GADOE Announces 2015 Georgia Scholars

Georgia Scholar Anna Gustafson at Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Star Student Awards Ceremony

Georgia Scholar Anna Gustafson at the Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Star Student Awards Ceremony

Our high schools are full of talented students doing amazing work not only in their classrooms, but also in their communities.  Last week, the Georgia Department of Education recognized eight Atlanta Public Schools graduating seniors as 2015 Georgia Scholars.  They join 175 other Georgia 12th graders who have also achieved excellence in their academic life as well as their community life.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods made the announcement and said, “I want to congratulate our 2015 Georgia Scholars.  In addition to academic success, I believe we have to teach our students about life and the importance of soft skills. These students have shown that they possess both, and I am confident we will be hearing much more about these students’ accomplishments in the near future.”

Who are these students? According to the Georgia Department of Education:“…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.”

Wow! These are some pretty awesome kids.  Congratulations!

Georgia Scholar Program Winners

D.M. Therrell High

Mya Green

Grady High

Lucy Lombardo

North Atlanta High

Tyler Ball

North Atlanta High

Anna Gustafson

North Atlanta High

Richie McClure

North Atlanta High

Spencer Shelton

North Atlanta High

Paul Spiegl

North Atlanta High

Chaz Torres

Girl Power!

The Women’s Sports Foundation reports that high school girls who play sports are more likely to get better grades in school; have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem and a more positive body image.  APS is proud to be a part of all of the positives associated with girls’ sports.  We are equally proud of the success of our female athletes and the robust offerings of girls’ sports in the district.

I wanted to take this opportunity to recognize four of our dynamic APS girls basketball programs.

South Atlanta – Currently 18-0 and ranked #5 Class AAA. The Lady Hornets upset the #3 team in the state this weekend (Decatur), by a score of 53-51, and beat the previously ranked #1 team in the state (Laney), 68-52 on Monday. They were also crowned champions of the Dwight Madison Roundball Classic in Montgomery, Ala. over the winter holidays. Congratulations to Coach Akisha Graham and the Lady Hornets!

Mays-Currently 16-2 and ranked #9 in class AAAAA. Under the leadership of Chantay Frost, the Lady Raiders represented the district over the break in the National Title IX Conference in Washington, DC, going 2-1 during their stay. Earlier this week they took on #3 Stephenson High for Region 6AAAAA supremacy resulting in 64-46 victory for the Lady Raiders.

Maynard Jackson- Currently 13-4. Coming off a state playoff appearance in 2014, the Lady Jaguars, under the direction of Michelle Powell look to make a serious run in Region 4AAA and establish themselves as one of the elite teams in the state.

Therrell- Currently 13-7. Under first year coach Earl Caruthers, the young Lady Panthers have shown flashes of brilliance this season. Winners of the Chuck Miller Holiday Classic over the winter holiday break, the Lady Panthers also will be a threat to challenge for Region 4AAA supremacy.

Please join me in saluting our coaches and sensational scholar athletes for their dynamic work and representation of APS Athletics.

‘Shout Out’ to our great students, teachers and schools

There are a lot of GREAT things happening in our district.  Each month I will give “shout outs” to students, staff and volunteers who are helping us achieve excellence in Atlanta Public Schools.

Let’s give a shout out to…

Senior football player Travodius “Vodi” Ferguson at Maynard Jackson High School made the Georgia High School Football Daily “Best of the Rest” top performances list!  Max Preps listed him in the “Best of the Rest” category after he had eight solo tackles, three assists, three stops behind the line and a 45-yard TD return of an interception in a 14-12 loss to Decatur.

Carver’s RB Gregory Peyton was also named to the list after he rushed for 165 yards on 21 carries, caught a 70-yard TD pass and had 95 yards in returns (for a total of 330 all-purpose yards) in a 16-12 victory over Grady.

Florida A&M University offered 39 APS students more than $1.4 million scholarship dollars!  Way to go Class of 2015!  One APS student, Omonua Kiyitto of Therrell High School, received an offer of $113,940.  CLICK HERE to view a full list of winners.

Five APS students have been chosen for internships with MARTA this school year!  The students and their respective MARTA departments and schools are as follows:

  • RECRUITING: Samaria Christian (CSKYLA)
  • ACCOUNTING: Paris Johnson and Vanessa West (Johnson-CSKYLA and West-Mays)
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE: Andre Jackson (B.E.S.T.)
  • LEGAL: Melia Sharp (CSKYLA)

Coach Braddy attends the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Leaders Summit. Congratulations on your great work. Photo Credit: Alliance for a Healthier Generation Georgia

Coach Amelia Braddy of Parkside Elementary was on hand in Washington D.C. in September to accept the school’s Silver award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.  President Bill Clinton honored 250 schools for meeting the Health Schools Program benchmarks for creating healthy changes and exceeding federal nutrition standards.  Our district has received bronze medal recognition in the past, but this marks the first time we’ve been awarded silver!  The Alliance is a partnership between the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.  CLICK HERE to read more.

Mays High School has been approved by the GA Department of Education to begin their Business and Computer Science Industry Certification process this school year.   Upon successful completion of this process, Mays High School will be recognized for having exceptional Business and Computer Science programs.  Congratulations Mays High!