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Two Central High Seniors selected as QuestBridge Scholarship Finalists
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Two Central High Seniors selected as QuestBridge Scholarship Finalists

Two seniors from Central High School, Joseph Lofton and Darby Mowell, have been selected as QuestBridge Scholarship Finalists.

QuestBridge is a nonprofit program that connects high-achieving high school students with admission and full scholarships to participating colleges. Now in its ninth year, QuestBridge’s National College Match opportunity provides students from economically challenged backgrounds with a unique early application process that couples admission with full financial aid.

As finalists, Joseph and Darby are in the running to receive a scholarship through QuestBridge. If accepted at one of QuestBridge’s partner colleges, they will be QuestBridge Scholars and be provided a full four-year scholarship to the schools they have chosen.

Joseph was accepted to the Governor’s Honors Program for art as a sophomore. The Governor’s Honors Program is a four-week summer program that presents attendees with the opportunity to learn from gifted instructors who happen to be high school and college teachers. Joseph credits the nomination to GHP as something that motivated him to improve his art.

It “really pushed me to get my work to be where it is right now,” he said last spring. “I really wanted to go to that summer program, I heard a lot about it. And so, I just began going after school every day in art spending a couple of hours there.”

In 2012, Joseph won the nationally recognized Congressional Art Competition for District 8 in Georgia. His winning submission was a self-portrait, which was featured in an exhibit at the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

In addition to Joseph’s passion for art, he also participates in Mock Trial.

Joseph has said he would like to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) or the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He would like to pursue a Master of Fine Art degree and work as an art professor.

Darby is president of Central’s chapters of the National Honors Society and the Spanish Club. She also participates in a Spanish program meaning “Limitless Leaders.” There, she tutors Spanish-speaking elementary students.

She also participated in the Governor’s Honors Program, where she majored in linguistics. She is also active in the school’s Academic Team. Outside of school, Darby enjoys working on personal research projects.

She wants to attend Emory University in the fall, and she hopes to become a Spanish and French professor.

Darby said her mother has been very involved in her college application process and encourages her to follow her dreams.

“I want to be able to care for her later in life as she has cared for me,” she said.

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