Jason Blankenship has joined our Windsor staff. Jason is the Youth Director at First Evangelical Church and will be teaching Bible as an elective for high school students and also conducting “Chapel” on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Chapel will include guest speakers and music. We are happy to see the amount of response in the students wishing to take Bible this coming year and look forward to having Jason on staff. Jason was already a member of the Windsor family by having his daughter, Kaylee, enrolled in our 3rd grade and he is married to Tiffany Matheny Blankenship, a 1995 Windsor graduate. Tiffany has also joined our staff as Media Specialist! See the family at firstevangelicalchurch.org/site/as/min_staff.asp. WELCOME!
Congratulations to Chris and his wife, Jennifer, on the arrival of their daughter, Alice Marian. Chris lives in the Atlanta area where he works for Samsung Electronics.
Stan C. Newberry, Windsor Class of 1978 and a member of the Senior Executive Service, is now the Director, Air Force C2 Integration Center (AFC2IC), Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Mr. Newberry’s role is to manage, integrate and improve Air Force command and control. His responsibilities include planning, programming, guiding Air Force requirements definition and architecture development, integration and standardization effort for warfighting aerial networks, combat support and C2 systems. Read more at http://www.afc2ic.af.mil/library/biographies/bio.asp?id=9573. At Windsor, Stan was a Senior Superlative ‘Lord’ and Co-Athlete of the Year. He was an All-State member of the ’78 State Champion Baseball Team. He received the MVP, All-Region, and All-State Awards for Varsity Basketball and Best Offensive and All-Region for Varsity Football. We wish Stan continued success!
Jason Williams Aldean, Class of 1995, won Male Vocalist of the Year at the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, honoring country music’s best and introducing the industry’s hottest emerging talent. Congrats to Jason! He also performed as a Favorite Country Artist nominee at the 2013 People’s Choice Award show on Wednesday, Jan 9th on the CBS Network. He brought in the New Year on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. See “My Kinda Party” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih9SNGk06Ks.
He captured 3 Grammy Award nominations in 2012 for Best Country Solo Performance (Dirt Road Anthem), Best Country Duo Performance (with Kelly Clarkson) and Best Country Album (My Kinda Party)! See the news at www.billboard.com/column/the-615/jason-aldean-flying-high-after-grammy-nominations-1005594412.story#/column/the-615/jason-aldean-flying-high-after-grammy-nominations-1005594412.story.
He also took home six ACA trophies! Read the article at www.usatoday.com/life/music/awards/story/2011-12-05/aca-jason-aldean/51663920/1.
Jason received two Country Music Association (CMA) awards including Album of the year for his platinum-selling “My Kinda Party” and Musical Event of the year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” his crossover duet with Kelly Clarkson. See the CMA news at www.blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-music-scene/2011/11/09/jason-aldean-nabs-first-cma-award-sugarland-lady-a-win-as-well/?cxntlid=thbz_hm. He won his first belt buckle, taking home CMT performance of the year for “Tattoos on This Town.”
He also captured two 2012 Billboard Music Awards for Best Country Song (Dirt Road Anthem) and Best Country Album (My Kinda Party)!
Aldean performed live at the 2011 Country Music Television (CMT) Music Awards on June 2011. Jason was nominated in four categories including Video of the Year (My Kinda Party), Best Male Artist Video (My Kinda Party), Best Collaboration (Don’t You Wanna Stay) with Kelly Clarkston, and Best Web Video (My Kinda Party). Read about the November 2010 CMA performance at http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/11/01/jason-aldean-and-kelly-clarkson-to-perform-together-on-the-44th-annual-cma-awards-on-abc/70351. Jason provides an exclusive tour of his man cave (barn). He also displays his Windsor jersey!
Check out the tour at www.countryweekly.com/jason_aldean_man_cave/videos/115. He releases the latest on his new album, My Kinda Party, at www.cmt.com/news/news-in-brief/1646269/jason-aldean-schedules-new-album-my-kinda-party-for-nov-2.jhtml.
Also, Jason performed Jan 2010 in Macon. Read the articles and see the interview at www.13wmaz.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=74028&catid=7. See Jason’s latest video at www.cmt.com/videos/jason-aldean/412883/big-green-tractor.jhtml.
Jason has also recorded music with rock star Bryan Adams at cmt.com and was nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Country Artist!
Jason secretly shot an upcoming music video at Windsor’s campus on Saturday, March 7th, 2009. Some of the scenes will feature Windsor’s Field of Dreams. Jason recently rocked the Country Music Association (CMA) with his new hit single “She’s Country.” Watch the CMA performance at www.cmt.com/videos/jason-aldean/323417/shes-country-from-the-2008-cma-awards.jhtml.
Jason missed another shot at the New Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association (CMA). The Association of 6,000 members selected Lady Antebellum. The competition included Rodney Atkins, James Otto, and Kellie Pickler. Jason is always No. 1 at Windsor!
Jason also rocked the Reaves Arena in October with a sold-out concert at the Georgia National Fair. Jason mentioned Windsor during his concert. He completed 2008 tour dates as the opening act for Tim McGraw.
Jason performed “Johnny Cash” at the 2007 Academy of Country Music Awards in Nashville on the ABC Network. Taylor Swift took home the Horizon Award trophy for Best New Artist against Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Little Big Town, and Kellie Pickler.
Aldean has just released a new video “Laughed Until We Cried.” The sentimental journey can be seen at www.cmt.com/videos/jason-aldean/179649/laughed-until-we-cried.jhtml. Jason’s albums include 2005’s Jason Aldean and 2007’s Relentless, which have been certified platinum and gold, respectively with the independent label Broken Bow Records. His self-titled debut featured the Top 10 smash hit and #1 CMT Music Video “Hicktown” and singles “Why” and “Amarillo Sky.”
CONGRATULATIONS to Jason Aldean and his wife, Jessica, on the birth of their second daughter, Kendyl, on Monday, August 20th, 2007.
According to the CMT website, Jason’s second album, Relentless, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart, and sold more than 98,000 copies in its first week. The album features “Johnny Cash” and also “Grown Woman,” a duet with country star Miranda Lambert.
Jason performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and at the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock.
The recording artist and writer received the award for Top New Male Vocalist at the 2006 Academy of Country Music Awards (CMA). He also actively supports the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to honor one of his friends who died from the disease. He will be touring with Rascal Flatts during the 2007 summer and fall season.
Windsor (4-0-1) ended the summer baseball schedule by beating the Stratford Academy Eagles 3-2 in the second game of a doubleheader at Stratford’s Bubber Adams Baseball Complex. The first game ended in a 0-0 tie. The Knights swept Crawford County in another doubleheader by the scores of 7-1 and 9-3 and also beat Central Fellowship Christian Academy (CFCA) by the score of 8-2.
Tyler Brown, Assistant Coach at Stratford Academy, has accepted the Head Softball and Head Baseball coaching duties at Windsor. Tyler played for Gordon College and Georgia College and was Athlete of the Year. He assisted with 2 state softball titles at Stratford. Jimmy Watts takes over as Athletic Director and High School Principal, and remains as Head Football Coach. Coach Michael Johnson will be Head Boys and Girls Basketball Coach with Stephanie Swain as his Assistant for Girls.
Windsor’s 2013 baseball team dominated the following lists: All-Middle Georgia (Caleb Shipp with honorable mentions Peyton Kell, John Whitsel, Jonathan Brooks, Ryan Bowden, and Dylan Smith); All-State (Caleb Shipp and Peyton Kell); and All-Region (Caleb Shipp, Peyton Kell, John Whitsel, Jonathan Brooks, Ryan Bowden, and Dyaln Smith). See the complete lists at www.macon.com/2013/06/09/2511412/all-middle-georgia-gisa-baseball.html# and under the Athletics/Booster Club tab. Caleb Shipp and Jonathan Brooks also played in the 2013 GISA All-Star game held at Mercer’s Claude Smith Field. Congrats!
JASON ALDEAN PERFORMS WITH LENNY KRAVITZ & WINS 2013 CMT AWARD FOR COLLABORATIVE VIDEO! Jason Aldean, Windsor Class of 1995, won the CMT Award for Collaborative video of the year with Luke Bryan and Eric Church, The Only Way I Know. See the latest at www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/06/05/cmt-music-awards-blur-country-borders/2394719.
Windsor Distinguished Graduate Nancy Grace (Class of 1977) ended her dancing stint after eight weeks with partner Tristan MacManus on the hit ABC-TV show “Dancing with the Stars.” Last week, she advanced after dancing a jive to “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” She danced the foxtrot to the Broadway tune “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” See the final story at www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/television/dancing-stars-week-8-elimination-nancy-grace-praises-partner-tristan-exit-short-final-article-1.974825. Nancy danced the rumba during 80’s theme week and showed off her high school cheerleading photo from Windsor to propel her to another round of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars program. During a previous week, Nancy performed a waltz in honor of 2007, the year her twins were born. The waltz was set to “Moon River,” which the legal eagle sang to her twins as a lullaby. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba described the dance as a “live action lullaby” which captured the votes of the millions of viewers. Keep dancing Nancy! She made an appearance at Barnes & Noble in Macon to sign her new Hailey Dean mystery novel “Death on the D-List.” She also signed her NY Times Best Seller “The Eleventh Victim.” Read about her book signing at www.macon.com/local/story/819006.html. See the latest from her website at www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2009/08/13/ng.book.release.cnn. Nancy also made a cameo appearance in the Will Smith summer blockbuster movie Hancock. The movie has grossed over $623 million world-wide dollars to date. Also, Nancy, husband David Linch and twins John David and Lucy Elizabeth were featured in the Belle Special Section of The Telegraph. John David and Lucy Elizabeth were born at 1:55 PM on Sunday, November 4th in Atlanta. Doctors had to induce labor due to pulmonary edema. See NEW pictures of Nancy Grace’s twins at http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/01/21/nancy.twins.1.21/index.html. Mom, Dad and twins are doing fine! Nancy returned to her CNN show on January 7th. Check Nancy’s CNN website below for the latest video of the twins with Nancy at http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2008/01/07/grace.babies.video.long.cnn.
Both Nancy and David serve as members of the Board of Trustees at Mercer University in Macon. Nancy was the recipient of several American Women in Radio & Television Gracie Awards for her primetime investigations on Court TV and for “Individual Achievement for Best Program Host.” She has also been recognized for her ongoing support and advocacy of victims’ rights by various groups. The groups include the Carole Sund/Carrington Foundation, Crime Victims United of California and The Retreat.
Nancy was designated one of the Grand Celebrity Marshals of Macon’s 2006 Cherry Blossom Parade and Festival. She was also a featured author at the Cherry Blossom Lunch for Authors at the Crown Plaza Hotel. With Diane Clehane and Hyperion Books, Nancy wrote Objection!, which profiles how high priced defense attorneys, celebrity defendants, and the media have affected the criminal justice system.
Nancy continues to host her popular legal debate program, Nancy Grace, on CNN’s Headline Prime. Other recent TV stints include Closing Arguments on Court TV, CNN’s Larry King Live, ABC’s The View, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Nancy was a law review graduate of Mercer Law School. She also received a degree in constitutional and criminal law from New York University. At Windsor, Nancy was Co-Captain of the Varsity Cheerleaders, Senior Superlative for School Spirit, Homecoming Court Representative 1976-77, and Clubs Editor for the Windsor yearbook Chevalier. She currently resides in New York and Atlanta.
Joel W. Dickens passed away on Friday, February 3, 2012. Coach Dickens started at Windsor Academy in 1981 and coached Windsor Lady Knights softball until his retirement in 1999. His teams won eleven Region Championships and four State championships while at Windsor. In 2003, he was presented a Distinguished Service Award from the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA). Joel is survived by his daughter Tammy Dickens of Macon and his aunt, Bernice Snow of Macon.