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Area students Natalie Sharp, left, and Sally Gilbreth recently were honored during Georgia College and State University’s welcome week ceremonies. - photo by Photo provided.
Freshmen Natalie Sharp and Sally Gilbreth entered Georgia College and State University’s class of 2014 with the highest high school grade point averages and recently were recognized during the school’s welcome week ceremonies.
Sharp and Gilbreth both earned 4.0 high school GPAs.
Only 10 points separated the two in SAT scores — Sharp scored a 1,460 and Gilbreth scored a 1,450.
The students received the university’s top two scholarships: the presidential and trustees scholarships, respectively, for their accomplishments. Both are in the university honors program and are part of the honors residential learning community in Bell Hall, a “learning beyond the classroom” experience that focuses on the theory and practice of global citizenship.
Georgia College, which is in Milledgeville, has four colleges: arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences. The school’s 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students have access to hands-on learning tools, faculty research, service learning, residential learning communities, study abroad programs and internships.
“Georgia College grabbed my attention early on at a college fair,” said Sharp, Bradwell Institute’s valedictorian. “My mom and I visited the campus and I liked how it reminded me of home, not too small or huge.”
Gilbreth’s high school math teacher suggested the university to her.
“Once I saw how beautiful the campus was and learned of the small class sizes, I made up my mind to enroll,” said Gilbreth, who was valedictorian at Trinity Christian School in Statesboro.
Both students aspire to teach. Sharp is majoring in English, and Gilbreth is majoring in mathematics.
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