Woodstock HS Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Semi-Finalist!

Woodstock HS Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Semi-Finalist!

A.J. Cox

A.J. Cox

A Woodstock High School senior has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program semi-finalist!

A.J. Cox is one of only 700 students nationwide to qualify for the final round of the national competition. These semi-finalists are considered to be among the best and brightest of the 3.5 million graduating seniors in the nation’s Class of 2017

Semi-finalists are chosen based on academic achievement including outstanding performance on the ACT or SAT, personal character, leadership and service activities; application is by invitation only. Only 161 students will be honored as finalists at a White House ceremony.

The Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to honor and recognize extraordinary graduating seniors.

“The achievements of these outstanding students deserve acknowledgement,” said Marina C. McCarthy, Chair of the Commission on Presidential Scholars. “The most precious resource of the United States is its talented young people.”

A.J. is an exemplary student, and earlier this year also was named a 2017 National Merit Scholarship finalist… one of the most prestigious recognitions for graduating high school seniors! His outstanding performance on the SAT earned him the title of Woodstock High School’s STAR Student through the statewide recognition program, and A.J. recently was named a regional finalist in the national Coca-Cola Scholars competition.

In addition to academic success, A.J. also has earned titles for his talents as a public speaker, academic bowl team member and competitive swimmer including his recent triumph as the 7A State Champion in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking. He’s active in his school and community and is a promising young leader, noted by his selection to serve as a sophomore on the Model Atlanta Regional Commission.


Sequoyah HS Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Semi-Finalist!

Isabelle Riddle

Isabelle Riddle

A Cherokee County School District high school senior has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program semi-finalist!

Isabelle Riddle of Sequoyah High School is one of only 700 students nationwide selected to advance to the final round of the national competition. They are considered among the most distinguished graduating high school seniors of the nearly 3.5 million students in the Class of 2017 nationwide.

Honorees are selected based on academic achievement including exceptional performance on the ACT or SAT, personal character, leadership and service activities; application is by invitation only. Only 161 students will be named finalists this spring and be invited to a White House ceremony.

“The achievements of these outstanding students deserve acknowledgement,” said Marina C. McCarthy, Chair of the Commission on Presidential Scholars. “The most precious resource of the United States is its talented young people.”

The U.S. President Scholars program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor top graduating seniors.

Last month, Isabelle was named a 2016-17 Coca-Cola Scholar… one of only 150 students nationwide selected for the $20,000 scholarship. She also was named the STAR Student for Cherokee County based on her exemplary academic performance, and is her school’s Student Delegate to the Cherokee County School Board.

An AP Scholar with Distinction, Isabelle has won the PSAT Academic Achievement Award and an Academic Letter. She has served as National Honor Society President and Student Government Treasurer and volunteers for HFDA Gives Back (a service club she founded) and MUST Ministries as a Summer Lunch Coordinator. Isabelle also has won awards for her dancing talent from the Georgia State PTA Reflections Contest and One National Dance Competition.


CCSD High School Senior Named 2016-17 Coca-Cola Scholar!

A Cherokee County School District high school senior has been named the winner of a prestigious national scholarship!

Isabelle Riddle of Sequoyah High School is 2016-17 Coca-Cola Scholar… one of only 150 students selected for this honor from 86,000 applications nationwide!

Isabelle Riddle

She has won a $20,000 college scholarship and will be honored in April at the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation’s 29th annual Scholars Banquet in Atlanta. Isabelle is one of only five Scholars from Georgia this year.

“A Coca-Cola Scholar not only exemplifies superior leadership, service, and academics — they are change agents, positively affecting others in their community,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “These extraordinary humans are already society’s coffers with bolder action, more amazing technology, bigger advancements, healthier futures, and exponential possibility.”

Winners are selected based on their outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and dedication to their community.

Isabelle, who recently was named the STAR Student for Cherokee County based on her exemplary academic performance, also is her school’s Student Delegate to the Cherokee County School Board.

A student leader, she has served as National Honor Society President and Student Government Treasurer and was selected for the Model Atlanta Regional Commission and Teen Leadership Cherokee, for which she earned the Most Outstanding Leader Award. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction and has won the PSAT Academic Achievement Award and an Academic Letter.

Isabelle is active in her community and volunteers for HFDA Gives Back (a service club she founded) and MUST Ministries as a Summer Lunch Coordinator and won a grant for her “Doggie Dash” Service Project. An accomplished dancer, Isabelle has won awards from the Georgia State PTA Reflections Contest and One National Dance Competition.

In addition to Isabelle’s honor, Woodstock High School senior A.J. Cox was named one of only 250 Regional Finalists nationwide.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola Bottlers across America and The Coca Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States.


CCSD School Wins First Place in National Middle School Academic Bowl State Championships!

Celebrating their win are, from left to right, Cal Pace, Justin Bolsen, Sean Yates, Captain Joseph Satterfield, Er’el Moyal, Coach Dr. Mark Nazemzadeh, Jordan Moyal and Hampton Barrineau.

A Cherokee County School District team won first place in the National Academic Quiz Tournament Middle School State Championship!

Creekland Middle School’s team earned the title by remaining undefeated, 10-0, through the competition between 43 teams on Saturday in Gwinnett County.

Team members Captain Joseph Satterfield and Hampton Barrineau, Justin Bolsen, Er’el Moyal, Jordan Moyal, Cal Pace and Sean Yates are coached by teachers Dr. Mark Nazemzadeh and Eli Rollman.

This achievement follows the team’s successful sweep of first and second place at the regional Georgia Academic Team Association competition and its win of CCSD’s Annual Middle School Academic Bowl. The team’s sixth-graders last summer placed fourth at the National competition.


Congratulations to CCSD’s Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Cherokee County School District’s 2017 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition!

The first- and second-place teams will proceed to the regional level of literary competition on Feb. 4, 2017 in Gainesville on their quest to earn the State title.

Arnold Mill Elementary School won the elementary school bowl, with Macedonia Elementary School placing second.

Freedom Middle School placed first in the middle school competition, and Mill Creek Middle School earned second.

Creekview High School won the high school showdown, and Etowah High School came in second.

Celebrating their success are Arnold Mill ES team members, from left to right, front row: Ramses Rivas, Dellaina McCarty, Jack Cavender, Michael Wells, Charlie Tyson; second row: Deliah Stanley, Kathryn Lamboley; back row: Coaches Jane Morris, Jacquie Zaski and Assistant Principal Dr. Christy Bowling.

 

Celebrating their success are Freedom MS team members: Haley Cook, Kaylan Effner, Braden Flournoy, Ashley Lyen, Parker Kuczmanski, Maddie Schaeffer, Celan Trowers, Michelle Voyles, Rylan Waters and Milan Yadav.  Coaches are teachers Allison Cook and Amber Effner.

Showing off their first-place awards are Creekview HS team members, from left to right, Gillian Brown, Grace Godwin, Emily McGhee, Tori Padgett, Kelsey Henson, Megan Halverson, Alex Kaye, Caitlin Canfield, Hannah Oliver and Alyssa Auten; and coaches media specialist Anne Thiers, far left, and teacher Liana Howard, far right.  Not pictured: Caitlyn Bergey, Thomas Roberts and Anika Duff.