Sam Bryant, Carson Earnest, Mary Jo McCormick, Brian Richey, Abigail Young named 2017 Georgia Scholars.

Sam Bryant, Carson Earnest, Mary Jo McCormick, Brian Richey, Abigail Young named 2017 Georgia Scholars.

Media release: 183 graduating seniors from schools across Georgia — including five from our area — have been recognized as 2017 Georgia Scholars, the Georgia Department of Education announced Monday.

Making the list locally are:

Sam Bryant, Model High

Carson Earnest, Unity Christian School

Mary Jo McCormick, Rome High

Brian Richey, Armuchee High

Abigail Young, Rome High

Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Department identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. The program is coordinated by the Department’s Excellence Recognition Office and through local coordinators in each public school system and in private schools throughout the state. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.

Said State School Superintendent Richard Woods: “These students have exemplary academic performance but they’ve also gained soft skills by taking on leadership roles within their schools and communities. I am confident we will hear great things about their accomplishments in the near future.”

Students eligible for Georgia Scholar recognition are high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities, and in the home. Georgia Scholars are students who have carried exemplary course loads during the four years of high school; who performed excellently in all courses; who successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and who have assumed active roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools.

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