Sequoyah HS Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar!

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.


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.