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20 GSW freshmen selected for Pres. Jimmy Carter Leadership Program


AMERICUS, Georgia (WALB) – Twenty first-year students from Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) have been selected to participate in the President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program.

The program was created to honor the legacy of GSW alumnus and former US President Jimmy Carter. The students are from Georgia, Alabama, and Florida and are the third group to join the program since the program began in 2019.

“This is a dynamic group of diverse individuals who bring enthusiasm and dedication to expanding their knowledge of service and leadership through hands-on experience,” said Mikela Barlow, interim coordinator for the President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program. “The newest cohort members were selected through an application and interview process. The group commits to program requirements that include a two-year residency, 240 service hours, a leadership certificate, and a senior research or service project. I am honored to work with these future leaders on this prestigious program. “

The recipients for 2021-22 are:

  • Miranda Brannon – Seminole County High School, Donalsonville, Georgia.
  • Tim Burke – Houston County High School, Kathleen, Georgia.
  • Ashley Carag – Howard High School, Macon, Georgia.
  • Kayla Crisp – Sequoyah High School, Canton, Ga.
  • Alex Espitia – Baker County High School, Newton, Georgia.
  • Henderson Hurdle – Mount De Sales Academy, Macon, Georgia.
  • Angel Jarvis – Metter High School, Metter, Georgia.
  • Natasha Jones – Randolph-Clay High School, Cuthbert, Georgia.
  • Regan Lee – West Nassau High School, Callahan, Florida.
  • Savannah McKleroy – Kathleen, Ga.
  • Chase Moore – George Jenkins High School, Lakeland, Florida.
  • McKenzie Norton – Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Emily Plank – Port Saint Lucie High School, Port Saint Lucie, Florida.
  • Abi Richey – Pataula Charter Academy, Edison, Georgia.
  • Shy’neshia Salter – Early County High School, Blakely, Georgia.
  • Jayden Sims – Westover Comprehensive High School, Albany, Georgia.
  • Dréa Singleton – Brookstone School, Columbus, Georgia.
  • Sean Siwek – Tampa Catholic High School, Lithia, Florida.
  • Shaniah Tolbert – Early County High School, Blakely, Georgia.
  • Abigail White – Worth County High School, Poulan, Georgia.

“I have always had close ties with Georgia Southwestern and I am honored to be associated with the university’s leadership program,” said President Carter. “You invested in me as a student over 75 years ago, and I want to do the same for future leaders in our region.”

The program consists of two paths, an Undergraduate Research Track and a Service Track, which illustrate Carter’s lifelong leadership in education, politics, and community service. Guided by the evidence-based “The Social Change Model of Leadership Development”, the four-year Carter Leadership Program enables students to develop their leadership skills both individually and in a group.

The program is open to students who achieve a minimum of 1100 on the SAT or ACT composite score of 22, have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the high school curriculum, and have been admitted to GSW. In addition, students who hold leadership roles in high school, be it on a sports team, student club, or community organization, also qualify.

“These students are the best in their class,” said GSW President Neal Weaver, Ph.D. “I enjoyed seeing them interact with their colleagues on campus and serve others in our community. I am confident that you will carry on President Carter’s great legacy. “

The Carter Leadership Program offers students academic scholarships between $ 1,500 and $ 3,500 each year. The university said the program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Charles L. Mix Memorial Fund.

The application deadline for the fall admission program is February 1st of each year.

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