Taylor Cravey of Dudley, Ga., a Middle Georgia State University senior graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary special education, has been chosen the President’s Scholar for the Class of 2019. Cravey was one of more than 50 MGA students recognized at the 2019 Honors Convocation for their academic achievements.
Each year, a graduating senior is chosen by the Honors Awards and Graduation Committee, with the approval of the University president, to be the President’s Scholar. The chosen student must have an outstanding academic record, involvement in campus and/or community service activities, and demonstrate characteristics indicating the promise of a successful future.
Cravey got a head start on her teaching career through the new “Interns as Teachers” program, serving as the teacher of record for a third-grade class at Veterans Elementary School in Macon under the guidance of a more experienced teacher and her education professors at MGA. The 22-year-old Cravey graduated from West Laurens High School, where she was a member of the Beta Club, ran cross country, played softball, and worked two part-time jobs.
She chose Middle Georgia State University for its elementary education program and for the opportunity it would give her to save money by living with her family while going to school. Cravey said she is graduating with zero student-loan debt.
While attending MGA, Cravey volunteered with the Sailor Kate Ministry, Children’s Medical Services and CSB Clubhouse of Middle Georgia. She was a member of the President’s Torch Society in 2017 and is currently a member of Kappa Delta Pi. In the summer of 2017, she studied abroad in Ireland, something she cites as one of the academic highlights of her time at Middle Georgia State.
While at MGA she also participated in experiential learning opportunities, conducted action research and presented at the Future Georgia Educators Conference and the Georgia Council for Teachers of Mathematics Conference.
After graduation, Cravey is moving to Brunswick and St. Simons Island to continue her teaching career at Waynesville Primary School.
View a full list of MGA students who received academic awards at the 2019 Honors Convocation.