SCDS News Room

General School News
Congratulations, National Merit Semi-Finalists
Seniors Danny Park and Jack Auer have been recognized for their academic and extra-curricular achievements by being named semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top one percent of the state’s senior students. Danny and Jack 
were among 1.5 million high school juniors from across the country who entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. 
Congratulations to both Jack and Danny, as well as their families!

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Hornets Help to Strike out ALS
The first week of school ended with a bang as over 500 students and faculty gathered in the Quad to watch Hornets take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Participants included Upper School teachers David Hoopes and Catherine Gussler along with Head of School Kef Wilson and Divisional Heads Annemarie Shuman, Jeremy Hammond and Steve Kolman. Click HERE to view a short video.
If you have not already, please visit to learn more about ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Lower School News
Expansion of Science Curriculum
The start of the school year ushered in several program enhancements, including one that is extremely popular—the expansion of the Lower School’s Science curriculum into grades PreK through second. Formerly a teacher in the second grade, Carrie Vetrovsky transitioned into a newly created role as the dedicated Science teacher for the younger students. Her classroom, located in the Early Childhood Building, allows her to utilize the organic gardens and the side lawn as an expansion of the classroom. These students are thrilled with the hands-on experiments and opportunities for experiential learning. 

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Athletic Main News
7th Grade Volleyball Undefeated
The 7th grade volleyball team is 8-0 for the SPAL season. The team coached by Dean Coon has defeated all their opponents in two games in a best of 3 format except one match which they won 2-1. The members of the team are: Annabel Cairns, Emily Davis, Isabella Giusti, Nyah Hammond, Lizzie Horn, Emily Johnson, Ryah Johnosn, Evelyn Kahn, Ashley Pankey, Gigi Pytte, Lindsay Rockwood, Delle Smith, Margot Strother. Congratulations!

Middle School Dominates Cross Country Meet
The Middle School girls' cross country team finished first and the boys' team second in the SCDS meet. Finishing top for the girls were: Megan Kemp 2nd, Nina Kolman 3rd, Charleton Strong 6th, Summer Lanier 10th, Ella Stubbs 15th and Catherine Goodman 16th. Top finishers for the boys were: Court Kelley 5th, Coleman Mowry 14th, Harry Dewalt 15th, Reid Keller 18th, Hyeon Choi 23rd, Ross Goodman 25th, and Rogan Steele 26th. 
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Glover -Top Runner for SCDS
Sarah Glover finished first in the girls' home cross country meet. She led from the start to finish with a time of 21:13. The girls' team was 5th overall. 
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Hornets in the Stats
Chandler Royal and Anna Muller lead the city in Area volleyball stats. Chandler is first in assists with 381 and Anna has 35 blocks. 
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Mark Silvers Wins PGA Tour Canada Title
SCDS Mark Silvers, Class of 2005, came up with a clutch effort Sunday to win his first PGA Tour Canada title and, perhaps, improve his future status as a pro.
Silvers, 27, defeated Matt Harmon on the first playoff hole to capture the Cape Breton Celtic Classic at The Lakes Golf Club in Ben Eoin, Nova Scotia. Silvers carded rounds of 70-65-72-66 for 15 under par, with six birdies to win the event.

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McMath Leads Presbyterian to Victory
Heys McMath, Class of 201,3 led the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College to a big win over Bluefield College. Heys as the starting quarterback was 7 for 8 for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Congratulations Heys!!

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Colton Lichtenberg National High School Kicking Player of the Week
After a total of 1,743 public votes were cast for the five finalists, Colton Lichtenberg has been named the first Kohl's Kicking National High School Player of the Week for the 2014 season. Lichtenberg is currently ranked as the No.10 kicking prospect in the nation by Kohl's Kicking Camps and was also named the Kohl's Kicking All-America Kickoff Specialist for the 2013 football season. Lichtenberg's game performance to earn this week's National Player of the Week honors included a 77-yard punt, a 59-yard punt a 49-yard field goal and a touchdown at wide receiver.

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Softball Undefeated
The SCDS softball team is undefeated with great wins over Windsor Forest 16-0, Claxton 9-2, and Jenkins High 21-16.  Their bats are blazing! Next home game is Region rival Savannah Christian at HOME at 5:00 PM on Tuesday the 26th. Support your Hornets!!

Carolina Pickney was honored as Optim's Healthcare "Player of the Night."
She nearly hit for the cycle with a single, three triples and a home run to lead the Savannah Country Day softball team over host Jenkins 21-16 on Saturday.
Pinckney, who scored five runs and drove in four, also was the winning pitcher. Pinckney (2-0) pitched four innings in relief, allowing two hits, three earned runs and one walk with three strikeouts. Congratulations Carolina!

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Savannah Draud "Player of the Week"
The Prep Sports Report selected SCDS softball athlete, Savannah Draud as the 1st female "Player of the Week" for the 2014 fall season. Savannah pitched a complete game, a no-hitter with 8 strikeouts in the Hornets' 16-0 win over Windsor Forest. This was a great start to the softball season. The Prep Sports Report is a monthly Savannah magazine dedicated to covering local prep sports. Representatives from the magazine and the sponsor, Five Guys Burgers & Fries will present Savannah with her award before the next home game Thursday, August 21st at 4:30 p.m. 

Joe Lewis Qualifies for US Amateur
A rising senior at the University of Mississippi and former Savannah Country Day star, Joe Lewis shot 66-68—134 to finish second at 8-under par to qualify for the 114th US Amateur which will be held at the Atlanta Athletic Club from August 11-17.  Congratulations Joe!
Little School News
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Middle School News
Exploring Interests in Middle School
So much of Middle School is about discovering who you are and what things you are most passionate about.  For a fourth year in a row, the Middle School teachers and administrators hosted a Clubs and Activities Fair so that students can learn more about the variety of opportunities outside of the classroom.  The clubs help students find a sense of belonging and explore new interests without feeling exposed or embarrassed.  The students were thrilled to learn more about the Debate Club, Diversity Club, Tech Wizards, Quiz Bowl, Beekeeping, Math Team, Chess Club, Animal Care, and Science Olympiad.

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Middle School Whirlygigs
Serving as a fun refresher for the Scientific Method, Mr. Swanson’s Life Science students climbed chairs and used meter sticks and stop watches to measure the “hang time” of home-made whirlygigs. During the initial investigation, students applied the scientific method to test their hypotheses and determine the affect of wing length.  Over the next few days, students will investigate the affects of other variables as they compile data that will help them succeed in the ultimate Whirlygig competition freestyle event.

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Fine Arts News
Chorus Retreats to Tybee
An annual highlight for the Upper School choir is the Fall Retreat where students mix and mingle, making great memories through music. Apart from the usual singing and fun on the beach, there were moments that demonstrated the character of the group, including when the entire group rallied to encourage and support the students who tried out for solos (almost everyone!) and during Saturday night's talent show where the wide range of instrumental and vocal talents, enthusiasm, and camaraderie were on full display. The weekend also included the election of Choral Council officers: Regan Bowers, president, Gabby Lauretti, vice president, Maya Hardrick, secretary, and Becky Buelvas, publicity.
A huge thank you to Val Bowers for working out all of the logistics, the Templeton family for graciously lending their beach house for the weekend, Deborah Glenn for catching some fantastic moments on film, and to all of the parents that provided meals and snacks for the retreat. Big thanks to Leah Nestor, who came to help work sectionals with the group on Saturday, and to Michael Ray for overseeing the fun and festivities with his new students. 

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Annual Fund News
Thank you donors!
Dear Hornet Family,
We did it!
Thank you all for contributing to the Annual Fund as we raised $405,000 and exceeded both this year's goal and last year's total!
Every dollar to the Annual Fund supports our school's vital programs and services and ensures our continuing success.
Country Day is so fortunate to have the most dedicated students, alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends.
Under the leadership of the 2014-15 Annual Fund Chairs Christopher and Emily Cay, we will again be successful.
Thank you again for your contribution to our school. Country Day thrives because of people like you!
Mills Fleming
2013-14 Annual Fund Chair

Upper School News
Ask Anything....
Several weeks ago, Upper School faculty member Adam Weber reconnected with a former student, Ben Winterhalter ’03, who is currently an editor with the online magazine HippoReads. After hearing about Ben’s new column, Ask Anything, he challenged his Honors Physics class to pen questions for guest expert David Kaiser,  Theoretical Physicist and Historian of Science at MIT. Of the submitted questions, freshman Bella Savell was one of four selected to be featured in the published column.

Freshman Weekend
An annual tradition for rising ninth graders, Freshman Weekend is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with classmates and meet new friends. The three-day trip to North Carolina included a rafting excursion down the Nantahala, cardboard boat races and other team-building activities. Seniors joined the in fun as well, getting to know the underclassmen and sharing their own Upper School experiences. By the time the weekend was over, the ninth grade class was fired up for the year ahead!

Honor Code Jeopardy
Coming up with engaging ways to review the policies of the honor code and student handbook can be tricky… That is why this year’s Discipline Committee and Honor Council decided to engage fellow students in an interactive game of Jeopardy. Contestants reviewed mock scenarios while audience members cheered and applauded.  The morning assembly was a creative and engaging way for our student leaders to reinforce the School’s commitment to the honor code.  Click here to view a short video.

Physics Class Tests Age-Old Theory
Mr. Weber’s College Physics class headed outside to see if they could answer the question, "Which is faster in the first 3 meters of a race, a human, bike or car?" Using motion sensors and graphical analysis, students tested a human, a bike and a car to see which one has the greatest acceleration. If you look back in history, at the beginning of the advent of the steam engine, many people wondered if it was necessary to create all that noise.  The horse was just as fast and was much less expensive to operate.  Throughout that period, there were a number of races between a horse and a steam engine with the horse winning many of them, but not all. Mr. Weber’s lab replicated those races and explored under what conditions each of these methods of movement (running, biking or driving), would “win a race.”

Picnic in the Quad
On Friday, August 22, the junior and senior classes enjoyed a special picnic lunch in the Quad. The catered lunch was a great way to reconnect at the start of the school year and revel in the status as “upperclassmen.”

Skyping with Scientists
On the morning of September 8, Marsha Lucas’ AP Environmental Science class skyped with scientists aboard the research vessel Nautilus in the British Virgin Islands. The vessel is currently surveying the ocean floor and processing samples gathered from a recent dive. The video conference session provided an opportunity for the students to not only interact with the team, but also observe the live happenings on the boat. Senior Hakon Jones will travel aboard the same research vessel in the coming weeks.

Upper School Lounge
Ask Upper School students about a popular campus renovation and they will most likely tell you about the upgrades to the Charles Gay library. Summer work included additional small-group works spaces, upgraded computer labs, and most importantly, the newly installed Student Lounge.  

Upper School Welcomes Author and Holocaust Survivor Leon Malmed
On the morning of Wednesday, August 27, the Upper School was honored to host author Leon Malmed for a lecture and Q&A session. Mr. Malmed’s book, We Survived…. At Last I Speak tells the true story of his and his sister’s escape from the Holocaust in Occupied France.  After over 60 years of silence, Mr. Malmed penned the book as a tribute to Henri and Suzanne Ribouleau, the neighbors who provided a protected and loving home for the children after their parents were arrested and taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Mr. Malmed’s first-hand account serves as a powerful reminder, sparking meaningful questions and classroom discussions. For more information on Leon Malmed, grandfather of Jake Lee ‘16, visit

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Alumni News
Come One, Come All - 2014 Alumni/Tailgate Party
Join us on Friday, October 10, 2014, for the Savannah Country Day School Homecoming & Alumni Tailgate Party!
The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. Free for alumni and their families. 
We will enjoy wonderful food from Carey Hilliard's as well as ice cold drinks. 
At 7 p.m., we will all walk over and cheer on our Mighty Hornets!
Click here to register now!

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