Etowah HS Drama Students Win Region, State Honors!

Etowah HS Drama Students Win Region, State Honors!

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Etowah High School drama students earned top honors at Region and State One Act Play competition!


Etowah High School drama students earned top honors at Region and State competition!

Seniors Jenna Klein and Adam Parbhoo were named Best Actress and Best Actor at the regional 7AAAAAAA One Act Play event, and went on to be named to the State’s All Star Cast.

Senior Brandon Huynh was named to the Region’s All Star Cast, and the school also won Best Tech and Best Ensemble honors at Regions for its performance of “Radium Girls.”  Their teacher is Charlotte Forrest.

Jenna Klein

Adam Parbhoo

Brandon Huynh


Sequoyah HS Class of 2017 Graduate Headed to West Point

Andy Whittles

A Sequoyah High School Class of 2017 graduate is headed to West Point!

Andy Whittle, who graduated with honors, has been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

An Eagle Scout, Andy participated in the school’s Air Force JROTC including serving as Group Commander and Drill Team Commander his senior year and as a member of its Kitty Hawk Air Society. Through the summer Cadet Leadership Course at The Citadel, Andy earned the Squadron Outstanding Cadet award, which is presented to the cadet ranked highest in a squadron of 150.

As a JROTC cadet, Andy logged more than 150 community service hours through activities including Veterans Day programs, MUST Ministries food drives, American Red Cross blood drives, campus beautification projects and school and feeder school events and projects.

Andy attended the American Legion’s Georgia Boys State summer program for four years, participating in various chorus groups during the event and winning Region Champion for Boys Quartet as a junior and State Champion for Boys Quartet as a senior. Elected to the position of Supreme Court Justice at Georgia Boys State, Andy also received the Scholastic Excellence Award from the Legion.

He ran cross-country for two years and participated in a previous high school’s crew team, with which he lettered. Andy also volunteers through his church as an audio and visual system volunteer.

Sequoyah HS Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar!

Isabelle Riddle

Isabelle Riddle

UPDATE 5/5/17: Isabelle has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar!  Here’s a link to the news from the U.S. Department of Education.

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.