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Greater Atlanta Christian School Celebrates Class of 2023



GAC Class of 2023 at commencement.

Greater Atlanta Christian School (GAC) held a commencement ceremony on May 20 at the Long Forum. The event brought together family, friends, faculty and staff to honor the GAC Class of 2023 and commemorate their accomplishments.

Valedictorian Sophia Nguyen and Salutatorian Cecile Nguyen delivered inspiring speeches, and Dr. Scott Harsh, President, brought the community together with a commencement speech.

He emphasized the importance of aligning graduates’ future endeavors with God’s purpose and pursuing a life of transformation. “As you step into university life, no matter your chosen field of study, remember that you are preparing for much more than simply landing a job,” he said.

“God has called you to use that vocation for His purposes, to pursue law — with an eye toward justice, medicine — with a focus on helping to relieve suffering, business — to improve the lives of others, science — to care for God’s creation, film — to highlight stories of redemption, and in every field to answer God’s call in ways that He will put on your heart,” Harsh added. 

Dr. Scott Harsh delivering the commencement speech

Dr. Scott Harsh delivering the commencement speech. ©2023 Art of Life Photography

The 148 students in the GAC Class of 2023 will attend 63 different universities this fall. Collectively, the class received 561 acceptances from 170 different universities, including Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, the U.S. Naval Academy, Elon, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Emory, Spelman, University of Georgia, Pepperdine, Baylor, Harding and Abilene Christian University.

The graduating class was offered over $16 million in total scholarships. Among the graduates are 40 AP Scholars — including 15 as an AP Scholar with Honor and nine as an AP Scholar with Distinction, six Commended National Merit Scholars and one National Merit Finalist. Fifteen students have been awarded athletic scholarships.

Beyond academic success, the Class of 2023 has demonstrated a commitment to service and community. Throughout their high school years, they volunteered over 10,000 hours through various projects and mission trips.

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Norcross High School Student Lisa Van Ness named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist



Officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of 56 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) semifinalists considered for the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

One of these semifinalists is Lisa Van Ness, a senior at Norcross High School. Van Ness excels in all academic areas but really enjoys her STEM classes. 

Besides her success in the classroom, Van Ness is a member of the school’s color guard for the marching band and has spent three years on the cheer team. 

She is also an accomplished pianist and enjoys dancing, reading and baking in her free time.

Over 1.3 million juniors from 21,000 high schools entered the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Van Ness is among 16,000 semifinalists from across the nation competing for National Merit Scholarships worth almost $28 million and offered next spring.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and the high school must submit a detailed scholarship application. 

They must provide information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards. 

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, a recommendation by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2024 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July 2024.

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Mayor Mason Visits BIA Charter School for Mayor’s Reading Program



On Friday, September 8, Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason visited the BIA Charter School to read to the kindergarten class of Meredith Huxtable.

The mayor visited BIA as part of the Mayor’s Reading Club. Launched in August, the program is designed to support literacy skills and early reading success for children in Georgia cities. 

During his visit, the mayor read “Georgia Caroline Visits City Hall,” and answered student questions.  Following his reading of the book, the mayor took part in an interview conducted by the school’s morning news team, that was broadcast to the entire school.

The Mayor’s Reading Club was developed by Georgia City Solutions and is designed to foster partnerships between the city, county, local nonprofits, schools, libraries and businesses. Other elected officials, city staff, youth and community members can participate in the program as guest readers.

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Four Wesleyan School Faculty Members Named GISA Master Teachers



Wesleyan GISA Master Teachers
Top Row from left, Juliette Ball, Paige Glass, bottom row from left, Suzanne Ragains and Laura Riester (Photo courtesy of Wesleyan School.

The Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) recently named four Wesleyan School faculty members GISA Master Teachers.

After completing a comprehensive application process through GISA this past spring, the following teachers were honored:

  • Juliette Ball, lower school lead teacher;
  • Paige Glass, lower school lead teacher;
  • Suzanne Ragains, a high school modern and classical languages teacher and
  • Laura Riester, middle school math teacher.

To be accepted into GISA’s Master Teacher program, candidates must submit a portfolio featuring three examples of outstanding work related to the classroom and collaborating with other educators.

The final part of the application is an unedited video of the candidate’s classroom teaching as well as five letters of recommendation from colleagues, administrators, parents and students.

“We are delighted that GISA has acknowledged the hard work of these committed educators through the Master Teacher program,” said Chris Cleveland, Wesleyan Head of School.

“Juliette, Paige, Suzanne, and Laura are outstanding classroom teachers and have been impacting the lives of Wesleyan students for many years. They are each deserving of this honor.”

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