THE SOCIAL DILEMMA - If you haven't seen this documentary-drama hybrid on Netflix, you should. It is an eye-opening series of interviews with Silicon Valley engineers who designed the technologies they now fear.
Why are these engineers sounding the alarm? Because social media companies are attempting to rewire the human brain by collecting mounds of data on us, and then pushing ads, videos, and other information to us through our phones.
The scariest part raised the question of whether humans will be able to discern actual truth if we are addicted to social media. With so much false information on the internet, it's easy to go down the "rabbit hole" of buying into your own "truth," even if it is a lie.
HOMECOMING AT ACS - We had a fantastic Homecoming Week this past week. The ACS Class of 1981 made it a celebratory weekend as they hosted a large dinner on Saturday evening commemorating their 40th anniversary.
The halftime ceremony for our Homecoming Court was beautifully done. Congratulations to Lydia Forston who was crowned our Homecoming Queen, and to Abby Marchman who was our Runner-Up. Both of these young ladies have been at ACS for several years and are exemplary representatives of the School.
We also wanted to thank all the parents and other volunteers who did a lot of work behind the scenes to make this a memorable night for the School. We appreciate the great support we've always gotten from our wonderful parents!
AREA CHAMPS! - A big SHOUT OUT to our Junior and Senior FFA Land Judging Teams and to FFA Advisor, Mr. Jerry Taylor. These two teams recently finished 1st and 2nd at the Area Competition and have both qualified for the State Competition.
The Junior Team placed 1st with the following individual placings: Avery Haas 1st, Stephen Blackmon 4th, Thomas Hutton 6th and Piper Albeke 7th. The Senior Team placed 2nd, with Trey Taylor 2nd, Cody Aiken 5th, Bryson Jones 6th, and Emma Grace Hutton 8th.
Georgia FFA has over 42,000 members, so getting the opportunity to compete for a State Championship is a big deal. Best wishes as the ACS Land Judging Teams move on to State.
DR. BUHL - my father, the Founder of Athens Christian School, went home to be with the Lord this past Wednesday. If anyone deserved to be welcomed into Heaven with the words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant", it was my dad.
My father was a pioneer in Christian education. When the Supreme Court removed prayer and the Bible from public education in the 1960's, my dad responded to God's call to start a Christian school. He was the heart and soul of ACS, and he impacted thousands of people in his lifetime.
He was also a true servant leader, and he wanted every single child at ACS to know Jesus. We miss you Dad, but we'll see you again one day.
The amazing stories from the aftermath of 9/11 impact us all, but one in particular caught my attention. Two days after the attack, a construction worker found a 17-foot high steel column and beam fused in the form of a cross among the rubble. In October, "the cross" was moved to the edge of the recovery site, where it stood as a symbol of faith and resilience for many.
As we remember this tragic day, let's thank God that we still have the freedom to worship. And may we never forget that, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."