PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - A McCracken County High School senior is among 250 high school seniors nationwide selected from a pool of over 87,000 applicants to advance in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.
Caleigh Propes has secured a $1,000 educational stipend as a regional finalist and after a final interview round in February, and is in consideration for a $20,000 scholarship to be used over 10 years.
Propes is an AP Scholar with Distinction and is currently first in her class at McCracken County.
She is a Kentucky Governor's Scholar, a Junior Rotarian, and was chosen as an International Representative for the Kentucky Future Problem Solving Affiliate.
Propes helped earn a national championship designation with the McCracken County coed cheer team, and has won state, national, and international honors with the Future Business Leaders of America and the Future Problem Solving Program.
She created and coaches her own Future Problem Solving team at Heath Elementary School, where she volunteers weekly.
She is a member at Spring Bayou Baptist Church.
Propes is President of the Future Business Leaders of America McCracken chapter, captain of the Future Problem Solving team, secretary of the MCHS Student Government, treasurer for the National Honor Society, and a varsity member of the academic team, Science Bowl team, and debate team.
She is a member of the honor/service organizations, Spanish Honor Society and Beta Club and a certified Future Problem Solving Evaluator.
She is a student teacher at Score Higher ACT Prep in Paducah, and she works with students individually as a personal math tutor.
Propes has yet to make her final collegiate decision, but she plans to major in molecular biology with medical school intentions.
"Caleigh is an exceptional student who has held the highest standard for herself throughout her life.," McCracken County High School Principal Michael Ceglinski said.
"She will continue to make significant contributions throughout her life and we are so fortunate to have had her as a student at McCracken County High School. We are so proud of Caleigh and her being a finalist of this great achievement."
The scholarship program based on academic excellence, leadership, and service to the community.
The Coca-Cola Scholar Foundation Program was established in 1989 to reward deserving high school seniors who make positive strides in their communities and around the world. Coca-Cola has invested over 63 million dollars in students over the past 27 years.