Stephens Scholars Honored at Thursday Event

An event at Stephens County High School recognizes this year’s “Stephens Scholars.”

The sixth annual Stephens Scholars Reception took place Thursday at Stephens County High School.

The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee organizes the program each year to honor high school seniors with outstanding test scores on the SAT, ACT, and ASSET tests.

Chamber Education Committee Co-Chair Renee Herron said what these students accomplished on these tests is very impressive and should be recognized.

“I think a lot of these students are intrinsically motivated, but I think anytime you can recognize their achievements, it just makes them want to push harder, work harder, achieve more,” said Herron. “There is a lot of pressure that leads up to these tests and I think to celebrate the achievement after it is done is just an awesome way to honor these kids.”

Each student received a Resolution from the Georgia Senate submitted by 50th District State Senator John Wilkinson and a Resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives submitted by 28th District State Representative Dan Gasaway. They also received a certificate from 9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins’ office, as well as a Certificate from the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber also presented Stephens County High School Principal Felton Stephens with a special plaque listing this year’s Stephens Scholars.

There were 23 students recognized.

Students with tops scores on both the SAT and ACT tests include Morgan Akridge, Luc Allgood, Nathan Ivester, Kathryn Knickerbocker, Caleb Masten, Ondi Smith, Brett Williams. Top scores on the SAT test include Christopher Antepenko, Brianna Cosgrove and STAR student Annabelle Zhuno. Top scores on the ACT test include Alexander Baxter, Jordan Black, Ben Byrd, Allison Gulley, Abigail Hitchon, Eric Porter, Patrick Stroud, Bailey Taylor. Top score on both the ACT and ASSET tests is Janice Shedd. Top scores on the ASSET test include Kyler Jameson, Austin Lord, Mary Loudermilk and Tyrin Merritt.