Ayden Wood, a 5th grade student at GAC, has been selected as one of the winners for the Georgia Music Educators Association Composition Contest. Students from across the state submitted musical compositions that were judged by a panel of esteemed music educators. Ayden is one of 16 students recognized and is the only winner in elementary school.
Wednesday marked one of the biggest days of their young lives for 10 Greater Atlanta Christian School student-athletes. Years of training and discipline have finally paid off for these seniors who have obtained scholarships to continue on as student-athletes at colleges and universities across the country. This showcase of talent, determination, and commitment is something to be expected at GAC. In just the last three years, GAC has seen over 60 student-athletes commit to playing at the collegiate level.
Ayden Wood, a 5th grader at GAC, has been selected as one of the winners for the Georgia Music Educators Association Composition Contest. Students from across the state submitted musical compositions that were judged by a panel of esteemed music educators. Ayden is 1 of 16 students recognized and is the only winner in elementary school. Her composition, “Poinsettias”, will be featured on a recital during the GMEA In-Service Conference on January 25, 2019, at 7:30 pm in the Oconee Room of the Classic Center in Athens. Learn more about the School of Music.
Congratulations to the following students for being accepted into the Georgia Jazz Educators Association Jazz Bands for the 2018-2019 school year: Megan Ruder (bass), Ben McCarty, (trumpet), Aiden Mathers (tenor saxophone), Ike Ogueri (tenor saxophone), and Julian Fernandez (piano).
Senior Chris Hinton becomes the fourth Spartan Football player in the past five years honored with an invitation to play in the 2019 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. “Out of over 1 million high school football players, only 90 are selected to play in this game,” Head Coach Tim Hardy said.
The first performance of the school year, “The Very Grey Matter of Edward Blank”, proves to stun both GAC audiences and those at the Georgia Theater Conference. After selling over 450 tickets for the show at GAC, the cast won four awards for their moving performance of the show that tackles the stigmas of mental illness.
Senior Gavin McDonnell was recently accepted into the prestigious All-National Choir of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). He is one of only 12 students who successfully auditioned from the state of Georgia. Selection to the All-National choir is considered one of the finest achievements available to high school choral students in the US and Gavin has earned this honor for two years in a row.
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” - Socrates
At GAC, we understand that learning never ends. On top of the formal education and years of experience they bring to the table, our faculty are always hungry for more knowledge and training as the profession evolves. In fact, 76% of them hold an advanced degree. GAC offers the professional and financial support to make this possible for our teachers.
Katie Irwin, GAC Class of 2015, was honored as UGA's Amazing Student for this week and deservedly so! An exemplary student with an impressive resume even as a junior in college, she epitomizes the GAC student, one who is guided by faith, courageous in character, engaged in service, empowered by strengths, driven by passions, shaped by experiences, inspired by vision, motivated by mission, and committed to action.
Congratulations to Talia Miller, GAC sophomore saxophonist, who auditioned and was accepted into the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble. This is an ensemble of talented musicians in the greater Atlanta area, and students are accepted only after a rigorous audition process. This is the second year Talia will get to be a member of this prestigious group.
Senior Victoria Huynh was recently selected as a semifinalist for the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Competition. She is among approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, which represents less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors.
Senior Parker Jennings becomes the only individual to win three consecutive Shuler Awards. Last Thursday, Parker was bestowed her third Shuler for the "Best Performance by a Leading Actress" Award for her performance as Eliza Doolittle in the GAC musical My Fair Lady.
Congratulations to the JV Academic Team of Julian Fernandez, Pragya Ghanate, Noor Kotadia, Wynn Kwiatkowski, Peter Phan, Navya Sarikonda, and Niharika Singareddy, which won runner-up in the state championship tournament this past weekend at Ola High School. The team defeated Blessed Trinity twice as well as Marist and Gordon Central to take home its third state tournament trophy in 3 years. The team finished a strong season of regularly advancing to and winning matches in playoffs in several tournaments.
Alumnus Isaiah Wilkins '14 was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year for his work for the University of Virginia Cavaliers.
Isaiah is no stranger to the headlines, but cover boy is a different story. During his time at GAC and beyond, Isaiah has remained a fixture of excellence, both in character and in athletic might. The University of Virginia Sports Information highlighted Isaiah's many accomplishments there, continuing another tradition of greatness.
The Envirothon team took 3rd place in the North Region Envirothon meet, advancing them to the State competition.
GAC is proud to have had the largest representation at the meet. The first and second place teams have been the long-standing State defenders and in the top ten nationally. Many of the seniors have competed for all four years.
The Envirothon Competition involves five stations: Wildlife, Forestry, Aquatic Ecology, Soil and Land use, and a current topic which is Rangeland Management. At each station, they have a written test and a skills tests.
Ivy Lee (8th grade, flutist) and Rachel Stiles (senior, oboist) performed this week with the Georgia All-State Band. Rachel, a 5-year All-State veteran, has been accepted to the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Ivy, chosen for All-State since 6th grade, is the first chair in the entire state of Georgia.
Each elementary school in Georgia may send five singers to Statewide Elementary Honors Chorus. These GAC fifth graders auditioned, worked hard to prepare the music with Dr. Hensley, and traveled to Athens, Georgia, February 23-24. There they were excited to participate in many hours of rehearsal with nationally recognized choral clinicians, Dr. Craig Denison and Mrs. Karen Nicolosi. The weekend culminated in a wonderful concert sung by 500 of the best young singers in our state.
The Olympian “Emerge” yearbook earned a state superior rating, which is the highest rating bestowed out of four. The GSPA, which is run by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, judges state yearbooks in four areas: concept and organization, coverage, copy, and photography and design. The Olympian earned 664 points out of a possible 695 across all categories. The ranking categories are Superior, Excellent, Achievement and Merit.
Under the Superior yearbook designation, the scoring entry notes, “The staff clearly demonstrated excellence in all areas of scholastic journalism in this yearbook.” The yearbook editor for 2017 was alumna Cammie Caldwell; the managing editor was Cienna Townson, and the assistant editor was current senior Manning Edson.