Sacred Heart Senior Cade Slaughter Named 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar

Nation’s Premiere Scholarship Program Awards Hattiesburg Student $20,000 for College

ATLANTA, March 7, 2017 – Cade Slaughter, an exceptional senior at Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Hattiesburg, has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school leaders by the Coca‑Cola Scholars Foundation and has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. As a member of the 29th class of Coca‑Cola Scholars, Mr. Slaughter not only exemplifies superior leadership, service, and academics – he is a change agent, positively affecting others in his community. Cade Slaughter was selected from a pool of nearly 86,000 initial applicants from across the country.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola bottlers across America and The Coca-Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation was established in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to bring better to the world through investment in exceptional high school students who are dedicated to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others. Including the 2017 class of Coca-Cola Scholars, the Foundation has awarded over 5,850 Coca‑Cola Scholars with a total of $62.5 million in scholarships. The Coca-Cola system believes that investing in students who are leaders, both academically and in service to others, will result in positive, lasting change and sustainable communities.

“Cade Slaughter is part of a diverse group of extraordinary high school seniors that have shown a steadfast commitment to educational excellence, leadership and service to the school and community,” said Claude Nielsen, Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United in Birmingham, AL. “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is proud to name Mr. Slaughter as a 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar.”

At Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Slaughter serves as Student Body President and Vice President of the senior class. He has been elected to student council every year since 7th grade and served in various leadership roles. He is a member of the National Beta Club, National Honor Society, FBLA and Mu Alpha Theta Math Society, where he serves as president. He is a scholar athlete and has been a member of the varsity tennis team at Sacred Heart since 7th grade.

Slaughter was a recipient of the National Beta Club’s John W. Harris National Leadership Award and has been named as the school’s DAR Good Citizen Award recipient. He attended the Trent Lott Leadership Institute’s Summer Program for high school students and the Apex Leadership Summit at The University of Mississippi in 2016. Earlier this year, Slaughter was selected as one of two students from Mississippi to attend the US Senate Youth Program in Washington, DC this spring. He will also be honored later this year as a Mississippi GIVE Award Winner for Volunteer Service by a Youth.


As a member of the Sacred Heart Campus Ministry Team, Slaughter organized retreats for elementary students and was honored as the 2016 recipient of the Bragg Moore Good Shepherd Award. Earlier this year, he founded Crusaders in the Community which organizes volunteer opportunities for Sacred Heart students in the community.

Slaughter is a talented artist and the owner of Half Moon Art by Cade. He has donated 28 paintings to various fundraising events and founded “Supply the Art” to collect various art supplies for schools in the Hattiesburg area. He has collected more than 5,000 supply items and $1,300 in donations to date.

Slaughter serves on Hattiesburg’s DREAM Youth Leadership Council and the Mayor’s Youth Council. He has been a camp counselor for Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp for children with disabilities for two years. He is a staff member of Happening Mississippi, a church youth organization, and serves as a youth member of Parkway Heights United Methodist Church’s Leadership Board. Slaughter has participated in Service Over Self for three years, roofing houses in underprivileged neighborhoods in Memphis with other church volunteers.

Slaughter plans to pursue a degree in political science. He is the son of Susan Slaughter and the late Jay Slaughter of Hattiesburg.

On April 20, Slaughter will join other Coca-Cola Scholars as they travel to Atlanta, the international headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company, for Scholars Weekend. During this four-day weekend, the Scholars will participate in a Leadership Development Institute to further develop their leadership skills, tour local landmarks, engage with former Coca-Cola Scholars, and participate in a group community service project. The 150 Coca-Cola Scholars will also be the guests of honor at the 29th annual Scholars Banquet, where they will be celebrated by representatives from the Coca-Cola system, educators, local dignitaries, and friends of the Scholars Foundation. Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation and Chairman of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees, will serve as the featured speaker.

In addition to receiving a $20,000 college scholarship, Slaughter will be welcomed into a vibrant and growing family of 5,700+ alumni that fosters lasting connections with each other and the Foundation. This alumni network has become a powerful force for positive change, coming together with a shared goal to refresh the world.

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