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CHS seniors Kenyon and Scholl named National Merit finalists
Cali Jones

Carrollton High School seniors Edward Kenyon and Sarah Scholl, who were named National Merit Semifinalists in September, have advanced to finalist standing and are eligible to compete for $30 million in National Merit scholarships that will be awarded this spring.

The pair are among an elite group of less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide to be named a finalist. More than 90 percent of semifinalists attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar title. Merit Scholar designees are selected based on their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. 

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application providing information about the semifinalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record through­out high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test. 

Edward and Sarah’s strong academic performance, boosted by rigorous International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement coursework, propelled them to finalist status. 

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC's goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. 

CCS Education Foundation offering new scholarship in honor of Josh Waldrep
Cali Jones

The Carrollton City Schools Education Foundation recently announced the creation of a new scholarship in memory of a beloved former Carrollton High School student. 

The "Live Like Josh"  Scholarship is established in loving memory of Josh Waldrep, who passed away in 2022. 

Josh was a Carrollton High School graduate and a remarkable individual who left an indelible mark on those who were fortunate enough to know him. Josh was known for his ability to befriend anyone he met and bring joy to the lives of those around him. 

The "Live Like Josh" Scholarship serves as a tribute to the lasting influence Josh left on his community and the individuals he impacted. The scholarship seeks to preserve his memory by assisting students who embody his spirit and motivate the upcoming generation to embrace life with boundless enthusiasm, just as he did.

“Josh was a cherished part of the Trojan Nation,” said CCS Education Foundation Executive Director Kristen Gill. “This scholarship is a meaningful tribute to his memory that will help others reach their goals.”

The scholarship criteria for this fund are as follows:

  • Minimum GPA Requirement of 2.5.

  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

  • Students must submit one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher.

To learn more about Josh, visit https://www.livelikejosh.net

The scholarship deadline for this year is March 1. To learn more about the CCS Education Foundation, visit https://www.carrolltoncityschools.net/community/foundation

13 CCS students named district winners in 'Young Authors'
Cali Jones

Thirteen Carrollton City Schools students have been named district-level winners in the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition and have advanced to the regional contest. 

At Carrollton Elementary, kindergartner Parker Hunt won his grade level with a story titled “Snow.” Zoe Pacheo Lopez’s work, “Fallen Angel,” earned her first-grade honors. Brooklyn Cobb, who wrote “Scary Forest,” represents second grade, and Kopelynn Phillips represents third grade with “The Wolves.” 

Thirteen Carrollton City Schools students have been selected to represent the district in the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition. Pictured top row from left are Parker Hunt, Zoe Pacheo Lopez, Brooklyn Cobb, Kopelynn Phillips, Ellisyn Claire Backus, Charlie Lyle, Jaina Williams, Liberty Thomaston, Alaina Dhople, Peyton Newell, Milan Jovingo, Addison Lloyd, and Autumn Martin. 

Carrollton Upper Elementary School fourth grader Ellisyn Claire Backus won with “The Fairies,” and Charlie Lyle represents fifth grade with “A Night to Remember.” 

Jaina Williams took sixth-grade honors with “All the Time.” Seventh grader Liberty Thomaston is representing the district with her work “The Circle,” and eighth grader Alaina Dhople won for “The Fallen One.”

At Carrollton High School, Peyton Newell is representing the freshman class with her work, “Trapped?” Sophomore Milan Jovingo’s work “Drowning” earned her top honors. “The Pact of Prometheus” by Addison Lloyd represents 11th grade, and Autumn Martin won the senior honor with “Envious Questions.”

The 13 writers will now compete in the West Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency competition with other school district winners from Carroll, Coweta, Harris, Heard, Meriwether, and Troup counties. The RESA-level winners will then advance to state competition this spring.

According to the state Department of Education, the purpose of the Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing competition is to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, to provide a context to celebrate their writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academics.

The competition has been engaging Georgia students for more than two decades and is open to any student currently enrolled in Georgia public schools, grades K-12. It is sponsored by the Georgia Language Arts Supervisors (GLAS) and the Georgia RESA Network with support from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE).


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