Thursday, July 16, 2009

AVP Grad Receives 2 National and 1 State Scholarship

Ogechi Oparah, a seven year participant in the Association of Village PRIDE's Youth Leader program has been awarded two national scholarships.

The 2009 FCHS graduate is a 2009 Coca-Cola Scholar. She is one of 250 national scholars from an application pool of 75,000.The application pool was narrowed to 2,100 semi-finalist. Students at this stage had to submit an extensive application that narrowed it to the 250 finalist. Oparah spent four days in Atlanta with the other 250 finalist who came from all 50 states and all US territories. She was one of 26-scholars selected in Georgia and the only one from Fayette County. As a 2009 Coca-Cola Scholar Ogechi will receive $2,500 every year for four years from the Coca-Cola Foundation.

Oparah was also selected as a 2009 National Achievement Scholar by the National Merit Program. She will receive a $2,500 scholarship award. National Achievement Awards are given to minorities across the nation who achieved certain scores on the PSAT and the SAT exams. Ogechi was selected from an original pool of 1600 students who were semi-finalist. 1300 students became finalist and 700 students became award-winning National Achievement Scholars.

Oparah was one of 45 students in the state of Georgia to be selected through audition to All-State Chorus six years in a row, starting in 7th grade. Each year the Georgia Music Educator’s Association awards one male and one female scholarship as a six year All-State Student. Oparah was the female recipient of this year’s scholarship. She will receive a $500 award.

Other notable recognitions and honors for Oparah include being named the Margaret Anlicker Award winner for Fayette County High School for being selected as the best all around choral student of the year. She received the AP English student of the year award and the All-Round Social Studies student of the Year Award. Oparah graduated #3 in her graduating class of 323 students with a 4.0 average. Ogechi completed nine Advanced Placement courses at FCHS She received a College Prep with Distinction and Fine Arts Seal on her diploma. She was selected by her fellow seniors as the girl most likely to succeed. She was selected by the faculty as one of the top 20 students in the senior class based on character.

Oparah was the president of the National Honor Society, Vice President of the Beta Club and Dance Captain for the Select Chorus Variety Show. She was a member of Association of Village Pride, Inc. a youth service and leadership organization for seven years where she held several leadership positions. She also served as president for the NAACP Youth Council.

Oparah was accepted to nine universities which include, Dartmouth, Cornell, North Eastern, Howard, Princeton, Emory, Spelman, Oglethorpe, and Florida A & M. She received full or partial scholarships at all of the universities. She will attend Princeton in the fall, where she is interested in law and international studies and relations.
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