Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower presented each Key Scholar with a patch commemorating their accomplishment as part of the ceremony on Wednesday at Cherokee HS.
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The Cherokee County School District recognized 318 extraordinary high school juniors as Superintendent’s Key Scholars!
During the 15th Annual Superintendent’s Key Scholar Recognition Ceremony held on Wednesday at Cherokee High School, these outstanding students were recognized for their scores achieved on the Practice SAT (PSAT). The program was sponsored by Cobb EMC and LGE Community Credit Union.
“You are here this evening because you rank in the top 10% of students in the Nation!” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower told the Key Scholars. “That is a major accomplishment, one for which you, your families and your teachers should be very proud! As academic leaders, you have the potential to continue distinguishing yourselves as high school seniors, in your college pursuits and, eventually, in your chosen careers.”
The Key Scholar Program is a districtwide academic recognition plan that begins in elementary school. Select students qualify for the nationally recognized Duke University TIP Talent Identification Program and receive recognition at their school’s year-end awards ceremonies.
Eligible middle school students then have the opportunity to take the PSAT through the Duke program, getting a head start on college-entrance exam preparation that usually begins in high school. Select students perform so well they earn State recognition and invitation to a special Duke University ceremony in Atlanta.
High school freshmen scoring at the 80th percentile or above and sophomores scoring at the 85th percentile or above on the PSAT receive a Certificate of Achievement at their school’s year-end awards ceremonies.
Students recognized Wednesday as Key Scholars are juniors whose PSAT scores from their sophomore or junior year rank in the top 10% nationwide. Each student was congratulated at the ceremony by Dr. Hightower and School Board members, received an embroidered “Key Scholar” letter-jacket patch, and enjoyed a reception with their families and Principal. They will be recognized again at their school’s year-end awards ceremony.
The final step in the program is National Merit Scholars, who are selected during students’ senior year. These academically outstanding students lead their classes as they march across the graduation stage wearing a National Merit Scholar gold medallion.
Key Scholars were congratulated onstage during the ceremony Wednesday at Cherokee HS by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board members.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, along with School Board members Kyla Cromer, Kelly Poole, Clark Menard and Patsy Jordan, recites the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the Key Scholar ceremony at Cherokee HS on Wednesday.
2020 Superintendent's Key Scholars
Cherokee High School Key Scholars and Principal Todd Miller.
Cherokee High School
Mary Stewart Brannam
Creekview High School Key Scholars.
Creekview High School
Mara Jane Dempsey
Jason Tha Siam Lian
Etowah High School Key Scholars and Principal Robert Horn.
Etowah High School
Max von Seeger
River Ridge High School Key Scholars and Principal Dr. Kerry Martin.
River Ridge High School
Ismaaeel Abdur Rahmaan
Sequoyah High School Key Scholars and Principal Robert Van Alstyne.
Sequoyah High School
Randall Miller III
Woodstock High School Key Scholars and Principal Mark Smith.
Woodstock High School
Daniel Gonzalez Prieto
Trenton Van Slooten