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Athens Academy Students Learn from Professionals Through New Program

Athens Academy is offering a new speaker series for Upper School students, during which professionals from all walks of life will share their educational and career experiences and answer questions during a casual luncheon format.

This past week engineer Philip Kendrick spoke to two groups of students about his unconventional career path in the fields of mechanical engineering, intellectual property, and patenting. Kendrick, who is the director of intellectual property for Dover Environmental Solutions Group, has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from the University of Maryland as well as an MBA from Wichita State University. He shared his experiences designing and implementing projects for companies like Bell Helicopter, FOX Factory, Textron Aviation, and more.

In October, Athens Academy alumna Karen Morgan kicked off the new series as she talked about her career, during which she went from working as an artist and designer in a medical setting, to getting her law degree and working as a prosecutor in Atlanta, to finally working as a successful stand- up comedian. Morgan advised the students to be open to new opportunities and challenges. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a J.D. from Georgia State University.

Athens Academy alumna and attorney Karen Morgan (6th from left) spoke in October to a current class of academy students about her varied experiences

Athens Academy is an independent, co-educational school for students in K3 through 12th grade, located on a beautiful 152-acre campus in Northeast Georgia. Now in its 56th year, Athens Academy pursues its mission of “excellence with honor” through academics, athletics, fine arts, and service and leadership. Ranked the #1 private school in Athens, #9 college prep school in the state of Georgia, and #1 private school in Northeast Georgia (

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