Senior Alex Oh has been recognized as the STAR student for Athens Academy for the 2020-21 school year. Alex has selected Mariya Peterson as his STAR Teacher. In addition to his STAR recognition, Alex is a National Merit finalist and a member of the Cum Laude Society, the National Honor Society, the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and the Spanish Honor Society. He is an accomplished musician, playing both viola and piano throughout his middle and high school years. Alex is a longtime volunteer for the Athens Area Homeless Shelter and also serves the Boys and Girls Club, Books for Keeps, the Athens Community Council on Aging, and more. He is a member of the Athens Clarke County Mayor’s Youth Commission and served on Student Council during his sophomore and junior years. Alex is the son of Eugene Oh and Candice Kang of Watkinsville. He will be attending Columbia University this fall.
With 25 years’ experience teaching mathematics, Mariya Peterson is the chair of the Mathematics Department and has been a member of the Athens Academy faculty for eight years. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Dnepropetrovsk State University in Ukraine. She currently teaches Multivariable Calculus with Linear Algebra, AP Calculus BC, and Algebra II Honors, and serves as a senior advisor.