Zain Bashey, a senior at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, has earned a spot in the GMEA (Georgia Music Educators Association) All State Band. Bash has been accepted into All State every year since 7th grade. He went to Athens, Ga., to spend the weekend with some of the finest high school musicians in the state.

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Warren Quirett, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School assistant director of college counseling, has been named to the new board of directors for the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling.

He begins his tenure on the board this April.

“Warren has added much to our college counseling office as a colleague and is a trusted mentor for our students,” said Tyler Sant, HIES director of college counseling. “I’m proud he’ll be representing the HIES college counseling team in such a high-profile position in our regional professional association. It is a well-deserved honor.”

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Six St. Pius X Catholic High School students have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition for 2017.  St. Pius X has had at least three National Merit Scholarship Finalists in 16 of the previous 17 years and has had 86 National Merit Scholar Finalists since 2000. 

The six National Merit Scholar Finalists from St. Pius X are: Joshua Sam Christopher, Patrick A. Crawford, Matthew S. Desmelik, Emily M. Pearson, Robert T. Porter and Jacob G. Ressler-Craig.

“This recognition is a tribute to St. Pius X, its teachers, the quality of the curriculum and student participation.  This really is a testament to the high-quality of the classroom instruction and the attentiveness of the students,” said St. Pius X Dean of Academics, John Griffith.                

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the PSAT.  Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Students that reach the finalist standing as National Merit Scholars, places them in the top half of 1 percent  of all those nationwide who participated in the competition. 

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Six Chamblee Charter High School students have been selected to participate in the 2017 Georgia All State Band: Christine Delon of Tucker (flute), Caroline Johnston of Tucker (French horn), Debbie Ku of Doraville (clarinet), Georgia Nelson of Tucker (oboe), Corey Williams of Doraville (trumpet) and Sarah Williams of Dunwoody (oboe).

The Georgia All State Band is sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) for high-performing band students to showcase their musical talent along with other band students from across the district and state. All public and private schools in DeKalb County are part of GMEA District 4, which includes the counties of Butts, DeKalb, Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Rockdale. 

These students were selected by audition to advance first to the District 4 Honor Band, and then by another audition to the All State Band.  The second round audition was conducted among the District Honor Band students from all 14 GMEA districts in the state.  Students who earn acceptance into the All State Band gather in Athens, Georgia on March 3-4 for a series of rehearsals which culminates in a final performance conducted by a special guest conductor. 

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DHS Sophomore Noah Covey won first place for his mobile game Duskfall at the DeKalb County School District Technology Fair on Jan. 21. Projects designed and built by students were judged on documentation, functionality, creativity, understanding and intended purpose.

Noah designed Duskfall, wrote the code, created the graphics, and composed the music. The game has four unique levels, each with its own custom music and obstacles, and is available on iOS and Android. Duskfall was featured by Apple in over 100 countries and has been downloaded by close to 70,000 users worldwide.

Noah will advance to the GaETC State Technology Fair on Saturday, March 11, at Middle Georgia State College in Macon, Ga.

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Jacob Ressler-Craig (Atlanta) was selected as the 2017 St. Pius STAR student, while Social Studies Department Chair Kristen Kramer was named the STAR teacher for 2015-16.  The STAR program honors Georgia’s outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.

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