HEADMASTER'S CORNER

May 24, 2018

CONGRATS TO THE CLASS OF 2018! This past Saturday, we bid farewell to an extremely gifted group of Seniors from the Class of 2018. These talented, hardworking young men and women are now headed to colleges and universities throughout the U.S. to continue their training.

This unique class was awarded more than $2.4 million in academic and athletic scholarship aid. But even more impressive is the fact that an amazing 74% of this year's class qualified for Zell Miller or Hope Scholarships!

In addition to remarks by our co-Valedictorians, Daniel MacDonald and John Loveall, six of our Seniors gave personal testimonies about their relationship with the Lord and their years at ACS. It was a great night for our School.

May 17, 2018

4th IN STATE! Congratulations to the Lady Eagles Track Team for taking 4th in State at the GHSA Track Championships this past weekend.

Senior Kristin Stephens led the way as State Runner-Up in both the 100 meter and 200 meter races. Clara Heiss was 4th in the 100 Hurdles, and the 4x100 Relay Team of Clara Heiss, Annalisa Heiss, Heaven Simmons and Kristin Stephens finished 3rd with a new school record of 49.60.

In the field events, Madison Pickerel took 3rd in the High Jump, Clara Heiss finished 3rd in Pole Vault, Heaven Simmons was 5th in the Long Jump, and Sarah Jane Johnson was 8th in the Discus.

Way to go girls! We're very proud of you!

May 10, 2018

CELEBRATING THE ARTS - This week we will enjoy our wonderful Spring Concert, presented by the Middle School and High School Bands and Choirs at ACS. Over 75 musicians will join together to bless us with their talent.

Among other selections, the Choirs will perform Psalm 23 by Paul Basler and Agnus Dei by Victor Johnson. And, our High School Male Quartet will perform their State Championship selection, "I Would Be True."

Special thanks goes out to our Director of Choirs, Mrs. Heather Pillsbury, and to our Director of Bands, Mr. Nathan Pillsbury, who put in so much work for this night. You've done a great job and made our School proud!  

May 3, 2018

ANNIE! - The Athens Christian School Drama Department will present Annie on May 3, 4 and 5 at the ACS Drama Center, and it will be open to the public. Thursday and Friday at 7:00, and Saturday matinee at 2:00.

Seventh grader Ashlyn Dilworth will play Annie, the young orphan who captured the hearts of Daddy Warbucks and a nation in the popular Broadway musical. Senior Henry Heydinger, who has performed many roles on the ACS stage, will play Daddy Warbucks.

Thanks to the many faculty members and parent volunteers who put in so many hours on this performance, especially Play Director Kathy Dickinson, Set Designers Eric and Paula Mixon, and Choreographer Michelle Cummings. We're looking forward to a great show!  

April 26, 2018

MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM - Five years ago, we started a Media Communications Program at ACS, and in 2014, we opened our state of the art Media Communications Lab in Founders Hall. The ultimate goal of our Media Program is to train students to be salt and light in the media and film industry.

As part of their training, our media and film students attend the Highbridge Festival in April. The Highbridge Festival is the premier event at Asbury University's "Engaging the Culture Weekend," and has become one of the top fine arts events in Kentucky's Bluegrass Region.

Eight of our graduates have gone on to study Media and Film in college. These students will soon be impacting our culture for Christ!

April 19, 2018

CONGRATS TO CALINA, ADDISON AND CHIP! - We want to congratulate three of our ACS Seniors on their outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments.

Calina Croy recently signed to play volleyball at Lee University. Calina was a First Team All-Region 8A selection, and is also a member of our Spiritual Leadership team at ACS.

Addison Brown also signed a track and field scholarship at Lee University. Addison was an Honorable Mention All Northeast Georgia football player, and throws the shot put and discus for the ACS track team.

Chip Williams has signed to play football at Shorter University. Chip was a First Team All-Region 8A linebacker and is also part of our Spiritual Leadership Team.

Congrats to these fine student athletes!

April 12, 2018

CONGRATS HEATHER! - Our Choral Director, Heather Pillsbury, is becoming famous right before our eyes! This past December, Heather was named Female Artist/Writer of the Year at the Gospel Music Association's IMMERSE Conference in Nashville. This annual conference features emerging talent in the gospel music industry.

And in February Heather released her debut album, Prone to Wander, featuring 10 original songs. Heather's goal with her new album is to advance and celebrate the good news of the Gospel through music.

In addition to serving as the Choral Director at ACS, Heather is a worship leader at Life Church of Athens. Prone to Wander is available for purchase from all digital music stores and is streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.
 

April 5, 2018

DID HE OR DIDN'T HE? - Christians around the world celebrated Easter this past Sunday. So, how do we know that Jesus was raised from the dead?

We know that Jesus was a real historical figure who was crucified by the Romans and buried in a tomb. Scripture tells us that the tomb where Jesus was buried was found empty three days after His death, and many witnesses saw Jesus in His glorified body following the resurrection. Soon thereafter, Christianity spread throughout the world, with Jesus' death and resurrection as the central theme.

What does it mean if Jesus was raised from the dead, and was who He claimed to be? Simply put, it can be life-changing for you!

March 29, 2018

GOOD FRIDAY - Christians will observe Good Friday this week by recalling Jesus' death on the cross. On Sunday, Christians will celebrate Easter as the day Jesus triumphed over the grave and rose from the dead.

H.G. Wells said this about Jesus: "I am a historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history."

This statement is true because Jesus is THE Savior. No other figure in history claimed to be the Messiah, then rose from the dead to prove it. I hope you know this Jesus.
 

March 22, 2018

STATE CHAMPS! WOW! State Championships are difficult to achieve - especially in the GHSA - but our Male Quartet won a GHSA Literary State Championship this past Saturday at Georgia Military College. This makes the 85th State Championship in the 48-year history of the School.

Seniors Henry Heydinger and Jared Palmer teamed up with Juniors Luke Smith and Jacob McIntyre to form the winning combination. The Quartet sang "Viva la Companie" and "I Would Be True" at the State Competition.

Congrats to these young men and to Choral Director Heather Pillsbury for their excellent showing this year. We could not be more proud of the way this group has used their talents to bring honor to God.

March 15, 2018

SIXTH GRADERS TO FLORIDA - Our 6th graders recently returned from their annual class trip to St. Augustine. One highlight of the trip was the famous Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. This fort, built by the Spanish in the 1670's, changed hands 6 times before being reclaimed by the United States government following the Civil War.

Our 6th graders also saw the Old Jail, the Fountain of Youth, and the Pirate Museum. They wrapped up their trip with visits to Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum and the Kennedy Space Center.

Thanks to all those who chaperoned and made this trip a great and memorable experience for our 6th grade classes.

March 8, 2018

BILLY GRAHAM - One of the most influential figures of the 20th century was laid to rest on March 2. Estimates say he preached to over 215 million people in 185 countries during his lifetime. His calling was to go into all the world and bring the gospel to every creature.

Billy Graham was criticized by different people for different things during his life. Yet in spite of any criticism, he stayed true to the calling God had placed on him.

He was "America's pastor," a counselor to Presidents, and a best-selling author. But perhaps more importantly, he was a humble servant - a man who put God ahead of himself. Rest in peace, Dr. Graham. You finally made it home.

March 1, 2018

EAGLE CHOIRS RATE SUPERIOR! On Friday, February 23, the ACS Middle School and High School Choirs participated in the ACSI Choir Festival held at Toccoa Falls College. Both Choirs did a fantastic job receiving Superior ratings - the highest possible ratings available.

In addition to the Choirs, soloists Henry Heydinger and Allie Marchman received Superior ratings, as did the Girls Trio of Sydney Prince, Tava King and Hannah Smith, and the Boys Quartet made up of Henry Heydinger, Jacob McIntyre, Jared Palmer and Luke Smith.

Congrats to all singers and to Choral Director Heather Pillsbury for the hard work and excellent showing this year. We're so pleased that our Eagle Choirs are honoring God with their musical gifts.
 

February 22, 2018

PRESIDENTS' DAY - Each year, the 1st and 2nd grade classes at ACS treat us to a Patriotic Program celebrating our great Country. This year, the Patriotic Program fittingly came just before Presidents' Day.

Congress originally established Presidents' Day in 1879 as a way to honor George Washington's birthday. This national holiday is now generally recognized to be a day honoring the birthdays of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

George Washington was arguably America's greatest leader. He was an active member of the Anglican Church his entire life, and he set aside time for prayer and Bible reading each day. At ACS, we teach about George Washington's leadership and his faith. He was truly a man to emulate.
 

February 15, 2018

CONGRATS TO FFA HORSE JUDGING TEAM! Congratulations to our Middle School Horse Judging Team for winning the Area 2 Competition in January. With the win, the ACS Horse Judging team qualified for the State Horse Judging Competition in Perry, Georgia.

Horse judging develops skills in evaluating and ranking horses based on breed characteristics, conformation, and performance. As a team, students solve problems related to equine selection, nutrition, management, and production. It is one of many FFA competitions held each year.

Fairand Hix was the high scoring individual in the Junior Division. Other team members included Katy Griffin, Savanna Prince, and Cord Lytle. A big thanks to FFA Supervisor Jerry Taylor for his excellent work with these young students.

February 8, 2018

DAR WINNERS! - Congratulations to ACS Senior Andrew Stephenson and Eighth Grader Russell Smith, as they were named winners of this year's DAR Essay Contest. This annual writing competition is sponsored by the Elijah Clarke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and this year's themes focused on advancing freedom and remembering World War I.

As a result of winning the High School DAR Good Citizen Award, Andrew will now advance to the State level of competition where he will compete against other local DAR winners.

The DAR Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history. ACS thanks our local DAR Chapter for promoting this important educational activity each year.

February 1, 2018

CONGRATS, LEGAL EAGLES! - CONGRATULATIONS to the Athens Christian Mock Trial Team for coming in 2nd in the Region 2 Mock Trial Competition this past Saturday. The Legal Eagles will now advance to the District Championship on February 17.

In addition to a great team finish, ACS earned the most individual awards in the Competition - 12 in all. Seniors Michael Broughton and John Loveall both won three Best Witness Awards, while Senior Henry Heydinger also received a Best Witness Award. Senior Daniel MacDonald won three Outstanding Lawyer Awards, while Junior Mary Kate McCrudden received two Outstanding Lawyer Awards.

Thanks to Supervisor Scott Crawford for all of his hard work, and a "great job" to all of our student participants!

January 25, 2018

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAMPS! - Congratulations to the Athens Christian Middle School Boys Basketball Team for winning the Greater Athens Area Basketball Championship this past Monday. This year's team went undefeated on their way to the Championship.

Van Beacham has coached the Middle School boys for several years and does a great job. He teaches these young men how to approach life through the game of basketball. This year's team was led by eighth graders Caleb Williams, Renardo Faust and Johness Davis, who made big contributions throughout the season.

Great job Middle School Eagles! You fought hard and came together as a complete team. We're proud of you!

January 18, 2018

CAN'T BEAT EXPERIENCE! ACS has been providing a highly competitive, college-prep education for 48 years. Our graduates are in colleges and universities all across the Country - including the Air Force Academy, UMass, UGA, UVA and Baylor - to name just a few.

One reason that our graduates are prepared for college is our highly experienced faculty. Our teachers average over 20 years of professional experience, and an impressive 65% of our full-time faculty members hold advanced degrees.

If you want your child to learn in an environment with experienced, loving teachers, check out ACS. You can meet our highly qualified faculty during our next Open House on February 2.

January 11, 2018

CONGRATS TO THE DAWGS! - Growing up in Athens, I remember the large banners that went up outside the Sears store in Alps Shopping Center every time Georgia got a win. They would show a Bulldog clamping down on an LSU Tiger, or smashing a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, or dismantling some other mascot.

This season brought back those childhood memories. It was great to see the Dawgs go 13-1 and play for the National Championship. I was 17 the last time they played for one.

So, congrats to the Dawgs on a fantastic year! Even though they came up a little short, it sure was a fun ride, and one that many of our kids will remember for decades to come.
 

January 4, 2018

NEW YEAR'S CLASSIC - The first Saturday of January is always a special day at ACS. This is the day that we host the annual New Year's Classic Bible Quiz Tournament - one of the largest tournaments in the Country.

Bible Quizzing is one of the unique extracurricular activities offered at ACS. Bible Quiz students memorize large portions of Scripture and then compete in tournaments where they are asked questions about the passages they have committed to memory.

This year's teams are memorizing the Books of Mark, 1, 2 and 3 John, and Jude. These students are hiding God's Word in their hearts and meditating on it often. We wish them the best in this weekend's competition!

December 28, 2017

LABELING - More and more these days, it seems like people are labeled. The label is rarely positive. Instead, the label is usually meant to promote prejudice against the person being labeled.

If you oppose homosexual marriage, you're a bigot. If you criticized Susan Collins for her tax vote, you're sexist. If you considered voting for Trump, you're a deplorable. If you voted for Bernie Sanders, you're a socialist. Yep, the labels go both ways.

In the era of instant information, it seems there is less and less reasoned judgment. Instead, in order to get the first headline, people jump to labels. Before we label, maybe we should think more about how our label affects those we are labeling.


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