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CCSD Senior Named Semifinalist for National Honor

CCSD Senior Named Semifinalist for National Honor

A Cherokee County School District senior is a semifinalist for a national honor!

Etowah High School senior Ixchel Avila is one of only 1,500 high school seniors nationwide selected as 2023-2024 Coca-Cola Scholars Program semifinalists.  She is one of only 37 seniors from Georgia selected.

Semifinalists were selected from more than 103,800 applicants based on academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities.  Ixchel now advances to the next stage in the review process to be named a Coca-Cola Scholar.  The organization will name 250 Regional Finalists, with 150 becoming Coca-Cola Scholars and receiving a $20,000 college scholarship funded by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

“Congratulations to Ixchel on achieving this national recognition for her outstanding commitment to learning and to serving her school and community,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We wish her all the best as she advances in the competition, as we know she would be an exemplary representative of her school, our school district and our community.”

Ixchel is a scholar athlete and student leader, who plans to attend Brigham Young University and major in radiology.  She has earned an Academic Letter and Lamp of Knowledge and is a member of the cross country team and chorus.  Ixchel serves on the school’s National Honor Society leadership team, volunteers through the Beta Club and Hope Club and participates in National English Honor Society and numerous other activities. 

“I am so thankful to the Coca-Cola organization for providing countless opportunities for students to become successful,” she said.  “I genuinely feel so blessed to be named a Coca-Cola Scholars Semifinalist.  Thank you!”

In addition to receiving college scholarships, Coca-Cola Scholars will participate in the Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership Development Institute and join an active alumni organization of leaders working to make positive change in the world.

“We believe that identifying these young leaders throughout the country and encouraging their passion for serving others not only empowers the students, but also lifts up those around them,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “The Coca-Cola system is dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve, and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to be a part of that commitment.”