From arts to robotics, Georgia students win honors

The Wheeler High School Robotics team, the CircuitRunners, came home with a host of awards

The Wheeler High School robotics team, the Circuit Runners, came home with a host of awards

After winning the Georgia title at the Georgia BEST Robotics Championship on Halloween, the Wheeler High School robotics team, the Circuit Runners, went to Auburn to compete against 55 other championship teams from the Eastern seaboard.

The team won second place for the video design competition, first place for the engineering notebook, first place for the spirit & sportsmanship competition and third place overall for the second consecutive year.


Three Georgia teens are among the 143 — from a  field of 4,000 — selected as America’s best young artists by YoungArts,  the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

The trio will now travel to Miami next month for the final rounds. They are:

Drew Dickerson of Cumming, Forsyth Central High,  finalist in writing.

Aaron Starkey of Johns Creek, Chattohoohee High,  finalist in visual arts.

Alexander Vollmer of Marietta, Pebblebrook High, finalist in voice.

The judging process during YoungArts Week in Miami will determine who will become Gold and Silver winners and travel to New York in the spring for the In the Studio series, an additional week of workshops, collaborative performances and exhibitions. Gold winners receive $10,000 and Silver winners receive $5,000. Additionally, awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 are presented to students exhibiting excellence in their discipline.

The 2010 Presidential Scholars in the Arts, an award given at the White House with the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center and exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will also come from this pool of 143 students.

Congratulations to Wheeler, a school that continues to lead in science excellence, and to the three artists.

8 comments Add your comment

Wheeler Mom

December 15th, 2009
6:03 pm

Go Wheeler! Nice to see some positive press for a good school!


December 15th, 2009
7:22 pm

We have many talented students in Georgia, and it’s very nice to see the good students highlighted for a change. Too often, it’s the troublemakers and the students with problems who get all the attention.

B. Killebrew

December 15th, 2009
11:04 pm

Way to go Wheeler! Truly a great school and community…magnet+non-magnet!


December 16th, 2009
6:47 pm

Isn’t it a shame that no one wants to comment about good kids doing good things, but if they suspect that one teacher somewhere might have done something stupid, there are posters crawling out of the woodwork?


December 16th, 2009
6:48 pm

And, hey, Philosopher, if you read that, do you suppose the same phenomenon is at work when teachers complain about the “bad” parents instead of praising the “good” ones?


December 16th, 2009
7:51 pm

Way to go, Wheeler! Congrats to the other schools as well!

Ole Guy

December 17th, 2009
11:14 pm

During WW II, the Ruskies produced a number of replicas of a captured B-29 bomber. Realizing the venerable aircraft was technologically advanced for the era, they obviously saw the benefit of mimicing what worked.

Perhaps the educational gurus would do well to examine the teaching protocols at this apparently successful public institution, and talk with the leadership, both at the administrative level and within the student government.

Perhaps if the educational establishment takes a lesson from history and mimics what works, all of society just might benefit…ya think?

Agent Shelly

December 19th, 2009
9:15 am

Way to go Drew!