chhs students earn coca-cola scholars semifinalist status

Central Hardin High School students Anna Hinkle and Jacob Jiranek have been named semifinalists for the 2023 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. They will move to the next round of the selection process to possibly become a Coca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 college scholarship.

A joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the country and The Coca-Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program is the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the United States. With the addition of the 2023 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 6,750 Coke Scholars nationwide with over $81 million in scholarships over the course of 35 years.

“We believe that identifying these young leaders throughout the country and encouraging their passion for serving others not only empowers the students but also lifts up those around them,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Foundation. “The Coca-Cola system is dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve, and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to be a part of that commitment.”

Semifinalists are now asked to complete Phase 2 applications, which include essays, a recommendation and a transcript. An independent selection committee will review the applications and recommend 250 Regional Finalists by the end of January to take part in online interviews. One-hundred-fifty Coke Scholars will be named in March to receive a $20,000 college scholarship and attend Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend in Atlanta April 13-16, 2023.

“Anna and Jacob work hard in and out of the classroom,” Central Hardin High School Principal Tim Isaacs said. “They are certainly deserving of this honor. Their work ethic is symbolic of the dedication and passion our Central Hardin students have for academics and community service. It is an honor to work with our students each day.”

Hinkle and Jirank are two of 33 Kentucky students who achieved semifinalist status.

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