MOULTRIE, Ga. — The Colquitt County School District has inducted six eighth graders into its 2022-2023 class of REACH Scholars.
The REACH – Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen – Georgia Mentorship Program is a need-based scholarship that allows eighth graders to pursue post-secondary education after graduating from high school.
“The REACH Georgia Foundation’s mission is to be the most effective champions for Georgia’s children in need and to unlock the full potential of our future workforce,” according to the program’s website.
The ceremony took place at the Board of Education Chambers on Thursday morning. Marley Armstrong, Timothy Downs, Christian Espindola-Hernandez, Dorian Farrell, Aundrea Thomas and Ana Torress-Mendiola signed the program contract with the support of their families.
To receive their $10,000 scholarship after graduating from high school, each student pledged to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5, good attendance, and good grades.
Funds can be used at an eligible Georgia HOPE two- or four-year college.
Jim Horne, Principal of Willie J. Williams, and Ishia Dawson, Deputy Principal of CA Gray, shared inspirational remarks with the students after Cathy Nobles, the REACH academic coach, introduced each of the fellows.
“I am very proud of you for your accomplishment and the hard work you put in to earn this scholarship. I want you to understand that the road ahead of you is long and the road ahead of you is full of pitfalls. However, if you continue to work hard consistently and make good choices, your future will be bright,” Horne said.
Dawson followed, “Don’t get tired of doing the right thing. Don’t get tired of thinking outside the norm. Don’t get tired of being in front of the crowd and don’t get tired of being yourself.
According to Superintendent Ben Wiggins at the ceremony, each student will be paired with a mentor and academic coach whom they will meet regularly after entering Colquitt County High School.
Prior to the adjournment of the ceremony, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Dr. Irma Townsend, informed students that some colleges and universities in Georgia have pledged additional funds for REACH scholarship recipients up to double or triple the total amount. initial of the scholarship.
Channel Flournoy, mum of Marley Armstrong, shared her thoughts on her daughter’s success after the ceremony.
“I feel great. I’m so happy for her. This is just concrete proof that hard work is paying off and that we are getting closer to achieving her academic dreams of being an engineer,” she said. declared.
Trudie Hill, Board of Education member, Jeremy Jones, chief financial officer, and Marni Kirkland, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, were some of the district officials present at the ceremony.
The selection committee members were Dr. Stacie Farley, Sheriff Rod Howell, Adolphus Kimmons and Jessica Sullivan.