DUBLIN CITY SCHOOLS NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: November 2, 2022
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Dublin Middle's Wi'Tyreon Charleson and Nazyon Mitchell Named REACH Scholars
Wi’Tyreon Charleston and Nazyon Mitchell are only in the 8th Grade, but already the pair have college on the brain. Earlier today, the Dublin Middle School students became the latest Dublin City Schools students to become REACH Scholars.
REACH - Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen - is a key component of the Governor’s Complete College Georgia, which identifies strategies for the state’s public and private colleges to achieve the goal of having 60% of Georgia’s adult population having earned some type of postsecondary credential by 2025. Its mission is to provide Georgia’s most promising students with academic, social and financial support needed to graduate from high school and college prepared for work.
“I feel like I’ve accomplished something big,” said Charleston. “I plan to attend the University of Georgia and be a math teacher. I just have to make sure I make the money worth it, and that’s going to require a lot of hard work.”
Mitchell agreed, adding that he believes REACH - especially its mentoring program - is going to prepare him for the future. The student-athlete has a dual passion for football and science and hopes to attend Georgia State University. He’s still determining exactly what he’d like to major in, but says he wants “to be the best person [he] can be.”
REACH begins in middle school with teachers and administration nominating 8th Graders who have demonstrated academic promise as well as good attendance and behavior. When a student successfully completes REACH and graduates from high school, they are awarded a $10,000 scholarship for up to four years of college - $2500 per year - that can be used at any Georgia HOPE eligible two or four-year college.
“These students represent the best of what Dublin City Schools has to offer, and I know they will flourish and do well in this program,” said Dublin Middle School Principal, Dr. Willie Batts. “It’s a very proud moment, and they’ve set the bar high for their peers.”
Both Charleston and Mitchell are Susie Dasher Elementary alumni and have been part of the Fighting Irish Family since Pre-K.