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OMA’s Sensational Seven (Class of ‘22) Excel on the Court and in the Classroom

November 10, 2020
By Katie Kilgore

Oak Mountain Academy’s 2020 girls’ volleyball team had one of their best seasons finishing with a record of 25-3, to include an undefeated record in their region, winning the region championship, and a trip to the GISA state playoffs, where a championship was secured.  What makes these Warriors truly unique is their successes both on the court and in the classroom.

The Warrior’s Sensational Seven, all Juniors (’22) on this year’s roster, were critical to the team’s success, especially since there were not any Seniors on the court leading the charge. Oak Mountain Academy coach Britney Mount relied on (photo L-R) Sophia Newell, Abbey Penley, Anjuli Vavrik, Raegan Wynn, Kenzie Reid, Jenna Guy, and Hollis Engel. These juniors led the team on the court while also setting the tone in the locker room inspiring the younger players with their hard work. 

Five of this season’s teammates, Engel, Charlotte Milanese (’23), Newell, Reid, and Wynn, were recently recognized as All-Region AND All-State players by GISA (Georgia Independent School Association) coaches across the state. It is unprecedented to have FIVE student-athletes chosen for this honor at the Region level, much less the Region and the State level too.  On the court, these ladies are a true powerhouse! Coach Mount states, “Having FIVE of my players honored as All-Region AND All-State athletes is unbelievable and unheard-of.  They all worked so hard for our team and for this recognition.  I am extremely proud of their hard work and commitment!”

In addition to these five student athletes being honored, Coach Britney Mount was also named the GISA Coach of the Year. Oak Mountain Academy Athletic Director Terrell Barkley states, “Coach Mount has an energy that her players take on when they are on the court. She not only is a great coach, but she truly pours energy into her athletes and this year it was evident on and off the court.  We are so blessed to have Coach Mount on The Mountain and proud of her for winning coach of the year.” Coach Mount attributes her success to not only to the hard work and talent of the players, but also to her incredible assistant Coach Brett Wynn for his dedication and insights both on and off the court, “we definitely could not have done this without him,” states Mount.

In addition to being a powerhouse on the court, these seven Juniors also excel in the classroom. Currently, these Sensational Seven have a collective average GPA of 4.05. This GPA is even more extraordinary considering the academic challenge of their schedules to include Advanced Placement courses.  AP courses are Oak Mountain Academy’s most difficult classes where students can earn college credit by passing a college-level AP exam.  The seven juniors are currently taking a total of twenty-two AP classes!  Each student will be required to take the state AP exam at the end of the school year for possible college credit.  Each of these Sensational Seven plans to continue this rigor in their Senior year with more AP classes included in their schedules. 

Jenna Guy, Oak Mountain Academy’s Middle Blocker states, “I’ve found that by balancing my athletics with my studies, I’m a more well-rounded and happier person. I utilize study halls, travel time, and weekends to stay ahead in all my classes. Being a student athlete is challenging, but very rewarding and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Founded in 1962, Oak Mountain Academy now has more than 200 students enrolled in grades PreK 3 through 12th grades. Oak Mountain Academy is an innovative school of academic excellence where students receive a personalized, faith-based, college-preparatory education on a vibrant campus that offers dynamic opportunities, empowering them to become leaders committed to living lives of service and integrity.

For more information, contact Katie Kilgore at 770.834.6651 or

National Merit - Commended Student Award

October 05, 2020
By Katie Kilgore

Headmaster, Patrick J. Yuran, of Oak Mountain Academy announced today that Samuel Erben (’21) has been named a Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the Headmaster to this scholastically talented senior. Mr Yuran states, “A big congratulations to Samuel for this amazing accomplishment! We are extremely proud of him and this great success! He continues to represent Oak Mountain Academy well, especially with regards to academic excellence.”
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSWT®).
“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
Founded in 1962, Oak Mountain Academy now has more than 200 students enrolled in grades PreK-3 through 12th grades. Oak Mountain Academy is an innovative school of academic excellence where students receive a personalized, faith-based, college-preparatory education on a vibrant campus that offers dynamic opportunities, empowering them to become leaders committed to living lives of service and integrity. For more information, contact Katie Kilgore at 770.834.6651 or

OMA Test Scores Continue to Soar

October 02, 2020
By Alesa Constien
Ms. Alesa Constien, OMA College Counselor

Source: The College Board,
Although the 2019-2020 in-person academic year was cut short, the class of 2020 at Oak Mountain Academy did not let a setback interfere with completing their senior year and performing well. Many post-secondary institutions became test-optional due to the global pandemic which influenced college decisions for a multitude of students. Along with outstanding scores on the ACT, SAT, and AP tests, our students were able to make their college decision a reality.
While the state and nation saw a decrease in participation, Oak Mountain Academy’s class of 2020 had a 100% participation for the SAT testing. Coming in almost 100 points above the national average of 1051 (includes both public and private school participation), OMA’s class of 2020 averaged a score of 1148. The state average for public school SAT testing was a 1030 and OMA’s class of 2020 scored 118 points higher than this average.
As a college preparatory academy, Oak Mountain Academy encourages its students to test in both the SAT and ACT. Oak Mountain Academy students not only outperformed in the SAT national average; they also outperformed the ACT national average composite score of 20 with an average of 27.
Oak Mountain Academy students can take a range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses during their high school career. Despite the abrupt end to in-person courses this past spring, students were still able to complete coursework for AP courses (along with the rest of their academic courses) and complete the AP test(s) in May. OMA students surpassed the global and state averages by 17%. Per College Board, national averages for this past year are currently unavailable.
Headmaster, Mr. Patrick Yuran, believes “high performing students combined with a rigorous academic program continue to be a strength within our Oak Mountain Academy community of faith and scholarship. Although our students and teachers were provided a unique opportunity last spring with the immediate transition to remote learning, the solid academic foundation already in existence passed the test and lived up to its expectation. We couldn’t be more proud of our amazing students.”
In an evolving global educational climate, Oak Mountain Academy remains committed to supporting students in the pursuit of academic excellence.

For more test data or general information about our College Counseling Services, please click here.  

Alumni Profile: Billy B. Barnett, Class of 2000

December 10, 2019
By Katie Kilgore

Billy B. Barnett, Oak Mountain Academy Class of 2000, reflects on his time on The Mountain and his reason for sending his children to OMA. Billy remarks, “When I came to OMA at the end of my 8th grade year, the environment took me by complete surprise!  I was surrounded by highly intelligent and supportive peers.  As a result, I did not want to fall behind.  It made me try harder to succeed, to make sure that I fit in with my peers.  This is THE reason that I elected to send my children to OMA.  As an OMA student you are surrounded by success and exceptionalism, and it WILL rub off on you.”

Success and exceptionalism has “rubbed off” on Billy too, as he is now Head of the Regional Division and Sales running 36 trucks with East-West Express located in Villa Rica, Georgia.  Billy’s path to success came from completing his college education at University of West Georgia and immediately following graduation, accepting a position in Jacksonville, Florida as an Escrow Officer with a law firm. While working in Jacksonville, his path crossed with his now wife, Ashley, and he knew that he needed to move closer to her, as she was already employed at East-West Express.  He began with East-West as a Sales Representative and well, “the rest is history,” as he states.

Billy says his family drives him to succeed these days.  His daughter, River Volk and son, Boswell Barnett, both current OMA students, along with his wife, are his continued inspiration.  Billy says, “I value my wife and kids more than anything else.  You can take my job, money, motorcycles, and stuff away, and I will be just as happy then as I am now; as long as I have my family.”

When asked about his favorite memory from attending OMA, Billy says that he cannot just name one “favorite.” “That being said, the trips were always amazing.  Whether it be a sports trip, college visit, etc., these were always highlights,” explains Billy.  Billy still keeps in touch with his classmates from his time at Oak Mountain Academy.  “With some classmates, I text with them daily.  I speak to several on a regular basis, and I keep up with a large number of them via social media.  The number of friends from OMA that I am still close with, initially amazed my wife,” he mentions.

If you ever get the chance to spend much time with Billy, you will see that his personality exudes excitement. He truly enjoys his motorcycle hobby, which also includes offering advice to friends across the globe on motorcycles, gear and the like.  “I ride and collect motorcycles with a specialized interest in speed.  I am as comfortable doing 55mph down a country road, as I am fully leaned sideways on the track in a hairpin, then accelerating to 180mph down a straightaway,” Billy exclaims!  Another exciting part of Billy’s life is his opportunity to serve on the “Dream Team” at Lifegate Church located in Villa Rica. Billy mentions, “People helping others is one of the most inspirational things a person can witness.”

As success continues to be a theme in Billy’s life, he notes, “I measure my success by how successful I make those around me.” As Billy approaches the 20th anniversary of his graduation from OMA, he still remembers the success and exceptionalism that was offered to him on The Mountain.  Spend some time with Billy, and it may just “rub off” on you too.



Providing Dynamic Opportunities for our Students!


CHAT and CHEW with the Headmaster - What fun!


"Serving Others" is part of our Mission and our Heart!


Kindergarten project ~ "What is important in a Community"




These pictures don't need a caption...

The Flinn family continuously and generously supports OMA!  Way to go Logan on a successful Eagle Scout Project and THANK YOU for thinking of OMA!


Teacher Appreciation 2018 ~ thank you for ALL you do!

Mrs. Jennings with Chloe Harden

Mrs. Gillispie with Chloe Harden

Ms. Nancy with Michelle Volk

These guys have been studying weather this year as they build and rebuild their forts.

 WOW~Our K-kids raised almost $1,500 to fight against tetanus for mothers and babies in other countries!


Thank you Community Voice for letting us share our OMA Stories!

Junior Chamber is a great program!  Great job Logan, Aubrey and Christian.

 Way to finish strong Warriors!


Kite Day On the Mountain!

Thank you Alumni for hosting such a wonderful day!


March 31, 2018 declared "Paula Gillispie Day" by Commissioner Marty Smith.  Mrs. Gillispie was totally shocked by the love shown to her today!  We will miss you Mrs. Gillispie!

 Way to go Scott!


Join us Thursday, March 22nd from 5:00-6:30 in the OMA Gym.  Bring a friend and see all about our STEAM activities happening here "on the Mountain!"

Jois Us for the 2018 OMA Auction and Gala "Party Like it's 1988"  click here for more details.

CONGRATS to 8th grader Keira on recently placing 6th in the GISA Spelling Bee.  She will compete in state at the end of February.


Congrats Coach Barkley!

We recently welcomed our new Head of School, Mr. Patrick Yuran, with a "Meet and Greet."  Mr. Yuran will become Head of School in July, 2018.


2018 Boosterthon FUN - Thanks for your support!




Congrats to 8th grader Brian Bain nominated by Coach Barkley & selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum Explore STEM this summer!  Way to go Brian!  Way to go Gavin Pate - winner of the Middle School Geography Bee - pictured with Mr. Jay Louttit. Great job Gavin!


Congrats to 2018 Homecoming Queen & King - Josie Francis & Darshan Patel & Prince & Princess - John Sammons & Zoe Cangemi

We recently honored senior basketball players, Josie Francis and Lilly Parmer - great season ladies!


The Oak Mountain Academy Student Government Association has chosen the following themes for the “dress-up” days for Homecoming Week – January 8 – 13, 2018:

Monday – “Ball Out” – Dress in the spirit wear of your favorite team.

Tuesday – “Rock Out” – Dress as a rock star.

Wednesday – “Freak Out” – Dress wacky-tacky.

Thursday – “Space Out” – Dress in outer space attire (this year’s Homecoming theme).

Friday – “All Out” – Dress in OMA spirit wear.
Reminder – No weapons – real or play, camouflage, or anything offensive to others will be permitted.



This year, we are introducing a new major fundraiser - the 2018 OMA Warrior Boosterthon Fun Run! It’s a 9-day program coordinated by Boosterthon that kicks off with a Pep Rally on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Families will then gather pledges for every lap their student(s) runs (30 – 35 laps), and we’ll celebrate at the Fun Run on Friday, January 19, 2018. With our big goal of raising $20,000 for Oak Mountain Academy’s annual operating costs and program resources for the development of an OMA STEM and STEAM program, we asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make it more profitable, easier, and fun.

Students will also experience an amazing character theme, CASTLE QUEST! An English-castle theme all about being brave and living with character. On their quest to regain Bravemore Castle, students will learn the “SIX VIRTUES of a TRUE HERO” from a cast of colorful characters.

Donations will go toward Oak Mountain Academy’s annual operating costs and program resources for the development of an OMA STEM and STEAM program and to the entire 9-day experience. So please help our school by reaching out to sponsors. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on their student(s) at the Fun Run! Thank you for your support!

Contact Brandy Carlile for more information at

Some of our lower school students will participate in First Lego League's Hydro Challenge 2017 this Saturday. The team members designed a robot, then programmed it to perform specific tasks for the tournament. They will make a presentation about what they have learned and how they have applied the core values of Discovery, Inclusion, Integration, and Coopertition™. Finally, they chose a real-world problem and decided upon a solution for this problem. Our students chose dirty drinking water as their problem, then designed a water filter using easy-to-find items. The team was happy to see that their water filter worked!  Special Thanks to the parents of this team and Mrs. Linda Powers and Teresa Mason for helping tremendously!

Annual Christmas Program

Monday, December 4th at 6:00 in the Gym

Students should arrive at 5:30.

December 1st - polar express day
December 15th - noon dismissal for all students
January 13th - Homecoming
January 18th - STEAM night for LS from 5-7


 DON'T FORGET to order your Spirit Tee Shirts on-line by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1st.  These include the soccer state champs tee, a "girly" tee and a 55 Years tee...all are available in short or long-sleeve.  Click here to order today!   

Our team of five Middle School "Water Warriors" were back in the pool on November 14th with the first meet of the season at Georgia Tech's McCauley Aquatic Center. Colin Stuart achieved all personal best times and a 2nd place finish in the 100 yd Freestyle and a "team of one" overall 7th place out of 11 teams in the Boys division. Anna Bartlett, Josephine and Lauryn Glass and Maddie Kubik competed in our first girls' relay in many seasons! The Girls team took 8th place overall. Way to swim Warriors!!

Thanks to everyone for making our Annual Grandparents' Day a success!  It was a wonderful way to celebrate our Grandparents and Special Friends here On the Mountain!

Congrats to Caz Kilgore on being chosen as the Middle School Student of the Quarter.

3rd Grade class field trip to The Little White House


Another 1st Place WIN for the JV Academic Bowl team!  Way to go WARRIORS!

Doing our Part - 6th graders cleaning up part of the Greenbelt!



OMA One Act Play takes 2nd place in Region competition.  They will move on to compete at the State competition in mid-November and again perform "Tracks."  Two students, Alex Talley and Ruby Hembree, both recieved "Best Performer" awards.  Way to go!

{Please complete form for Veterans' Day Celebration by Tuesday, November 7th.  Click here to submit the form or email}

BIG NEWS:  Warrior Spirit Store now offers on-line sales for your shopping convenience!  Click here to shop today!  For future reference: Click on Campus Life / Warrior Spirit Store to shop!

Download the Oak Mountain Academy App today!  A shortcut for your phone or tablet to view the calendar and up-coming events.  Already use the sure to run your up-date as it now has a different look!


The Warrior Challenge 5K and Fun Run was a huge success!  Thanks to all who came out to enjoy our trail and campus.  Click to view photos and official race times.


The Flag Football Tournament sponsored by the SGA (Student Government Association) was tons of fun!  Lots of laughs, touch-down moves, and a few bruises came from this great event.  Thanks to all who participated (especially our cheerleaders)!


Watch and Enjoy our Celebration of the MS Cross Country & Varsity Soccer State Champions - 2017

Parade of Champions Parade

Middle School Cross Country and Varsity Soccer State Champions Celebration Parade on our campus!  What a fun day!

WHAT A SEASON!  UNDEFEATED STATE CHAMPIONS!  GO WARRIORS! Click here to order your State Championship Tee!

News from the Development Office:

2016-2017 Annual Report – coming soon!

SSO Tax Credit donations are now being accepted for 2018 – click here for more information.

2017-2018 Annual Fund Campaign is in full swing – Blue Books are currently in circulation. Thank you for supporting Oak Mountain Academy!

VolunteerME website – the final changes are underway and soon you will have an online resource for anything and everything about volunteering at OMA. Stay tuned!

SAVE THE DATE: OMA’s 30th Annual Auction & Gala, March 10, 2018 at Sunset Hills Country Club. This year’s theme is a return to the 1980’s, where we will “PARTY LIKE IT’S 1988”.


Contact Brandy Carlile for Development questions at

Middle school Cross Country takes State Title!  GO WARRIORS!

Service to others - Greenbelt Clean-up.  A vital part of who we are at OMA!

2017 Savannah Barber Scholarship Recipients named!  Congratulations and many thanks to the Barber family for their continued support of OMA Academics!

Ruby Hembree, Mr. Ken Barber & Olivia Byers

Look for OMA in the news:  Facebook, Instagram, The Carrollton Menu, Star News, Times-Georgian, News & Views, West Georgia Women's Magazine & other community sponsorships & civic organizations.


Our Warriors Volleyball Team took 2nd place in the State Finals!  They played with heart and determination.  Way to go Girls!

 Thanks to all who supported our 2017 Warrior Golf Classic at Sunset Hills.  It was a perfect day for golf and supporting our OMA Athletics.  For more photos click - Warrior Golf Classic Photos.

Click here to order a yearbook today!


JV Academic Team Wins 1st (6-0 Undefeated) at the GATA Tournament. Way to go!

FALL FESTIVAL was a hit again this year!  Thanks to the PVA for heading up this fun event!

Stand-out Students go the extra mile! They consistently act like a Warrior; they are respectful, honest, & responsible. The are never tardy & always willing to help others. They are great kids to be around! Congrats to these Stand-out Students honored in the lower school.

Students, faculty and staff signed the OMA Honor Pledge at our Annual Honor Assembly in September.  View Mrs. Gillispie's encouragement and explanation of The Warrior Way here

Even our Kindergarten students sign the Honor Pledge.

Viewing the Great American Solar Eclipse was truly a wonderful experience for students and faculty.  Our upper school students traveled to Unicoi State Park to view a more "total" eclipse.  What a wonderful day On the Mountain for our lower and middle school students as well.  All around, this was an amazing day for all to enjoy and learn.  View more photos Solar Eclipse Photos.

Booster Bash was great fun for the Warrior family!  Thanks to all who came out and a special thanks to Coach Barkley for his good sportsmanship in the dunk tank!  There's still time to join the Warrior Booster Club.  Contact Philip Rhyne at or Coach Barkley at for more information.

Our Theme for this year...encouraging our students to be honorable, respectful, responsible, and to take ownership for themselves!  What a great year to be here "On the Mountain!"


Welcome Back - Warriors Style!






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OMA Uniforms offered to deserving children in Uganda this summer thanks to Mrs. Elise Powers!  Wow!