Athens High School


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Help You Paddle

Admiral William McCraven gave the 2014 graduation speech at the University of Texas at Austin. I have listened to it numerous times. He speaks many truths that we could all stand to hear. I will leave a link below if you would like to listen and perhaps, hopefully you will listen to his advice and apply it to your own life as you step out into the world.

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You must complete the form attached in order to receive your cap & gown.


Fill out the attached form to report ALL scholarships you were offered.

Cords & Stoles

The cords and stoles listed below are approved to be worn at graduation and awards day. Any other cords or stoles that are NOT approved may be worn at Baccalaureate, Graduation Walk and for pictures before graduation, but must be removed for the ceremony. You may purchase them from the sponsor of each organization and for $15 from the Guidance Office for the honors endorsement cord.

Gold cords- Honors Endorsement

Gold Stoles- NHS

White Stoles- Beta Club

White Cords- SCA

Multi- Color Cords- NAHS

Gold & Blue Cords- Quill & Scroll

Blue & Golds Cords- FBLA

Blue Cord- Tech Program Completer

Silver Stole- Nat'l Tech Honor Society

Red & Gold Cord- NSHS

Red & White Cord- FCCLA

Red, White & Blue- JROTC

Maroon Cords- HOSA

Royal Blue & White Cord- Rho Kappa

Light Blue & White Cord- Interact

If you are attending a college, university or technical school in the summer or fall, you must send a FINAL transcript. Request online now through June 30th on Parchment at no cost, linked below.

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Name Pronunciation

Mrs. Russell will be announcing names at graduation. Please let her know in advance of how to pronounce your name if there is any question AND if you would like any part of your legal name not announced. Otherwise, your full legal name on your birth certificate will be used.

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Passing out of Cap & Gown

Friday, May 3rd, 11:30am-1:45pm

AHS Lunchroom

Will be passed out during lunch. Must have Balfour balance paid off and Senior Survey completed in order to be able to pick up your cap & gown.

Make-up cap & gown pick will take place on Monday, May 6th during lunch. The same requirements must be met to receive your cap & gown.

*MAKE UP* Graduation Videos

Tuesday, May 7th, 11:30am-1:45pm

AHS Guidance

This is your last chance to come record your graduation video in the Guidance Office located across from the student entrance. You may come during your lunchtime. It will be played before graduation on the Jumbotron. Use the form below to help plan what you want to say.

Faculty/Student Basketball Game

Tuesday, May 14th, 2pm

AHS Gymnasium

Senior Awards Day Practice *Mandatory*

Wednesday, May 15th, 9:30am

AHS Competition Gym

You must be present at practice to participate in Senior Awards Day.

Senior Breakfast *Mandatory*

Thursday, May 16th, 7:45am

AHS Courtyard

Be dressed for Awards Day, but hang your cap & gown elsewhere until time for Awards Day.

Senior Awards Day *Mandatory*

Thursday, May 16th, 9:30am

AHS Competition Gymnasium

SENIOR Exam Schedule

Seniors will be permitted to exempt final examinations for Spring 2019 if they have a passing grade prior to the exam. However, if the exam is needed for a passing grade/credit issuance, our expectation remains that the student must take the needed exam. In addition, seniors wishing to take their exam(s) with the expectation that they can improve their overall final class average are encouraged and welcome to do so with no penalty.

The tentative schedule is as follows:


May 17, 2019, 1st & 2nd Block Exams @ Regular Times (Grades Due By 4pm)

May 20, 2019 3rd & 4th Block Exams @ Regular Times (Grades Due By 4pm)

May 21, 2019 Credit/Standards Recovery & Makeup Exams available by Appt.

May 22, 2019 Credit/Standards Recovery & Makeup Exams available by Appt.

Senior Baccalaureate & AHS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Seniors

Sunday, May 19th, 6pm

AHS Auditorium

This is an optional event. If you would like to perform or speak at the program, please see Ms. Ramona Malone.

Graduation Walk *Mandatory*

Monday, May 20th, 8:15am


We will split into four groups and leave AHS to visit each of the four elementary schools. While there, we will do a graduation walk for the students as well as give you an opportunity to see your former teachers. Please let Mrs. Johnson know in the Guidance Department if you have a preference of elementary school IF you did not go to elementary school in Athens or if you went to more than one.

MacBook Return

Monday, May 20th, 10am

AHS Media Center

Your MacBook, case, strap & case can be returned when we return from the Graduation Walk. If you need your MacBook for exams or grade recovery, there will be a make-up pickup on Wednesday, May 23rd from 9-11. If you owe any fees on your MacBook, those must be paid on May 23rd in order to receive your diploma at graduation.

Graduation Practice *Mandatory*

Thursday, May 23rd, 10am

AHS Football Stadium

You must be present and on time to participate in graduation. I suggest you wear the shoes to plan to wear for graduation to practice walking on the field.

Class of 2019 Graduation *Mandatory*

Thursday, May 23rd, 7pm

AHS Football Stadium

No tickets needed for guests to attend graduation, unless rain forces us to move into the gymnasium.
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Going Merry- A New Way to Scholarship

Going Merry ( is an awesome new scholarship website - it makes applying to scholarship easier! Just click on theis link to get started.

Achieve Alabama

Achieve Alabama helps connect students through the State of Alabama with the school that best fits their needs and with scholarship opportunities that will enable them to pursue their goals and dreams.

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All scholarships and special opportunities will be listed here in chronological order. This section will continue to grow throughout the year. Keep an eye out as new information is listed. If you see a scholarship that you are interested in and need an application, those are available in the scholarship box in the Guidance Office.


  • The Athens High School Alumni Association is offering two scholarships for students who will be attending an accredited school upon graduation. Applicant GPA must be between 2.0-3.0. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is May 3, 2019.

  • The AHS Athletic Booster Club Scholarship is available to seniors who have participated in sports during high school. You must have a 90 GPA or higher and be attending college in the fall of 2019. Applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is May 10, 2019.

  • Enter the Suntrust Off To College Scholarship Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 30 $500 scholarships. Two $500 scholarship winners will be randomly chosen every two weeks. You can enter once each drawing period from September 10, 2018- May 13, 2019. Enter to win at

  • The Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship Program will award scholarships to students all over the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Must be attending a college or technical program in the Fall of 2019 and be Pell Grant eligible. To apply go to Deadline is June 15, 2019.

  • MG Law Office is offering a great scholarship opportunity that we want to be sure that your students are aware of and have the opportunity to apply for. The scholarship is available for high school seniors. To enter, you must create a 45-60 second video advertisement on the dangers of drunk driving. The winning ad will be selected based on quality, usability, effectiveness, creativity, and helpfulness to warn people about the dangers of drunk driving. The application can be found at Deadline is July 1, 2019.
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  • The Auburn University Summer Youth Camps are filling up fast. Most of camps are first-come first-served and we don't want you to miss out. Explore the opportunities by visiting the Auburn Youth Program Website.

  • The University of Alabama in Huntsville will host a summer Reading Skills and Speed Reading Program for preschool- high school age students. Call 1-800-903-0623 to register.

  • Calhoun Community College will host the 14th annual Summer Welding and Electrical (SWeETY) Camp this summer for girls entering 9th-12th grade. The camp will be held June10-13 and will include four days of welding, electrical technology and additive manufacturing projects. Camp registration will be limited to 21 participants and cost $10. GO to

  • Get a "dose" of the pharmacy world at the Ole Miss Pharmacy Summer College Pre-Pharmacy Program (apply by June 1) For more information, visit

  • The University of North Alabama's Anderson College of Nursing hosts a two day Aspiring Nurses Camp for rising 11th & 12th grade students. More information and applications are available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is May 5, 2019.

  • The 10th Annual Alabama Lions High School Leadership Forum will take place at Troy University June 21-23, 2019. More information is available in the Guidance Department. Deadline is May 24, 2019.

  • The University of Alabama's Early College Summer on Campus 2019 is available to students grades 9-12 who have completed the UAEC200 class. It is an opportunity to live on the University of Alabama's campus for one month in June or July and take 2 courses for college credit. More information is available by calling (205) 348-7083 or emailing Deadline to apply is May 11 for the 1st term and June 18 for the second term.

  • The Army Educational Outreach Program offers the STEM Apprenticeship Opportunities for High School Students. Visit for more information.
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Please fill out in order for me to write the best letter of recommendation possible.

Mrs. Laura Lou Smith

Junior & Senior Counselor

Athens High School

Athens Public Library PAID Summer Internship Opportunity

The Athens Public Library is offering an amazing opportunity to current Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. You could earn a paid internship there for the summer and get an all-expense paid trip to two locations. More information and an application are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline to apply is May 3, 2019.