Davison named National Achievement winner

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 5, 2000

Good news just doesn't stop coming for Georgiana High School senior Tony Davison. Just weeks after scoring 33 on his ACT exam and attracting statewide attention, Davison was named recently as the winner of a $2,000 National Achievement Scholarship awarded to him for the score he achieved on the SAT exam.

Davison said being considered for the National Achievement Scholarship Program was a simple process, merely filling in a bubble on his PSAT exam,

but that simple step, combined with earning a 1420 on the SAT, has given him national recognition as an Achievement Scholarship winner.

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Davison started the process while taking the PSAT in tenth grade, but said he didn't realize then the importance the test would have.

"It's a really big deal," Davison said. "It can mean big scholarships if you do well on it."

And Davison did well. His score qualified him as a semi-finalist, and then later his score on the SAT exam would earn him a scholarship.

Davison said the scholarship is awarded to him through the institution of his choice and can be used for any purpose, and Davison said he already has plans for the money.

He was already awarded an institutionally funded National Achievement Scholarship through the University of Alabama, where he plans to attend this fall, and this $2,000 will help his stay there be

more comfortable.

The U of A scholarship will pay full tuition, books and even housing for the first year. Davison said the $2,000 will be applied to housing for the rest of his career in Tuscaloosa.

Davison said he plans to study a pre-med program, probably biology, in Tuscaloosa before going on to Medical School at UAB.

After all the attention, Tony is still a very down-to-earth kid. He says he is looking forward to moving on in life, but looks at graduation with mixed feelings.

"I've spent the last 13 years of my life in this county and I have made a lot of friends here," he said. "High school has been a great experience for me and I hate to see it end."

Davison has not only excelled in the classroom, but has also tried his hand on the athletic field. As a member of the school's basketball team for five years and baseball team for one year, Tony looks back on his career in Georgiana with few regrets. And while he said all

his teachers had their own special influence on him, he said there is one that stands out.

"I would Mrs. Linda Jarzyniecki had the most influence on me," he said of his math teacher from grades 9 through 11. "Several teachers have stood out, but she really made math seem fun to me. She wasn't going to let you slack off in her class, but then again she never just threw anything at you and expected you to learn it. She would take all the time you needed, even if it was her own time, to make sure her students understood the material. She really seemed to care."