June 6, 2012

Interact Meals Help Those in Need

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Last fall, Athens Academy was pleased to host the District 6910 Interact Conference. As part of the meeting, volunteers from all over Northeast Georgia packaged 10,000 meals for needy families as part of the Stop Hunger Now service event. Those meals were shipped to Mission Touch Ministries in Zambia, where they helped feed hundreds of children through school feeding programs and in orphanages.

Mission Touch is a non-profit that provides aid to many schools and orphanages in Zambia, feeding over 6,000 children on a daily basis around the capital city of Lusaka. Kyle Galenski, program manager for Stop Hunger Now, was grateful for Athens Academy's participation: "I can't thank you enough for your partnership in packaging these meals and spreading awareness about world hunger. This shipment would not have been possible without your support. Thank you for a taking an active role in the fight against world hunger and I look forward to continuing our partnership to create a world without hunger."

Photos courtesy of Stop Hunger Now.

May 21, 2012

Cum Laude Society Inducts New Members

Thumbnail image for Cum Laude 11-12.jpgFifteen members of Athens Academy's Class of 2012 were tapped for membership in The Cum Laude Society on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The 24th annual Cabaniss Lecture, which preceded the ceremony, was given by Dr. Mark Farmer, professor and chairman of the Biological Sciences department at the University of Georgia and father of Devon Farmer '07.

As the secondary school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa, The Cum Laude Society recognizes superior academic achievement and sound character. Sara Beisswenger, John Braucher, Deeva Desai , Jennifer Dorfman, Tavish Gantz, Anna Justice, Joshua Kundert-Gibbs, Braden Lapp, Robert Leverett, Chloe McWilliams, Kurt Mueller, Torie Owers, Elizabeth Sinyard, Karishma Sriram, and Daniel West were tapped for membership in the prestigious society.

In 1988, Athens Academy became the seventh school in Georgia to be chartered for Cum Laude. This year marked the formal naming of the address as The Cabaniss Lecture by the Athens Academy Board of Trustees, in honor of founding trustee and longtime supporter Dr. Harvey Cabaniss.

Athens Academy Student Competes in History Competitions

Thumbnail image for Fern_Jason.jpgJunior Jason Fern recently represented Athens Academy at the National History Bowl and Bee in Washington, D.C. He qualified for the national competition by winning the Georgia State Championships History Bee held in McDonough, Georgia, in March. In the State History Bowl, Jason and a team from Chattahoochee tied in the championship round with Chattahoochee winning on a sudden-death tie breaker.

Almost 200 teams from across the nation competed in the History Bowl on Saturday, April 28. Most teams consisted of three or four members but Jason competed as a one-man team. Although always out-numbered, he won seven of ten qualifying rounds and advanced to the championship round of 32 teams before being eliminated by Ohio's Warren G. Harding High School.

On Sunday, April 29, Jason was one of more than 200 individuals participating in the History Bee. The morning competition consisted of five rounds in which sets of eight students confronted questions on topics ranging from the ancient Middle East to Medieval England to American History prior to 1932 to the modern world. Jason won four of the five heats in which he participated and made it into the championship round of 20, where he lost in the semi-finals.

The grueling two-day competition lasted twelve hours on Saturday and another seven on Sunday at various sites in the Washington, D.C.-area, culminating at Mount Vernon in Virginia.