CCSD Recognizes Superintendent’s Key Scholars for 2018

CCSD Recognizes Superintendent’s Key Scholars for 2018

CCSD Recognizes Superintendent’s Key Scholars for 2018

Cherokee High School junior Aaron Bell is the first student to be honored by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board during the Superintendent’s Key Scholar Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Woodstock High School.

The Cherokee County School District recognized 331 extraordinary high school juniors as Superintendent’s Key Scholars!

During the 13th Annual Superintendent’s Key Scholar Recognition Ceremony held on Tuesday, February 27, at Woodstock 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.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower congratulates Key Scholars and their parents on the success being celebrated at the event.

“Your performance ranks you in the top 10% of students in the Nation, and we all are so proud of you!” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower told the Key Scholars. “You are academic leaders, and we look forward to seeing some of you next year earn recognition as National Merit Scholars for your exemplary scores. Congratulations also to all the families here tonight, as well to the teachers, counselors, administrators and everyone who makes an impact on your education and lives.”

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.

Cherokee County School District Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nicole H. Holmes opens the Superintendent’s Key Scholar Awards Ceremony, which began with the Presentation of Colors by the Woodstock High School Navy JROTC.

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 Tuesday 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.

School Board Chair Kyla Cromer welcomes students and families on behalf of the School Board.

Cobb EMC Director of Education and Community Relations Mark Justice shares sponsor remarks.

LGE Community Credit Union Business Development Officer Linda Coyle shares sponsor remarks.

Embroidered “Key Scholars” letter-jacket patches.

Cherokee High School Principal Todd Miller and Key Scholars: Aaron Bell, Aaron Bell, Branden Blackwell, Sierra Blanton, Ethan Bolton, Jarrett Bowen, Regan Bristol, Amanda Budd, Ven Butler, Daniela Cardona, Logan Carroll, Hannah Dickinson, Ashley Grams, Jessica Green, Annabelle Greer, Hannah Hardman, Olivia Herrera, Brooke Hester, Rylee Holland, Sean Howell, Caitlyn Hughes, Riley Hultquist, Lillian Klein, Nikolas Lagesen, Isabelle Lindstrom, Carly Long, William McNutt, Gabriela Munera, Sally Noland, Chelsey Odendahl, Michael Page, Ali Ross, Melina Rowin, Gabriel Stuckey, Jessica Tabickman, Morgan Trusch, Andrew Volz, Olivia Wenclawiak, Somer Wheeler, Hunter Woodall, Addison Workman.

Creekview High School Key Scholars: Emily Andrews, Emily Andrews, Joseph Bester, Ann Blakey, Dalton Bobo, Annabella Boyle, Anna Brewer, Wyatt Brooks, Noah Buly, Dylan Burgess, Paige Cairns, Emily Dodge, Marissa Driggers, Bridget Duckworth, Parker England, Hannah Fitzgerald, Erin Franchini, Caroline Gibson, Nicholas Guerreso, Abby Haley, Hannah Harrell, Mackensie Hogan, Cameron Holbrook, Elise Holcomb, Claire Holman, Isabelle Hurdle, Leslie Iredell-Lyne, Margaret Johnson, Joshua Karcher, Hannah Kimber, Andrew Koopman, Luke Ledford, Jordan Lehman, Abigail Linihan, Bailey Loewe, Emily McGhee, Aubrey McGhee, Logan McGhee, Michael McTaggart, Alysa Miles, Samantha Motley, Rylie O’Connor, Joseph Olivares, Danielle Olivares, Kayla Owen, Victoria Padgett, Aden Paradis, Brooke Parker, Julia Pfitzner, Elliott Prather, Grayson Sanders, Hannah Schones, Jacob Schwarzman, Karson Scott, Nathanael Seman, Mattie Sisson, Abigail Smithwick, Brandon Solon, Rasheam Stanfield, Kyle Stanley, Noah Tetpon, Melissa Thomas, Daniela Trejo, Zachary Turner, Madeline Vorhies, Jacob Westberry, Garrett Yokley.

Etowah High School Principal Robert Horn and Key Scholars: Catherine Arra, Catherine Arra, Emma Aycock, Ian Ballantyne, Abigail Billings, Kieran Black, Madelief Bos, James Boudreau, Conor Bowen, Emily Buck, Amber Burke, Kevin Cainto, Abigail Cartwright, Gavin Collier, Julia Covington, Lance Crawford, Gunnar Duska, Kristin Dyson, Parker Eberly, Danielle Emefiele, Duncan Gandolfo, Taylor Glass, Jacob Hall, Alexa Hanna, Olivia Heck, Charles Hicks, Nicholas Holly, David Hootselle, Wangui Iruku, Allison Isbell, Zora Joyner, Jackson Keith, Capri Kelly, Phillip Le, Jacob Lowry, Piper Marcotte, Amber Martinez, Riley McCready, Arianna Medina, Zachary Meyers, Emma Modlinski, Cohen Nunes, Amie O’Brien, Christian Parker, Daytona Parks, Jacob Phipps, James Ramos, Rachel Ransom, Jeremy Ray, Kathryn Reed, Adin Reichstein, Victoria Ridgeway, Hayden Sagaas, Denis Selitskiy, Justin Sherrer, Karena Spratt, Ella Stewart, Paige Tallman, Chase Thomas, Jacob Vande Corput, Ryanne VanGalder, Jacob Walker, Ryan Waltman, Kalyn Wiley, Devon Williams, Gwenevere Wrye, Mary Susan Young, Lillian Zamorano.

River Ridge High School Principal Darrell Herring and Key Scholars: Davin Albritton, Davin Albritton, Jaeden Bennett, Paul Berent, Wyatt Bewley, Kora Brianas, Caroline Bulger, Lawson Campagna, Hailey Carter, Hadley Chandler, Blake Chumley, Carson Clements, Samantha Corley, Isabella Craig, Trinity Cunningham, Madelyn Denning, William Dodd, Caroline Gold, Ariel Haygood, Alec Hruby,  Andy Huynh, Lesley Johnston, Brayden Juliani, Phebe Kirby, Rishi Kotian, Gabriel Lemay, Katherine Lewis, Braelynn Lindberg, Ethan Losasso, Kathryn Lucero, Hailey Martin, Andrew McMath, Logan Medley, Ethan Meyer, Mary Martha Milcoff, William Moore, Averi Moore, Isabella Navarro, Samuel Norton, Billie O’Bryant, Jonathan O’Donnell, Kaitlyn O’Rourke, Callie Perkins, Grace Pfohl, Sydney Rush,  Kateri Thon, Hailey Weeg, Stephen Zelaya.

Sequoyah High School Principal Elliott Berman and Key Scholars: Natasha Ambriz-Villela, Natasha Ambriz-Villela, James Argo, Brandon Arrue, Caleb Ayan, Ishmael Bahena, Jerod Bayly, Hannah Becker, Samuel Bishop, Anthony Bognar, Madelyn Bruce, Thomas Brumbeloe, Alaina Carroll, Sarah Coltrain, Nyla Crayton, Brae Davies, Victoria Ergle, Daniel Ergle, Ian Faulkner, John Forbes, Max Frye, Shelby Geiger, Abrianna George, Mia Gonzalez, Laura Henderson, Madison Kovacs, Robert Lammens, Desmond Leake, Jacob Mason, Megan McElroy, Joshua Meyers, Elijah Moore, Timothy Muzik, Alana Neely, Sara New, Tatum Perry, Dylan Poulsen, Madison Reynolds, Brianna Saez, Marissa Schaaf, Emma Seeley, Emelia Sengstock, William Sikma, Grace Sinclair, Michael Skarbek, Isabella Swanson, Isabelle Torek, Stephanie Vogel, Ryan Wakefield, Therese Webb, Amelia Westmoreland.

Woodstock High School Principal Mark Smith and Key Scholars: Blake Adkins, Blake Adkins, Nimra Ahmad, Peyton Alexander, Kyrsten Brader, Taylor Bramblett, Erin Brand, Andrew Brandenburg, Malachi Brewer, Erin Brook, Anna Burnett, Elizabeth Byrne, Kyle Capozzi, Gregory Carroll, Ryan Cooney, Branson Cox, Bailey Dean, Brett Dougherty, Emma Duncan, Anna Fournaris, Jackson Franke, Matthew Garcia, Ayesha Gul, Katelyn Hartman, Megan Head, Alexandra Hegman, Kaitlyn Hovda, Andy Jiang, Roark Jones, Claire Keenum, Jacob Kish, Maeve Levreault-Lopez, Elizabeth Lively, Joseph Locher, Alex Lupsan, Kayla Mann, Drew Mathena, Jonathan McDowell, Timothy Miller, Maleia Miller, Anna Mitchell, Eliza Ndow, Jacob Onufrock, Kyle Pederson, Katelyn Provost, Michael Rehman, Bailey Rende, Everett Reynolds, Sam Rowe, Robert Schell, Gavin Smith, Mathew Suarez, Brynne Sumner, Katherine Thrift, Matthew Tressler, John Vaughan, Brooke Ventura, Ansley Whitfield, Brittany Williams, Aidan Witt, Craig Wydrinski, Maggie Zeigler.


CCSD Recognizes Record Number of Superintendent’s Key Scholars

Creekview HS junior Brayden Dodge is congratulated by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower.

The Cherokee County School District annually recognizes outstanding high school juniors as Superintendent’s Key Scholars, and 332 students earned the honor for the 2016-17 – a record total!

Each Key Scholar receives a letter jacket patch.

Each of these outstanding students scored at the 90th percentile or above on the Grade 11 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and received a newly-redesigned “Key Scholar” letter jacket patch during the 12th Annual Superintendent’s Key Scholar Recognition Ceremony held Tuesday evening at Woodstock High School. The ceremony and reception for students and their families was sponsored by Credit Union of Georgia and Cobb EMC, longtime CCSD community partners.

Assistant Superintendent for Educational Programs Susan McCarthy introduces Mark Justice, who spoke on behalf of event co-sponsor Cobb EMC.

Jason Blakey gives remarks on behalf of event co-sponsor Credit Union of Georgia.

“To our distinguished students, you are here this evening as academic leaders,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said during the ceremony. “You have the potential to continue your extraordinary success as high school seniors, in your college pursuits and, eventually, in your chosen careers. I am proud of you. We also extend our congratulations this evening to your families, teachers, counselors, administrators and everyone who makes an impact on your education and lives!”

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 Practice SAT 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. Some of you received this honor when you were in middle school.

School Board Chair Kyla Cromer greets the audience at the Superintendent’s Key Scholars recognition event.

For high school students, the Key Scholar Program focuses on the PSAT. Freshmen scoring at the 80th percentile or above and sophomores scoring at the 85th percentile or above receive a Certificate of Achievement at their school’s year-end awards ceremonies.

Students recognized Tuesday as Key Scholars are juniors who rank in the top 10% of students nationwide who took the PSAT exam in October. The final step in the Key Scholar 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.

Please see the list below for the names of recipients from each high school.

Cherokee HS 2017 Superintendent’s Key Scholars

Cherokee High School: Jakob Allen, Jordan Ariano, Mary Arntzen, Jalen Austin, Stephanie Bradley, Camryn Callaro, Lane Cannon, Emily Costello, Joshua DeLuna, Brittany Duck, Emily Endozo, Ashlee Floyd, Leah Garrison, Madison Glattli, Chaolin Hancock, Amanda Harden, Payton Hodges, Owen Hutchins, Katherine Johnson, Nicole Johnson, Kyle Kumar, Alec Letsinger, Camryn Lopusnak, Travis Main, Brian Martin, Caroline Maurer, Morgan McAdoo, Alejandra Medina, Camryn Mullin, Cameron Pace, James Perdue, Gunnar Phillips, Madison Rodriguez, Keegan Sigler, Mark Solano, Madison Stoner, Tamia Styles, Kerry Trusch, Griffin Turcotte, Katie Vinterella, Mika White, Alexander Whitman, Alexander Wyman

Creekview HS 2017 Superintendent’s Key Scholars

Creekview High School: John Abdinoor, Katherine Allen, Nathan Blankenship, Tori Booth, Davis Bostick, Addison Bralick, Jessica Budwitz, Markel Calonge Perez, Annabelle Camp, Caitlin Canfield, Kennedy Cater, Austin Darnell, Jack DellaPenna, Garrett Dempsey, Paul DiCicco, Brayden Dodge, Kristen Farmer, Justin Fischman, Sydney Foster, Tate Foster, Dylan Frausto, Avery Gleason, Bryce Goodwyn, Bailey Hall, Megan Halverson, Joey Hargadon, Zoie Hart, Eryn Hasty, Chloe Helton, Kelsey Henson, Frank Homiller, Haley Jane, Alexandra Kaye, Arlen Lee, Samuel LeFebvre, Zoe Love, Kyle Mallett, Kyle Mello, Matthew Oswald, Nathan Parker, Braden Peterson, Paige Poulos, Jonah Pryor, Andrew Reisinger, Mitchell Robinson, Michaela Rushing, Lauren Scott, Jonathan Shea, Ashton Sheriff, Malcolm Smith, Sydney Smith, Davis Tangeman, William Touchstone, Geena Vetula, Gracen Wallace, Daniel Watson

Etowah HS 2017 Superintendent’s Key Scholars

Etowah High School: Katherine Adams, Ricardo Alvarado-Digiulo, Kendyl Behrens Madalyn Billings, Katie Bishop, Nazareth Brown, Katie Chandler, Joshua Colby, Mary Cory, Melanie Coulter, Zachary D’Aquino, MacCallum Diehl, Kenneth Donaldson, Kyle Dorsey, Cameron Elliott, Jon Firchow, Austin Gammill, Timothy Gatto, Andrea Geiger, Nathaniel Haas, Madeline Hamby, Emily Hartley, Spencer Hayes, Anna Henderson, Abigail Hogsten, Rachel Hollingshead, Jacob Hootselle, Olivia Hopkins, Elizabeth Hugenberg, Thomas Humphrey, Justice Hunt, Phillip Hutton, Trevor Jenkins, Brendan Kapcsos, Jenna Klein, Jackson Lambert, Manuel Lopez, John Martin, William McGonigle, Maris McMullen, Michael Mills, Zachary Mnich, Trace Mock, Andrew Morawa, Noah Morrissey, Nickolas Nagy, Emily Nelson, William O’Neil, Adam Parbhoo, Megan Poehlein, Kennedy Pulliam, Nadia Qutob, Michael Riley, Andino Rochon, Jacob Rutherfoord, Kailey Shaw, Jared Shick, Skyler Shuman, Nicholas Slacanin, Kara Stanley, Emma Stephens, Kathleen Tafoya, Gabriel Thornburgh, Jacob Tiberio, Elizabeth Tillery, Joshua Tipton, Ethan Underwood, Hannah Veith, Peter Voytek, Sean Waldron, Clair Weathers, Jacob Weitkamp, Diane White, Matthew Whitlow, Kyle Wilson, Samuel Wysocki, Melody Yates, Emily Young, Jonathan Young, Joseph Young

River Ridge HS 2017 Superintendent’s Key Scholars

River Ridge High School: Kublai Anders, David Bailey, Julia Boll, Taylor Boozer, Emily Broomhall, Danielle Brown, Sofia Cardona-Diaz, Hsin-Huei Chen, Hsin-Ling Chen, Leah Choi, Graciella Elaine, Mary Kate Flaig, Aiden Gohlke, Emma Harrison, Marissa Henager, Andrew Herring, Katherine Hopkins, Carson Kantoris, Mukthi Kaup, Callie Lambert, Emily Leaming, Mason Martin, Isabella Mazzurra, Jordan McNally, Jack Mezzacapo, Bethany Norman, Brooke O’Donnell, Stephanie Paulson, Kyla Perez, Ana Rivadeneira, Lauren Ross, William Stauts, Lauren Talele, Andrew Winters, Nicole Woods, Jiun-Jie Yang, Robert Zell

Sequoyah HS 2017 Superintendent’s Key Scholars

Sequoyah High School: Ashley Adams, Alyssa Barone, Madeleine Bends, Allyson Bethke, Joyce Brumbelow, Jackson Bryan, Noah Butler, Alyssa Cagle, Theodore Campbell, Lauren Cato, Grace Collier, Rawlin Cook, Caleb Crayton, Zachary Davis, Madeline Doerr, Leah Eubanks, Claudia Evans, Kristina Friedrichs, Alyssa Giardina, Daniel Haugen, Kaitlyn Jeong, Justin Lingerfelt, Benjamin Lowry, Brandon Mandoeng, Logan McIntosh, Mollie McNeil, Cade Ormsby, Ashley Painter, Lauren Pfitzenmayer, Katie Pitner, Griffin Pizzano, Zoe Quarles, Reece Richardson, Andre Rutalemwa, Emily Sommer, Michael Stone, Logan Struchtemeyer, Annalise Tucker, Victoria Turk, Corinne Wallick, Katelyn Warnick

Woodstock HS 2017 Superintendent’s Key Scholars

Woodstock High School: Grace Abernathy, Christian Adams, Preston Alsup, Michael Bargeron, Katelynn Basford, Eva-Michelle Belikova, Taylor Birke, Maverick Borges, Jonathan Bryant, Lauren Bryant, Elizabeth Burgess, Isabella Canales, Delaney Caslow, Virginia Cason, Colton Clanton, Evan Cowart, Griffin Cowart, Mickhala Delgado, Griffin Dominguez, Adrian Escamilla, Hannah Everest, Ivana George, Malcolm Green, Emily Hartman, Sarah Head, Braden Heimerl, Rachel Heiter, Matthew Hitchcock, Zeba Huque, David Jackson, Alexia John, Vladimir Juarez-Zayas, Jacob Krumrey, Patrick Kump, Halle Lindsey, Julia Litrel, McKinley Mallory, Dylan Mason, Michael McDowell, Sidney Mesumbe, Jacob Meuse, Ian Murphy, Samantha Murtha, Chloe Norrell, Carissa Pangilinan, Toral Patel, Macy Pfaffenbichler, Katherine Relick, Abigail Rich, Juan Rincon, Yolimar Rivera-Hermida, Anna Rives, Benjamin Ruff, Sebastian Russell, Christian Schnepf, Jessica Senquiz, Gwendolyn Rose Setlock, Nathan Shear, Taylor Shephard, Riordan Shina, Margaret Skeen, Murphy Stark, Oleksandra Stogniy, Jordan Surratt, Ethan Taylor, Emma Tilt, Elijah Trepper, Isabella Vahle, Brian Walker, Anna Weissel, Brendan Wimmer, Samantha Wolfe, Ezra Yott, Thomas Zamorski