The surge in applications is likely related to the recent accolades the school has received from the Caprica Minister of Education - two years in a row. Dean of Admissions Pippa Enevold said, "In recent years, the Athena Academy has become one of the most prestigious high schools of the Alpha Colonies. We attract the best students from all 12 Colonies and are able to offer them the most thorough and modern educations without sacrificing the classical training all burgeoning scholars should have."
Located on the lush School Complex campus on Learning Boulevard South, the Athena Academy was founded 95 years ago as an all-girls school. With the motto "Cast Aside the Temporal. Reach for the Eternal" the Academy grew from a small, relatively unknown commuter school, to the highly respected and competitive academic institution it is today. Headmistress Sister Clarice Willow stated, "We try to mold our children into productive adults who make their mark on society."
The first graduating class at the Athena Academy was just 6 - a far cry from today. And three months from now, just ten percent of the students who applied for entrance will be able to don the deep Academy red and Reach for the Eternal.
"This is completely lunar," a 1st year student said, "The whole Athena community is in mourning."
Athena students were huddled together in small groups with tear-filled eyes as news spread across the Academy campus. Others sat looking at news updates on their e-sheets in horrified disbelief. "This is a terrible tragedy and we're all in shock," said a member of the faculty who wished to remain anonymous. "It's especially devastating for those students who were close to Mr. Stark and Ms. Graystone."
Grief counselors are on-hand at Athena for faculty and students who need help dealing with the tragic event. It is still unclear why Stark and Graystone were not in school at the time of the attack.
Zoe Graystone is survived by her parents, surgeon, Dr. Amanda Graystone and technology mogul Dr. Daniel Graystone. Ben Stark was the only child of Natalie Stark. Neither family could be reached for comment.
- The headline may be a reference to the Greek relief sculpture Mourning Athena, which was one of the first Greek statues to significantly portray human emotion.
A memorial concert and fundraising drive will be held at the Athena Academy next week to benefit the newly established Graystone-Stark Memorial Scholarship Fund. This prize, named in honor of the Athena students killed in the attack, will be awarded on a yearly basis to students who would not otherwise be able to afford school tuition.
"It seems a fitting tribute to the Academy students we've lost to create a memorial scholarship in their honor," said Charlotte Bader, Academy communications representative. "Zoe and Ben were outstanding members of our community who exemplified the spirit of our institution. We are proud to have a scholarship that bears their names so they will never be forgotten."
The memorial event will feature live music by the Caprica City Philharmonic who is donating their time for this worthy cause. If you are unable to attend but would still like to help, donations may be mailed to the Graystone-Stark Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o The Athena Academy, 5633 Learning Blvd. South. Caprica City.
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In light of recent events the administration at the Athena Academy has decided to rename the newly established Graystone-Stark Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Academy issued an official statement yesterday announcing the change:
"We are saddened and disappointed by the news of Graystone's possible connection to the MAGLEV attack. We no longer feel comfortable supporting a scholarship in the name of anyone who might have had a hand in causing this terrible tragedy. The Athena Academy, in no way, condones the actions of these this student or the STO." The endowment will now be known as the Athena Academy MAGLEV Memorial Fund. Donations to the fund can still be made through the Academy. An apology has been issued to the Caprica City Philharmonic and recent donors. All have been made aware of the name change.
The Global Defense Department descended on The Athena Academy last week and searched every locker and classroom looking for some evidence of Zoe Graystone's involvement in the MAGLEV attack. They found none. "Our students were terrified," said headmistress Clarice Willow, "They didn't understand why this was happening to them. First they lose their classmates in the attack, now this."
According to the Global Defense Department, Amanda Graystone's implication of her daughter's involvement in the MAGLEV bombing gave the GDD probable cause to search Zoe's property. This included the Athena Academy, where Zoe was a student at the time of her death.