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Achievements of ECI seniors celebrated on Honors Night

Emanuel County Institute held its Senior Scholarship and Honors Night Program on Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium. At that time, outstanding 12th graders were recognized for their academic achievements, leadership, and scholarships awarded during the 2021-2022 school year.

The program began with a welcome and recognition of special guests by Karime Gonzalez-Demillon and a rendition of the national anthem by Joshua Flanders.

First on the agenda was special presentations, which were given out by school counselor Elizabeth Kraus and guest presenters.

Among the guest presenters were Jasmine Reese representing East Georgia State College, Kathy Carpenter representing Southeastern Technical College, Brandon Jones representing the Twin City Lions Club and the Cowart Family, Pam Carr representing Family Connection, Calvin Lloyd representing the Pin Hi Scholarship, Martha Cobb representing the Daughters of the American Revolution, Cricket Miller a representative of Planters EMC. Giving memorial scholarships were Robin and Randy Canady for the Candace Canady Scholarship, Sybil Johnson for the Johnson Coca-Cola Scholarship, Tabatha Downer for the Taylor Hooks Scholarship, Olivia Boatwright for the Mikey Walker Scholarship.

Landon Goodman was recognized as STAR Student for being the senior who has the highest SAT score in one sitting. He selected Kendall Hadden, engineering teacher, as his STAR Teacher.

Goodman and Salma Cueva Santana were both among the six total students from across the county to be selected as Exchange Club Youth of the Year. This honor saw them recognized during the honors program last week.

Natavus Robertson was recognized as ECI’s DAR Good Citizen.

Karime Gonzalez-Demillon received the American Legion School Award. She, along with Landon Goodman, also received a Coca-Cola Academic Award.

William Bennett, Karime Gonzalez-Demillon, and Landon Goodman were nominees for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Goodman was also a Georgia Scholars Program selectee.

Terry Reynolds was recognized as a U.S. Senate Youth nominee. This program was established in 1962 to provide a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service.

The Correll Scholarship was established by A.D. “Pete” and Ada Lee Correll in order to assist exceptionally promising students and future community leaders with the cost of their college tuition. This scholarship is renewable annually, for a maximum of four years. Landon Goodman and Zaren Williford were selected as Correll Scholars.

Henry Hobbs received the Leadership Scholarship, Salma Cueva Santana and Landon Goodman alike received the Cox Family Foundation Scholarship, Tmyra Peterson received the Jennings Family Scholarship, and Nevaeh Patterson received the Redding Swainsboro Ford Lincoln Friendship Scholarship.

Salma Cueva Santana also received a scholarship from the Adam Brinson Historical Society, Inc.

Faith Mincey took home the Lions Club Scholarship and the Family Connection Scholarship, Alaya Hudson took home the Cowart Family Scholarship, Karmen Thompson took home the Candace Canady Memorial Scholarship, and Karlton Gamble took home the Mary Edwards Jackson Scholarship.

Salma Cueva Santana and Karmen Thompson both received Johnson Coca-Cola Scholarships, Landon Goodman and Faith Mincey both received Pin Hi Scholarships, and four students—Landon Goodman, Karime Gonzalez Demillon, Henry Hobbs, and Nathan Headrick—received Zell Miller Scholarships.

Three of ECI’s student-athletes are moving on to play at the collegiate level, thanks to scholarship dollars from their post-secondary institutions of choice. Semya Williams received a scholarship from Brewton Parker College, Kristan Jackson received a scholarship from Albany State University, and Macy Canady received a scholarship from East Georgia State College.

ECI Beta Scholarships were then bestowed to Karime Gonzalez-Demillon for having the highest average, Faith Mincey for having the most Beta points earned, and Salma Cueva Santana for having the most outside service hours.

Salma Cueva Santana went on to receive the Mikey Walker Memorial Scholarship. Zaren Williford received dollars from a similar fund, the Taylor Hooks Memorial Scholarship. Both of these funds pay homage to two former ECI students and keep their namesakes’ memories alive.

Lastly in the vein of scholarships, Hagan Henry received dollars from Planters EMC.

The honors program then had numerous students come forward for miscellaneous achievements.

Justin Williams and Santerria Robertson were celebrated for participating in Georgia Future Educators Signing Day. Both of these seniors recently signed “letters of intent” to study education in college and return to the classroom as teachers afterward.

ECI’s Citizens Bank Student Advisory Board members were then recognized. These students included: Karime Gonzalez-Demillon, Landon Wade Goodman, Gabriel Glyn Guest, Nathan Alexander Headrick, Riley Alaya Hudson, Constance Faith Mincey, Terry Hoage Reynolds, Payne Ripley Sanders, and Karmen Amiah Thompson.

A total of 28 students were then celebrated for being dually enrolled at either the local state or technical colleges.

Ashton Allen, William Bennett, Salma Cueva Santana, Landon Goodman, Karime Gonzalez, Marlana Griner, Henry Hobbs, Nathan Headrick, Riley Hudson, Ethan Morton, Faith Mincey, Natavus Robertson, Karmen Thompson, Semya Williams, Zaren Williford, and Kendall Wiggins studied at East Georgia State College and Diamond Daughtry, Silas Frew, Madison Radford, Terry Reynolds, Shelby Roberson, Hunter Scarboro, Bray Sherrod, Ashanti Smith, Ashton Tapley, Zayna Taylor, Guyton Thompson, and Michael Wilson studied at Southeastern Technical College while attending Emanuel County Institute.

Justin Williams was celebrated for being a Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition winner.

Mikiyah Coney, Salma Cueva Santana, Karime Gonzalez, Landon Goodman, Jalasia Gordon, Marlana Griner, Alaya Hudson, Faith Mincey, Tmyra Peterson, Payne Sanders, Karmen Thompson, Kendall Wiggins, and Semya Williams were among the seniors who received Beta Club cords to wear during graduation.

Rounding out the miscellaneous awards, Henry Hobbs received the United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, Natavus Robertson and Alaya Hudson both received United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Awards, Ohm Patel received the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence, and Kristan Jackson and Semya Williams both received United States Army Reserve National Scholar Awards.

Next in the program were department and subject area award winners.

Rafael Silva-Tomas had the highest average in Visual Arts III, Tmyra Peterson had the highest average in Visual Arts V, Joshua Flanders had the highest average in Band IV, Deshante Royal had the highest average in JROTC Army Leadership Education IV, Tmyra Peterson had the highest average in British Literature, Hagan Henry had the highest average in College Readiness, Karmen Thompson had the highest average in Economics, Landon Goodman in Anatomy/Physiology, and Jamariya Turner had the highest average in Work-Based Learning.

Marlana Griner, Rafael Silva-Tomas, Jada Hooks, Tmyra Peterson, Matthew Tootle, Blake Sanders, Adam Sanders, Mikiyah Coney, Joseph Stewart, Nevaeh Patterson, and Taylor Rachels all received cords for completing the Fine Art Pathway while the trio of Joshua Flanders, Ohm Patel, and Taylor Rachels received cords for completing pathways in Band.

All students are strongly encouraged to complete a CTAE pathway (3 classes) in either Business, Family & Consumer Sciences, Agriculture, or Engineering. This year, students who have completed a pathway and passed the credentialing examination are receiving honor cords for their efforts. The following students have passed real-world industry recognized exams to earn this distinction: Salma Cueva Santana, Mikiyah Coney, Diamond Daughtry, Jenna Dixon-Rowland, Joshua Flanders, Zhen Folds, Silas Frew, Carlton Gamble, Landon Goodman, Jalasia Gordon, Travis Griffin, Marlana Griner, Nathan Headrick, Henry Hobbs, Alaya Hudson, Kristan Jackson, Jeremiah Mack, Aceton Marsh, Constance Mincey, Nevaeh Patterson, Tmyra Peterson, Taylor Rachels, Terry Reynolds, Santerria Robertson, Blake Sanders, Payne Sanders, AnnaLayne Scarboro, Hunter Scarboro, Joseph Stewart, James Sutton, Kendall Wiggins, and Justin Williams.

JROTC cords went to Emily Chatham, Gabriel Guest, Marquitta Mack, Deshante Royal, Ashanti Smith, Santerria Robertson, Brock Pellerin, and Ajaylah Holmes.

Emily Chatham, Gabriel Guest, Marquitta Mack, Deshante Royal, Ashanti Smith, and Ajaylah Holmes also received JROTC stoles.

Three students were then celebrated for receiving the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. These individuals included: Karime Gonzalez-Demillon, Landon Wade Goodman, and Henry Willis Hobbs IV.

Following the presentations of awards by special guests and ECI faculty, Anetria Edenfield, principal, Sondra Cowart, intervention specialist, and Mrs. Elizabeth Kraus, counselor, then presented Academic E recipients and honor graduates with their honor stoles, certificates, and pins.

Mikiyah Coney, Salma Cueva Santana, Zhen Folds, Karime Gonzalez Demillon, Landon Goodman, Jalasia Gordon, Henry Hobbs IV, Jada Hooks, Aceton Marsh, Constance Mincey, Tmyra Peterson, Terry Reynolds, Natavus Robertson, Rafael Silva Tomas, Karmen Thompson, and Jamariya Turner were among the 16 students who received Academic Es.

In order to make this cut, students must have been on Honor or Star Honor Roll for first three grading period and must have an overall average of 93 or higher.

Emily Anne Chatham, Mikiyah D’Janai Coney, Salma Erminea Cueva Santana, Diamond Alisha Daughtry, Carlton Fredrick Gamble, Karime Gonzalez-Demillon (valedictorian), Landon Wade Goodman (salutatorian), Jalasia Mone’ Gordon, Travis McVeigh Griffin, Marlana Grace Griner, Gabriel Glyn Guest, Nathan Alexander Headrick, Hagan Reed Henry, Henry Willis Hobbs IV, Riley Alaya Hudson, Kristan Jamal Jackson, Aceton Lane Marsh, Constance Faith Mincey, Ethan Alexander Morton, Ohm Rupesh Patel, Tmyra Avett Peterson, Taylor Brianna Rachels, Trevor Brian Radford, Terry Hoage Reynolds, Shelby Kannon Roberson, Natavus Dequan Robertson, Adam Lanier Sanders, Blake Duncan Sanders, Payne Ripley Sanders, Rafael Silva-Tomas, Karmen Amiah Thompson, Jamariya Centreil Turner, Kendall Lee Wiggins, Semya Iesha Williams, and Zaren Elizabeth Williford were celebrated as honor graduates.

Students must achieve a cumulative, non-rounded GPA of 90 or higher in order to reach honor graduate status.

In closing, Principal Anetria Edenfield congratulated all award and scholarship recipients and expressed thanks to all who attended the ceremony. Landon Goodman gave closing remarks.

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