Two Central High Seniors Earn QuestBridge Scholarships

Friday, December 15, 2017
Bethsahida Harrigan
Bethsahida Harrigan

Two Central High seniors received an early Christmas present that may be hard to match.  The two have been awarded full scholarships to prestigious universities.  Bethsahida Harrigan and Kathleen Cimino are recipients of QuestBridge 2017 National College Match Scholarships that will provide them early admission into their select university with a guaranteed full, four-year scholarship including tuition, room, board and other college expenses.  
 
Bethsahida “Betsy” Harrigan was accepted into Vanderbilt University to study psychology with a pre-med emphasis.  The estimated value of the award over the next four years is $283,468.
 
Kathleen “Katt” Cimino was accepted into Wesleyan University to study English/French.  Ms. Cimino would like to one day be an international journalist.  The estimated value of the award over the next four years is $280,220.

The two outstanding seniors were two of 918 outstanding students selected from 15,606 applicants to the scholarship program this year.  QuestBridge is a national program that pairs high-achieving seniors with highly selective college partners including top liberal arts colleges such as Amherst, Colby, Hamilton, Pomona and Willams and exceptional research universities such as Brown, Columbia, Duke, University of Chicago, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Yale.  

The National College Match is a highly competitive process and according to a release from QuestBridge, these recipients have impressive achievements in high school.  Academically, the 918 College Match seniors have an average unweighted GPA of 3.92, they have scored between 1350 and 1490 on the SAT and between 29 and 33 on the ACT, 95 percent rank in the top 10 percent of their class.  QuestBridge also reported that 76 percent of the new QuestBridge Scholars are the first generation of their families to attend a four-year college.


Kathleen Cimino
Kathleen Cimino


Reading Success To Be Celebrated In The Opportunity Zone

The Hamilton County Schools Opportunity Zone elementary schools are partnering with Read 20 to inspire and celebrate the reading success of children.  The new partnership will be kicked off at Orchard Knob Elementary School on Wednesday, at 8:30 a.m. As part of the recognition program, children will receive an “I Jumped a Level” sticker for moving up a reading level ... (click for more)

GNTC Names Semi-Finalists For 2018 GOAL Award

Four Georgia Northwestern Technical College students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Dione Waddington, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program.   Listed are students chosen as semi-finalists for the GOAL award showing (from left to right) the student’s name, hometown, program of ... (click for more)

Woman Who Took Truck Driver's Blood At Tragic Wreck Scene: "It Was Like Nothing Had Happened"

The woman who took a blood draw from a Kentucky truck driver who had just wrecked and claimed six lives said, "I was thrown by his demeanor. It was like nothing had happened." Lisa Martin told a jury from Nashville on Monday afternoon that Benjamin Scott Brewer kept asking when he could go home. Brewer was eventually allowed to leave, but was later charged and is facing trial ... (click for more)

Haslam Announces "Agressive, Comprehensive Plan" To End Tennessee's Opioid Epidemic

Joined by leadership from the House and Senate and Chief Justice Jeff Bivins, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday announced an aggressive and comprehensive plan to end the opioid epidemic in Tennessee by focusing on three major components: prevention, treatment and law enforcement. TN Together is a multi-faceted initiative that addresses the issue of opioid addiction through ... (click for more)

General Bell: This Government Shutdown Is Outrageous - And Response (2)

The day before yesterday two Army Apache Attack Helicopter pilots were killed in a crash during training at Fort Irwin, Ca.  The pilots and their unit were preparing for a future deployment to combat operations.    As a result of the government shutdown, none of the spouses or families of these pilots will receive a dime from the United States Government in immediate ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Making A Difference

It was about 50 years ago when the late writer Loren Eiseley penned an essay called “The Starfish Thrower” so it’s been one of my favorite stories for almost as long. It tells about a man who walks up to a young boy on a beach, this just after a strong storm had washed hundreds of helpless starfish onto the shore. The boy was picking up the stranded starfish and, one at a time, ... (click for more)