PRESIDENTS' DAY - Each year, our 1st and 2nd grade classes treat us to a Patriotic Program celebrating our great Country. Our annual Patriotic Program often corresponds with Presidents' Day.
While some in our current society would like to erase the importance of religion in our Nation's history, the evidence of God's favor on America is clear and convincing. In his 1796 Farewell Address to the Country, George Washington warned that "National morality" cannot be maintained in the absence of religion. That is something to ponder.
George Washington was arguably America's greatest leader. 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.
THE ORIGINS OF VALENTINE'S DAY - In 2019, Americans spent an estimated $20.7 billion on Valentine's Day. Wow!
According to some accounts, the St. Valentine who inspired this holiday may have been two different men. One was known to be a real person who was martyred near Rome around 270 because he secretly helped Christian couples marry. The other St. Valentine was the Bishop of Terni, who also died as a martyr near Rome.
And while the origins of Valentine's Day point to these two St. Valentines, the first records of romantic celebrations on February 14 do not occur until after a poem written by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1375. So, perhaps the famous poet invented the holiday we know today.
CONGRATS, LEGAL EAGLES! - CONGRATULATIONS to the Athens Christian School Mock Trial Team for their 2nd place finish at the Region 2 Mock Trial Competition this past Saturday. ACS will now advance to the District Championship on February 22, which will be held at the UGA Law School.
In addition to a great team finish, ACS earned several individual awards. Senior Molly Cole won two Outstanding Lawyer Awards, while Junior Elizabeth MacDonald also received an Outstanding Lawyer Award. Junior Noah Walker received an Outstanding Witness Award with a perfect score in round one.
Thanks to Supervisor Scott Crawford for all of his hard work, and a "great job" to all of our student participants! We wish you the best at District.
DAR WINNERS! - Congratulations to ACS Senior Thomas Stephenson and Fifth Grader Shiloh Fleischer, as they were named winners of this year's local 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 theme focused on the Voyage of the Mayflower.
Shiloh's essay also won the Northeast Georgia Region competition. As a result, she will now compete at State. Thanks to Shiloh's teachers, Julie Meeks and Donna Palmer, for working with Shiloh on her essay.
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.
TRIBUTE TO MRS. WEATHERLY - As we continue to celebrate our 50th year, we recently paid tribute to our longest serving faculty member, Mrs. Betty Weatherly. Mrs. Weatherly's husband, Bill Weatherly, spoke about his wife during a combined Chapel last Friday.
Mrs. Weatherly went to Heaven last May, but while she was here, she faithfully served our families for more than 47 years. She taught Math, Reading, English, Bible and PE, and was famous for introducing many students to the game of Chess.
Her attitude about life is summed up in a quote that was chronicled in the School yearbook. When asked, "What is your favorite time of day," she responded, "All of them." That's how we will remember Betty Weatherly.
ACS started the day with a 39-35 victory over Athens Academy. Senior Brian Rodriguez pinned his opponent in the final match to secure the victory. The Eagles then defeated George Walton 39-33 when Ali Nabulsi won the last match of that round. Rodriguez and Senior Gabe Hill both went undefeated on the day.
Congratulations to first year Coach Ryan Smith and all of the Eagle Wrestlers, and best wishes at State!