The Georgia Department of Education recently named the 18-year-old daughter of Sherman and Jennifer Moore as Douglas County’s only Georgia Scholar.
She joins an elite group of only 116 public school students statewide so honored.
The Georgia Scholar program identifies and honors high school seniors who have excelled in school and community life, said Matt Cardoza, director of communications for the education department.
By being named a Georgia Scholar, Moore will receive a seal on her diploma signifying her academic and community accomplishments as a Georgia Scholar student. She was set to graduate last week.
She also plays piano and is a soloist and the youngest member of the Douglas County Chamber Singers. She is planning to attend Brigham Young University in Utah.
“Being named a Georgia Scholar recipient, I felt I would be recognized at our senior honors night but I had no idea this honor carried as much statewide prestige as it does,” Moore said.
Moore is also a member of the school’s marching band, color guard and fine arts program and had the starring role in the school’s stage production of “Pippin.”
Her list of achievements is indicative of her statewide honor as she is a member of the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society and has also received numerous awards for her outstanding academic and community achievement, said Chapel Hill Principal Sean Kelly.
“Ms. Moore is a very determined, dedicated and committed student,” Kelly said.
In addition to her other awards, Moore, who has maintained a 4.0 grade point average since the sixth grade, also received the Superintendent’s Scholar’s Award as well as the Hightower Citizens Award, the President’s Award for Excellence and the English and Social Studies Department Award.
Although unsure of her major at Brigham Young, she is leaning toward music education.
As to any advice she would leave to upcoming seniors, Moore advised them to remain focused on academics.
“There is nothing wrong with extracurricular activities as they are fun and the friends you make in these activities will be lifelong friends,” she said.
However, Moore said that a student’s primary concern is learning and that is where the emphasis has to remain.