2016-07-07 / News

Valedictorian Tyler Jones receives Kiwanis Club’s annual scholarship


W-WCHS valedictorian Tyler Jones (left) accepts his scholarship from Washington Kiwanis Club President Debra Guin. W-WCHS valedictorian Tyler Jones (left) accepts his scholarship from Washington Kiwanis Club President Debra Guin. Tyler Jones received one of two annual scholarship grants from the Washington Kiwanis Club. As a student at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School, Jones earned valedictorian honors for the 2016 senior class and was named this year’s STAR Student. He had the highest SAT score at the school and was in the top 10 percent of his class academically. He was also enrolled in a joint study program at Augusta University.

Jones had a stellar career with the W-WCHS Key Club, which he joined his first year of high school. He served as club president, Division Six lieutenant governor, state secretary, Georgia District president, and representative on the International Council. He credits his three years in Key Club for much of his personal growth, learning to overcome his shyness, and developing his communication skills.

Having applied to a number of top-tier colleges and universities including the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Pennsylvania, Jones decided to accept an offer from historic Ivy League institution Columbia University in New York City.

Jones told the Kiwanis Club that he first heard about Columbia from a friend at age 12, so he sent a letter to the admissions office, which responded with a package of information. He said renowned American poet Langston Hughes – who began his academic career as an engineering student at Columbia – also influenced his decision. Jones intends to pursue a double major in English and Spanish.

He also hopes to establish a Circle K International (CKI) chapter at Columbia. CKI is a collegiate community service and leadership affiliate of Kiwanis International, with nearly 14,000 members in 17 countries.

Jones is the son of Tamikia Parks and Shawn Jones.

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