Cherokee Nation citizen Sarah Ferrell, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, was recently selected to the 2014-15 American Indian Graduate Center All Native American High School Academic Team.
Ferrell, 18, a student at Northeastern State University, was one of 10 high school seniors in the country to receive the title, which was announced in “The American Indian Graduate” fall magazine. Ferrell is the only Cherokee Nation citizen in her class to earn the distinction. She was also awarded a $250 scholarship.
“It feels awesome to be recognized along with such an outstanding and small group of people,” Ferrell said. “I feel so honored. I’m proud to represent the state of Oklahoma and the Cherokee Nation.”
Awards are given to high school students who succeed academically, in leadership roles and through community service, according to the AIGC. The organization raises awareness for young Native role models to increase participation in high school academic programs.
“This is a wonderful and well-deserved honor,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “We are proud of our talented and successful young Cherokee citizens, like Sarah. I know she will continue to represent her community and her tribe well.”
Ferrell graduated from Tahlequah High School in May 2014. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar. Ferrell volunteers at her church and helps coach a youth soccer team.