CCSD Recognizes Record Number of Superintendent's Key Scholars for 2016
Etowah High School junior Gideon Boyington receives his Key Scholar patch from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower.
The Cherokee County School District annually recognizes outstanding high school juniors as Superintendent’s Key Scholars, and a record number of students earned the distinction this year by scoring at the 90th percentile or above on the Grade 11 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
During the 11th Annual Superintendent’s Key Scholar Recognition Ceremony held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at River Ridge High School, 327 students were recognized for their PSAT scores achieved in October, which ranked them in the top 10% of the nation. Each student received a letter jacket patch that reads “Superintendent’s Key Scholar” and will also be honored at their school’s year-end awards ceremony as a Superintendent’s Key Scholar. These students also will have a special embossment on their high school diploma.
"As academic leaders, you have the potential to continue distinguishing yourselves as high school seniors, in your college pursuits and, eventually, in your chosen careers," said Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Superintendent of Schools, in his remarks to the students. " We also extend our congratulations this evening to all of the individuals who stand behind and support their efforts, including: parents, grandparents, teachers, school administrators and all others who have made and continue to make an impact on their education and their lives."
The Key Scholar Program is a districtwide academic recognition plan that begins in elementary schools with students qualifying for the nationally recognized Duke University Talent Identification Program (or TIP) in Grades 4 or 5 by achieving exceptional scores on either the Cognitive Abilities Test or the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. At the middle school level, the Key Scholars Program also includes Duke’s TIP, through which eligible students have the opportunity to get a head start on SAT and ACT testing, which usually does not begin until high school. Seventh-grade students participate in this nationally standardized testing, with many receiving State Recognition; and they are also recognized at a School Board meeting and at a special Duke University ceremony in Atlanta.
For high school students, the Key Scholar Program focuses on the Preliminary SAT (or PSAT). Freshmen scoring at the 80th percentile or above on the PSAT receive a Certificate of Achievement at their school’s year-end awards ceremonies. Sophomores scoring at the 85th percentile or above on the PSAT receive a Certificate of Achievement at their school’s year-end awards ceremonies. The top award in the Key Scholar Program goes to seniors who qualify as National Merit Scholars. Over the past 11 years, these academically outstanding students have led their classes as they marched across the stage at graduation wearing a special gold medallion.
The recognition ceremony on Tuesday evening also featured a performance by River Ridge HS choral students, the presentation of colors by the River Ridge HS Air Force Junior ROTC and remarks by School Board Chair Kyla Cromer.
Cherokee High School
Creekview High School
Etowah High School
Sarah Kate Billings
River Ridge High School
Sequoyah High School
Woodstock High School
Anna Rose Collins