High School Honors Ceremony
Georgia Military College recently recognized its high school students for academic, JROTC, and community achievement, and honored them with a special ceremony. Below is a list of awards and scholarships, which were presented during Honors Night on May 14, 2015.
United States Military Academy Appointment
United States Coast Guard Scholars Program
Military Officers Association of America Scholarship
Mercer University ROTC Scholarship
Mercer University Scholarship
James Cole Harbor
Duke University Scholarship
Horatio Alger Scholarship
The Horatio Alger Association seeks to recognize students who show evidence of integrity and perseverance in the face of adversity. Since 1984, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. has awarded over $100 million in college scholarships to deserving young people. Analese Bridges is the recipient of a $7,000 scholarship for her college career.
Debbie Amason Scholarship to GMC
The Debbie Amason scholarship was created to honor Ms. Debbie Amason, a long time teacher in Baldwin County who taught hundreds of children including many who now attend GMC. She worked tirelessly as an officer in the Bulldog Club for over five years and was instrumental in starting the Teacher Appreciation Week at GMC. This $500 scholarship is awarded annually to one senior who plans to attend GMC Junior College. This year the recipient is Conner Deen.
Distinguished Young Women Scholarship
The Distinguished Young Women’s Program is a scholarship program that is designed to help young women achieve their academic and career goals. The program promotes being your best self, which includes being ambitious, studious, involved, responsible, and healthy. This year Calli McMullen competed in the Milledgeville At-Large DYW program which consists of an interview, a fitness routine, a talent routine, and a self-expression portion. Calli is this year’s Baldwin County Distinguished Young Woman and she will compete at the state level in July.
Delta Sigma Sorority Award
Civilian Marksmanship Program Scholarship
Nancy Hart Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship
DAR Good Citizen Scholarship
Oliver Morton Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Award
Sons of Confederate Veterans H. L. Hunley Award
Active Minerals Scholarship
The Georgia Mining Foundation awards scholarships to seniors for outstanding academic achievements and overall character. Taylore Brooks received this scholarship in the amount of $500.
Taylore Brooks also received the MidSouth Credit Union Scholarship of $4,000 and the Exchange Bank Scholarship.
National Achievement Scholarship Program
The National Achievement Scholarship Program was initiated in 1964 specifically to honor promising Black American high school students. Trevor Tyus has been named an outstanding participant in this program, having scored in the top 3% of over 160,000 Black Americans who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test.
The GEO Group Foundation's mission is to support the community and charitable involvement of employees and facilities of The GEO Group. The foundation is committed to supporting, growing and developing communities where The GEO Group, Inc., its subsidiaries or affiliated companies operate facilities. The Foundation pursues this goal by making charitable grants to local charitable nonprofit organizations, schools, and public entities to help them meet their philanthropic goals and public purposes. The foundation seeks to help deserving children realize the dream of higher education. To this end, the Foundation grants scholarships to help children pursue educational opportunities that may otherwise be unavailable to them.
The following students each received a scholarship of $1,000 payable to the college they plan to attend.
Atlanta Touchdown Club Scholarship
Each year in conjunction with the Georgia High School Association, Senior Student Athletes and Student Managers are nominated by Head Football Coaches across the State of Georgia. Applications are reviewed by the Region Secretary and semi-finalists are forwarded to the Touchdown Club of Atlanta/National Football Chapter. This year Parker Williams received the George Morris Student/Athlete Scholarship in the amount of $1000 and Gracyn Walker received the Whitey Zimmerman Student/Manager Scholarship, also in the amount of $1000. These two young people are the latest in a long line of GMC Prep School players and managers to be honored by the NFF.
President’s Volunteer Service Award
This award is given to students, faculty, and staff who volunteer their time to an organization for at least 100 hours. Those individuals who have volunteered 100 or more hours receive a bronze pin; those who have volunteered 175-249 hours receive a silver pin, and those who have volunteered over 250 hours receive a gold pin.
Maddie Allen – Bronze
Annie Benson – Gold
Taylore Brooks – Silver
Anna Crump – Bronze
Hannah Goforth – Bronze
Davis Isley – Gold
Molly Jones – Bronze
Kristin Kuehn – Gold
Megan Leben – Gold
Patrick Lewis – Silver
Mark McCabe – Silver
Calli McMullen – Gold
Hunter Newell – Silver
Chase Sheffield – Bronze
Laughlin Smith – Bronze
Mandi Smith – Silver
Drew Thigpen – Gold
Meia Warren – Bronze
Roy Wood – Gold
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is Rotary’s leadership training program for young people. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to
• Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth
• Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
• Encourage leadership of youth by youth
• Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
This year’s recipient of the RYLA is Calli McMullen.
Honor Council Recognitions
The following students participated in the region and state literary competition.
Girls Solo – Rebekah Veatch –1st Place Region, 1st Place State
Boys Solo – Wyatt Spivey –1st Place Region
Girls’ Trio-Annaleah Phillips, Reagan Thornton, Rebekah Veatch – 1st Place Region, 3rd Place State
Boys Quartet – James Cole Harbor, Maxwell Hopkins, Wyatt Spivey, Nick Weldon – 1st Place Region, 2nd Place State
Girls Dramatic Interpretation – Peyton Mims –1st Place Region, 2nd Place State
Boys Dramatic Interpretation – Nick Weldon –2nd Place Region
Boys Extemporaneous Speaking – Roy Wood –1st Place Region, 1st Place State
Girls Extemporaneous Speaking – Analese Bridges –1st Place Region, 1st Place State
Boys Essay – Andy Watkins –2nd Place Region
Girls Essay – Melanie Beadles –4th Place Region
American Legion Oratorical Contest
American Legion Girls State
American Legion Americanism Essay Contest
First place: Mary Elizabeth Jones – 9th Grade
Calli McMullen – 11th Grade
Second Place: Tyler Gray – 9th Grade
Audrey Harris – 11th Grade
Junior American Legion Auxiliary (JALA) Graduates
American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award
Gold – Katie Nelson
Silver – Kristin Kuehn
Bronze – Emma Sovereign
American Legion Military Excellence Award
Gold – Trey Bridges
Silver – Maddie Allen
Bronze – Caitlin Settle
The Nancy Kennedy Reading Achievement Award
Named in honor of long time GMC English teacher, Nancy Kennedy, this award is presented to the cadet in each grade who accumulates the highest total of AR points for their grade. This award’s recipients are:
9th Grade – Cecilia Ruiz
10th Grade – Andy Watkins
11th Grade – Shelby Somers
12th Grade – Maddie Bloodworth
UDC Essay Awards
The United Daughters of the Confederacy is the oldest patriotic organization in our country. The UDC was founded in September, 1894 with its objectives being historical in preserving material for truthful history of the War Between the States and its historic places, educational by providing exposure to history through essay contests and scholarships, benevolence by assisting those who defended our country, memorial in honoring those who fell in service to our country, and patriotic in recognizing the part women have played in the War Between the States and all other wars with American involvement.
The Milledgeville chapter of the Georgia Division is Robert E. Lee 115, and each year we sponsor an essay contest for all schools in the county. This year’s topic was Appomattox 1865.
GMC had the winning essays in 7-10th grades and the first place essays have been sent to the division. Each winner receives a small monetary award from out chapter.
9th Grade 1st Place – Colum Lowery
10th Grade 1st Place – Nathan Alford
10th Grade 2nd Place – Will Caldwell
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award
Presented to one sophomore who has demonstrated leadership potential. This student is invited to attend a 3-day Leadership Seminar at Berry College in Rome.
Governor’s Honors Program
The Georgia Governor's Honors Program is a four-week, summer residential program at Valdosta State, designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. High School sophomores and juniors are eligible for nomination.
GMC’s nominee in the area of Dance was Megan Leben. The nominee in the area of Music was Jack Watkins, and Patrick Lewis was nominated in the area of Math.
Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award
Presented to the junior class cadet with the highest academic average in science through the first three years of high school:
University of Georgia Certificate of Merit
Presented by the University of Georgia to identify superior scholastic endeavors through outstanding achievement in the first three years of high school. Nominees must rank in the top 5% of the Junior class.
STAR Student/ STAR Teacher Award
The STAR Student program is sponsored by PAGE and the Chamber of Commerce. The STAR program honors Georgia’s highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. The student nominee must have the highest SAT score from one sitting through the November test date and rank in the top ten percent of their class. The STAR Teacher is selected by the STAR Student. Please stand for recognition.
Star Student: Katie Nelson
Star Teacher: Major Emily Fairbrass
GMC Academic Discipline Awards
Presented to a senior with the highest cumulative grade point average in each subject area taken from ninth-twelfth grade.
English – Katie Nelson
Mathematics – Ashley Vinson
Science – Ashley Vinson
Social Studies – Ashley Vinson
Spanish – Andrew Kirkland
Principal’s Awards and Academic Achievement Ribbons
Presented to students in the ninth through twelfth grades who have attained the Principal’s List and have not accumulated any bullring, discipline hours, or suspensions during the first three 9-week grading periods. Students also receive the Achievement Ribbon from the JROTC Department.
9th Grade: Cory Bivins – 3rd Award
Tyler Gray – 4th Award
Mary Elizabeth Jones – 3rd Award
Allie Kauzlarich – 1st Award
Dean Kelleher – 1st Award
Colum Lowery – 3rd Award
Tyler Rion – 3rd Award
Cecilia Ruiz – 1st Award
Kaylee Wysong – 4th Award
10th Grade: Annie Benson – 3rd Award
Megan Leben – 5th Award
William Peacock – 3rd Award
Chase Sheffield – 2nd Award
Zach Spiler – 5th Award
Reagan Thornton – 3rd Award
Nick Trussell – 5th Award
Andy Watkins – 1st Award
Jack Watkins – 1st Award
11th Grade: Audrey Harris – 4th Award
Patrick Lewis – 6th Award
Calli McMullen – 5th Award
12th Grade: Maddie Allen – 6th Award
Melanie Beadles – 5th Award
Analese Bridges – 4th Award
Taylore Brooks – 7th Award
Liam Fairbrass – 6th Award
Andrew Kirkland – 4th Award
Kristin Kuehn – 7th Award
Lila Mitchell – 5th Award
Regan Mullis – 2nd Award
Katie Nelson – 1st Award
Niki Thomas – 7th Award
Gage Vanlandingham – 4th Award
Ashley Vinson – 7th Award
Macy Watkins – 6th Award
Academic Excellence Awards and Academic Excellence Ribbon
Awarded annually to one cadet in the ninth through twelfth grade for maintaining the highest academic average for all subjects taken in the current 2013-2014 school year. Students who have achieved this award also receive the Academic Excellence Ribbon from the JROTC Department.
9th Grade: Tyler Gray
10th Grade: Megan Leben
11th Grade: Calli McMullen
12th Grade: Liam Fairbrass
Perfect Attendance Award – presenter COL Thornton
The following students have been present all day, every day of the 2014-2015 school year.
9th Grade: Cory Bivins
Mary Elizabeth Jones
11th Grade: Sarai Mapp
Two students in the twelfth grade were present every day of each school year from 9th grade through 12th grade.
Principal’s Leadership Award – presenter COL Thornton
Presented to a senior who has demonstrated the ability to combine academic excellence and leadership.
View photos of the ceremony here: https://gmcpr.smugmug.com/20142015/HS-Honors-Night-51415/.
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