Marge Schneider Science Awards
The Marge Schneider Science Awards recognize a graduating senior at each traditional high school who is a science honors student and who is active in service within the school or community. These awards are given in memory of longtime Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals science teacher Marge Schneider. Award recipients are selected by the science department of their respective schools and receive $250 each.
Cedar Shoals High School
Paula Figueroa Monterola
Paula earned the distinction of being not only an honor graduate but the valedictorian of the CSHS class of 2020. During her time as a Cedar student she was a member of the Student Government Association, National Honor Society, and served as president of the Beta Club. Paula was a participant in the UGA Young Dawgs program, interning at the Tsai Lab and researching genetics. She is the recipient of a scholarship from the Red Cross for helping to organize several blood drives at Cedar Shoals. This fall Paula will be attending Emory University; although her major is officially "undecided", she is leaning toward psychiatry.
Clarke Central High School
Beatrice attended the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program where she studied ecology and completed a research project on the insecticidal properties of chanterelle mushrooms. This past year she interned at the Mortensen Lab at UGA through the Young Dawgs Program, performing research on mesenchymal stem cells. In addition to those science related endeavors, Paula served as the editor-in-chief of Clarke Central High School’s literary/art magazine, the IIiad, for two years and as the president of CCHS’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Her plan is to attend the University of Toronto in the fall with the intention to major in cellular biology. She hopes to attend medical school and become a neurologist.