Anyone who didn’t know who Liberty County High School’s highest achievers were before Thursday night certainly does now. LCHS students, family and friends gathered in the high school cafeteria to cheer their peers for receiving recognition in the form of scholarships and academic honors.
Local organizations doled out thousands of dollars to students who excelled in the classroom and in the community, demonstrating commitments to volunteerism and faith, such as Charzetta Quarterman. She received a scholarship from the Georgia Association of Ministers’ Wives and Widows, as well as the Earl M. Baggs Scholarship and Hi Fidelity Club scholarship, an honor she shared with Brittney Guilfo.
Assistant Principal Lawrence Butler served as one of the emcees and introduced the most prestigious award on campus, the Golden Panther.
"This individual is nominated by our faculty members for academic excellence, citizenship, extracurricular activities, community involvement, attendance and Panther pride," Butler told the audience. Shannon Harmon took home the honor.
The most lucrative award of the night went to Lauren Fairfax. She was honored with an ROTC scholarship from Georgia Southern University for more than $40,000. The award can be used for tuition, fees or room and board for Fairfax’s sophomore through senior years. It also comes with a book stipend. Fairfax accepted the award with a broad grin and later remarked to a friend, "I didn’t know it would be for that much!"
The Savannah Morning News recognized two seniors for their achievements, honoring Josh Ray and Bethany Whitlock. Ray selected Zach Duncan as his outstanding teacher, while Whitlock selected Sarah Hein as her outstanding teacher.
LCHS faculty and staff took the opportunity to recognize students with academic kudos as well. Honor graduates, who finished their high school careers with overall grade point averages of 90 or higher, received their gold cords and tassels as well as honor medallions to be worn at graduation.
Seniors and juniors were presented with academic letters, and many received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, 1800 Club honors and subject-area awards.
At the end of the evening, Warnella Wilder made sure to recognize the people who perhaps have made the most significant impact on LCHS students’ academic success.
"Parents, we want to thank you for the role you played in their lives," Wilder said.