Humanities seniors named 2016 coca-cola scholars
By Roseanne rozario, '19
The Highlighter's Editor-in-Chief Zainab Tahir had an amazing weekend in Atlanta meeting motivated students like herself
The Highlighter’s Editor-in-Chief Zainab Tahir, and Sunpreet Singh, two seniors from The Academy of Media, Arts and Music, were named 2016 Coca-Cola scholars for their exceptional academic achievements.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is a prestigious program that awards financial college assistance to exceptional high school seniors. After receiving the results in March, the Coca-Cola scholars had to attend a four-day conference in Atlanta. They were honorably awarded for their hard work and dedication toward their goal of helping the community.
The students were amazed about being selected as Coca-Cola only gives 150 scholar titles to over thousands of applicants. “I didn't believe that I was a finalist. The percentage of people who get selected are astounding. It's hard to wrap my mind around it,” said Zainab.
After meeting the other extraordinary students at the conference, they both realized the importance of this foundation. “My first feeling was excitement followed by disbelief since it’s a huge opportunity for me,” added Sunpreet.
Ms. Gordon, who helped them continuously throughout the process, is very happy for them. “I am extraordinarily proud of their accomplishment. All of their accomplishments are truly remarkable and I’m proud that they are being recognized. I'm confident that they will be successful no matter where they are in the future,” she said with a beaming smile.
The opportunity to meet other students with the same goal was also a big achievement for our two students. “We met groups of students who are all doing different things in life, but are unified by the fact that they want to do something great by being involved with community work,” added Zainab. “I learned that there is a lot more to life than where you go to college. It’s a lot more about the impact on the community. This experience has humbled me. It’s all about making the world a better place,” said Sunpreet with a smile.