Three First Presbyterian Day School seniors have earned more than just high school diplomas. They are the first to receive diploma endorsements in STEM or fine arts, which the school introduced this year.
Students in the program do specialized study in these areas and complete research practicums their senior year. Ruth Samuel and Adam Young earned the STEM endorsement and Jansen Oliver the fine arts endorsement.
For senior projects, Samuel shadowed at a local OB-GYN practice, Young studied DNA at Emory University and Oliver performed in the school’s praise and jazz bands as well as his church’s praise band. This fall, Samuel will go to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Young to Emory and Oliver to Berry College.
“Not only have these students gained notable recognition, but through the process, they have also been better prepared for the rigors of college coursework,” said Barry Shealy, FPD assistant headmaster, in a news release.