Apalachee High School student Olivia Swift has been named the AHS Barrow County Chamber of Commerce Senior of the Month for September 2019.
“Olivia is the epitome of what an Apalachee High School student-athlete represents,” school leaders said in a news release.
Swift has a high grade-point average while taking numerous high-level courses and is an accomplished volleyball player. She was named to the All-GHSA Area 8-AAAAAA team last fall as a junior while helping lead the Wildcats to an area championship and a school- and Barrow County-record 53 wins. This year, she was added to the Under Armor Watch List for All-American honors for volleyball.
Swift has participated in the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy and the school’s Student-Athlete Leadership Cohort.
Last year, she started a nonprofit that sold T-shirts with the purpose of spreading kindness and acceptance. That originated from her involvement in the school’s Partners Club and Extra-Special People Club.
“She has such a heart for students with varying abilities that she works with Apalachee’s special-needs classes during advisement, helping students develop social skills with peers,” school leaders said of Swift. “With the proceeds from the T-shirt sales, she is purchasing homecoming tickets for our special needs students, so that they can practice those social skills in a fun setting this weekend.”
Swift also spends part of each day at Winder Elementary School, working in a self-contained classroom through work-based learning. On top of that, she spends portions of her weekends participating in the Bethlehem Buddy program at Bethlehem Church.
Swift is the daughter of Jada and Jon Swift and granddaughter of Kay and David Cochran. Next year, she plans on attending the University of North Georgia, where she will study special education.