Great Path Academy Seniors Awarded Presidential Scholarships

Spotlight on Excellence     June 2013

 

Great Path Academy Seniors Awarded Presidential Scholarships

 
Great Path Academy: A Middle College High School @Manchester Community College is proud to announce four 
recipients of the Presidential Scholar Award among the graduating Class of 2013.  This year, Great Path Academy has two valedictorians, Kaylea Elliot of Manchester and Jamie Grennan of Coventry. The two young ladies were tied for highest class ranking, based upon their grade point averages. Kaylea Elliot will be attending UConn and aspires to be a doctor. Jamie Grennan is 
attending the University of Vermont with a focus on Religious Studies. The Presidential Scholarship covers a majority of 
their college tuition in one case and all of their college tuition in the other three cases. 
 
Great Path Academy’s 2013 salutatorian, Shakira Lugo of Hartford, was also awarded the Presidential Scholarship, as 
well as Sophia Logan of Vernon, a young lady who is another one of Great Path Academy’s top scholars. Sophia Logan will 
be attending Springfield College and Shakira Lugo will be attending UConn. Shakira plans on majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice, with an end result of heading to law school. “I don’t know what to say,” Shakira says, with an excited smile spreading across her face, “I feel honored.” 
 
The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to students who excel in academics, placing them in the top tiers of their school. If a student is a valedictorian or salutatorian, they can apply for this very generous scholarship. The academic achievement of these four young adults is a credit to the inter-district magnet high school and speaks to the high expectations that are in place on the campus. Great Path Academy’s attributes of Respect, Responsibility and Safety are visible in achievements of students such as these. Kaylea Elliot looks back on her years at Great Path Academy as ones that prepared her for college. “The small environment at Great Path Academy led to more opportunities and doors opening for me,” Kaylea reflects. “The exposure to college classes prepared me and gave me a leg up in my application process. My guidance counselors worked hard with my parents and the school to help find 
every opportunity available to me. My experience here can be summed up in three words; hardworking, well-supported and preparation-filled.”
 
When applying for colleges, it is important to think of the financial aspect of furthering one’s education. Information is available on each college’s website on the scholarships that they award. Great Path Academy is a high school that is embedded on the Manchester Community College campus, offering high school students the experience of going to school on a college campus and the possibility to earn up to 30 college credits, tuition-free. For more information on Great Path Academy, please call (860) 
512-3756. 

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