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 Seven CHS students named Governor's Honors Semi-Finalists
Cali Jones

Seven Carrollton High School students who were nominated to compete at the state level for Governor’s Honors have cleared the next hurdle by being named semi-finalists. 

Seven Carrollton High School students have been named semi-finalists for the Governor’s Honors Program. Pictured top row from left are Hayden Delaney and George Carden. Pictured second row from left are Jake Preston and Christopher Watts. Pictured bottom row from left are Marie Fujita-Block, Alana Lee, and Addison Lloyd. 

The Governor’s Honors Program, known as GHP, is a four-week residential summer program for gifted and talented rising high school juniors and seniors.  Students who attend public, private, and home schools are eligible for nomination in one of 20 subject areas.

George Carden, Hayden Delaney, Marie Fujita-Block, Alana Lee, Addison Lloyd, Jacob Preston, and Christopher Watts represent half of the original nominees for CHS. Alana and Addison will compete in Communicative Arts, Christopher in Engineering, Marie and Jacob in Science, George in Social Studies, and Hayden in Visual Arts.

Shae Holland, CHS counselor, said it has been wonderful working with these students throughout the process.

“These students are so passionate and all of them bring unique gifts and talents to the table,” she said. “They have worked extremely hard through each round of GHP, and I am so proud of them.”

Approximately 4,200 students were nominated to the state-level competition, and nearly 1,500 of them have been selected as semifinalists for state interviews/auditions. These students advanced to state-level interviews at Georgia Southern University on Feb. 24.

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CHS seniors Kenyon and Scholl named National Merit finalists
Cali Jones

Carrollton High School seniors Edward Kenyon and Sarah Scholl, who were named National Merit Semifinalists in September, have advanced to finalist standing and are eligible to compete for $30 million in National Merit scholarships that will be awarded this spring.

The pair are among an elite group of less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide to be named a finalist. More than 90 percent of semifinalists attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar title. Merit Scholar designees are selected based on their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. 

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application providing information about the semifinalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record through­out high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test. 

Edward and Sarah’s strong academic performance, boosted by rigorous International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement coursework, propelled them to finalist status. 

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC's goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. 

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CCS Education Foundation offering new scholarship in honor of Josh Waldrep
Cali Jones

The Carrollton City Schools Education Foundation recently announced the creation of a new scholarship in memory of a beloved former Carrollton High School student. 

The "Live Like Josh"  Scholarship is established in loving memory of Josh Waldrep, who passed away in 2022. 

Josh was a Carrollton High School graduate and a remarkable individual who left an indelible mark on those who were fortunate enough to know him. Josh was known for his ability to befriend anyone he met and bring joy to the lives of those around him. 

The "Live Like Josh" Scholarship serves as a tribute to the lasting influence Josh left on his community and the individuals he impacted. The scholarship seeks to preserve his memory by assisting students who embody his spirit and motivate the upcoming generation to embrace life with boundless enthusiasm, just as he did.

“Josh was a cherished part of the Trojan Nation,” said CCS Education Foundation Executive Director Kristen Gill. “This scholarship is a meaningful tribute to his memory that will help others reach their goals.”

The scholarship criteria for this fund are as follows:

  • Minimum GPA Requirement of 2.5.

  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

  • Students must submit one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher.

To learn more about Josh, visit https://www.livelikejosh.net

The scholarship deadline for this year is March 1. To learn more about the CCS Education Foundation, visit https://www.carrolltoncityschools.net/community/foundation

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