Windsor Distinguished Graduate Nancy Grace (Class of 1977) joins the A&E Network for a new show entitled “Grace vs. Abrams,” from Lincoln Square Productions. The show will feature Nancy Grace and Dan Abrams debating infamous crimes and legal cases. The series will be filmed at Times Square Studios in front of a live audience and is set to premiere on March 29 at 10 PM ET. Congrats to Nancy! See below:
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!