20 GSW freshmen selected for Pres. Jimmy Carter Leadership Program
AMERICUS, Ga. (WALB) – Twenty freshmen from Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) have been selected to participate in President Jimmy Carter’s leadership program.
The program was created to honor the legacy of former GSW student and former US President Jimmy Carter. The students come from Georgia, Alabama and Florida and are the third group to join the program since its launch in 2019.
âThis is a dynamic group of diverse people who bring enthusiasm and commitment to developing their knowledge of service and leadership through hands-on experiences,â said Mikela Barlow, Acting Coordinator of the President Jimmy Carter’s leadership program. âThe new cohort members were selected through an application and interview process. The group is committed to meeting the program requirements which include a two-year residency, 240 hours of service, a leadership certificate, and a senior research or service project. It is an honor for me to work with these future leaders in this prestigious program.
The 2021-22 recipients are:
- Miranda Brannon – Seminole County High School, Donalsonville, Georgia.
- Tim Burke – Houston County High School, Kathleen, Georgia.
- Ashley Carag – Howard High School, Macon, Georgia.
- Kayla Crisp – Sequoyah High School, Canton, Georgia.
- Alex Espitia – Baker County High School, Newton, Georgia.
- Henderson Hurdle – Mount De Sales Academy, Macon, Georgia.
- Angel Jarvis – Metter High School, Metter, Georgia.
- Natasha Jones – Randolph-Clay High School, Cuthbert, Georgia.
- Regan Lee – West Nassau High School, Callahan, Florida.
- Savannah McKleroy – Kathleen, Georgia.
- Chase Moore – George Jenkins High School, Lakeland, Florida.
- McKenzie Norton – Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School, Montgomery, Alabama.
- Emily Plank – Port Saint Lucie High School, Port Saint Lucie, Florida.
- Abi Richey – Pataula Charter Academy, Edison, Georgia.
- Shy’neshia Salter – Early County High School, Blakely, Georgia.
- Jayden Sims – Westover Comprehensive High School, Albany, Georgia.
- DrÃ©a Singleton – Brookstone School, Columbus, Georgia.
- Sean Siwek – Catholic High School in Tampa, Lithia, Florida.
- Shaniah Tolbert – Early County High School, Blakely, Georgia.
- Abigail White – Worth County High School, Poulan, Georgia.
âI have always had a close attachment to Georgia Southwestern, and I am honored to be associated with the University’s leadership program,â said President Carter. âThey invested in me as a student over 75 years ago, and I want to do the same for future leaders in our region.â
The program consists of two tracks, an undergraduate research track and a service track, which exemplify Carter’s life of leadership in education, politics, and community service. Guided by the evidence-based âSocial Change Model of Leadership Developmentâ, the four-year Carter Leadership Program enables students to develop their leadership skills both individually and as part of a group.
Students who achieve a minimum of 1,100 on the SAT or an ACT composite score of 22, hold a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have been admitted to GSW are eligible to apply to the program. In addition, students who occupy a leadership role in high school, whether on a sports team, student club or community organization, are also eligible.
âThese students are the best in their class,â said GSW President Neal Weaver, Ph.D. âI loved seeing them interact with their peers on campus and serve others within our community. I have no doubts that they will continue to carry on President Carter’s great legacy. “
The Carter Leadership Program offers students academic scholarships ranging from $ 1,500 to $ 3,500 each year they participate in the program. The university said the program is made possible by the generous support of the Charles L. Mix Memorial Fund.
The deadline to apply for the fall admission program is February 1 of each year.
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