Carlton McNeal, a junior enrolled in the Savannah Early College Program is the Superintendent’s Student of the Month for March.
Carlton was selected for his passion for learning, his commitment to his studies, and his ability to turn his life around. Upon enrolling in the Early College Program for 10th grade, Carlton made a tremendous turnaround.
His counselor, Nadia Maroun states, “Carlton has become one of our greatest success stories at Early College. He is a self-motivated, hard-working student who is dedicated to his studies both as a junior at Early College and a dual enrollment student at Savannah State University. Carlton has the ability to assist his peers with concepts they may not understand. He also shares his experiences with other students and serves as a role model for the younger students in our building.”
Carlton has raised his grade point average by four points in a year; achieving an 88 GPA. He has achieved 10th and 11th grade Honor Roll and was recognized for Passion for Learning in U.S. History–Early College Awards Night 2009. He is President of the SECME Club, a member of the Environmental Club, involved in Engineering Explorer Post Program with Georgia Tech and Thomas and Hutton, and the Neighborhood Associations Wall Street Club. He also serves as an Early College Student Ambassador.
A student with vision, Carlton is on a mission. When asked what motivates him to strive for academic success he said, “I have a dream of my family being financially secure. I dream of my mother not having to work and my grandparents getting the relaxation they deserve. To make this dream a reality, I know I must achieve academic success. This journey to academic success started in high school as I have continued to raise my GPA every semester. I hope my dedication to my studies will allow me the opportunity to attend Georgia Tech and major in engineering. Then finally as a civil engineer, I will hopefully be able to provide stability and security for my family who has always supported me on my journey towards success.”
The Superintendent’s Student of the Month program recognizes individual students at the monthly board meetings who have excelled in the area of academics, leadership, and community service.
Carlton was recognized by Dr. Lockamy and presented with an award plaque and a $100 savings bond at the regular board meeting on Wednesday, April 7, 2010.