Pinecrest Earns Two Honors in Best of Forsyth
Pinecrest Academy has won "Best Private School" in the Best of Forsyth contest hosted by local newspaper, the Forsyth County News
. This was Pinecrest’s tenth consecutive win, and the school was honored as a “10 in a Row” organization at the Best of Forsyth Banquet on Tuesday evening, January 30, 2024.
Additionally, Pinecrest Academy Head of School, Jake Rodgers, was named "Best Administrator" for 2024. This is a tremendous honor, as Forsyth County has 42 public schools and 18 private schools. The public schools are much larger than Pinecrest Academy, with the potential for greater voter pools, and Mr. Rodgers was among 20 nominees for "Best Administrator."
Pinecrest Academy Students Earn Top PSAT Scores
Pinecrest Academy ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders earned top scores out of all United States and international test takers of the October 2023 PSAT. This test was the first digitally administered test by the College Board and is a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship Program and other scholarships.
The highest possible score on the PSAT is 1520, with 760 being the highest possible score for both Reading/Writing and Mathematics.
Pinecrest Academy eleventh graders scored 1121 overall, while the average score for all test takers was 998. Pinecrest tenth graders scored 1055, while the average score for all test takers was 923. Pinecrest ninth graders scored 919, while the average score for all test takers was 873.
The Reading/Writing portion of the PSAT produced the following scores:
Pinecrest 11th Graders - 577
All Test Takers in 11th Grade - 504
Pinecrest 10th Graders - 537
All Test Takers in 10th Grade - 465
Pinecrest 9th Graders - 919
All Test Takers in 9th Grade - 873
The Mathematics portion of the PSAT produced the following scores:
Pinecrest 11th Graders - 544
All Test Takers in 11th Grade - 494
Pinecrest 10th Graders - 518
All Test Takers in 10th Grade - 458
Pinecrest 9th Graders - 446
All Test Takers in 9th Grade - 433
“I'm not surprised that our students have scored above average, as we've got some pretty amazing students here at Pinecrest,” commented Amy Bowman, Pinecrest Academy High School Principal. “I'm proud of them for all of their hard work!”
The College Board also announced in October 2023 that Pinecrest Academy had been named to the Advanced Placement® Program (AP®) School Honor Roll, earning Platinum distinction. Additionally, the Class of 2023 earned a 100% acceptance rate into the University of Georgia, with previous graduating classes earning acceptance rates consistently above UGA’s annual average acceptance rate.
Pinecrest Academy Earns AP® School Honor Roll Awards
Pinecrest Academy has been named to the Advanced Placement® Program (AP®) School Honor Roll, earning Platinum distinction. The AP® School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results for students while broadening access. Schools can earn this recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness. The AP® School Honor Roll offers four levels of distinction: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
Pinecrest had 87% of seniors who took at least one AP exam during high school, 78% of seniors scoring a three or higher on at least one AP exam, and 74% of seniors who took five or more AP exams! This data is based on 22 AP courses that were offered during the 2022-2023 school year. Twenty-one sections were taught by 12 high school teachers at Pinecrest.
“AP represents an opportunity for students to stand out to colleges, earn college credit and placement, and potentially boost their grade point averages,” said Trevor Packer, head of the AP program. “The schools have shown that they can expand access to these college-level courses and still drive high performance – they represent the best of our AP program.”
Pinecrest Academy was also awarded the AP Access Award. Schools on the AP® School Honor Roll may also earn this award, which honors schools that demonstrate a clear and effective commitment to equitable access to advanced coursework.
Class of 2023 Achieves 100% Acceptance into UGA
Pinecrest Academy's Class of 2023 has achieved 100% acceptance into The University of Georgia! Out of the 32-member class, 17 seniors applied to UGA, and all 17 have been accepted.
Pinecrest seniors have enjoyed a higher than average acceptance into UGA for years:
- The Class of 2022 achieved an 86% acceptance rate into UGA, when the average acceptance into the university was roughly 42%.
- The Class of 2021 earned an 86% acceptance rate when UGA’s overall rate was about 40%.
- The Class of 2020 achieved a 63.2% acceptance rate, as compared to the overall UGA rate of 46%.
Third Grade Class Takes First Place in Math Challenge
Ms. Brotheridge's third grade class took part in a 10-week math challenge called Springboard by Splashlearn
. The 15-member class earned the number one spot in the State of Georgia out of over 9,000 participants. In fact, these students held the number one spot in Georgia the entire 10 weeks of the contest. The team also came in at number 10 nationwide, with over 143,000 classes participating.
SplashLearn creates learning experiences that motivate young learners to achieve mastery of math skills. It provides interactive math practice for K-5 students, benefiting over 40 million learners globally. SpringBoard is the annual nationwide contest designed to help students master their current grade-level skills. During the 10-week contest, students earn points by answering problems and mastering math skills.
“My third graders clearly used the virtues of perseverance and self-discipline in order to stick with something for this long, while producing excellent results,” commented Tiffany Brotheridge, Pinecrest Academy third grade teacher. “We did not win the top prize, a $1,000 Amazon gift card, but that didn't stop my students from doing their best each day to stay number one in Georgia. I am extremely proud of them!”
As a reward for their number one ranking at the close of the 10-week contest, every student in Ms. Brotheridge’s class won a quarterly subscription to SplashLearn, which includes 8,000+ math games, worksheets and books, live classes with expert teachers, and exclusive SplashSummer access.
Student Scores Gold on National Latin Exam
Jean Marie Herbert scored summa cum laude for the second time on the National Latin Exam (NLE). This ”Gold” achievement is awarded to the top scorers. The standardized test is given annually in all 50 states and around the world, and awards are given based on the national average.
Jean Marie, a sophomore, is in Latin 2 this year, and takes the class online through GAVS. She plans to continue with Latin 3 next year at Pinecrest, under the instruction of Dr. Joseph Baxley.
According to the NLE website, the philosophy of the National Latin Exam is predicated on providing every Latin student the opportunity to experience a sense of personal accomplishment and success in his or her study of the Latin language and culture. The exam is not meant to be a competition, but rather, an opportunity for students to receive reinforcement and recognition for their accomplishments in the classroom.
Jean Marie hopes to spark more interest in Latin and is working to renew the National Latin Honor Society at Pinecrest. We are so proud of Jean Marie and her great accomplishment!
Patrick O’Rourke ‘19 Makes Pitching History at Berry
Patrick O’Rourke ‘19 has been a key player on the Berry College Baseball team, earning a stellar pitching record over the last four seasons for the Vikings.
As a senior, Patrick has had the fewest walks allowed in the conference by a starting pitcher, with only five given during the 2023 season. He leads the team in wins and strikeouts, and his record is 7-1 so far.
Patrick’s family was on-hand on April 28, 2023 to witness his strong pitching performance that helped the Vikings to a 6-3 win over Hendrix (Conway, Arkansas), in the first game of the Southern Athletic Association Opening Round of the playoffs.
In the second round of the SAA tournament in Birmingham, Alabama on May 4, Patrick pitched a two-hit, complete game shutout against Centre College (Kentucky), capping off possibly his last game in college baseball of his career, leading the Berry Vikings to a 10-0 win! Patrick’s family cheered him on through graduation weekend, as the Vikings continued tournament play. Patrick was selected to the SAA All-Tournament Conference Team over the weekend.
Two years ago, Patrick pitched a Perfect Game, a first in Berry College history. There have been only 23 perfect games in MLB history, so this is an amazing accomplishment!
Patrick graduated with a double major in accounting and finance and begins his career with a new job in June.
Ryan Clever ’22 Subs for Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Ryan Clever ’22 finished his first year at Rice University in April 2023. He is pursuing a Flute Performance degree at the Shepherd School of Music. Ryan is a sub for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra after successful auditions in Fall '22. In December, he performed with the ASO at one of their Christmas concerts. Pictured is Ryan with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra flute section.
Student Receives Two Silver Key Awards
Senior Sean McCabe has received recognition in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his digital art works:
Escape - Silver Key
Barriers -Silver Key
Inner Strength - Honorable Mention
Sean’s works were recognized by a panel of creative professionals as some of the most outstanding works submitted among his peers. Approximately 7-10% of regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards, so this is an exceptional achievement!
Since 1923, the Awards have recognized some of America's most celebrated artists and writers while they were teenagers, including Tschabalala Self, Stephen King, Kay WalkingStick, Amanda Gorman, Charles White, Joyce Carol Oates, and Andy Warhol.
Gold and Silver Key work will be featured at SCAD in an exhibition from February 26-March 5, in Savannah, Georgia.
Joe Garcia ’19 attends Branch Night at West Point
Joe Garcia ’19 attended Branch Night at West Point in December. During Branch Night, seniors, or “Firsties,” learn what their branch assignments in the Army will be. Upon graduation, cadets will enter into one of 17 branches, such as Infantry, Armor, Aviation, Field Artillery, and Cyber Corps, among others.
Joe was selected for the Engineers branch, his first choice. He will learn in late February where his first post will be. He is hoping for South Korea or Germany. Other options are Texas and Colorado. Army Engineers are responsible for building things like field bridges and runways.