Each year, students in the Towne Lake community continue to amaze us. We hear stories about them overcoming obstacles or being awarded for their outstanding achievements and we are always excited to hear more. There are two particular stories about students who attend Woodstock High School that we couldn’t not share.
Woodstock Student Briana Francois Awarded National Merit Achievement Scholarship
Woodstock High School senior Briana Francois was one of 800 students awarded the National Merit Achievement Scholarship. Established in 1964, the National Achievement Scholarship Program is a privately financed academic competition designed to specifically to honor scholastically talented Black American youth. The awards are financed by grants from 31 corporate organizations and professional associations and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Briana is among the 800 seniors selected from across the country who each have won the $2,500 scholarship. Selection began out of a group of 160,000 with high PSAT scores, with the 1,600 highest scores named as semifinalists. To move forward in the competition, students had to prove a consistently high academic performance, a recommendation from their high school, SAT scores that confirmed their PSAT performance, and an application essay. From the pool of semifinalists, 1,300 students advanced to the finalist level, where they were then selected from that group based on their accomplishments potential for success in college.
Briana is Woodstock High School’s 2013-14 delegate to the Cherokee County School Board. She is also president of the Student Government Association Executive Board and a member of the Beta Club, DECA marketing association and international club. She is considering psychology as a major in the fall.
Woodstock Student Brianna Jackson Honored at State Board of Education Meeting
Brianna Jackson is another Woodstock High School senior who’s doing great things. Brianna was recognized by the State School Superintendent at the State Board of Education meeting on May 19th, 2014. The meeting honored high school seniors with disabilities who have had academic and/or extracurricular accomplishments. It began with an inspirational message written by Brianna and shared by her former second grade teacher, Kim Shotts. Two of Brianna’s former teachers shared experiences about working with Brianna at various times during her education, noting that “she had the same infectious smile at 7 as she does at 17.”
Brianna successfully uses technology to compensate for her physical disability. Briana has a 3.26 GPA and plans to attend Chattahoochee Technical College as a H. Glenn Conway Scholarship recipient to pursue a degree in Accounting.
Congratulations to these two students as well as all the other students in the 2014 class! The staff of the Townelaker wishes you all the best in your future!
Photo via Woodstock High School Website.