Forsyth County Schools recognized 10 eighth-graders for their academic promise, good behavior and attendance at a recent ceremony for the 2018-19 REACH Scholar program.
REACH, which stands for Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen, was launched by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal in 2012 with the goal of increasing adult post-secondary education in Georgia adults through academic, social and financial supports, according to Forsyth County Superintendent Jeff Bearden.
During the signing ceremony, Bearden said that this is the fifth year that the school system has participated in the program.
This year’s awardees include;
• Marleen Barron
• Ashley Arroyo Garcia
• Amber McMahon
• Jose Orozco-Cruz
• Judith Ramos-Pedraza
• Haley Quintino
• Rodrigo Sanchez-Iglesias
• Angel Sarabia
• Karina Trejo
• Moises Villalobos
Bearden said that these 10 students would be among 1,800 scholars throughout the state of Georgia for the 2018-19 school year.
Another speaker at the ceremony, Forsyth County Schools Director of Student Support Services Debbie Smith stated that the first cohort of REACH scholars would be graduating high school and heading off to college.
“Students, you have the distinct honor of representing this school system and our community as a 2018-19 REACH Scholar,” Smith said at the ceremony. “In this role, you will be serving as an example for younger students who may also want to become a REACH scholar in the future.”
Before signing their agreements to become REACH scholars, Smith explained to the students that they were agreeing to keep good grades and continue their good behavior and attendance for the remainder of middle and high school.
In addition, she said they would be meeting with a mentor and academic coach monthly, attending REACH activities and would commit to graduating from high school and attending college.
“Once attending college, you will receive a significant scholarship through the REACH program and our community donors, with the potential for matching from several Georgia universities,” she said.
Over the last five years, the REACH program has been funded by state funds combined with donations from a number of different local sponsors, including Advanced Disposal, The Bagwell Family Foundation, Toyota, United Way of Forsyth County and Cindy Jones Mills, according to Bearden.