Two seniors from Floyd County Schools have been recognized as Georgia Scholars by the Georgia Department of Education. Rachel Garland, of Armuchee High School; and Alex Mitchell, Coosa High School received the honor for 2015.
To be selected as a Georgia Scholar, a student must be a graduating high-school senior who exhibits excellence in all aspects of school life, community activities, and in the home. The student must present evidence of having carried an exemplary course load in the four years of high school; performed excellently in all courses; successfully participated in interscholastic events of the school or community; and assumed an active role in extracurricular activities sponsored by the school.
By the end of her senior year, Garland will have completed seven Advanced Placement courses and fifteen Honors courses while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. She has been recognized as a Georgia Certificate of Merit Scholar, an AP Scholar, and she participated in the Governor's Honors Program. Garland is a member of the Spanish Honor Society, the National Honor Society, and the National Society of High School Scholars.
Garland is also active in Armuchee High's extra-curricular activities and in her community. She was a founding member and president of the AHS Key Club and a member of the Student Council. She has been a member of the Academic Decathlon team, the softball team and chorus. Garland has participated in the Hugh O'Brien Leadership Academy, Student Leadership Academy, Leadership Rome, and the Georgia Teen Institute. The Armuchee senior has also been active in the community. Garland volunteers for the Rome/Floyd Parks and Recreation program and a local children's foster care home. She is the founder of "Grammie-Cures" which provides manicures at a local senior citizens center. Garland will attend Georgia Tech in the fall.
Mitchell has a 4.0 GPA at Coosa High. He is in the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar, and participated in Governor's Honors in mathematics. He earned a Georgia Certificate of Merit, excellence in AP language, the President's Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, and highest average in AP U.S. History.
A leader at Coosa and in the community, Mitchell participated in High School Leadership Rome; he was junior class treasurer, senior class treasurer and drama club treasurer. He is in the drama club, on the math team, Academic Decathlon team, basketball team and in the marching band. In the community, Mitchell is active in theater. He has appeared in Rome Little Theatre performances where his largest role was Injun Joe in "Tom Sawyer." He has also performed in Upstagers Theatre Company. Mitchell plans to attend the University of Alabama after graduation and double major in electrical engineering and mathematics. He also hopes to play the sousaphone in Alabama's Million Dollar Band.
The criteria to be recognized as a Georgia Scholar is very demanding as only 183 seniors in the state qualified for the honor this year. Georgia Scholars receive a seal for the graduate’s diploma recognizing the accomplishment as a Georgia Scholar.
The Georgia Scholar Program is an effort by the Georgia Department of Education to identify and recognize high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community.