Tuesday, June 30, 2015

6th Annual Knights Scholarship Golf Outing

The 6th Annual Woodward Academy golf outing benefiting the Knights Scholarship Fund took place on June 26 at Beaver Creek Golf Course in Grimes, IA. All proceeds from the tournament help WA alumni as they move into the next stage of their life.

This year with a full sponsorship and nearly 100 golfers, the tournament raised over $6,000 with half of the proceeds going to help support Julious Walker compete at the IPF World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. In the past 6 years, over $36,000 have been raised at this tournament and has helped students pay for tuition and books for college, furnishings for apartment living, and even to help one student long jump at the 2014 and 2015 USATF Indoor National Championships.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Baseball Poster 2015

Here is the official poster of the 2015 Woodward Academy baseball team. Despite the seemingly non-stop rain in Iowa, the season is progressing along and there is still time to catch a game at Knights Field. The team is entering the final stages of the season and are looking to end strong. This year's poster is a composite of each player with a pretty sweet aerial shot of Knight's Field in the background. If you're ever on campus and would like a poster for your office, let us know and you can show your Knights pride.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WYC President Jerry Anderson Receives Tom Lewis Award

Jerry Anderson is the only person who can say that he has been with Woodward Academy for the entire 20 years. As one of the original 13 staff members who started in 1995, Jerry has held a variety of positions on campus including youth counselor, teacher, business manager, admissions representative, and for the past decade, President of the Woodward Youth Corporation. 
His commitment to students, and his desire to build Woodward Academy into a nationally recognized facility, is a primary reason why the Academy has grown so significantly over the past two decades. His perseverance and initiative has built 4 school buildings, a gymnasium, football and baseball stadiums, allowed Knights on the Move (student moving company) to take off, and has seen the Academy grow from 4 students to 263. 
He was recently given the Tom Lewis Award, honoring his lifetime commitment to working with students. Kristie Oliver, Executive Director of the Coalition for Families and Children’s Services in Iowa, along with Jen Sievert, Executive Director at Forest Ridge Academy, and who currently serves as President of the Coalition Board of Directors, were present at the 2015 commencement ceremony to surprise Jerry with the honor. He was humbled with the award and accepted it knowing that it was a reflection of all of the hard work that staff have put into building Woodward Academy.

Friday, June 5, 2015

WA Powerlifter Makes the WORLD'S Team

Julious Walker is 16 years old and is having the best powerlifting season of any Woodward Academy lifter. This past season, he broke 5 American records and at the USAPL High School National Championships in March, became a National Champion when he squatted 622 pounds, bench pressed 325 pounds, and deadlifted 573 pounds, for a total of 1521 pounds. He thought that was the end of his season until we received a fateful phone call a couple weeks ago. 

As one of the best powerlifters in the nation, Julious has been asked to represent the United States at the IPF Sub-Junior and Junior World Championships that will take place August 31 - September 6 in Prague, Czech Republic. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for Julious and was made possible by the dedication he exhibited this season and the fact that he was a Woodward Academy Knight. 

This year's Knight's Scholarship golf outing will take place on June 26 at the Beaver Creek Golf Course in Grimes, Iowa. Some of this year's proceeds will help Julious travel to Prague. If you would like to sign up as an individual or a foursome, please contact Tami Santi: 
(515) 438-3499