Category Archives: Schools

Students from Oconee awarded scholarships at MLK banquet Standard

Scholarships named in honor of the late Rev. David H. Nunnally were given to local students recently. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

The Athens Area Human Relations Council, Inc. shared more than $10,000 in scholarships to Athens-area high school seniors on Jan. 14, including six students from Oconee County schools. The awards were part of the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship banquet, which featured former University of Georgia Social Work Dean Maurice C. Daniels as keynote speaker. The inaugural Rev. David H. Nunnally Community Service Scholarships were awarded to high school seniors from local schools at the banquet. “The 2017 scholarship honorees are outstanding,” AAHRC President Marvin J. Nunnally said. “We had some tough choices to make with our…

Giant dragonfly once perched beside Athens Academy lake Standard


A giant metallic dragonfly is perched along the lake on the Athens Academy campus in this photo take a few years back. The dragonfly was one of several such pieces of metal art that were placed at various sites on campus as part of a traveling exhibit. (FILE PHOTO)

Young Oconee musicians perform at fundraising concert in Athens Standard

The rock band Zenith Blue performs a song with Clarke Central graduate Kady Bortle on vocals, Oconee High student Parker Allen on guitar, Druv Prackash of North Oconee High on guitar, Jacob Samuelson on bass and Ethan Houseman on drums.  (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Several young musicians from Oconee County participated in a benefit concert on Dec. 16 at The Foundry in Athens to raise money for the Meals on Wheels program sponsored by the Athens Community Council on Aging. The concert featured middle and high school students and recent graduates from the Athens area. Groups included Zenith Blue and The Varsity Band.

Athens Academy band members honored Standard

Elijah Bowden and Natalie Dorn. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Several Athens Academy band members recently received honors for their musical talents. Freshman Elijah Bowden advanced to the second round of the Georgia Music Educators Association’s All-State Band auditions on baritone saxophone. Elijah will audition at the state level in January for an opportunity to be seated in the prestigious All-State band. He is the son of Lynette and Wade Bowden of Athens. Eighth-grader Natalie Dorn, who plays the clarinet, was selected for the District 14 Honor Band. Natalie auditioned and was chosen as one of only 40 clarinet players from the surrounding counties to participate in the event. She…

Oconee 4-H team headed to Denver after Cotton Bowl win at Rock Eagle Standard


The Oconee County 4-H Consumer Judging Team won first place at the Georgia 4-H Cotton Bowl and Consumer Jamboree held recently at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton. Ayah Abdelwahab was recognized as the Third High Individual and Harrison Williams was the Fifth High Individual, competing against more than 50 4-H members from across the state. The team will represent Georgia 4-H at the Western National 4-H Round Up in Denver, Colo. The team members (from left) are 4-H Extension Agent coach Kelle Ashley, Mennah Abdelwahab, Harrison Williams, Ayah Abdelwahab and Kiana Washington. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

North Oconee High student accepts appointment to U.S. Air Force Academy Standard

Alexis Shirley reports to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in June. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

North Oconee High student Alexis Shirley has a fairly certain idea about the general path of her life for the next nine years. The senior has accepted an official offer for an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where she will attend college. Then upon graduation, she will serve a minimum of five years in the Air Force. And there’s no telling where in the world she might serve. She reports to the academy on June 29 for six weeks of cadet training. Though Shirley will be many miles from her home in Watkinsville, she doesn’t…

Athens Academy Lego teams advance to super regional Standard

The Sparbots Green Team includes (from left) Sean Jensen, Neela Sudhagar, Kiara Visitacion, Jackson Memler-Jones, John Arnold, Nate Hilyard, Andrew Hill, Jiya Patel and Charlie Vaughn. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Athens Academy had two teams to advance to the Super-Regional FIRST Lego League tournament in January, according to a news release from the school. The announcement of the winners was made by Georgia Tech. Athens Academy will host the super regional, which will include 32 teams competing to advance to the state tournament. The Academy teams were two of the 24 who competed at Athens Academy on Dec. 3, including schools from Clarke and Oconee Counties. The Sparbots Green team received a Robot Design trophy, while the Sparbots White team earned high marks in the Project category. Athens Academy’s robot…

Two North Oconee High robotics teams advance to state competition Standard

Members of the North Oconee High School's robotics teams, Sentinel and Kronos, pose with their robots. They earned a trip to the state competition in February. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Robotics teams from North Oconee High School took home the top three awards from the First Tech Challenge (FTC) qualifying competition on Dec. 10 at the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology. North Oconee sent 44 robotics students in four teams to compete at the event, hosted by the GSMST Robodragons. The challenge requires students to design, build and program their own robot to complete a variety of complex tasks. All four of North Oconee’s teams performed well in competition, advisers said. At the end of the preliminary rounds, two of North Oconee’s teams were ranked in the top…

Oconee musicians will perform at Meals on Wheels fundraiser in Athens Standard

Benjamin Simpson will be heard at the Foundry concert. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Several talented musicians from Oconee County are participating Friday in a concert to raise money for the the Meals on Wheels program sponsored by the Athens Community Council on Aging. The Meals on Wheels Benefit Concert is from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Foundry on Dougherty Street in Athens. The event is open to all ages with tickets at $10 each or $25 for a family of four. The concert includes students from middle through high school and recent graduates in the Athens area. Music styles range from original songs to hip-hop and classic rock along with an array…