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CHS juniors receive UGA Certificate of Merit, Wofford, and Presbyterian
Cali Jones

Eight Carrollton High School juniors have achieved distinguished academic honors, being awarded the University of Georgia Certificate of Merit, recognized as Wofford Scholars, and named Presbyterian Junior Fellows. 

These awards testify to the students’ exceptional academic performance and outstanding achievements on national assessments.

The students honored with all three accolades are Grady Bush, George Carden, Allen “Tee” Hawkins, Lily Honeycutt, Andrew Mills, Kendall New, Eli Slappey, and Luke Zimmer. These students exemplify the highest standards of academic excellence and leadership potential. 

Pictured top row from left are Grady Bush, George Carden, Tee Hawkins, and Lily Honeycutt. Pictured bottom row from left are Andrew Mills, Kendall New, Eli Slappey, and Luke Zimmer. 

For more than six decades, the University of Georgia has conferred the Certificate of Merit to juniors who rank in the top 10 percent of their class across the state, acknowledging their scholarly achievements and potential.

The Presbyterian College Junior Fellows distinction is awarded to students who not only rank in the top 10% of their class but also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Additionally, students must have scored an 1100 on the combined critical reading and math sections of the SAT or PSAT, or achieve a composite score of 28 on the ACT

Similarly, Wofford Scholars are recognized for their academic prowess, ranking in the top 10% of their class and scoring a minimum of 1300 on the combined critical reading and math sections of the SAT or PSAT, or 28 on the ACT. These scholars are celebrated for their scholarship, leadership, and potential for future success.

“To receive any of these three awards is a testament to a student’s dedication to academic excellence,” said Ian Lyle, CHS principal. “The students who received all three of these awards are bright, well-rounded individuals committed to academic success, and I am proud of every one of them.”

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Carrollton seniors Kenyon, Ou earn top academic honors
Cali Jones

Although Carrollton High School had a strong group of academic seniors this year, two students earned the prestigious titles of valedictorian and salutatorian.

Edward Kenyon earned the top honor — valedictorian —for finishing his career at CHS with the highest average, while Tyler Ou was recognized for earning the second-highest average to be designated the salutatorian for the Class of 2024. The announcement was made last week preceding the commencement ceremony. 

Edward's academic talent has not gone unnoticed. He received the Governor’s Honors finalist distinction and was also named a U.S. Presidential Scholar, Presbyterian College Junior Fellow, Wofford Scholar, and was a Junior Honor Marshal. Edward was also awarded the UGA Certificate of Merit and the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award in his junior year. He was also a National Merit Scholarship Program finalist. As he prepares to transition into the next chapter, Edward’s achievements and aspirations position him for success in academics and all that he pursues.

“From this point on, our future is ultimately up to us,” Edward said as he addressed his peers at graduation. “I believe we have a responsibility to those who supported us to, in turn, improve the lives of those who come after us. I believe that each and every one of us has an obligation to leave the world a better place than we found it.”

Tyler, the son of Mike Ou and Joanne Gaw, is attending Yale University in the fall and where he will be dancing with the school’s dance program. During his high school years, Tyler served as dance team captain, participated in speech and debate, and was also a member of the Thespian Society. He was named an AP Scholar with Distinction and received acknowledgement by College Board in their National Rural and Small Town recognition. He was named a University of Georgia Certificate of Merit student, actively participated in performing arts, and was involved in numerous school clubs. He also served as a Junior Honor Marshal his junior year. 

Tyler had words of wisdom to share with his peers, too. 

“Remember that in a sea of uncertainty, what is certain is ourselves,” he said. “We can take what we know about ourselves and trust ourselves to succeed."

CHS Principal Ian Lyle said he thinks the two students will go far in life.

"Edward and Tyler are students who take advantage of every opportunity for success," said Lyle. "Their hard work paid off, and I know they will achieve great things. I am proud to call them alumni of Carrollton High School."

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From classroom to country: CHS senior's commitment to leadership and serving
Cali Jones

A Carrollton High School senior known for his leadership and academic dedication has also tirelessly served his community. Now, he sets his sights on serving his country by joining the Navy after graduation.

During his time at CHS, Joseph Ivey has been actively involved in various extracurricular activities. 

He achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout, a testament to his leadership skills, perseverance, and dedication to community service. Additionally, Joseph was a member of the Cyberpatriot team, VEX Robotics, and ESports, and upheld academic excellence as a member of the National Honor Society.

Joseph spent more than 800 hours on his Eagle Scout project. He constructed the American Pavilion at Castle Playground in Carrollton. 

Carrollton High School senior Joseph Ivey completed his Eagle Scout project earlier this spring. Joseph constructed the American Pavilion at Castle Playground. 

“The idea for the American Pavilion stemmed from a simple observation and love of the outdoors,” said Joseph. “I knew there was a need, and I felt compelled to do something about it. Leading this project wasn't without its challenges but overcoming them only strengthened my resolve. It taught me the importance of resilience, adaptability, and effective communication. And most importantly, it showed me the incredible things we can achieve when we work together towards a common goal. I can't help but feel grateful for the opportunity to make a tangible and positive impact on my community. The American Pavilion may just be a structure, but to me, it represents so much more—it's a testament to what we can accomplish when we come together with a shared purpose.”

Joseph's decision to enlist in the Navy is driven by his deep-seated desire to serve his country and his admiration for the elite training of the Navy SEALs. 

"Deciding to enlist was a significant choice for me," Joseph says. "I've always felt a strong sense of duty towards protecting our nation and am eager to challenge myself both mentally and physically."

As he prepares to serve, Joseph said he looks forward to contributing to national security and humanitarian efforts.

"What excites me the most is the chance to make a meaningful impact and contribute to something larger than myself," he said.

CHS teacher Robby Blakemore said Joseph is a selfless person.

“Joseph is an incredibly altruistic person,” said CHS teacher Robby Blakemore. “He truly embodies the concept of putting others before oneself. Whenever I needed someone to compete or create, I could always count on him. He excelled in everything he did, and I believe it's because he did it for others, not for himself.”

Joseph is the son of Mickey and Candace Ivey.


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