Whitewater High School has been named Georgia’s first high school to receive the University of Georgia’s inaugural Director’s Cup, an award acknowledging the high school whose students have the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the completion of their first year at the university.
Above, present for the Director’s Cup award presentation were, from left, Superintendent Jody Barrow, Fayette County school superintendent, former Whitewater High Principal Roy Rabold, associate vice president of UGA undergraduate admissions Patrick Winter and Whitewater High Principal Steve Cole. Photo/Submitted.
Fayette County School System spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said 14 students from Whitewater who enrolled at UGA in fall 2016 achieved a 3.69 first-year cumulative GPA, higher than any other high school with 10 or more students from the 2016 class.
“This is a great achievement for the Whitewater community. It is rare for first-year students at UGA to have such high grade point averages at the end of their freshmen year. This says a lot about the quality of education students receive at Whitewater High,” said Patrick Winter, associate vice president of undergraduate admissions at UGA.
High schools must have 10 or more students enrolled at UGA in order to be considered for the award. Whitewater was number one out of 125 high schools in Georgia that qualified, said Berry-Dreisbach.