Congratulations to four Athens Academy sixth graders who took part in the Georgia Statewide Honors Chorus performance on February 22-23, 2019, at the Classic Center in Athens. After being selected by audition, Camille Attaway, Oswaldo Jara Rivera, Adam Lefkowitz, and Sierra Pape rehearsed and performed with the chorus, which was comprised of over 250 sixth grade singers from around the state.
“We are so pleased with our students’ hard work in preparing and rehearsing this difficult music,” said Athens Academy choral teacher Leslie Setzer. “Their efforts resulted in a fantastic performance!”
After a very thoughtful and deliberate process, we are pleased to announce that Colleen Hannafin Burwell (Class of 2001) has accepted the position of Director of Preschool for Athens Academy. Mrs. Burwell, who has been filling in as the interim director since August 2018, served as the assistant director of Pre/Lower School beginning in 2015.
Mrs. Burwell received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and completed her graduate work at Georgia College and State University. Prior to Athens Academy, she worked in several local public schools, including Maysville Elementary, South Jackson Elementary, and Hilsman Middle School.
Athens Academy’s Model UN team spent February 8-10, 2019, participating in the annual high school Model UN conference hosted by the UGA collegiate Model UN team. Over 620 students from 26 schools across the Southeast were in attendance. Athens Academy’s team included 25 Upper School students representing the countries of Norway and Singapore, along with positions in the conference's three “crisis committees.”
Junior Anjali Patel received Honorable Mention for her representation of Norway in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization committee. Senior Tommy Warner received Honorable Mention for his role as Rep. Elizabeth Rice in the “Future of Artificial Intelligence” crisis committee. Way to go, Spartans!
Congratulations to the 52 students who were inducted into the National Honor Society yesterday based on their qualities of scholarship, leadership, character, and service. The induction ceremony followed a presentation by alumni Joe Tillman and Ellen Wilkins Wiley about the founding and early years of the school.
Congratulations to the students who were inducted into the National Honor Society: Hilary Adams, Fardin Ahmed, Kira Avolio, Loy Brynne Baxley, Leah Benkoski, Meredith Bennett, Palmer Bush, Cason Chance, Charlie Chisolm, Sarah Collins, Eli Condie, Ethan Connelly, Ann Harper Covington, Bass Cowles, Ellie Crosland, Ben Cuneo, Margaret Edwards, McKenzie Elrod, Wyatt England, Kitty Fan, John Ferguson, Lucy Ferguson, Riley Friesen, Mary Goggin, Dru Hunt, Ava Kennedy, Kate Kleiber, Davis Klein, Owen Lange, William Leach, McCall Manus, Malcolm Marett, Kavya Menke, Will Morris, Edward Nichols, Danielle Norris, Alex Oh, Ella Peters, Anna Rutledge, Lewis Scruggs, Emily Sherrier, Adeline Sinkwich, Will Thomas, Christopher Thurmond, Sarah Elisabeth Thurmond, Turner Trapnell, Elizabeth Walker, Lucy Waugh, Carson Will, Katherine Woody, Nick Xie, and Isabella York.
Congratulations to junior Charlotte Luke, who recently received two Golden Key Scholastic Writing Awards! The first was for her critical essay “Where Women Have the Upper Hand,” and the second was for her article “Big Town, Small Landfill: How Athens, Georgia, is a Microcosm for the World’s Trash Problem,” which originally appeared in The Spartan Review. The awards are part of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Program and are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers as part of its annual contest. According to their website, all works receiving Gold Keys will move on to national judging in New York City, and will be considered for national honors: Gold and Silver Medals and Special Achievement Awards.