Profiles of Excellence

Kensley Atwell (LCA 2014)“My education experience at LCA has provided me with multiple opportunities for success. Since the school is small, the staff is very close with the student body.  They are there to love and help us as we find our paths to our futures.”

Atwell has raised awareness and funds at school for 6 children to receive surgeries through Operation Smile. Her leadership in Beta Club, student government, and the National Honor Society prepared her to start the Big Sister – Little Sister mentoring program at LCA.  Atwell has combined her personal experiences and passion for young people with leadership opportunities to make a difference not only in her school, but in the futures of children around the world. She plans to attend the University of Alabama.

Javianne Oliver (MAHS 2013) Through service in extra-curricular clubs I learned how to be a more humble person and to take pride in my community. My advanced placement courses prepared me for college life. Those courses not only challenged me, but they also taught me how to manage my time better and to persevere.

Ranked 7th in her graduating class, Oliver received a full track and academic scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill. She was the state champion for two consecutive years for the 100m and 200m and the 2013 Best Performer in the state of Georgia for High School Girls’ 100m dash.  Oliver is ranked in the top ten nationally in both the 100m and 200m sprints.

Lucas Jones (GWA 2008) My interests in language, music and culture all began at George Walton, thanks to the individual concern and care shown by passionate instructors. I was taught how to analyze information and construct detailed arguments on controversial issues. I was taught to dig deeper, try harder and most of all, discover and follow my own passion.

Jones has worked in the European Union as well as the United Nations. There he represented the Worldwide Organization for Women, where he has spoken during the general assembly of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland advocating for the rights of migrants around the world. As a Mormon missionary, he became fluent in Spanish and French and has lived in different countries across Europe. During his time at the UN, he served as a translator for ambassadors and numerous panel meetings. He traveled nationally with a world-class Drum Corps and internationally (to Africa in 2011 and Asia) with BYU’s Young Ambassadors.

Shelby Pinholster (SCHS 2013) My amazing principal, Tony Overstreet, showed me a way to excel and I was able to take enough college courses to complete an associate’s degree of science in engineering during eleventh and twelfth grade. This has allowed me to begin my college career at The Georgia Institute of Technology as a junior.  I owe my success at school to the teachers and the academic opportunities that are available at Social Circle High School.

Pinholster is currently a junior at Georgia Tech. and has already earned her Associates Degree of Science in Engineering from GA Perimeter College. She was a very active student at Social Circle High School where she was the STAR Student (Highest SAT score in the senior class) and the 2013 Valedictorian.

Michael Crawford (WGHS 2013) Teachers who truly cared about their students and peers who were very kind and accepting influenced me greatly. I could not have asked for a more supporting and welcoming environment that contributed to my motivation in school and other areas. When what I had within me alone was insufficient, they provided the additional support to help me push forward.

Crawford attended the 2011 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program as a music major (violin). He was named valedictorian of his class, a National AP Scholar, and STAR Student. He was accepted into Emory University (attending), University of Notre Dame, and University of Georgia.  He was also the concertmaster of Gwinnett Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Jarvis Thomas (SCHS 2008) - One of the most important things that I learned from Social Circle High School was the importance of being a constant professional and holding yourself to a higher standard and moral aptitude.

Thomas participated in football, basketball, track, Math Club and served as a Youth Advocate.  He is a graduate of Savannah State University with academic honors. He is a member of Golden Key National Honors Society, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and an alumni member of Organizing for America. He is currently employed with Verizon Wireless.

Captain Coleman A. Landers, USN, Ret (Carver High School 1966) Simply put, Education has been the one key to all of my successes. Every degree from high school diploma to my Bachelors, each of three Masters Degrees, and seminary doctorate has formed the man I am today. Most of my teachers were caring and many challenged me. I appreciate them all today.

Landers enjoyed a distinguished military career in the Navy including serving as the Captain of two ships, a Guided Missile Frigate and an AEGIS Guided Missile Cruiser, in addition to an assignment at the Pentagon running the military side of the premier think tank, Center for Naval Analyses.

Hannah Carlan (MAHS 2008) (MAHS 2008) Many of the teachers I had at MAHS took the time to get to know me personally and were therefore able to advise me appropriately.  This was part of the reason I was able to gain acceptance at NYU and then go on to win awards like the Fulbright and the Gates scholarships.

Carlan graduated summa cum laude with highest honors from NYU in 2012, and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in India for 2012-2013. During her year living and working in Delhi, she applied for graduate programs in anthropology and gained admission to several universities. Carlan was then awarded a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship to earn her Master's of Philosophy in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge in England. She will begin there in October.

Kevin Little, Chairman, Walton County Board of Commissioners The caring teachers and staff at Monroe Area High School helped mold me and believed in me.  My experience in FFA allowed me to overcome my shyness and helped make me who I am today.

Little graduated from Georgia College and State University and currently serves as Chairman of the NEGA Regional Commission and the incoming President of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia