Rafael Duchesne, who will graduate at the end of May from Dalton High School, has added another honor to his growing list. Duchesne has been recognized as a 2018 Georgia Scholar. He is one of only 208 graduating seniors from across Georgia to receive the honor.
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.
Duchesne was also named the STAR Student at Dalton High School and was honored as a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
"Rafael is an amazing student," said Dalton High Principal Steve Bartoo. "He is incredibly intelligent, very active in school activities and in the community, and of high moral character. I am very proud of all that Rafael has accomplished in high school, and I anticipate he will do amazing things as he enters Georgia Tech and beyond."
Georgia Scholars are students who have carried exemplary course loads during their four years of high school; who performed excellently in all courses; who successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and who have assumed active roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.
"Students receiving the Georgia Scholar recognition are truly well-rounded," State Superintendent Richard Woods said. "They've engaged in extracurricular activities, worked hard in a broad range of academic subjects, served their communities and grown as leaders. A true education encompasses more than just the traditional 'core' subjects, and these students exemplify that."
The program is coordinated by GaDOE's Excellence Recognition office and through local coordinators in each public school system and private schools throughout the state.