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Georgia Southern Model United Nations

As a school, WJMS placed second overall.
Honorable Mention (3rd Place)

General Assembly
Trenton Rhymes – Georgia
Kalob Saxon – Georgia
Trevon Harden – Kuwait
Azaria Joyce – Kuwait
Kennedy Littles – South Africa
Lauren Newton – Togo
Sanan Khairbadi – Togo
Callie Barger – Togo
Noah Lee – Madagascar
Madison McCollar – South Africa

Distinguished Delegation (2nd Place)

General Assembly
Rylee Martindale-Rushing – Togo
Hadleigh Zeigler – Togo
Jasmine Patel – Japan
Moira Prewitt – Japan
Luke Gerguis – Georgia

Eli Compton – Kuwait

Outstanding Costume (1st Place)

Kalob Saxon – Georgia
Luke Gerguis – Georgia
Trenton Rhymes – Georgia

GSU Recognition
Crisis Committee Delegation Excellence
Jasmine Patel – Japan –GA
Moira Prewitt – Japan – GA
Reece Popkin – Japan – HRC
Robby Hollbrook – Madagascar – GA
Zachary Smith – Madagascar – GA
Noah Lee – Madagascar – AU
Isabella Halaby USA – GA
Nicholas Cortes – USA – GA
Carson Smith – USA – SC

Winning Season for the Chess Team

The WJMS Chess Team placed 3rd overall in the Ogeechee River Scholastic Chess Association (ORSCA) Chess Tournament on November 10th and placed 2nd overall in ORSCA tournament on December 8th. A small group of the team competed in the Golden Isles Chess Tournament in St. Simons on January 12th and won 1st place for their division.

Chess Team

Georgia Southern Model United Nations

WJMS students competed in the Georgia Southern Model United Nations (MUN). MUN allows students to roleplay as United Nations delegates to debate issues on behalf of their designated country. The school won 2nd place overall and brought home several team awards including 1st place for Best Costume for Team Georgia. A complete list of WJMS winners can be found at

Model UN

Math and Science “Knight”

WJMS held our annual Math and Science Night during the 1st nine weeks in September. The event featured an evening of hands-on science, math, and engineering activities for students and their families to explore. Our Language Arts and Social Studies Night will be from 6:00-7:30 on Thursday, February 7th.

Math and Science Night Math and Science Night

Veterans of Foreign Wars Writing Contest

Conducted nationwide and sponsored locally by VFW Post 10825, the “Patriot’s Pen” youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. With the theme of “Why I Honor the American Flag,” Julia Basquin placed 3rd at the district level for Bulloch County. School-level winners included Julia Basquin (1st place), Jasmine Patel (2nd place), Callie Barger (3rd place), and Kate Deloach (4th place).

VFW Winners

Veterans Day Program

For Veterans Day, WJMS honored our veterans with an assembly in the gym. Under the direction of Melvin Hamilton, the WJMS band performed patriotic selections for the crowd of students and guests. Following an introduction by principal Julie Mizell, our keynote speaker for the event was Sgt. Santos, USMC. All local veterans were invited to attend.
Veterans Day Veterans Day

We CAN Help Food Drive

Mrs. Wagoner’s homeroom collected 275 cans in Bulloch County’s We CAN Help Food Drive competition. This total was the most canned items collected by any single class. Mrs. Wagoner received $100 for her classroom from the Georgia South Chapter 158 of WoodmenLife.

Food Drive

Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest

Julia Basquin won 1st place for WJMS and for Bulloch County in the Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest with the theme, “Life is Your Journey: Travel Drug Free.” Counselor Dee Dee Thompson presented Julia with an iPad from the Bulloch Alcohol and Drug Council for her winning entry.
Red Ribbon Week Winner

Girls and Boys Tennis Teams - Coastal Empire Region Champions

Tennis Boys Tennis Girls

Football Team - Coastal Empire Region Champions

Football Team

Averitt Center for the Arts

WJMS is showcasing student artwork during the month of January at the Averitt Center for the Arts Youth Gallery. Opening night was celebrated on Friday, January 11th with a reception in the third-floor gallery.

Averitt Center Averitt Center

Holiday Celebration

Santa Claus and his elves visited students in Mr. Dodson and Mrs. McCombs classes before the holiday break. The students shared their Christmas list and took pictures with Santa. Also, Mrs. Radford’s 8th grade business classes worked with the students to create gingerbread houses.

Gingerbreak Houses Santa Visit

College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI)

With the release of information from the 2017-2018 school year, WJMS was pleased to announce our school had the highest CCRPI increase of all Bulloch County schools and we received a banner for the Most Improved Middle School. In addition, our school will be featured in the Georgia All-Stars 4 Learning Series II card project to share success stories about the great work taking place in our school.
CCRPI Banner

Boys Basketball Team - Region Champions

Basketball Region Champions

Girls and Boys Track Teams - Region Champions

For the boys, James Flagg was the high point winner for the region meet and Caleb Tisby finished as the second highest. For the girls, Kendra Payne finished as the second highest point winner for the region meet.

track team

Golf Teams

The boys are the Region Champions and the girls are the Region Runners-up. Evan Avret was the low medalist for the region tournament.

Boys Golf

Girls Golf

Miss WJMS Pageant

2019 Miss WJMS, Kaylie Smith

1st Runner Up - Lita Moore

2nd Runner Up - Isabella Halaby

3rd Runner Up - Zoe Felker

4th Runner Up - Addyson Arendes

WJMS Pageant

Spelling Bee

Nicholas Cortes represented WJMS as our school winner in the Bulloch County Spelling Bee and won first runner up in the competition.

Spelling Bee

Regional Science and Engineering Fair

William James had 41 students to compete at the Regional Science & Engineering Fair at Savannah State University. Fifteen WJMS students won awards and ten of them advanced to the state competition. In addition, science teacher Danielle Jackson was honored with the "2019 Dr. William T. Lipscomb Outstanding Teacher Award" for outstanding support and encouragement of student Science & Engineering Fair projects and teaching the scientific method for the pursuit of knowledge.

1st Place CHEMISTRY: Erin Shen

1st Place BIO-MEDICAL: Tina Piltner & Daisy Romero

2nd Place MATERIAL SCIENCE: Mason Johns & Logan Groover

2nd Place CHEMISTRY: Walker Saussy & Drew Yawn

2nd Place PLANT SCIENCE: John Parker

2nd Place ENERGY/CHEMICAL: Daniel Gerguis & Reece

2nd Place ENERGY PHYSICAL: Julia Basquin & Jasmine Patel

3rd Place MATERIAL SCIENCE: Eli Compton

3rd Place PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY: Landon Brooks & John Proctor

Science Fair

State Science and Engineering Fair

Seven WJMS students competed in the State Science and Engineering Fair and three students won awards. Eli Compton won 3rd honors and the ASM Materials Education Foundation Award for his project titled Which is Stronger? Virgin or Recycled PLA. The team of Daniel Gerguis and Reece Popkin won 3rd honors with their project titled Can enough hygroelectricity from ions in the air power a light bulb?

State Science Fair

Kindness Week

Thanks to the generosity of the WJMS student body, $1,881.41 was collected during our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week. Counselor Dee Dee Thompson and members of the Game Changers presented the check to Chris Yaughn with Fostering Bulloch.

Kindness Week

4-H Project Achievement Winners

Listed below are the WJMS 6th grade 4-H students who won awards in Bulloch County's 4-H Project Achievement:

Kate Deloach - 3rd Place in Dog Care & Training

Cori Smith - 1st Place in Health

Katlyn Sullivan - 2nd Place in Historic People

Callie Barger - 2nd Place in Historic Places/Events

Gabby Revell - 4th Place in Historic Places/Events

Rylee Martindale-Rushing - 2nd Place in Marine & Coastal Ecology

Ann Parker - 1st Place in Marine & Coastal Ecology

Shamar Jenkins - 2nd Place in Performing Arts Vocal

Annabelle Jaeckel - 2nd Place in Wildlife

Both Callie Barger  (Historic Places/Events) and Ann Parker (Marine & Coastal Ecology) participated in Southeast District 4-H Project Achievement and won first place in their categories.

4-H Project Achievement

Nan Rushing Write-off Winners

6th Grade

Evan Coyle - 2nd place Vocabulary

Xavier Deckard - 2nd place Spelling

Sanan Khairabadi - 2nd place Capitalization/Punctuation

7th Grade

Eli Compton - 1st place Vocabulary

Nicholas Cortes - 1st place Spelling

Carson Smith - 1st place Capitalization/Punctuation

Sam Lippincott - 2nd place Mental Concentration

Alyssa Staten - 2nd place Persuasive Speech

8th Grade

Daniel Gerguis - 1st place Mental Concentration

Patrick Mock - 1st place Usage/Language Expression

Anne O’Neill - 2nd place Persuasive Writing

Reece Popkin - 2nd place Capitalization/Punctuation

Nan Rushing Write off

Penny Sikes Math Tournament

The 6th grade Math Team  won 1st place overall and 1st place in ciphering in the Penny Sikes Math Tournament.

Individual Winners:

Katlyn Sullivan - 2nd place

Erin Shen - 5th place

Noah Browning - 7th place

Isaac Bittner - 9th place

Math Team

Student Design Contest for Manufacturing Appreciation Week

Aaliyah Lonon won second place and Julia Basquin won third place for grades 6th-8th in the Student Design Contest for Manufacturing Appreciation Week. Manufacturing Appreciation Week is an annual event that recognizes the contribution of manufacturing to Georgia’s economy. For the Student Design Competition, students from across Georgia submit artwork depicting the importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities. Julia and Aaliyah were honored for their award winning artwork at the Governor’s Awards Luncheon in Atlanta.

Manufacturing Week Winners

Bulloch County Regional Youth Technology Fair Winners

Luke Gerguis - 1st place Multimedia Apps (7th-8th)

Erin Shen - 1st place Productivity Design (5th-6th)

Taimera Wilkerson - 1st Place Productivity Design (7th-8th)

Kyla Bell & Alyssa Staten - 1st place 3D Modeling (7th-8th)

Katlyn Sullivan - 2nd place Digital Photo (5th-6th)

Abby Hulsey - 3rd place 3D Modeling (5th-6th)

Tech Fair