Milford seniors recognized as Secretary of Education scholars

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Two Milford High School students were recognized by Secretary of Education Mark Holodick as 2024 Secretary of Education Scholars. Carley Mackert and Jorja Willey both received the recognition at a dinner in Dover where 91 other students were also recognized from schools around the state.

“This represents one of the highest academic achievements a student can earn in a Delaware public school,” Secretary Holodick said at the dinner. “Every scholar here has achieved incredible success in and out of the classroom – ranging from extraordinary accomplishments on school athletic teams to community service and school leadership positions. These students balance all of these demands of their time and still are able to study and excel academically.”

Carley Mackert

Mackert is the daughter of Melody and Greg Mackert. Carley has excelled both academically and athletically during her time at Milford High School. Her cumulative 4.77 grade point average currently places her 1st in her class. Carley has been a three-sport varsity athlete since 8th grade and serves as captain for the Milford High School field hockey and swim teams. While not in the classroom or athletic arena, Carley also participates in Student Government, is an active member of the National Honor Society, and is currently completing an internship as part of the work-based learning program in the area of occupational health. Carley plans to attend Alvernia College, where she will play field hockey and major in occupational health.

“I am fortunate to have many wonderful people in my life who motivate me to do my best, but my sister is the key to my success,” Mackert said. “Her influence has encouraged me to strive to reach my full potential. Her success has inspired me to follow in her footsteps.”

Jorja Willey

Daughter of Holly and Richard Willey of Milford, Jorja is a dedicated student and exceptional athlete. Jorja is ranked 2nd in her class with a cumulative 4.77 grade point average and has completed the Allied Health Pathway while attending MHS. She is currently excelling in our work-based learning program interning as a physical therapist technician in Premier Physical Therapy while also balancing three varsity sports including cross country, as well as indoor and outdoor track. Jorja demonstrates her dedication to her school and community through participation in Student Government and is a member of the MHS National Honor Society. Jorja will be attending Delaware State University next year to major in aviation with plans of becoming a commercial airline pilot.

“Throughout high school, one of my key influences has been my dad,” Willey said. “From a young age, he had it seared into my brain that hard work was the only way you’d get anywhere in life, inside and outside of school.

Profiles of the other 91 students honored by the Secretary of Education can be found by clicking here.

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