MARY HARRISON, a Cairo High School senior, has been named a 2021 Georgia Scholar.
Cairo High School senior Mary Harrison is one of 323 graduating seniors from across Georgia who is a 2021 Georgia Scholar, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced Thursday.
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.
“It is such a blessing to represent Grady County as a Georgia Scholar! Our supportive community and the dedicated teachers at Cairo High School make it easy to succeed in whatever you do, as long as you give your best,” Harrison says.
Students eligible for Georgia Scholar recognition are high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities, and in the home. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.
These students have carried exemplary course loads during their four years of high school; performed excellently in all courses; successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and have assumed roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools.
“As a state, we can all draw inspiration from the resilience and determination of the class of 2021,” Superintendent Woods said. “Like their counterparts in the class of 2020, they dealt with the sudden shutdown of in-person schooling in March of last year. Then they persevered through a school year that was, of necessity, unlike any we have ever seen before – and still, they found a way to excel. I am extremely proud of each 2021 Georgia Scholar and can’t wait to see what this outstanding group of students accomplishes.”
Mary Harrison, who is a student intern with The Messenger, is active on campus, serving as president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes; secretary of Political Science Club; historian of National Honor Society; and student assistant for The Red & Black C.H.S. newspaper. She is also a 1021 C.H.S. honor graduate and was a finalist for the 2020 Governor’s Honors Program.
The daughter of Litia and Darrell Harrison of Cairo is also an active member of Eastside Baptist Church and its youth worship team.
The Georgia Scholar program is managed by GaDOE’s Excellence Recognition office and through local coordinators in each public school system and private schools throughout the state. Note that the SAT and ACT score requirement was waived this year, as some students were not able to take or retake these exams due to the pandemic.