DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is proud to announce that 17 high school seniors were named Georgia Scholars.

The students were among 323 graduating seniors from across Georgia recognized as 2021 Georgia Scholars, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced April 29.

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 in the home. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for their diploma.

“This is a tremendous achievement and recognition for our 17 scholars,” said DCSD Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris. “While in the midst of a global pandemic, these students continue to excel academically and socially on their extracurricular activities. We are so proud of them for receiving this honor!”

“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.”

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