Three seniors, Haley Patterson, Armuchee High; Laura Graben, Model High; and Avery Jones, Coosa High; have been selected as 2014 Comcast Leaders and Achievers scholarship recipients. The scholarship is a $1,000 award from the Comcast Foundation to be used next school year at a college or university. The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship is a program for high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership skills, academic achievement and a commitment to community service.
Haley Patterson has achieved a lot in her decorated high school career at Armuchee. She finished first in her class as co-valedictorian with a 4.0 grade point average. She has the senior classes highest GPA while taking a difficult schedule of classes including: Honors Physics, Spanish 1, Spanish 3, Honors American Lit, Honors Accelerated Math 2, Honors World History, AP Language, and Honors Accelerated Math 3. Patterson was recognized as Armuchee’s STAR student, she is a member of the National Honor Society, and she was awarded the AP Scholar recognition her junior year. Patterson also excelled outside of the classroom as she compiled 450 hours of community service while in high school. Her volunteer activities earned her the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Obama and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Patterson plans to attend the University of North Georgia and double major in Spanish and English.
Laura Graben has a 4.0 GPA as a student in the Honors Preparatory program at Model High. She has earned many academic honors including course awards in Honors Biology, Spanish 3, Honors American Literature, Honors World History, Honors Chemistry, AP Calculus, and AP World History. She won the excellence in Anatomy and Physiology award and has been inducted into the National Honors Society. Graben was selected for the Governor’s Honors program in math at the local and state level as a sophomore and junior. She is in the Model SAT/ACT 1700 Club, represents the school on the Student Advisory Board, served as Key Club vice-president as a junior and president as a senior, and was selected as the Optimist Student of the Month for September, 2013. Accomplishments inside the classroom and in extracurricular activities earned Graben early admission status at the University of Georgia.
Avery Jones is on track for an Honors Prep Seal for graduation and will be a Valedictorian at Coosa High for 2014. He was a Governor’s Honors state alternate as a sophomore and a finalist as a junior. Jones has received the Georgia Certificate of Merit and earned the Presidential Award of Excellence for three years. At Coosa High, Jones was recognized for having the highest average in AP Calculus, he is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society president, member of the Academic Decathlon team, math team and robotics team. Jones plans to major in Aeronautical Engineering and has been accepted at Auburn, Purdue, North Caroline State, and Georgia Institute of Technology. He has not a made a final decision on the school he will attend in the fall.