Glynn Academy Senior Wins National Merit Scholarship, Other Awards | Local News
Molly Mitchell will officially graduate from Glynn Academy this week along with a long list of accomplishments she gained through hard work during her high school years.
Among those accomplishments is the recipient of the National Merit Scholarship, which recognizes academic excellence among high school students across the country.
Mitchell was one of two finalists for the Glynn Academy National Merit Scholarship.
Matthew Pendarvis, also a senior, was also named a finalist.
Mitchell was also named a STAR student this year and chose Heath Horton as her STAR teacher. Horton teaches math at Glynn Academy.
âIt’s really nice to have the recognition, especially for something that after college is a good national award to have,â Mitchell said.
Mitchell plans to attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall. She does not yet know which commander she will declare.
âI’m at the University of Arts and Letters, which is a liberal arts school,â she said.
Mitchell was involved in a variety of groups and activities during her time at Glynn Academy.
This year she was president of the National Honor Society. She has also participated in Model United Nations and the Student Council. She played tennis for GA and took dual enrollment classes in high school at the College of Coastal Georgia.
âGetting involved in leadership is really helpful, especially if you go to college with all these people who are new and obviously very smart and driven,â Mitchell said. “It’s good to have something that you can say you’ve contributed to your community.”
Reflecting on her graduation ceremony, which will take place on Friday for Seniors at Glynn Academy and Thursday for Brunswick High, Mitchell said she felt sad to see the end of high school and say goodbye to her classmates.
âIt’s so crazy to think this is finally over,â she said.
The pandemic posed unique challenges in the latter part of his high school years.
âIt was nice to go back to school and be able to see everyone,â she said. “I can’t imagine spending my last year online.”
Pendarvis and Mitchell were named finalists for this year’s National Merit Scholarship “demonstrating through outstanding performance a high potential for future academic achievement,” Brittany Tate, spokesperson for Glynn County Schools, said at the meeting. of the month from the Glynn County Board of Education.
The two were celebrated at the reunion by their principal, Matthew Blackstone.
âIt’s a real privilege to be able to be here with these two wonderful students,â he said. âWe have a great group of kids at Glynn Academy, as you know, and this award is something that doesn’t happen very often. And the fact that they put all this time and energy into their studies to be recognized in this way is just huge.