Qualifying students who were recognized with the honor scored at the 90th percentile or above on the Grade 11 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
During the Ninth Annual Superintendent’s Key Scholar Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday at Cherokee High School, they received a School District Certificate of Achievement and a letter jacket patch that reads “Superintendent’s Key Scholar.”
Each student will also be honored at their school’s year-end awards ceremony as a Superintendent’s Key Scholar.
“As academic leaders, these outstanding students have the potential to continue distinguishing themselves as high school seniors and in their college pursuits and chosen careers,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo. “We also extend our congratulations to all of the individuals who stand behind and support these students’ efforts, including parents, grandparents, teachers, school administrators and all others who have made and continue to make an impact on their education and their lives.”
The Key Scholar Program is a districtwide academic recognition plan that begins in elementary schools with students qualifying for the nationally recognized Duke University Talent Identification Program.
During the last nine years, more than 1,400 Cherokee County School District students in grades four or five qualified for the Duke TIP program by achieving exceptional scores on either the Cognitive Abilities Test or the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, school officials said in a release.
Each student receiving this recognition received a Certificate of Achievement at his/her school’s year-end awards ceremony; and the Cherokee County School District has received special recognition from Duke University for having the largest number of students identified in the state of Georgia.
At the middle school level, the Key Scholars Program also includes Duke’s TIP, through which eligible students have the opportunity to get a head start on SAT and ACT testing, which usually does not begin until high school. Seventh-grade students participate in this nationally standardized testing, with many receiving state recognition, and they are also recognized at a School Board meeting and at a special Duke University ceremony in Atlanta.
For high school students, the Key Scholar Program focuses on the Preliminary SAT (or PSAT). Freshmen scoring at the 80th percentile or above on the PSAT receive a Certificate of Achievement at their school’s year-end awards ceremonies.
Sophomores scoring at the 85th percentile or above on the PSAT receive a Certificate of Achievement at their school’s year-end awards ceremonies.
The top award in the Key Scholar Program goes to seniors who qualify as National Merit Scholars. Over the past eight years, these academically outstanding students have led their classes as they marched across the stage at graduation wearing a special gold medallion.
The recognition ceremony on Tuesday evening also featured a performance by Cherokee HS choral students directed by Brad Ellis, the presentation of colors by the Cherokee HS Air Force Junior ROTC and remarks by School Board Vice Chair Robert Wofford.
Key scholar recipients:
Recipients from each high school:
Cherokee High School
Creekview High School
Sequoyah High School
Eric Van Aken
Etowah High School
River Ridge High School
Hsin Yi Chen
Woodstock High School