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Community Invests In, Celebrates Academic Excellence

posted May 8, 2018, 5:43 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated May 8, 2018, 5:44 AM ]
Over 200 seniors were honored at the 13th Annual A. Mickey Church Academic Awards at the LeGrand Center. Awarded for their academic achievement of a 4.0 GPA (Grade Point Average) or higher and placing in the top twenty percent of their cohort at their school, each senior was granted $500 for post-secondary tuition purposes.

Although over $100,000 was awarded, the focus for the evening of excellence was on the students as they were recognized individually by the Cleveland County Schools Educational Foundation among nearly 900 in attendance at the coveted banquet.

“This culminating event is truly exceptional as we celebrate the educational journey of the top seniors from each high school within the county,” said Greg Shull, director of communications for Cleveland County Schools. “These seniors exemplify greatness as they combine for nearly 500,000 days of K-12 educational excellence.”

The only of its kind, the banquet honored students from the county’s six high schools as parents, donors, presenters, and educators gathered to formally congratulate the best of the best.

Scholarship money presented was generated by the Turner Trucking Co. Academic Awards Golf Tournament sponsored by the Foundation last October at the River Bend YMCA Golf Club. Many of the tournament’s Benefactors and Patron Sponsors attended the banquet and presented scholarships to the senior recipients.