Christian Sawyer graduated from Heritage High School this year and was one of four students from area schools and one of 183 students statewide to earn recognition as a Georgia Scholar for his outstanding performance in school and within his community. Here’s our interview with Christian.
Tell us about your academic accomplishments.
I entered high school a year early and finished all my math courses early, so I took extra math – AP Statistics. I also finished social studies early and took as many science courses as possible, because I want to go into civil engineering. I have a 3.98 grade point average.
What extracurricular activities did you participate in?
I was vice-president of the National Honor Society and a member of the Beta Club. I was on the soccer team and captain of the team for two years. And I was on the Literary Team for Argumentative Essay Writing.
Community service is a requirement to earn Georgia Scholar. How have you served your community?
I assisted with the countywide technology fair that helps teachers become familiar with new technology for schools and classrooms. I helped transport and set up equipment for seminars and did a little teaching.
What are your future plans?
I’ll be attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to study civil engineering. I’d like to stay in the Chattanooga area after graduating. I really like the area and Chattanooga is ripe with opportunity in my field of interest.
What are some things you’re especially proud of accomplishing or doing?
I scored a 32 on the ACT.
Who is someone who has had a strong influence on your life?
My dad – he always pushed me to work hard and be the best I possibly could be.
What is some advice you would give to your future self?
Enjoy the little moments, because you don’t know how fleeting they can be.
What is something you would do differently if you had high school to do over again?
I wouldn’t worry so much what other people thought of me. I would just be myself right from the start.
Do you have a bucket list? What are some things you’d like to do before you grow old?
I’d like to get to the point where I’m completely happy with my decisions and make everyone around me happy and proud of who I am.
To learn more about Georgia Scholars, see www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/Excellence-Recognition/Pages/The-Georgia-Scholar-Program.aspx.