Five Marietta Middle Scholars Receive $50,000 in REACH College Scholarships

REACH_MMS_20191025_00058Marietta Middle School Students Christine Baker, Christopher Hernandez, Odalis Marcial, Naidellin Marquez Cordero, and Joanna Zarco Lorenzo joined a select group of distinguished eighth-graders this week when they were named REACH Georgia Scholars by Governor Nathan Deal.

The  Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia program pairs each student with an academic coach and mentor throughout their high school career. Upon graduation and successful completion of the program, each student will receive a college scholarship worth up to $10,000. This award can be matched by Georgia HOPE-eligible post-secondary institutions for a total of $20,000 per student. This year’s awards to MMS students was made possible by contributions from East West Bank, Marietta Schools Foundation, Zaxby’s (John Silvey), and The Honorable Jim Morris, retired Cobb County Judge

The Marietta Mentoring for Leadership program facilitates the program and matches each student with a community member to mentor them through high school as part of the REACH Georgia program. Parents and guardians, in support of their children’s education, also sign the contract.

Representative Sam Teasley, Associate Superintendent Dr. Belinda Walters-Brazile and Marietta Middle School Principal Dr. Dayton Hibbs all offered words of encouragement to the students and their families.

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