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District Recognizes REACH Scholars

REACH Scholars Participate in Signing Day Ceremony

The Paulding County School District and Paulding Education Foundation have recognized the district's REACH Scholars (Class of 2026). They are:

  • Chayannah Aviles-Gonzalez, P.B. Ritch Middle School
  • Josce McCook, East Paulding Middle School
  • Alexander Notorfrancesco, South Paulding Middle School
  • Daniel Odugbemi, Herschel Jones Middle School
  • Lea Sosebee, Dobbins Middle School

The students, along with their parents, school district officials, and members of the Paulding Education Foundation, participated in a Signing Day Ceremony at the school District on Nov. 9, 2021.

REACH Georgia is the State of Georgia’s first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program. The mission is to ensure that Georgia’s academically promising students have the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school, access college and achieve postsecondary success. Beginning in the 8th grade and through high school, REACH Scholars are paired with a mentor and an academic coach. Scholars must maintain good grades (2.5 HOPE Calculated GPA), behavior and attendance. Scholars who successfully complete the program and graduate from high school are awarded a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year) that can be used at a University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia, or eligible private postsecondary institution. The scholarship is in addition to any other grant or scholarship the student receives.


From left: Jim McMichen, Executive Director Paulding Education Foundation; Jim Ashworth, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Paulding Education Foundation; Josce McCook; Daniel Odugbemi; Alexander Notorfrancesco; Steve Barnette, Interim Superintendent; Chayanna Aviles Gonzalez; Jana Stegall, REACH Coordinator; Lea Sosebee.


Chayanna Aviles Gonzalez and her mother.


Josce McCook and her mother.


Alexander Notorfrancesco and his father.


Daniel Odugbemi and his mother.


Lea Sosebee and her father.