May 19-- The top two students in the Class of 2017 at Robert Toombs Christian Academy are Valedictorian Hope Denmark and Salutatorian Josilynn Dasher.
Denmark was also a standout RTCA athlete and hopes to build on that in the future.
"I hope to go to Armstrong in Savannah and get a degree in physical therapy. I wanted to stay close to sports and stay involved with people and kids as much as I can. I've always had injuries so I know more than I should know, but I've always wanted to go for a degree in physical therapy," she said.
She also credits RTCA for much of her success and says, "It's brought very close friendships with my friends, coaches and teachers and I'm very thankful I went there."
Salutatorian Josilynn Dasher has spent lots of class time the past two years in dual enrollment classes at East Georgia State College in Swainsboro and Southeastern Technical College.
"Going into the college atmosphere has really pushed me hard and this is one of the goals I set years ago," she said.
Her dual enrollment work has already earned her two years of college credits and she's planning on another year at East Georgia before transferring to the University of Georgia where she's planning on a marketing degree from the business school.
Honor's Day at RTCA
Robert Toombs Christian Academy held its annual Honors Day, Tuesday, May 9, at the RTCA gym. This year’s valedictorian is Hope Denmark and salutatorian is Josilynn Dasher. After graduation, Hope plans on attending Armstrong State University to pursue a degree in Sports Management or Exercise Science as a preliminary to obtaining a doctorate in Physical Therapy. Josilynn plans on attending East Georgia College State College for one year then pursuing a degree in Marketing at the University of Georgia. Honor graduates from the class of 2017 are Hope Denmark, Josilynn Dasher, Bradley Williamson, John Kight, Jared Durden and Baylee Mixon.
Various scholarships were awarded to RTCA seniors. The Bridgett Green Memorial Scholarship and the Ned Shuman Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Senior Jesse Stephens. Senior Jesse Standard received the Stewart Family Scholarship and the Mercer University Scholarship. Senior Hope Denmark received the Coca-Cola Scholarship. The Scott Meehan Scholarship was awarded to Senior Jessie Ford.
Senior Beta Club members were corded by advisor Mr. Frank Champion. The Beta members are: Jesse Standard, Bradley Williamson, Hope Denmark and Jared Durden. The National Honor Society received their gold cords from Mrs. Ann Smith, advisor for the National Honor Society. Seniors Becca Keating, Madi Adams, Jesse Stephens and Toby Upshaw received Community Service Recognition. RTCA takes pride in helping our community, and these students did an excellent job. RTCA provides Move On When Ready courses for eligible students that wish to take college level coursework for credit towards both high school and college graduation requirements. Move On When Ready students are: Josilynn Dasher, Drew Carroll, Jarrett Jackson, John Kight, Maegan Sager, Jesse Stephens, Denton Tapley, Kailee Williamson and Rebecca Keating.
This year’s Honor Roll students included Freshmen MiKayla Manning, Samantha Threlkeld, J. J. Jones, Grayson Osborne, Madison Moncus, Sophomore Hannah Keene, Juniors Andi Brinson, Hannah Coursey, Wil Duvall, Cassi Heath, Anna McComas, Evan Venable, Seniors Jared Druden and Jesse Standard. Students who made Headmaster’s List were Freshmen Hunter Brotman, Landon Botelho, Riley Corner, TJ Jackson, Fernando Zayas, Sophomores Cody Masterman-Smith, Sarah Tuck, Juniors Emily Hutcheson, Kate Sullivan, Seniors Hope Denmark and Bradley Williamson. Sophomore Travis Williams was awarded Excellent Attendance.
Teachers awarded students with Subject Awards in English, Math, Science, Social Sciences, Bible, Art, Spanish and Computer Apps. English awards were given to Freshmen Fernando Zayas, Carson Burton, Sophomores Cody Masterman-Smith, Kara Sanders, Juniors Wil Duvall, Sterling Damron, Seniors John Kight and Jesse Standard. Math awards were accepted by Freshmen Samantha Threlkeld, Fernando Zayas, Sophomores Makenzie Harper, Cody Masterman-Smith, Sarah Tuck, Junior Ansley Spivey, Seniors Jesse Standard, Jesse Stephens and Abby Vaughn. Science awards were given to Freshmen Landon Botelho, Sophomores Makenzie Harper, Sarah Tuck, Juniors Sterling Damron, Emily Hutcheson, Dylan Mulling, Francie Stanley, Seniors Hope Denmark and Jared Durden. History awards were accepted by Sophomores Cody Masterman-Smith, Shelby Thomas, Juniors Sterling Damron, Wil Duvall, Emily Hutcheson, Seniors Hope Denmark and Bradley Williamson. Junior Ansley Spivey was awarded the Art subject award. The Spanish awards were given to Sophomores Cody Masterman-Smith, Kara Sanders, Sarah Tuck, Juniors Sterling Damron and Emily Hutcheson. The Computer Apps subject awards were given to Freshmen Carson Burton and Fernando Zayas.
Overall Academic Average Awards were given to students to high school students who received the highest and second highest overall overages. Freshmen, Fernando Zaya received highest overall and Tanner Jackson received second highest. Sarah Tuck and Cody Masterman-Smith received highest and second highest for the Sophomore class. For the Junior class, Emily Hutcheson received highest overall average and Evan Venable received second highest overall average. Hope Denmark and Abby Vaughn received the highest and second highest overall average for the Senior class.
The Upper School Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Findley. She is a veteran teacher of over 30 years and has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science for Teachers. She is also a Georgia Humanities Council Georgia Scholar. In her first year at RTCA, has motivated students and engaged them in the newly formed Student Government Association and had her students participate in National History Day.
Emily Hutcheson, Wil Duvall, Hannah Coursey and Kate Sullivan were recognized as Junior Marshalls. Senior Class Honor Graduates include Hope Denmark, Josilynn Dasher, Bradley Williamson, John Kight, Jared Durden and Bailey Mixon.