Troy School District students named Coca-Cola Scholars semifinalists

By: Mary Beth Almond | Troy Times | Published January 12, 2021

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Shah

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Apahidean

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TROY — Three seniors at Troy and Athens high schools are among 23 semifinalists in the state of Michigan chosen for the 2021 class of the prestigious Coca‑Cola Scholars program.

Athens senior Audrey Apahidean, and Troy seniors Abigail Liang and Om Shah are currently submitting their semifinalist applications to be reviewed by the Program Reading Committee, with hopes to be selected as one of 250 Regional Finalists and ultimately becoming Coca-Cola Scholars.

The Coca-Cola Scholars program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

Liang is proud of the designation.

“Being recognized as a semifinalist is an honor and testament to my leadership, academics and dedication to the community. At Troy High, I lead several clubs, such as Project LEAD, where I ran a holiday food drive in 2018 raising over 2,600 items. That was perhaps one of my favorite moments of all my service activities in high school, organizing it with administrators, teachers, students, Gleaners Food Bank, and my club advisor, Mrs. Loucks. I love that the motto of the Coca-Cola program is Refreshing the World, and I am excited to see where my service projects take me next,” she said in a statement.

As semifinalists, Audrey, Liang and Om will complete phase two applications, which include essays, recommendations and transcripts. An independent selection committee will review the applications and select 250 regional finalists by the end of January to participate in virtual interviews. In March, 150 Coca‑Cola Scholars will be named and each will receive a $20,000 scholarship.

“We are lucky to celebrate young people who push themselves beyond what they have been given to achieve great success,” Jane Hale Hopkins, the president of the Coca-Cola Foundation, said in a statement. “The Coca-Cola system is dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve, and the foundation is proud to be a part of that commitment.”

Superintendent Rich Machesky said he is also proud of the future leaders.

“I’m extremely impressed by and proud of these wonderful students who will be incredible ambassadors for not only our district, but for the whole city of Troy,” he said.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation “celebrates and empowers visionary leaders who are refreshing the world.” With its 32nd class of Coca-Cola Scholars, the foundation has provided more than $72 million in scholarships to over 6,300 program alumni.

Learn more at www.coca-colascholars.org.

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