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11 CCSD Seniors Named Georgia Scholars

Posted On: Friday, April 30, 2021

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Eleven CCSD seniors have been selected for the prestigious Georgia Scholar recognition, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced Thursday.

Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life,  community activities, and in the home. These students have carried exemplary course loads during their four years of high school; performed excellently in all courses; successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and have assumed roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools.  Only 323 seniors statewide earned the honor for 2021.

“As a state, we can all draw inspiration from the resilience and determination of the class of 2021,” Superintendent Woods said. “Like their counterparts in the class of 2020, they dealt with the sudden shutdown of in-person schooling in March of last year. Then they persevered through a school year that was, of necessity, unlike any we have ever seen before – and still, they found a way to excel. I am extremely proud of each 2021 Georgia Scholar and can’t wait to see what this outstanding group of students accomplishes.”

The Georgia Scholars from Cherokee County School District are: Codey Borrelli, Creekview HS; Margaret Bradley, Etowah HS; Gabriella Christian, Creekview HS; Mackenzie Czerner, Creekview HS; Brinn Dameron, Creekview HS; Noah Fornuto, River Ridge HS; William Jones, Creekview HS; Emma Lambert, Etowah HS; Randall Miller, Sequoyah HS; Holly O’Brien, Etowah HS; Kayla Pimpleton, Cherokee HS.

“Congratulations to each of our Georgia Scholars! We’re so proud of each of you for your dedication to your studies, support of your school and care for your community,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “This is a milestone not only for these exceptional students, but also a testament to the excellence of our teachers and leaders and the support of our School Board.”

The Georgia Scholar program is managed by GaDOE’s Excellence Recognition office and through local coordinators in each public school system and private schools throughout the state.  Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for their diploma.  More information on the program can be found at

Note: the SAT and ACT score requirement was waived this year, as some students were not able to take or retake these exams due to the pandemic.

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