A Cherokee County School District Class of 2022 graduate has earned a $10,000 national scholarship recognizing community service, volunteerism and mentorship!
Sequoyah High School graduate Xander Riddle, who will attend the University of Georgia in the fall, won the Exceptional Youth Scholarship from the Global Sports Foundation, awarded to only 10 students nationally each year. In addition to demonstrating their dedication to community service, volunteering and mentoring, honorees also must achieve an outstanding academic record and submit a personal essay.
“We’re so proud that Xander has earned this competitive award based on not only his dedication to learning, but also his great care for his classmates and his community,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We wish him all the best in his studies and career – congratulations!”
Xander graduated in the top 5% of his class, completing more than nine AP college-credit courses and earning the AP Scholar with Honor designation, three National Latin Exam awards including a summa cum laude honor, an academic letter and the UGA Merit Scholarship.
During his time at Sequoyah, Xander devoted himself to service, through Beta Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta math honor society, the Journey Club, through which SHS students tutor and mentor local elementary school students; and Boy Scouts. An accomplished musician, Xander served as marching band section leader and played lead alto saxophone in the jazz band and double bass in the orchestra, earning All-State Band honors and lettering in band.
“As a leader, it is important to me to serve my community so, particularly in band, I dedicate a lot of hours into making my community operate smoothly and optimally,” Xander said, noting he completed more than 150 service hours through school clubs and Boy Scouts.
The Foundation for Global Sports Development’s mission is to “deliver and support initiatives that promote fair play, education, and the benefits of abuse-free sport for youth.”
“The students who receive this scholarship have already demonstrated a remarkable commitment to academic excellence and their communities,” said David Ulich, an executive board member for the foundation. “Our hope is that the Exceptional Youth Scholarship empowers the students to continue making a positive impact for years to come.”