Presentation of a Great Horned Owl to KSU President Daniel S. Papp slated for Feb. 28

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KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 21, 2011) — McCleskey Middle School will present a mounted Great Horned…

Georgia (Feb 21, 2011)KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 21, 2011) — McCleskey Middle School will present a mounted Great Horned Owl to Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp on Monday, Feb. 28, in a formal presentation ceremony at the school.

In 1988, an unlucky Great Horned Owl suffered a tragic end when it flew into a power line on the McCleskey Middle School campus in Marietta. A science teacher found the bird, had it mounted and it remained on display in a Plexiglas case in the school’s media center for the next 23 years. McCleskey is donating the owl to Kennesaw State, whose athletic teams are known as the Owls.


  • Daniel S. Papp, president, Kennesaw State University 
  • Claire Lyons, principal, McCleskey Middle School


In a ceremony in the media center, members of McCleskey’s orchestra will perform the owl-inspired “Hedwig’s Theme” from the “Harry Potter” movies before the bird is presented to Papp by the principal.

The large raptor comes from a family of world travelers, which range from the Arctic to the tropical rainforests of Brazil. From the tundra, to the deserts to suburbia, these owls are comfortable in many environments. Young birds make a loud, raspy screech, while the adults call with a deep “hoo” sound.

“These owls have amazing equipment, making them incredible predatory machines,” said Robert “RC” Paul, KSU’s director of sustainability and professor of biology. “Their ears allow them to localize sounds not only from left and right, but also from up and down. Their eyes are perfect for low-light vision, and their talons form a secure trap around their prey. When they fly their feathers are arranged for noiseless flight.”

When: 9:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., Monday, Feb. 28, 2011

Where: McCleskeyMiddle School, 4080 Maybreeze Road, Marietta, Ga. 30066

The media and invited guests may attend this event. Please R.S.V.P. by calling Kathy Albritton at

770-928-5560, ext. 226



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