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Cactus Shadows High School student named a Coca-Cola Scholar Semifinalist

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  • Julia Scotto   |   Cave Creek Unified School District

Blackwell Scott

Congratulations to Cactus Shadows High School’s Katianna Blackwell-Scott, who has been named a Semifinalist for the 2021 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program

You may recall that Katianna was named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist; scored a perfect 36 on her ACT and a 1470 on her PSAT.  Katianna is also a varsity/club diver and volunteers at the National Charity League, Mom’s Pantry, Teen Lifeline, and Puppy Love.

One Thousand, Six-hundred nine high school seniors were selected as Semifinalists from a pool of 99,403 submitted applications from across the country based on their academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities.

The Semifinalists are in the running for 150 college scholarships worth $20,000.

Katianna will be moving to the next round of the selection process to become a Coca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 college scholarship. A joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across the country and The Coca-Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Scholars Program is the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the United States. With the addition of the 2021 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 6,450 Coke Scholars nationwide with over $75 million in scholarships over the course of 33 years.

“We believe that identifying these young leaders throughout the country and encouraging their passion for serving others not only empowers the students, but also lifts up those around them.” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Foundation. “The Coca-Cola system is dedicated to giving back to the communities they serve, and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to be a part of that commitment.”

In addition to receiving college scholarships, those students selected as Coca-Cola Scholars will be welcomed into a vibrant and growing family of alumni that have become a powerful force for positive change in the world. Through networking, collaborations, and friendships, the group strives to make a greater impact together. Recent initiatives include a podcast called The SIP, Coke Scholars Care (Coke Scholars doing good in the midst of the pandemic), and the fifth year of a coaching program that partners seasoned alumni with first-year Scholars as they transition to college. Every 5 years, all alumni are invited to a Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership Summit.

CCUSD Superintendent, Dr. Debbi Burdick said, “Katianna represents CCUSD’s best and brightest.  As an exemplar at Cactus Shadows High School, we could not be more proud of her accomplishments.”

Coca-Cola Scholars will be named in March to receive a $20,000 college scholarship and participate in the Coca-Cola Scholars Leadership Development Institute facilitated by program alumni.  Learn more at