2021 REACH Scholars

District's First Cohort of REACH Scholars Set to Graduate

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The Bibb County School District is excited to announce the District's first cohort of REACH Scholars will graduate this school year! Eight graduates, including two valedictorians and one salutatorian, will graduate this month with the Class of 2021. These students were selected as REACH Scholars during their eighth grade year.

In 2016, the Bibb County School District was one of numerous school districts in Georgia to join the REACH Scholarship Program. The REACH Scholarship Program was launched in 2012 and is a needs-based mentorship and scholarship program designed to encourage students, starting in middle school, to persist in their educational pursuits. Students are provided with the academic, social and financial support needed to graduate from high school, attend college, achieve post-secondary success and be prepared for the 21st century workforce.

The REACH Foundation provides 75 percent of the funding for the scholarships and local school districts must raise the remainder. This means that upon their graduation from a Bibb County high school, each REACH Scholar will receive a $10,000 scholarship for college. Some partnering colleges and universities in Georgia will even match or double-match this amount for REACH Scholars.

The Bibb County School District would like to thank all – from BCSD employees to community partners and businesses – who have contributed to the REACH Scholarship fund. Additionally, all REACH Scholars are supported through the Mentor’s Project of Bibb County.

Learn more about the Bibb County School District’s REACH Scholars, visit https://www.bcsdk12.net/about_us/reach_georgia/our_reach_scholars.

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Alivia Johnson, Central High School

Alivia Johnson is the daughter of Ron Johnson and Laurie Hughes. She is a M-SEA Scholar for Fort Valley State University’s Math, Science, Engineering summer academy, a REACH Scholar, and a member of Central’s Art Club. Alivia serves as an ambassador for REAL I.M.P.A.C.T. Center, an all-girls STEM program where she mentors and instructs girls in robotics. Through REAL I.M.P.A.C.T she enjoys leading an all-girls robotics team with First Lego League at Ingram-Pye Elementary School. After graduating as an Honor Graduate, Alivia plans to attend Fort Valley State University in the fall, where she will major in a STEM-related field.

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Shamiya Gladden, Northeast High School

Shamiya Jinay Gladden is the eldest daughter of Shaneka and Squanto Bond. She is a member of DECA and an active member of the DIVAs Organization. She plans to enlist in the United States Air Force where she will eventually enroll in college at Middle Georgia State University (MGSU). Upon enrolling in MGSU, Shamiya will major in Nursing and become a Registered Nurse. She wants to one day become a traveling nurse so that she can assist in bringing healing to as many lives as possible all across the United States. Shamiya’s favorite quote is: “Life is a journey – Enjoy the ride!”

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Kennedy Randall, Northeast High School

Kennedy Randall is the daughter of Ricardo Randall and Quida Daniels. She is the school’s Valedictorian, STAR Student, a REACH Scholar, and a member of the Concert Band Ensemble and the Trumpet Section Leader. She is a member of the Macon-Bibb Youth Advisory Council, the Drama Club and the Math Team. She has won the Young Georgia Authors Award, was selected as a semi-finalist for the Governor's Honors Program in Communicative Arts, and a 2021 Golden Eagle Nominee in Literature. Kennedy will attend Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania in the fall, where she will major in Astronomy and Physics with a minor in Philosophy.

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Amari Stubbs, Northeast High School

Amari Stubbs is the daughter of Demetress Ammons and Atari Stubbs. Amari plays clarinet in Northeast’s concert and marching band. She is the Alto section leader for Northeast’s Choir. She also participated in the Math Team, Literary Team, and Drama Club. Amari is a proud graduate of Fort Valley State University’s Math Science and Engineering Academy (M-SEA). This fall, she plans to continue her education by majoring in Biology at Albion College (Michigan) to pursue a career in the medical field.

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Amauri Cotton, Southwest High School

Amauri Cotton is the daughter of Leshannon and Hytonious Cotton. She is a REACH Scholar, Southwest’s Salutatorian, a member of the Mentor’s Project and a National Honor Society member. As a Southwest Patriot, she has earned numerous college credits through dual enrollment and has earned two technical college certificates. She plans to attend Georgia State University as a business major in the fall.

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Jasmine Martin, Southwest High School

Jasmine Martin is the daughter of Michael and Tiffany Martin. She is a REACH Scholar and Southwest’s Valedictorian. As a Southwest student, she has obtained college credit through dual enrollment and W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy. At Hutchings, she earned her Certified Nursing Assistant Licensure, CPR License, and is soon to earn her Emergency Medical Technician Licensure. Her extracurricular activities include Vice President of Bibb County 4-H, Section Leader of Southwest High School Marching Band, Reporter of Health Occupations Students of America and Secretary of Future Business Leaders of America. She is also the owner of her own small, customized jewelry business, JEM Jewels. In the fall, Jasmine will attend Georgia College and State University to major in Nursing.

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Altanese Palmer, Southwest High School

Altanese Palmer is the daughter of Altaron Palmer Sr. and Nicki Williams. She is a REACH Scholar, a member of the Mentor’s Project, a member of Middle Georgia Upward Bound, a member of Skills USA, and a member of the Southwest Patriot Cheerleading team. In the fall, Altanese plans to attend Savannah State University to major in Criminal Justice.

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Anaya Patterson, Southwest High School

Anaya Patterson is the daughter of Aisha Thompson and Harvey Thompson. She is a REACH scholar, a member of the Southwest High School Band, and a member of the track team. She is a part of the Bibb County Mentor's Project. Anaya will attend Middle Georgia State University in the fall, where she will major in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Music.

REACH Georgia

REACH Georgia is the State of Georgia’s first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program. The mission is to ensure that Georgia’s low income, academically promising students have the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school, access college, and achieve postsecondary success. Learn more: http://reachga.org/

Mentor's Project of Bibb County

The Mentor’s Project of Bibb County’s mission is to provide role models for encouragement and motivation to eligible Bibb County public middle and high school students who need additional support outside their family, and to assist them in reaching their full academic, social, and personal potential. Learn more: https://www.mentorsprojectbibb.org/

Bibb County School District

VISION: Each student will demonstrate strength of character and will be college or career ready.

MISSION: The Bibb County School District develops a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated to educating each student for a 21st century global society.

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