Scholars honored: Outstanding juniors recognized Tues. with certificate, jacket patch
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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo speaks to the audience of Key Scholars and their parents and guests Tuesday night. <br> Special to the Tribune
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo speaks to the audience of Key Scholars and their parents and guests Tuesday night.
Special to the Tribune
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The Cherokee High School Junior Air Force ROTC performed the Presentation of Colors. Freshman cadet Staff Sgt. John Weaver leads the color guard, followed by cadet 2nd Lt. Cole Harris, cadet 2nd Lt. Alex Walker and cadet Staff Sgt. Andrew Boughton.
The Cherokee High School Junior Air Force ROTC performed the Presentation of Colors. Freshman cadet Staff Sgt. John Weaver leads the color guard, followed by cadet 2nd Lt. Cole Harris, cadet 2nd Lt. Alex Walker and cadet Staff Sgt. Andrew Boughton.
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CANTON — The Cherokee County School District annually recognizes outstanding high school juniors as Superintendent’s Key Scholars, and 121 students earned his honor for the 2013-14 school year.

Qualifying students who were recognized with the honor scored at the 90th percentile or above on the Grade 11 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

During the Ninth Annual Superintendent’s Key Scholar Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday at Cherokee High School, they received a School District Certificate of Achievement and a letter jacket patch that reads “Superintendent’s Key Scholar.”

Each student will also be honored at their school’s year-end awards ceremony as a Superintendent’s Key Scholar.

“As academic leaders, these outstanding students have the potential to continue distinguishing themselves as high school seniors and in their college pursuits and chosen careers,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo. “We also extend our congratulations to all of the individuals who stand behind and support these students’ efforts, including parents, grandparents, teachers, school administrators and all others who have made and continue to make an impact on their education and their lives.”

The Key Scholar Program is a districtwide academic recognition plan that begins in elementary schools with students qualifying for the nationally recognized Duke University Talent Identification Program.

During the last nine years, more than 1,400 Cherokee County School District students in grades four or five qualified for the Duke TIP program by achieving exceptional scores on either the Cognitive Abilities Test or the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, school officials said in a release.

Each student receiving this recognition received a Certificate of Achievement at his/her school’s year-end awards ceremony; and the Cherokee County School District has received special recognition from Duke University for having the largest number of students identified in the state of Georgia.

At the middle school level, the Key Scholars Program also includes Duke’s TIP, through which eligible students have the opportunity to get a head start on SAT and ACT testing, which usually does not begin until high school. Seventh-grade students participate in this nationally standardized testing, with many receiving state recognition, and they are also recognized at a School Board meeting and at a special Duke University ceremony in Atlanta.

For high school students, the Key Scholar Program focuses on the Preliminary SAT (or PSAT). Freshmen scoring at the 80th percentile or above on the PSAT receive a Certificate of Achievement at their school’s year-end awards ceremonies.

Sophomores scoring at the 85th percentile or above on the PSAT receive a Certificate of Achievement at their school’s year-end awards ceremonies.

The top award in the Key Scholar Program goes to seniors who qualify as National Merit Scholars. Over the past eight years, these academically outstanding students have led their classes as they marched across the stage at graduation wearing a special gold medallion.

The recognition ceremony on Tuesday evening also featured a performance by Cherokee HS choral students directed by Brad Ellis, the presentation of colors by the Cherokee HS Air Force Junior ROTC and remarks by School Board Vice Chair Robert Wofford.

Key scholar recipients:

Recipients from each high school:

Cherokee High School

Morgan Allgaier

Spencer Ashley

Maura Currie

Austin Floyd

Samuel Harp

Sydney Holloway

Kathryn Huller

Benjamin Johnson

Kennedy Kirtland

Emily Lembcke

Micah Long

Cirstyn Michel

Ebony Scott

Kellie Tracy

Creekview High School

David Brooks

Jacob Cochran

Jacob Homiller

Kevin Langston

Caroline Lemons

John McPherson

Bruce Moshier

Maria Motika

Nathan Olivares

Natalie Perkins

Casandra Philipp

Liam Ritchie

Edward Sweatt

Andrew Teal

Joshua Whitley

Sequoyah High School

Stephen Anderson

Robert Carter

Hannah Coltrain

Chandler Dean

Cassidy Downs

James Ergle

Samuel Fullerton

Elisabeth Joy

Kiedrich Kromp

Langston Leake

Joseph Luxemburger

David Miller

Elise Mogelgaard

Ansley Petherick

Brittany Robertson

Camden Rogers

Payne Skersick

Kaitlyn Stout

Sarah Thompson

Eric Van Aken

Lydia Wood

Etowah High School

Katherine Aikala

Martha Anderson

Nicholas Angalet

Ansley Baker

Zachary Basel

Ryan Bernal

Marianne Bounds

Sarah Carter

Kendall Cavanaugh

Tyler Dozier

Jake Fijux

Alexandra Franke

Rachel Hall

Jonathan Hendrix

Alyssa Johnson

Samuel Jones

Abigail Knisel

Matthew Lipscomb

Joseph Litrel

Lily Masters

Brian Matthews

Michael Payne

Mason Pirkl

Gianna Samms

Shelby Saunders

Caroline Taylor

Kevin Tillery

Amanda Whitlock

Craig Wineman

Aidan Workman

River Ridge High School

Philip Aalfs

Shannon Bell

Caleb Caldwell

Hsin Yi Chen

Mia Conklin

Courtney Couey

James Daniel

Brandon Dollar

Rishab Kaup

Brandon Perez

Abigail Skinner

Christopher Taylor

Alan Tomusiak

Joel Varn

Sri-Krishna Velivela

Brandt Webster

Zachary Wilken

Felicia Williams

Rachel Woods

Woodstock High School

Madeeha Ahmad

Jordan Atkins

Jordan Barham

Jacob Beckham

Leon Castillo

Sally Hannoush

Alarii Levreault-Lopez

Samuel McCulloch

Alexandra Melehan

Brooklynn Milone

Adrea Mueller

Brian Murphy

Georgia Olejnik

Parth Patel

Caroline Peck

William Penniman

Hallie Poindexter

William Ragsdale

Bradley Reardon

Megan Rosinko

Collin Taylor

Emily Zillweger

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