State rates Athens ISD finances as ‘superior’

By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communications Coordinator

Sometimes the same old news is very good news. And in this case, the story being repeated is that Athens ISD has received very high marks for its financial well-being.

During Monday night’s November school board meeting, Chief Financial Officer Randy Jones reported to the district’s trustees that AISD has again been designated as “superior” by the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. The current 2016-17 ratings are based on school year 2015-16 data. On a 100-point scale, the district received a 98.

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New Bruce Field draws playoff games, benefits local business

Toni Garrard Clay/AISD

By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communications Coordinator

The season may have come to an end for the Hornets, but Bruce Field is still busy — and bringing thousands of people to Athens for football playoff season.

“Anytime we can bring people into our community, it is absolutely positive for the economy,” said Athens Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Lange Svehlak. “You hope even if they’re only here one time, they fall in love with your community and decide to come back at some point. You never know what can happen when they get a good impression. With the new ballfields and the renovated Bruce Field and the upcoming AHS gym, it’s going to keep growing.”

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AHS leader represents Texas in policy debate world

Nicole Cornish

By Toni Garrard Clay/AISD Communications Coordinator

Each year a select group of people in the world of high school policy debate determines a topic to be used by teenagers across the land. Thanks to this process, students in all 50 states tackle a single, carefully worded topic, culminating in a national tournament. This year, there’ a 50-50 chance that essential topic will come from the mind of Athens High School educator Nicole Cornish.

As one school administrator succinctly put it, “This is a big deal.”

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AHS choir shines

Thirteen members of the Athens High School choir earned places in the Texas Music Educators Association Region 21 Honor Choir or All-Region Mixed Choir. Members of the Honor Choir are (top row, from left) Lindzey Roberts, Dakota Emanis, Melanie Clay, (middle row, from left) Sydney Harrod, Torryn Traxson, Rachel Benson, Jackson Killgore and Edgar Pinedo. Members of the All-Region Mixed Choir are (bottom row, from left) Jacob Moore, Bethany Oglesby, Katelyn Hanson and J Brenden Wallace. Not pictured is Honor Choir member Mackenzie Knotts. “I am thrilled at this accomplishment,” said Choir Director Bridget Scott. (Toni Garrard Clay/AISD)

AHS Outstanding Performer

2017 Athens High School graduate Trevor Baumgartner was selected as an “Outstanding Performer” at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble contest this past May. Only 2 to 3 percent of students earn this distinguished honor out of approximately 100,000 who participate. “This achievement is truly a mark of musical excellence,” wrote State Music Director Dr. Bradley Kent. “Awards of this nature do not come easily.” The announcement was made after the school year ended. (Toni Garrard Clay/AISD)