The Rotary Clubs of Conyers and Rockdale honored 35 students in 11 categories Thursday during a special celebration luncheon at Cameron Hall. They are Heritage High School students Megan Searles, Betsy Potter, Devansh Acharya (not pictured), Amber Garnett, Nathan Freeman, Elizabeth Griffin, Mario Durham, Hannah Caruso, Justin Hardeman, McKenzie Beech and Salina Overton; Rockdale County High School's Allie Lockwood, Jaida Harris, Ashley Driver, Sawyer Smith, Heeyoon Kim, Kyia Havens, Tracy Joy Bucknor, Savannah Swanson, Loren Stokes, Rayshawn Roberts, Jose Venture (not pictured), Candace Johnson and Ezekiel Cooper; and Salem High School's Amanda Clair, Kendra Jenkins, Christopher York, Candice Biamby, Dominique Parker, Michael Davis, Elijah Adams, Avery Reagan, Kai Uchimura, Lorenzo Jackson and Sabriyya Willis. Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith
CONYERS -- The Rotary Clubs of Conyers and Rockdale honored top high school seniors during a special celebration luncheon Thursday.
The clubs held their annual Senior Award Celebration at Cameron Hall, where they honored a handful of graduating seniors from each of the three high schools in Rockdale County Public Schools.
"Education may not always get you the best job or the best salary, but it will always give you the opportunity to compete and have options," said Diane Adoma, New Generations Youth Services chair for the Conyers club. "Fill your head with knowledge and lots of it because today it's the only thing I can think of that cannot be repossessed."
The students were recognized in 11 categories: English, science, math, social studies, foreign language, art, music, performing arts, vocational education, physical education and ROTC.
"Thank you all for recognizing me for my hard work and success. It's an honor for me," said Salem High School student Amanda Clair, who was recognized for English.
Students also thanked their teachers, counselors, school and system administrators and family members, many of whom also attended the event.
"Instead of making me study a major that might get me a real job, they let me pursue my passion as a career," said Salem High School student Avery Reagan, who was recognized in performing arts.
RCPS Superintendent Richard Autry said the students are some of the best and brightest in the system.
"We're proud of them," he said.
Club officials presented plaques to each student.
The clubs also recognize STAR students, along with their favorite teachers, from each high school for high SAT scores during a special program each February.