REACH scholars

Four Glynn County middle school students signed contracts Friday to be the school system’s first REACH scholars.

The future got even brighter Friday for four Glynn County middle school students.

At Glynn County Schools’ first REACH signing day, held in Brunswick High School’s auditorium, four eighth-grade students became the county’s inaugural REACH Georgia scholars.

REACH, or Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen, is a need-based mentorship and scholarship program designed to promote academic success and provide access to higher education opportunities for Georgia’s low-income, academically promising students.

“I’m just so honored that our system is a part of this REACH scholarship,” said Virgil Cole, Glynn County Schools superintendent, at the ceremony. “I’m just proud that our board and our staff thought enough of this to start this process before today.”

Each of Glynn County’s four middle schools was represented by a student at the ceremony.

Glynn Middle School student Yannet Ramirez, Jane Macon Middle School student Yasaira Bosquez, Needwood Middle School student Ariyana Lowe and Risley Middle School student Sierra Hughes were selected as this year’s REACH scholars in Glynn County.

“They’re the finalists at each of their schools,” said Jim Pulos, assistant superintendent for student achievement. “There were interviews that took place, conducted by community members, and a lengthy process to narrow it down to the four that are standing in front of you.”

The program promises students a $10,000 scholarship if they complete the requirements, which include maintaining a 2.5 grade point average, meeting with mentors and academic coaches and regularly attending class.

Their parents and guardians also signed contracts to support the students in these efforts.

“This is an investment in eighth grade all the way up through the time that they’re in high school,” Pulos said.

Since the program’s inception in 2012, more than 100 school systems in Georgia have signed on to participate. Almost 1,200 scholars are part of the REACH program.

The school system, community and state come together to support these students and help open doors to educational opportunities.

“It’s good to celebrate these young students and these families,” said Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey, at the signing ceremony. “It’s good to celebrate this community.”

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