Merrell, Rogers receive Rural, Small Town Award

Published 9:15 am Thursday, August 31, 2023

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Andalusia High School students Cape Merrell and Ivy Rogers have received the National Rural and Small Town Award, an academic honor from the College Board National Recognition Programs. Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams, and attend school in a rural area or small town.

Cape Merrell

Cape is the SGA President, Cheer Captain, and a member of the volleyball team, Anchor Club and Usher Club. She was recently selected as Alabama’s Youth Leadership Council (YLC) Representative for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and PowerSouth Youth Tour Essay Winner. A member of the National Honor Society, Cape is currently in the top five in her class. She plans to attend either Georgia Tech or Mississippi State to earn a biomedical engineering degree and work in tissue engineering. She is the daughter of Hannah and Walt Merrell.

Ivy Rogers

Ivy is the Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) for Covington County and a member of the Speech and Debate Team, Peer Helper Club, Anchor Club, and SGA. She is a member of the National Honor Society, ranked in the top ten in her class, and PowerSouth Youth Tour Essay Finalist. She is a majorette in the marching band and a dancer at Andalusia Ballet. Although Ivy is currently undecided on a college, she plans to double major in dance and biomedical sciences and then pursue a career in dermatology. Her parents are Tina and Scott Rogers.

“We’re thrilled that Cape and Ivy have earned this recognition,” said Principal Ray Wilson. “We are very proud of them for their achievements in the classroom and on College Board assessments.”