The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club honored Alayna Daws as the 2019 Optimist Star Student, the club’s version of student of the year.   She is a senior at West Forsyth High School.

With an unweighted 4.0 GPA, and weighted 4.29, Alayna has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors.  Among them, she was in the Governor’s Honors Program, a published author in the GHP Scientific Journal, a member of the National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society (president), Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Beta Club, and she was an advanced placement student.  She was one of the four winners of the 2019 Forsyth County Oratorical Competition and progressed to the district level where she placed second.

A believer in volunteering, Alayna is active in the community and her church.  She volunteered in the Special Olympics, a community-based instruction chaperone of handicapped students, the Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine, and was a Vickery Creek Middle School viper academy tutor.  She was the recipient of the Forsyth County Schools award for success at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair.  At her church Alayna has been a confirmation leader, youth advisory board member, youth ministry committee member, and an Upward Sports assistant coach.

Following graduation from West High School, Alayna will attend the University of Georgia.  She will begin her studies in a science curriculum.

“Alayna is an inspiring young lady and a model of optimism, perseverance, and dedication,” commented Brenda Basey, Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club president.  “She is very well-rounded and a giver of her time and talents.  She is the epitome of a star student.”