THOMASVILLE — Thomas County Central High School senior Benjamin “Ben” Wilhelm has earned the distinction of being named a Georgia Scholar by the Georgia Department of Education.
“I am thrilled to be named a Georgia Scholar because it shows I have put in the work not only on the football field but (also) in the classroom,” Wilhelm said.
The application, open to high school seniors, required academic information such as grade point average and standardized test scores but also components like leadership, community service involvement and teacher recommendation.
The GaDOE’s Excellence Recognition Office and local coordinators in public and private schools throughout the state handle the Georgia Scholars program. According to the GaDOE website, students recognized as Georgia Scholars have carried exemplary course loads and performed superbly in all classes throughout their four years of high school. They also effectively participated in interscholastic events at school and in their community and assumed active roles in school-sponsored extracurricular activities.