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From the head of school John Hankinson THANK YOU! The 2016-17 school year was a great first year for me as Tattnall Square Academyâ€™s Head of School due to the students, families, faculty and Board of Trustees. This time last year, I had a few reservations as I began working in this role. I should have known that, because of each of you, the year would be like all my others--another year of meeting challenges and pushing ourselves to be the finest school in Macon. It is an honor and a privilege to lead this institution. The 2017-18 school year marks Tattnallâ€™s 49th year of providing academic excellence for the Middle Georgia area. This academic excellence is grounded in Christian faith, and we constantly strive to provide our students with support to meet the ever present challenges they face every day. The Class of 2017 is a shining example of what our school produces. These graduates have been prepared academically, spiritually, and socially to be leaders at their respective colleges and universities. I have no doubt that they will be successful in this phase and all subsequent ones. I watched these students grow from small children on the playground into young men and women stepping confidently into their futures. Handing them their diplomas in my first graduation as Head of School was a special moment for me. I look forward to seeing their continued growth and hope they will keep in touch. During the summer at Tattnall, we performed many maintenance needs and hope to implement upgrades on our campus. We have hired new faculty and know you will welcome them to our family in the fall. We will be sending out information on our new faculty members to you soon. Additionally, in an effort to continually improve our curriculum, we will offer several online Move-On-When-Ready (MOWR) courses this fall to better prepare our upper school students for their transition into college. I hope you and your family found some time to rest, relax, and enjoy family time over the summer. I want to thank you again for your ongoing support of our faculty and staff. Tattnall Square Academy will continue to thrive because of the partnership between families like yours and our beloved institution. I look forward to a great 2017-18 school year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance to you. Sincerely, John Hankinson Head of School
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INSIDE THE SQUARE is published for the families and friends of Tattnall Square Academy. Tattnall Square Academy 111 Trojan Trail, Macon, GA 31210 478-477-6760 www.tattnall.org
TSA Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide an exceptional college preparatory education, grounded in Christian faith. We partner with families to develop the disciplines for lifelong success, while inspiring a passion to glorify God in all that we do.
A Tattnall Square Academy education is based on the conviction that each young person has inherent, God-given talents and interests of great worth. We foster those gifts and interests and grow them into passionate and meaningful pursuits in the classroom, on the field, on the stage and throughout the local and global community. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it: Proverbs 22:6
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From Elaine greene From the beginning of your teaching career at Tattnall, you have always given so much of yourself to your children! It was a pleasure teaching with you and teaching your children. I especially loved our times participating in Faculty Follies! What fun!
From Deborah stevens I will miss Barbara, but I am fortunate to have her grandson, Brantley, in my class this year! Many children have benefitted from Barbara's teaching throughout the years, and generations to come will enjoy playing on the Barbara Chapman Playground!
From Susannah Allen
Barbara Chapman has been a loyal and dedicated member of the Tattnall family since our school was established. It's hard to imagine Tattnall without our mentor Kindergarten teacher! We will miss her enthusiasm for learning and the excitement she brought into the classroom. Her love for children and their education will forever live on in the lives of all she touched. She is a true Trojan, and we are grateful for her 43 years of service and dedication to our school.
END OF AN ERA MRS. BARBARA CHAPMAN RETIRES AFTER 43 YEARS
by Abby Clay
itting in a pew at Tattnall Square Baptist Church as a teenager, Mrs. Barbara Chapman was one of the first to hear about the potential new Christian school opening in Macon. In 1969, Tattnall Square Academy was founded, and Chapman was there to witness the dream become a reality. Little did she know that this new school would become her home for the next 43 years. Chapman discovered her love for children in high school. “The summer after my junior year in high school, I volunteered at a nursery school. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the children’s carefree nature and enthusiasm for learning,” recalled Chapman. She then went on to attend Georgia College, where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduation in 1974, Chapman returned home, accepted a teaching position at Tattnall and has been transforming the lives of kindergartners ever since. Chapman has always made her students feel safe and welcome and confident in their abilities, and during her long tenure at Tattnall, Chapman’s love and dedication for nurturing young people never faltered. Chapman stated that teachers “will never be rich, but at the end of the day, we will feel good knowing that we have made a difference in a child’s life.” Over the years, Chapman has taught not only the children but also the grandchildren of her former Tattnall students. “It is so rewarding to watch former students excel. As a teacher, you feel so much
pride when alumni return to Tattnall for their own children’s educations,” noted Chapman. Chapman found joy in teaching the children reading and phonics while instilling Christian values in the classroom. “During rug time each day, we read a devotion and a Bible story to help us learn how God wants us to live our lives,” explained Chapman. “I hope my students will remember that they are loved and that God has a special plan for each of them.” Chapman also expressed how much she will miss her Tattnall family and the school’s unique traditions and that “Tattnall will always hold a special place in my heart!” “I always looked forward to chapel on Wednesday. I will miss the teachers and students singing and worshipping together,” Chapman stated. She holds dear other special Tattnall traditions like Faculty Follies, Moving Up and Kid’s Yule Love, but she will especially miss Kindergarten graduation as “students have a chance to shine on stage in front of their families while they sing, dance, and recite their parts,” Chapman explained. She always became especially emotional toward the end of the annual ceremony. Chapman said, “After the children receive their kindergarten diplomas, they lock arms and sing Tattnall’s Alma Mater. If we are lucky, we will see the same students lock arms as seniors and sing the Alma Mater after they receive their high school diplomas. How cool is that?”
I hope my students will remember that they are loved and that God has a special plan for each of them.
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- Barbara Chapman, on teaching at Tattnall for 43 years.
Tattnall will always hold a special place in my heart!
Most of all, Chapman said she will miss the love and joy her kindergartners brought her, reminiscing that “I will miss those chubby, little hands bringing me dandelions from the playground! Then comes the big bear hug followed by ‘I love you!’” After 43 years of dedicated service to Tattnall, Chapman looks forward to traveling with her husband and spending more time with her family, including her children Cody (‘03) and Anna (‘05). Her grandson Brantley (‘31) is now a proud Tattnall Trojan, and Chapman plans to participate in his school activities and volunteer in the community. In 2013, Chapman’s 40th year at Tattnall, the lower school playground was officially named for her in a special dedication ceremony. A plaque bears her name, but her legacy and the important lessons she taught her young students will impact the entire Tattnall family in far more enduring ways. Commenting on her kindergartners’ daily routine, Chapman said, “During center time, we learned to share and be kind. As we put our toys away, we learned to work together. During the day, when disagreements occurred, we would stop and say, ‘What would Jesus do?’ Then we would hug and say, ‘I’m sorry.’ Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all did that?”
I’ll miss getting Mrs. Donna’s sweet tea first thing in the morning and being greeted by Mr. James, Mr. Alvino, and Mr. Rudy. hearing Mrs. Shaw greet her students with a cheery, “Good morning!” Mrs. Cheek’s daily devotions and Mrs. Stevens singing the national anthem. looking for the Gingerbread Boy in Mrs. Allen’s office. Mrs. Kitchens’ green hair on St. Patrick’s Day. Mr. Presley playing Christmas carols on the school bus as he drove us to get our Christmas tree. Mrs. Morris’ devotions and teaching art with her eating lunch with Mrs. Chambers watching grade levels perform during chapel and hearing Mr. Reitnauer play the piano.
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by Abby Clay
ducation in the arts plays an integral role in the overall development of each student. Teaching the arts gives students the opportunity to learn life skills, gain creativity, and experience the world in a different way. Mrs. Sarah Banter, the lower school fine arts teacher, and Mr. Miles Benson, the director of bands, make this opportunity possible for Tattnall students in exceptional ways. Banter’s passion for music began at an early age. “From singing on the stage as a little girl in church, to being on stage throughout high school, music has always been my number one passion,” stated Banter.
Tattnall students are so creative and fun! -Sarah Banter
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A graduate of Asbury University, Banter knew she wanted to major in music education. “When I was in the vocal ensemble in high school, I was asked to lead a group of students, and that is when I realized that I wanted to make music a career,” Banter recalled. Under Banter’s direction, Tattnall families witness impressive musical productions that highlight their children’s talents. Banter hopes the students involved in the chorus program will gain confidence both on stage and in the classroom. “It is important for our children to feel
comfortable with music. All children have different gifts, but music is something that everyone can experience and enjoy,” noted Banter. Along with directing several productions, Banter has also expanded Tattnall’s chorus program. Elementary chorus has now been extended into middle school, allowing students to continue honing their musical talents by learning music theory, working on vocal technique, and rehearsing songs. Banter uses the Orff Approach to music education and explained that the method “helps students experience, learn, and create music in their own unique way.” By playing games and various instruments, students learn music concepts and explore their own musical creativity. Banter is completing training in the Orff Approach, and next summer she will receive Orff certification. Banter offered praise for the success of the music program to those under her direction and stated that “Tattnall students are so creative and fun!” Mr. Miles Benson began his path as music educator as a high school student. “I was drum major for the band in high school and would often lead the band in rehearsals and performances. That, along with playing and teaching guitar, sparked my interest in
the arts teaching music as a career,” Benson recalled. Benson studied music education and music therapy at the University of Georgia, where he marched in the UGA Redcoat Band. In addition to directing numerous concerts and programs during the school year, Benson also works with Tattnall’s praise band, which performs at some of the middle and upper school chapel services. By adding jazz band as an extracurricular ensemble and with the addition of guitar lessons and an AP Music Theory course, Benson hopes to expand the Tattnall band program even further. Ultimately, Benson seeks to strengthen the program each year and encourage more students to have fun learning and playing music. “Now that the band has grown, I have been working to get more students involved in honor bands and clinics offered around the state,” Benson stated. Looking ahead, Benson hopes to give Tattnall students more experiences outside of school. “Just last year, our marching band started marching in the annual Monroe County Christmas parade. I would like to continue that, along with finding other performance opportunities for our students in the community,” Benson remarked. In addition to his role as director of bands at Tattnall, Benson enjoys playing in two of his own bands, Velvet Runway and Swain and the Highway Souls. He also serves as the music director at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Benson stated that “continuing to see progress in my own playing is always inspiring, and I like to think that when the students see me practicing and performing on a regular basis outside of school, they see that they can continue playing their instruments even after they graduate.”
around the world Tattnall Square Academy Partners with the New Oasis International Education Program by Abby Clay
n August 2016, Tattnall Square Academy partnered with the New Oasis International Education program, which strives to bridge the gap for high school students between international and local communities. This initiative allowed Tattnall to gain a global perspective in welcoming two Chinese students to the Tattnall family. Yuji Zhu (‘19), also known as Ricky, and Heqian Qin (‘18), known as Nancy, immersed themselves in the school community and will continue their American secondary educations as Tattnall Trojans. Global minded Tattnall families host our international students and provide them with authentic American experiences. Mr. and Mrs. Steve Foxworth serve as Ricky’s host family. Mrs. Melia Foxworth, who teaches 5th and 6th grade English and Bible at Tattnall, and her husband prayed about the opportunity to impact Ricky’s life. Having raised three teenagers, the Foxworths have enjoyed adding another member to their family and introducing him to American culture. “Spending time with him, getting to know him and helping him understand our culture and way of life has been very rewarding,” Foxworth expressed. “We treat him as one of our own by being involved in the things he participates in at school. Ricky attends church activities with us as our own children did.” Global education benefits not only the international students but also the host families who gain insight into a different culture through the student. Learning about Ricky’s family and favorite Chinese foods has been a fun experience for the Foxworths. “We have some great laughs when we try to cook something he likes, and then he pulls out his phone to show us what it should really look like,” Foxworth reported. In exploring cultural similarities and differences, the Foxworths believe that “in several ways, teenagers are the same in any culture.” For those considering becoming a host family, Foxworth said, “Make sure you are willing to invest in the student the same amount of time you invest in your own children. Ricky is not just a guest, but a part of our family now.” Mr. and Mrs. Rick Kahley and their daughters Rikki (‘13), Aynslee (‘15), Ellie (‘18) and Chloe (‘20) opened their home to Nancy Qin for the unique cultural experience. “We have enjoyed getting to know some of the differences between the Chinese culture and our own culture,” the Kahleys stated. The Kahleys enthusiastically embraced Nancy as the fifth
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daughter in their family, and according to Sandy Kahley, “From day one, we did not treat Nancy like a guest. We accepted her as part of the family in all aspects of our daily lives.” Forming and sustaining lasting relationships is an important aspect of global education, and after hosting Nancy for one school year, the Kahleys anticipate more enriching and memorable experiences with Nancy during her junior and senior years and encourage other families who are considering hosting an international student to “take a chance because the rewards are great!” Upon their arrival in Macon, several of Ricky and Nancy’s soonto-be classmates and others from the Tattnall family met and welcomed the students prior to the beginning of classes, which helped ease the transition into our school community. Both Ricky and Nancy experienced successful school years as Tattnall Trojans, balancing academics and extracurriculars while having fun with their TSA classmates as well as friends from other Macon schools. Ricky traveled with the math team to numerous competitions and was inducted into the Beta Club. He also played on the varsity soccer team. Nancy, who was named sophomore class Valentine queen, also competed with the math team and was selected for Beta Club membership. Additionally, she played with the marching and symphonic bands. This August, Tattnall expanded the international student program by gaining another student, Wang Zezhong (‘19), who will be known as Luke, from Zhengzhou, China. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Terrill and their daughters Rachel (‘14) and Rebecca (‘20) are happy to welcome Luke into their home and the Tattnall family. "There were several indicators throughout the year which led our family to believe that hosting Luke was something we needed to do," Donna Terrill said. Luke, excited for the opportunity to experience American life and academics, wrote, “I deem my experience in your esteemed school as a precious chance for me to further explore my interests and prepare myself for college life.”
"I was very excited to attend my first Valentine's Dance. It was so much fun dancing with my friends and being a part of lead out." -Nancy Qin
The unique experiences, curriculum, ideas, and knowledge I gained on this trip will further help our students to connect their actions with their local community and the direct impact they have on the Ocmulgee River and the ocean.
WHY I’LL MISS TATTNALL SQUARE ACADEMY thomas humphries
I will miss all my friends I’m leaving behind who have one more year. I will miss all my favorite teachers, but mostly Mrs. Peavy for all the life lessons she has taught me and all the memories that I have made in her classroom. I will miss the football team and creating a bond with my teammates that can never be replaced. Most importantly, I will miss walking the halls knowing that Tattnall is building a successful future for me.
mary brannen olliff
I am going to miss the loving environment Tattnall surrounded me with. My teachers put in so much time and effort to help me succeed and grow into who I am today. I am especially going to miss the special bonds I created with my classmates.
I WILL MISS TATTNALL’S LOVING ENVIRONMENT.
i will miss the teachers at tattnall the most.
When I came to open house in the eighth grade, Mrs. Smothers told me I was going to fall in love with math once I came to Tattnall after I expressed my disinterest for algebra. The passion all the teachers at Tattnall have for their subjects and the joy they have for teaching will make you want to learn more and never stop. Because of Mrs. Smothers and Mrs. Stuart, I can honestly say math has become one of my favorite subjects. I will miss the faculty here at Tattnall immensely. They all care for our success in future endeavors and do their best to prepare us for the world, all while molding us into the best people we can be academically and spiritually.
I will miss the teachers at Tattnall the most. They have always invested in me without hesitation and made sure that I was the healthiest and happiest I could be. Thatâ€™s not their job, but they do it anyways because they love us. And oh, man we love them right back.
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welcome to Tattnall TSA is proud to welcome nine new members into the Trojan family for the 2017-18 school year.
Tina Bowker lived in Mexico for fifteen years, where three of her four children were born. She has taught Spanish on the lower, middle and upper school levels for the past eighteen years. She is the fifth person in her family to join the Tattnall Square Academy team. Title: Spanish Teacher subject: Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III
Abby Clay attended Tattnall K4 through 12th grade and is a 2012 graduate. She attended Georgia Southern University,
where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations. She is excited to be back with her Tattnall family.
Title: Director of Public Relations and Communications
Jennifer Cook is married to TSA alum Glenn Cook ‘97 and has two sons at Tattnall, Chase ‘22 and Chandler ‘27. Her famiy
has been part of the Tattnall family for seven years and could not be happier. She is excited to have the opportunity to work in the lower school as a paraprofessional.
Title: Paraprofessional subject: K5
Julie Long was born and raised in Macon. In 1987 and 1990, respectively, she earned a B.S. and M.Ed. in Middle Grades
Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Mercer University. She has taught middle grades math for 30 years.
Title: Math Teacher subject: Pre-Algebra, Pre-Algebra Honors
Erica McNally graduated from Tattnall in 1996. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Middle School Education from
Georgia College and State University. She has been teaching for 12 years. She taught for six years in Jefferson City, Tennesse, as the middle school English teacher and middle school cheerleading coach. At Tattnall, she has taught seventh, ninth, eleventh, and twelfth grade English as well as journalism and world geography. She is married to Scott McNally, and they have four children.
Title: EnglishTeacher, Varsity Cheerleading Coach subject: English 7, English 7 Honors, English 8, English 8 Honors
Sue Shoemaker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Wesleyan College in 1996. Since then, her artistic endeavors have branched from a personal endeavor to that of teaching all ages. She is currently working on earning a Master of Fine Arts in Illustration as an online student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.
Title: Art Teacher subject: Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Photography
Marlo Smith grew up in Middle Tennessee and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Tennessee
Technological University. She married her college sweetheart, and they have two beautiful children. She and her husband have lived all over the United States and are happy to call Macon home now.
Title: Paraprofessional subject: 3K
chip Stuart graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Gardner Webb University in 1983. In 2008, he
received his EdS in Educational Leadership from Columbus State University. Chip has been teaching and coaching football for 30 years and is an inaugural member of the Gardner-Webb Athletic Hall of Fame. He looks forward to his time at Tattnall and being a part of Tattnall's traditions.
Title: Science Teacher, Assistant Football Coach subject: Chemistry, Chemistry Honors
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overcoming I adversity
ON BEGINNING His career in dentistry
with Dr. kyle garrett â€˜04 Kyle Garrett joined the Tattnall family when he learned Tattnall could help him with his learning disabilities. He grew to love the time honored traditions at TSA from athletics to one-act. After graduation, Kyle attended Georgia College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Ceramic Art. He then attened the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University to complete a Doctorate of Dental Medicine. We caught up with Kyle to discuss his road to success and advice for TSA students.
by Abby Clay
nitially, I began college as a mathematics major interested in pursuing a career in engineering. Math was always a strength of mine, which led me in this direction. However, after my first year, I asked myself what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. At the time, my sister was in dental school, and after talking with her and shadowing local dentists, I changed my degree to Biology. It is in dentistry that I am able to combine my love for people, art and science. It allows me to get to know people on a different level, to use scientifically proven methods to treat them, and to artistically reshape teeth, bone, and soft tissue in hopes that no one will notice my work. The ability to give someone the confidence to smile again is the most rewarding part of my career!
on obstacles he overcame
or someone who has not enjoyed school his entire life, it has taken dedication, perseverance and faith to get me to where I am today. From an early age at another local private school, I struggled with academics. My parents sought help at UGA, where I was diagnosed with learning disabilities, ADHD and Dyslexia. My school at the time was not equipped with the proper tools to address the problems that I presented. As such, my parents researched and found Tattnall had both the desire to help and the tools in Mrs. Debbie Tanner. School remained a struggle as I was very active in sports and had trouble juggling academia and athletics. However, I was able to learn strategies to cope with my learning differences. Just before graduation, I can remember Coach Hester speaking words that I would later carry into college. He said, "As you move from high school into college, you will notice that you have more free time than you have ever had before. How you use that free time will dictate how you will do in college." The result left me surprised at what I was capable of when I fully applied myself. After college, I applied to dental school. The DCG receives around 1000 applicants each year and fewer than 100 are selected. As a result of these odds, I was not accepted to dental school immediately. The rejection made me work even harder, retake entrance exams, and strengthen my dental experience. I thank God for this lesson often because it was during this time that I gained knowledge that put me ahead of my classmates and met one of my best friends, mentor, and fellow TSA alum, Dr. Shawn G. Scott ('90). I feel Tattnall gave me, and my fellow alumni, a tremendous foundation to build any life that they desire.
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n my senior year of dental school, I decided to further my education by applying to a specialty. I was lucky enough to have this opportunity granted to me, and I am completing a three-year residency in Periodontics at the Dental College of Georgia.
ON real world tips for TSa students
od has a way of putting things in your life when you least expect it. Surround yourself with people who inspire you and take advice from those who have succeeded in the field or adventure that you are seeking. During the difficult times, don’t be so bleak as to miss His lessons and gifts. Don’t forget why God gave you knees. Get on them often, ask for help, and thank Him for the blessings!
ON his favorite tattnall memories
will always look back at my time at TSA fondly. I feel Tattnall gives all of its students a tremendous foundation to build any life that they desire. While I had great personal achievements from athletics, to One Act, and state championships, no memory is greater than the lifelong relationships I built with faculty and classmates. It was at Tattnall that I met one of my dearest friends, Stephanie Milam Walker ‘04. Meeting this remarkable woman and maintaining our friendship over the years is rare and makes it my favorite memory.
The ability to give someone the confidence to smile again is the most rewarding part of my career.
Kyle and his wife Ashley welcomed a baby girl named Stella Grace in June 2017.
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“ Alaskan Adventures
Mrs. Bridges' AP Biology class was not only a blast but also planted the roots for how my interest in ecosystems and biology really affect my decisions.
by Abby Clay
fter graduating from Tattnall in 2010, Brandon Clay went on to Georgia Southern University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. With diploma in hand, the outdoorsman packed up and headed to Alaska in hopes of fulfilling a dream of working with wildlife. Currently, Clay lives on the Kenai Peninsula, which is land split between the Chugach National Forest, Kenai Fjords National Park and Kenai Wildlife Refuge. He works for Alaska Recreational Management (ARM), which is a concessionaire with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service that operates and maintains the Russian River Ferry. ARM also contracts with the National Forest Service to maintain campgrounds. Clay serves as the captain of the Russian River Ferry, which is licensed under the United States Coast Guard. “The ferry runs on a Tyrolean traverse across the Kenai River without a motor or rudder. With cables and ropes, we angle the boat to 45 degrees against the current of the river and use the current to push across,” Clay explained. The crew is composed of only two members, a captain and a deckhand, one at the bow and one at the stern of the boat. “In order to launch and turn the boat at the correct angle, I use the wheel in the back to pull tension on the ropes, while the deckhand keeps the ropes at the front of the boat secure,” Clay stated. As captain, Clay loads passengers onto the boat and briefs them on fish limits as well as boating and bear safety. Anglers from all over the world use the Russian River Ferry primarily to fish for
sockeye salmon, commonly known as reds. A large number of the foreign visitors looking for salmon travel from Japan, Germany and Sweden. According to Clay, “The stretch of the bank offers world-class fishing along with the Russian River and its confluence that feeds into the Kenai River. The sport fisherman try to catch the salmon while they are chrome and fresh.” The Kenai River is also a great place for catching other popular species including silver salmon, king salmon and trout, which are rainbow and dolly varden. “The trout in the river are in correlation to the salmon run and insects that live here. It really is an amazing opportunity to live and work on such a river,” Clay expressed. When not fulfilling his captain’s duties, Clay is learning how to row in a single man pontoon, which “works great for fishing and floating down the river.” Clay himself enjoys catching salmon for his family to enjoy. Living in Alaska also affords him the opportunity of hiking in areas populated with black and brown bears, moose, caribou, lynx, marmot, bald and golden eagles and other wild creatures in their natural settings. Clay’s love for the great outdoors where he lives and works is evidenced in his appreciation for the state known as The Last Frontier: “I have hiked to peaks where you can see volcanoes, glaciers and ice fields, and I have seen the northern lights when the sun goes down. Getting out every day in some form is what it’s all about.”
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“ Reading Between the lines Alumni
I love that the teachers genuinely care about the students and want them to do well. I couldn’t count the times that teachers were patient with me or encouraged me when I badly needed it.
yan Wilson (‘00) has recently been appointed to the faculty of the English Department at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Wilson graduated with a B.A. in English from The University of Georgia in 2004, and in 2007 he earned an M.F.A. in Poetry from The Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University, where he was awarded the Sankey Prize for Excellence in Poetry. In 2008, he earned a second Master’s degree from Boston University, where he studied with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott and former Poet Laureate of the United States Robert Pinsky, among others. At Boston University, he won the Schmuel Traum Prize for Literary Translation. Upon graduating from Boston University, Wilson took a job teaching at Middle Georgia State University, and taught in the English department there for two years before beginning his doctorate at The Catholic University of America in 2010. Since 2010, he has published more than seventy original poems, critical essays, and translations from the French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish languages. Ryan’s writing has been published in a number of the nation’s leading periodicals and literary journals, such as First Things, Five Points, The Hopkins Review, The New Criterion, The Sewanee Review, and The Yale Review. Along the way, his work has won several prizes, including the Jacques Maritain Prize from the Catholic publication, Dappled Things and the Walter Sullivan Prize from The Sewanee Review. In 2017, his first book of poems, The Stranger World, won the prestigious Donald Justice Poetry Prize, and the book was published by Measure Press in June. The Stranger World is available
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in hardcover via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all other booksellers. Of the book, Robert Pinsky writes: “Ryan Wilson’s mastery of traditional forms serves a fresh, distinctive poetry of candor and meditation: soulful rather than brittle, more observant than performative. The idiomatic, American blank verse of Wilson’s ‘Authority’ and ‘L’Estraneo’ is as fluent as that of Robert Frost, but with an oblique tenderness that reminds me of Frost’s friend Edward Thomas.” Nationally-acclaimed poet Mark Jarman writes: “Ryan Wilson’s collection of poetry The Stranger World includes heartbreaking lyrics, haunting narratives, inspired translations, and finely honed satires. It is not simply consummate skill that is everywhere present in these well-wrought poems but, to echo the title of one of the best of them, authority. They are written with the authority of mastery.” Since 2016, Ryan has worked as Office Manager and CFO for The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, an international literary non-profit. He is also the editor-in-chief of Literary Matters, the online literary journal of the ALSCW. Under Ryan’s editorship, Literary Matters’ contributors include winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize, The MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and many more of the nation’s premiere literary prizes, as well as a host of other renowned writers such as David Bottoms, the former Poet Laureate of Georgia. Wilson's appointment to the faculty at The Catholic University of America will combine teaching two courses per term with his other work for the ALSCW. In November 2013, Ryan married Kelly Nicole O’Brien of
Bel Air, Maryland, and the couple honeymooned in Europe, spending a few weeks in Paris, Venice, and Rome. The Wilsons, who are parishioners at The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, now live with their rescue lab, Baudelaire, in Parkville, MD. Wilson will be reading from his work in New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere this Fall, but he hopes to give readings around Georgia and in the Macon area in the Spring of 2018, and he’d be very happy to see fellow TSA alumni.
On what he loves most about tattnall What I love most about Tattnall is the community that flourishes there. I love how everyone shows up to the football game on a chilly Friday night, or to the basketball game when there’s frost on the rooftops, or to the baseball game when the smell of fresh-cut grass is in the air. I love that the teachers genuinely care about the students and want them to do well. I couldn’t count the times that teachers were patient with me or encouraged me when I badly needed it. I love the silliness of the Faculty Follies and the big Junior dance and the pep rallies. Through it all, one senses a togetherness, the unity of a community, and the virtues of community are precious ones.
On his favorite tattnall memory My favorite memory from my years at Tattnall would have to be winning the school’s first state title in baseball. I’ll never forget our team celebrating on the field. The joy of that day was so pure it was almost magic. I still have a copy of the Telegraph from the day after: on the front page there’s a picture of me holding up the trophy and smiling so big it looks like I’m shouting.
ON advice he would give to students Learn to love the unfamiliar and the unknown. So much of the Bible teaches us that great things can come from the most unexpected places. We should remember that people were shocked by the notion that Christ came from a seemingly unimportant place. In John 1:46, Nathanael asks Philip in surprise: “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Too often, like Nathanael, we put ourselves on guard when we encounter something unusual or unexpected, but, as C.S. Lewis once wrote, “All reality is iconoclastic.” What he meant is that the world is much bigger than anyone’s understanding of it is, and reality is always different from the image we have in our heads of how things are or how they should be. It’s ordinary to get angry when things don’t go the way we expect them to go, but it’s extraordinary to love the unexpected. Be open; be interested in everything; give everything a chance. The world is full of wonders for us to explore, so don’t waste time being bored. I went off to college with the expectation of becoming a lawyer. Then, near the end of my first semester, my English 102 instructor assigned the poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” for homework. I didn’t like homework more than the next guy, but I did the reading. By the following week, I’d changed my major to English, and I knew what I wanted to do with my life.
Dr. Julie Swann (‘91), TSA Valedictorian and STAR Student, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1996 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University in 1998 and 2001, respectively. After graduation, Dr. Swann became the Harold R. and Mary Anne Nash Professor in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is also the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems, which is one of the first interdisciplinary research centers on Georgia Tech’s campus. Dr. Swann recently assumed the role of the A. Doug Allison Distinguished Professor and Head of the Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University. With $3 million in research funding, she has held industry meetings with IBM, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and General Motors. She has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in books. Dr. Swann is also actively engaged with professional organizations and serves as president of two sections of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences.
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Alumni Updates Gerald Brent Collins (‘97), a Tattnall Traveler and honor graduate, was named the 2017 Joe Magnan Alumnus of the Year, designating him as commencement speaker for the Class of 2017. Collins has built a flourishing career in the field of finance and real estate. He currently serves as Senior Vice President at State Bank & Trust Company. Brent is married to Holly McMullen Collins, Tattnall's Finance Director, and the couple has two children; Braxton ('26) and Blair ('31).
Jennifer Cooper Taylor (‘02) and husband Paxton Taylor are the co-founders of Ready to Move, a commercial and residential moving company in Forsyth, GA. They recently partnered with Maconbased NEXT Franchise Systems and are now a franchised brand. The couple is excited about the future for Ready To Move and are currently opening their second location in Peachtree City.
Justin Bradley (‘06) graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting with a minor in Finance in 2010 and a Master of Business Administration in 2012. He met his wife, Hollie Bradley, at Tattnall, and they have been happily married for six years. Justin and Hollie currently reside in Macon where Justin works as a Commercial Banker for State Bank and Trust, and Hollie is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Scarborough Family Medicine. They have a daughter, Clara Rose, who started 3k at Tattnall this year, and a baby boy due this fall.
Brianne Sherwood ('05) graduated from Georgia College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. After graduation in 2009, Brianne accepted a position at Robins Air Force Base in Human Resources and Contracting, and in 2011, she earned a Masters of Business Administration from Georgia College. In March 2017, Brianne took her mother’s position at the United States District Court in the Middle District of Georgia as the Human Resources Specialist. Brianne’s mother, Darrell, retired this year after 37 years of service and dedication to the government. The mother/daughter duo is enjoying working together as Darrell prepares Brianne for the position. Brianne's father, Tommy Sherwood, retired last year after teaching at Tattnall for 24 years.
Whitley Green Denney (‘09) and and Brett Denney of Dallas, Georgia, were united in marriage June 10, 2017, at Forest Hills United Methodist Church. A reception was held at Wesleyan College, and the couple now lives in Gainesville, Georgia. Whitley graduated from The University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Education in 2011 and graduated with a Master's degree in Education from Georgia Southern University in 2013. She is a middle school math teacher and an assistant middle school softball coach at The Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. Amanda Sanders Carter (‘08) and Taylor Carter ('08) married June 29, 2013 after reconnecting in Macon in 2011. Amanda graduated from nursing school at Middle Georgia State University and began her career as a pediatric nurse at the Children’s Hospital Navicent Health in Macon. Taylor graduated from Toccoa Falls College the following year and began full time ministry. He currently serves as the student pastor at First Evangelical church and is halfway through his Masters classes in pastoral ministries. The happy couple welcomed a baby boy named Brantley in September 2016.
Shelley Green (‘10) graduated with a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from the University of North Georgia in 2015. She received a Graduate Assistant position at Shorter University, from which she graduated in December 2016 with an MBA in Sports Management. She is currently employed at Emory Orthopedic and Spine Center in Atlanta as a Certified Athletic Trainer working with General Orthopedics and Pediatric Oncology. She is engaged to be married to Andrew Jakiel on March 17, 2018. They will make their home in Buford, Georgia.
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Minx Damron Fite (‘12) married her high school sweetheart, Travis Fite, November 5, 2016 at Ingleside Baptist Church, the same place her parents were married. Minx and Travis both graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2016. They both currently work at the Medical Center Navicent Health as registered nurses. Travis works in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit, and Minx works in the Operating Room, where she was nominated for Surgical Services Nurse of the Year this past May. Minx started the MSN program at Georgia Southwestern this fall with the hopes of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. Minx and Travis have recently moved to Bolingbroke, Georgia, and they are loving married life!
Bethany Fahey (‘09) received her bachelor's degree in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu in 2013. She began her culinary career at the Shelbourne Dublin hotel in Dublin, Ireland, where she worked in the pastry department. Fahey then moved back to Macon and spent two years at the Macon Marriott City Center working in the banquet department cooking for parties that ranged from 30 to 3,000 attendees. Her chef and mentor then moved her to the Westin Jekyll Island in March 2015, and Fahey spent two years working as the Banquet Chef and Pastry Chef. Last year, she competed in a Chef Showdown for the Saint Simons Food and Spirits festival. She won first place in comfort food category at Taste of Glynn competition and second in desserts. She will be competing again in October of this year to defend her title. She has been featured in multiple publications, such as Golden Isles Magazine. Fahey currently serves as the Executive Chef at Thrive Senior Living in Saint Simons Island, Georgia.
Conner Alford (‘12) graduated from Georgia College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science in 2016. Conner has recently been accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS. Conner played baseball at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, before joining Georgia College’s baseball team in 2015. Conner balanced academics with college baseball and has volunteered several hundred hours at rehab clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes.
Allison Hinson (‘13), TSA honor graduate with distinction and Tattnall Traveler, graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education in 2017. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Allison is teaching fifth grade English Language Arts at Byron Elementary School. Allison also enjoyed being a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.
Andie Hamlin Greene (‘14) married Brandon Greene of Macon May 20, 2017 at Pierce Chapel at Wesleyan College. Among her bridesmaids were Tattnall alumnae Blair Bazemore (‘13), Pfeiffer Harris (‘14), and Sarah Oxford (‘14). Andie and Brandon reside in Atlanta, where she is a patient care technician at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital, and he is a mechanical engineer for Georgia Tech Research Institute. Andie will graduate from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in May 2018. After graduation, Andie plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Nursing.
In loving memory of Abby Wilson '16 january 8, 1998 - June 7, 2017
Kick-off at 7:30 p.m. Join us in the Athletic Complex on October 7, prior to the Homecoming Game, for our annual alumni picnic! We’ll have dinner, fun for the kids, and games.
ecause of our faithful and generous donors like you, 2016-2017 was a great year for Tattnall Square Academy. Your contributions to the school last year, which are critical to the annual budget and strategic plans for the future of TSA, totaled $238,454.13(including Annual Fund, restricted giving, and GOAL). The TSA Annual Fund remains the top giving priority of the school, and we are grateful for the 45 percent participation our parents achieved, gaining us access to more foundation dollars for the school. Your extraordinary responses to the Annual Fund will significantly enhance the programs and facilities at Tattnall Square Academy.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it: Proverbs 22:6
impact report Legacy Society 10,000 & over Kevin and Candace Brown E.J. Grassman Trust Pharmaceutical Dimensions
Golden Circle $5,000-$9,999 Reid and Carol Blades John R. Morgan
Visionaries Circle $2,500-$4,999 Tom and Mardi Bass Jim and Anya Bloodworth Brent and Holly Collins Gene and Shirley Kitchings Hiroki Takahira
Headmasterâ€™s Circle $1,000-$2,499
Rodney and Linda Anderson Andy and Michelle Bacchus Mike Bailey Justin and Susan Bankston Benevity Community Impact Fund and American Endowment Foundation Robert and Jessica Betzel Bo and Tina Brindley Scott and Beth Brown Bryant Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Inc. Greg and MeLisa Clay Community Foundation of Central Georgia Gary and Colleen Dunagan Brad and Gina Fink Nicholas and Amy Gibson Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia
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It is an honor to take this opportunity to recognize the many donors which include parents, alumni, grandparents, corporate partners, and friends of the school in the impact report. Thank you for your continued support and prayers as we seek to provide our students with the best programs and facilities. Brandi Fountain, Director of Development
2016-2017 Annual Fund Giving Industrial Steel and Machinery, Inc. Sheri Jacobs James Lambert Macon Telegraph Bill and Ann McGehee George and Lynn Monk Ortho Georgia Rhonda and Wayne Perry Matt and Joy Reno Shawn and Ashley Scott Karen and Lee Swann Wells Fargo
True Blue $500-$999
ACS Computer Systems Kevin and Connie Baggarley Ronnie Bland C. Ross Management Central Georgia Power Sports, LLC. Cintas Glenn and Jennifer Cook Fountain Enterprises Conditioned Air Georgia Farm Bureau Federation Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Grant and Gina Greenwood John and Katie Hankinson Mike Hopkins Kroger Macon Bibb County Industrial Authority Tonya and Jeff McClure Middle Georgia Concert Band Walt Miller Mark Morgan
Gifts dated: 6.1.16 - 5.31.17
One South Bank Panaprint, Inc. Sysco Atlanta Waites and Foshee Mark and Gale Walz
Blue and Gold $250-$499
Amazon Smile Andora Boutique Armstrong Foundation Bank of the Ozarks Ron and Sharmon Bartholomew Tom and Cathy Baugh Robert Betzel David and Kathy Blankenship Kathy Bowen Cheddars Ron Chipman Jonas and Mildred Endreson Mike Foster Wes and Tiffany Herndon Jamie and Susan Hulett Infinity Network Solutions Van and Ginger Murphy Mark Pitts Shawn and Amanda Pope Publix Partners Program State Bank and Trust Co. Steve and Phyllis Stone Kevin and Debbie Tanner Zach Williams Alfa Insurance Agency
Gifts dated: 6.1.15 - 5.31.16
Trojan Circle $100-$249
Travis and Courtney Absher Erica Adams Chuck and Lynne Adams Donnie and Susannah Allen Jimmy Allen Apparel Authority Terry Austin Patsy Bridgeman Bright Claim Robert and Stacy Chambers Neal and Barbara Chapman Steve and Pat Cheek J.H. Cockfield Conditioned Air Elmo and Felisa Daniels Robert and Alicia David John Davis Jerry and Jana Dingmore Paul Durden Chris and Diane Easterwood Robert J. Edenfield Elite Environmental Services Stephanie English Jae and Christine Epps Steve and Laura Ford Robby and Brandi Fountain Steve and Melia Foxworth Ruiyun Fu Daniel and Patricia Fussell John and Andrea Fyke Garry and Patti Garretson Carl Goodrich Gottwals Books Charles and Marjorie Grace Frank and Laura Green Tripp Griffin William Haley Jeffrey and Christy Hallman Terry and Kim Ham Keith and Rhonda Hardy Tom Harrington Jay and Melanie Hawthorne Prestley and Barbara Hayslip Lance and Elizabeth Hilliard Bryan and Stacy Hinson Richie and Lesley Hodgin Yancey and Angela Houston Jimmy and Maebelle Joyner Larry and Kathy Keen Glenn and Lanier Kelley Eddie and Deborah Kelley David and Angela Kimsey Jon and Misty Kitchens Gene and Shirley Kitchings Julie Landon Marlon and Julie Marchman Glenn McCullough Beth and Paul McKnight Larry and Laura McNally Jan Miller New Atlantic Realty Lori Oakes Bobby Patterson
2016-2017 Annual Fund Giving
Billy and Donna Paul Tyler and Elisha Plaxico Britton and Ansley Rawls Mark and Christy Rowland SBC Nonprofit Consulting, LLC. Wayne and Cheryl Scott Servpro of Macon Randy and Donna Shaw Wayne and Fran Shaw Vaughan and Courtney Silvernail Michael and Felicia Simmons Michael Smith Jarvis and Shandolyn Smith Brannen and Jenny Smith Tom and Carolyn Smothers Fred and Juliet Ssenjakko Mark and Deborah Stevens Olivia Stroud Barry and Carolyn Stuart Team Sports The Rogers Agency, Inc. Rob and Tey Warnock Bryan Way Todd and Daphne Whetsel Dalton Windham Brandon and Jessie Winget Misty Ziglar
Cindy M. Alligood Teresa Arnold Harry and Terry Avant Angela Bagwell Kevin and Debbie Ball Chuck and Kim Bankston Sarah Banter Lisa Barfield Tracy and Joanna Barfield Laura Bartow David and Angie Barwick Joseph and Susan Bateham Shirley Battle Brad and April Beasley Andrew Belknap Miles Benson Mishay Bingham Brian and Christina Bowker Joshua and Deana Brewer in honor of Camden Brewer Jeanne Brewer Richard and Michelle Bridgeman Ross and Candace Bridges Wesley and Amy Brown Chris and Shannon Bryan Sue Bullington Jody and Emily Burnett Elizabeth Carden Elizabeth Carroll Ricky Carroll Amy Carter Bradley and Akeana Carter Carolyn Cauley in honor of Maggie and Juliet Watson
Daniel and Erica Chatelain Keith and Laura Childs Brian and Torie Chipman Randy and Jennifer Clark Dennis Coffman Rette and Julie Collins Dana Darley Brian and Laura Davidson Wayne Davis Greg and Jaime Davis Charles and Vela Davis James and Jessica Davis Joseph and Kristy Dean Scott and Ginny Dopson in memory of Mike Carpenter Terry and Paula Douthit Michael and Mardi Drake Robert and Deborah Dunn in honor of Avery Dunn and Ayden Dunn Kurt Dzwonkowski Greg Earls Kenny Epps Jennifer A. Evans Craig and Tammy Everidge Rhett and Joyce Farmer Angel and Scott Field Christopher and Christy Fiveash Charles and Joy Floyd Jacqueline Ford Matt and Diane Gilliam Jay and Angelia Gillis Melanie Gorman Shirish and Leena Goswami Adam and Ashley Grant John and Tracy Gray Al Greenway Kevin and Stephanie Grinstead Janet Haley Dodd and Cassie Hamlin Amy and Harrison Harp Jay and Brook Hayes Tony Heath Ox Heath Clay and Amy Hicks Linton and Janelle Holleman David and Jenny Jacobs Benjamin and Erica Jessup Clint and Tara Johnson Dan Johnson Windle and Patricia Johnson John and Jennifer Johnson Frank and Laurie Johnson Bonita Jones Chance Jones Rick and Sandy Kahley Bryan and Jennifer Kemp Dean and Jan Laskey Mark and Jill Lees Jeff and Carole Long Kevin and Shannon Long Chad and Kelly Lossiah Amanda Malcom Jon and Chancie Martin
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Joyce Massengale in memory of Susan Hill James and Marty Massey Amy McAlpin Ethan and Phelicia McCallum Sylvia McClendon Callie McMichael Terry and Jayne McMullen Erica Silvey McNally Charles and Diane Michael Shonta Mincey Seth and Allison Mitchell Van and Kay Mixon Jonathan and Jennifer Moore Tate and Stephanie Morris Amanda Morris Dan and Ginger Morton Dresden and Peter Muncy Nicki Leigh Neufeld Kemp and Haley Newnam Robert Ochieng Andy and Anne Oxford Bonnie and Ronnie Parish Ronald Parish Myra Paul Lucy Peavy Jami Lynn Watson Phillips Janea Phillips Amanda Poff Otto Reitnauer Johnny and Jodi Robertson Brad and Jodi Sappe in honor of Bella and Lawson Sappe Bryan and Julie Scott Darryl and Ashley Scott Jeffery Skinner Mark Snow Tracy and Melissa Stille Michael and Jenny Stubbs Emmett and Shirley Swinney Rick and Penny Talton in honor of Gray Talton in memory of Marty L. Hammock Patrick and Jan Tedders Joshua and Brandi Thomas Tammy Toth Holley Trevitt Zane and Tonia Vance Lew and Leslie Watson JJ and Lori Weeks Elizabeth White Scott and Cindy Whitesides Ashley Wielgus
Sustaining Society (3+ years Consecutive Giving)
Travis and Courtney Absher Chuck and Lynne Adams Donnie and Susannah Allen Rodney and Linda Anderson
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Gifts dated: 6.1.16 - 5.31.17
2016-2017 Annual Fund Giving
Andy and Michelle Bacchus Kevin and Connie Baggarley Kevin and Debbie Ball Justin and Susan Bankston Sarah Banter Tracy and Joanna Barfield Ron and Sharmon Bartholomew Mrs. Laura Bartow David and Angie Barwick Tom and Mardi Bass Tom and Cathy Baugh Miles Benson Robert and Jessica Betzel Joshua and Deana Brewer Richard and Michelle Bridgeman Patsy Bridgeman Ross and Candace Bridges Bo and Tina Brindley Kevin and Candace Brown Scott and Beth Brown Wesley and Amy Brown Linda and Lamar Bush Scott and Stacy Chambers Robert and Stacy Chambers Neal and Barbara Chapman Steve and Pat Cheek Keith and Laura Childs Brian and Torie Chipman Ron and Sue Chipman Greg and Melisa Clay J.H. Cockfield Brent and Holly Collins Rette and Julie Collins Conditioned Air Glenn and Jennifer Cook Jerry and Jana Dingmore Terry and Paula Douthit Michael and Mardi Drake Gary and Colleen Dunagan E.J. Grassman Trust Greg Earls Jonas and Mildred Endreson Stephanie English Jae and Christine Epps Kenny Epps Rhett and Joyce Farmer Charles and Joy Floyd Steve and Laura Ford Jacqueline and Joey Ford Robby and Brandi Fountain Steve and Melia Foxworth Ruiyun Fu Daniel and Patricia Fussell John and Andrea Fyke Garry and Patti Garretson Jay and Angelia Gillis John and Tracy Gray Frank and Laura Green Grant and Gina Greenwood John and Katie Hankinson Keith and Rhonda Hardy
Tom Harrington Jay and Melanie Hawthorne Prestley and Barbara Hayslip Tony and Mitzi Heath Wes and Tiffany Herndon Clay and Amy Hicks Joey and Cristy Hiller Lance and Elizabeth Hilliard Bryan and Stacy Hinson Linton and Janelle Holleman Yancey and Angela Houston Jamie and Susan Hulett Benjamin and Erica Jessup Clint and Tara Johnson John and Jennifer Johnson Dan Johnson Jimmy and Maebelle Joyner Rick and Sandy Kahley Larry and Kathy Keen Eddie and Deborah Kelley Glenn and Lanier Kelley David and Angela Kimsey Jon and Misty Kitchens Gene and Shirley Kitchings Kroger Dean and Jan Laskey Mark and Jill Lees Jeff and Carole Long Kevin and Shannon Long Jon and Chancie Martin Amy McAlpin Ethan and Phelicia McCallum Sylvia McClendon Jeff and Tonya McClure Paul and Beth McKnight Middle Georgia Concert Band Jan Miller Van and Kay Mixon George and Lynn Monk Mark Morgan Tate and Stephanie Morris Nicki Leigh Neufeld Kemp and Haley Newnam Andy and Anne Oxford Lucy Peavy Rhonda and Wayne Perry Pharmaceutical Dimensions Mark Pitts Tyler and Elisha Plaxico Publix Partners Program Britton and Ansley Rawls Otto Reitnauer Matt and Joy Reno Mark and Christy Rowland Brad and Jodi Sappe Shawn and Ashley Scott in memory of Al Greenway Bryan and Julie Scott Fran and Wayne Shaw Vaughn and Courtney Silvernail Brannen and Jenny Smith
Gifts dated: 6.1.16 - 5.31.17 Jarvis and Shandolyn Smith Tom and Carolyn Smothers Deborah and Mark Stevens Tracy and Melissa Stille Barry and Carolyn Stuart Michael and Jenny Stubbs Lee and Karen Swann Kevin and Debbie Tanner Patrick and Jan Tedders Joshua and Brandi Thomas Zane and Tonia Vance Rob and Tey Warnock Todd and Daphne Whetsel Scott and Cindy Whitesides Brandon and Jessie Winget Misty Ziglar
2016-2017 Annual Fund Giving
Note: This report reflects only donations processed through the development office. Many â€œfundraisersâ€? throughout the school are not processed throughout development, and therefore, are not included in these reported numbers. It is our intent to be as accurate as possible in reporting donors. We realize, however, that errors may inadvertantly be made, and we apologize in advance for any innaccuracies that may occur in this report. If you do notice an error, please notify the development office immediately so that we may correct the information in our database and for future reports.
Gifts dated: 6.1.16 - 5.31.17
2016-2017 Annual Fund Giving
The TSA Annual Report is provided in this issue of Inside the Square to inform family about the financial success and responsibilty of our school. Information reported here is from the 2016-2017 fiscal year beginning June 1, 2016 and ending May 31, 2017.
financial summary for fiscal year 2016-2017 income Tuition K3-12 (81%) Class & Club (7%) Miscellaneous Fees (3%) Annual Giving (2%) Athletic Income (1%) Daycare/Summer Daycare (2%) Other Income (1%) Cafeteria (3%)
expenses Salaries, Taxes, & Benefits (58%) Tuition Assistance (17%) Physical Location & Utilities (8%) Academic (6%) Administrative (5%) Financing (1%) Athletic (1%) Cafeteria (2%)
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YOU “TAKE THE CREDIT” AND CHANGE A LIFE….
attnall Square Academy is grateful to the 75 individuals (including six business owners) who applied for a 2017 Education Tax Credit on behalf of TSA for $199,880. Incredibly, all $58 million of the total available 2017 credits were completely consumed in one day on January 1, 2017 and as a result, all applicants were pro-rated and TSA received $98,922. These important tax credit dollars provided opportunities for 37 students to attend Tattnall Square Academy as GOAL recipients this year. Thank you for taking the education tax credit and changing students’ lives! - 2017 Tax Year - $199,880 raised tax credit dollars - 2016 Tax Year - $211,336.00 raised tax credit dollars - 2015 Tax Year- $177,766.44 raised tax credit dollars - 2014 Tax Year- $112,098.62 raised tax credit dollars For more information regarding the Georgia GOAL tax credit program, please visit our website at www.tattnall.org/georgia-goal/ or contact Brandi Fountain in the development office at 478-477-6760 ext. 183.
thank you 2017 goal donors Travis and Courtney Absher Charles and Lynne Adams Donnie and Susannah Allen Charles and Kimberly Bankston James and Sarah Banter Laura Bartow Bartow Tom and Kathy Baugh Miles Benson Robert and Jessica Betzel Ronnie and Cherie Bland Brian and Christina Bowker Larry and Bettina Brindley Scott and Beth Brown Jody and Emily Burnett Robert and Stacy Chambers Steve and Pat Cheek Ron and Sue Chipman Greg and MeLisa Clay Brent and Holly Collins Larry and Cathy Crumbley Jerry and Jana Dingmore Lester and Brenda Dozier Gary and Dolleen Dunagan Lucas and Tucker Dunaway Stephanie English Steve and Laura Ford Robby and Brandi Fountain Steven and Melia Foxworth Garry and Patty Garretson Amanda Gaskins-Morris Tom and Melanie Gorman James and Laura Green Shirley Greenway Grant and Gina Greenwood Terry and Kimberley Ham John and Katie Hankinson Keith and Rhonda Hardy William and Jackie Hartley Wes and Tiffany Herndon Joey and Cristy Hiller Bryan and Stacy Hinson Tom and Mary Hinson Lynn and Melinda Hooven Clint and Tara Johnson Chance Jones Eddie and Deborah Kelley Emory and Shirley Kitchings Jeff and Susan Langford Paul and Beth McKnight Callie McMichael
Jan Miller Walter and Connie Miller George and Lynn Monk John and Donna Morgan Mark Morgan Tate and Stephanie Morris Nicki Leigh Neufeld John and Lori Oakes Andy and Anne Oxford Louis and Mary Philhower Otto and Sharla Reitnauer Matt and Joy Reno Matt and Brandy Rogers Shawn and Ashley Scott Michael Sharkey Brannen and Jenny Smith Dennis and Tina Smith Jarvis and Shandolyn Smith Mark and Deborah Stevens Barry and Carolyn Stuart Kevin and Debbie Tanner Lew and Leslie Watson Bryan and Robin Way Todd and Daphne Whetsel John and Amanda Wood Chad and Cecilia Yats
Highlights 1. Jorja Ethridge won the county-wide C.H.A.M.P.S. essay contest sponsored by the Macon-Bibb County Sheriff's office. Jorja had the opportunity to present her winning essay to over 2,000 audience members at Mercer University.
2. Baylor Scott won the National Championship Skeet and Double Skeet Shooting Competition in Ohio in the intermediate entry-level. Baylor shot 125 straight targets, finishing with 195 out of 200 targets.
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3. Kenzie Dingmore won the Golden Eagle Award for Mathematics, and Alyssa Epps won Honorable Mention in Athletics. 4. Sixteen Tattnall family members traveled to Europe over Spring Break to explore England, Italy, and France. 5. Brooke Reno qualified for a $20,000 academic college scholarship at the Distinguished Young Women of Georgia state competition at the Marietta High School Performing Arts Center. Distinguished Young Women of Georgia is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women. 6. Sarah Beth Heath was crowned Macon's 2017 Cherry Blossom Princess. 7. Christian Rodgers won the state championship for his weight class. He was also named TSA's Scholar-Athlete of the year by the Macon Sports Hall of Fame. 8. The middle school girls basketball team won the C-team tournament championship title, making them back-to-back champs.
9. TSA's JV math team won first place in GHSA, and varsity won third place in GHSA. Individually, Colleen Molton placed fourth at the varsity level in GHSA, and Jessica Norwood placed first place at the JV level. 10. Chance Jones and Tyler Warnock were recognized by the Macon Touchdown Club for their outstanding acheivements last football season. Coach Jones was named the Marvin Davis Coach of the Year, and Warnock received the Bobby Sanders Memorial Scholarship.
11. TSA middle school boys baseball team finished strong and earned the middle school championship title in April. 12. Candace Bridges was one of only five recipients in Middle Georgia to win the Education Together Teacher Excellence Award at the Golden Eagle Awards. She was awarded $1,000 for Tattnall's Science Department.
13. McKenzie Sams and Tyler Warnock were crowned 2016 Homecoming King and Queen. 14. The varsity baseball team finished second in the GHSA state championship. 15. The varsity football team placed first in the region and advanced to the final four in the GHSA playoffs.
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