CONYERS— Graduating seniors from across Georgia have been recognized as 2019 Georgia Scholars, including two students from Rockdale County.

Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. Students eligible for Georgia Scholar recognition are high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities and at home.

Sydney Gaylor from Heritage High School and Collin Kennelly from the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology both carried exemplary course loads during their four years of high school, successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities and have assumed active roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools.

“The 2019 Georgia Scholars exemplify our mission of educating the whole child,” said State Superintendent Richard Woods. “They are well-rounded students who have engaged with a wide array of educational opportunities – from traditional classroom learning to community service. I congratulate each of these students and wish them well as they embark on their next steps after high school.”

The program is coordinated by GaDOE’s Excellence Recognition office and through local coordinators in each public school system and private schools throughout the state.

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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