Piedmont Academy held its 2011/2012 Honors Day program on Tuesday, for grades six through twelve. Several guests were in attendance to recognize distinguished students. Headmaster Tony Tanner welcomed the visitors, congratulated the students and gave the invocation. College professors and high school teachers Martha Mock and Lynn Cashwell, recognized high school students enrolled in Piedmont Academy's dual-enrollment program with Georgia Military College. Students receiving college credit(s) in English are Briana Bailey, Samuel McGinnis, Davis Kimball, Jeremy Wood and Cole Hamilton. In biology are Brianna Bailey, Davis Kimball, Samuel McGinnis and Jeremy Wood.
Headmaster Tony Tanner presented plaques to students who received the yearly highest academic average for their overall grade point average. Recipients included: sixth-grader Alina Jablonski; seventh-grader Heidi Cashwell; eighth-grader Morgan Leach; ninth-grader Cheyenne Galloway; tenth-grader Katie Odegaard; eleventh-grader Carley Cain and twelfth grade Valedictorian Briana Bailey.
Students receiving the second highest academic average for their overall grade point average and receiving a certificate included: sixth-grader Mikayla Rigsby; seventh-grader Tyler Mills; eighth-grader Taylor Swart; ninth-grader Luke Martin; tenth-grader Austin Bass; eleventh-grader Julia Clare Maloney; and twelfth grade Salutatorian Davis Kimball.
This year, Piedmont Academy had nine students to qualify for the Duke TIP Program. Three of those who chose to participate included Nick Maynard, Madison Burnham and Morgan Johnston.
Subject awards with yearly highest academic averages in middle school were presented by middle school lead teacher Elizabeth Davis. Sixth-grade recipients included: middle school agriculture discovery, Grayson Bradley; language art's studies, Alina Jablonski and Mikayla Rigsby; English, earth science, math and world history, Alina Jablonski.
Seventh-grade recipients included: language arts studies, Grace Roberts and Tyler Mills, language; English, world geography and pre-algebra Tyler Mills; earth science and world geography, Heidi Cashwell; and pre-algebra, Grace Roberts.
Eighth-grade awards included: language arts studies, Christopher Cain; English, Taylor Swart and Morgan Leach; physical science, Chris Coogler; algebra Bradley Fuller and Bridgette Phillips; and American history, Christopher Cain and Morgan Leach.
The GISA Coaches Association recognizes senior athletes within GISA, each year, who have excelled in athletics as well as in the classroom. The criteria for a nomination are top ten of his or her class, a cumulative GPA of 3.75, and an SAT score of at least 1900. The nominee must have lettered twice in the sport in which he or she is nominated. Additional weight is given to literary participation, winning of academic awards, all-region honors, and all-state honors.
The GISA Coaches Association choses ten student athletes from each classification. Piedmont Academy was honored to have two of the ten selected student athletes to receive the GISA Coaches Association Morris C. Johnson Academic Athlete Award for AA for 2012, Davis Kimball for soccer and Briana Bailey for tennis.
The University of Georgia, in conjunction with the State Department of Education, recognize Georgia Certificate of Merit Scholars across the state of Georgia in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement throughout the first three years of high school. To qualify for this prestigious award, students must rank in the top five percent of their junior class and be enrolled in college preparatory curriculum. Juniors, Lanie King and Carley Cain, were presented with the University of Georgia Certificate of Merit.