After a rigorous application and screening process, OBI math teacher Steve Grant, received an invitation to be a “reader” for the AP calculus exam. He traveled to a convention center in Kansas City, Missouri, this year’s “reading site,” where he joined math colleagues from across the U.S. for seven intensive days of grading the nation’s AP calculus exams during June, 2022.
“AP” is short for Advanced Placement, a program run by the College Board, a non-profit organization which promotes college readiness for students. Advanced high school students may take AP courses, and at the end of the course take a standardized AP exam, the score of which may result in college credit and/or a bump in their high school GPA. OBI offers several advanced placement classes in addition to dual credit college opportunities.
Grant stated that he looked forward to this opportunity because, “I thought it would be a good experience to be a part of the program. Getting together with math people to do math—this is something I felt that I would enjoy, and I also thought that I could contribute to the process.” Grant was responsible for two problems from the calculus exam and completed over 2,000 tests, grading eight hours each day. While grading, he gained valuable insight for his own teaching. “It gave me an opportunity to see what the students were understanding [and] an indication of how the material was being taught. I saw things that I could apply in my own classroom,” he explained
Grant has been teaching for 35 years, the last 26 years at OBI. Before coming to OBI, he taught at missionary schools in South and Central America. He holds two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree and is OBI’s advanced math teacher.
Grant enjoyed the experience of grading the AP caluculus exam among fellow math teachers, but noted it was also a refreshing time of professional development. He said, “There were opportunities at meal time to talk to other educators who were, like me, passionate about what they do. We talked about our experience in the classroom, we shared ideas, we shared the titles of must-read books and good websites. Questions would come up about the schools that we were from, and I was able to talk about OBI and the work that we are doing here.”
OBI is pleased to announce Larry A. Gritton, Jr. as our new head boys’ basketball coach. Mr. Gritton is a proven Christian leader and mentor of young men and basketball players. Our search for a proven, fully committed coach to not only OBI’s basketball program, but more importantly, OBI’s overall mission of educating young people for time and eternity, resulted in our school’s President stepping in to become our next head boys basketball coach.
In his decorated OBI playing career, Coach Gritton scored 3,058 career points, dished out 728 assists, and still holds the Kentucky state record for the most made free throws in a career with 837.
Coach Gritton previously coached at OBI from 1998-2004 and also spent seven years as a head coach in Fort Myers, Florida. Coach Gritton will provide the experience, stability and commitment our program needs and bright days lie ahead for OBI basketball.
Oneida Baptist Institute competes in Region 13, district 49 and also is a member of the Kentucky Christian Athletic Conference.
OBI senior Aliceson Barger was named a John Wesley Hughes Scholar at Asbury University. The prestigious award includes full tuition at Asbury. Aliceson has attended OBI since the 7th grade.
Isaiah Marcum (seated, left) and Kazim Faisal (seated, right) "signed" with Alice Lloyd College in a special awards ceremony on May 5, 2022. Both will be playing basketball with Alice Lloyd next year.
OBI senior Jacob Mobley participated in the state FFA welding contest, part of the UK 4-H/FFA Field Day held at Kroger Stadium in Lexington, Ky. on April 18, 2022. Jacob placed 15th out of 100 high school welders! Way to go, Jacob!
Here is a link to the UK College of Ag. post about the event:
OBI senior Kazim Faisal was named the leading rebounder in Kentucky, averaging 9.5 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.
Madison Gritton, OBI senior, received the Cartis and Merkie Carpenter scholarship through the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky.
Underwood Hall is opening soon!
The Lower School Spelling Bee was an awesome experience for these kiddos!