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Riverwood AVID Student Receives $500 INROADS Visiones 100 Scholarship

Riverwood International Charter School congratulates senior Carmen Morales-Mier for winning the INROADS Visiones Leadership Scholarship. Morales-Mier, class of 2019, received the $500 scholarship in September at the INROADS annual Hispanic Heritage event held at the Four Seasons in Atlanta.

Born and raised in Sandy Springs, Morales-Mier is the daughter of two immigrant parents and is the oldest of four children. At Riverwood, she is a member of the National Beta club, serves as a school Ambassador, and plays violin in the school Orchestra. In addition, Morales-Mier is president of Riverwood’s Hispanic Organization Promoting Education (HoPe) chapter. During her free time, she volunteers at Los Ninos Primero and the Sandy Springs Mission, tutoring young children and elementary school students. Since her freshman year, Morales-Mier has already given more than 600 hours of community service.

Morales-Mier is part of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at Riverwood, a college-readiness program designed to increase school-wide learning and performance for all students, especially those in diverse and underrepresented demographic groups. She has been part of the program throughout high school and will be part of the second graduating class of the program in 2019. AVID receives funding from both the Riverwood Foundation and the Sandy Springs Society. AVID teacher training and implementation began in the summer of 2014 at Riverwood.

“My older cousin, Rosa recommended me to apply for the AVID program because she said it’s an amazing program and will benefit me by preparing me for college. I believe that the best experience that Riverwood has given me is the AVID program” says Morales-Mier. She added, “The AVID program is more than just a program, it’s a family. In AVID, we’re here for one another and can rely on all of the AVID teachers and students for their support.”  

Coach Buck Jenkins, Riverwood’s AVID Coordinator, recommended Morales-Mier to apply for the Visiones 100 Scholarship Leadership Program, which rewards students of Hispanic/Latino ethnicity for their leadership and achievement. Says Morales-Mier, “If it weren’t for Coach Jenkins informing me about the scholarship, I would have never applied.” She will use the funds to attend a four-year college and she hopes to pursue a medical school degree. Her long term goal is to become an OB/GYN and continue to support the Sandy Springs Latino community.

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