Windsor’s Jason Aldean (Class of 1995) took home the 52nd Academy of Country Music (ACM) ceremony’s biggest award — Entertainer of the Year — for the second year in a row. Congrats!
Windsor Distinguished Graduate Nancy Grace (Class of 1977) will not take any time off. She ended her hit CNN/Headline News show on Thursday, Oct. 13. Nancy then made an appearance at Barnes & Noble in Macon to sign her new Hailey Dean mystery novel “Murder in the Courtroom.” Then on Sunday, Oct 23, the Hallmark movie “Murder, With Love” debuted and featured former “ER” and “Army Wives” Kellie Martin as Hailey Dean. She is also starting a crime fighting website. Congrats to Nancy. Read more at
No. 24 Jerry Edmund Bass (Class of 1973) had a 1.97 ERA with 4 no-hitters and went on to Georgia Tech. Read the latest story at http://www.macon.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/bobby-pope/article72448627.html.
Windsor’s Jason Aldean (Class of 1995) received the top award of Entertainer of the Year at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Male Vocalist of the Year went to Chris Stapleton. The ACM Awards were broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, Apr. 3, 2016.
On behalf of the Windsor Board of Directors, it is a pleasure to announce the hiring of John W. Welch as Windsor Academy’s incoming Headmaster, effective 1 June 2016. Mr. Welch comes to us with 33 years of educational experience; serving in both public and private schools as a teacher, coach, athletic director, principal and headmaster. Mr. Welch has an extensive background helping students achieve academically and specializes in finding the passion in his students and then building upon that passion to motivate the learning process. Mr. Welch has significant fundraising experience and has served on several school review committees for SACS and the public school systems. Additionally, Mr. Welch is an avid writer and has won numerous awards for his poetry, song lyrics and short screenplays. He has also taught creative writing and has a passion for journalism.
Welcome Mr. Welch to the Windsor Family!
Pat Elder, Chairman
As reported by The Telegraph, the mass shooting Wednesday in San Bernardino, California, seemed half a world away until shock waves hit Middle Georgia with an epicenter at Windsor Academy in Macon. Shannon Johnson, a star athlete from Windsor’s Class of 1988, was one of the 14 people killed in the attack.
He attended Cal State in San Bernardino and had two degrees in environmental science and planned to pursue his doctorate. Johnson was a health inspector for San Bernardino County since 2005, overseeing food safety, recreational health, and housing.
Several classmates remember the team’s dramatic upset victory over First Presbyterian Day School in 1987. The Telegraph reported in its coverage that Johnson “led the Knights with 76 yards on 19 carries in the win.” He was an All-Region and All-State athlete in football and baseball. Johnson had an offer to play football at the University of Georgia, but instead he chose baseball at Middle Georgia College. He also played at Augusta State University.
Our condolences to the Johnson family. A relative of a survivor posted about Johnson on Facebook: “This angel of a man was sitting next to my sister when the shooting happened. He helped protect her from the bullets and we are so grateful for his heroic love, that most likely saved her life. She said he was a very sweet man and she spoke with him often at work. Our heart breaks hearing of his passing, and it bursts knowing of his love for my sister.”
-Jason Williams Aldean (Class of 1995) received a 2015 Best Album nomination for Old Boots, New Dirt by the Country Music Association (CMA). Other nominees include Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material; Little Big Town, Pain Killer; Kenny Chesney, The Big Revival and Chris Stapleton, Traveller. The 2015 CMA Awards will take place Nov. 4 in Nashville. The 8PM ET broadcast will air live on ABC. Congrats to Jason!
Charlene Wilson Norman was a Windsor Teacher from 1972-‘78. She taught Science 8, Science 9, Math 9, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, and Physics while at Windsor. She was also an advisor to the B Team Cheerleaders, Science Club, Sub-Freshmen Class, Eighth Grade Class, Varsity Cheerleaders and the Pep Club. Her husband John D. Norman was also a teacher and a coach at Windsor, 1975-‘78. He taught Math 8 and led P.E. while Head Varsity Basketball Coach, Boys and Girls, Tennis, B-team Baseball, Assistant Baseball, and Assistant Football Coach. His Windsor Varsity Girls’ team won the Region 2-A Championship and the Boys were Region Champs and State Runner Up.
Charlene later taught at the University of Kentucky as an Adjunct Professor. She also taught in the public schools in Lexington, Fayette County and taught for UK in the evenings and sometimes in the summer. After retiring from Fayette County in ’08, Charlene has continued to teach at UK in the Math Dept. and in the Education Dept., especially working with student teachers. She stated ‘My Windsor students (’72-’78) would be shocked at how “easy’ I am now! I always put them ‘Heads Above’ all others….they are my ‘standard’.’
John taught and coached, notably, after Windsor (’75-’78), at Pebblebrook HS in Mableton, Ga, Paris HS (he graduated from there) in Paris, Ky, Clark Co. HS in Winchester, Ky, and Montgomery Co HS., in Mt. Sterling, Ky. John usually was an assistant Football and Basketball coach, after leaving Windsor. He was a head Basketball Coach at three schools. John loved coaching at the HS level so much that teaching sometimes got in the way! Unfortunately he passed away in 2008 from cancer while still a faculty member at Montgomery Co. Prior to his death, he was able to attend the first football game of the season, August 2007, at his school, Montgomery Co. HS. The team won, John talked to them after the game, and the team gave him the game ball! The Montgomery Co HS football coach, Dan Gooch, started a ‘John Norman Courage and Endurance Award’. John was always the coach that was a champion for the ‘underdog’. He enjoyed coaching football because he could always find a place for every player. Charlene stated that he got the fever for Football while at Windsor. He was a mentor to many, especially those that needed encouragement in some way. Coach Gooch selects a player that he believes is the kind of player John would have mentored and cheered for. Charlene currently gives a John Norman Memorial Scholarship to that player on Senior Night. (Montgomery County has a long history and has several memorial awards given each year.)
While at Windsor, Charlene and John’s son David was born. He graduated from Paris High School, Eastern Kentucky University, and was an Accountant for 12 years in Atlanta but is now back in Lexington, KY. Their daughter Mary Katharine was born while in Ky. She graduated from Bourbon County High School and the University of Kentucky. She has a Master’s Degree in Art Education from the University of Florida. Katharine currently lives in Atlanta and teaches for an after school Art program.
Charlene and John always remembered and loved Windsor. Charlene stated that John said many times “We probably should have stayed at Windsor.” While visiting a friend that lives near Windsor, Charlene stopped by the school: “I got out and walked around, looking in the windows…wishing I could get into the buildings and look around. So many feelings. Some things are the same….some are changed. So many good memories and much love for the school, the friends we made, and the students…..it is always about the students…..they are why we teach.”
And Windsor is the better for your time here.
Windsor grad Brennan Collins (Class of 2015) was recognized by the National Football Federation as Citizen Scholar Athlete of the Year! Proud parents are Susan and Kelvin Collins. His brother Brad, Windsor Class of 2012, received the same honor during his Senior year.
Windsor’s commencement ceremony honored Windsor’s 2015 graduating senior class. Amber Storm Murray** and Mikayla Anne Chin** provided the Co-Valedictorian address. Guest speaker was Mr. Bob Alexander, President of The Alexander Resource Group. Bob was a member of the Zig Ziglar motivational team as Director of Educational Services and continues as a nationally known speaker and trainer under The Alexander Resource Group. Ann Haines was the guest pianist. Ann has performed with various symphonies and is a staff member of the St Andrew Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Macon.
The remaining graduates are: Scott Daniel Albert, Wesley Dakota Arrington*,Dylan Scott Bass*, Haylie Ashtan Blurton*, Caleb Austin Brown, Miranda Ann Busbee, Brennan Harris Collins*, Travis Daniel Cumbie, Michael Robert Daniels, Joshua Seth Elder*, Madison Leigh Etheridge*, Kaitlyn Leigh Ann Everett, Dabni Danielle Farmer, Kinsley Leann Gilliam, Taylor Graham Lewis*, Antonio DeAndre McKinney, Rebecca Leigh Meredith*, Ethan Charles Mitchell, Madison Ann O’Neal*, William Agrie Owenby, Tyler Gregory Phillips, Taylor Marie Pritchard*, Peyton Michael Stokes, Austin Michael Thomas, Megan Denise Wall, and Kalen Todd Whiting.
Alumni Alan Everett (Class of 1980), Shelli Bryant Whiting Snell (Class of 1986) and Amy McCallum Stokes (Class of 1990) presented diplomas to their second generation graduates.
**Highest Honors *Honor Graduates