Vote: Augusta Chronicle Readers’ Poll of Students of the Week

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It’s time to vote for this week’s Augusta Area Student of the Week.

The scholars in this survey represent top academic performers from throughout the Augusta area. Voting will remain open until five o’clock on Thursday evening.

For nominations for future polls, please email studentoftheweek@augustachronicle.com. High school students in the Augusta area from Georgia and South Carolina schools are eligible.

Rafael Giraldo, R. Johnson Health Sciences and Engineering Magnet School

The senior is the school’s STAR Student of 2024 and a National Merit semifinalist. When he was a sophomore, he became the youngest student in the school to pass the Java computer language certification exam. Calculus teacher Richard Baker credits the pupil’s “genuine curiosity about the world and intellectual strength for dealing with academia at a very high level.”

Liliana Miller Loftin, Evans High School

The sophomore with a 4.0 GPA recently qualified to attend the National Beta Club Conference in Savannah this summer to compete for the state title. She is a member of the school’s gifted program and a student in the school’s Graphic Design Gateway. She has also participated in the All-State Choir and Honor Choir.

Patrice Neely, John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet

The junior, whose GPA is over 4.0, is a cellist who recently sat in 10thy Chair in the Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra. She was also one of 100 students selected from more than 25,000 applicants to attend the Disney Dreamers Academy, a series of workshops to broaden her career horizons and develop life skills.

London Smith, Midland Valley High School

The junior, who made the honor roll in each of her classes in high school, is focusing her studies on biomedical sciences. She is the associate editor of the school’s literary magazine, and is an active member of the school’s academic team, competing in the Aiken Fall Steeplechase Academic Competition last November.

Terrell Taylor, TW Josey High School

The three-year home-schooling scholar ranks first in his online class in Richmond County for the Class of 2024. “Terrell delivers high-quality work that demonstrates advanced critical thinking skills,” his nominator said. He participates enthusiastically and consistently in class and allows his work to be used as an example for others.

Maria White, Richmond County Academy

The second-year cosmetology student recently won first place gold in the Functional Skills Demonstration category for the SkillsUSA Region 5 Championships in a region spanning 37 counties in Georgia. “She did an amazing job explaining finger waves and curls to a panel of judges,” her nominator said.

Jayla Williams, Lucy C. Laney High School

The senior is dually enrolled at Augusta University, an AP Academy student and a member of the school’s Pride of Augusta marching band. She won ninth place for the Laney Debate Team in the individual category in the Atlanta Urban Debate League. “Jayla displays the characteristics of an exemplary student,” her nominator said.

This article originally appeared on the Augusta Chronicle website: Pick your best student in the Chronicle’s Students of the Week reader poll

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