Students are pictured, from left to right, in alphabetical order by school.
Six Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 graduates have earned scholarships from ABM Industry Groups LLC.
The company, which provides custodial services for CCSD schools, each year awards a $1,000 scholarship to one graduating senior from each of CCSD’s high schools. The six winners are selected by a scholarship committee of retired CCSD educators and ABM representatives based on a student’s involvement in school and community activities and service; personal essays; and references.
The Class of 2020 winners are: Lauren Haymore of Cherokee HS, Margaret Klements of Creekview HS, Jenna Doran of Etowah HS, Daniel Acosta of River Ridge HS, Jack Belisle of Sequoyah HS, and Ella Elbeck of Woodstock HS.
“Congratulations to each of these outstanding graduates and best wishes as you continue your education and begin your careers,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We appreciate ABM’s support and its focus on honoring students who choose to lead and serve in their schools and communities.”
Lauren, who is headed to Utah Valley University in pursuit of a medical career with a service organization such as Doctors Without Borders, played soccer and ran cross country at Cherokee HS for four years. A National Honor Society member, Lauren has volunteered with Beta Club and at her church, and has worked at the YMCA and for the Liberty ES After School Program.
Margaret, a four-year Creekview HS swim team member who served as captain her senior year, was inducted into the National Honor Society; volunteered through Beta Club, Friends Club, Girl Scouts and her church; and has worked in her school front office and as a local lifeguard. She will attend Kennesaw State University to study accounting.
Jenna, who will study biology at the University of Colorado on her path to become a physician, has been active in Etowah HS student government, including serving as senior class and student body president. A scholar athlete, Jenna is a member of National Honor Society and the varsity cross country, swim and track teams; volunteered with Beta Club, Health Occupation Students of America and her church; and interned at Northside Hospital Cherokee and the Autism Center for Children.
Daniel, an aspiring filmmaker who will begin his studies at Chattahoochee Technical College, participated in River Ridge High School’s journalism program as an editor and junior crew leader. A National Social Studies Honor Society member, Daniel volunteered with the Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club, trains in boxing, and has worked at a local restaurant and at Little River ES After school Program.
Jack, who is headed to Georgia State University to study computer science, completed the Career Pathway program for Computer/Digital Technology and helped charter the Sequoyah HS eSports team. An honor student and musician, Jack plays three instruments and performed with the school’s orchestra and chorus, owns his own DJ business, competes at the State and National level in bowling, and volunteers with his church and at a local senior center.
Ella, president of two academic honor societies and a talented musician in both Woodstock High School’s marching band and orchestra symphony, will study biological sciences at Cornell University. A dedicated volunteer for numerous organizations including the Cherokee County Family Violence Center and CCSD’s Sprouting STEMs after-school program for elementary schoolers, Ella also competed with her school’s Academic Bowl Team, Math Team and junior varsity lacrosse team, and served as president for the Beta Club and vice president of Women in Science and Engineering.