Carrollton High School seniors Natalie Davis and Steven Slappey are among 71 other academically aggressive students from Georgia who competed to participate in the highly competitive United States Presidential Scholars program.
Inclusion in the program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
Natalie and Steven were chosen at the school level because of their outstanding academic performance both in the classroom and on the SAT/ACT college entrance exams, said Susan Gordy, CHS assistant principal. They are also involved in leadership positions in numerous extracurricular activities and are competitive athletes.
In the application, nominees were asked to share about hardships they have encountered and persevered through to achieve a high level of academic performance. Gordy said Natalie wrote about the loss of her mother, including the many firsts she experienced as a high school student without her. Steven chose to share about his season-ending injury and how it changed his leadership role on the Trojan football team.
“Both Steven and Natalie are strong ambassadors for Carrollton High School,” said David Brooks, CHS principal. “Their academic performance is exceptional and they both are well-rounded, involved student leaders. There is no doubt they have bright futures ahead and I look forward to following their successes.”