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301 CCSD Students Recognized as Superintendent's Key Scholars

Posted On: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Key Scholars

 

Note:  A gallery of photos from the event can be viewed here.

 

The Cherokee County School District recognized 301 extraordinary high school juniors as Superintendent’s Key Scholars!

During the 14th Annual Superintendent’s Key Scholar Recognition Ceremony held on Wednesday, February 27, at Cherokee High School, these outstanding students were recognized for their scores achieved in October on the Grade 11 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The program was sponsored by Cobb EMC and LGE Community Credit Union.  Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Superintendent of Schools, presented each student with a special patch designed for the award; School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, Vice Chair Kelly Poole and School Board Member Robert Rechsteiner were there to offer their congratulations to students, along with Deputy Superintendent Trey Olson and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nicole Holmes. CCSD's Division of Curriculum and Instruction coordinated the event. 

The Key Scholar Program is a districtwide academic recognition plan that begins in elementary school. Select fourth- and fifth-grade students qualify for the nationally recognized Duke University TIP Talent Identification Program and receive recognition at their school’s year-end awards ceremonies.

Eligible seventh-graders then have the opportunity to take the PSAT through the Duke program, getting a head start on college-entrance exam preparation that usually begins in high school. Select students perform so well they earn State recognition and invitation to a special Duke University ceremony in Atlanta.

High school freshmen scoring at the 80th percentile or above and sophomores scoring at the 85th percentile or above on the PSAT receive a Certificate of Achievement at their school’s year-end awards ceremonies.

Students recognized as Key Scholars are juniors who rank in the top 10% of students nationwide who took the PSAT exam in October. Each student received an embroidered “Key Scholar” letter-jacket patch and will be recognized again at their school’s year-end awards ceremony.

The final step in the program is National Merit Scholars, who are selected during students’ senior year. These academically outstanding students lead their classes as they march across the graduation stage wearing a National Merit Scholar gold medallion.

2019 Key Scholar Recipients

student recognized on stage

ACE Academy:  Grayson Trella

group photo of students

Cherokee High School

Luke Austin

William Beckett

Jonathan Bradley

Anderson Charleston

Rusty Conner

Caitlin Costello

Anna DeYoung

Oumou Diallo

Kylie Dunlap

Luke Flint

Abigail Franklin

Corene Fuller

Noah Garity

Rachel Gooch

Dinah Gorayeb

Avery Grier

Trevor Hands

Hudson Harper

Wilfred Howe

Anna Huller

Ashlynn Kim

Jackson King

Dwight Kinney

Emma Kirkman

Emily LeBlanc

Noah Lee

Jake Matheny

Alexander Mather

Madelin McEuen

Nicole Molinari

Sabrina Nguyen

Ethan Parker

Todd Parks

Benjamin Prien

Leila Raymond-Kaina

Brook Reavis

Chase Ridgeway

Claire Rohrer

Sterling Russ

Jordyn Stanfill

William Stout

Sydney Tang

Lauren Taylor

Alexander Thurman

Edward Tsui

Victoria Walsh

Sydne Watts

David Zhu

Michael Zinkil

group of students on stage

Creekview High School

Alexander Baldwin

William Barfield

Maxwell Baxley

Connor Bell

Emma Black

Victoria Boatright

Brooke Bobo

Matthew Bowker

Bryce Boyle

William Cantrell

Jordan Carbia

Siena Cook

Angus Creech

John Driver

Jack Eno

Chandler Epperson

Joseph Gallagher

Grace Godwin

William Griffin

Hannah Horwitz

James Kruger

Daniel Leeds

Alexis Lewitt

John Lindsay

Rose Little

Chelsea Mandel

Jeremy Mavromatidis

Elizabeth McTyre

Justin Moon

Bailey Newell

Zoe Norred

Emma Nunnally

Lauren Pitkins

Brandon Pocchio

Caroline Richardson

Matthew Rudolph

Karlyn Runyan

Audrey Rupert

Brendan Saunders

Tyler Silvers

Haley Smith

Lilly Steiner

John Stiles

Colin Thomas

Samuel Tidd

Lyriel Todd

Samuel Turner

Rachel Wahlbom

Jack Wallace

Nicholas Weeks

Hannah West

Alyssa Williams

Tera Yeager

Ethan Youmans

Alexandra Young

Dilyn Zertuche

Isaac Zieg

group of students on stage

Etowah High School

Melissa Alvarenga

Ashley Barnett

Mason Belleza

Frank Beltran

Angelica Beltran

Madeline Bernard

Riley Bowen

Sofia Carrow

Portia Carrow

Madeline Carver

Alexander Cliver

Christopher Cooke

Carrington Cruickshank

Andrew Cua

Grayson Davis

Sarah Deiters

Raymone Devezin

Keirra Dodd

George Dong

Jenna Doran

Zoe Douglas

Kylie Geist

Tyler Goold

Carlos Andre Gossmann Torres

Jacob Greenwald

Maelee Hagan

Garrett Heath

Richard Hoepfinger

Rachel Hugenberg

Elizabeth Hughes

Haley James

Madison Johns

Aaren Johnson

Andres Jorquera

Sydney Kahn

Catherine Keleher

Mark Kopeski

Kayla Lambert

Kayden Lewis

Abigail Madsen

Maxwell Marchetti

Marla McCord

Sydney McCready

Dilan Mehta

Charles Meyer

Sarah Morgan

Benjamin Nelson

Amelia Neuhoff

Taylor Nichols

Dean O'Brien

Stephen Palazzo

Eve Pepin

Gwendolyn Peppers

Samantha Phipps

Thomas Rhoads

Samantha Rife

Jason Rodriguez

Chloe Sanders

Nathan Sasapan

Jesse Sebring

Katherine Slacanin

Hunter Smith

Kaleb Spain

Hannah Squires

William Tanner

Mary Adeline Voytek

Lily Wardrip

James West

Lauren Wheeler

Hannah Wysocki

Ashi Zain

group of students on stage

River Ridge High School

Matthew Adams

Emma Benton

Alexander Blankinship

Celeste Bryson

Brayley Clark

Aarsh Desai

Timothy Goff

Callie Goins

Joshua Halim-Rotinsulu

Isabelle Keenum

Ragan Martin

Alicia Mazzurra

Ava McDonald

Celeste McMullen

Rick Miroskin

Jacob Morrison

Sathvika Narasimhan

Claudia Nickell

Ezekiel Palermo

Aidan Pittman

Kofi Reeves-Miller

Michael Self

Abigail Thomas

Liam Vander Veen

Divya Velivela

Emily Wilken

group of students on stage

Sequoyah High School

Valerie Ambriz-Villela

Ella Avery

Kaitlyn Ayral

Matthew Bagtas

Nicholas Ballance

Margaret Bennett

Cole Burton

Noah Campbell

Anthony Cangemi

Patrick Denney

Andrew Doerr

Zane Durham

Spencer Gerdes

Alexander Gerdes

Nora Greene

Riley Gutmann

Ayden Harris

Jeremy Hill

Torre Hillhouse

Cailyn Hooper

Danielle Hunter

Madison Joy

Alyssa Kirby

Maxwell Kountz

Eric Lee

Dylan MacConnachie

Ethan Manigbas

Jack McGarry

Shannon McLaughlin

Alexandra McRaney

Izabella Mingolla

Chad Morrow

Cassie Myers

Carter Neuman

Austin Perales

Marko Petrovic

Kaitlyn Pulse

Jordan Robertson

Jack Sanders

Halee Shapland

Caleb Struchtemeyer

Jackson Taylor

Joseph Trlica

Andrew Turk

Alina Wargacki

Elizabeth Williams

Katherine Williams

Anna Yobp

group of students on stage

Woodstock High School

Heather Austin

Dayne Bergman

Kailee Bradix

Riley Briggs

Laney Broussard

Michael Brown

Anna Case

Marissa Chudy

Tess Cope

Felipe Duque

Ella Elbeck

Itzel Franco

Katelyn Hackett

Logan Haines

Abigail Halls

Jocelyn Helsby

Thomas Hunter

Brandon Jack

Hayden Johnson

Nathan Kashani

Zakwan Khan

Stephen Klein

Thomas Lawrence

John Lawyer

Ethan Lindquist

Brodie Marcinkowski

Anastasia Markosi

Nathaniel Mathers

Doris McBride

Averie McDaniel

Kate Meredith

Lauren Neville

Malachi Norton

Nicolas Orjuela-Germon

Isabel Plower

Kaaliyah Potts-Heard

Zachary Price

Carter Reed

Hayden Rieder

Juan Rincon

Tiana Ruffin

Walter Saunders

George Saunders

Collin Schaferling

Madeline Shepard

Samuel Smith

Hannah Suh

Kaley Terlep

Owen Vance

 





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