School Wide News

Farewell to Mike Collins 
After nearly 18 months as Stratford's Interim Head of School, Michael Collins will depart for his home in North Carolina. Mr. Collins is pictured here with Preschoolers when they sang "Happy Birthday" to him on May 20. Stratford is fortunate to have had such a strong interim head of school and wishes Mr. Collins well in all future endeavors.

Annual Fund Parent Participation Rises to 50%%
2007-2008 Annual Fund: $266,403.21

May not only closed out the 2007-2008 school year for Stratford, it also completed the school's annual fund. Thanks to the generous support of Stratford parents, grandparents, faculty/staff, alumni and friends, the 2007-2008 raised $265,501.23. Volunteers spent countless hours over the school year working on the annual fund. Heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Mary Ellen Grossnickle (Annual Fund Chairperson), Peter Storey (Middle School ), Karen Suggs (Lower School), Jan Battcher (Preschool) and their committees for all of the work done for Stratford.

Preschool News
Spring is always busy in the Preschool. Pre K and Kindergarten students are busy with fun activities like the Mother's Day Tea, Field Day, Barefoot Day, Costume Day, Letter Day, Sprinkler Day, and End of the Year Parties. Although every day is fun in the preschool, everyone stays busy with academics, too. Pre Kindergartners have finished up their Letter People studies and have learned the sounds the letters make too. Pre Kindergarteners learned to write their first and last names, to count and write numerals, and many interesting facts about plants and animals. Kindergartners have learned to read! They also became authors and illustrators of their own stories. Kindergarteners learned ways to help save the earth - reduce, reuse, recycle. They learned about adding numbers and counting money too.

Lower School News

Author Mary Downing Hahn Visits Stratford
In celebration of Children's Book Week, May 12-18, and to kick off Stratford's Summer Reading Program, Ice Cream for Books, children's author, Mary Downing Hahn, visited the school on May 15. She spoke to the 3rd-5th grades and also to the Middle School. She is a former children's librarian in Maryland, publishing her first book at the age of 41. Though she writes in a variety of genres, the children adore her mysteries and ghost stories. Her books keep you on the edge of your seat. Her ghost story Wait Till Helen Comes is Ms. Wansley's personal favorite and she reads it to the 3rd graders every year along with another of Hahn's mysteries, The Doll in the Garden. In 4th and 5th grades the children read The Old Willis Place, Deep, Dark and Dangerous, and A Time for Andrew, all by Hahn.

In conjunction with Hahn's visit, the library sponsored a contest called "Why I Should Eat Lunch with Mary Downing Hahn." The students chosen were: 8th grader Meredith Christianson, 7th graders Bailey Walker and Dallas Ray Sherwood, and 6th graders Mallory Maxwell and Jane Gibson. The students' entries were compiled and presented to Ms. Hahn as a keepsake. The library also kept a copy to be archived and presented to the children when they graduate. Winners of the contest also received a signed copy of Ms. Hahn's book Wait Till Helen Comes.

Through it all, Lower School Librarian, Kaye Wansley, was nursing a baby deer found after the tornado and Head Librarian, J.J. Fredrickson, was feeding baby birds. Ms. Hahn was delight by the Stratford "Zoo."

Lower School Awards Day

Georgia Math League Awards
4th Grade
Georgia Math League Awards
5th Grade
Fourth Grade Invention Awards Fifth Grade Science Awards
1st Place
Sabrina Mahnke
1st Place
Alex Christianson 
Grand Prize
Robert Clark
1st Place
Andrew Stephens
1st Place
Wehbe Lee

2nd Place
Christina Alibozek 

2nd Place
Sakeeb Khan
2nd Place
Hamilton Hirsh

2nd Place
Felton Hatcher 

3rd Place
Hamilton Hirsh 
3rd Place
Will Kennedy
3rd Place
Sean Grossnickle
2nd Place
Victoria Brown
3rd Place
Thomas Nash 
4th Place
Tommy Cleveland
4th Place
Marc Rosengart
3rd Place
Jack Evans
4th Place
Tia Chastain
5th Place
Sabrina Mahnke
5th Place
Missy Fuller
3rd Place
Aiza Shabbir
4th Place
Dori Kacsoh
3rd Place
Eric Hua
4th Place
Mary Spivey










Scholarships and Awards
Virginia Parker-Buzzell Memorial Award  Evans McCook, Second Grade
Howard Ingley Award  Carly Wanna, Third Grade
Lois Irby Awards  Sakeeb Khan and Victoria Brown, Fourth Grade
Elaine P. Massey Award  Sean Grossnickle, Fifth Grade
Lower School Fine Arts Students  Robbie Hulsey and Marc Rosengart, Fifth Grade

Middle School News Sixth Graders Attend Young Astronauts Day
Stratford Academy Middle School students attended the 18th annual Georgia Young Astronauts' Day at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins on March 29. The day was filled with workshops and a lecture by guest speaker, Richard G. McSpadden, of the U.S. Air Force. Students attended various aviation workshops including robotics, air traffic control, rocketry, solar system and morse code. Pictured from left to right are sixth graders from Martha Thomas' science class: Jimmy Hernandez, Izzy Dozier, William Staton, Kate Fehr, Hemanth Sanjeev, Abbie Nash and David Dozier.

Duke TIP Program Recognizes Seventh Graders
Duke University is the sponsor of a national search endeavor known as the Talent Identification Program or Duke TIP. This talent search identifies academically gifted 7th graders based on standardized test scores in specific content areas. Candidates who qualify are invited to sit for either the SAT or the ACT which are college entrance assessments. These are the same tests offered to 11th and 12th grade students who are competing for college placements. The simple act of taking these assessments is formidable and extremely challenging.

This year in our 7th grade, 56 out of 81 students were eligible for the program. Students who qualified for state are: Floyd Buford, Marci Carter, Eric Evans, Haleigh Griffin, Marshall Grubb, Bailey Hicks, Andrew Jones, Hall Neel, Lauren Parrott, Bailey Walker and Savannah Walker.

Eleven Stratford Middle Schoolers qualified for the Duke TIP Recognition. A ceremony was held at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro on May 22. Pictured L to R: Marshall Grubb, Andrew Jones, Bailey Walker, Savannah Walker and Lauren Parrott.

MS Honors Day Awards

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade 

Holly Hanse

Elizabeth Fuller
Spirit Award
Kristin Banks
John Clark
Marci Carter
Samy Gabriel
Morgan Sowell
DAR History
Jordi Gaton
William Storey
Taylor Mathis
Caroline Avant
Reed Puckett
Fine Arts - Music
Madelyn Pyles
Benjamin Ford
Algebra 8
Juliana Dean
Fine Arts - Band
William Staton
Lauren Parrott
Lade Sogade
Fine Arts - Theatre
Jonathan Cohen
Savannah Walker
Chris Tillitski
Fine Arts - Visual Art
Chandler Peavy
Alexis Gautier
Jay Moss

Helen Bea Comer Memorial Award
(Outstanding Student)
Hemanth Sanjeev

Suzanne Avant
Sarah Nelson
Effort Award
Kate Maddux
Claire Kelly
Fine Arts - Music
Julia Nelson
Liza Klyachkin
Best Citizen
Stacey Dorogy
Fine Arts - Band
Marci Carter
Fine Arts - Music
Merritt Jones
DAR Citizen
Katherine Harris
Fine Arts - Theatre
Bailey Walker
Fine Arts - Band
Ian Cope
 Fine Arts - Visual Art
Juliana White
Fine Arts - Theatre
Hannah Ackermann
 Outstanding Student
Sarah Dennis
Fine Arts - Visual Art
Meredith Christianson
 Effort Award
Helen Catherine Rozier

Jackie C. Poole Award (Algebra I)
Martine Szanto

 Best Citizen
Suria Khurana
Effort Award
Hannah Simmons
 DAR Citizen
Malone Slappey

Tommy Robinson Citizenship Award (Best Citizen)
Joey Cleveland

  DAR Citizenship
Mary Bennett Easterlin
  Special Award of Merit
R.C. Brown and Cody Atkinson
  Charles Kendall Ross Memorial Scholarship (Outstanding Student)
Sam Smith
  Eagle of Distinction
Bert Thompson


























MS Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

6th Grade  7th Grade 8th Grade
 Matthew Beringer Caroline Avant Cody Atkinson
 Rudy Bowen Kate Bickley R.C. Brown
 John Clark Lane Bowden Emmie Culclasure
 Jonathan Cohen Floyd Buford Mary Bennett Easterlin
 Stacey Dorogy Blaire Burton Samy Gabriel
 David Dozier Marci Carter Charlie Grossnickle
 Tyler Evans Palmer Daws Liza Klyachkin
 Mitchell Freyermuth Sarah Dennis Caroline Logan
 Jane Gibson Stewart Eberhardt Emery Longan
 Holly Hanse Eric Evans Madison Maier
 Hope Hays Benjamin Ford Sarah Nelson
 Jonathan Hefner Elizabeth Fuller Jamila Pegues
 Jimmy Hernandez Jordi Gaton Reed Puckett
 Claire Kelly Alexis Gautier Sam Smith
 Taylor Mathis Haleigh Griffin Lade Sogade
 Savannah McGinnis Noble Harris Holly Stephens
 Claudia Monfort Bailey Hicks William Storey
 Abigail Nash Harbor Hicks Martine Szanto
 Summer Dawn Neel Palmer Hipp Bert Thompson
 Madelyn Pyles Bryan Horn Chris Tillitski
 Saqib Qadir Catherine Hulsey Casey Wanna
 Vincent Raymond Andrew Jones Kate Welsh
 Asfar Rehan Hall Neel 
 Hemanth Sanjeev Lauren Parrott 
 Morgan Sowell Lexi Rouse 
 Allie Stroman Malone Slappey 
 Andrew Wanna Greer Smith 
 Thomas Williams James Thwaite 
 Paul Young Eleanor Traynham 
 Alex Yun Bailey Walker 
  Savannah Walker 
  Maiben Watkins 
  Grace Young 
































Upper School News
Stratford Students Place at MDS Art Show
The results of the second Annual MDS Academy Photography Exhibition are as follows: Kelly Glasgow placed third in the Computer Manipulation category and Caroline Powell placed first in the digital category. Honorable Mentions were won by Suzanne Snow, Mary Rabun, Marion Moore, Taylor West, and Mary Catherine Coppage. Stratford entered 23 pieces of the total 81 entries. Stratford won seven out of the 22 awards given.

Peer Mentoring Program Begins Second Year
On the evening of Monday, May 5, twenty-three rising Seniors and the rising Freshman class were introduced to each other in the first installment of Stratford Academy's Peer Mentoring Program. Together, students feasted on barbecue, Brunswick stew, chips, and sipped cold drinks as they got to know one other a little better in a relaxed, after-school atmosphere. Following the meal, the mentors and their charges then engaged in some hotly-contested rounds of charades. A fun time was had by all. The Peer Mentoring Program will hold the first sessions early in the fall.

The upcoming seniors who are participating are: Mary Del Holleman, Elizabeth McGoldrick, Morley Conn, Caroline Conn, Colleen Beringer, Heidi Stevens, Anna Hathaway, Kathleen Burnham, Merry Hunter Hipp, Kelly Glasgow, Eliza Blackman, Kinsley Cowart, Lee Schroder, Mallory Long, Marjie Dickey, Logan Butler, Robert Lovett, Thomas Holmes, Culby Hinson, Scott Stevens, Zip Brown, Howell Jarrard, and Harrison Parker. Advisor: James Jordan

US Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

9th Grade High Honors10th Grade High Honors 11th Grade High Honors 12th Grade High Honors
Kayla AvantCaleb AckermannColleen BeringerSarah Beringer
Brian BeringerTaylor AtkinsonCody BrowningRyan Brown
Josh CohenAllie BeckerLogan ButlerBrian Cole
Emily DurdenHania BisatNicholas GrahamNgozi Ekeledo
Doug EvansKerri CampbellAnna HathawayChandler Fortson
Anna Mae KerseyBlake ChristiansonMerry Hunter HippBalint Kacsoh
Kishan PatelCaroline HillThomas HolmesWilliam Karlson
Ruhi RahmanMack HodgesHowell JarrardKrishna Kulkarni
Heather ReynoldsAnnie ReevesWilliam McCommonWill McDavid
Matt Schwartz10th Grade HonorsLee SchroderNatalie Oliner
9th Grade HonorsCarrie Ellen FordMax SchwartzCassidy Roland
Elena DorogyRachael GodlewskiScott StevensAmy Schwartz
Chidi EkeledoSydney GrahamCater ThompsonEvalana Smith
John Ryan Fehr Peterson Jones11th Grade Honors Suzanne Snow
Lauren HigginsShreeya KhuranaAliy AhmedLindsey Stephens
 Karena MacDonaldKinsley CowartAdam Thigpen
 Richard MinCorinne EasterlinDuncan Walker
 Pierce PersonsKelly GlasgowSarah Williams
 Siraj QadirPaige Hopkins12th Grade Honors
 Asra RehanRobert LovettNathan Carter
 Callie ReynoldsMarion MooreJon Chalkley
 Lexi SeaglerDavid O'ShaughnesseySean Cirillo
 Courtlyn SmithHarrison ParkerSuzanna Dann
  Mitchell PearsonMorgan Deems
  Mary RabunSam Harmon
  Hannah ReynoldsHayes Hofstadter
  Rachel SchlesingerElizabeth Lengel
   Robert Ragans
   Emily Robinson
   Natalie Slocumb
   Ben Walden
   Nick Whitehead



























Students Inducted Into Foreign Language Honor Societies
On May 7, Stratford US and MS students were recognized for their foreign language achievements at the Honor Society Induction Ceremony. The following students were recognized as inductees: (French Honor Society) Hania Bisat, Asra Rehan; (Spanish Honor Society) Allie Becker, Kerri Campbell, Blake Christianson, Obi Ekeledo, Stuart Firth, Carrie Ellen Ford, Mallory Gibbons, Rachael Godlewski, Sydney Graham, Caroline Hill, Peterson Jones, Shreeya Khurana, Karena MacDonald, Pierce Persons, Siraj Qadir, Annie Reeves, Lee Schroder, Lexi Seagler, Allison Walthall, John White, Brandon Wood; (National Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society) Caleb Ackermann, Taylor Atkinson, Connor Bashinski, Brian Beringer, Logan Butler, Josh Cohen, Emily Durden, Chidi Ekeledo, Katie Elliott, Doug Evans, Mack Hodges, Anna Jones, Anna Mae Kersey, Mary Katherine Kersey, Callie Reynolds, Courtlyn Smith; (MS Latin Honor Society) Hannah Ackermann, Cody Atkinson, Meredith Christianson, Sklyar Graham, Charlie Grossnickle, Sarah Nelson, Patrick Schroder, Sam Smith, Lade Sogade, William Storey, Bert Thompson, Chris Tillitski, Kate Welsh.

US Honors Day Awards

 Citizenship Awards 
Best CitizensNgozi Ekeledo
Grey Henson
DAR's Best CitizenNgozi Ekeledo
American Legion Citizenship AwardCarl Sullivan
Scholarship Awards  
Thomas Whitley Harper Memorial ScholarshipWilliam McCommon 
William M. Brake Memorial Scholarship Thomas Holmes 
Josephine Barker Lamb Memorial Scholarship Marjie Dickey 
Joel Plant Hatcher Memorial ScholarshipCorinne Easterlin 
Henry Harding Tift, IV Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship Logan Butler 
Jane and Arthur Brook Scholarship Aliy Ahmed
Departmental Awards  
Joe B. Hill History AwardBrian Cole 
DAR American History Award William Karlson 
William M. Brake Mathematics Award Sarah Beringer 
Faye R. Holliday English Award Jon Chalkley
Ngozi Ekeledo 
Excellence in SpanishJon Chalkley
Will McDavid
Excellence in French Amy Schwartz 
Excellence in Latin Logan Butler 
Excellence in Science Amy Schwartz 
Mary Eva Harper Chemistry Award Will McDavid 
Excellence in Art Mary Catherine Coppage 
Excellence in Music Nathan Carter 
Excellence in Choral Music Elizabeth Lengel 
Excellence in TheatreGrey Henson 
Socrates Award Kerry Keene 
Achievement Awards 
John William Herin, Jr. Commitment Awards 9th Grade - Josh Cohen
10th Grade - Courtlyn Smith
11th Grade - Will Larsen & Logan Butler
12th Grade - Balint Kacsoh  
Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership AwardChristopher Geeslin 
U.S. Senate Youth Program NomineeWill McDavid
Girls' StateEmily Robinson
Boys' State Brown Dennis 
Rotary Youth Leadership Award Ngozi Ekeledo 
Governor's Honors Program Nominees Mack Hodges & Caleb Ackermann (Alternates in Latin)
Aliy Ahmen (Alternate in Science) 
STAR Student
STAR Teacher 
William Karlson
Mike Kelley
National Merit ScholarWilliam Karlson 
National Merit Commended Scholars Will McDavid, Adam Thigpen, Duncan Walker 
National Achievement Scholar Ngozi Ekeledo 
Varsity Debate Awards Aubrey Allen, Brian Cole, William Karlson, Tarun Ramayya, Adam Thigpen
Macon Telegraph Golden Eagle Nominees Amy Schwartz (Science)
Grey Henson (Theatre) 
Georgia Certificate of Merit Anna Hathaway, Scott Stevens, Logan Butler, Aliy Ahmed
Robert C. Byrd Scholarship NomineeWill McDavid
Jefferson Scholar Nominee Will McDavid 
Morehead-Cain Scholarship Nominee Lindsey Stephens
Furman Scholars Logan Butler, Aliy Ahmed 
Wofford Scholars Anna Hathaway, Scott Stevens, Logan Butler 
Presbyterian College Junior Fellows Anna Hathaway, Scott Stevens, Logan Butler, Aliy Ahmed, Cody Browning, Cater Thompson 
Harvard Book AwardScott Stevens 
Jefferson Book Award Cater Thompson 
Sewanee Book Award Logan Butler, Anna Hathaway 
 Academic Achievement Awards9th Grade - Brian Beringer
10th Grade - Caleb Ackermann, Taylor Atkinson, Mack Hodges
11th Grade - Scott Stevens 
Bee Binner Spirit AwardNgozi Ekeledo 
Scholar-Athlete Awards  
BandKerry Keene
Football Will McDavid 
Softball Sarah Williams 
Boys' Soccer Brown Dennis 
Girls' SoccerVirginia Hirschey 
Boys' Cross CountryJoshua Cohen 
Girls' Cross Country Colleen Beringer 
Boys' Basketball Paul Holmes 
Girls' Basketball Evelana Smith 
Wrestling Scott Stevens 
CheerleadingCassidy Roland 
Boys' Swimming Balint Kacsoh 
Girls' Swimming Sarah Beringer 
Boys' TennisCasey Jones 
Girls' Tennis Lindsey Stephens 
GolfThomas Holmes
Baseball Hayes Hofstadter 
Boys' Track Howell Jarrard 
Girls' Track Ngozi Ekeledo 
 Dr. John Paul Jones Male Senior AthleteColby Collins 
Best Female Senior Athlete Ngozi Ekeledo, Virginia Hirschey 
Wendy's High School Heisman Ngozi Ekeledo, Will McDavid 
Morris C. Johnson Academic Athlete Award Will McDavid 
Senior Three Sport Awards Ngozi Ekeledo, Hays Hofstadter, Rob Hutchins, Kirby Moore 


































































National Foreign Language Exam Results

 Latin I ExamFrench I ExamSpanish I Exam

Brian Beringer
Gold Medal

Hannah ReynoldsRuhi Rahman
Bronze Medal
Anna Mae Kersey
Gold Medal 
Morgan Deems Elena Dorogy
Honorable Mention 
Matthew Maier
Silver Medal
Ryan RidleyOmair Kazi
Honorable Mention
Mary Katherine Kersey
Silver Medal
Callie ReynoldsHeather Reynolds
Honorable Mention
Anna Jones
Magna Cum Laude
Kayla AvantSpanish II Exam
Latin II Exam  French II ExamLee Schroder
Silver Medal

Joshua Cohen 
Gold Medal

 Hania BisatObi Ekeledo
Bronze Medal
John Ryan Fehr
Silver Medal
 Asra RehanMatthew Fuller
Honorable Mention
Emily Durden
Silver Medal
 French III ExamNadia Gabriel
Honorable Mention
Doug Evans
Silver Medal
 Eliza BlackmanBaron Massey
Honorable Mention
Skip Lazenby
Silver Medal
 Abby MeadorsKishan Patel
Honorable Mention
Keli Grubb
Silver Medal
 French IV (A) Exam

Matthew Schwartz
Honorable Mention

Sarah Anne Patton
Magna Cum Laude
 Mary Catherine CoppageSpanish III Exam
Latin III Exam Amy SchwartzAliy Ahmed
Silver Medal
Taylor Atkinson
Silver Medal
 Anna Hathaway
Silver Medal
Katie Elliott
Magna Cum Laude

Cody Browning
Honorable Mention

Caleb Ackermann
Magna Cum Laude
 Hannah Driver
Honorable Mention
Mack Hodges
Magna Cum Laude
 Kelly Glasgow
Honorable Mention
Mary Adger Bowen
Cum Laude
 Rachael Godlewski
Honorable Mention
Callie Reynolds
Cum Laude
 Shreeya Khurana
Honorable Mention
Sims Holmes
Cum Laude
 Annie Reeves
Honorable Mention
Lee Lineberger
Cum Laude
 AP Spanish Exam
Hayes Parker
Cum Laude
 Jon Chalkley
Gold Medal
Latin IV (AP) Exam Will McDavid
Bronze Medal
Hannah Reynolds
Gold Medal
Logan Butler
Silver Medal































Soar into Summer with Camp Eagle

See what's coming up in June...

June 9-12: Math in Today's World, What Does It All Mean?
June 9 - 13: Boys Basketball , Baseball Pitching, Intro to Photoshop, Ballet/Jazz, Globe Trekkers
June 16 - 19: Study Skills B
June 16 - 20: Multiplication Vacation, Creating Animation with Flash, Greek Art and the Olympics, Guitar, Watercolor, Youth Sports Camp

See our website for a full description of each camp and director. Register online or mail registrations to the school. For questions, contact Terry Sowell, Camp Eagle Director, 477-8073x618 or

Stratford Graduates 47th Class

On Friday, May 23rd, at the Macon City Auditorium, Stratford Academy graduated its 47th class. Seventy-two students received their high school diplomas and twenty-two students graduated with honors. William Fickling led graduation services with the invocation followed by  Will Marshall and Carl Sullivan, who sang "Forever Young." Also participating in the ceremony were Whitney Firth, who led the singing of the alma mater, and Suzanne Snow, who closed the service with the benediction.

Valedictorian, Will McDavid, and Salutatorian, William Karlson, both addressed the audience. Will McDavid is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Brian McDavid. He was president of the student body, winner of the Harvard Book Award and a Wendy's High School Heisman nominee. Will was a member of the math team, the Beta Club, the Key Club and the Stratford football and wrestling teams. He plans to attend the University of Virginia.
William Karlson is the son of David and Carol Karlson. A nationally ranked debater, William had been a member of the Stratford Debate Team since ninth grade. He was a member of the National Latin Honor Society and an award-winner in the National Latin Exam competition. He was named STAR Student for Macon and Bibb County and was a National Merit Scholar. He plans to attend Harvard University.
Upper School Principal, Margaret Brogdon, along with Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Sarah Harris, presented graduates with their diplomas. Also during the ceremony, James C. Hinson, Sr. '76 was recognized as the Alumni Service Award recipient. Pictured below are Jimmy and Melissa Hinson with their children, Culby and Celia, and Bubber Adams, Alumni Affairs Director.

Class of 2008 Graduates
Stephen Aubrey Allen Jr., Sarah Kramer Beringer *, Jordan Melissa Blankenship, Christopher Ryan Brown, Nathaniel Adam Carter, Jonathon Thomas Chalkley, Rebecca Blair Chambless, Sean Patrick Cirillo, Brian Andrew Cole *, Colby Michael Collins, Mary Catherine Mason Coppage*, Mary Kathryn Corley, Suzanna Marie Dann, Kaitlyn Elise Davidson, Morgan Guice Deems, Brown Wimberly Dennis III *, Sarah Jeanne Dozier, Ngozi Beth Ekeledo *, Laura Katherine Faulk, Matthew William Fears, William Arthur Fickling IV, Whitney Diana Firth, Christopher William Folsom, Chandler Alexandra Fortson *, Christopher Blake Hale, Samuel Winston Harmon, Henry Wilbur Harper IV, Thomas Grey Henson, Virginia Lewis Hirschey, William Joshua Hodges, Michael Hayes Hofstadter*, John Paul Holmes IV *, Robert Charles Hutchins, James Leland Jackson III, Meagan Evelyn Johnson, Balint Zoltan Kacsoh *, Alassane Tidjane Kane, William Augustus Karlson *, Aisha Kazi, Kerry Ann Keene *, Krishna Prabha Kulkarni *, Elizabeth Ella Lengel, Caroline Marie Lumley, William Robert Marshall, William Brian McDavid Jr. *, Madely Miracle McNeal, Kirby Ryan Moore, Morgan Brittany Moser, Katherine Eileen Mosley, Brian Robert Nicholson, Natalie Saroff Oliner *,
Ankit Deepak Patel, Robert Clayton Ragans, Tarun Ramayya, Emily Frances Robinson *, Cassidy Blair Roland *, Amy Jessica Schwartz *, Christopher Alan Shedd, Nicholas Frank Shurling, Natalie Lauren Slocumb, Rigdon Adams Smisson, Evelana Denise Smith *, Kathryn Suzanne Snow, Lindsey Elizabeth Stephens *, Carl Logan Sullivan, Nicholas Anthony Szanto, Daniel Adam Thigpen *, Roy Benjamin Walden IV, Duncan DeVane Walker IV *, James Moncrief Wells IV, Nicholas William Whitehead, Sarah Elizabeth Williams * (*Honor graduate)

Alumni Association Hosts Senior Breakfast

The annual Senior Breakfast was held on Friday, May 16. The Stratford Alumni Association hosts this annual event for graduating seniors and their parents. Following the breakfast, students shared school memories with lower school students and then participated in US Honors Day.

Class of 2008 College Choices









Aubrey Allen Rhodes College
Sarah Beringer University of Notre Dame
Jordan Blankenship Georgia Southern University
Ryan Brown Georgia College and State University
Nathan Carter University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Jonathon Chalkley University of Georgia
Rebecca Chambless Gardner-Webb University
Sean Cirillo New College of Florida
Brian Cole Whitman College
Colby Collins Undecided
Mary Catherine Coppage Furman University
Mary Kate Corley University of Kentucky
Suzanna Dann Georgia Southern University
Kaitlyn Davidson Columbus State University
Morgan Deems University of Alabama
Brown Dennis University of Georgia
Sarah Dozier Georgia Southern University
Ngozi Ekeledo Northwestern University
Laura Faulk Mercer University
Matthew Fears University of West Georgia
William Fickling University of Georgia
Whitney Firth University of Georgia
Chris Folsom University of Alabama
Chandler Fortson University of Georgia
Blake Hale University of West Georgia
Sam Harmon Auburn University
Wil Harper Georgia Southern University
Grey Henson Carnegie-Mellon University
Virginia Hirschey University of Georgia
Josh Hodges Valdosta State University
Hayes Hofstadter Georgia Institute of Technology
Paul Holmes University of Georgia
Rob Hutchins University of West Georgia
Jim Jackson University of Mississippi
Meagan Johnson Georgia Southern University
Balint Kacsoh Emory University
Alassane Kane Berkshire School
William Karlson Harvard University
Aisha Kazi Oxford College of Emory University
Kerry Keene University of Georgia
Krishna Kulkarni University of Georgia
Elizabeth Lengel Georgia College and State University
Caroline Lumley Georgia Southern University
Will Marshall Georgia Southern University
Will McDavid University of Virginia
Madi McNeal University of Georgia
Kirby Moore University of Georgia
Morgan Moser Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Katie Mosley Flagler College
Brian Nicholson Columbus State University
Natalie Oliner Indiana University at Bloomington
Ankit Patel Mercer University
Robert Ragans College of Charleston
Tarun Ramayya Oxford College of Emory University
Emily Robinson University of Georgia
Cassidy Roland Georgia Institute of Technology
Amy Schwartz Georgia Institute of Technology
Chris Shedd Georgia Southern University
Nick Shurling Georgia Southern University
Natalie Slocumb Auburn University
Rigdon Smisson University of Mississippi
Evelana Smith Georgia Southern University
Suzanne Snow University of Georgia
Lindsey Stephens University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Carl Sullivan Southern Methodist University
Nick Szanto Christopher Newport University
Adam Thigpen Georgia Institute of Technology
Ben Walden University of Alabama
Duncan Walker University of Georgia
Jamey Wells Auburn University
Nick Whitehead Georgia Southern University
Sarah Williams University of Georgia

Twelve Years Together - Class of 2008

Jordan Blankenship, Ryan Brown, Aiden Carter, Rebecca Chambless, Sean Cirillo, Mary Catherine Coppage, Mary Kate Corley, Morgan Deems, Sarah Dozier, Ngozi Ekeledo, William Fickling, Whitney Firth, Hayes Hofstadter, Paul Holmes, Jim Jackson, Aisha Kazi, Kerry Keene, Krishna Kulkarni, Caroline Lumley, Will Marshall, Will McDavid, Kirby Moore, Natalie Oliner, Amy Schwartz, Natalie Slocumb, Rigdon Smisson, Ben Walden, Duncan Walker, Sarah Williams

Community Service Awards for 2008

Senior with Most Hours Earned
Natalie Oliner
Most Service Hours 2007-2008
Natalie Oliner
Seniors with 100+ Hours
Sarah Beringer, Ryan Brown, Colby Collins, Mary Kate Corley, Suzanna Dann, Morgan Deems, Sarah Dozier, Whitney Firth, Chandler Fortson, Grey Henson, Balint Kacsoh, Alassane Kane, William Karlson, Krishna Kulkarni, Elizabeth Lengel, Will McDavid, Madi McNeal, Natalie Oliner, Emily Robinson, Cassidy Roland, Amy Schwartz, Chris Shedd, Nicholas Frank Shurling, Natalie Slocumb, Suzanne Snow, Lindsey Stephens, Carl Sullivan, Adam Thigpen, Duncan Walker

Faculty Service Recognition
At the annual Faculty/Staff Recognition breakfast sponsored by the Board of Trustees held on May 28, members of the Stratford faculty and staff were recognized for years of service to the school. 5 Year Awards: Pat Butler, Pat Herndon, Brad Hutcheson, Diane Nicholson, Lori Palmer, Kelly Solomon, Shelli Wall; 10 Year Awards: Marcia Caldwell, Sandy Garvin, Shanon Gross, Millie Jones, Kathy Larsen, Lynn Massey, Sheri Moore, Helen Stewart, Jennifer Sweat; 15 Year Awards: Margaret Brogdon, Jan Capps, Vicki Howell, Reeda Katz, Marilyn Walker; 20 Year Awards: David Bailey, Wanda Watson; 30 Year Award: Kaye Wansley; 35 Year Awards: Griff Ethridge, Andy Lawson, Prentice Robinson.

Board of Trustees Service Recognition
Four members of the Stratford Board of Trustees have completed their terms of service at the close of this school year - Cynde Martin Dickey '73, J. B. Easterlin, Dr. David E. Kent and Isabelle Heard Sullivan '75. In addition, seven Board members have completed their duties as committee chairs - Sarah Harris (Board Chair), Ricky Hicks '73 (Treasurer), Gene Maddux '72 (Treasurer Elect), Randy Smith (Secretary), Jenny Rabun (Marketing Chair), Eric Hefner (Athletic Chair), and J.B. Easterlin (Nominating Chair).

Stratford Academy Fine Arts Department Presents "Alice in Wonderland"

The Stratford Academy Fine Arts Deparment presented its spring musical "Alice in Wonderland" on May 16-17 in the Henry Tift Auditorium. The show had a cast and crew of 76 students from grades 3rd through 8th.

Pictured from left to right are 8th graders: (front row) Jamila Peques, Eliza Ferrari, Noor Qazi, Mariah Wilson, Sarah Nelson, (back row) Jay Moss, Hannah Ackermann, Bert Thompson, Merritt Jones and Casey Wanna.

Athletics News

The 2008 Varsity Baseball finished their season 15-11 in the semi-finals of the GISA AAA state playoffs. The Eagles traveled to Deerfield-Windsor after defeating Dominion Christian in the first round and John Milledge in the second. Stratford dropped the first two games against the Knights, eliminating them from the tournament. Culby Hinson (.425) and Chris Ellis (.412) led the team in batting averages; Ellis also led the team with 26 RBI and five homeruns; Brian Nicholson led all batters in the most doubles category with five, followed closely by Fielding Combs, Tyler Gibson and Hayes Hofstadter each with four.

Girls' Soccer
The Soccer Eaglettes ended their season 7-10-2 in the second round of the GISA AAA state playoffs. The third time did not end up being the charm as once again Stratford could not find a way around the Deerfield-Windsor Lady Knights. Stratford was forced to travel to Albany to play and despite a valiant effort, a short-lived lead, and players leaving everything on the field Deerfield prevailed in a 4-3 offensive shootout. At the end of the year banquet, Senior Captain Virginia Hirschey was named the team MVP and Defensive MVP, Junior Mary Del Holleman was named Offensive MVP and took the Coach's Award, Eighth Grader Kate Welsh took home Rookie of the Year, and Junior Eliza Blackman received Most Improved Honors. Holleman scored a personal best 18 goals and one assist on the season to lead the team. All-Region selections for Stratford were Virginia Hirschey, Mary Del Holleman and Kendall Cowart. Hirschey and Holleman were selected to the All-State team. Coach James Jordan will accompany the team, with several new faces added from the rising eighth grade class, to UAB's summer soccer camp in July.

SIP News

SIP Lower School and Preschool Field Day were held on Friday, May 9. Pictured here is Pat Herndon's PK Class.

Join SIP!
This is the time of year for SIP's Membership Drive. Service with Impact and Purpose is our motto and we depend solely on our membership dues of $35 per year. SIP funds events and activities for Stratford families, faculty and staff. Just as important, we depend on the volunteer efforts of our membership. Please support SIP by filling out the Volunteer Form when it is mailed later this summer.

Let SIP Help with Your Spring Cleaning - Support the Uniform ReSale
The purpose of the SIP sponsored Uniform Resale Event is to offer a tax deductible means by which Stratford families may pass down their uniforms to other families within the Stratford community. It also offers our families a way to purchase gently used uniforms at a greatly reduced cost. Proceeds from this Sale go directly to the SIP organization. The next Uniform Resale is scheduled for Thursday, August 14th, Friday, August 15th, and Monday, August 16th.

Our policies for donating uniforms: All items of clothing presented for the sale must be clean and gently pressed. Please do not bring any ripped or stained clothing! Altered clothing must be tagged with alteration information (waist, hemline, etc.) All items should be folded neatly. Girls' blouses and Boys' buttondowns should be hung on hangers. NO shoes, socks or hair items will be accepted. Donors will receive a Tax Deductible Donation Form to fill out at their leisure.

Our Policies for Shopping at the Sale: ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Please be reminded that the original owners have altered many items of clothing so take this into consideration before you make your purchases. We will have a dressing room available. You may exchange clothing with a receipt DURING the sale if any clothing has been improperly tagged due to alterations.

Items will be set priced at $7 for shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and slacks. Sweaters, vests, skorts and jumpers will be $10. Fleece jackets will be $20. You may purchase these items with cash, personal check, or charge to your child's school account.

Drop Off and Sale Information: We will accept donations and sell uniforms at the same time during the sale. Hours will be 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. If you have any questions or would like to help, please email Mary Pinson ( or Jessica McDaniel (

Other News

Travel to France with Your Fellow Eagles
US French teacher, Tracy Rucker, will lead a trip to Paris and Nice, France, next summer from June 7-15, 2009. The trip is planned for Stratford middle and uppers school students and parents. For detailed information about the trip, visit

Stratford's Summer Hours

Stratford's summer office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


Kathleen Cook Medlin '88

Special Thanks 
Margaret Brogdon
Pat Castle
Gina Christianson
Rachel Deems
Margaret Eubanks
J.J. Fredrickson
Shirley Harris
Melissa Hinson
Marilyn Holton-Walker
Redonda Mann
Gary Ross
Terry Sowell
Juleen Thomas
Kaye Wansley
Mike White

Photo Credits
Alleyne Benson
Mary Jo Cole
Rachel Deems
Kathleen Medlin
Robert Stallworth
Tanya Walker

The Eagle Online is published for Stratford families during the school year. Our next issue will be emailed on August 1st with back-to-school announcements and information.

The Eagle Online newsletter is a publication of the Stratford Academy CommunIcations Department. To make a submission for the Eagle Online, please send information to Kathleen Medlin at

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