Norcross student wins $10,000 scholarship

NORCROSS - Norcross High School student Robert Powers has been awarded a $10,000 Regional Coca-Cola Scholarship.

The high school senior has shown a solid commitment to educational excellence, leadership and service to the school and community, said Sandy Williams, chairman of the board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and president of Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works in Corinth, Miss.

Powers said he plans to pursue a classics major at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, and he hopes to continue on to law school. He said he plans to use the money in conjunction with research grants to go to Africa and study public health.

Powers, an International Baccalaureate student who has participated in the mock trial program and played string bass in the band, credits his Latin teacher Jaime Claymore with his success.

"She has just been an incredible influence," Powers said. "She shaped my whole high school career. ... I owe just so much to her."

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola Bottlers across America and The Coca-Cola Co., recognizes high school seniors who have demonstrated academic and civic excellence in their schools and communities. In Norcross, the foundation is supported by the financial commitment of Lawrenceville/Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and The Coca-Cola Co.

Powers is one of 200 regional scholarship winners. There were 50 winners of a $20,000 national Coca-Cola scholarship. Scholars were chosen from an initial applicant pool of more than 87,000 representing about 23,000 high schools nationwide.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program was created in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow's leaders through college scholarships. Including the 2007 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars, the Foundation has awarded more than 3,750 Coca-Cola Scholars with $32 million in scholarship awards.