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Cherokee High School student recognized as a Dr. Ben Carson Scholar

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Cherokee High School student Alissa Jackson has been recognized for the second consecutive year as a Dr. Ben Carson Scholar. The “Carson Scholars Fund” was founded in 1996 by world renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson in order to support gifted students on the pathway to college. Recipients must display a high level of academic excellence and a commitment to community service. Around 500 students are chosen as scholars annually. Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship to be invested toward their college education, along with a recognition package and an invitation to attend an awards banquet. Alissa was Cherokee High’s first student to be selected as a Ben Carson Scholar last year in 2015, and she was chosen again as a 2016 scholar due to her continued dedication to academic success. Alissa is a member of HOSA - Future Health Professionals, Beta Club, and is Student Council President. Alissa will be attending Lee University in the fall to major in Biology/Pre-medicine. Her dream is to earn a degree in pediatrics from Duke Medical School and serve the Lord on the mission field. 

It is the policy of the Hawkins County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.