DOUGLAS, Ga -- As the crown jewel in one of Georgia’s most generous educational initiatives, Coffee High School’s Zell Miller Scholars were recently recognized in a ceremony on the campus of Coffee High School. Held on May 15 in the Trojan Athletic Complex, the standing-room-only event welcomed family and community members to honor the achievements of the school system’s most academically-successful seniors.
“We are pleased to have such a distinguished group of young people here with us today,” Dr. Rowland Cummings, principal of Coffee High School, said. “The Zell Miller Scholars represent the very best in academic achievement from schools all across the state of Georgia. These students make the Coffee County School System extremely proud,” the CHS principal added.
According to Dr. Cummings, the Coffee County School System has had a number of students earning the distinction of Zell Miller Scholar over the past three years, but the Class of 2015 has more than doubled those original numbers. “During the past three years we have continued to expand the reach of the Zell Miller Scholars Program throughout South Georgia. In Coffee County, the number of those tapped as a Zell Miller Scholar continues to grow exponentially. The first year tapped ten for the honor, while the second year saw twelve earn the honor,” Dr. Cummings said and added, “This year we have 23, the most we have had ever had.”
The Zell Miller Scholars from Coffee County include: Amy Capps, Sierra Childers, Kelsey Cumbass, Brady Eastin, Jacob Hicks, Chandler Hurst, Jonathan Ingram, Teresa Land, Wyatt McLoon, Jamie Merritt, Hannah Moorman, Nikki Moorman, Sarah Nugent, Kajol Patel, Tejal Patel, Logan Peterman, Quentin Plummer, Hannah Railey, Hannah Roberts, Cariana Spivey, Adeline Thomason, Jason Vickers, and Noah Wolfert.
“Once again, we are so very proud of these young scholars and we wish them the best as they continue their academic journey,” Dr. Cummings said. “We also commend the parents and families for helping to nurture and encourage the love of learning and the work ethic necessary to achieve great things.”
The Zell Miller Scholarship Program is a merit-based scholarship program with specific academic and grade point average eligibility requirements. The purpose of the Zell Miller Scholarship Program is to encourage the academic achievement of Georgia’s high school students and Georgians seeking degrees from postsecondary institutions located in Georgia.
To be eligible, students must have at least a 3.7 HOPE GPA and a 1200 on the Math and Reading portions of the SAT or a 26 composite on the ACT or graduate as the valedictorian or the salutatorian from an eligible high school.
The Zell Miller Scholarship Program was created beginning with the 2011-2012 Award Year. The program is fully funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education and administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. For more information on the Zell Miller Scholarship or the HOPE Scholarship, please contact the Coffee High School Guidance Department or visit the Georgia College 411 website at https://secure.gacollege411.org/Home/_default.aspx.