

The Furman Scholars Award honors juniors based on high grades and standardized test...



Seniors to Pursue Arts after Whitefield
Categories: General, Upper School, Fine Arts
Posted: 5/16/2017

Seven members of the Class of 2017 will continue to pursue their passion for the arts after they graduate Whitefield this month. While some students see the arts as an extracurricular activity, this group of seniors sees it as a way of life.

• Jessica Burnett – University of Tampa, majoring...



Boys Track and Field Team Captures Fourth at State
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 5/16/2017

The Whitefield boys track team finished their 2017 season at the state meet at Berry College in Rome on Saturday, May 13, with an unexpected team trophy and fourth-place finish in the GHSA 1A private competition. Based on seeding and entry times, the team had been projected to finish 11th...



WolfPack Weekly Roundup: May 15, 2017
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 5/15/2017

The 2016-17 athletic year has officially come to a close, and what a finish it was! The varsity track and varsity boys soccer teams completed their seasons last week, competing in state championships.

Congratulations to Carson Brown for earning third place and setting a personal best throwing discus, to Devin Wade...



Varsity Boys Soccer Wins First-Ever State Championship
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 5/15/2017

The WolfPack varsity boys soccer team made history on Friday, May 12, by winning their first-ever GHSA Class 1A state championship. The team won 2-1 over The Walker School in a Cobb County showdown at Mercer University.

The Middle School students cheered on the team bus as it departed for Macon...



Whitefield Players Earn Spot on DiVarsity All-Star Lacrosse Team
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 5/12/2017

Congratulations to the seven Whitefield players who made the DiVarsity All-Star Lacrosse team this year: Wills McCutcheon, Connor Callan, Joseph Schwartz, Thomas Joiner, Michael McCarthy, Jack Charles, and Jonathan Wood.

Special shout-out to Jonathan, who was named the 1A-5A Boys Player of the Year!



First-Grade Teachers for the Day
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 5/12/2017

Our Teachers for the Day in first grade were Miss Morgan Alexander with Mrs. Runager, Miss Annalise Petro with Mrs. Fisher, and Mr. Marshall Hood with Mrs. Bounds. They had many directives for the day, including "No Homework" and milkshakes for all of first grade out on the blacktop after...



2017 Eighth-Grade Commissioning Ceremony and Award Winners
Categories: General, Middle School
Posted: 5/11/2017

Congratulations to all of our eighth-grade students! Their achievements were celebrated during the annual Eighth-Grade Commissioning Ceremony on May 11.

Academic Excellence for 8th Grade: Tomi Oderinde      
8th Grade Timothy Awards: Micah Messner and Lexi Kantor     
8th Grade Ephesians Award: Siri Gulledge      
8th Grade Carver Wheatley Winner: Micah Messner, Tomi Oderinde, and Brooke Bergeron      
8th...



National Charity League Awards Senior Kathleen Stueve
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 5/11/2017

National Charity League, Inc., Buckhead Chapter honored Kathleen Stueve at their 2017 Senior Recognition and Awards Tea with two distinguished awards.

For the fourth consecutive year, Kathleen earned the Merci Award for completing the highest onsite philanthropic hours in the current year. In addition, she earned the Senior Service Award for...



Ten WolfPack Players Named to 2017 All Area Soccer Teams
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 5/11/2017

Congratulations to the following WolfPack varsity soccer players for being named to the Area 5 All Area Team!

2017 Area 5 All Area Girls Soccer Team
Lauren Burke (GK) - 1st Team Macy Kendrick (MF) - 2nd Team Caroline Browne (D) - 2nd Team
2017 Area 5 All Area Boys Soccer Team
William Hellier (MF) -...



Eighth-Graders Earn Recognition on National Spanish Exam
Categories: General, Middle School
Posted: 5/10/2017

Congratulations to the eighth-grade Spanish students who attained national recognition for taking the 2017 National Spanish Examinations! 

The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades six through 12 and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Whitefield students who participated this year include: Anna Ayalew,...



Varsity Boys Soccer Makes History, Headed to State Championship
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 5/10/2017

For the first time in school history, the varsity boys soccer team will be competing in the GHSA Class A state championship on Friday, May 12, at 2:30 p.m. at Mercer Univeristy. The WolfPack will take on The Walker School in a Cobb County showdown.

The team advances to the finals...



WolfPack Weekly Roundup: May 8, 2017
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 5/8/2017

Last week started with exciting victories for our Middle School soccer teams, as both boys and girls claimed the Metro10 championship titles! Congratulations to both teams on great seasons! WolfPup athletes also got in on the action last week, as 75 third- through sixth-grade students competed at the annual Perimeter...



Smyrna Mayor Awards Members of Whitefield Community
Categories: General, Lower School, Middle School, Upper School
Posted: 5/5/2017

On Monday, May 1, three members of the Whitefield community were honored by City of Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon at an Education Awards Ceremony. As a strong advocate for education, Mayor Bacon created the Mayor's Education Awards in 2006 to recognize outstanding students, staff members, and volunteers from Smyrna-area schools,...



Kaitlyn Stewart Wins Southern Teachers Student Art Contest
Categories: General, Fine Arts
Posted: 5/5/2017

Junior Kaitlyn Stewart has been selected as one of 12 winners in the eighth-annual Southern Teachers Student Art Contest for her artwork "Morris Hall." This year, the contest received over 440 submissions. 

The artwork of the 12 winning students will be reproduced in the Southern Teachers Agency art calendar for the...



2017 Fifth- Through Seventh-Grade Awards
Categories: General, Middle School
Posted: 5/4/2017

The fifth- through seventh- grade year-end awards ceremony was held on May 4. Congratulations to the following award recipients!
Fifth Grade Academic Excellence for 5th Grade: Annie Watson
5th Grade Timothy Award: Davis Saad and Jenna Troyer
5th Grade Bible Academic Excellence: Carson Bassing Teacher's Award: Emily David Passion for Learning Award: Christian Wiggins 5th Grade Language Arts Academic...



14 Seniors Sign Commitments to Play Collegiate Athletics
Categories: General, Upper School, Athletics
Posted: 5/4/2017

During Whitefield's college signing ceremony on May 4, 14 seniors (21 percent of the senior class) committed to play athletics at the collegiate level. Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2017 for their accomplishment! 
Lauren Burke (Soccer) – Appalachian State University Connor Callan (Lacrosse) – Rhodes College Ryan Castle (Softball)...



Whitefield Students Excel in AP Competition
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 5/4/2017

On April 30, 12 members of the Whitefield AP Computer Science class attended the annual AP Bowl held at Georgia Tech. The competition, which involves taking a test similar to the multiple choice portion of the AP Computer Science exam, drew a field of 162 students from metro-Atlanta high schools.

For...



Middle School Boys and Girls Soccer Clinch Metro10 Championship
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 5/3/2017

The Middle School boys and girls soccer teams claimed the Metro10 championship on May 2.

The boys defeated Walker 4-1 after trailing 0-1 at halftime. In the second half, the WolfPack broke through with four goals in eight minutes with 18 minutes remaining. Goals were scored by Luke Wilson (two goals),...



Students Lend Musical Talents to Local Easter Services
Categories: General, Fine Arts
Posted: 5/3/2017

Whitefield Seniors Michael Baldwin and Ethan Powell shown on far right with Mr. Okie Several Whitefield music students were recently featured in local worship services during the Easter season.

Seniors Ethan Powell and Michael Baldwin were both hired to play trumpet and cello, respectively, and lend their voices to the music at...



Varsity Track Team Qualifies 13 Athletes for State
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 5/3/2017

Thirteen Whitefield track and field athletes qualified in 12 events for the state meet at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, on May 11-13 after competing at the area meet at Darlington on April 20 and the very competitive sectional meet at Landmark Christian on April 29.

The girls 4x100 relay team...



PreK4 Meets K-9 Police Officer
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 5/3/2017

On May 1, the PreK4 class was paid a special visit by Smyrna Police Officer Mark Cole and his K-9 partner, Paco. Officer Cole explained how Paco assists the police department in searching for evidence and even locating missing people. The students loved seeing that a dog can be a...



Eleven Upper School Students Receive National Spanish Exam Recognition
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 5/3/2017

Congratulations to the Whitefield Upper School Spanish students who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2017 National Spanish Examinations. Whitefield students earned a total of two silver and four bronze medals along with five honorable mentions.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish...



Eighth-Graders Serve at Atlanta Youth Academy
Categories: General, Middle School
Posted: 5/2/2017

Whitefield's eighth-grade class participated in a day of service last Friday to facilitate field day for the Atlanta Youth Academy. Our students planned the field day games, set up the events, and cheered on the AYA students! What an exciting opportunity to fellowship with the Atlanta Youth Academy students and...



2017 Upper School Awards
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 5/2/2017

The Upper School year-end awards ceremony was held on April 27. Congratulations to the following award recipients!

12th Grade Awards
Bible Department award: Emily Kendrick
English Department award: Samara Huggins
Performing Arts Department awards: Performing Arts/Dramatic Performance award: Brendan Thomas Performing Arts/Music Performance award: Anna Kate Peterson Visual Arts Award: Ansley Guthrie Foreign Language Department award: Melly Lezcano
History...



Kindergartners Raise Money for Ecuador Mission Team
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 5/1/2017

The kindergarten students raised just over $300 for the Upper School Ecuador Mission Team this past year by doing extra chores around the house. On April 26, the kindergartners were able to meet members of the team, listen to what the team will be doing in Ecuador, and pray for...



WolfPack Weekly Roundup: May 1, 2017
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 5/1/2017

Last week, the WolfPack continued their quest for GHSA state and Metro10 tournament championships.

The boys varsity soccer and lacrosse teams won the first round of their tournaments, with soccer defeating Mt. Zion 11 - 1, and lacrosse winning over Fellowship 11-9. The boys varsity soccer team will compete in the...



Cross-Country Team Raises Support for Ecuador Student Runner
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 5/1/2017

Whitefield Academy has a long-standing partnership with Amor y Ezperanza school in Quito, Ecuador. Students from Whitefield take an annual mission trip to the school to teach the students English and share the Gospel.

The owners of the school, Pancho and Pity Zola, have a high-school son named Danny who runs...



Samara Huggins Wins National Poetry Competition
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 4/26/2017

Senior Samara Huggins won the national Poetry Out Loud competition on April 26 in Washington, D.C.! She was one of only nine students in the country to advance to the final round at The George Washington University. As the winner, she will receive a $20,000 prize.

Poetry Out Loud is a...



PreK4 Devours Math Lesson at St. Angelo's Pizza
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 4/26/2017

The PreK4 classes recently enjoyed a "delicious" field trip to St. Angelo's Pizza as part of their math lesson on wholes and parts of a whole.

While at the restaurant, the students made their own "whole" pizzas, starting with dough and then adding the sauce, cheese, and their choice of toppings....



Whitefield Lower School Participates in Invitational Art Festival
Categories: General, Lower School, Fine Arts
Posted: 4/25/2017

On April 21, the Lower School participated in the Invitational Art Festival held at Mt. Bethel Christian Academy. The artwork of 19 students was selected to represent Whitefield Academy. This was a very successful event; we came home with 21 “Excellent” awards and 14 “Superior” awards! 

The following students earned awards:

First...



Whitefield Wins GISA Chess Tournament
Categories: General, Middle School
Posted: 4/25/2017

The Whitefield chess team picked up another championship by taking first place in the K-5 section of the inaugural GISA Chess Tournament held on April 20 at Marist. 

The team of fifth-graders (Efetobo Aror, Nate Jones, Drew Justice, Archer McBride, Walker Paxton, and Christian Wiggins) finished with 21 out of a...



Lower School Spring Piano Recital
Categories: General, Lower School, Fine Arts
Posted: 4/24/2017

On April 22, 19 students held an amazing performance in our Lower School spring piano recital under the direction of Kenna Tavassolli. Thank you for all of your hard work!



WolfPack Weekly Roundup: April 24, 2017
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 4/24/2017

This week was eventful for the WolfPack as the final Metro 10 and state playoff brackets started to take shape!

Congratulations to our varsity boys soccer team, who claimed the school’s first-ever boys soccer region championship last week after defeating Walker 3-0! This was an incredibly exciting moment for everyone involved,...



Varsity Baseball and Lacrosse Headed to State
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 4/23/2017

The WolfPack varsity baseball and lacrosse teams both captured huge wins on Friday, April 21, to secure spots in the state playoffs.

Baseball took both games of a double header against Trion, with home runs in the final game by Carter Huffman (2-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs), Sam Fuller (1-3 with...



Ten Thousand Reasons Awards Grants at Easter Chapel
Categories: General
Posted: 4/21/2017

Ten Thousand Reasons awarded $57,614 in grants to students with a heart for service at the All-School Easter Chapel on Thursday, April 13, in the Lower School Student Activity Center. Overall, 25 students representing 14 nonprofit organizations submitted grant applications earlier this year.

The 2016-2017 award recipients are:

Effective Ministries/The LINK -...



Varsity Boys Track Top Region, Girls Place Third
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 4/21/2017

The varsity boys track team dominated the area meet at Darlington on April 20, taking home a first-place trophy and climbing to #1 in the region. The girls also performed very well, placing third overall.

Track members qualifying for state include:
1600m - Emily Little, Caleb Corliss, and Zachary Justice
3200m - Emily...



Varsity Girls Tennis Earns Spot in State Tournament
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 4/20/2017

With a win in the first round of the region tournament on Tuesday, April 18, the varsity girls tennis team will be heading to the state playoffs on Friday, April 21. The girls are the #4 seed and will be playing #1 seed Wesleyan at Wesleyan at 5 p.m.

The Tuesday...



WolfPack Varsity Boys Soccer Wins First-Ever Region Title
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 4/20/2017

From the Marietta Daily Journal article on April 18, 2017

In four years, Whitefield Academy’s boys soccer program went from not having a team at all to claiming the first area championship in team history.

The WolfPack, ranked No. 3 in Class A, could not have asked for a better ending to...



Whitefield Photography Students Excel in Local Exhibition
Categories: General, Fine Arts
Posted: 4/18/2017

Whitefield photography students participated in the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Awards and Exhibition from March 29 through April 12. This event was held at the Fine Arts Center at Pace Academy and was judged by local artist Ilia Varcev, whose work is part of the collection at the High Museum of...



WolfPack Weekly Roundup: April 18, 2017
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 4/18/2017

I hope you all had a relaxing Easter break highlighted with the opportunity to meditate on our Savior’s sacrifice and love!

Last week held victories for our soccer, lacrosse, and baseball teams. You can stay up-to-date on recent WolfPack results through the scoreboard section on the athletics page of our website...



Middle School Explores Atlanta During Arts Day
Categories: General, Middle School, Fine Arts
Posted: 4/12/2017

Middle School students enjoyed a morning at some of Atlanta's hot art spots during Arts Day on April 12.

Fifth-graders visited the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), where they saw the exhibit “Food by Design: Sustaining the Future” about how products are created and sold, designed, advertised, and branded. They also...



Upper School Dives Into Art During Arts Day
Categories: General, Upper School, Fine Arts
Posted: 4/12/2017

The Upper School experienced a full day of art during Arts Day on April 12. 

The morning kicked off with a talk by local artist Kyle Brooks, who is widely known for his whimsical street art. He encouraged our students to explore their "weird" sides and think outside the box. Afterward,...



Fourth-Graders Serve the Homeless
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 4/11/2017

This week, the fourth-graders served at 7 Bridges in their Garden ministry, which is home to about 60 women and 40 children that have been rescued from homelessness or broken situations. Students earned money to purchase pantry and personal items for those staying in The Garden. They also helped make...



Second-Graders Spend the Night at the Zoo
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 4/11/2017

One of the highlights of Whitefield's second-grade year recently took place as the students spent a night of learning at Zoo Atlanta!

They arrived at the zoo after closing and enjoyed an adventure-packed evening of activities and behind-the-scenes experiences through a program called Night Crawlers. The students had up-close encounters with...



WolfPack Weekly Roundup: April 10, 2017
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 4/10/2017

Despite a handful of cancelled athletic events due to weather on Monday and Wednesday, the WolfPack enjoyed some great competition last week. On Tuesday, we came together to cheer for our varsity tennis teams while also enjoying free King of Pops popsicles with sticks that said “Go WolfPack Tennis!” Other...



Whitefield Celebrates the Arts with Art Show and Arts Days
Categories: General, Fine Arts
Posted: 4/10/2017

AP Art Students These are exciting times at Whitefield in the arts!

Last week, we celebrated the visual artists with the opening of the Lower, Middle, and Upper School Student Art Show on April 6. The event also featured many small music ensembles and culminated with a performance of a portion of...



Whitefield Alumnus Parachutes Into Texas Rangers Game
Categories: General, Alumni
Posted: 4/10/2017

Everett Joiner (’13), a senior at the United States Air Force Academy, along with his teammates on the Wings of Blue jumped into the Texas Rangers home-opening baseball game on April 3 which was televised on ESPN. Everett and the Wings of Blue also jumped into the Maxwell Air Force...



Joiner Joins AAOS In Washington, D.C.
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 4/10/2017

On March 30, Whitefield junior Thomas Joiner and Dr. Doug Lundy traveled to Washington, D.C. with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) to lobby for $34 billion to fund more advanced orthopedic procedures.

Dr. Lundy is a Whitefield parent and president of the AAOS. In September 2016, Dr. Lundy successfully...



Lower School Celebrates the Arts
Categories: General, Lower School, Fine Arts
Posted: 4/10/2017

Lower School students enjoyed a full day learning about the arts during Arts Day on April 7.

The morning kicked off with a special arts assembly during which students learned about a variety of different music styles, including bluegrass, blues, jazz, South American, Caribbean, and Italian. They also learned about Native...



Annual Arts Show Awards
Categories: General, Fine Arts
Posted: 4/7/2017

The Whitefield Annual Art Show was held on April 6. This celebration of the visual arts also included performances by our bands, orchestra, Lower School chorale, and Middle School drama students.

The judge for this year's art show was Kim Ford, a Lower School parent. She has been teaching visual art...



Fifth Grade Studies God's Amazing Design in Eyes
Categories: General, Middle School
Posted: 4/7/2017

Fifth-grade science is studying the eye and how it interprets light. Part of their study includes dissecting a cow eye.

Fifth-grader Megan Callaway summarized some of what she has learned in this unit, "I learned that cow eyes are much like human eyes in many ways, although the main difference is...



Chicks Hatch in Sixth-Grade Science
Categories: General, Middle School
Posted: 4/4/2017

Mrs. Figaretti's sixth-grade life science class hatched chicken eggs as part of their unit on heredity and genetics. After 21 days in the 100-degree incubator, they were excited to see the hatching of the chicks on April 3 and 4!

On April 6, the first-grade science labs paid a visit to...



Senior Scholars Honored at Luncheon
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 4/4/2017

On Tuesday, April 4, Whitefield Academy held a senior scholars luncheon in honor of the 36 seniors who have earned the magna cum laude and summa cum laude distinction. 

As a group, these students include seven with 4.0 GPAs, three National Merit Scholars, and eight National Merit Commended Students.

To earn the...



Third-Graders Spend Evening at DeSoto Caverns
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 4/4/2017

Third-grade students traveled to DeSoto Caverns in Childersburg, Alabama, for an overnight field trip March 30-31. The group participated in an educational program called the “Underground Classroom,” learning exciting new facts about caves and their relationship to the Earth’s water supply.

Students learned about spelunking, or cave exploration, using two caving simulators,...



WolfPack Weekly Roundup: April 3, 2017
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 4/3/2017

Last week held many great moments for WolfPack athletics!

On Tuesday we arrived to decorations on the front of the Upper School building in support of our varsity soccer teams. The TVs in the Middle and Upper School lobbies featured hype videos for our lacrosse team throughout the week, and Lower...



Season of the Arts is in Full Swing!
Categories: General, Fine Arts
Posted: 4/2/2017

The Fine Arts department has been especially busy as this week introduces a variety of arts activities, performances, experiences and showcases!

The visual art students in all three divisions will be highlighted on April 6 at the Annual Student Art Show held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mrs. Debbie Childree and...



Whitefield Coaching Update for 2017-2018
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 3/31/2017

Dear Whitefield Community,

As we approach the end of the 2016-2017 athletic year, I’d like to announce three athletic updates for the 2017-2018 year.

Varsity Boys Basketball
Over the past 15 years, the Whitefield boys basketball program has experienced tremendous success with Coach Tyrone Johnson at the helm. Under his leadership, Whitefield has...



Whitefield Chess Wins a State Title!
Categories: General, Middle School
Posted: 3/27/2017

After years of hard work, practice, and diligence, the Whitefield K-5 Chess Team went undefeated in five rounds to win the state chess championship on March 25!

Following second-place finishes at state in 2015 and 2016, the students competed against a strong field of 26 teams from across Georgia this year. 

In...



Third-Graders Explore Ancient Art
Categories: General, Lower School, Fine Arts
Posted: 3/27/2017

In preparation for their field trip to Desoto Caverns this week, the third-graders have been learning about ancient cave art in Mrs. Hicks' class and even made attempts at creating their own versions.

With the help of Mrs. Fikse, they mixed paints in the science lab and used crumpled brown paper...



WolfPack Weekly Roundup: March 27, 2017
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 3/27/2017

Last week we enjoyed cheering for our Middle School and JV soccer and lacrosse teams as they won over Fellowship, Paideia, Kings Ridge and Mount Paran, which amounted to seven victories throughout the week. Our varsity girls tennis and soccer teams also claimed victories over Mount Paran last week while...



PreK4 Takes a Trip to the Police Station
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 3/27/2017

Whitefield's own Chief Plumb arranged for the PreK4 classes to visit the Smyrna Police Station on March 24. The students had a chance to sit in the back and front of a police car, meet Officer McGruff (the police safety dog), learn about stranger danger, and explore the role of...



Isaiah Hart Named 1st Team All State
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 3/24/2017

Congratulations to senior Isaiah Hart for being named an All-State Boys Basketball Honoree in the 1A North Team by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. Way to go, Isaiah!



Anatomy and Physiology Class Receives CPR Certification
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 3/23/2017

Over the course of two days the week of March 20, seniors in Mrs. Marks' anatomy and physiology class received their certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Richard Lamphier, a nurse from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, instructed the class and supplied the CPR dummies for the students to use as practice.

This...



Whitefield Innovation Lab: Coming Summer 2017!
Categories: General, Lower School, Middle School, Upper School
Posted: 3/22/2017

Whitefield is excited to announce the development of an Innovation Lab! The Whitefield Innovation Lab will be a STEAM lab where our students can engage, practice skills, and be creative with the concepts they have learned in class related to science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The lab will benefit...



Whitefield's Musical WolfPack Performs at Atlanta Events
Categories: General, Fine Arts
Posted: 3/21/2017

Saturday, March 18, was a busy day for our bands!

Volunteers from the WolfPack marching band played at the NYO (Northside Youth Organization) Opening Day parade and ceremonies at Chastain Park. They led the parade playing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and performed the National Anthem to kick off...



Fourth-Graders Kick Off Safety Patrol Program
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 3/20/2017

Select fourth-graders began the Safety Patrol program in the Lower School on March 20. Students arrive to Whitefield early to help the teacher assistants in carpool and make sure students get to class safely.



Art Teachers Attend STEAM Seminar at High
Categories: General, Lower School, Middle School, Fine Arts
Posted: 3/20/2017

Lower School Art Teacher Natalia Hicks and Middle School Art Teacher Debbie Childree attended a STEAM teacher seminar on March 18 at the High Museum of Art featuring artist Daniel Arsham. The event was a collaboration between the High Museum and the Atlanta Science Festival and allowed teachers a close...



Four Seniors Earn Eagle Scout Rank
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 3/20/2017

Congratulations to Whitefield's newest Eagle Scouts: seniors Daniel Keith, Preston Bates, Ethan Powell, and Daniel Justice.

The boys were honored at a ceremony on Saturday during which they received their Eagle pin. The ceremony concluded with each Eagle Scout giving a personal speech about what their achievement meant to them.

Only five...



Lower School Gets Ready for Big Broadcast
Categories: General, Lower School, Fine Arts
Posted: 3/20/2017

First- through fourth-grade students will present an exciting musical event called "The Big Broadcast" on Friday, March 24, in the LSSAC at 7 p.m.

The show is a hybrid concept format, based on cabaret-style scenes from various musicals showcased in between original or individual student acts, like a variety show. Not...



Fifth-Graders Blast Off at Space Camp
Categories: General, Middle School
Posted: 3/20/2017

Whitefield fifth-graders navigated the depths of space, or at least pretended to do so, during the annual Space Camp field trip held recently at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. While at the camp, Whitefield students divided into teams, with each team participating in a one-hour shuttle...



WolfPack Weekly Roundup: March 20, 2017
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 3/20/2017

In the week following Spring Break, the WolfPack practiced flexibility as cold, wet weather brought us a handful of cancelled events. Despite the slower week, we still had the opportunity to cheer on many of our teams. The boys varsity soccer team continues to build a strong record, claiming its...



Sixth-Grader Presents Inventure Prize at Georgia Tech
Categories: General, Middle School
Posted: 3/17/2017

Sixth-grader Jonathan Fairgrieves presented the Inventure Prize live on Georgia Public Broadcasting on March 15. Jonathan was invited to present at the nation's largest undergraduate invention competition after winning the People's Choice Award and placing second in the elementary division at last year's K-12 state competition. Jonathan advanced to the...



Upper School Students Inducted into NHS
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 3/16/2017

Forty-seven Whitefield students joined the National Honor Society at an induction ceremony held in the Lower School Student Activity Center on March 16. Established in 1921, the NHS recognizes outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Christopher McDonald, NHS sponsor and...



Senior Earns Silver in National Writing Contest
Categories: General, Upper School, Fine Arts
Posted: 3/15/2017

Senior Elizabeth Pridgeon has received a silver medal for her critical essay "Great Literature: A Personal Definition" in the national 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades seven through 12.

Elizabeth's essay was submitted for review by professional writers and...



Lower School Students Excel in Math Olympics
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 3/15/2017

On March 3, 12 third- and fourth-grade students competed in the areas of reasoning and computation in the annual ACSI Math Olympics at Bridgeway Christian Academy in Alpharetta.

In fourth grade, Hunter Fennel placed second overall in the category of computation, and Anna Figaretti placed first overall (and received a medal)...



Senior Wins State Poetry Out Loud Competition
Categories: General, Upper School, Fine Arts
Posted: 3/14/2017

Congratulations to senior Samara Huggins for winning the state Poetry Out Loud competition on March 12 at the Atlanta History Center. This was Samara’s fourth straight appearance in the state finals. She will now represent Georgia at the national Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington D.C. on April 24-26.

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Two Seniors to Attend Art Universities
Categories: General, Upper School, Fine Arts
Posted: 3/8/2017

The Whitefield Fine Arts Department is proud to announce that seniors Ansley Guthrie and Samara Huggins will be attending art universities this fall to further their studies in the visual arts. Samara will be attending Pratt Institute in New York City, while Ansley is still deciding which school to attend.

Both...



Fourth-Graders Inspired by Black History Month
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 3/1/2017

To celebrate Black History Month (BHM), all fourth-graders completed an essay on the following topic: "Describe the dream of a famous African-American person that you admire. What was their dream? How does their life inspire your dreams?"

The parent volunteers on the BHM Committee reviewed the essays and, based on the...



Whitefield Buries 20th-Year Time Capsule
Categories: General
Posted: 2/28/2017

On February 28, the entire Whitefield community gathered together for a spirited ceremony to witness the burial of the school's 20th-year time capsule.

The concert band set the tone by playing "Celebration" and "The Final Countdown" as students entered the amphitheater. Dr. Bracher made a few remarks before Mr. McBride, one...



Fourth-Graders Take a Walk on the Wild Side at Driftwood
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 2/28/2017

Whitefield fourth-graders recently spent an exciting three days and two nights at the Driftwood Education Center on St. Simons Island. The field trip was designed to complement science and geography lessons already taking place in the classroom. It provided multiple opportunities for students to experience hands-on learning about ocean life,...



Coach Johnson Named Region Coach of the Year
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 2/23/2017

Congratulations to varsity boys basketball coach Tyrone Johnson for being named GHSA Region 6A coach of the year! We are proud of his commitment to WolfPack athletics and to being an inspirational coach, role model, and mentor for our students-athletes.



Whitefield Dramatic Society to Present "Once in a Lifetime"
Categories: General, Upper School, Fine Arts
Posted: 2/22/2017

The Whitefield Dramatic Society will present the play "Once in a Lifetime" on Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25, at 7 p.m. in the Louise Owens Theater.

The year is 1927, and talking pictures have just arrived on the cinematic scene. A trio of small-time vaudeville actors decides to strike...



Boys Varsity Basketball State Tournament Schedule
Categories: General, Upper School, Athletics
Posted: 2/20/2017

Whitefield competed in the first round of the GHSA state basketball tournament on Saturday, February 18, against Prince Avenue and won 63-41.

In the second round of the state tournament, the Pack competed against Southwest Atlanta Christian. After an intense game, Whitefield lost 59-61. 

Congratulations to the WolfPack on an awesome season...



Two Whitefield Sixth-Graders Participate in Honor Chorus
Categories: General, Middle School, Fine Arts
Posted: 2/19/2017

Two Whitefield students attended the Georgia Statewide Sixth-Grade Honor Chorus this weekend in Athens. Ilsa Messner and Ellie Farrar, who were members of the Middle School Chorus during the fall semester, were selected by Whitefield Chorus Director Abe Okie to be a part of the choir. Their eligibility for the...



Upper School Students Inducted into Fine Arts Honor Societies
Categories: General, Upper School, Fine Arts
Posted: 2/15/2017

Numerous Upper School students were honored on Wednesday, February 15, for their commitment to fine arts and their contributions to the Whitefield arts program during an induction ceremony for three distinct fine arts honor societies. 

Nathan Stevens, Upper School principal, opened the ceremony with a word of prayer, then Rebecca Brown,...



Three Seniors Named National Merit Finalists
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 2/15/2017

Congratulations to seniors Daniel Justice, William Hellier, and Rubin Thomas for being named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among 15,000 semifinalists nationwide that have advanced to finalist standing and are now eligible to win one of approximately 7,500 National Merit scholarships, totaling approximately $33 million.



Faculty Member and Students Win Georgia Computing Awards
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 2/14/2017

Congratulations to Upper School math and computer science teacher Kyle Justice for being named the 2017 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Georgia Affiliate Educator Award Winner by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), the Georgia Tech College of Computing, and State Farm. He is one of 75 educators recognized nationally...



Justice and McDonald Named 2017 STAR Student & Teacher
Categories: General, Upper School
Posted: 2/14/2017

Congratulations to senior Daniel Justice for being named Whitefield’s 2017 STAR Student. He chose Christopher McDonald, Upper School physics teacher, as his STAR Teacher.

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia's highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. Since...



Pearce and Krahel Play in District 12 Honor Bands
Categories: General, Middle School, Upper School, Fine Arts
Posted: 2/13/2017

Sophomore Donovan Pearce and eighth-grader Jack Krahel participated in the highly-competitive Georgia Music Educators District 12 Honor Bands Feb. 10-12. They had the opportunity to play with very large concert bands with full instrumentation made up of top students from Cobb and Douglas counties. Friday evening and all day Saturday...



Atlanta Artist Visits Upper School Art Classes
Categories: General, Upper School, Fine Arts
Posted: 2/10/2017

Anne Ostholthoff, Atlanta artist and parent of ninth-grader Joe Ostholthoff, spoke with the AP Art Studio and Art I classes on Feb. 8.

She spoke about her education, spiritual life, and work experience and shared her work with the students. She inspired and encouraged the students to develop their own artistic...



Chess Team Represents Whitefield at Metro Atlanta Chess Tournament
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 2/7/2017

Two Whitefield Academy chess teams competed in the Metro Atlanta Qualifier Chess Tournament on Saturday, February 4.

The K-5 Team, including fifth-graders Drew Justice, Nate Jones, Walker Paxton, Archer McBride, and Christian Wiggins, along with fourth-graders Riley Hugues and Anna Figaretti, took seventh place with 15 points. The K-3 team, made...



Middle School Boys Blue Basketball Wins Metro10 Championship
Categories: General, Middle School, Athletics
Posted: 2/7/2017

The Middle School boys blue basketball team won the Metro10 championship on Feb. 4 with a one-point overtime victory over the St. Francis Knights, winning 57-56. The boys were thrilled at how many fans showed up to cheer them on and, as always, were thankful to the cheerleaders for leading...



Whitefield Celebrates 20th Year with Time Capsule
Categories: General
Posted: 2/7/2017

The Whitefield community is celebrating the school's 20th year by collecting items for a time capsule to be opened during the school's 40th anniversary in 2037. 

Items that will be included in the time capsule are:
Basketball and football jerseys Marching band uniform Lower School uniform Class of 2017 T-shirt Photo of 20th-year celebration cake from...



Merkle Places Third at State Swim Meet
Categories: General, Upper School, Athletics
Posted: 2/7/2017

The varsity swim team traveled to Georgia Tech on Friday, February 3 (preliminaries), and Saturday, February 4 (finals), to participate in the 1A-5A state meet. In order to participate, swimmers must first swim qualifying times during the regular season. Representing the WolfPack on the state team this year were Isabel...



Hart and Nicholas Crowned Mr. and Miss WolfPack 2017
Categories: General, Upper School, Athletics
Posted: 2/7/2017

Congratulations to seniors Isaiah Hart and Olivia Nicholas for being crowned Mr. and Miss WolfPack 2017 at Winter Sports Senior Night and Homecoming on Feb. 3. 

During the evening, all seniors who played a winter sport were recognized, and an 80's-themed dance was held for Upper School students after the varsity...



Whitefield Robotics Team Earns Honors at Competition
Categories: General, Middle School, Upper School
Posted: 2/1/2017

Six Whitefield students competed in their second robotics competition on Jan. 28 along with 33 other teams and were selected to compete in the semifinals! In addition, they were chosen by the judges as the runner-up for the control award, which is given for excellence in programming and sensor use....



Middle School Girls Swimming Takes Third in Championship
Categories: General, Middle School, Athletics
Posted: 2/1/2017

The Middle School swim team traveled to the Cumming Aquatic Center on Jan. 27 to compete in the Metro 10 Championship. It was an exciting end to a successful season, with the girls team taking third place overall! Way to go, Pack!

Highlights include:
- Amanda King (7th grade) took first place...



Whitefield Hosts Tech Savvy Parenting Seminar
Categories: General
Posted: 1/13/2017

On January 11, Whitefield Academy welcomed Brian Housman, executive director of 360Family, to campus to address our parents and the local community about parenting in the current digital age. As author of the books "Tech Savvy Parenting" and "Raising Responsible Teens in a Digital World," Brian shared insight on how to...



Whitefield Celebrates Christmas
Categories: General, Lower School, Middle School, Upper School, Fine Arts, Student Life
Posted: 12/20/2016

Whitefield celebrated Christmas through a wide variety of community service projects, concerts, and performances. Check out the photos below for some of the highlights from this season, and click here to find and share more photos. 

Merry Christmas from Whitefield Academy! 



Five Senior Football Players Selected to Play in Cobb All-Star Senior Bowl
Categories: General, Upper School, Athletics
Posted: 12/15/2016

Five Whitefield seniors have been selected to play in the Cobb All-Star Senior Bowl hosted by the American Youth Council, Inc.: Jordan Saibu, Coby Gregory, Mason Jones, William Hellier, and Willie Fulks.

"They are chosen to play with some of the best senior football players in Cobb County," said Varsity Football...



Caroline Pattillo ('05) Returns Home to Whitefield
Categories: General, Alumni
Posted: 12/7/2016

Caroline (far left) with the WolfPack varsity girls cross-country team Caroline Pattillo ('05) graduated from Whitefield in 2005 and returned in 2016 as advancement office manager. She graduated from the University of Georgia and gained management experience while working at West Stride Running Store and as a neurodevelopmental teacher at Jacob’s...



Sophie Kemether Travels Across the Pond to Reconnect with Whitefield Teacher
Categories: General, Alumni
Posted: 11/4/2016

Sophie Kemether (’14) stopped by Whitefield at the end of the 2016 school year to see her former teachers. As she expected, when she stuck her head in the door of Ms. Bonnem’s classroom, she was busy with another student, so Sophie later emailed her former teacher and friend to...



Varsity Softball Raises Awareness for Breast Cancer
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 9/9/2016

In honor of GHSA Breast Cancer Awareness Week, the varsity softball team donned their pink jerseys for a pinkout game on Sept. 8. The first pitch was thrown out by Mrs. Christine McWilliams, breast cancer survivor and great grandmother to freshman player KJ Haney.





Athletic Director and Students Featured on FaithTalk Atlanta 970 AM
Categories: General, Athletics, Student Life
Posted: 8/26/2016

During the week of August 22, Whitefield was featured as the private school of the week on all Salem Media radio stations: 104.7 The FISH, FaithTalk Atlanta AM 590 and 970, AM 920 The Answer, and WAFS 1190.

On Friday, August 26, six senior WolfPack football players, two senior cheerleaders, and...



Starting the Athletic Year with Purpose
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 8/19/2016

It can be hard to keep your priorities in focus, especially as life gets busy and the number of voices providing instruction and guidance begin to multiply. WolfPack athletes and coaches participating in the fall and winter athletic seasons gathered on August 11 for Purpose Night, a time of fellowship,...



Justin Brendel ('14) Blends Academics with Sports and Faith
Categories: General, Athletics, Alumni
Posted: 8/1/2016

Justin Brendel ('14) attends Haverford College, a liberal arts college outside of Philadelphia, where he is majoring in religion and minoring in economics. Academics are challenging at Haverford according to Justin.

“Compared to Whitefield, there is much more assigned reading and more expected from you on a daily basis in class,"...



Naomy Grand'Pierre Qualifies To Swim In Rio
Categories: General, Athletics, Alumni
Posted: 7/6/2016

Whitefield Academy alumna Naomy Grand’Pierre (’15) is heading to the Olympic games in Rio! Grand-Pierre secured a spot in the Rio games after competing in the qualifying rounds held in the Bahamas recently. She participated in a training program in Ohio through a scholarship funded by Federation Internationale de Natation...



Alumnus Bailey Combs ('15) In Full Swing
Categories: General, Athletics
Posted: 6/10/2016




Varsity Boys Place in Day 1 of GHSA State Track & Field Meet
Categories: General, Upper School, Athletics
Posted: 5/15/2015

Senior Robby Keough takes the Class A state title in the 1600m Run with a time of 4:17.38. Senior Robby Keough led the way for the Wolfpack Boys on Day 1 of the Georgia State Track & Field Championships by winning the Class A state title in the 1600m Run, in...