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State-level honors, Kentucky Governor's Scholars

Spring 2016

Track to State

Tennis to State

2017 Fall Choir Schedule

Construction of Carnahan-Daugherty Dormitory
Choir-All Festival Fall 2015 Cross Country Runners to State

2017 Graduation

KBC 2012

All State Musicians

EKU Theatre Intensive

Lady Mountaineers record-breaking career points

2016 Homecoming Pictures

Career Pathways Program

Academic Team     Culture Fair Light of the World Ballet 
Math Contest at the University of the Cumberlands  



Spring Fling Choir sings at state WMU convention

Missions Projects

OBI students attend unveiling of Cumberland Gap quarter 4.11.16


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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 2016

 A beautiful fall day greeted our alumni, friends and guests for Homecoming on October 22nd.


After a BBQ lunch and the Alumni/OBI Staff v. Lady Mountaineers volleyball game, current OBI students and many alumni and their children and grandchildren enjoyed the food, games, inflatables and corn maze at the fall festival.

The new Hall of Fame inductees and the 50th anniversary class of 1966 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 2016 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:

OBI Class of 2017


2015-16 Lady Mountaineers Score Career Milestones at Last Regular Season Home Game

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.


OBI Students Win State Honors

OBI junior Stephen King was accepted to the 2017 Governor’s School for the Arts in the area of Visual Arts. After a months-long process of building his portfolio, he was named a GSA finalist in February and presented his work to judges in person in March. GSA reviewed over 700 applications in all nine art forms, and 256 students were accepted for the 2017 program. Stephen will be studying art for three weeks this summer alongside 35 of Kentucky’s best high school artists.







OBI FFA members Joshua Mbaezue (left) and Stephen King each placed first in their events at the Kentucky River Regional FFA Field Day at Eastern Kentucky University on March 23, 2017. Both will advance to compete at the state FFA convention in June, 2017.


OBI Sophomore represents Kentucky and OBI at the 2015 National FFA contest

Grace Sink won fourth place in the Creed Speaking Contest at the 88th National FFA Convention in Louisville. She was a sophomore day student and the FFA chapter secretary. Sink advanced to the national contest after her victories at the Kentucky River Region and the Kentucky State Creed competitions during her freshman year. She is pictured with the president of OBI's FFA chapter, Everett Kirkman, OBI Class of 2016.

Sink is the first Kentucky FFA member to place in the semi-finals and finals in the National Creed Competition. She said, “It was an honor to represent Kentucky FFA.”

As Sink competed in the national convention, she enjoyed meeting FFA members from all over the U.S. She added, “The entire experience was the chance of a lifetime. Competing in the Creed contest from the chapter level all the way to the national stage taught me confidence and perseverance. The Creed is about ... hope for tomorrow as we continue to work to accomplish our task. I believe in what the Creed stands for because I had to live by the Creed’s standards to accomplish this honorable task at the 88th National Convention last week.”

The FFA Creed Speaking Contest is a Career Development Event for FFA members in the ninth grade. The student must present the FFA Creed from memory and answer questions about its meaning and purpose. The contest boosts self-confidence and develops a student’s ability to communicate in a powerful, professional manner. Sink’s other earned FFA honors include the Star Greenhand Degree and a Kentucky State Leadership award.


Eric Grant (left), Class of 2016, was awarded the 2015 Berea College Pinnacle Scholar Award of Excellence and was selected to represent his class at the 2015 Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. Jordan Cochran, Class of 2016, won the Kentucky Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic scholarship and received the Regents scholarship to attend Eastern Kentucky University.


OBI seniors Everett Kirkman (left) and Eric Grant were awarded the WYMT Mountain Classic scholarship on January 4, 2016.


Taylor Cochran, OBI Class of 2014 and a 2013 Kentucky Governor's Scholar, won one of 60 Kentucky Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic scholarships. Presenting her certificate was Stan Steidel, the All "A" Classic president and tournament chairperson. Taylor received the Founder's Scholarship at Eastern Kentucky University, where she is attending as a member of the Honors Program.













OBI Music Students at KMEA All State

Savannah Fallis and Taylor Cochran, both Class of 2014 OBI graduates, participated in the 2014 Kentucky Music Educators Association All-State Women’s Chorus.

Grace Kim, OBI Class of 2015, played first violin in the All State Symphonic Orchestra all four years of high school.



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 fourth at regionals, senior cross country runner Eric Grant competed at state for the sixth year in a row. With a time of 18:48, Eric placed 105 of 222 varsity runners in the state championship race held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

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 Members Sing in All Festival Regional Honor Choirs

 The Southeastern Kentucky Music Association’s annual All-Festival Choir concert was held on November 24, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in London, Kentucky. Ten OBI vocalists were among the 280 top vocalists from 20 schools in the southeastern Kentucky region. The singers were divided between the SSA and the SATB choirs and began rehearsals with their guest conductors on November 22.



Choir Sings at Women's Missionary Union (WMU) State Convention

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 Baptist Campus Ministry group hosted a free car wash. On 9/19/15, 24 students washed 24 cars in two hours!




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 had raised $239 by January 23rd. They had received a "matching funds" challenge goal of $250 by January 25th, so they invited students to donate one quarter as they left the chapel service on Friday in order to meet the deadline. The final tally, not including the pledged $250 by a private donor, was $342.80!



The Baptist Campus Ministry hosted a Bake Sale on November 18, 2012 and sent the $645 which was raised to the Kentucky Baptist Convention's Disaster Relief fund to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Homemade treats were donated by OBI Ministry Team Members for purchase by both staff and students.



On April 16, 2013, OBI’s Baptist Campus Ministry hosted a Silent Auction to raise funds to benefit orphanage in Burundi. Homemade treats from sweets to sweet tea plus a variety of other items were donated by the OBI Ministry Team. After an hour of not-so-silent bidding, over $900 had been raised.



In February, 2014, the OBI Baptist Campus Ministry chose a local drug rehabilitation program, "Chad's Hope" to receive the proceeds from BCM's annual silent auction. During a special chapel service on campus, our students presented the "check" for over $700 to a representative from Chad's Hope.



Culture Fair

The annual Culture Fair, sponsored by the OBI Student Council, 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.






Spring Fling

The Student Council-sponsored Spring Fling is a great time to celebrate the end of the school year and enjoy outdoor activities with friends.































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 Students Attend EKU Theatre Intensive

Three OBI drama students enjoyed the opportunity to attend the first annual Theatre Intensive held at Eastern Kentucky University July 13-18, 2014. Two of our students participated in the dual credit program and received a fine arts college credit for the completion of extra projects and assignments during the Intensive. This opportunity was made possible for our students in part thanks to scholarship funds made available through the EKU College of Fine Arts. Our actors applied their new theatre skills and enthusiasm to OBI Drama's 2014-15 season!

OBI Drama Fall 2015 Production

"The Family Man" by Benjamin Bernard Zavin and Carl Leo, was performed at OBI October 22-24, 2015. More photos of the show may be seen at the Oneida Baptist Facebook page.


OBI Drama 2016 Spring Production

Congratulations on another great season, OBI Drama! Closing out the 2015-2016 drama was the spring production, "Delusions of Grandeur" by Jacqueline T. Lynch, performed April 7-9 with a special matinee performance earlier in the week for local public elementary school groups. More photos of the show may be seen at the Oneida Baptist Facebook page.


Light of the World Ballet Performs at OBI


On December 12, 2012, OBI students enjoyed a powerful message of God's love, salvation and transformation delivered with grace and beauty by the dancers from Light of the World Ballet based in Syracuse, New York. Our connection to this unique traveling ministry is one of the dancers who served as an OBI Ministry Team member for two years and whose parents have been Ministry Team Members at Oneida since 2005.

For more information about the Light of the World Ballet ministry:










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.