Education: Unity Christian celebrating 20 years. Georgia Highlands offers ‘Next Step Fair’ in Rome, Cartersville. Jaaie Varshney named Rome High STAR student. Groundbreaking Friday for new Main Elementary.

Education: Unity Christian celebrating 20 years. Georgia Highlands offers ‘Next Step Fair’ in Rome, Cartersville. Jaaie Varshney named Rome High STAR student. Groundbreaking Friday for new Main Elementary.

The early days at Unity Christian. UCS photo.


From a media release: Unity Christian School celebrates its 20-year anniversary this week. Two decades ago,  West Rome Baptist, North Rome Church of God, Hollywood Baptist and Fellowship Baptist were among the first churches that established UCS on the foundation of Biblical principles. Soon after, the pastors of Thankful Baptist Church and the First Assembly of God joined the founding pastors. UCS  remains a free-standing, non-denominational, religious institution. UCS opened in 1998 with 47 students who were enrolled in K4 through fifth grade. Today, the ACSI and SACS accredited institution has grown with 330 currently enrolled PK3 through 12th grade students and 65 faculty and staff members. Eric Munn, head of school, says its “hard not to stop and think about what the next 20 years will bring.” UCS will strive to keep up the trends, such as online learning, dual enrollment, and the university model, as the next few years will bring about changes in classroom instruction and other improvements throughout the institution. Students had the opportunity to celebrate 20 years this week with local business partners. On Friday, UCS will host the “State of the School Address.”  To conclude the celebration, UCS will host its “Benefit Dinner” featuring Ben Watson, a tight end for the Baltimore Ravens. Watson was a recent nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. The community is invited to attend the event on April 2 at The Forum. For more: or call 706-292-0700.

Georgia Highlands College introduces a “Next Step Fair,” which will bring together several colleges and universities in Georgia for a chance to meet one-on-one with college representatives. The event will take place in February and is open to students and the public. The event is planned for Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the Floyd Campus in the student center with an additional event on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cartersville site near the library. Says Academic Advisor Jillian Petro: “The Next Step Fair is designed to help students who are undecided on where to transfer after completing their associate degree at GHC.” College and universities that will be in attendance include: Georgia Highlands College, Berry College, Chattahoochee Technical College, Columbus State University, Dalton State College, Georgia College, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia Southern University, Georgia Southwestern State University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Life University, Reinhardt University, Shorter University, and the University of West Georgia.

Jaaie Varshney and Superintendent Louis Byars.

Jaaie Varshney has been named STAR student for Rome High School. On Feb. 6. Varshney, alongside her choice for STAR teacher Todd Ollis, was presented with a certificate recognizing her top SAT scores and all-around academic excellence. Also in attendance were her father and mother, Upkar and Smita. “She really has the total package, as far as a student goes,” said Ollis. “She is very intelligent, she works really hard and she is intellectually curious. This is the reason myself and other teachers see her thrive in an academic setting.”  Said Varshney: “It feels really great to be named STAR student and being able to pick Mr. Ollis as my STAR teacher is also wonderful. He is a great listener and I feel like I have really grown academically by being his student.” Varshney’s older sister, Juhi, received the STAR student in 2013. With plans to enter a pre-med program, her short list for colleges includes UGA, Duke and University of California, Berkeley.

Rome City Schools will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Main Elementary School construction on Friday at 4 p.m. at 3 Watters St. (current location of Main Elementary).

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