Seniors in this year’s class of 2016 were described as “bright,” “passionate” and “dedicated.”
The seniors featured by The Times this year were selected from submissions by parents, teachers and community members.
One student stood out and will receive a $500 scholarship from Wilson Orthodontics.
Will Barrett was selected as the scholarship winner by a panel including Dr. Ron Wilson, Molly Potts, University of North Georgia’s interim director of undergraduate admissions, and Times Managing Editor Shannon Casas.
Multiple nomination letters were submitted for Will.
“Will has developed a passion to become a representative and vocal advocate for children and young adults with autism,” local attorney Shane Lazenby wrote.
Hall County Tax Commissioner Darla Eden wrote that Will “continues to expand his own knowledge and stretches his comfort levels by committing to public speaking engagements.”
His preschool teacher and former Challenged Child director Cathy Drerup said this about him: “Keep your eyes on this young man. There is much to anticipate as he navigates his purpose-driven life.”
Congratulations to Will and all of the members of the class of 2016.
Read their stories: