Awards and Recognitions
Scholarship Award Winner: Congratulations to Isaac Robinson, a 7th grader at Elite Scholars Academy! We are thrilled to announce that he has been selected as a grand prize winner of a $5,000 scholarship by the Mass Mutual Foundation for his essay written at the conclusion of the Future Smart Financial Literacy unit. According to Elizabeth Hooper, 7th grade social studies teacher, “the Future Smart course in Everfi supplemented my instruction during the Junior Achievement Finance Park Unit.” Junior Achievement is a partner with CCPS to facilitate financial literacy instruction during grades 6-7. The gift card can be deposited into the 529 college savings plan of Isaac’s choice! The competition was intense - over 1,200 entries from students across the United States were received. We congratulate Isaac on this outstanding achievement.
2023 Advanced Placement Honor Schools: As announced on Thursday, February 16, 2023, by State Superintendent Richard Woods, the 2023 AP Honor Schools are named in eight categories based on the results of 2022 AP courses and exams. Elite Scholars Academy and is included in three categories: 2023 AP Access and Support Schools, 2023 AP Challenge Schools, 2023 AP Expansion Schools.
2023 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar: Congratulations to Amy Pham on being named a 2023 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar! Amy was selected from an applicant pool of 1,949 students from 627 high schools across 48 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and four other countries. The Regeneron Science Talent Search is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. Amy's research on eco-friendly methods of removing immiscible pollutants from waterways using vitamin E and a magnetic suspension won several honors at the 2022 Georgia Science & Engineering fair and was featured at the 2022 International Science & Engineering Fair held in Atlanta, GA. Way to go, Amy!!
College Board Recognition Program: Congratulations to Delaney Reese, Michelle Chavez-Ramirez, Oluwadara Dehinsilu, and Marcellus Milner IV (pictured from left to right) for being selected as a College Board Recognition Program awardee for their accomplishments on the PSAT and/or performance on Advanced Placement exams. College Board's recognition programs award academic honors to underrepresented students and students are able to include this academic honor in their college and scholarship applications. Job well done!
Award Winner: Ms. Laquisha Smith (9th grade Honors Biology) had the pleasure of attending CMaT (Cell Manufacturing Technologies) annual retreat at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During which, all summer interns presented their research posters to CMaT PhD candidates, collegiate professors, and industry professionals. At the conclusion of the retreat, 1st-3rd place summer poster award winners were selected, and we are honored to say that ESA's own Laquisha Smith won 1st place! Part of her next steps include working closely with CMaT in the future, teaching the action plan that she developed during the program, and planning field trips to allow our students to see this groundbreaking research first hand!