Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala Sets Stage for Graduation


Bethesda Academy’s 2019 Scholarship Gala was held the evening of Friday, May 10, at the Plantation Club at The Landings. The Bethesda class of 2019 will graduate the following day at the school gym at 10 a.m.

The speaker for the scholarship gala was Robert L. Brown, principal/ owner of R.L. Brown and Associates, an Atlanta architectural firm. Brown is a native of Dublin, Georgia, who worked on Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the late 1970s.

He later founded his own firm. Its portfolio includes such projects as the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academics Building at Morehouse College and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, along with numerous other scholastic and public structures.

“We are excited to be able to bring a speaker of such accomplishment as Robert Brown,” said Bethesda president Michael Hughes. “He can demonstrate to our students that privilege is not a requirement when you have hard work, focus and leadership skills on your side. That’s not just how you build a career, but, as Brown has demonstrated, how you build a legacy.”

Bethesda’s class of 2019 has 15 members. Eleven plan to attend college and were accepted by 14 different colleges and universities. One future graduate plans to enlist in the U.S. Air Force and another will attend an EMT course to enter the medical field. Two others hope to enroll in Georgia Ports Authority’s Y.E.S. program, a mentor-based program that transitions graduates into careers at the port.

Thanks to the school’s dual enrollment program with Point University, many of the college bound graduates will start their college careers as near sophomores.

“In our junior and senior classes, one in three students is dual enrolled, meaning they are completing high school and at the same time taking college courses for college credit,” said Hughes. “This is not only a testament to the quality of our academic program, but in this day of staggering student-loan debt, it represents fiscal responsibility, leading to solid savings for students and their families.”

Twelve juniors and seniors are involved in joint enrollment classes.

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