Eleven Cherokee County School District seniors were named Georgia Scholars Thursday, State Superintendent Richard Woods announced Thursday.

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

“As a state, we can all draw inspiration from the resilience and determination of the class of 2021,” 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 they still 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.”

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.

“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,” Cherokee Superintendent Brian Hightower said in a statement. “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.”

Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for their diploma. More information on the program can be found at bit.ly/3edtV5n.

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Congratulations on your awards! Best wishes for your futures!

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