AIS is honored to have been shortlisted for an International Schools Award, in the International Impact Initiative category. Over 200 exceptional initiatives from international schools around the world were nominated, from these 33 have made it to the shortlist and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony this January in London, UK.
The AIS Theatre Player's production of Disney's The Lion King Jr closed to standing ovations, the reviews on social media said it all: "Wow! Wow & Wow...such a dynamic and visually stunning production....the costumes just take your breath away...incredible singing...the lighting, set and musically 10!" "Congratulations, AIS Players! It was a fantastic performance last night!"
Director, Rob Warren, writing in the student-produced Playbill, commented on how the production: "...closely speaks to our new mission at Atlanta International School. The connections and parallels between the lessons Simba learns on his journey to becoming King and those our students value through the joy of learning and purposeful effort at AIS are bountiful" The AIS Theatre Players are a co-curricular company that provides a perfect complement to our renowned IB theatre programs. The group is fully run and operated by students who oversee every aspect of their shows including the business and technical side of their productions. This ensures that skills such as time management, accountability and goal setting are as much a feature as artistic excellence.
AIS participated in a national movement to observe the 400th year since 20 Africans were sold into bondage in what is now known as the United States. Our 1619 remembrance and observance, where we acknowledged the impact that slavery has had on the evolution of society across the Americas, in our host country and city in particular, its impact across the world, and on members of our AIS community, began by soundng the tower bell 20 times in remembrance of each of the 20 Africans sold into bondage in August of 1619. This was followed by a school-wide moment of silence. We were honored to have Martin Luther King, III as a keynote speaker at conversation we hosted on Engendering Belonging in a Divided World.
At just 11 years of age, Aditya (Adi) Arul ‘26, has been recognized by Atlanta Business Chronicle’s ‘Top 25 Innovators Under 25’. He presented his company, Emrit, to the Metro Atlanta Chambers’ Grow Council meeting in front of 150 executives alongside companies such as MailChimp and Invesco and recently presented to Emory University Appcology (MBA) class. Adi’s fast growing company already has 50 Hotspots providing network coverage from Midtown to Cumming.
Jason Huang ‘21 was ranked 12th nationally in the National Assessment & Testing 2019 Fall Startup Event. This 100-problem, 30-minute competition is a fast-paced test of a student’s familiarity with math team skills and Jason was able to do 80 math questions correctly in only 30 minutes.
Representatives from the US Department of Education visited AIS as one of the schools they had pre-identified as having ‘evidence-based success on the back of innovation and change’ Some of the reasons they came to see AIS included ‘its wonderful diversity, its IB curriculum, participation in the State Tax Credit Program and because it is a very innovative school in every way.’
Our Eaglenauts have been representing AIS at the International Space Station Research & Development (ISSR&D) conference this week. They presented research and results from our experiment in space to a panel of judges as well as potential future sponsors. While there, they interacted with astronauts and business developers and attended seminars on a variety of topics including The Future of Regenerative Medicine moderated by Dr. Sanjay Gupta; Materials Science and Stem Education.
Summer is the perfect time to experience real-world learning beyond the walls of the classroom. This year, 85 rising Grade 11 and 12 students embarked on two-week internship or job shadow opportunities through the AIS Internship Program. Most of the students are pursuing the AIS rigorous STEM or STEAM graduation endorsement program which requires the completion of an internship, but the program provides an invaluable opportunity for any student who wants to learn more about certain professions, gain confidence in their skills, learn about different career opportunities or improve their college resume.
The 83 seniors from the Class of 2019 received 352 offers from colleges in the US, the UK, Germany, Spain and Canada. Collectively they have accepted places at 49 universities. Congratulations Class of 2019!
Our female athletes are having a fantastic season. Cara Joyce '22 became the State Champion in the 1600m and 800m and Reagan Mahoney '20 finished second in the 1600m event. The talented duo, along with Kate Baucom '21 and Tahlia Pemberton '22 make up the Girls' 4x400m relay team and together they also became State Champions.
The AIS Investment Club won first place in Georgia for the Fall 2018 semester of the SIFMA Stock Market Game. The trophy was presented by the Georgia Council on Economic Education in the Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theatre. Our students had a great time studying the characteristics of different investments and learning how to make smart decisions. Many thanks to AIS alum (and proud new Dad!) Thomas Rudderow '06 for leading the team.
The Primary School corridors are abuzz with tales from Costa Rica, France, Germany and China now that students and teachers are back from the Grade 5 journeys abroad. These trips are a major 'rite of passage' for our students. They signify the end of their personal journeys through the Primary Years Program and provide a unique opportunity to celebrate and experience the languages and cultures they have learned so much about.
On Wednesday, April 17th, at 4.46pm EDT, Rocket NG-11 was launched by NASA from Pad 0A at Wallops Flight Facility, in Virginia - carrying an AIS experiment on board! The Cygnus spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station, our payload was installed, and students have been busy monitoring their experiment in Space for the last month, it is due to return on the first rocket back to earth after May 17th. AIS Head of Technology, Dr. Marsha Maxwell commented: “Getting students engaged and connected to projects like this at such a young age is really exciting. They are the next generation of innovators and it is never too early to begin laying the groundwork for the future of scientific discovery”.
AIS enjoyed their most successful medal haul ever at the State Swimming Championships. The Boys Team brought home Silver medals in the 200 yard Medley Relay and the 400-yard Freestyle Relay. Meanwhile, Nicholas Goudie ‘19 was awarded Gold in both 50-yard Freestyle and 100-yard Butterfly. Nick's time for the 50-yard freestyle was 20.4 seconds; for the 2016 Olympics, the Olympic Qualifying Time for men for 50 meters (which is 54.7 yards) was 22.27 seconds. What a wonderful tribute it all was to Jennifer Culley who is in her 10th and final season as AIS Swim Coach.
Every year, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, known as the PAGE Foundation, identifies top students at public and private high schools across Georgia. Their Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program, or STAR student and teacher honors, identifies high school seniors who post the highest SAT scores for their schools and rank among the top 10 percent or top 10 students in their class in grade-point average. Each STAR student then chooses her or his STAR teacher. Once school winners are selected, regional STAR students and teachers are chosen to compete for the state title. Pablo Patel has been named Atlanta International School's 2019 Professional Association of Georgia Educators STAR Student. Pablo has chosen his IB Biology High-Level teacher, Ms. Ecaterina Lungu, as his STAR teacher. Many congratulations to them both!
Yannie Tan '19 has been named a Regional Finalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Out of the 95,000 students who applied to the program this year, 1,896 were chosen as semi-finalists and Yannie is amongst the 251 students from across the country to have progressed to this next stage of selection. In the coming weeks, Yannie will participate in regional interviews with a committee of Scholar alumni and staff members. After these interviews are complete, 150 of the 251 Regional Finalists will become Coca-Cola Scholars and receive a $20,000 scholarship. We are all behind you Yannie!
The AIS Investment Club won first place at state level for the SIFMA Stock Market Game. The group, which is run by AIS alumn, Thomas Rudderow ‘06, came in first place in both the Regional Independent School - Metro Atlanta District, and the Congressional District Five (High School Division) categories. The group meets each week to analyze the stock market and to learn about a host of other subjects ranging from the characteristics of different investments to the impact of taxes, personal finance & what smart decisions can be made to avoid big financial mistakes.
Atlanta Intown’s ‘20 Under 20” for 2019 chose Sofia Eidizadeh '19 as one of their honorees. All those featured are students who have given back in significant ways to the community by doing extraordinary things to help those in need. We are so proud of Sofia and our four amazing runners-up Travis Harper II '19, Christian Porter '19, Nadera Herbert-Bey '19 & Yannie Tan '19. You can read more about all their achievements in this article.