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July 20, 2017 Dedication & Groundbreaking Ceremony

The groundbreaking for Huang Hall (future girls' dormitory and classroom building) and dedication for Carnahan-Daugherty Hall was held on the OBI campus on July 20, 2017. Those who attended were invited to tour the dormitory floors of Carnahan-Daugherty Hall as well as the A.B. & Irene Colvin Learning Center located on the lower floor.  There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony after the dedication of Carnahan-Daugherty. Dr. & Mrs. Colvin's daughter, Cynthia Colvin Weller, cut the ribbon for the learning center part of the building. A current dorm resident was selected to cut the ribbon for the dormitory portion. For full-sized photos of the event, visit our Facebook page.





2015-2016 Carnahan-Daugherty Dormitory Construction

A new 200-bed boys' dormitory will replace the Carnahan dormitory which was constructed in 1968. The first Carnahan Hall was a girls’ dorm built in 1905 and made possible by a $10,000 gift from Mr. & Mrs. Robert Carnahan, one of Oneida’s greatest benefactors in early days.

The first building was demolished in 1967. The second Carnahan Hall was built in 1968 as a boys' dormitory and maintained the name to honor this early benefactor and Oneida storekeeper.

In 2013, OBI was notified that Wesley Daugherty left OBI an estate gift—the largest gift the school has ever received. According to his CPA, Mr. Daugherty came to Oneida with his church group a few times and fell in love with Oneida. It was this gift that enabled OBI president, Mr. Larry Allen Gritton, Jr. and the OBI Board of Trustees to consider this much-needed investment in our campus.

Carnahan Hall was selected for demolition over Marvin-Wheeler Hall (also a boys' dormitory), because Marvin-Wheeler had been recently remodeled. Demolition began on June 29th, 2015. The building was leveled by July 1st.

The new boys' dormitory will be named the Carnahan-Daugherty Hall to honor both the past and present donors.

To see more photos of the demolition of the old Carnahan dorm and construction of the new hall, click here.


OBI Homecoming 2017

Beautiful autumn weather greeted returning alumni, staff and friends for OBI Homecoming 2017.



After a BBQ lunch, current many alumni and their children and grandchildren alongside current OBI students enjoyed the food, games, inflatables and corn maze at the fall festival.

The new Hall of Fame inductees and the 50th anniversary class of 1967 were recognized at the afternoon service held in the Gritton Gym.


Wish you had come? Mark your calendar for next October!

Click on the Facebook link to view an album of 2017 Homecoming pictures.

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Congratulations OBI Class of 2017

Click here to view an album of Graduation Day photos on the OBI Facebook page:

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2015-16 Lady Mountaineers Score Career Milestones

Madison Kehler, a senior at Oneida Baptist Institute, scored her 2,000th career point on her home court on February 20, 2016. Madison is the only female player to score 2000 and the all-time leading scorer at OBI. She is the leading scorer in the 13th Region for the 2015-2016 season with an average of 19 points per game. Kehler is from Lee county and has been a boarding student at OBI since the eighth grade.

OBI senior Ashley Booher scored her 1,000th career point “making her only one of a handful of OBI girls to reach that mark,” said OBI Lady Mountaineers Coach Ryan Cordle. Booher was one of the top rebounders in the region and averaged a “double-double” scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds per game. Booher is from Arizona and has been a boarding student at OBI since the sixth grade.

Kehler (left) and Booher are pictured with OBI president Mr. Larry A. Gritton, Jr., who scored 3,000 career points during his high school career at OBI.


2017 OBI Tennis Competes at State

The OBI boys’ and girls’ teams placed first overall in the 14th region tennis tournament which included first-place wins by Choopat Suvimolstean in boys' singles, Priya Sukkanha in girls' singles, Andrew Lee and Misha Natyshak  in boys' doubles and Mianna Baker and Aubrey Baker in girls’ doubles. Alvin Gibson and Seth Shockley competed at state after finishing in the region semi-finals. At the state meet, Choopat advanced to the quarter-finals, Priya finished 4th in the state at the semi-finals and both were named to the All State Team.

Front row, left to right: Andrew Lee, Choopat Suvimolstean, Priya Sukkanha, Misha Natyshak
Back row, left to right: Alvin Gibson, Seth Shockley, Aubrey Baker, Mianna Baker


2016 OBI Track and Field Competes at State

Congratulations to the OBI boys' track team who won second place at the regional track meet and advanced to state!



OBI Runner Competes at State Cross Country Meet

   After placing sixth at regionals, senior cross country runner Isador Yesuf advanced to the state meet held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky on November 4, 2017.





OBI AP U.S. History Class Attends Cumberland Gap National Historic Park Quarter Unveiling

The AP US History class attended the U.S. Mint unveiling of the Cumberland Gap quarter at a festival held at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park on April 11, 2016. Congressman Hal Rogers, the U.S. Representative for Kentucky’s 5th congressional district, attended the celebration and distributed the quarters to the students.

At the festival, students observed demonstrations of life in the early days of Kentucky including trade between settlers and Cherokee natives and wood working. OBI students enjoyed the view of Tennessee and Virginia from the pinnacle overlook at the Cumberland Gap National Park. They also posed for a snapshot on the Kentucky-Virginia border.




OBI Choir

Each year, approximately 10 OBI vocalists participate in the Southeastern Kentucky Music Association’s annual All-Festival Choir concert which is held the third week of November at the First Baptist Church in London, Kentucky. Nearly 300 top vocalists from 20 schools in the southeastern Kentucky region are divided between the SSA and the SATB choirs. The singers work with college-level guest conductors over three days and then perform a concert.


The OBI choir & ensemble enjoyed the warm welcome, hospitality and the chance to sing at the 111th annual gathering of the Kentucky Woman's Missionary Union on April 5, 2014 at Central Baptist Church in Winchester, Kentucky.

The choir joined the congregation in opening worship time.

OBI president, Larry A. Gritton, Jr., spoke to the Kentucky WMU about the ministry of Oneida.

The choir sang a program of songs they had been performing at Kentucky Baptist churches throughout the year.


Missions and Outreach

National Honor Society seniors completed one last service project before graduation on May 11,2016. They planted flowers at the historic Manchester Salt Works in Manchester, Kentucky in preparation for the annual Salt Works Festival. The flowers were donated by the “Stay in Clay” community organization.




On March 25, 2016, OBI's Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM) hosted a Silent Auction to raise funds to support  the Heart and Soul Life Center in Manchester, Ky. Thanks to items donated by OBI staff and purchases by students, we raised $361 for Heart and Soul. On April 10th, BCM members presented the proceeds from the March 25th Silent Auction to representatives of the Heart and Soul Life Center who traveled to the OBI campus to attend a Baptist Campus Ministry meeting. Our students also got to hear more about this ministry and its impact in our county.


The OBI chapter of the National Junior Honor Society visited the Heart & Soul Life Center in London, Kentucky for the purpose of finding a way that they could serve this organization. Diapers are one of the top needs, so the NJHS returned to campus to raise funds. Thanks to our school administrators' willingness to participate, the NJHS sold tickets and had a drawing for students to become an "Administrator for a Day" in January 2015. Between ticket sales and private donations, the NJHS raised nearly $600!

Culture Fair

The annual Culture Fair, sponsored by the OBI Student Amabassadors, gives our international students the chance to prepare the kinds of dishes they would normally eat at home and share them with their friends and teachers. American students enjoy sharing flavors from home as well or experimenting with recipes from their favorite international cuisine.



OBI Seniors Earn State Certificates for Career Pathways Program


Similar to the School-To-Work programs at other schools, the Career Pathways program at Oneida Baptist Institute is recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education. For the 2015-2016 school year, 33 OBI seniors met the requirements of completion, including 360 work hours, and received their state certificates.






Seniors may work up to two class periods per day and choose from a variety of on campus employment situations.



All student supervisors complete and submit a weekly evaluation of their employee(s). During the program, students complete various requirements including a daily work journal, a resume and a mock interview.

For more information about the Career Pathways program, contact Connie Belcher at the OBI Guidance Office: 606-847-4111 ext. 215.






OBI Drama

In conjunction with Homecoming weekend October 19-21, 2017, OBI Drama produced "Moriah Morning," an original script written by OBI Publications director Denise Day Spencer and based on the book, "The Crucible," by OBI founder James Anderson Burns. Former OBI president Dr. Barkley Moore had asked Spencer to undertake the project which was completed shortly after his death in 1994. Dr. Bud Underwood requested the script be performed in 1999 as part of that year's Homecoming and Centennial Celebration. To "work the bugs out" for the Centennial performance, the Oneida Players staged the play in 1997. Both previous performances were directed by Debbie Winters.

A full photo album from the show can be found here:

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OBI Drama produced "Romeo and Juliet's Unofficial, Unnecessary Sequel" by Edward J. Thomas March 30-April 1, 2017 with a matinee performed on March 29 for Oneida Elementary School and OBI K-8.

A full photo album from the show can be found here:

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OBI Drama produced "Born to be Wild" by Bryan Starchman October 20-22. On October 19th, they performed a morning matinée for public elementary students as well as OBI's K-5 students. Our Friday and Saturday night performances were well attended by guests who were on campus for Homecoming. Many of the Alabama Campers on Mission attended the Thursday night performance.


A full photo album from the show can be found here:

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OBI Students and Ministry Team at Kentucky Baptist Convention


On November 13, 2012, the entire student body and the majority of the Ministry Team of Oneida Baptist Institute traveled to Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky for a special presentation at the Annual Session of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC).

After our presentation and lunch, the students enjoyed an afternoon movie before heading back to Oneida. It was a memorable, unique and blessed day! We received numerous positive comments from those in attendance at the convention, and we deeply appreciate the KBC for accommodating our visit and allowing us the opportunity to spread the word about this unique ministry for teenagers.


Christmas on Campus


From Thanksgiving until the end of the first semester in December, Christmas is the theme in chapel and around campus. The halls are decked, especially in the chapel and dormitories. Students involved in music classes and Creative Ministries perform in chapel, the Student Council hosts a Christmas Party and FFA members present their annual Walk To Bethlehem.