Three students from Douglas County were recognized as 2015 Georgia Scholars by the Georgia Department of Education’s Excellence Recognition Office Wednesday.
Chapel Hill High School seniors Elijah Boykins and Daryl Mitchell and Lithia High School senior Doria Hudson were among 183 graduating Georgia seniors honored.
A seal will be placed on each student’s diploma, signifying he or she has carried exemplary course loads during the four years of high school, performed excellently in all courses and successfully participated in interscholastic school and community events.
Lithia Springs High School Principal Garrick Askew said he’s proud of Hudson, who plans to attend Barnard College, an elite women’s college that is part of Columbia University in New York City, on a scholarship this fall.
“Doria’s selection places her in a select cadre of students throughout the state who are being recognized for their achievements in school and service efforts in the community,” Askew said. “She is an outstanding young lady (and) is very deserving of the award.”
Hudson maintained an excellent grade point average while taking nine Advanced Placement classes following the STEM curriculum. Between school organizations, honor societies, making straight A’s and volunteering for community service, Askew said Hudson stays busy. She plans to major in neuroscience, the study of the biological keystones of behavior and cognition.
Chapel Hill High School Principal Sean Kelly said Mitchell and Boykins are, “shining examples of what Chapel Hill High School is all about."
“When you think of exceptional, top-notch kids then those are the kids you think of,” Kelly said. “Elijah has been accepted to Georgia in some kind of a special pre-admittance program for the medical field and Daryl is going to (New York University) to play volleyball. They’re just both incredible.”
Mitchell, who plans to study communications and broadcast journalism, was also Chapel Hill's STAR student this year and a recent recipient of the U.S. Army Pro Football Hall of Fame of Excellence, Kelly said.
“Both of these students are leaders among their peers,” Kelly said. “They lead by example, which to me, is one of the greatest qualities that young people can do is set the bar for others to follow. … They demonstrate for their peers what student athletes look like and how successful you can be when you not only succeed in the area of academics, but you also excel in the area of community service.”
State School Superintendent Richard Woods also commended the 2015 Georgia Scholars.
“In addition to academic success, I believe we have to teach our students about life and the importance of soft skills,” Woods said in a statement. “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.”