Almost half of 2019’s top graduates in five public and private high schools within Bartow County plan to leave the state to go to college.
The rest plan to attend Georgia Tech, UGA and area favorites Berry College and Georgia Highlands College, according to information from the schools and school systems.
Valedictorians and salutatorians for 2019 at one private and four public high schools within the county were announced recently:
• Adairsville High School valedictorian was Helen Bryant, and salutatorian Trinity Conant.
Bryant plans to attend the University of Michigan and study piano performance. Her grade point average was 102.13.
Conant will attend Williams College and major in history to eventually work as a history teacher. She earned a GPA of 101.99.
“That (GPA) is better than good,” quipped Dot Frasier, executive director of the Bartow Education Foundation.
Frasier announced the Bartow system’s top students during a county school board meeting May 20.
• Cartersville High School valedictorian was Will Allen, and salutatorian Levi Colston.
Allen, with a 4.56 GPA, and Colston, with a 4.51 GPA, both plan to attend Georgia Tech, the school announced.
• Cass High School’s valedictorian was Isabella Mann, and salutatorian Garrett Moore.
Mann had a GPA of 101.75. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee and major in biology and pre-med.
Moore earned a GPA of 101.63. He also plans to attend Georgia Tech and major in industrial engineering.
• Excel Christian Academy’s valedictorian was Kiah Cantrell, and salutatorian Josh Bolton.
Cantrell plans to attend Berry College and Bolton will attend Georgia Highlands College, school officials said.
• Woodland High School’s valedictorian was Peter Germ, and salutatorian Ezra Petron.
Germ, with a GPA of 102.7, plans to attend Duke University and major in environmental engineering.
Petron plans to attend UGA and major in humanities. His GPA was 101.9.
The same students earned other academic and extracurricular honors throughout their careers.
Bryant, Conant, Germ and Petron received Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar awards this year after earning an average score of 3.5 or higher on all AP exams taken, or scores of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams.
The AP program allows high school students to take courses considered as having college level content.
Allen was a top player for Cartersville's tennis team which advanced to the second round of the GHSA state playoffs this year.
Colston agreed in eighth grade in 2014 to become a REACH scholar, which made him eligible to receive $10,000 for college tuition if he graduated from high school.
REACH Georgia is a needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program designed to give students the academic, social and financial support needed to graduate from high school and achieve postsecondary success.
Germ represented Bartow’s school system in a regional round of the annual Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Student competition sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators this year.
Each school’s student who scored highest on the SAT college entrance exam was named its STAR student before competing for the county’s STAR student award for the top score among all high schools.
Germ won the Woodland High School STAR title and the system award with an SAT score of 1560.
Conant earned the STAR title for Adairsville with a score of 1530, while Moore earned the award for Cass with a score of 1390.
The Georgia Department of Education also recognized Conant as a Georgia Scholar.
Georgia Scholars are students who have “carried exemplary course loads during their four years of high school; who performed excellently in all courses; who successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and who have assumed active roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools,” the department said in a news release.