A senior at Trinity Christian School, Sally Gilbreth recently earned one of the top scholarships offered by Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.
The valedictorian of Trinity’s senior class, Gilbreth was awarded a “Trustees Scholarships” by Georgia College and State University. The award includes $6,000 cash per year for four years and a cash stipend for a study abroad summer session. She hopes to earn both a major in math and minor in physics.
She has attended Trinity since the first grade and said Donna McKenna, with whom she has taken numerous advanced math and physics classes, is her favorite teacher.
Gilbreth’s parents are Robert and Teena Gilbreth. Robert, who is also known as “Tony,” works in the customer service department of a large utility company. Mom Teena works as a secretary for a local law firm. Gilbreth’s older brother Ben is a junior at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, majoring in industrial management.
Gilbreth’s favorite subject always has been history, because, she said, “we go camping a lot, and quite often stay near historical sites like Civil War battlefields.”
When asked what profession she wants to pursue, however, Gilbreth stated matter of factly, “a Math teacher, because it’s a lot easier to get a job teaching math than history.”
Gilbreth has been a mainstay of the Trinity Math Team, which won a competition at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah two years in a row.
Gilbreath also is part of the girls basketball team which made it all the way to the Georgia Christian Athletic Association “A” division Final Four tournament for the first time in more than a decade.
Trinity Christian Headmaster David Lattner said Gilbreth is a tremendous asset to the school.
“Sally is without a doubt one of the best and most well-rounded students we have ever had at Trinity,” Lattner said. “She excels in academics and athletics, and is a very strong Christian as well.”
In addition to her athletic skills, Gilbreth has played the piano since she was in third grade. She plays it at the school during Student Chapel. As a Christian, she said “I am really looking forward to going on my first missionary trip this summer to Peru, where we will stay for nine days.”
The Trinity group will be gone June 4-13.
Gilbreth said what made her select the college in Milledgeville was its “Four Plus Change” program, that allows students to earn first a Bachelors of Arts in Education, and then earn a Masters of Arts in Teaching in one more year. This is accomplished by enrolling in classes year-round.
Once she graduates, she said she hopes to teach at a private school somewhere up in North Georgia, where she will be close to the mountains so she can go camping.