2018 Athens Area Scholarship Winners


James Kim
Instrumental, North Oconee High School

A talented percussionist, Senior James Kim has spent more than 12 years perfecting his skills on piano where he has earned multiple GMEA honors and been selected to the Governor’s Honors Program.  In addition, he served as North Oconee High School’s drumline captain and the principal percussionist for the Athens Youth Symphony.  When he is not involved in music, James has served in leadership roles with both his school’s Beta Club, Latin Club and Robotics Team.


Moses Wang
Instrumental, Cedar Shoals High School

An avid pianist from a young age, Junior Moses Wang has excelled in music since his elementary days.  Winning multiple GMTA Awards of Excellence and participating with GMEA since middle school, he has performed at UGA’s Hodgson Hall Honor’s recital and at the Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall finishing in the top three at the American Protégé International Piano and String Competition.  He was admitted to the UGA Summer Music Institute in 2016 and 2017, and has been a member of the Athens Youth Symphony.  He continues his love for music participating with Cornerstone Church’s worship team where he serves as a worship leader.

Vogel, Claire

Claire Vogel
Vocal, North Oconee High School

For Senior Claire Vogel, acting and musical theatre are more than a hobby, they are a passion!  In her seven years of competition dance, she has won first place and Best Actress at regional and state one act competitions in addition to winning Best Dancer at Access Broadway competitions for the last three years. She currently serves as North Oconee High School’s Senior Class President, in addition to her leadership roles with the drama club and Oconee Youth Playhouse.  Claire has been admitted to the prestigious musical theatre program at the University of Michigan where she will be starting next fall.


Daniel Rouhani
Drama, Athens Academy

Born into a family of famous Iranian actors, Junior Daniel Rouhani has the love for drama running through his blood.  He has participated in numerous Athens Academy productions, written and directed several independent films and hopes to minor in theatre and film in college.  In addition to his love for the dramatic arts, Daniel has gained invaluable medical and biological science experience through his work with St. Mary’s Hospital Teen Volunteer Program and the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center.


Trishell Stevens
Culinary Scholarship Winner

Trishell is a member of the American Culinary Federation and is a current apprentice chef at Athens Country Club under Executive Chef Chris McCook. Her passion for culinary started at a young age as she moved from place to place and learned to appreciate new cultures through food. As she continues her culinary education, she hopes to use her skills to create unique and healthy dishes like her Caribbean Mahi Mahi and coconut rice to show people that good whole foods can also taste delicious.

Hall, Zakia

Zakia Hall
Hospitality Careers Academy Scholarship Winner, Madison County High School

Zakia attended the 2017 Hospitality Careers Academy and is now a student at Savannah State University. She was awarded an outstanding student scholarship for her leadership and positive attitude displayed during the 2017 Hospitality Careers Academy. Zakia hopes to continue in the hospitality industry by using her love of accounting. She aspires to become an expert in her field to one day assist other professionals in hospitality regarding financials.

Hall, Jeremiah

Jeremiah Hall
Hospitality Careers Academy Scholarship Winner, Georgia Cyber Academy

Jeremiah is a junior at Georgia Cyber Academy. He attended the 2017 Hospitality Careers Academy and was awarded a scholarship to pursue his dreams of a career in Poultry Science. Jeremiah is an avid, creative culinarian who hopes to grow his own pie business, Heavenly Pies.


McKenzie Young
Visual Arts, Oconee County High School

An avid artist sine the age of seven, senior McKenzie Young has already built quite the creative resume as well as receiving highest honors on her recent AP Studio Art portfolio. She has been commissioned for several paintings including the Teach of the Year portrait at Oconee County High School and a coloring page for a local restaurant. She showcased two pieces at the All-State Art Symposium and plans to attend the University of Georgia to major in Studio Art.