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From the head of school John Hankinson On May 23, Tattnall Square Academy held its 47th annual commencement ceremony for the Class of 2016. Graduates from this class will be attending 18 different colleges and universities in the fall. Almost 75% of these students qualified for the Hope Scholarship, and of these, 25% will receive the Zell Miller Scholarship. Based on past statistics, we expect over 90% of these students to retain their scholarships during their time in college. As these students transition into the next phase of their lives, I am mindful of the transition I, too, am undergoing as I begin my 21st year at TSA. I started my educational career as a teacher and coach at TSA in the fall of 1996. After three years in this role, I became Upper School Principal. During my 17 years in that position, I have been fortunate to work under several different administrators, learning many valuable lessons from each of them. This experience will undoubtedly serve me well in my new position as Head of School. However, I believe my roles as a Tattnall parent, administrator, teacher, and coach will provide me with a uniquely broad perspective as I transition to my new role at TSA. I am appreciative for what Dr. Riley has done for the institution during her tenure, and I am also thankful for the many supportive comments I have had over the past several weeks. The opportunity to continue steering Tattnall Square Academy on its forward path is a true blessing. I am not a Macon native; therefore, it took some time for me to understand the unique culture of competition among the many private schools. I trust that most schools offer a quality education; however, there are certain aspects that I believe separate our school from others. Tattnall offers the perfect balance of academic, spiritual, and extracurricular growth. This growth is evidenced by the Class of 2016, the graduates that came before them, and the ones that will follow. I have experienced this growth firsthand with my own family. All four of my children are products of Tattnall Square Academy (Sarah-Class of 2016; Asa-Class of 2020; John Henry-Class of 2027; and Maggie-Class of 2029). Each has been nurtured, praised, and pushed, but, most importantly, allowed to blossom into unique human beings. My wife Katie and I will forever be thankful for the role Tattnall has played in the personal development of our children. Summer is a time for rest and relaxation for many, but it is also a time for improvements to our school. We are excited about all of the new faculty and staff joining our family, and we feel confident they will maintain the high level of academic instruction you expect. Additionally, the science department will benefit from additional courses next year, while Mandarin Chinese will be added to our foreign language offerings. Mrs. Susannah Allen worked tirelessly last school year exploring new options for lower school reading curriculum that we are thrilled to adopt for the coming school year. In terms of athletic improvements, the softball facility renovations are now complete, and we look forward to an official unveiling in the near future. 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 2016-17 school year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance to you. Sincerely,

Inside the Square Contributors Stephanie English Brandi Fountain Photographers Lee McDavid Stephanie English

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

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.

Educational Philosophy

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

John Hankinson Head of School

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Baseball makes tsa history by Stephanie English

The 2015 season, TSA’s first year in the GHSA, ended with a devastating loss in the semifinals against King’s Ridge. The goal was clear. Finish #1 in the Power Rankings, gain home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and position the team to win the first GHSA State title for the Trojans. But as the saying goes, people plan and God laughs. “Last season’s strategy was great, but I think it lacked the competitive atmosphere that we needed to be comfortable in that final push for a championship,” commented Joey Hiller. Back to the drawing board, Hiller and his team of coaches and players developed a different strategy that would lead them to a prominent place in the history of Tattnall Square Academy.

Hebron with a 5-0 win in the final game. “This was a fantastic season and a huge accomplishment for our school, our baseball program, and these players and parents who invest so much into excellence. I heard a parent say that this was the most important championship since 2000, and he was absolutely right. This year’s title has validated the eight state championships we won in the GISA, and I think it gives credibility to the accomplishments of all the players who helped build this program into what it is today. I love all of the players that have played for TSA, and this group has certainly left their legacy on the baseball program at Tattnall forever,” stated Hiller.

“We wanted to get comfortable being uncomfortable,” laughed Hiller. The Trojans scheduled only six home varsity games for the entire season, played higher classifications (including 6A schools like Pope High School and Mosley High School - Florida/Georgia 2016 State Runner-up teams), and set out for a true challenge. “Our plan was to face the best and win our region so that when we got to the playoffs we would feel like we could take on any team,” stated Hiller. And that’s exactly what they did. Though the Trojan’s first tournament of the season came with a loss to Prince Avenue, they quickly turned things around defeating Jefferson and Brookstone. After traveling to the Georgia Dugout Club Tourney, TSA had two wins against Sonoraville and Roswell with losses only to 5A Dunwoody and 6A Pope High School. One more tournament in Crisp County brought wins over Crisp Co. and 6A Archer High School. TSA then headed into region play where they felt more than prepared defeating crosstown rivals like MDS, Stratford, and FPD. Traveling to Panama City for Spring Break, the Trojans racked up two wins and two losses (Mosely and Bay) before they traveled home to finish out their final regular games of the season. TSA went on to defeat MDS winning the Region Championship (2-0) and dominating their opponents in postseason play with wins over Mt. Paran, Eagles Landing Christian, and Calvary Day.


With the final series of the season upon them, the Trojans were set to face 2015 State Runner Up, Hebron Christian. “They are a very talented team with a lot of experience,” commented Hiller. TSA hosted the series with game one of the double header a close 2-1 win over Hebron. Three errors in the third inning of game two would lead to a 5-3 loss for TSA and a forced third game. As planned, Tattnall finished strong and brought down

The Trojans win their first state championship title in 2000 TSA wins 7 additional state titles and 12 region titles while in the GISA Tattnall enters the GHSA and the 2015 baseball team finishes their first season in a new league with a strong yet devastating loss in the semifinals TSA devises a new strategy determined to earn a new chance at a GHSA title The Trojans schedule only 6 home games for the entire season with match-ups against 5A and 6A schools TSA dominates regular season and post season play with an astonishing 27-8 record After defeating MDS to win the Region Championship, Tattnall moves on to face Hebron Christian in the final series of the season The Trojans win game one of the series only to fall in game two with a 5-3 finish The 2016 baseball team secures its spot in Tattnall history with a 5-0 win in game three of the 2016 GHSA A State Baseball Championship

This year’s title has validated the eight state championships we won in the GISA.

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-Joey Hiller on winning the 9th state championship title with TSA.




by Stephanie English

As parents, we tend to worry about the “what if” when it comes to our children. As Tattnall parents, that worry is practically non-existent when it comes to sports and the possible injuries that accompany extracurricular activities. By definition, athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. It just so happens that for almost 16 years now, TSA has been blessed with the best athletic trainer and Director of Sports Medicine, Jody Burnett. A graduate of Georgia Southern and Troy University, Burnett has been a national and state certified Athletic Trainer since 1997. In 2001, Jody accepted the position of Athletic Trainer and Director of Sports Medicine and has since built the program into the only one of its kind in the Middle Georgia area. “Our athletic training room is fully functional, and our athletes reap the benefits of having on site access to multiple types of therapeutic exercise and all current types of modalities,” remarked Burnett. Not only do Tattnall student athletes benefit from a state of the art facility, they are cared for by a fully credentialed individual who has a vested interest in their recovery. “If our athletes incur injuries, I take care of them from start to finish. We handle the rehabilitation from emergent care to pre-op and post-op services,” stated Burnett. Jody, and his team of student trainers, develop and execute a plan of recovery tailored to that individual. “At a typical clinic, physical therapists are limited to only treating the injury and not the entire athlete. So if you injure your leg during a fall sports season, a clinical therapist would work solely on your knee injury without continuing strength training for the rest of the body. So, the likelihood of being adequately prepared for the rigors of your spring sport may be compromised. The athlete’s body may not be completely acclimated which may increase the chances of another injury elsewhere in the body,” stated Burnett. Every Tattnall parent who has worked with Jody Burnett can testify to his exceptional abilities. In the fall of 2015, Matt Blair, a sophomore football player tore his ACL during a

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B-team football game. Jody and his team of student athletic trainers from TSA and local colleges were able to rehabilitate Blair’s injured knee while also continuing to work on strength training for the upcoming baseball season. “I really can’t imagine how he could be more competent or effective in the work he does at TSA. An injury like Matthew sustained can be quite traumatic, not only physically, but also emotionally. The amount of time, energy, and passion that Jody has invested in our son’s healing, recovery, and rehab has been unbelievable. Jody is always available, and he has worked on weekends and during holiday breaks from school making sure Matthew had what he needed and was doing what he needed to do to give him the best chance to recover as quickly as possible. What Jody and his college interns, under his guidance, have done for Matthew is remarkable,” remarked Matt’s father, Bill Blair. But parents are not alone when it comes to praising Burnett. “He’s a motivator for our kids who is extremely in tune with their health and well being. He’s the type of athletic trainer who will say, “I can’t do this for you, but I will do it with you,” described Head Baseball Coach, Joey Hiller. “Our kids can come to him to get an individualized strength, flexibility, and nutritional program, and he sets the example for them. He’s the hardest working person in the weight room,” said Hiller. “As a coach at Tattnall, you never have to worry about one of your


AINER players being injured in another sport,” added Hiller. The Sports Medicine program at Tattnall has also made a significant impact on those who have served as student athletic trainers over the years. “Several of our former student AT’s have gone on to pursue a career in the medical field and have had tremendous success. I know of several who are now AT’s, physician’s assistants, EMT’s, and nurses,” stated Burnett. Lana Earley Leifels ‘07, who currently works as a Physician Extender/Athletic Trainer at Georgia Sports Medicine in Covington, served as a student AT for almost three years under Burnett and described the passion he possesses for his profession as one of his most influential qualities. “Jody instilled in me the love of athletic training. Not many people will tell you, ‘If I won the lottery today, I would still show up at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow for work,’ but Jody would. I have never forgotten that remark. Jody prepared me for my bachelors in athletic training at Georgia College, and when I wanted to go to grad school, he made a phone call to the head athletic trainer at Troy University. I was blessed to be able to attend Troy University to receive my Masters Degree. I was able to work with the same influential people Jody worked with years prior. I still call Jody when I have seen a rare injury, or when I have used something he taught me. I will

The amount of time, energy, and passion that Jody has invested in our son’s healing, recovery, and rehab has been unbelievable. always look up to Jody for the knowledge he instilled in me during my years at Tattnall, and how he pushed me to be the very best athletic trainer I can be,” stated Leifels. The impact that Burnett has made on the Tattnall Square Academy Sports Medicine program has been as immeasurable as the amount of appreciation the Tattnall community has for Burnett.

The impact that Burnett has made on the Tattnall Square Academy Sports Medicine program has been as immeasurable as the amount of appreciation the Tattnall community has for Burnett.


rivers to reefs Mrs. Candace Bridges Explores the Altamaha Watershed from Atlanta to Gray’s Reef by Stephanie English

Sixteen educators from across Georgia, including our own Science Department Chair, Candace Bridges, had the unique opportunity to explore the Altamaha watershed during a one week expedition beginning in Atlanta and ending off the coast of Savannah. The team collected and examined samples, tested water, canoed, trawled for marine organisms, and even crawled through the marsh off Sapelo Island all in an effort to better understand the crucial connections between Georgia rivers and the ocean. The week long trip is part of an annual project sponsored by Gray’s Reef, The Georgia Aquarium, Gordon College, and the University of Georgia.

the Atlantic Coast. Its residents are descendants of former enslaved Geechee who were brought to the island from Sierra Leone and the West Indies. The community, made up of 50 residents, has not only carried forward with their African cultures, but they have also maintained their Saltwater Geechee accent. “Hog Hammock was truly a remarkable place with even more extraordinary people. We met native resident, Ms. Yvonne, who is well known for her intricate baskets made from the local grasses and palms. As a science nerd, I really enjoyed the history of the island and the tales of the local people,” commented Bridges.

The team began their journey on Monday, June 13 in Atlanta with a behind the scenes tour of the Georgia Aquarium. Each day brought a new adventure as the group of educators traveled to High Falls State park for water quality testing training, then south to Macon to sample and test water in the Ocmulgee River along Spring Street. By Wednesday, they were headed toward the Oconee River to then paddle toward the TriRivers sandbar where the Oconee and Ocmulgee meet to form the Altamaha River. Finally, the team departed for Meridian Dock where they traveled to Sapelo Island and eventually Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, fifteen miles off the coast of Savannah.

Another memorable experience came in the form of what should have been a one hour long mud crawl of Sapelo Island. Unfortunately for Bridges and eight other explorers, the infamous crawl through the marsh took an unexpected turn when the current of the tidal creek proved to be stronger than described. “The marsh crawl was one of the most invigorating and unique experiences I have ever performed. To be immersed in a habitat similar to an alligator, and see its perspective for myself was completely amazing. Our group was the first to explore the tidal creek with that slight detour because of the overwhelmingly muddy conditions. It was a once in a lifetime experience for sure,” laughed Bridges.

While the entire trip is an experience most Georgians never have the chance to take advantage of, Bridges found the stop in Hog Hammock to be especially rewarding. Hog Hammock is one of the last remaining Gullah/Geechee communities on

By the final day, Bridges and her fellow teachers climbed aboard the R/V Savannah, UGA’s Skidaway Institute Oceanography’s research ship, where they launched an underwater camera to examine reef inhabitants like starfish,

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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.



4 sharks, fish, crabs, lobsters, and various other marine life.



“The unique experiences, curriculum, ideas, and knowledge I gained on this trip will further help me as I instruct our students on the connection between their actions in our local community and the direct impact they have on the Ocmulgee River and the ocean,” said Bridges. Gray’s Reef, the final destination of the Rivers to Reef program, thrives on the nutrients and freshwater carried in by the Altamaha and serves as a refuge for literally millions of organisms from sea turtles and seahorses, to coral and even whales.

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Bridges observes lichen (fungus/bacteria) growing on a piece of pine bark on Sapelo Island

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The team discusses soil changes throughout the marsh near Sapelo Island

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River slough through a cypress forest in the Altamaha River near Hazelhurst

Shallow water troll 15 miles off the coast of Savannah (Gray’s Reef)

Water sampling and testing in the Ocmulgee River off of the Spring Street Bridge in Macon Mrs. Bridges pauses for a muddy portrait after a four hour crawl through the marsh near Savannah



I will miss the Tattnall family the most. I loved growing up in a small school atmosphere where everyone knows each other. We could always rely on our Tattnall family to be there, no matter what we were going through. The teachers and coaches were always so supportive and caring! I will always be thankful for Tattnall and proud to be a Trojan!

Sarah brittain

I will miss the unforgettable friendships, wonderful memories, and loving teachers that Tattnall has provided me with over the years. Mrs. Cheek’s morning devotions and prayers that start my day off right will also be missed. I will miss student athletic training during football season. Tattnall is my family and the teachers are my support system; because of this, I will miss Tattnall Square Academy the most.

I will miss Mrs. cheek’s morning devotions and prayers

i’ll always be thankful and proud to be a tattnall trojan

parker faircloth

I will miss the people, and more specifically my friends that I spent each day with at TSA. I’ll definitely miss Friday night football games. But most of all, I will miss the teachers and their desire to see us succeed at everything we do.

Kayla Morgan

I will definitely miss the 13 years that I spent growing up here with all my friends, and I could not imagine going anywhere else for such a long time. Tattnall has truly been a blessing to me and my family, and I will never be able to thank all the teachers and faculty who have helped shape me into who I am today. Even though I’m leaving the only school I’ve ever known, I feel blessed to have been a part of the Tattnall family and to share in the memories and experiences of the graduating Class of 2016. Thank you for an incredible 13 years! 12| Inside the square -

What’s New

welcome to Tattnall TSA is proud to welcome nine new members into the Trojan family for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Brian Bowker and Eddie Caviness will join our middle school faculty and coaching staff, Dresden Muncy and Robert Ochieng will takeover as the girls and boys soccer coaches, and Robbie Burns, Chance Jones, James Massey, and Brian Way will join our upper school faculty and coaching staff. Paul Sardoma will serve as our Major Gifts Officer and International Coordinator while also assisting with the volleyball and tennis programs.

Brian Bowker, a longtime Macon resident, graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 2013 with a degree in Physical Education and History Education. He then went on to obtain his master’s in Bible from Pensacola Theological Seminary. Brian currently works with the youth group at his church, Berean Baptist Church, and is excited to have the opportunity to teach and coach at Tattnall. Robbie Burns is a 1984 graduate of TSA. His stepson, Hunter Lanier, graduated in 2012 and his daughter, Hannah, will do the same in 2021. Robbie earned his undergraduate (Communications) and graduate (Education) degrees from Mercer University. After interning in the Louisiana State University sports information department, he served as the public relations director at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame for 11 years. Eddie Caviness was born and raised in Thomasville, GA. Originally drawn to LaGrange College for baseball, his collegiate path led him to Southern Polytechnic State University, where he graduated with a B.A. in English & Communications. He is currently completing his M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Georgia College & State University. In his spare time away from Tattnall, he spends his time volunteering as the Chapter Advisor for his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi at Mercer University. Chance Jones was born in Thomasville, Georgia, and spent most of his school days in Perry where he graduated from Westfield. He earned an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Georgia, and has been teaching and coaching football and baseball at Prince Avenue Christian since 2009.

Jim Massey will begin his 29th year in education this fall. He has previously taught at Monroe Academy, Westfield, Windsor, and Mount de Sales serving as the head basketball coach at Westfield, Windsor and Mount de Sales. In addition, he has coached football, golf, track, baseball, and girls’ soccer. Jim holds a Master’s Degree from American Military University in Military History with an emphasis in the Civil War.

Dresden Muncy graduated from Cedarville University in Ohio where she majored in Exercise Science and played four years of collegiate soccer. Her love for the game took her to Cincinnati following graduation where she trained athletes at a Pro Performance facility. She had the privilege to coach the elite players in the Cincinnati area, as well as training many Division 1 college soccer athletes. Most recently, Dresden served as the JV Head Coach at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. Robert Ochieng was born in Kenya, but raised in the U.S. He has served as TSA’s head coach for the MS soccer teams and assistant coach for the varsity soccer teams. His soccer career at Shorter University earned him All Conference status for four years, a National Player of the Week title, and an All American Honorable Mention in 2013. Coach Ochieng has also served as a coach and manager for SAF U15 Traveling Soccer Team, North Georgia United, and the YMCA in Rome, Georgia. Paul John Sardoma was born in New York, but he spent the majority of his childhood on the island of Guam. He attended Seton Hall University while playing on the Men’s Tennis Team. PJ loves spending time with his best friend and wife, Jennifer. The couple has two daughters attending TSA, Nyah ‘24 and Kyla ‘28.

Bryan Way graduated Cum Laude from UGA with a bachelors in Science Education. Coach Way holds a masters in Science Education (GA SW State University) and a Master in Leadership and Supervision (GCSU). He has taught biology, physical science, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, honors chemistry, AP chemistry, and physics while also coaching wrestling, golf, and football at WRHS. For the past 12 years, he has served as head football coach and athletic director at WRHS.

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behind THE sceneS

with mallory mclendon ‘07

Mallory McLendon joined the Tattnall Family as a third grade student and grew to love the time honored traditions at TSA including junior dance, the homecoming powder puff game, senior lunch and events, and Moving Up. After graduation, Mallory attended Valdosta State University where she majored in Mass Media and Broadcast Journalism. After accepting a PA position with WGXA in 2011, McLendon worked her way to Executive Producer in just four short years. We caught up with Mallory to discuss her career, advice for TSA students, and her upcoming wedding to TSA Alumnus, Kyle Huff ‘04. by Stephanie English

ON BEGINNING HER CAREER BEHIND THE SCENES Thoughout my time at VSU, I thought I wanted to be an on-air reporter. By the time I got to the end of my senior year, I realized that wasn’t for me. There wasn’t a specific crisis that happened that flipped a switch in me. I just had a feeling that wasn’t God’s plan for me. So far, I’ve been right! I applied at a few different news organizations and got a call back from WGXA-TV, oddly enough while I was in the hospital having my tonsils removed. I had waited so long to hear back from the station, I was afraid of missing the call. I had no voice, obviously, so I had my dad take the call and explain the situation and that I’d be in touch in a couple of weeks after my recovery. Moral of that story is don’t wait until you’re 22 years old to get your tonsils removed!

ON climbing the ranks at wgxa I moved back to Macon and took a job as a Production

Assistant at WGXA. My duties as a P.A. included anything from changing light bulbs in the studio to running the camera and teleprompter. I worked as a P.A. for a few months before trying my hand as a Technical Director (the person responsible for actually hitting the buttons that make the show pop up on your T.V. - I loved it!) I did that for a few months and then a producer position opened up here. I figured it would never work out, but knew I should try anyway. I interviewed, tested, and got the job! I bounced around producing just about all of our shows at one point or another before settling down to produce the 5pm show on FOX24, which I did for about three years before becoming Senior Producer. I just had my 4 year anniversary with WGXA last month, and I am now Executive Producer. I don’t produce any actual shows anymore, but I supervise all of the other producers, special projects, etc. So that’s sort of my professional background in a nutshell! The last few years have really flown by. I’ve really been blessed.

ON her upcoming wedding to tsa alum, kyle huff ‘04 Kyle and I have been together for over two years! After he

graduated, he went on to GSU and finished up in 2009. We “knew” each other at TSA, but we didn’t really. We officially met at a mutual friend’s 4th of July party. We’ve been together ever since. He proposed to me on my birthday weekend and surprised me with a celebration dinner where our families, including my sister Megan who lives in Charleston (TSA class of 2000), and my three best friends were waiting to surprise me. We’re getting married on November 5th at Vineville United Methodist Church. Our reception will be at the Armory Ballroom. The countdown is on!

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Alumni continued from pg 14 ON real world tips for tsa students

Life is too short to do something that doesn’t make you happy!

That’s a tough one! I would say that it doesn’t matter if you were the Prom Queen or the Homecoming Queen or if you never spoke to anyone in high school. College and the real world are a blank canvas, so just be yourself and stay true to who you are; you’ll be glad you did instead of wasting your time people pleasing. As far as a career path, I think a lot of college students think they should have their career plan mapped out their first year; sometimes it isn’t that simple. I would say if you aren’t sure about what you want to do right off the bat, that’s ok; knock out those core classes then reassess. You can always redirect your plan. Life is too short to do something that doesn’t make you happy!

ON pursuing a career in broadcasting For any students wanting to pursue broadcasting, I would say prepare to get comfortable with being uncomfortable! It is a constantly changing and fast paced field with a lot of twists and turns. It has certainly made my skin thicker, but I have also learned to push myself to the limit. If it is something you really want, go for it and don’t be afraid to work hard; it will pay off, I promise!

ON what she loves about macon I love to eat in Macon! There are few things I love more than a NuWay hot dog or an Allman Burger from The Rookery. I love listening to live music and spending time with my friends and family.


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developing virtual realities pursuing a ph.d. to better serve children with autisim


fter leaving TSA, Ciera Crowell moved to the heart of Atlanta where she eventually earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture. After moving to Europe as a study abroad student, Ciera discovered a love for the Spanish culture and the people she had come to know. While searching for a master’s project, Crowell found an interest in application development, and earned her masters in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media from the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, but it would take a special childhood memory to help push her further into the field of information technology and virtual systems development.

“My grandmother’s life work was dedicated to working with special needs children, so you could say I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for this type of work. When I started working with them, I really felt like I was doing something that really made a difference,” smiled Crowell. It was that nudge in her heart that helped her to develop her doctoral thesis. “We are working with children who have autism and developing virtual reality systems to help them with socialization. Basically, we are creating a virtual environment where they can play with a typically developed partner to learn social and collaborative behaviors. Autistic children have an affinity towards information and communication technology systems, so this is a way to help motivate them by creating a fun and stimulating environment for them,” described Crowell. Crowell says it’s been rewarding to help those parents who are searching for new technologies to better serve their children. While there are some technological interventions available for

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families to use at home, Crowell says the virtual reality systems her team is working on allow the user to interact with his entire body. “You don’t just use your hands or a head mounted display, they are able to go in immediately and start exploring a virtual scenario. The system detects movements in their entire body and then creates a reaction based on those interactions,” describes Crowell. But how does one go from architecture to developing interactive technologies for autistic children? “While I worked as a flight attendant a few years ago, I fell in love with traveling. I knew then I didn’t want to be tied down to one specific location, and it takes architects years to establish themselves in the field. I started thinking about application development because it would allow me to work from anywhere in the world. Georgia Tech students are required to take coding classes, so I decided to develop my master’s thesis around computer science,” stated Crowell. After completing her masters, Crowell learned that leap of faith earned her an honor of Best Master Thesis in Spain, Portugal, and South America from the Association of Human/Computer Interaction. “It paid off to take a chance and not be afraid of being rejected,” laughed Crowell. University Pompeu Fabra offered her a position to pursue her doctorate and continue with her research while also serving as an assistant professor of Interaction Engineering. Crowell says she’s unsure whether she will continue with research after completing her Ph.D. or transition into the business sector. Ciera is currently enjoying her own reality in Barcelona with her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Calcot.

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“ The story of the storyteller Alumni

Most of all, don’t be afraid of work, because it takes a lot of it. And lean on Christ. Man, do that a lot – my life is a constant dialogue and I pray about every minor and major aspect of my life.

one on one with matthew michael ‘99 by Stephanie English


ince the age of 10, Matthew Michael knew he wanted to run his own business. From washing cars to setting up mini baseball shops in his garage, Matthew thrived on having a creative outlet. Throughout his years as a Tattnall Traveler, he enjoyed soccer and developed relationships with several of his favorite teachers including Mrs. Kitchings, Mrs. Clay, Mrs. Judd, Mrs. Miller, and Mrs. Green. In 1998, just one year prior to graduation and his departure for Georgia College, Matthew made a personal connection that would change the course of his professional career forever. Almost twenty years later, Matthew and his longtime friend and business partner, Nick Rios, run one of the most successful marketing agencies in Georgia.

Did you know you wanted to go into the marketing field immediately after entering college? I switched majors a few times, from Art to Business and finally to Journalism. I’ve always loved the creative process of writing and storytelling and began keeping travel and event journals at a young age. My father was very business-minded and always encouraged me to put my creativity to use in a productive way, so from the age of 10 I was always creating and selling items, from hand-made art to setting up a baseball card store in my garage. I made enough money that summer to buy a mountain bike! It wasn’t until my first job out of college, in the marketing department at a publishing company, that I knew I had a love for marketing. I’ve now worked in marketing for over 12 years.

How did M&R Marketing come to fruition? Nick and I first met in 1998, just a year before the world would open up to us during college. We remained close over the next ten years, throughout undergraduate, graduate school, and working unfulfilling jobs, and in 2008 we met at an Arby’s and scrawled down a business idea inside of a notebook. We sensed a need in the Middle Georgia area for a full-service marketing agency. Most of all, the idea was to do what we love with the people we enjoy doing it with.

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How has your staff grown since day one at M&R? We have a current staff of 15 that includes graphic designers, web developers, copywriters, account managers, and administrative assistants. We have worked hard to put together a unique yet cohesive team that truly treats each other like family. Our culture is centered on being very relational and engaged in one another’s lives.

You recently made a move to downtown Macon, how has that process been? We purchased 331 3rd Street in November of 2015 and began a 6 month renovation that included completely gutting the majority of the building. The new office is just under 9,000 square feet and allows us the opportunity to continue to grow our team and have sufficient space for meeting with team members and clients. We had been considering a move to downtown for over three years and it has been great for us – the energy down here is palpable, and we love being right in the middle of it.

What can we expect next from M&R? We are very excited about the next couple of years. We continue to grow each year, both in size and capability. As a full-service agency, we continue to have the opportunity to work with great medium sized businesses. We have some exciting projects on the horizon with some great clients – Flash Foods, Middle Georgia State University, United Way, and Cherry Blossom Festival to name a few.

What “real world” tips would you have for our students who may not know what they want to do or what major they want to choose? For the first 2-3 years I was truly wavering and bouncing between majors. I was also in a serious relationship with my now wife, Kim. I remember one day my parents and Kim sat me down for an intervention! They walked me through what I enjoyed doing the most, cross-referenced that with all of my options for majors, and they made me choose one before leaving the table. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. My dad’s advice was basically to choose a major based on what I loved, but to also make sure it was diverse enough to

accommodate what my interests or passions may shift to post-graduation. I felt a lot of pressure to decide on a major during my freshman year, which I think is a mistake. During your first year of college, you are exposed to so many things, both culturally and academically, and it changes you. I had a much better understanding of my passions after I had a year under my belt. The best advice I can give is to seek out as many opportunities as possible because you never know which aspect of your experience will shape you and you also never know what will stand out to an employer when you’re seeking that first job. Look for internships, build great relationships with advisors and department chairs, and use your summers productively – don’t go home and veg out. Do something innovative and professionally productive.

What about advice for those who want to dive into entrepreneurship? Start now. I started when I was 10, selling crafts, washing people’s cars, setting up baseball shops. It’s rare that your first idea will stick so be prepared to fail – as long as you learn something from the experience it won’t be an actual failure. Also, find a support system. You cannot do this alone; it’s a grueling process and takes an extreme amount of work, passion, and support. I have an amazing business partner, Nick Rios, who I’d be lost without. I also have a supportive family – when I quit my job to work on M&R full-time, my wife was a stay-at-home mom with our first child, and she didn’t blink at the leap of faith. She trusted me fully. I’ll never forget that and it means everything to me. We also have a great team of advisors – financial, legal, HR, and the rest. But most of all, don’t be afraid of work, because it takes a lot of it. And lean on Christ. Man, do that a lot – my life is a constant dialogue, and I pray about every minor and major aspect of my life.

You have a beautiful family, can you tell us about them? Kim and I began dating our freshman year of college and were married in 2004. Kim graduated with a degree in business and marketing from Mercer and is much smarter than I am! She is the Preschool Director at Northway Church in Macon. We have three amazing boys – Garner Jackson (’08), Riley James (’10), and Harper Case (’12).

What are some of your favorite things about Macon I truly love Macon, and I’m fortunate to have grown up and raise my children here. We love attending concerts at Cox Capitol Theatre, eating at The Rookery, and spending time at Wesleyan College’s Arboretum nature trails (one of Macon’s best kept secrets).

I believe that Tattnall instilled some very important moral and spiritual values in me, and it placed me on a very solid path.

Elizabeth Bass Hilliard (‘96) was named the 2016 Joe Magnan Alumnus of the Year designating her as commencement speaker for the Class of 2016. Hilliard is the founder and owner of Truth Be Told Art which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary.

Katy Thompson Carr (‘96) is the Associate Director of Retail Training and Operations at Landry’s Inc. in Houston, Texas. She was recently honored with the 2015 Landry’s Leadership Award for Excellence and was also named one of 2015’s Women of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women.


Kevin Thompson (‘06) graduated from Augusta University (previously Georgia Regents University) with a Master of Science in Nursing Anesthesia. He is currently living in Austin, Texas where he works as a Nurse Anesthetist.

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Alumni Updates Lana Earley Leifels (‘07) received her bachelor’s in athletic training from Georgia College and State University and her master’s in sports and fitness management from Troy University. In June 2013, Lana married Michael Leifels in a beautiful ceremony on Pawley’s Island, SC. She is currently living in Jacksonville, NC with her husband who serves in the United States Marine Corp.

Chelsea Stephens Morse (‘07) is proudly married to Craig Morse and the couple has two precious boys, Colton (4) and Carson (1). Chelsea is a stayat-home mom and full time student. She just earned her Associates Degree in Secondary Education and will be attending Wesleyan College in the Fall to finish her bachelor’s in English. For fun, Chelsea enjoys reading a good book and spending time with her family. Chelsea resides in Macon and attends Northway Church.




Kyle Redmond (‘08) earned a bachelor’s and master’s from Georgia Southern University. He teaches Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and Physical Science while also serving as an assistant varsity basketball coach at Toombs County High School. This past school year, Kyle was selected as STAR teacher. In June 2014, Kyle married Audrey Ruark and the couple resides in Vidalia.

Caroline Adams (‘09) graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s in Interior Design. After entering the job market as a cabinet designer in Atlanta, Caroline decided to pursue her dream of teaching. Adams says she chose teaching because she wanted a job that offered variety and creativity with a stable schedule and an opportunity to make an impact on others. Caroline will graduate in December with a master’s in Art Education from Kennesaw State University. When

she is not at school or the office, Caroline loves taking portraits and working on her lifestyle blog, – a collection of tips and tutorials on fashion, sewing, DIY, travel, and photography. She has recently been able to fulfill a lifelong dream of traveling outside the United States. This past May, Caroline put her brand new passport to work in Ireland, England, France, Spain, and The Netherlands, plus Guatemala in June for a mission trip. Grafton Tanner (‘09) recently celebrated the launch of his, Babbling Corpse: Vaporwave and the Commodification of Ghosts. The launch was held at Avid Books, a community-focused local bookstore in Athens, GA, that sells new and used books and consisted of a reading from the book, a Q&A, and a signing portion. The book situates several emerging twenty-first century art forms in late capitalism and examines their political and cultural relevance. In particular, the book uses a nascent electronic music genre, vaporwave, as a starting point to draw conclusions about dread, nostalgia, and regressive tendencies in post-9/11 culture. You can find Grafton’s book for purchase on Avid’s website or on Amazon.



Ashley Clay (‘09) and Tanner Smith (‘10) were married June 18, 2016 at Pierce Chapel at Wesleyan College. Our own Reverend Andy Oxford officiated. Ashley graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education in 2013. Tanner graduated Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 2014 and a Master’s of Accounting in 2016. Ashley and Tanner reside in Macon where she is a first grade teacher and he is an accountant for Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC.

Katlyn Guin (‘11) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Georgia College and State University. She is currently living in New York City where she works as a flight attendant with American Airlines. In just a few short months, Katlyn has traveled to some of the world’s most popular destinations but counts Seattle, WA. and Rio De Jeneiro, Brazil as two of her absolute favorites.

Hayley Connor (‘11) earned a bachelor’s in Multimedia Communications and Production from Georgia Southern University. While at GSU, Hayley was the Assignments Editor for Eagle News and Entertainment and the Assistant Producer for the university’s Bi-Annual Election Show. She also had the opportunity to serve as a Production Assistant for ESPN at two Georgia Southern football games. Hayley was an active member in her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, at Georgia Southern. She was on the Judicial Board and the committee chair for multiple committees during her time with ZTA. Hayley enjoyed serving as a Young Life Leader where she mentored local high school girls and volunteered at a summer camp in California in 2012. She was a Global Ambassador, Gridiron Girl, Step Team member, and had the opportunity to volunteer with the Atlanta Falcons Heads Up Football Clinic, Colleges Against Cancer, Take Back the Night, and Susan G. Komen in her years at Georgia Southern.


In 2014, Hayley was able to experience a new culture when she studied abroad in Montepulciano, Italy. She studied photography and art while traveling throughout the countryside. During the summer of 2015, Hayley worked at WGXA-TV in Macon as a production intern, and volunteered at Ingleside Baptist Church on the production team. After graduation Hayley received a job offer from KRCG-13 News in Jefferson City Missouri where she works as News Producer. Kayla Steele (‘12) graduated Cum Laude from Middle Georgia State University’s nursing program in May 2016. After passing the licensing exam shortly after graduation, Kayla accepted a job as a registered nurse at Medical Center Navicent Health.

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Emily Ivey (‘12) was named the William T. James Award winner by the University of Georgia Department of Psychology. She was a four year recipient of the Zell Miller Scholarship and a UGA Georgette earning the title of co-captain her senior year. Emily now resides in Nashville where she works as a Behavior Specialist with Rogers Behavioral Health. Lauren Johnson (‘12) continued her education at Georgia Southwestern in Americus. After 3 years and declaring her major in psychology, she transferred to Georgia Southern University where she graduated in May 2016. Lauren has recently moved back to Macon where she will explore the job market eager to find the perfect job for her.


Abby Clay (‘12) graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations in May 2016. She also received the Outstanding Senior Scholar Award for graduating with a 4.0 GPA and the Public Relations Writing Award. Abby enjoyed being a part of Phi Mu sorority where she served as Panhellenic Delegate her junior year and Vice President of Chapter Development and Discipline Chair her senior year. She plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership.



Joel Henson (‘14) and his band, Rocket to Anywhere, can be found on ReverbNation! After forming just a few short months ago, RTA participated in a contest to win a $10,000 recording session with a Grammywinning producer! After winning several rounds of competition, R2A won the grand prize and a chance to record a 3 song EP. The guys are also working on a second album along with a summer tour that will hopefully bring them through Macon!

Shelby Johnson (‘14) has recently completed her sophomore year at Georgia Southern University. She has maintained Dean’s List status since her first semester, and was one of only fifty applicants accepted into the highly competitive GSU Nursing Program this year. Dakota Long (‘14) is excelling on and off the field as he majors in Exercise Science with a minor in History while also playing a crucial role on the GSW Hurricane Baseball team. Entering his junior year, Dakota has maintained a GPA of 3.4, earned a spot on the Dean’s List during both freshman and sophomore years, and was also selected as a member of the Honor Society during his freshman year. Dakota was recently chosen to represent his class on the Student Athlete Compliance Committee. After working his way to the starting line-up as a catcher during his freshman year, Dakota was invited to play in the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League this summer in Coral Springs Florida. He finished his season with an impressive .347 batting average and 26 RBI’s and led his team (Coral Springs Royals) in all offensive categories. Dakota is ranked in the top 10 of all categories in the SFCBL and was selected to the SFCBL All-Star Team. Ashleigh Owens (‘14) is beginning her junior year at Georgia Southwestern. The standout cross country runner is enjoying tremendous success as captain of the cross country team. Ashleigh currently holds 4 top 10 individual records in 5K distance and 3 of the top 10 individual records in 6K distance. During her time at GSW, she has been named a Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll Bronze Scholar while also being selected for the Peach Belt All Academic Team and Peach Belt All Athletic Team. Ashleigh is an Early Childhood/Special Education major who has also volunteered with Sumter County Special Olympics and served as an escort for the Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine.

tattnall Alumni Homecoming Picnic October 7, 2016 | 6 P.M. | Athletic Complex

Tattnall v. MDS 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.

Annual Report


ecause of our faithful and generous donors like you, 2015-2016 was a record 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 $359,831.99 (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

Annual Fund Legacy Society

Kevin and Candace Brown Bryan and Stacy Hinson E.J. Grassman Trust Pharmaceutical Dimensions

Golden Circle

Tom and Mary Hinson Dr. Shawn and Ashley Scott in memory of Dr. Al Greenway Anonymous

Visionaries Circle

Tom and Mardi Bass Brent and Holly Collins Scarborough Family Medicine Julie Van Brunt

Headmaster’s Circle

Rodney and Linda Anderson Sterling and Mickie Bailey Tom and Kathy Baugh Benevity Community Impact Fund and American Endowment Foundation Community Foundation of Central Georgia in honor of Corie David Bo and Tina Brindley Bryant Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Inc. Dentek Dental Equipment, LLC. Central Georgia Power Sports, LLC. Emory Communications Industrial Steel and Machinery, Inc. The Kroger Company

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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 annual report. Thank you for your continued support and prayers as we seek to provide our students with the best programs and facilities. Mrs. Brandi Fountain, Director of Development

2015-2016 Annual Fund Giving Scott and Beth Brown Lamar and Linda Bush Ron and Sue Chipman JH Cockfield Robert and Alicia David in honor of Corie David Gary and Colleen Dunagan Grant and Gina Greenwood Fountain Enterprises Richard and Judy Humphries Robins Q, LLC. Russell and Dr. Sheri Jacobs Jeff and Tonya McClure George and Lynn Monk Rhonda and Wayne Perry Matt and Joy Reno Chris and Michele Spivey in honor of Taylor Spivey Wells Fargo Foundation

True Blue

Justin and Susan Bankston Robert and Jessica Betzel Wade and Brittany Bishop Greg and MeLisa Clay Glenn and Jennifer Cook Jim and Jennifer Collins ACS Computer Systems Cheddars Cintas Conditioned Air Dr. Daniel and Patricia Fussell in honor of Carys Fonner Mike Hopkins

Gifts dated: 6/1/15-5/31/16

Gene and Shirley Kitchings James-Bates-Brannan-Groover, LLP. Middle Georgia Concert Band Macon Bibb County Industrial Authority Mark Morgan Panaprint, Inc. Publix Supermarkets Sysco Atlanta Waites and Foshee Karen and Lee Swann Michael and Barbara Winget

Blue and Gold

Kevin and Connie Baggarley Ron and Sharmon Bartholomew Benefit Analyst, Inc. BMW of Macon Roy and Carol Etheridge FR STEAM Corporation James Ford Tripp and Sarah Griffin John and Katie Hankinson Lon and Judy Hankinson Wes and Tiffany Herndon Lance and Elizabeth Hilliard in honor of Tom and Mardi Bass Jamie and Susan Hulett Infinity Network Solutions Jimmy and Maebelle Joyner Larry and Kathy Keen Clint and Shay Morgan in recognition of the Morrison family Dr. Brenda Shuman-Riley Right Start Defensive Driving School

Gifts dated: 6/1/15-5/31/16 Mark and Christy Rowland Kevin and Debbie Tanner State Bank and Trust Co.

Trojan Circle

Travis and Courtney Absher Chuck and Lynne Adams in recognition of the Morrison family Shirley Adler Donnie and Susannah Allen Jimmy Allen Andy and Michelle Bacchus Shannon and Jennifer Back Allie Bailey David and Angie Barwick Bibb Home Improvement Bill and Sheila Blair Marc and Deana Boone Patsy Bridgeman Floyd Buford Robert and Stacy Chambers Ben and Sarah Chancellor Neal and Barbara Chapman Ron and Sue Chipman in memory of Tristan Anderson Steve and Pat Cheek David Clinard Walter Cox Custard Insurance Adjusters Danny and Wendi Dahlin Dan Pittman, Inc. John Davis James Davis Jerry and Jana Dingmore Dr. Michael and Mardi Drake Stephanie English in honor of Lucas English Kenny and Kimberly Epps Charles and Joy Floyd Joey and Jacqueline Ford Steve and Laura Ford Mike Foster Robby and Brandi Fountain Steve and Melia Foxworth Ruiyun Fu Garry and Patti Garretson Frank and Mary Anne Gaudry Georgia Farm Bureau Federation Jeff and Nikki Graham Frank and Laura Green Sara Hall Keith and Rhonda Hardy Frank Harris in honor of The Allen Family Harrison’s Landscape, LLC. Jay and Melanie Hawthorne Prestley and Barbara Hayslip Highland Hills Baptist Church Men’s Bible Class Joey and Cristy Hiller

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Ted and Lynn Hinson Michael Hopkins Yancey and Angela Houston Bill Ivey Eddie and Deborah Kelley Jon and Misty Kitchens Bill Lee Dennis Malcor Ethan and Phelicia McCallum Wade McCurry Beth and Paul McKnight Middle Georgia Pediatrics Jan Miller Richard Mixon John and Susan Morris Tate and Stephanie Morris Van and Ginger Murphy Hideto and Miki Nishida Jim and Cathy Olliff Mark Pitts Tyler and Elisha Plaxico in honor of Sydney Plaxico Shawn Pope Primary Eyecare Associates Thomas and Susan Reid Pelagio Sardoma Servpro of Macon Wayne and Fran Shaw Tommy and Daryl Sherwood Vaughan and Courtney Silvernail Brannen and Jenny Smith Michael and Casey Smith Tom and Carolyn Smothers Mark and Deborah Stevens Barry and Carolyn Stuart Mark and Ann Swaim Truth Be Told Art, LLC. Theron Ussery Mark and Gale Walz Rob and Tey Warnock Todd and Daphne Whetsel Ed Whitesides Brandon and Jessie Winget Misty Ziglar

Friends Kevin and Debbie Ball James and Sarah Banter Lisa Barfield Tracy and Joanna Barfield Joseph and Laura Bartow Brad and April Beasley in honor of Brianna and Bryce Beasley Andrew Belknap Miles Benson Steve and Gloria Boy Richard and Michelle Bridgeman Ross and Candace Bridges Randall and Darlene Brittain Wesley and Amy Brown Randall and Deborah Brunson Jody and Emily Burnett Bob Burns

Robbie and Dawn Burns Lori Campbell Ricky and Leslie Carroll Ray and Carolyn Cauley Daniel and Erica Chatelain Chad and Kelly Chester Keith and Laura Childs Brian and Torie Chipman Rette and Julie Collins Alan and Christy Curreli Todd and Nina Damron Brian and Laura Davidson James and Jessica Davis Tattsuya and Hisako Deto Dixon Golf Jimmy and Dee Ann Dooley Scott and Ginny Dopson Terry and Paula Douthit Lucy Dykes Kurt Dzwonkowski Greg and Tracey Earls Jonas and Mildred Jae and Christine Epps Greg and Lisa Evans Mason and Megan Evans Rhett and Joyce Farmer James and Beverly Finney Christopher and Christy Fiveash David and Lezlee Flanders in memory of Lois Staggs in memory of Fred and Carole Hodges John and Andrea Fyke Jay and Angelia Gillis Mike and Virginia Ginn Tom and Melanie Gorman Shirish and Leena Goswami Lee and Nicole Griffin Kevin and Stephanie Grinstead Wanda Giles Hamrick Dr. Tom and Ivie Harrington Glenn and Fran Haskins James and Jessica Hatcher Robert Hawkins Tony and Mitzi Heath Clay and Amy Hicks Dr. Jeffery and Jessica Hinson Linton and Janelle Holleman Rob and Margaret Ann Hunt Robert and Robin Hutchinson Benjamin and Erica Jessup Clint and Tara Johnson Dan Johnson John and Jennifer Johnson Jo Jones Rick and Sandy Kahley Glenn and Lanier Kelley Bryan and Jennifer Kemp David and Angela Kimsey Dean and Jan Laskey Mark and Jill Lees Bryan Livingston Jeff and Carole Long Kevin and Shannon Long

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Annual Report Amanda Malcom Kathy Malone Jon and Chancie Martin Amy McAlpin George and Amy McCallum Sylvia McClendon Albert McClure in honor of Chase and Lawson McClure Callie McMichael Dewey and Amanda Morris Nicki Leigh Neufeld Kemp and Haley Newnam Stephen and Karen Norwood in honor of Mrs. Carolyn Smothers John and Lori Oakes Andy and Anne Oxford Michael and Vickie Parker Philip Peavy Hunter and Eryn Prim Tim and Suzie Pruitt Britton and Ansley Rawls Otto and Sharla Reitnauer James and Elizabeth Rodgers Brad and Jodi Sappe SBC Non Profit Consulting, LLC. Bryan and Julie Scott Darryl and Ashley Scott Dustin and Melissa Seabolt Jarvis and Shandolyn Smith Tracy and Melissa Stille Olivia Stroud Michael and Jenny Stubbs Patrick and Jan Tedders Joshua and Brandi Thomas Zane and Tonia Vance Lew and Leslie Watson

Sustaining Society (3+ years Consecutive Giving)

Travis and Courtney Absher Chuck and Lynne Adams Donnie and Susannah Allen Cindy M. Alligood Rodney and Linda Anderson Andy and Michelle Bacchus Kevin and Connie Baggarley Sterling and Mickie Bailey Justin and Susan Bankston Ron and Sharmon Bartholomew David and Angie Barwick Tom and Mardi Bass Tom and Cathy Baugh Brad and April Beasley Bill and Sheila Blair Steve and Gloria Boy Richard and Michelle Bridgeman Patsy Bridgeman Ross and Candace Bridges Bo and Tina Brindley

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Gifts dated: 6/1/15-5/31/16

2015-2016 Annual Fund Giving

Randall and Darlene Brittain Kevin and Candace Brown Scott and Beth Brown Jody and Emily Burnett Linda and Lamar Bush Sheri G. Castro-Poveda Robert and Stacy Chambers Neal and Barbara Chapman Steve and Pat Cheek Chad and Kelly Chester Keith and Laura Childs Brian and Torie Chipman Greg and Melisa Clay Rette and Julie Collins Jim and Jennifer Collins Brent and Holly Collins Conditioned Air Mrs. Betty Cox Todd and Nina Damron Mr. James Davis Tattsuya and Hisako Deto Jerry and Jana Dingmore Jimmy and Dee Ann Dooley Scott and Ginny Dopson Terry and Paula Douthit Michael and Mardi Drake Dustin and Lynn Dugger Gary and Colleen Dunagan Lucy Dykes E.J. Grassman Trust Jonas and Mildred Endreson Stephanie English Jae and Christine Epps Kenny and Kimberly Epps Roy and Carol Etheridge Greg and Lisa Evans Rhett and Joyce Farmer James and Beverly Finney Charles and Joy Floyd Steve and Laura Ford Robby and Brandi Fountain Steve and Melia Foxworth Dr. & Mrs. Daniel Fussell Garry and Patti Garretson Jay and Angelia Gillis Frank and Laura Green Alton and Shirley Greenway Lee and Nicole Griffin Sara Hall Lon and Judy Hankinson John and Katie Hankinson Keith and Rhonda Hardy Tom and Ivie Harrington Danny and Tamera Harrison Glenn and Fran Haskins James and Jessica Hatcher 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 Ted and Lynn Hinson

Bryan and Stacy Hinson Linton and Janelle Holleman Yancey and Angela Houston Rob and Margaret Ann Hunt Robert and Robin Hutchinson Clint and Tara 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 Greg and Anne-Marie King Jon and Misty Kitchens Gene and Shirley Kitchings Kroger James Lambert Dean and Jan Laskey Mark and Jill Lees Jeff and Carole Long Kevin and Shannon Long Kathy Malone Amy McAlpin Ethan and Phelicia McCallum Jeff and Tonya McClure Paul and Beth McKnight Middle Georgia Concert Band Jan Miller Van and Kay Mixon George and Lynn Monk Mark Morgan John R. Morgan, Sr. Nicki Leigh Neufeld New Atlantic Realty Kemp and Haley Newnam Hideto and Miki Nishida Jim and Cathy Olliff Andy and Anne Oxford Ronnie and Bonnie Parish Rhonda and Wayne Perry Pharmaceutical Dimensions Mark Pitts Tyler and Elisha Plaxico Britton and Ansley Rawls Otto Reitnauer Matt and Joy Reno James and Elizabeth Rodgers Brad and Jodi Sappe Stephen and Cameka Scarborough Shawn and Ashley Scott Bryan and Julie Scott Fran and Wayne Shaw Tommy and Daryl Sherwood Dr. Brenda Shuman-Riley Vaughn and Courtney Silvernail Brannen and Jenny Smith Tom and Carolyn Smothers Chris and Michele Spivey Deborah and Mark Stevens Barry and Carolyn Stuart Michael and Jenny Stubbs Lee and Karen Swann Kevin and Debbie Tanner Rob and Tey Warnock

Gifts dated: 6/1/15-5/31/16

Todd and Daphne Whetsel Scott and Cindy Whitesides Brandon and Jessie Winget Andy and Hannah Woodard

2015-2016 Annual Fund Giving

Note: This report reflects only donations processed through the development office. Many “fundraisers� 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.

Annual Report

Gifts dated: 6/1/15-5/31/16

2015-2016 Annual Fund Giving

The TSA Annual Report is provided in this issue of Inside the Square to inform family about the financial succes and responsibilty of our school. Information reported here is from the 2015-2016 fiscal year beginning June 1, 2015, and ending May 31, 2016.

financial summary for fiscal year 2015-2016 income Tuition K3-12 (80%) Class & Club (7%) Miscellaneous Fees (3%) Annual Giving (3%) Athletic Income (1%) Day care/Summer Day care (2%) Other Income (1%) Cafeteria (3%)

expenses Salaries, Taxes, & Benefits (58%) Tuition Assistance (16%) Physical Location & Utilities (8%) Academic (6%) Administrative (5%) Financing (3%) Athletic (2%) Day care/ Cafeteria (2%)

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attnall Square Academy is grateful to the 82 individuals (including nine business owners) who applied for a 2016 Education Tax Credit on behalf of TSA for $211,336. Incredibly, all $58 million of the total available 2016 credits were completely consumed in one day on Jan. 1, 2016 and as a result, all applicants were pro-rated and TSA received $113,046. These important tax credit dollars provided opportunities for 45 students to attend Tattnall Square Academy as GOAL recipients this year. Thank you for taking the education tax credit and changing students’ lives!

- 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 - 2013 Tax Year- $60,720.53 raised tax credit dollars For more information regarding the Georgia GOAL tax credit program, please visit our website at or contact Brandi Fountain in the development office at 478-477-6760 ext. 183.

tattnall made its mark on you

make your mark on Tattnall. leave a legacy.


s a valued member of the Tattnall family, we invite you to make your mark on Tattnall. Be the first to start a tradition by supporting TSA’s “Make Your Mark” campaign. Your participation in this campaign will offer you the opportunity to leave an enduring gift in Trojan Hall by permanently dedicating a seat with an engraved plate. With your tax-deductible gift, your name or dedication will be inscribed on one of the remaining 456 seats in Trojan Hall. Recognition will be permanently affixed to the seat, bearing the name of the person, family or business being dedicated, and on a wall plaque at

the auditorium entrance. Proceeds from this campaign will support educational programs including fine arts, lab renovations and curriculum and technology enhancements; student scholarships and faculty development/endowment. You can also support TSA by reserving your seat for the school year. Center rows B through E will be reserved. Reserved seats cannot be dedicated, and dedicating a seat does not reserve your seat(s).Reserved seats must be renewed annually. All dedicated and reserved seats are on a first-come, firstserved basis. For dedicated seats, you can choose to engrave up to three lines.

Dedicated seats One seat $300 Two seats $550 Three+ seats $250 each

reserved seats Reserved seats are $100 each for the school year. Center rows B-E will be open for reservations.

Highlights 1. Jordan Allen finished her final sport at TSA with the GHSA A State Championship title in Triple Jump, a state runner-up title in Long Jump, and a 3rd place finish in the 100M Dash. 2. Emily Mixon won Honorable Mention for Mathematics at the Golden Eagle Awards ceremony in April. Emily was also named STAR student for the Class of 2016, and she chose Carolyn Smothers as her STAR teacher.


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3. Sarah Beth Heath and Blair Back participated in the Distinguished Young Woman of Bibb County scholarship program. Back won the Spirit Award and Physical Fitness Award while Sarah Beth was named 2016 Distinguished Young Woman of MonroeBibb. 4. Twenty two Tattnall family members traveled to Europe over Spring Break to explore Italy, Monaco, France, and Spain. 5. Congratulations to the Clay Target Team who celebrated success in their inaugural year of competition. The team scored an impressive 668 out of 900 at the GHSA State Clay Target Tournament.

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6. Matthew Owens and Grace Ann Morris were crowned Homecoming King and Homecoming Queen. 7. Kyle Johnson won the MS Region Championship title for his 137 lb weight class with a record 11 second pin. 8. Carolyn Stuart was honored with the

Impact Award by the senior softball players. Each year, senior players select a faculty member who has made a significant impact on their time at TSA. The honoree throws the first pitch of the game on senior night. 9. The TSA math teams finished a phenomenal season with a runner-up title at the GCTM State Math Tournament. The winning team was comprised of one freshman, two sophomores, and one senior.


10. TSA MS Lady Trojans finished strong earning the Middle School League Championship in October. 11. Jacob Dooley was awarded the Macon Touchdown Club’s Bobby Sanders Memorial Scholarship for his achievements on the field and in the classroom.





12. Caroline Dunn won runner-up in the State Literary competition for Argumentative Essay in her first year of participation. Caroline was also awarded 2nd place at the Region Competition just one week prior. Clarissa Holleman and Emily Mixon both won 3rd place in Extemporaneous Speaking and Personal Essay. 13. Christian Rodgers and Aaron Hilliard competed at the GHSA State Wrestling competition to win the runner-up title (Christian) and a 3rd place finish (Aaron) for the Trojans.

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