Staff / Katherine Frye
Khaleelah Logan helps with a volcano experiment at the New Jerusalem church Adventurer Summer Camp last week.
Khaleelah Logan took the long way home — living in two countries and two states before arriving in Douglas County in 2006.
Now she plans to hit the road again – this time to New York in August for liberal arts studies at New York University after being named one of 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars nationwide.
The recent Douglas County High School graduate was the only Gates Scholar named in western metro Atlanta and was among 88 from Georgia to receive the award, which pays all expenses for all years at the college of the recipient’s choice.
Logan, 17, said the experience of winning the scholarship has been “unfathomable.”
“It’s been life-changing,” she said. “My teachers told me, “You’re not going to have debt.’ It’s a true blessing.”
The daughter of Raymond and Sharon Logan of Villa Rica, Khaleelah is a native of Jamaica who immigrated to the U.S. at age 6 and lived in Texas and Florida before sixth grade.
She graduated from Douglas County High June 1 with a 3.95 grade point average. During her school career, she served as editor of the school yearbook; was a member of a number of school organizations, including the Key and Beta clubs and Model U.N.; and was a member of the Douglas Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Leadership Douglas.
On top of that, she was a youth counselor for her church, New Jerusalem Seventh-day Adventist.
Logan said she chose New York University because of the chance to experience life in the nation’s largest city.
“I love the city. It’s a great environment,” she said.
She said she plans to take liberal studies courses for the first two years before finishing her degree through NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Logan also wants to study in another country — preferably China where she wants to learn the Mandarin language. She said she wants to live there because it appears it will be a dominant player in the world in the future.
“Socially and economically, China is taking over,” she said. “I’m not planning to stay in the U.S. forever.”