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Jason McElwain, nicknamed "J-Mac", will visit Rabun Gap October 19.  The high-functioning autistic amateur athlete will speak at Upper School Convocation at 10:00am, and will visit the Middle School at 1:00 PM.  l

Jason McElwain was appointed as the manager of the Greece Athena High School by basketball coach Jim Johnson.  On February 15, 2006, he played in a basketball game against Spencerport High School for a division title. Greece Athena got a large lead, and Coach Johnson decided to let McElwain play in the last four minutes and nineteen seconds of the game. After initially missing two shots, McElwain made six three-point shots and one two-pointer, finishing with twenty points. After the final buzzer rang, the crowd dashed onto the court in celebration.  

Parents are welcome to attend one of the events and hear J-Mac's inspirational story and learn more about autism.  

The Rabun Gap Math Team travelled to Alpharetta High School Saturday to participate in the annual North Fulton Math Tournament.  While the team didn't bring a trophy home, the state qualifying tournament provided a challenging experience that the group enjoyed.  Participants were Amirah Adem, Simuruna Habyalimana, Bruce Le, Subin Eem, Nayeon Hong, Kitan Salako, Grace Lyu, Anna Yin, and Cindy Shen.
Advanced art students visited the Bascom:  A Center for the Visual Arts (Highlands, NC) on Thursday to participate in a unique experience.  The gallery director from the Bascom toured students through three exhibits finishing with Bartram Boxes Remixed.  The title of this travelling exhibition was inspired by the boxes John Bartram designed and shipped to colleagues in England, which contained seeds, plants, and curiosities that he had gathered in his travels through the eastern American colonies.  The show had its start as a result of terrible storms in Pennsylvania in June 2010 which devastated the grounds of the Bartram gardens.  Following the 2010 storms, all fallen trees were reclaimed into art materials used in the show.  After viewing the show, Patrick Brannon from the Bio Station in Highlands presented on William Bartram and the science and art of being a naturalist.  Students then moved to the Studio Barn to participate in a ceramics project featuring botanical imprints.  

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