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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup began in 1927 and is one of the oldest news organization award programs in the country so it comes with a great history and heritage. This prestigious award honors very special high school graduates. Each student was selected as the best all-around senior by their school’s faculty and administration based on academic achievement, leadership, community service and extra-curricular involvement. This award recognizes their hard work, focus and commitment.

Mary Catherine Abowd

DeKalb School of the Arts (DSA)

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Northeastern University
Major: Health Sciences

Mary Catherine is a Dance major/Vocal minor at DSA. She is the class of 2022 Valedictorian. She was the dance captain for DSA's Show choir mixed group, HighLeit, and was a featured dancer in this year's production of The Nutcracker and danced the Bluebird pas de deux in Sleeping Beauty. She is an active member of BETA Club, National Honors Society, and was this Years SAT's Star Student for DSA. Mary Catherine also tutors a number of students in a variety of subjects.

Caleb Adams

Sandy Creek High School

District: Fayette County
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Tech
Major: Finance

Caleb is a gifted scholar. He has a strong work ethic, earning him the 2022 Salutatorian of his graduating class. His most endearing quality is that he is driven to pursue his academic, social, and professional goals. He is an analytical, inquisitive, and ambitious person who has a clear sense of direction and purpose. He has already started his own financial education website/blog and has written his first book. He is interested in finance and plans on ultimately owning an investment firm. We are honored to nominate Caleb for the Atlanta Journal Cup and proud to have him represent Sandy Creek High School.

David Adesina

North Forsyth High School

District: Forsyth County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Brown on a full-ride scholarship
Major: Neuroscience; minor in Philosophy or Psychology

David is a bright, dedicated young man who has been an integral part of the NFHS community. He is a valuable member of our HOSA program, Science Ambassadors, as well as creating a Black Student Union this year. He also serves as the NFHS Senior Class President. Within Science Ambassadors, David has shown his love for being a role model to elementary age students. He has helped many elementary students find the love for learning. David is well respected within the school building, working well with people of all backgrounds and personalities.

Radiya Ajibade

Campbell High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Southern California
Major: Business Administration

The candidate received the most votes from the faculty at CHS. This vote was based on based on the student's 1) good citizenship 2) academic successes 3) leadership abilities and 4) extra-curricular involvement.

Jaydon Aldridge

BEST Academy

District: Atlanta Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Creative Writing

Jaydon entered BEST Academy as a very reserved student but excited about the opportunity to become top scholar. He was meticulous about his classes and wanted to engage at a high academic level. Before entering high school, Jaydon received the REACH Scholarship in 8th grade. This energy was seen throughout his high school years. He joined the debate team and became the captain in his junior year. He served as a peer tutor for many of the younger scholars. Jaydon never shied away from serving others through community volunteerism.

Talha Ali

Wheeler High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Political Science/Pre-Law

Talha is the epitome of who we hope our students become. His academic achievement, his leadership and tireless advocacy for his peers and school make him stand out. Talha is always willing to help, to see the brighter side, and is always working to do the absolute best. He is filled with sunshine, and spreads it everywhere. As the student-leader of the STEAM Academy, he encourages others to think positively about school and life and be well-rounded. He is the Drum Major for Marching Band, and he simply brings excellence to all that he does.

Samuel Alkire

Pace Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Economics

Samuel is a model of excellence and citizenship at Pace Academy. As a senior, Samuel has served on Student Council, competed on both the track team and the cross country team, and has represented our school in programming competitions. He has done so while maintaining one of the top GPAs in his graduating class. For years, Samuel's teachers have remarked about his citizenship in the classroom and his dedication to learning. Samuel is also an Eagle Scout. Throughout his successful career at Pace, Samuel has always maintained his unflappable nature, easy going demeanor, and his genuine humility.

Kaedin Alvarez

Alpharetta High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Environmental Engineering

Kaedin is truly what the AJC Cup seeks to embody and represent. Kaedin's dedication to academics, leadership, community service and extracurricular involvement is superior! She constantly strives to make others feel welcome and wanted whether that's in her role as Student Council Vice-President, Alpharetta Thespian Troupe VP/Community Outreach, Dance Captain, School Governance Council (SGC) student representative, or previously in her roles as Environmental Club President and Junior State of America Secretary, all this while engaging in full-time rigorous courses. Kaedin has truly left her mark on Alpharetta High School and our community and we know she will do great things in this world.

Paris Andrews

Charles R Drew High School

District: Clayton County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Digital Marketing

Paris Andrews is a well-rounded student who truly embodies what it means to be an authentic individual and devoted scholar. She is an exceptional young lady who is a pleasure to be around and is a model for scholarship and service. Paris epitomizes qualities of excellence throughout her character, academic achievement and leadership and continues to rise to every challenge encountered.

Sara Anis Ali

Fayette County High School

District: Fayette County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Law

Sara has been an accomplished musician since 6th grade. She exemplifies academic excellence in every class that she has taken. She is a natural leader inside and outside the classroom. She has volunteered in numerous capacities. She demonstrates a desire to share her passions with others and did this by creating the 'Political Analysis' club at Fayette County High School. She is the 2022 Valedictorian. She exemplifies excellence in all that she does.

Desirai Archibald

Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy

District: Atlanta Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of San Francisco
Major: Neuro-Psychology

Desirai Archibald is an amazing and charismatic scholar, dancer, and leader. She was selected for the AJC Cup award by the school's faculty because she displays excellence in her academics, extracurricular activities, community service, and leadership. Additionally, she is a graceful dancer and has been a dedicated member of CSKYWLA's dance theatre since middle school and JROTC since her 9th grade year.

Shalamar Armelin

Hapeville Charter Career Academy

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Spelman College or Julliard
Major: Graphic design, clothing design, or ballet

Shalamar is an all around scholar who has shared her artistic talents by designing marketing materials for school events and assisting teachers with creating academic boards throughout the school. She leads in academic achievement, community service, and extra curricular activities. She serves as president of the Beta Club and is a member of the Student Government Association and the National Honor Society. Shalamar is exceptionally creative, hardworking, intelligent, and loves helping others.

Patrick Astorga

Pope High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Tech
Major: Mathematics

Patrick represents the best of Pope Academics and Athletics. He has the spirited energy of youth tempered with the logic and reason of someone much older. Extremely reliable, consistent, engaging, motivated, intelligent, aware, and generally just a decent human being. He won the Ga Tech InVenture Prize competition State First Place Winner and First Place Winner of the Medical Device Award, and Ga Tech InVenture third place winner in the nation and is also a valued member of the football and lacrosse teams.

Daniel Felipe Barreto Palma

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Notre Dame
Major: Aero-Space Engineering

Daniel has a high degree of scholarship -- he is a QuestBridge Scholar -- and his character is beyond reproach. He has been a stabilizing agent in his family as they address his serious health needs.

Jacob Beaver

Flowery Branch High School

District: Hall County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia State University
Major: Exercise Science, playing baseball at GSU

Jake is a well-rounded student. He takes a challenging academic load, is a student-athlete, and is involved in his school and community. He serves his school as a member of National Honor Society and participates in outside service activities like Wreaths Across America and Night to Shine. Jake was selected as class president and has been selected for leadership positions and awards by coaches on his baseball teams. He is an AP Scholar and Flowery Branch HS Scholar Athlete and has completed his Sports Medicine and Allied Healthcare pathways. Jake manages his academic load while excelling at baseball and maintaining a job.

Raymond Bedell

Frederick Douglass High School

District: Atlanta Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Raymond Bedell is the Frederick Douglass High School Valedictorian. An academically achieved student, Raymond from a young age was taught about the importance of education and always strives to learn more. His teacher indicate that he is a joy to teach and he is an intricate part of the student body.

Audrey Bender

Lakeside High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Undecided

Teacher and staff selection from senior class students

Tavin Bennett-Brown

New Manchester High School

District: Hall County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Southern University
Major: Theater

Tavin is a delightful young lady, who works hard to be an excellent example at New Manchester High School. While maintaining her status as an honor student, Tavin has been a member of the FAME magnet program in drama for the past four years. She also has been the head basketball manager for four years, the president of Culture 365 for the past two years, a member of FBLA for three years, and currently provides the morning announcements to the student body. Her magnetic personality and leadership style led her to become a semifinalist for the Posse scholarship, which is also why she has been selected to represent New Manchester High School for the AJC Cup.

Jayla Benson

Morrow High School

District: Clayton County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
4 Year College - Undecided
Major: Engineering or Computer Science

Jayla is an all-around exceptional student. She excels academically, is involved in the community and various extracurricular activities. She is destined to be a success in whatever she desires. She will make her mark in this generation of young adults that are globally competitive and culturally literate.

Halellujah Bereket

Tucker High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Undecided

A bright young lady (Halellujah Bereket), who is currently on track to graduate May 2022. Academically, her current grade point average is a 4.26 and continues to exemplify an outstanding academic performance. Hallelujah has proven to be an exciting, remarkable and cheerful young scholar. These traits have definitely helped her earn the respect of her teachers and peers. Not only does Halellujah understand the importance of academic achievement, but she also understands the importance of having character, respect for herself and others. This young lady, symbolizes everything needed to be successful in today's society. This is why she was chosen for the 2022 AJC Cup.

Aaron Berry

Whitefield Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Industrial Engineering

Ronny is consistently noted by his faculty as one of the most outstanding of their career. Outside of the classroom, Ronny is a member of our award winning Robotics team, competes on our Varsity Tennis Team, and has blessed our music program since seventh grade as a member of our Marching Band. He has a warm, generous personality and is well-liked and respected by all because of the genuine relationships with cultivates his peers. Ronny has excelled in his rigorous courses and has consistently demonstrated maturity, integrity, and dedication inside and outside the classroom.

Siddharth Bhaskaran

North Springs High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia State
Major: Film Making

Siddharth is quite possibly one of the most giving, caring, genuine, and selfless people I have ever known. He is both respectful of and respected by his peers and the staff at North Springs. Saying he is a hard worker does not give him the full credit he is due. When faced with a problem, he works to find solutions and always makes sure that those around him achieve success as well. Polite, charismatic, and mature beyond his age, Sidd represents the best that North Springs has to offer! Truly deserving of this honor!

Darnesha Binn

Carver Early College High School

District: Atlanta Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
LSU
Major: Graphis Design

Darnesha is a bright and driven young lady. Her determination and spirit shines throughout the halls of our school. She is admired by her peers and teachers alike. She ran for student body president and homecoming queen and when she got runner up instead, she stated much like Stacey Abrams, that not winning does not exempt her from the work of being the best student she came be and to continue to represent the school in the best possible light. This is exactly what she did. She embodies a scholar and athlete as she is in the top ten academically and serves as the cheer captain.

Joseph Francis Boveri Jr.

The Lovett School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Mathematics

Joey is involved in almost every aspect of Lovett. He is the definition of all around excellence. Academically, he is a total rock star. Joey is a National Merit Scholar and has earned Principal's List each semester of high school while taking the most rigorous course schedule, going to or past AP in each of his subjects. Joey has participated in the theater program for his entire upper school career and has been on the SGA through all four years. Joey is the description of all around excellence.

Zekylah Boyd

Heard County High School

District: Heard County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of West Georgia
Major: Nursing

Zekylah Boyd, also known as 'Z', is a truly inspirational student at Heard County High School. She manages to balance her priorities in a way that both her peers and teachers admire. She excels at every sport while also maintaining a 3.8 GPA and and consistently displaying the qualities of a true leader.

Mykah Boye

Westminster

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgetown University
Major: Pre-Med

Mykah Boye is an important member of our community and has learned how to use her voice for good. From elementary-aged students to her own classmates, she is a role model in affinity groups for Black students. Trained in theatre, Mykah has held numerous roles in Westminster productions and thrives on stage. As a consummate mentor, Mykah is active as a peer tutor and big sister. She hones her debating skills on the Mock Trial team and uses her wisdom and discernment on the Discipline Council. Mykah has thrived in her classes and will pursue a pre-med track at Georgetown University next year.

Brian Bradley

River Ridge High School

District: Cherokee County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
AirForce Academy
Major: Aeronautical Engineering

I have had the pleasure of getting to know Brian Bradley over the past several years. Brian is an exceptional student athlete who has continually performed at the top of his class while competing on the football field at a high level. Mr. Bradley is a model student who exemplifies a commitment and diligence in everything he does. I am confident Mr. Bradley will have a bright future ahead.

Courtney Nicole Brammer

DeKalb County School District

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
College (Awaiting Signing-Day)
Major: Psychology; Music minor

Courtney Brammer is an all around great student. Academically she is at the top of her class. She has completed several AP Courses and has scored extremely well on the exams. She is a member of the Southwest DeKalb March Band, RHO Kappa and has participated with several community service projects.

Carson Brantley

Union Grove High School

District: Henry County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Sports Marketing or Sports Management

Carson is an outstanding student and an exemplary representation of the Union Grove High School Class of 2022! She maintains an excellent grade point average in rigorous courses while at the same time excelling in three varsity sports, participating in multiple academic clubs, and serving in the community. Carson also serves as a liaison between the school and the community as a Wolverine ambassador and is a member of the Athletic council at UGHS. Her impact on our school, and our community, will be felt long after she leaves for college.

Emma Britten

West Forsyth High School

District: Forsyth County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Florida State University, first year studying abroad in Florence, Italy
Major: Sports Management

Emma Britten is a stellar scholar athlete and an amazing representative of West Forsyth High School. She is well liked by her teachers and peers and actively involved in making our school a better place. She has consistently maintained over a 4.0 GPA while balancing AP course with her passion for sports. She is a pitcher for the WFHS softball team and a leader on the field. She plays an integral role in motivating and lifting team spirit. Emma also serves as a manager for the basketball team.

John-Everette Bryan Jackson

Carrollton High School

District: Carrollton City Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Civil Engineering

Jeb" serves as a leader among his peers on and off-campus. He serves as President of Student Council, Captain of the Cross Country team, a member of National Honor Society, Technology Students of America, Varsity Track and Field, and is ranked in the top 10% of the senior class. He has completed nine Advanced Placement courses and seven honors-level courses throughout his high school career. Outside of school, Jeb balances academic rigor with on-site job skills, as he interns with a local construction company. Jeb has committed to UGA with plans to major in Civil Engineering.

Natalie Reese Calbert

Etowah High School

District: Cherokee County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Tech
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Natalie is the whole package. She is athletically and academically gifted with a passion for always striving for perfection. She is humble with her abilities and does not boast about her #2 class rank. Natalie is committed to excellence in every task she sets forth do to. She is extremely organized and plans her time to achieve her goals. Her normal day is generally spent with lots of running and studying. Natalie has a kind heart and is loyal. She has a twin sister that has always been just a little faster in running. Natalie cheers her on and lets it be a motivator for her. She looks out for her and will have her friends' backs if needed too. Natalie has been entrusted with caring for children by babysitting and dog sitting for families in the neighborhood. It will be difficult to find anyone more qualified for your university. She is everything needed for success. I look forward to hearing of her future accomplishments.

Ashley Calderon

South Gwinnett High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Emory University
Major: Chemistry

This student has proven throughout her High School career to be a leader, disciplined, competitive and an overall well rounded individual. As Salutatorian of the class of 2022, Ashley has charged herself to be the best, surround herself by the best and challenge herself, peers and teachers to show up as the best version of themselves in order to obtain their desired results. This student is an inspiration to those who cross her path.

Ariel Campbell

Foothills Education Charter High School

District: Foothills Education Charter High School
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided, college after travel
Major: Undecided

Teachers describe Ariel Campbell as one of the most intelligent, self motivated, naturally adept students they have encountered. While employed almost full time at Longhorn, she earned a 94.085 weighted GPA. Often, Ariel arrived after work at 8:30 just to take a posttest. Ariel played high school volleyball and helped lead volleyball club youth camp. She currently serves as a peer tutor for struggling students outside of school and donates time and resources to the F.I.S.H. and the Quinn House, both charitable organizations. Family involvement is also at her heart. Ariel wants to travel to experience Ireland, England, and Japan before college.

Joshua Luis Carreon Canlas

Lanier High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Joshua was nominated by several teachers to receive the AJC cup because he is a well rounded student. Joshua is a true leader. He is involved in the Student Council, Lanier Student Leadership Team/Peer Leaders school and the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team. Joshua is involved in a variety of extra curricular activities. He plays basketball for Lanier, is an excellent violinist in the orchestra, and maintains a 4.2. He is ranked 4th in his senior class.

Cindy Cao

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School

District: Archdiocese of Atlanta
Post-Graduation Plans:
Mercer University in Macon, GA
Major: Undergrad: BioChemistry and Molecular Biology; Post-Graduate: Medical School

Cindy Cao, Mercy's Class of 2022 Valedictorian, encompasses all that Mercy hopes to instill in each graduate. From being a part of the Athletic Training Student Aide Program, Co-Director of FLAME, a Student Ambassador, Science Olympiad member, to taking part in the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Explorer Program, her Parish's Vietnamese Language Program, and shadowing doctors to learn more about her future aspirations, Cindy has represented and embodied the school's motto and mission throughout her high school career. She has been an avid member of multiple athletic teams, pioneering the first Women's Flag Football Team in the 2021-2022 inaugural season

Megan Carr

East Coweta High School

District: Coweta County School System
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of West Georgia
Major: Undecided

Megan can be described as a kind and dedicated leader. She is the Valedictorian of the ECHS Class of 2022 and has worked diligently over the past four years to achieve this high honor. Megan exemplifies everything that the AJC Cup holds dear and is considered one of the finest students to graduate from East Coweta. She can be described as a true servant leader.

Justice Carswell

Booker T. Washington High School

District: Atlanta Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Sociology

The faculty and staff voted to recognized Justice Carswell for her outstanding leadership abilities and outstanding work as scholar at BTW. She is the SGA President and have made great strives in improving the community. She is currently ranked in the Top 10% of her graduating class and has attended Georgia State University as dual enrolled student since her junior year.

Ximena Castro

Newnan High School

District: Coweta County School System
Post-Graduation Plans:
Middle Georgia State University
Major: Airline Pilot

This award is voted on by all faculty and staff. It goes to an outstanding senior who represents scholarship, leadership, and citizenship. Ximena displays all these qualities. She is a hard worker, the first one to volunteer, and she has a positive impact on all those around her. She brings out the best in those she works with.

Jo-Yee Chan

Gwinnett Online Campus

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Oregon
Major: Business (Marketing or Finance), Sports Business/Law

Jo-Yee has been the embodiment of what we hope Gwinnett Online Campus provides for students. She has challenged herself in the classroom as well as in the community. Jo-Yee is a tremendous student academically while being a nationally ranked tennis player. She has disciplined herself to maintain these standards and still make time to serve her family and community.

Nicolle Chavez-Ramirez

Elite Scholars Academy Early College Magnet School

District: Clayton County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Computer Engineering

Nicolle is a quiet storm. What I mean by that is, she is not someone to brag on her accomplishments or what she has done or is doing. She just stays 'in her lane' and thrives. Nicolle is confident without being pompous. She is humble and likeable- a very well-rounded student. You would never know that she will be graduating from Clayton State University with an Associate's degree BEFORE she receives her high school diploma!

Jean Cherelus

Miller Grove High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia State University
Major: Entrepreneurship; minor in Psychology

Jean is a standout leader among his classmates, he is respected by peers and school officials alike. Jean is an intelligent, ambitious, dependable and driven young man. Over the past four years, Jean has done an excellent job of being involved in his school and community while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Miles 'Jesse' Chippindale

Discovery High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Ponoma College Claremont, California
Major: Environmental Analysis and Economics

Miles 'Jesse' Chippindale is one of the most focused and intellectually curious students we have at Discovery High School. His academic prowess can be seen in his transcript however, he is active in all things environmental inside and outside the classroom. He has created his own business centered around water conservation and awareness. He's competed in and won several awards in Science Fairs and numerous academic awards. Jesse's intellect secured him spots in elite private schools prior to middle school. Jesse plans to explore his academic interests of environmental science, economics, and mathematics in college. He also plans to pursue his existing extracurricular interest in research, tutoring, and project development, along with work in marketing. However, Jesse's passion is to invent new solutions in educational management and improve the existing environmental situations.

Ian Chung

Marist School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Columbia University
Major: Undecided

Ian Chung is an inspiring student who excels in the classroom and beyond. An accomplished scholar and talented athlete, he is a valuable member of the state championship-winning varsity boys tennis team and nationally ranked Speech & Debate Team. He also was selected as a finalist in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. Ian's teachers consider him a model student who is clever and modest and looks for ways to include other students. They commend him for always being ready with an observation that raises a point nobody else has considered, taking the conversation to a deeper level.

Tucker Cleary

Social Circle City High School

District: Social Circle City Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Birmingham-Southern
Major: Undecided

Tucker is a hard working, dedicated young man. He is well liked by his teachers and peers. Tucker's has a big heart and for those some may consider to be less fortunate. He always interacts with the exceptional education students by involving them in sports activities. Tucker is just as strong academically as he is in the weight room. He has exceled in athletics in regards to football, wrestling, and golf.

Ryan Clever

Pinecrest Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Rice University, one of the most selective music schools in the country
Major: Orchestra, flute

Ryan competed and was awarded the top chair in the District Honor Band for both Flute and Alto Saxophone. He is the principal flutist in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the principal flutist in the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, both highly prestigious ensembles and very difficult to get into, let alone be the principal player on your instrument. Ryan also tried out and made The GMEA All-State Band finishing 1st overall for the entire state! He was also awarded a full scholarship for the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. He will perform in Carnegie Hall, and participate in a tour of Europe to include Amsterdam, Berlin and Lucerne. What's more impressive than Ryan's musical talent is his strong moral character. Ryan is a true servant leader who uses his gifts and talents to enrich his community.

Kate Cole

Greater Atlanta Christian School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Tech
Major: Medical School

Kate Cole is ambitious, diligent, reliable, and incredibly intelligent, someone who can take on hard tasks and see them through to the end. She is the quiet one in the background, leading by example. Her intelligence and common-sense shines through in all her activities, which has brought adult level responsibilities and opportunities her way throughout her high school career. Her academic record is exceptional. She has gone beyond our typical AP class load of 6 AP courses and will complete 9 AP classes upon graduation. Her GPA has placed her in the top 3 percent of her class, which she has achieved and maintained alongside her many contributions in extracurriculars and community service. Kate is well respected by our faculty and her peers. She was selected as the Academic Prefect for this year, a position she attained through a rigorous application process that culminated in a faculty panel interview. She has led a committee of fellow students in establishing one of her main initiatives for this year: a peer tutoring program that will be sustainable beyond this current Senior class.

Tanner Coleman

Chattahoochee High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Brigham Young University - Idaho
Major: Undecided

Kind. Sincere. Determined. Funny. Optimistic. Confident. Tanner is a student athlete and role model who embodies all of these traits which is why he was an EASY choice for the AJC Award. He is a leader who holds others accountable, accepts responsibility, and will stand on what he believes no matter the outcome. Well-loved by his peers and teachers, his beautiful spirit and personality attracts others and lights up every room he enters. He works really hard to achieve at the highest level and is super humble by each of his successes. Tanner will leave lasting impressions wherever life leads him.

Kaily Ann Collett

Parkview High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Alabama-Birmingham
Major: biomedical science; play softball

Kaily is a well-rounded student who not only excels in the classroom but also on the athletic field. She has a 4.128 GPA and played basketball for a total of three years and was on varsity for two of those years. She also played four years of varsity softball where she won numerous local and county awards. She is also a pathway completer for the Technology pathway at Parkview. She plans to attend the University of Alabama Birmingham and major in Biomedical Science and play collegiate softball.

Kaylee Collins

Griffin High School

District: Griffin-Spalding
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Pennsylvania
Major: Nursing (major); Health communications (minor)

Kaylee is nominated for the amount of academic achievement, leadership and community service that she has completed. Kaylee is in National Honor Society, FBLA, HOSA, Key Club, BETA Club, and 4-H, and is ranked Number One in her class.

Jahzire Combs

Riverdale High School

District: Clayton County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Undecided

Jahzire Combs is a resilient student and has worked diligently to overcome adversity. He has made positive contributions to Riverdale High School and his community.

Allison Cook

Locust Grove High School

District: Henry County
Post-Graduation Plans:
Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College (ABAC)
Major: Agribusiness

Allison Cook is a hard worker, is dedicated to education, and has a deep commitment to excellence in all she does. Ms. Cook currently has a 4.0 GPA, but even more importantly, she has ensured that her passion and educational pursuits have aligned giving her the best possible opportunity for success after school. You can see that level of dedication and love for what she does in offices she holds and the work that she does. Allison is currently an FFA and FCCLA Officer, she is a part of HOSA and Beta Club. She is the CEO of a school based enterprise called, 'The Shabbies,' and a member of the National Honors Society while juggling Varsity Lacrosse and over 100 hours of community service for the last four years. Allison is a perfect example and representation of our school's vision of being True BLUE!

Da'Quan Cooney

Luella High School

District: Henry County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Howard University
Major: Musical Theatre

DaQuan Cooney was selected to receive the AJC Cup Award by the faculty and administrators at Luella High School because he embodies characteristics of an effective student leader. DaQuan is the president of Luella High School's Student Government Association and Black Student Union. In addition, he has actively participated in a host of community and school organizations while maintaining a 4.33 GPA. DaQuan Cooney has worked closely with students, teachers as well as administrators to create positive change at Luella High School. We are honored to have had the pleasure of educating such an amazing young man.

Kailey Covera

Haralson County High School

District: Haralson County
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of West Georgia
Major: French; minor in Political Science

Kailey has undisputed academic talents. She currently has a 4.1 GPA and is ranked in the top of her graduating class. Kailey is a dual enrolled student at West Georgia Technical College in Carrollton, where she has earned 18 credit hours thus far. Kailey is driven, confident, hardworking, respectful, and an exceptional student. Kailey has never taken the easy way out and pushes herself to take opportunities for growth and apply them to make positive change in our community. Kailey is passionate about the fine arts. She is taking courses in band, chorus, and drama. She is actively involved in our drama program and performs in numerous productions throughout the year. She is extremely talented in this area and puts in hours of work with the drama department.

John Covert

Lithonia High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Louisiana State University (LSU)
Major: Civil Engineer

John Amir Covert is an exceptional student at Lithonia High School with a 3.95 GPA. He is well respected among his peers and by his teachers. John has been accepted in the Naval Academy Preparatory School due to his moral, mental and physical prowess. He currently serves as Executive Officer highest ranking in the ROTC Cadet Program, which is the second highest office. John is among the top ten of graduating seniors at Lithonia High School in the 2022 school year. He is also a UGA Merit Award recipient. Along with his outstanding leadership skills, John is known for his self-discipline, faith, confidence and perseverance and it is these attributes that he was selected to Football's Second Team All-Region. He values his community as he participates in the Veteran's Day Parade, teach Jr. Achievement to middle schoolers and recruits for the NJROTC. During his spare time, Mr. Covert likes to play the piano and lifts weights to stay fit.

Kelly Cronan

Lumpkin County High School

District: Lumpkin County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Kelly is a phenomenal, talented young person with a bright future ahead. She leads the very active Student/Teacher Council efforts in the school community, involved in several school CTSO chapters, is a 3 sport athlete, and excels academically.

Myah Crowell

Charles R. Drew Charter School

District: Atlanta Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Brandeis University, Posse Scholar
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Myah is so brilliant, but I would argue that she is more of a gentle humanitarian than anything else. She's an all-encompassing, amazing student. She is academically talented, and her hard work paid off, as a result, she was named valedictorian for the graduating class of 2022. Myah will attend Brandeis University as a Posse Scholar and aspires to major in biomechanical engineering or a related field. She is interested in working on genetic life-threatening disorders as well as Myositis, Sickle Cell Anemia, and other diseases. Her leadership and extracurricular involvement are felt throughout the Drew community as she is a Project ENGAGES researcher, MIT Inventeam leader, a member of the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team, and a Governor's semifinalist. An all-around kind and intelligent student, we are proud to celebrate her as the 2022 AJC Cup winner!

Neal Daniel

Douglas County High School

District: Douglas County School System
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Miami
Major: Engineering

Neal Daniel is an extraordinary student with an impressive list of academic accomplishments to his credit. Neal has been accepted to over ten Universities, including Yale, Duke, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest, amassing nearly 1 million dollars in scholarship awards. He is an International Baccalaureate student, the President of the French National Honor Society, a member of the Science National Honor Society, and he was awarded the coveted "Team Player and Scholar Athlete of the Year Award'' as the Captain of Douglas County High School's Varsity Men's Soccer Team. He has been able to maintain an impressive 4.0 grade point average while balancing his athletic affiliations and civic pursuits. Neal's academic prowess is matched only by his kindness and service to the community. He volunteers his time by coaching various youth soccer camps, assisting residents at the Grace Assisted Living Facility, organizing donation drives to support countries in peril, assisting with the Toys for Tots Marines Christmas Drives, and participating in the Youth Leadership Douglas.

Rohan Datta

The Galloway School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Materials Science and Engineering

Rohan is part science and technology whiz kid, part philosopher, part artist, part entrepreneur, and part community leader and consensus builder, all wrapped up in a package of extroverted joy and curiosity. He is inclusive, deeply caring, and exceptionally inquisitive about the world around him. He is a lifelong learner and an outstanding student, pursuing knowledge both inside and outside the classroom. From playing varsity tennis to interning in a lab at Georgia Tech to being The Galloway School's student body president, Rohan is the definition of a servant-leader and why our faculty selected him as our AJC Cup recipient.

Bella Delullo

Walnut Grove High School

District: Walton County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Business

On behalf of Walnut Grove High School, it is our pleasure to nominate Bella Delullo as the AJC Cup winner. Bella is truly a stellar student, athlete and community member. Both in the classroom and on the court, Bella is always looking for ways to empower, encourage and elevate those around her.

Saliou Diallo

Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School

District: Atlanta Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Nursing

The ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION CUP (AJC Cup) is awarded to a senior who is deemed the best all-around student by the administration, faculty, and staff. The 2022 recipient is the most versatile student at Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School. This student has achieved academically and embodies all the qualities that we encourage our students to emulate.

Armani Dill

Roswell High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Vanderbilt University
Major: Psychology and Sociology

Armani Dill is an unforgettable student. She is ready to jump in with both feet whether it's learning a language, writing poetry, helping students in AVID, leading a club, interviewing like a rock star at Skills USA and FBLA, or helping run a community political campaign. Armani gives 100% all of the time. Her zest for life, natural curiosity, and keen intellect are evident in everything she does. She will be attending Vanderbilt in the Fall 2022. She once said ,"My grades represent me. My parents taught me to give 100% to my academics."�

Kazah Jahlil Dixon

Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts

District: Clayton County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
NA
Major: NA

Kazah has continuously worked with middle school band students to help develop their fundamental and musical growth as young developing musicians. He has achieved this act through teaching free private lessons and large ensemble rehearsal with Roberts SOA and Rex Mill students in Clayton County Public Schools. Kazah works extremely hard to improve his trumpet performance ability, integrates information and is committed to growth in all areas of his music and academic performance. This year, Kazah auditioned and was accepted in the State of Georgia's Governor's Honors Program for Jazz trumpet. He placed 3rd in the Georgia Music Educators Associations Jazz All-State Band. Kazah is a very amicable and conscientious individual who collaborates well with his peers by assisting them with musical and social support throughout his matriculation through the music program here at Stilwell. Kazah has displayed only the finest manifestations of character and integrity. Kazah always completes anything he has agreed to do as far as musical performance and as a band leader. He has led sectional rehearsals and never once not completed the tasks given to him. Overall, this student is an outstanding leader and role model for other students. Some of Kazah's accomplishments includes: Governor's Honors Jazz, Georgia Music Educators Association Jazz All-State, Georgia Music Educators District Honor Band, Rialto Jazz at Ga State University, Stilwell SOA Middle School Mentor for Band.

Lauren Dobbs

Mill Creek High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Kennesaw State University
Major: Undecided

Lauren Dobbs is a senior at Mill Creek High School. In 21 years of teaching and coaching in Gwinnett County Public Schools, I have come across just a handful of student athletes that has had as big an impact on her school, community, academic, and athletic programs as Lauren Dobbs. Dobbs is a 3-sport athlete here at Mill Creek (flag football, basketball, and lacrosse) while she maintains a 3.956 GPA. When she has free time, you can find her helping with a basketball clinic for the youth, or helping a peer who might be struggling in a math or science class. Dobbs has made an indelible impression on her peers and the faculty/staff of Mill Creek High School.

Lyle Donovan

Cambridge High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Engineering; also interested in Data Science and Geography

Excellent student who excels in AP classes. he has led teams to a state championship and two region championships. Performs in honors bands around the state. Volunteers at a local farm co-op and gives back to the community through various volunteer projects.

Tyler Dorsey

Chapel Hill High School

District: Douglas
Post-Graduation Plans:
Spelman College
Major: Political Science/ Pre-Law

Tyler Dorsey embodies what it means to be a Chapel Hill High School Panther. Even through a very demanding course schedule she has excelled academically and is in the top 2% of her class. She is also extremely involved in athletics and extracurricular clubs. She is a student that is a stranger to no one and is willing to help anyone with any task.

Aiden Economopoulos

Carlton J. Kell High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Business

Aiden Economopoulos is a kind, polite, flexible, fun-spirited student. He excels in the classroom and extracurricular activities. In the classroom, he is attentive and respectful, and willingly redelivers information to students around him. His determination to understand content beyond needing to know it "for a grade" is admirable and appreciated. He is compassionate and inclusive in his interactions with his classmates. With extra-curriculars, he is a great leader both on and off the field. Aiden is a captain and even earned the Most Valuable Player. He goes out of his way to help his teammates grow as players and better people. He takes risks and accepts responsibility that his peers simply do not, which sets him apart.

Paula Elaigwu

Meadowcreek High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Computer Science

Paula is an independent and hard-working student that seeks out opportunities on her own. She takes charge of her own learning and does not wait for opportunities to come. I believe this is a great leadership characteristic to have. She clearly understands what she'd like to do as a career and can't wait to get there. When talking to her about future aspirations, it is refreshing to hear her talk about computer science and how it brings her joy when she can successfully code. She loves the challenge.

Benito Emrich-Branche

Tapestry Public Charter School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Perimeter College at Georgia State University
Major: History and Political Science

Benito is currently an active member of the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee, Student Government Association, Black Student Union as well as the Varsity boys' flag football and volleyball teams. He has held leadership roles and responsibilities in each of these. He is also a former member of the Spanish club. Benito has earned several hours of community service through helping to organize several school-wide canned food drives and volunteering with Briarlake Church to clean up schools in our area, attending mission trips to help the youth who are less fortunate and collecting donations of Christmas presents for underprivileged children.

Lillie Cate Ergle

Cherokee High School

District: Cherokee County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia.
Major: Criminal Law

Lillie Cate is an outstanding young woman. She excels academically, but more importantly, she is a mentor and role model for others. In addition to membership in several academic clubs, she is a founding member of the National English Honor Society Lillie Cate helped create a peer tutoring writing center to tutor other students with their writing skills. She believes that service to others is an important part of her life.

Grant Espy

Duluth High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Mechanical Engineering

This student is brilliant, articulate, curious, and extremely hard-working who always does the best work in his classes and leadership capacities. His passion is used to make this world better, and nearly every move he makes is in accordance with his mission to improve society. In addition to his community service within NHS, student council, and LEAD, he also is a competitive athlete playing lacrosse and running cross county. He exhibits all the qualities that athletes often do: discipline, passion, intellectual strength, courage, and fortitude. Grant's strength of character is his best quality he is kind, considerate, honest and disciplined.

Luke Farris

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Manchester or Georgia Tech
Major: Mechanical Engineering

An ideal engineer and servant leader, Luke Farris is conscientious and untiring in his pursuit of excellence no matter the topic or role (AP's, Eagle Scout, leading retreats, fulfilling his roles as House President, or training for varsity swim and soccer). Along with being top of his class, Luke also shines in his commitment to humble service over all accolades. Luke is an active member of the Delta Omega service fraternity, a frequent volunteer at school retreats for lowerclassmen, and even forwent his accepted spot at Governor's Honors Program, so he could attend a mission trip with our school Chaplain.

Ayomide O. Fayemi

Creekside High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Washington University in St. Louis
Major: Chemistry Pre-Med

Ayomide Fayemi is the embodiment of the AJC Cup. Not only is she extremely motivated academically, but she also uses her spare time to help improve the school culture at Creekside High School. In addition to being a student in the AVID program, Ayomide has served as a member of National Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Creekside High School's Academic Team. On top of the school-based organizations she contributes to, Ayomide's work as a tutor and mentor for Creekside High School's AVID program has been the most impressive. She takes a great amount of pride in helping others.

Persephone Fierroz

Apalachee High School

District: Barrow County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Oglethorpe University
Major: Theatre and either Biology or English

Persephone is an excellent and well-rounded student. She is ranked among the top three students in her class, and she has maintained her high GPA while pursuing an incredibly rigorous class schedule. Persephone has been involved in drama club, international club, and Tri-M music society. She has participated in, and even led some community service projects in the Winder area. She has performed in many school theatre productions, and she has won awards for her acting abilities at the regional and state level. Persephone has won multiple academic awards, including being a semifinalist for the Governor's Honors Program. She is an outstanding student and person.

Allison Gaudion

The Walker School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgetown University
Major: Undecided

Allie brings enthusiasm and positive energy to everything she touches. She has contributed to--and excelled in--so many aspects of The Walker School. In addition to her academic achievements, Allie is a gifted orator and veteran of our theatre program and mock trial team, is a Peer Leader, a member of the Student Activities Union, and founded Book Club in the Upper School. Allie's longstanding involvement in so many different aspects of school life reflect her wide-ranging interests and formidable talents, and she has left the most positive impact on our school community.

Ella Goldstein

Atlanta Jewish Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Michigan
Major: Neuroscience

Ella Goldstein truly embodies the qualities that the AJC Cup celebrates. Beyond her stellar academics, Ella has been an exceptional leader both within our school's walls and beyond. Whether she is leading our local Bnei Akiva chapter, editing articles for our school's publication, helping a fellow student who might be struggling, Ella's concern for others and innate ability to lead shine through!

Said Gomez

Archer High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Business Administration

Said has been an integral part in creating the culture of high achievement at Archer High School. Not only is Said one of the top students in the Senior Class. but he also takes time to work with all students in the AP Department. He worked with many students endlessly last school year to help improve their writing skills in both AP Lang and AP European History. He spent hours peer reviewing work and giving feedback. Said works with other students in a way that is approachable and understandable, making it easy for students to ask questions. It is without doubt that Said was a contributing factor to student success in these Advanced Placement Classes.

Morgan Gosdin

The King's Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia College and State University
Major: Psychology and English

A highly intelligent and dedicated student, Morgan Gosdin was nominated by several of her teachers as one of TKA's most well-rounded seniors. She is a skilled journalist on staff with our student newspaper, The Verve, and member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, Quiz Bowl, Creative Writing Club, and our school Theater program, ACTS Drama. She has completed the necessary requirements to receive a Fine Arts seal on her diploma and earned key roles in several theatrical productions, most recently as Beatrice in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. In addition, she has sustained a dual-enrolled schedule at Chattahoochee Technical College, been employed part-time at Chick-Fil-A, and graduates with an above 4.0 GPA. Morgan balances her many activities with humility, grace and excellence. We are very proud of this senior and believe she will go on to experience even greater success beyond our doors.

Greg Gould

Starr's Mill High School

District: Fayette County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Computer Science

The reasons for selecting Greg Gould as the 21-22 AJC Cup Award winner for Starr's Mill High school is because he is highly motivated, displays stellar leadership skills, has achieved high academic standings and prides himself with an industrious work ethic. He exhibits a clear sense of purpose in all that he does. Greg has participated as a Debate team member. He also competes with our Math team as well as our Science Olympiad. He is a member of the Beta club, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society and our French Club. He has also participated in our Orchestra. He has been awarded many honors such as outstanding achievement in many of his Advanced Placement classes, involved with Science fair competitions in which he competed at the state level. He won multiple Debate awards at the local and state level. Lastly, during his summers he works 30 to 35 hours a week for a local restaurant as a crew member.

Timothy Greene

Cornerstone Preparatory Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Tech
Major: BioChemistry

Timothy is not only a stellar student, but he is well-rounded and incredibly kind and humble. He has consistently balanced our most rigorous academic load, part-time work, participation in clubs and multiple athletic teams, and community service activities throughout high school, while maintaining straight A's. He is mature and poised, kind-hearted, a true servant-leader, and is organized and responsible.

Tavallis Griggs

The Carver STEAM Academy

District: Atlanta Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Atlanta Technical College
Major: Aviation

Mr. Tavallis Griggs was chosen for the AJC Cup Award due his outstanding service in the community. Tavallis began working with the nonprofit organization COR Inc., in partnership with Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, two years ago during the pandemic. He spent countless hours in service managing food drives, ensuring that families who were impacted could feed their loved ones.

Samad Hakani

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Physics and Economics

Samad has excelled in our rigorous academic environment and is the Valedictorian of his class. In addition to his regular coursework, he has interned over the last two years at the Chapman Research Lab at Georgia Tech, studying computational physics. Samad stands out as a student who truly believes in the importance of civic engagement. He has served on our Student Council for 4 years, and this year is on the Executive Board of the GA Association of Student Councils. He has also worked as a Youth Community Organizer for the Georgia Muslim Voter Project.

Zaia Hammond

Peachtree Ridge High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
UCLA
Major: Possible Majors: Biology, Pre-Med Health and Humanities Anthropology Political Science

Zaia Hammond was selected for the AJC Cup award because she stands out for academic excellence, leadership, community service, and extra-curricular involvement. She is a scholar earning a 4.273 GPA and ranked 34 out of 776 students. Zaia's leadership experience includes the Freshman Leadership Team, Peachtree Ridge Leadership Team, and Gwinnett Student Leadership Team, as well as a volunteer softball coach for the girl's peewee league. In addition, she serves her community as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Gwinnett Summer Meals Program, Student Council member, and poll official. Zaia is also an award-winning softball athlete.

Samuel Hauck

St. Pius X Catholic High School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Tech
Major: Computer Engineering

Sam is an incredibly well-rounded and humble young man who loves the school and demonstrates this by his involvement and sacrifices: he is a varsity football player, is on the band, and tutors others. His intelligence is elite, demonstrated by the fact that he is a National Merit Scholar. Finally, he gives what little time he has to volunteer at his church and hold a job.

Anne Heiser

Ben Franklin Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Davidson College
Major: Undecided, maybe pre-medicine

Anne 'Gibby' Heiser is our school's nominee for so many reasons. She is a top performing student academically, earning top grades in AP courses and while also achieving one of the highest ACT scores in her class. Gibby is an active participant in our Philanthropy Club, acting as a leader in fundraisers and spearheading a school supply drive for a refugee center in Clarkston. She is an intern at the Emory University School of Nursing, assisting in the simulation lab. A loyal friend, an equestrian, a camp counselor, and a "rockhound," Gibby approaches every task with dedication and enthusiasm.

Kyle Hessel

Independence High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Navy
Major: Navy

Kyle can think critically beyond the content that is delivered in class. He consistently goes above and beyond, always working to do his best. He provides thought provoking insights in class discussion. He proven leadership abilities and was selected by teachers to work as a teaching aid. He remained in school an additional semester past when he could have graduated so he could take Dual Enrollment Classes. He is disciplined and will continue to thrive when he joins the Navy this summer. Overall Kyle is a delightful student and an example of what all students should strive to be.

Jackson Hewitt

North Cobb Christian School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Samford University
Major: Finance and Applied Mathematics

Jackson Hewitt is a wonderful representative of a North Cobb Christian School graduate. A godly young man, Jack is known for his integrity, servant leadership, academic excellence, and authentic relationships with others. A stellar athlete, Jack is captain of the varsity basketball team, achieving First Team All-Region, All-Region Honorable Mention, and the Eagle Award. He leads by example, serving in student government and in the NCCS Business Academy. In addition to high academic rigor, Jack has fostered a culture of mutual respect, sincerity, and kindness among his classmates. Jack plans to attend Samford University and major in finance and applied mathematics.

Ahmad Javarius Hicks

Woodland High School

District: Henry County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
North Carolina A&T State University
Major: Civil Engineering; minor in Communications

Amad serves as President of Woodland High School's (WHS) National Honor Society (HS) along with the Faculty Liaison for the National Spanish HS. He is also a member of the WHS Tennis Team, National English HS, Principal's Advisory Council, and the Student Government Association. He has volunteered his time with the Youth Council at his church and the Dekalb County Food Distribution Center. Some recognitions include the Outstanding Freshman Award, 1st Place Award in the Henry County Science Fair, 1st Place Award in the Henry County World Languages Fair in Poetry, "A" Honor Roll Award and he is a GHP Candidate.

Julia Hicks

Capstone Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
UNCSA (UNC School of the Arts) or UGA
Major: Film

Whenever a new club or event is happening, Julia can usually be found right in the middle of it. She has been instrumental in the creation of several clubs and organizations here at Capstone, and her outgoing personality attracts others to her.

Evelyn Hicks

Mount Pisgah Christian School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Political Science

Eve Hicks is everything you want in a high school student: academically curious, impacting our school community and beyond through her involvement in myriad organizations, and being a catalyst for respectful conversation. Eve is the president of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Club the vice-president of Student Government and the Secretary of Tri-M Music Honor Society. Her activities include chorus, drumline, lacrosse, girls basketball manager, staff writer for the school newspaper, and a member of the Mock Trial team. Outside of school she volunteers for the Timothy Project, where she mentors younger girls and leads Bible studies.

Noah Hicks

George Walton Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
California Institute of Technology
Major: Information and Data Sciences

Noah was selected by GWA's high school faculty because of his dedication to excellence in academics, service and support of his peers and school through his outstanding leadership in multiple facets. As of this submission, he is on track to be named the school's valedictorian. Noah consistently exceeds expectations in the classroom, even in the most challenging Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment curriculum. Noah beautifully balances his brilliance with a kind and humble heart. Noah's camaraderie with his classmates, teammates, and his sister should be admired. His attitude is contagious, and his encouragement of others is inspiring.

Emily Higdon

Temple High School

District: Carroll County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Biology or a pre-med undergraduate program, medical school

Emily has been an outstanding student and athlete since she first stepped foot on our campus as a freshman. She began challenging herself academically by enrolling in AP and dual enrollment classes as a sophomore. On the soccer field, she scored 152 career goals--even after the 2020 season was cut short due to Covid. She was named the 2022 West Regional Positive Athlete. Her passion for learning and her loyalty to her school, her teammate, and her friends make her one of our most cherished and celebrated Temple Tigers.

Ania Hill

Ola High School

District: Henry County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
North Carolina A&T
Major: Criminal Justice

Ms. Ania Hill is an honors student, a 3 sport athlete, an active member of multiple OHS Clubs including SGA, BSU, BETA, NHS, NTHS, and a Georgia High School Association Student Advisory member. Ania is a phenomenal young lady and is a true example of the Ola way. She has piled on Honors, Advanced Placement, and currently Dual Enrollment classes. Ania will graduate in the spring with a Distinguished Technology Diploma Seal, as she will complete two Career Technology Pathway Courses. Ania has shown how her heart is the color gold. She takes time with special needs students, befriends at-risk students, and choses to accept individuals no matter their social surroundings, academic success, or their background.

Emmett Hill

Harrison High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Morehouse College
Major: Undecided

Emmett is a true leader. He challenged himself in multiple honors and AP classes while balancing sports and extracurricular activities. He is hardworking and always willing to assist others. Emmett is a four-year varsity athlete and captain on our tennis team, which was 7A boys final four his junior year. Sophomore year, Emmett was pivotal on our football team during our state championship run. He is consistently recognized as a scholar athlete. This past football season, he was voted captain by his peers for his natural leadership and dedication. Emmett is also involved with Step Up and Vote, a student run organization designed to provide voter awareness and resources to new voters.

Karyssa Hiller

Brandon Hall School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Vermont
Major: Undecided

The faculty and staff voted on this award and this student had the most votes. She exemplifies all that an AJC Cup winner is. A wonderful person and student.

Emory Hilton

South Forsyth High School

District: Forsyth County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Utah Valley University
Major: Pre-Dental

As our senior class president, a two time state champion competition cheerleader, and a highly ranked honor student, Emory was an easy selection for our faculty and staff. Her leadership, maturity, community involvement, and excellent morals make her truly stand above the rest. Beyond her resume, Emory is an even better person, and somebody who truly embodies the qualities of a South Forsyth War Eagle!

Dallas Hogan

Central Gwinnett High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Kennesaw State University
Major: Acting and Business or Film Studies

Chosen through a nomination process, Dallas is a dynamic, mature, hilarious and intelligent young man. A bright light not only in the top ten percent of the senior class, he is extremely creative and gifted in the theater arts. Dallas also received the top nomination for our 'Caring Award' for his willingness to help anyone in need

Shelby Howerton

Milton High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Tech
Major: Neuroscience

As a 4-year member, three of those years as an officer, and currently president of HOSA, Shelby Howerton is the epitome of a Milton student. She has organized various opportunities for HOSA, and in that process gained meaningful insight in the medical field. She has been a member of the Cross Country team and Track and Field team for three years. Shelby is described as a student that stands out above others. Always pleasant, always having a smile on her face. She strives to give everything her absolute best, both in the classroom and outside.

Allison Hunter

South Atlanta High School

District: Atlanta Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Harvard University or Spellman College
Major: Political Science/Journalism

Allison is a dynamic community service organizer, she cares about her school and community she resides in, and she is an excellent role model for the students at South Atlanta High School.

Shadre Hurst

Cartersville High School

District: Cartersville City Schols
Post-Graduation Plans:
Tulane University
Major: Biology/Pre-Med

Shadre is an extraordinary athlete, student, and all-around young man. He embodies the Purple Hurricane spirit because he represents excellence both on and off the field. As a leader, he consistently displays impeccable character, unwavering integrity, a positive attitude, and has a genuine gift of motivating others because he leads by example. Some of Shadre's accomplishments include winning the 2022 State Championship Wrestling Title in the Heavyweight Division, being a 4-year starter on the Purple Hurricanes Football team, all while maintaining a 3.9+ GPA. He is highly regarded and well respected by his teachers, coaches, and peers.

Natalie Hye-Young Park

Decatur High School

District: City Schools of Decatur
Post-Graduation Plans:
Emory University
Major: Business

She is intelligent, disciplined, and engaging a vital member of our school's soul. She has a strong desire to connect with her Korean culture as she forges her identity as someone who was born and raised in the United States. She is a leader in our Asian Culture Club (ACC), creatively planning and organizing. On one instance, she made a 'Jeopardy' game for the members to play with countless questions and answers as well as a little background on each centered around different customs in Asia. She also partnered with the AAPI students in an elementary school K-2.

Kejon Ivery

Stockbridge High Schools

District: Henry County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided - 4 year college
Major: Journalism

Kejon Ivery is an awesome student athlete who excels on and off the football field. He is extremely smart and has been accepted into many universities.

Thomas Jackson Byars

Woodward Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Undecided

Jackson Byars is the very epitome of what it means to be 'the best all around senior.' Jackson is the Valedictorian of his class, a National Merit commended scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, an accomplished athlete who led his tennis team to a state championship, and a leader in student government having served four years on the Student Government Association. From serving on our schools Honor Council and Discipline Board to being a Peer Leader, there are few students who have contributed to the well being of our community so thoroughly and completely.

Yomari Jackson

Mountain View High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of North Georgia
Major: Undecided

Yomari Jackson is a teacher's dream student. Yomari is academically talented, a leader, and gifted in Audio, Visual, Technology, & Film skills. Yomari is a natural on our Broadcasting Team and hosts weekly news and writes announcements. She stars, performs camera work, editing, and directing in AVTF student-created short films. In the Muslim Student Association and B.L.A.C.C, Yomari helps organize drives for our community. As Vice President of the photography club, she engages club members and supports their creative growth. On her own time, Yomari works part-time and enjoys reading and writing.

Termarr Johnson

Benjamin E. Mays High School

District: Atlanta Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgetown University
Major: Major League Baseball

It is with great pleasure that I nominate Termarr Johnson as an AJC Cup recipient. Termarr is currently a senior at Benjamin E. Mays High School who has a weighted GPA of 4.0. He is a well-rounded young man who is self-motivated and who demonstrates mastery in academics as well as in athletics. Termarr is involved in many extracurricular activities which includes serving as the Youth Chairperson at his church, National Honor Society, National Beta Club, and Varsity Baseball. I'm truly amazed with all that Termarr has accomplished and believes he is worthy of this honor.

Zoey Johnson

Georgia Cyber Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Spelman College & Georgia Institute of Technology Dual Degree Program
Major: Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Zoey is a young woman who exemplifies scholarship, service, and faith. During her time in high school, she has been an officer and active member in several student organizations, including National Honor Society, National Beta Club, and National Technical Honor Society. She also participates in Dual Enrollment and serves as an Advisory Board member for CTAE programming. Outside of school, Zoey is involved in her church and organizations like The HYPE Project and Girls Who Code. Her impeccable record and devotion to her community and family make her a role model for young women everywhere.

Kayla Johnson

Stone Mountain High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Alabama State University
Major: Biology

Kayla is one of the most ambitious, self-motivated, and resilient students I have worked with. During my first conversation with her, she expressed her career goals and stuck with them! She tackled the toughest classes and sought out more!!! Her educational prowess is impressive! I am excited about her adventurous career as a veterinary surgeon in Africa and other places in the wild!!!!!!

Kaimya Jones

Redan High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Animal Health and Veterinary Science

There are many positive and admirable qualities that define Kaimya. She exhibits a person of great character, initiative, dedication, and ambition. She displays the ability to respectfully work well with others and/or independently. She is generous, friendly, helpful, kind, family-oriented, and a dedicated young woman with confidence and grace. The most impressive things about her are her ability to analyze and collectively meet challenges gracefully and with calmness. It is an honor having this extraordinary, well-rounded young woman, Kaimya Jones, represent Redan High School and receive the prestigious 2022 AJC Cup Award.

Addie Joslin

Adairsville HS

District: Bartow County School System
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Graphic Design

Addie has been a valued member of the Adairsville High School Varsity Cheerleading Program. In her time at AHS, Addie has established an incredible reputation for herself - one of hard work, dedication to her team and sport, and respect given and received by all those around her. Another priceless quality of Addie is her unquenchable desire to improve herself and her team. Addie has never become complacent or never let an injury or set back slow her down. Addie has been a leader on both the competition and sideline teams, and she will be truly missed on our team and campus.

Amit Kamma

Paideia School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Undecided

In addition to his academic achievements, Amit is active in several high school clubs including Academic Bowl team. He was co-president of Model UN and served with distinction as a delegate at regional and national conferences.

Howard Kanour III

Allatoona High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Economics; minor in Behavioral Sciences

Ward is an incredible young man who works tirelessly to maximize his potential in all of his activities and classes. In addition, he has a patient, kind and humble demeanor that allows others to feel comfortable around him. These qualities make him a perfect team-mate and a highly valued member of our community. In short, his outstanding work ethic and strong moral compass make him the ideal Buccaneer and we are proud to have him represent the Allatoona High School Class of 2022!

Deborah Kanu

McClure Health Science High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Pre-med

Deborah embodies determination and hard work according to McClure Health Science High School's faculty and staff. She is extremely considerate towards others and her kindness is infectious. Deborah is a leader among her classmates and is respected by peers and school officials alike. She is the vice-president of the Black Student Union and for the past three years, she has been an active member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Student Council, and the Social Political Activism Club. Deborah is involved in the health science program and plans to pursue a career in the medical field.

Mikayla Kendall

Grayson High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Washington University in St. Louis
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Mikayla is a natural leader and has successfully filled leadership roles at Grayson High School. Mikayla is an active member and officer in several Grayson Clubs. She is the Vice President of Student Council, Secretary of Pearls of Wisdom, and is an officer in Uplift. Even as a student Mikayla's leadership abilities show through by always participating in class, even via Zoom.

Cameron Keskonis

Mill Springs Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Mercer University
Major: Sports Broadcasting

Cameron always welcomes everyone with a hearty smile, warm laugh, and a caring attitude. He has been a sports fan whose passions led him to participate on our school's flag football team. He cares for his peers and teachers, taking note of what is important to them, and is often providing laughter sharing favorite quotes he has experienced from his teachers. He was awarded the Media Challenge Scholarship for Mercer. Also, this summer, he will be completing an unpaid internship with Complete Broadcasting Inc to acquire more skills in the area. He will also be able to create his own podcast at the studio. Cameron is a shining light of kindness and we can't wait to see how his life unfolds as he continues his journey after high school.

Nour Khalifa

Atlanta Girls School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: BA in Architecture

This young lady's passion for knowledge combined with a rigorous academic challenge, natural intellectual abilities, and genuine dedication towards improving herself, our school, and society, makes this scholar stand out in the Class of 2022. Nour is an exceptional young woman she is thoughtful, dedicated, and kind as she participates wholeheartedly in all areas of her life.

Varoon Sai Kodithala

Alliance Academy for Innovation

District: Forsyth County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Tech
Major: Industrial Engineering

Varoon has proven to be the embodiment of a compassionate leader and member that will wear every 'hat'� that is thrown his way. Outside of his documented success throughout his academic career, Varoon has demonstrated that his system of beliefs can implement change through education and interaction within the community he has immersed himself in. Varoon embodies the core values of a hard-working good citizen, and I believe that his next step to further his education will become the perfect incubator for his next big project in making his vision a reality.

Sophie Landers

Notre Dame Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Davidson College
Major: Pre-med

Sophie wants the school to be a force for good and have students look back on their time at NDA and feel they were a apart of something that dealt with issues of the day. Sophie is a dynamo and willing to 'Be The Change.'� She is relentless in the determination to improve the community. She is a women on a mission and you feel that urgency from her daily. She started the Multicultural Club so her voice and others had a place to safely talk about things they heard and saw and questioned about their race and gender.

Tatum Landers

Brookwood High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Secondary Education

Tatum is a council member for the Brookwood Executive Board and championed Brookwood's 'Upstander' pillars: Citizenship, Advocacy, Respect and Engagement, amongst student leaders throughout the school. Tatum helped coordinate a faculty vs. student kickball tournament for the first time ever at Brookwood. She is a valuable member of the theater department with her performances in straight play as well as assisting with musical productions. Tatum has taken multiple Advanced Placement (AP) classes and maintained all A's for a 4.0 GPA. Overall, she is a positive influence on her peers by working collaboratively with teachers and with the community as well.

Jordan Lawrence

Arabia Mountain High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Hampton University
Major: Political Science

Jordan Lawrence shines and excels in every area. She continues to climb the ladder of success through her impressive GPA, superintendent scholar status, and energy career pathway completion all while balancing extracurricular activities and employment. These include volleyball, teen consulting for app development, executive board member for The Love Project 404, worship service assistant, Chick-fil-A employee, and community volunteering. She was also selected as a Governor Honors Finalist as well as a quarter finalist of an international debate competition with the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project. Jordan's outstanding personality and academic success all contributes to her nomination of this distinguished award.

Hannah Laws

Loganville High School

District: Walton County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia College
Major: Pre-Physician's Assistant Program

Hannah is a member of National Beta Club, Principal's List, Homecoming Court, Student Government Association, Varsity Tennis, Flag Football Team, and HOSA. She has logged many hours of community service working with Master's Touch Recreational Riding and Shepherd Staff Ministry. She is a math tutor at LHS working with student's that are at risk to graduate. Hannah will be graduating with High Honors.

Kenny Le

Forest Park High

District: Clayton County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia State
Major: Computer Science

Kenny Le is an excellent student in class, with an 3.7 grade point average. He exemplifies leadership and strives to be his best self at all times. He has also participated in the following: Member of Family Career Community Leaders of America for four years. Member of the FCCLA Parliamentary Procedures Team for four years. Secondary Historian for Asian Student Association, Member of the Hunting and Fishing Club. He has given his time in volunteered in helping the homeless community through food drives and soup kitchens between 2019 and 2022.

Ricky Le

Cass High School

District: Bartow County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Undecided

As educators, we have the unique opportunity to see our future leaders as they grow and learn. Every educator will tell you that there are a handful of students in their careers that make our lives better, happier, and more inspired. Ricky is that student for me. I am truly thankful for the time I was able to teach and learn from Ricky at Cass High School. I look forward to seeing how far he will go!

Elijah Leathers

Paulding County High School

District: Paulding County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S. Army Reserves
Major: Neuroscience

Elijah is the definition of a charismatic, ambitious, and well-balanced student leader. He shines in and out of the classroom and is one of the top scholars in the prestigious PCHS Academy of Science, Research & Medicine, completing two pathways and several AP courses. He leads in JROTC, where he has served in all leadership roles, including Battalion Commander. He serves as co-captain of the Boys' Varsity Soccer Team and in many other clubs such as NHS, Beta Club, Color Guard, Drill Team, Academic Team, and Chick-Fil-A Leadership Team to name a few. Elijah has a very bright future ahead!

Carolyn Lee

Atlanta International School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Stanford University
Major: Economics and Bioengineering

Carolyn's transcript demonstrates academic excellence with a perfect GPA in the demanding IB Diploma. She has a passion for inventing solutions that will help the global community. As one of 30 finalists internationally in 2020 to receive the MYP Innovators Grant, she worked towards her goal of creating the Lifetime Epi, for which she has a patent pending. Carolyn has been a leader at AIS as a Student Ambassador, a captain of Science Olympiad, and building robots with IHOT. An inspiration for her peers, she founded Aevitas Invention Challenge, a competition for middle schoolers promoting creative thinking and innovation.

Whitney Lee

Buford High School

District: Buford City Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Undecided

Whitney Lee is a model student. While maintaining a 4.0 GPA and taking rigorous AP and honors level classes, Whitney has been on the varsity sideline cheer team for three years, where she has been voted by her teammates as captain for two of those years. Along with cheer, she was on the track team for BHS for two years. She also received the 2020 Leadership Award. She is a member of Buford's competition cheer team and, in 2021, was named the GCCA 5A-7A Georgia Cheerleader of the Year. Whitney gives back to her school and community. Through her involvement in FCCLA, she volunteered at the school system's Cookies & Cocoa 5K, which raised over $10,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the systems Career Tech programs. Whitney also has a heart for other students. She was quoted from an article from The North Gwinnett Voice that she wants to be remembered as �a caring, respectful and hardworking student � who was always humble, with a fun energy that others enjoyed being around --someone who willingly offered her time and service to help others.�

Hannah Levy

Riverwood International Charter School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided - four-year college or university
Major: Undecided - possibly Business

It is no surprise that Hannah Levy was elected by her peers to serve as Student Body President. Her desire for all Riverwood students to have the best high school experience is a top priority. Hannah is creative in her approach to projects and is determined to see them through completion. She is compassionate, reflective, caring, humble and dedicated. Hannah excels in Riverwood's most challenging IB program, serves as a leader in several clubs and on the Riverwood Principal's Advisory Council as well as the Fulton County Schools Superintendent's Advisory Council. Additionally, Hannah, as a member of the Best Buddies Club and Peer Leader, supports students with improving socialization skills. To quote a teacher, "Hannah represents the voice of all students" and is Riverwood's choice for the AJC Cup.

Sarah Lim

Wesleyan School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Emory University
Major: Undecided

Sarah is joyful. She listens with attentiveness that makes people feel seen, known, and understood simply put, she makes others better. Sarah has demonstrated academic distinction at Wesleyan School with one of the most demanding curriculums and Advanced Placement courses across all core disciplines, while also finding a way to maintain balance in other areas of her life. Sarah has intentionally invested across the community through mock trial, Omicron (Wesleyan's service organization), theater productions, golf, and serves as the Honor Council president. Sarah serves to amplify others' voices and is committed to developing intentional relationships.

Ajua Sarah Longa

DeKalb Early College Academy

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Global Health & Biochemistry

Sarah is an exemplary student who has done incredibly well in high school. She is a dual enrollment student and has taken college courses full-time since the Fall of 2020. Sarah is actively involved in several clubs and holds executive leadership roles in some. She is engaged in community service initiatives and is always looking for ways to help others. Sarah is a Student Instructor at the post-secondary institution she attends and is a respected presence in all learning settings. She is extremely bright, compassionate and resourceful and we are so proud to have her represent DECA as our 2022 AJC Cup Recipient!

Rosa Lopez

Villa Rica High School

District: Carroll County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Dartmouth College
Major: Environmental Science

Teachers describe Rosa as capable, intelligent, courageous, forward thinking, and caring. She is a student who is well-liked by both teachers and peers. She represents everything excellent about Villa Rica High School and gives back to both our school and the community through the various organizations and events she has been a part of. She has impacted nearly every part of our campus over her four years at VR. Rosa uses her clear vision to be a strong leader and the VR staff wholeheartedly believe she will go on to create positive change in the world one day.

Madison Lyons

Ronald E. McNair High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Rhodes College
Major: Biology

Madison Lyons embodies the mission of Dr. Ronald E. McNair High School through her continuous commitment to reaching her greatest potential. Throughout her years in high school, she has been involved in the Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy, Student Government Association (Sophomore Class President), and GEAR UP Leadership Summit. In addition to Madison's involvement in these organizations, she has a heart for giving as evidenced by her participation in various community service projects. Madison exhibits academic excellence in all endeavors. She is valedictorian of the Class of 2022. Madison has been recognized as the top Advanced Placement Scholar for both AP Human Geography and AP World History. Not only has Madison excelled in high school, but her future is bright and promising with scholarship awards totaling over 1.3 million dollars. Madison's charm, good character, and humility accelerates her path to success.

Emily Manqueros

R. L. Osborne High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Tech
Major: Astrophysics

Emily is an exemplary service leader who represents the best of academics, service, leadership and community commitment. Her goal this year as our Co-President of the Student Government Association was to improve and expand our community outreach with our feeder schools. She is an open, encouraging, and enthusiastic leader of her fellow Student Government members. In addition to her work with SGA, she is a member of the National Honor Society in recognition of her exceptional GPA and community service commitment, the Principal's Advisory Council for school improvement, and the Sociedad Honoraria Hisp�nica.

Tyler Emmanuel Mathieu

Mundy's Mill High School

District: Clayton County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Morehouse College
Major: Political Science; minor in Education

Tyler is a one of a kind student. Tyler is hard working, determined, motivated to succeed and a leader in the classroom and out of the classroom. I remember when I first encountered Tyler as an underclassmen. He informed me that he will be a Morehouse man and he has done just that. Tyler has volunteered as a senior to work the store during lunch and has shown up everyday enthusiastically and consistently. I could go on and on about the kind spirit of Tyler. Tyler is esteemed among our faculty and administration here at MMHS.

Maya

Norcross High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Pennsylvania
Major: Philosophy, Politics, & Economics

Maya is a wonderful young woman in every aspect. She is kind, friendly, and meets challenges with persistence and positive energy. As an IB Diploma student, she has been successful with balancing a very rigorous course load with several impressive extra-curriculars. She takes risks and is diligent in her artistic pursuits.

Nolan O. McCamy

Newton High School

District: Newton County School System
Post-Graduation Plans:
United States Naval Academy
Major: Oceanography

To be a male scholar athlete is not an easy feat. Since the 9th grade, Nolan decided to make the commitment to being the best student, athlete, and community servant. In all the while, he has been humble on his journey and encouraged others along the way. Nolan has expressed having positive influences in his life and saw it just to do the same. He addressed younger students attending middle schools in Newton County to encourage students to not take the easy road but select a path that challenges them academically as well as athletically to be their best. Nolan wanted students who looked like him to know they can be successful in both the classroom and on the field or court

Sarah McCune

Mount Paran Christian School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Wake Forest University
Major: Undecided

Beyond Sarah's obvious intellect as reflected in her test scores, grades, awards, and leadership, she has the heart of a true servant. Sarah has proven time and time again that she is a woman of exemplary moral character. From Robotics competitions, to the classroom, to the community service arena, Sarah steps forth with honor and integrity in all she does.

Ryan McKee

Kennesaw Mountain High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Aerospace Engineering

Ryan McKee is an enthusiastic learner, natural leader, and exceptional student at Kennesaw Mountain High School. He is well-rounded with active involvement in the highest levels of academia as part of the Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, while also a student-athlete and volunteering both within school and the local community. A varsity cross country runner throughout high school, he finished out his season as region champion and 3rd in state. Unknowingly, Ryan draws people to him with his infectious curiosity and wonder. He is always humble, gracious, exceptionally kind, and is skilled at helping others be their best.

Emmanuel Mgbahurike

Solid Rock Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Graphic Design/Computer Technology

Emmanuel Mgbahurike is an international student that has attended Solid Rock Academy since his 8th grade year. He came to our school as a disconnected young man with very little conversations to share with language barriers. Each year he showed up as a new student with new progressions and proving that he was going to rise to the top of his class. A student that was too shy to participate in any activities to now being the role for all students. He participated in all school performances, joined the athletes program by playing basketball and baseball, a member of SGA, BETA Club, Drama Club, President's Scholar, and he will be named the Valedictorian for the 2021/2022 school year. The most impressive characteristic he exemplifies is citizenship and service. He leads by example: he never walks in a door with allowing others to enter first, he always remove things from others hands without question, he replies to anyone (young or elder) yes/no ma'am or sir, peer helper to all students and is usually the last one to leave a school event. Emmaunel have accumulated more than 300 plus Community Service hours, way beyond the hours required. He has helped and establish most of the social media platforms the school uses as well as the the photographer/videographer for the athletics' program. His exceptional leadership, character and eagerness to thrive for greatness is a shear inspiration to all students that has witness his path. Emmanuel Mgbahuruke is most deserving to be awarded 'Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup'.

Kendal Miller

Winder-Barrow High School

District: Barrow County
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Alabama Huntsville
Major: Computer Engineering/Aerospace Engineering

Kendal was selected by our principal after school-wide faculty nominations were reviewed based on academic excellence, leadership, community service, and extra-curricular involvement. Kendal received the most votes for the Class of 2022. She is considered as 'best all-around,' and she carries great respect with our faculty and her peers alike.

Alana Moore

Arlington Christian School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Tuskegee University, Georgia Tech
Major: Chemistry

Alana Moore is an outstanding scholar. She is what we consider to be a 'Perfect Student'. She represents our school very well. Her GPA is a 4.0. She's been accepted into numerous colleges. Alana also assist with the K4 scholars in ballet.

Sydney Morrissey

Lambert High School

District: Forsyth County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Biomedical Engineering

The Lambert staff chose to recognize Sydney because of her excellence in academics, community activities, her leadership ability, and her overall demeanor. Sydney is a pleasure to teach and her presence will be missed on our campus next year.

Kennadi Morton

Loganville Christian Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Pre-dentistry

Kennadi Morton is a dynamic young woman and stellar student. She's served as a student government representative, secretary, and this year as president. She's a cheerleader, tennis player, track and field competitor, and violinist. She's held part time jobs and volunteer positions. Kennadi participates in Youth Leadership Walton and the Walton Youth Advocacy Board. Kennadi does everything with excellence and eagerly engages in new activities. She's a pro at time management and always has a smile on her face. She's a good friend, kind and respectful to peers and adults. Kennadi will be a tremendous asset whatever her future holds.

Laila Muhammad

W.D.Mohammed High School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Savannah State University
Major: Marketing and Business Administration

Laila is a dedicated student who strives to learn and apply knowledge. She has a 4.0 GPA and has earned the spot as our Valedictorian. Laila was a member of the Golf and Girls Varsity Basketball teams. She plans to major in Marketing and Business Administration. She has completed more than 250 community service hours in a variety of locations.

Hayley Munro

Mount Zion High School

District: Carroll County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of West Georgia
Major: Nursing

Hayley is an all around wonderful student and person. She is every teacher's go to student when something needs to be done. Hayley is in the top 7% of her class, has completed numerous Dual Enrollment classes completed her CNA certification, has been a cheerleader at Mt. Zion all 4 years, is a Georgia Certificate of Merit recipient, a Coca Cola Athletic/Academic Award recipient, and is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. Hayley is very well thought of among teachers and her peers.

Christophe Nashale

Elizabeth Andrews High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided - 4 year college or university
Major: Engineering

Christophe is extremely positive, respectful, and hard-working. His nominating teacher states that no matter what they were learning in class, Christophe's goal was to excel. She also expresses that she feels honored to have been able to serve as his teacher. Christophe always goes above and beyond in performance tasks, individual assignments, and class participation. Christophe is kind and often asked if he could assist not only his teachers, but other peers as well. Christophe is resilient and very deserving of this award. He is definitely bound for many successes in life.

Arianna Neal

Centennial High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Columbia University
Major: Undecided

Ariana is an all-around wonderful student and young lady she is creative, intelligent, and unique. Ariana is a natural leader of her peers and her bright, bubbly personality sets her apart. As a student, Ariana is high-achieving and talented.

Han Nguyen

Northgate High School

District: Coweta County Schools System
Post-Graduation Plans:
Yale University
Major: Pre-Medicine: Neuroscience and Oncology

Han is a stand out student in her actions, attitude,, and commitment to success here at Northgate HS. She demonstrates respect, gratitude, and kindness to all that are around her staff, teachers, and peers alike. Her exceptional quality to always have a positive attitude and outlook on life is infectious to be around and drives her passion to succeed not only in academics, but life. White at Northgate she has participated in the STEM program which entails to a most rigorous path of education here at Northgate. Han has been able to maximize her opportunities here at Northgate and continues to reach outside of her limits with resources available. As a well-rounded applicant, I believe that she will excel as a student in her post secondary pursuit and in the community.

Luke Nguyen

Robert S. Alexander High School

District: Douglas County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Brown University or Georgia Tech
Major: Computational Biology

Luke Thanhkhoa Nguyen comes with high praises from both staff and students at Alexander High School in Douglasville, Georgia. Luke is extremely active at school and in his community. He is the President of HOSA, President of the International Club, Treasure of the state-recognized Robotics club, Captain of the golf team, and is on the Senior Executive Council for The National Honor Society. He impressively volunteers numerous hours in the hospital working in the ICU, the soup kitchen, blood drives, and is a vocational Bible School Counselor in the summer. Even with his busy schedule, he takes the most rigorous classes offered in dual enrollment, AP, and honors classes, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Luke is in the process of deciding if he will attend Brown University or Georgia Tech. He will major in Computational Biology where he says, "He is determined to make an impact on society for the betterment of humanity.

Madelyn Nomura

North Cobb High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Berry College (Honors Program)
Major: Environmental Science/Political Science (Pre-Law)

Madelyn is a passionate, ambitious, and dedicated young woman. Her extracurricular activities and volunteer service are unrivaled. Being the daughter of entrepreneurs, Madelyn feels as though she has learned the true definition of hard work and a strong work ethic. Madelyn has a hunger for knowledge, and she strives to learn and understand at a deeper level not just for knowledge but to be able to apply it to the world and her daily life. Madelyn has a deep passion for helping others and to ultimately create positive change in society.

Allison Norris

Forsyth Central High School

District: Forsyth County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Psychology and Pre-Law

Ali has excelled in academics, leadership, community service and extra-curricular activities during her time at Forsyth Central High School. Ali will have completed eleven AP Level courses at Central, earning her a weighted GPA of 4.21 and placing her in the 95% of her class rank. She has also exhibited leadership as a member of our Ambassadors Student Government in addition to her many roles at FCHS. Ali's involvement in extra curriculars at FCHS included: - National Honor's Society - BETA Club - Peer Mediation Program - Big Dawg/Little Dog Mentor Program - FCHS Girls Varsity Soccer. However, Ali's altruism extends beyond her work inside the walls of the school building. Her community and extracurricular involvement are extensive. Ali's involvement in extracurricular outside of school and community involvement: - Forsyth County Parks and Rec Department Therapeutic Camp Counselor Led campers who had a varying level of disability - Dream Runners Support Special Needs Athletes - The Oaks at Post Road Assisted Living Facility Volunteered to lead a group of seniors in a memory care unit in various activities. - Brown's Bridge Church Volunteer to support community by packaging kits for women at risk Organizing food at a local food pantry. Finally, Ali turned her own personal tragedy of losing her sibling into positivity. She focused on fundraising for the America Foundation for Suicide Prevention during her Freshman and Junior years. However, it was her Senior year which Ali rose above all others as a community leader. Ali organized FCHS's first Out of the Darkness Walk in March of 2022, raising $52,000, which is the highest grossing campus walk in the Nation! Ali is truly one of the most amazing young women I have know in my 20 years in education.

Onyedikachkwu Obiegbu

South Cobb High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia State University- Honors College
Major: Nutrition

Onyedikachukwu was chosen to represent South Cobb High School because of his commitment to academics, service to the community, strong character traits and leadership skills. Onyedikachkwu is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need by lending his assistance to fellow classmates, staff members, as well as the community at large. His work ethic is extraordinary and second to none. Onyedikachkwu is an inspiration to his peers and the South Cobb staff as well.

Armani Oliver

Lovejoy High School

District: Clayton County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Morehouse College
Major: Biology

Armani is a determined, goal-driven, intelligent, focused and an overall delightful student. He is a leader who takes initiative, has great follow-through and commits to all endeavors that he participates in. He is passionate about community and does his part to uplift, encourage and support his community through a myriad of ways. He is an asset here at Lovejoy and exemplifies the kind of student that all institutions deserve to have.

Ifunanyachukwu Onyemaobi

McDonough High School

District: Henry County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia State University
Major: Bio Medical Sciences/ Anesthesiology

Congratulations Ify !! She is an excellent representative of our school and community. She is an excellent representative of our school and community. She is intelligent, inquisitive, outgoing and compassionate. She currently ranks top among our graduates ranking 1st of our 300 seniors with a 4.48 GPA. Ify mastered balancing a rigorous academic workload and a variety of extra-curricular activities. Ify has held several leadership positions in her multiple clubs and athletic organizations. She has been a member and officer in the National Honor Society, Beta Club, HOSA and currently the SGA treasurer. She has been a member of the Varsity Soccer Team throughout her four years of high school . Her peers trust her leadership and commitment to improving their school environment. Her ability to gain support and confidence among both the faculty and students is unparalleled. She has a warm heart and genuine passion for making the world around her a better place. Ify has dedicated dozens of hours of community service in and outside of school. She has an awesome work ethic, strong interpersonal skills, and works well as a team player.

Ehab Osman

Clarkston High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Most likely Georgia State University Honors College with the Presidential scholarship
Major: Biology Pre-Med

To paint a beautiful picture, words will just begin the start of the canvas that is Ehab Osman. Clarkston high school senior, Ehab Osman is an impressive and brilliant scholar! During the summer of 2021 she participated in the Tufts University mini-med school program and the Dekalb Virtual Career Academy. In addition to the above she engaged civically with IRC's (International Refugee Committee) Youth Future College readiness program that lasted 7 weeks. She is also participating in Dialect and is a member of IRC'S book club, garden club, and Young Physicians Initiative. Ehab is a formidable force because her intellectualism and character are impeccably matched to a high standard! She encompasses a brilliant mind, humble disposition, a clear set of life goals and a tenacious love of learning! She has a gracious maturity that puts her emotional intelligence in a rare category. Ehab is ambitious, but her ambition is not self-serving: rather she feels she has a personal responsibility to make the world a better place! Her strengths naturally lie in critical thinking as demonstrated by her drive, academics, participation in dual enrollment at Georgia State University and personal goal of becoming a physician! Her presence adds greatness to Clarkston High School!

Nadia Osmani

Eagle's Landing Christian Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Biochemistry

Nadia is an excellent student who leads by example. Her cheerful outlook and willingness to serve others sets her apart. Whether it is interviewing teachers for the Diversity Council's celebration of National Women's Month or leading an Equity Walk during a teacher professional day activity, Nadia consistently goes above and beyond in all she does. During the height of the pandemic, Nadia initiated an Instagram page to 'connect our community during unprecedented times,' our goal was 'to provide an environment where we can all interact with our student community and make our fellow students smile.'� She has been involved in numerous Student Government Association and Diversity Council activities, Model UN, Health Occupations Students of America and served as class president 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Nadia is a splendid example of the expected ELCA Chargers' student outcomes and a most deserving award recipient.

Caleb Outlar

Mount Zion High School

District: Clayton County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Fisk University
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Caleb is an exceptional leader and a contributor to all aspects of life at Mount Zion High School. Caleb always has a smile on his face and a positive attitude even when things are rough. He is very thoughtful in his words and actions and can brighten up any room. He has consistently proven a work ethic that exhibits an admirable sense of dedication that transcends the norm. Through the balance of academic expectations and extra-curricular activities in the school and community, Caleb has remained focused and dedicated. In his post-secondary endeavors, Caleb is sure to make his family, school and community very proud.

Cal Pace

Creekview High School

District: Cherokee County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Undecided, possibly Environmental, Engineering, or Law

Cal Pace has been selected as Creekview High School's 2022 AJC Journal Cup winner because of his academic performance, extra-curricular involvement, and reputation among his peers and faculty at Creekview High School. During his 4 years at Creekview, Cal has been an active member of Beta Club, National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Academic Team, and many other clubs and organizations, in addition to being a 4-year scholar athlete of the Varsity Boy's Tennis Team. He exhibited leadership skills his 10th grade year as 1 of 20 students selected for Teen Leadership Cherokee, where he was voted as Most Outstanding Leader, and he was one of 8 students selected for the Georgia School Board Association's Youth Advisory Council. He has earned the accolades of Superintendent's Key Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, and the Harvard Prize Bool Award, among others. Cal serves and volunteers in helping others through his clubs and organizations and also spends his free time playing the piano and learning more about music. He is well-liked among his peers, being voted as a Senior Homecoming Court representative and most recently, Prom King. Cal is driven, creative, well-rounded, and a role-model for all students!

Jada Pearce

Stephenson High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Health Care Science

Jada is currently ranked as the highest cadet in the Naval ROTC Program at Stephenson High School. In this role, Jada is responsible for coordinating various activities such as: community service projects, maintaining records throughout the semester for other cadets, assisting the ROTC instructor and exemplifying leadership skills where needed. Jada is second command after the ROTC instructor. She is articulate, responsible, organized, and keen. The other cadets rely heavily on Jada for advice and guidance. In addition to Jada's role as the leader in ROTC, she was nominated by her coach as a captain of SHS Soccer team while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. Jada is a natural leader and a role model for other young people.

Melanie Perez

East Hall High School

District: Hall County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of North Georgia and University of Georgia
Major: Political Science/Pre-Law

Melanie is an exemplary student who has taken advantage of every opportunity to challenge herself academically and be involved in extracurricular activities, while working to help support her family, completing an internship with the Hall County School System, and maintaining a competitive grade point average. She will be the first in her family to go to college and will be starting with over 30 hours earned. Melanie has also been an active and contributing member of various clubs, organizations, and athletic teams, including Student Council, where she serves as President and Communications Coordinator, FCA, First Gen, FBLA, where she serves as secretary, HOPE, Interact Club, Skills USA, National Honors Society, Beta Club, and the golf team. She is a leader among her peers and embodies East Hall's creed of Strength, Honor, Integrity, Effort, Loyalty, and Determination.

Brandyn Peterson

Cherokee Bluff High School

District: Hall County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Alabama
Major: Political Science

Brandyn embodies what it means to truly be a student athlete. She has been a member of the volleyball team for four years and the basketball team for three, all while maintaining a 4.2 GPA. Brandyn is a member of BETA club, National Honor Society, DECA, RhoKappa, homecoming committee, and Youth Leadership Hall. Brandyn was nominated as a representative on Homecoming court as well. She has also volunteered her time at Rise Summer Camp and at Lanier village Estates.

Charles William Petty III

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided - 4 Year College
Major: Environmental Science

As the AJC Cup award is a prestigious award to recognize a prestigious scholar, Charles Petty, is most deserving of this special high school recognition. Charles's teachers, coaches and counselor all describe him as a natural leader who is a thoughtful, imaginative, and a hardworking student who has a natural intellectual curiosity and thirst for knowledge. He never fails in leading the way to accept the rigorous demands and challenges of the IB workload and has the perfect spirit and drive to accomplish his goals. He has high levels of self-efficacy and has also shown STEM related dispositions.

Paul Philip

Northview High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Tech
Major: Business or Computer Science

Paul is an exceptional student and a well-rounded individual that I have been the privileged to be his Assistant Principal and School CTAE Administrator/Supervisor. During his time at Northview, he participated in multiple school activities and contributed in a positive manner to the school climate. He has been a consistent role model for the Northview High school mission statement which is, 'To Instill Excellence in Academics, Arts, and Athletics'.

Walker Pitts

Pike County High School

District: Pike County
Post-Graduation Plans:
UGA
Major: Accounting

Walker has completed his Associate's Degree at GMC, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0. He has also maintained a 4.4 GPA in high school. He is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, yearbook staff, and is currently a teacher's assistant for Spanish III. Walker is very involved with his church youth group and works as an afterschool teacher there. He is also an avid guitar player and loves to read. Walker is hard-working, responsible, mature and has great integrity. He is well respected by both his peers and teachers and is a great example of a Pike County Pirate!

Everett Ryan Pollard

Lassiter High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Tech
Major: Engineering

As a sophomore, Ryan took over the absentee leadership of Mu Alpha Theta and was president for 2 years. He strives for understanding and looks for extra work. Always positive, he is a fixture in the math tutoring room. First chosen for GHP in mathematics and according to his teachers, the best math student they have ever had.

Whitney Poole

Alcovy High School

District: Newton County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Sate University
Major: Psychology with a Pre-Med track

Whitney is finishing 11th in her graduating class of 419 students. We witnessed her take a situation that was not so good news which disappointed her greatly but remain focused on her school assignments. She also remained respectful and humbled in the situation. Her perseverance speaks volumes about her character. Whitney has never had a behavior incident while in school. She has grown into a well respected young lady.

Kaylee Powell

Chamblee High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Howard University
Major: Business Management

Kaylee Powell is a bright light in this world. She is an outstanding role model and a truly inspirational young woman, both in and out of the classroom. She is an exceptional student and leader who garners tremendous respect from faculty and her peers. Something that illustrates her perseverance and dedication to empowering her community members is her active role in the YMCA Leaders Club. She has participated all 4 years of high school and she is now a Senior Leader in the program. She also started a business during the pandemic: The Powell of Gifts. She uses the profits of her business to regularly donate to the NAACP, or to contribute to bail funds for protesters arrested while participating and fighting to equity and equality to all citizens. She is a stellar student on the school's newspaper staff, and she writes very compelling pieces that evidence her true wherewithal and passion for humanitarian efforts and concerns. Kaylee is an athlete, a scholar and a leader in the community.

Malcolm Kenneth Prosper

Shiloh High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Gwinnett Technical School
Major: Computer Science

Malcolm Prosper is a remarkably engaged and intentional student who clearly demonstrates several leadership skills. Through personal daily conversations, interactions, and observations, he can best be described as a student who is driven, reflective, deliberate, thoughtful, and community oriented. With certain confidence, he is one of the most respectful, high-performing, and impressive students, who is an immensely valuable asset to any community he is a part of. From his teacher's close knowledge of Malcolm, his greatest strength, above all else, is his personal drive and determination to succeed in any opportunity that stands before him. This young man clearly strives to do two things: Improve his academic performance and knowledge and improve the community spaces he is a part of. There is no doubt or hesitation that Malcolm benefits any community or organization, academic or otherwise, with the dedication he has both himself and his community. In reference to community service and extra-curricular work, Malcolm spends his free time working on creative writing and drafting scripts/short novels, programming, animation and art, and participating in a book club. He is also proficient in American Sign Language. Interested in computer gaming, Malcolm has volunteered at a gaming center at the mall to continue to learn/develop his hobbies outside of school.

Anna 'Annie' Quinn

Dunwoody High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Undecided

Anna 'Annie' Quinn is an exceptional young woman due to her drive, leadership, and school spirit. She is a hardworking, intelligent, and devoted. In addition to her substantial role as a school leader in the Student Government Association, she is a dedicated student, with exceptional grades. Annie also stays incredibly involved with the National Charity League, having served over 360 hours with the organization and is an active member of the Cross Country team. She has done all of this while completing twelve AP classes and maintaining a 4.38 GPA. She has done an amazing job balancing all this successfully and gracefully. Her unique combination of leadership skills, intelligence, and grit make her an excellent choice for the 2022 AJC Cup Award.

Tanisha Rahman

Cross Keys High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Tech
Major: Business

Tanisha represents Cross Keys with pride. Her grades are excellent, and she has challenged herself to take AP and other rigorous courses. She is also very involved in extra-curriculars such as President of FBLA (2 yeas), Silver Chapter of the Year (3 years), State Qualifier in Economics, and Top 10 FBLA Award Recipient. Her positive attitude is an inspiration to both students and staff. Her work ethic is stellar and consistently noteworthy. She is an academic scholar, represents her class with pride, excels as a student leader and embodies the true spirit of community by consistently challenging those around her to be their best.

Colin Ralph

Denmark High School

District: Forsyth County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Mercer University
Major: Business & Entrepreneurship, minor in Film

Colin has been a highly involved student at Denmark High School since the school opened on August 2, 2018. He has played for the Denmark Varsity soccer team all four years, as well as playing club soccer. In addition to sports, Colin has worked as a videographer and photographer for the school newspaper and yearbook, served as a Dane Director, is in National Honor Society, and served as an officer in the Just One Africa club. Colin has completed the Entrepreneurship and Finance pathways at Denmark, and maintains a 3.95 GPA.

Lauren Render

Hillgrove High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Virginia Tech
Major: Nutrition and Exercise Science

Lauren Render is a true example of what the phrase "deliberate success" entails. Lauren, is focused, intrinsically motivated, and dedicated to achieve success in all that she does. Furthermore, she exemplifies the idea of a student athlete. Although, a natural and well-known athlete, she also demonstrates the same level of commitment to her academics. She expects to do well, but not without putting in the work. While juggling an intense schedule that included frequent late nights and early morning travel, Lauren never turned in assignments late, put forth her best effort, and was a true gem in the classroom with her participation and willingness to devote herself to her studies. Moreover, Lauren Render is the epitome of what it means to understand the goal and follow through with the plan. Lauren exemplifies character qualities that will lead to certain success in the future.

Dennice Reynoso

Towers High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Goucher College
Major: Psychology

Dennice is a true representation of being a Titan. She is a scholar, an athlete, and a natural leader. While a student at Towers Dennice played soccer and softball, she was a member of Student Council, College Aim, and took AP classes, while maintaining a 3.9 GPA.

Sophie Richardson

Paul Duke STEM High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University in Europe (likely Netherlands)
Major: Bachelor's in Graphic Design, Digital Media, or Visual Communications; Masters in International Brand Design, International Management, or Visual Merchandising Long-term, she would like to work in-house or in-agency on global brand communications, social media, packaging, advertisements, and brand identity.

Sophie was part of our first freshmen class at Paul Duke. The moment she walked in the doors, she stood out from other students. She has always been respectful, engaged, helpful, and creative. She is very involved in several aspects of the school.

Mariana Rios

Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology

District: Rockdale County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Chemical Engineering

Faculty would describe Mariana as optimistic, inquisitive, and encouraging. As a student, Mariana has completed fifteen advanced placement courses and maintained a 4.75 weighted GPA. Mariana served as president of our Latino Student Union, completed various community service projects through Beta Club, and assisted incoming 9th graders on their transition to high school as a peer mentor. As her counselor, the most impressive characteristic about Mariana is her positivity. Mariana is always willing to offer encouragement before a test, leave a kind note for a teacher, and offer a smile and hug to a friend.

Elizabeth Robertson

Pebblebrook High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Music Education/Vocal Studies

Elizabeth Robertson is not only one of the top performers in the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts Magnet Program at Pebblebrook High School, but she has also excelled academically graduating within the top 2% of her graduating class. Lizzie was also awarded the 2022 PAGE STAR Student Award for having the highest SAT scores.

Grace Robinson

Hebron Christian Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Samford University
Major: Communication Studies

Grace Robinson stands out in her graduating class as one of the top students in academic performance and personal integrity. She always shows genuine concern for others and goes out of her way to serve. Grace is a leader and active student at Hebron. She has served as Junior Class President, Yearbook Editor, and Outreach leader. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta, all while excelling academically with a rigorous course load. In everything she does, she is a positive role model to other students.

Elias Rodriguez Martinez

Collins Hill High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Toccoa Falls College
Major: Worship Music

Elias left Venezuela and arrived in the United States in 2019. Since that time, Elias has made every effort to take advantage of the many academic and extracurricular opportunities offered at school. He has earned a 3.9 GPA and serves as a mentor for at-risk 9th grade students, participates in charitable events as a member of the Beta Club, leads a group of middle-school boys at his church, and sings in the worship band. Elias demonstrates integrity, shows respect for his peers and his teachers, and is not afraid to stand up for what he knows is right.

Susanna Rogers

Sequoyah High School

District: Cherokee County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Lee University
Major: Nursing; will play basketball

Unlike many strong students who rely on high IQs rather than study skills, Susanna is successful from a blend of intellectual ability and work ethic. Yes, she is extremely bright and understands concepts quickly, but Susanna puts in an incredible amount of effort to go above and beyond on every single assignment, no matter how minor. And while Susanna is incredibly passionate about learning, she is also a sincerely kind person who cares deeply about making our world a better place. She is a young woman who will contribute more than her fair share toward improving all our futures.

Devin Ross

Mountain Education Charter High School

District: Mountain Education Charter High School--Forsyth site
Post-Graduation Plans:
Lanier Technical College
Major: Undecided

It is a pleasure to nominate Devin for the AJC Journal Cup. Devin has been a student at Mountain Education Charter High School--Forsyth site for almost four years. His attendance is stellar, even though he lives in an adjacent county and his drive was more than thirty minutes to school. Devin's work ethic is second to none. He is also very respectful to school staff and to his peers.

Zachary Rozsman

George Walton High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Southern University
Major: Considering Biology, Pre-Medicine, and Chemistry

Zak Rozsman embodies the spirit of the AJC Cup by his dedication and commitment to excellence in all areas of his life. In academics, he decided in elementary school to maintain a 4.0 GPA or above, and he has only made one handful of B's going back to 3rd grade when students started receiving letter grades. He even lists 'learning' among his many hobbies. As a leader, Zak stands out on the football field as the quarterback leading Raider nation. Off the field, Zak is looked to as a leader in the classroom or walking down our halls. He often arrived at school early and would volunteer to run notes/passes to students or teachers because he loves to help. He cares about others and their well-being. He is remarkable in his drive, dedication, and his passion for wanting to be the best version of himself that he can be. What sets Zak apart from the crowd is the way he makes it all look so effortless! Any high school student can tell you that great grades do not come easy, especially in challenging honors and AP classes. Nor is it easy to lead a football team down the field, yet Zak's calm and cool demeanor make it look like he is leading the marching band down the field with no opponents in sight. Zak wears a ready smile on his face to greet each day and each person. Every high school student runs into some difficulties over the course of their school years, and Zak is no exception here either. Yet again, Zak sets himself apart by how he has handled and dealt with his hardships. Zak has continually demonstrated strength, courage, and unwavering resilience through family loss and difficult times in school and on the football field. He holds a positive attitude, has amazing inner strength, and a heart full of courage to make the most of every day. Zak Rozsman represents the best all-around senior of the Walton Class of 2022.

Keegan Ryan

Sprayberry High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Dual BA Program between Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University
Major: Classics

Keegan is one of our few students completing our STEM academy and International Spanish Language Academy by graduation. By the conclusion of her senior year, she will have completed sixteen AP classes and achieved a perfect score on at least six of those exams (with the possibility of more by the end of her high school career). She has balanced an extremely rigorous academic schedule with multiple leadership roles and community involvement. Keegan has excelled as a top academic in the school, a Varsity athlete, and a leader who has demonstrated that she can take her big ideas and actually make them a reality.

Maura Ryan

Blessed Trinity Catholic High School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
St. Mary's College
Major: Biology, Neuroscience Pre-Med

When selecting the best all -around student there is no one more qualified or deserving than Maura Ryan. Maura has an outstanding academic record and has taken numerous Honors and AP classes. Maura has lettered in 3 Varsity sports which include basketball, flag football and lacrosse. Maura was elected to our student government all 4 years by her peers and elected Vice-President her senior year. She was also nominated and selected by faculty and staff to be an ambassador, our highest honor. Maura is the heart and soul of the senior class and exudes excellence in all she does.

Keaton Sanders

Rockdale County High School

District: Rockdale County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Tennessee State University
Major: Business Pathway

Keaton Sanders is a self-motivated young man that takes pride in his work and is committed to excellence in his education. He's able to balance academics with extracurricular activities and work. Keaton has been active in Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Superintendent's Student Advisory Council, Student Ambassadors, and various RCHS sports teams. He also works in the school-based enterprise, Dawg House Graphix. Keaton has maintained a 3.5 GPA. He has been a leader in the Institute of Advanced Technology at Rockdale County High School and in the Healthcare Pathway at Rockdale Career Academy.

Gianna Sandy

East Paulding High School

District: Paulding County
Post-Graduation Plans:
Plans to attend UGA
Major: Engineering

Gianna is an outstanding person and she is dedicated to making the world a better place. She has been a club leader for many clubs and helped to start our recycling club. She is a member of Sources of Strength as nominated by school staff. She has spent much of her free time volunteering with horses including working summer camps and taking care of the stalls. She is also completing a civil engineering internship presently.

Mary Jane Sass

Community Christian School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Berry College
Major: Music

A student of Community Christian School in Stockbridge, Mary Jane Sass is a gifted performer who creates beauty and joy everywhere she goes. Mary has had the lead roles in school productions of Mary Poppins, Jr., and The Little Mermaid, Jr. She has also performed in school productions of The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, Jr., and Mulan, Jr. She volunteers as a singer for her church youth group, and sings on stage Sunday mornings at Community Bible Church. Mary has been a part of the Spivey Hall Children's Choir for eight years and a member of the Spivey Hall Tour Choir for five years. In her senior year at Community, Mary has also served as both the captain of the varsity cheerleading squad and as editor of the school yearbook. She is the daughter of Brad and Michelle Sass of Hampton.

Rebecca Scarbrough

Lithia Springs High School

District: Douglas County
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Industrial Design; minor in Business and Technology

She was selected by a vote of our faculty and staff as the best overall student in the Class of 2022

Austin Schwartz

The Cottage School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Flagler College
Major: Undecided

Austin Schwartz is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2022. He participated in Bowling and Basketball, held several jobs on campus, and supported his local senior center by organizing and collecting donations and supplies. Austin has been a TCS student since 6th grade. Throughout his time at TCS, he has been consistently responsible, dependable, and kind to others. He first earned Level III status, our school's highest designation of responsibility and trust, in the Middle School and maintained that standing all the way through to High School Graduation. Austin will be attending Flagler College in the Fall.

Jalen Sewell

Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School

District: Atlanta Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Wingate University
Major: Undergraduate degree in Chemistry, later Mechanical Engineering

Jalen is the true definition of a well-rounded student: a scholar, an athlete, and is beloved by all he meets. He is a leader and is a tremendous representative of MJHS. He is supremely humble, kind, disciplined, and determined. I do not say this lightly when I say that Jalen's character is beyond compare.

Sophia Shepherd

Druid Hills High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided between Yale and Princeton
Major: Economics

Sophia Shepherd is Druid Hills High School, class of 2022, valedictorian. She embodies all of the qualities of an AJC Cup recipient. Sophia has earned numerous awards, held several leadership positions, and given countless volunteering hours, while maintaining her studies in the IB program at Druid Hills High School. She is revered by her teachers and peers.

Arissa Shepherd

Dacula High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
UGA
Major: Undecided

Arissa Shepherd is not only a student athlete who has maintained a perfect grade point average but is also committed to improving our school and community. Arissa is a student leader in multiple school organizations and is a co-founder for our school's Black Appreciation and Education Club. As a Volleyball player, Arissa identified the disproportionate access for girls to participate at the club level for her sport. To help serve this need, she developed an organization that provides financial assistance to girls who might otherwise not have the funds to participate. Outside of her achievements, Arissa is a genuine, compassionate, and goal-oriented student.

Alexis Sims

Eagle's Landing High School

District: Henry County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Spelman College
Major: Philosophy (Pre-Law track)

Alexis is the prototype of a 'Golden Eagle' . Her tenacious personality and commitment to her community is the reason that she was overwhelmingly nominated as this year's AJC Cup recipient. She is thoughtful, innovative, caring and thorough. While her list of honors and activities are endless. this year as the Senior Class President, Varsity Lacrosse Team Captain and Lead Attorney (and Captain) of the Mock Trial Team, Alexis inspires everyone around her to 'soar'. The Eagle's Landing Community is especially proud of her success and believe that she is the perfect candidate for this recognition.

Ethan Sinon

McEachern High School

District: Cobb County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Math Education

Whether it is volunteering, academics, or sports, Ethan puts his whole heart and mind into it. Ethan is involved in all aspects of his school and community. He excels and earns certifications & accolades in both Career Tech and AP classes. He's heavily involved in community volunteer opportunities through Beta Club and SkillsUSA and is a leader in both the classroom and on the field. If a classmate doesn't understand, he finds a way to teach that material using a video, diagram, or analogy. He loves learning, especially about math, and wants to help others understand and appreciate it as much as he does. Simply stated, Ethan is really a special person. His desire for knowledge is refreshing. He truly loves learning and wants to learn regardless of the subject. Ethan is a truly selfless person and always looks out for others.

Arianna Skolnick

Midtown International School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Elon University
Major: Unknown

Arianna Skolnick was unanimously selected for the AJC Cup by all of her teachers -- and rightly so. Her tendency to fly under the radar hides a consistently thoughtful, hardworking, and ambitious learner and natural leader. Whether she's supporting her peers and community, treating her teachers to delicious homemade pastries, or engaging in personally-enriching creative endeavors, Arianna isn't afraid to put in the hard work needed to push herself to greater and greater heights. Although she will be missed dearly, we know that Arianna will continue to inspire others and will be a wonderful addition to the incoming class at Elon University.

Isabella Smalls

Heritage High School

District: Rockdale County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: International Affairs and Foreign Language

Isabella was nominated and voted by the faculty and staff of Heritage High School to receive this honor. She is an active student within the school and the community. During her time at Heritage, she has participated in the Fine Arts Academy as a Photography major. She serves in the capacity of Student Photographer for the Varsity Sports Teams. Additionally, Isabella is a member of the HHS Peer Leadership Program and the National Honors Society. Isabella is also a member of yearbook. Additionally, Isabella is a cadet in the MJROTC, where she serves on the Staff Team and the Administration and Public Affairs Team. Isabella volunteers within the school and the community. She has received numerous recognitions and awards (The Congressional Art Competition for High School Students, the MJROTC Scholastic Excellence Bronze Award , as well as the Civil Service Ribbon). Isabella is also certified in CPR. It is because of these outstanding academic and community achievements that Isabella was selected fo the AJC Cup.

Jesse Smedley

Monroe Area High School

District: Walton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Piedmont University
Major: Music

Jesse is an outstanding student academically, personally in character, and in his commitment to his extracurricular activities. Jesse has won numerous awards throughout his high school career in our Choral Department, regionally and at state. He has also participated with the Chick Fil A leadership program and represented his class on Student Council. He is involved in other volunteer programs as well.

Blake Smith

Dawson County High School

District: Dawson County High School
Post-Graduation Plans:
Auburn University
Major: Nursing, Biology

It is rare to come across a student as genuine as Blake. A friend to all and stranger to none. She has a personality and a charisma that shines as bright as her smile. Thoughtful and considerate, Blake always extends a helping hand to friends or those in need, often going above and beyond what is required or asked to help her peers or brighten someone's day. Similarly, Blake selflessly dedicates her time to serve her community through numerous volunteer activities such as delivering food to those in our county who are in need. As a scholar and an athlete, Blake excels both inside and outside of the classroom, serving as an inspiration for many as a result of her tireless drive and dedication to succeed.

Alan Sosa Alfaro

Berkmar High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Political Science/International Affairs

Alan Sosa Alfaro is an amazing young man professionally, academically, and personally. As you will note Alan has been focused on his studies and future dreams for many years, illustrating his dedication to academics. Mr. Sosa Alfaro has maintained a high GPA while taking a pivotal role in his immediate family structure and participating in both school and community sports. Alan has consistently been in the top tier of outstanding students at Berkmar High and Gwinnett County, both academically and socially. It is very evident through his interactions with staff and his peers that he is a kind, caring, and compassionate individual with a clear global focus. He is continually helping and supporting a multitude of organizations through his endless community service work.

Madalyn Southern

North Paulding High School

District: Paulding County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Jacksonville State University
Major: Undecided

Madalyn Southern is our Character Education Student of the Month for School Pride. When someone at NPHS thinks of school pride, it is very likely they will think of Mady Southern. Whatever the season or activity: cheer, football, wrestling, baseball, SALT Leadership, fundraisers, and food drives you can count on Mady to be involved. She has a true love for her school. Mady is a wonderful student who seems to 'bleed blue and silver'.

Jack Srinivasan

The Mount Vernon School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided (likely Davidson)
Major: Undecided

Jack's commitment and skill are undeniable in the classroom as well. One glance at his transcript will show you that Jack is a gifted academic. He regularly challenges himself with rigorous classes and is no stranger to self advocating. Impressively, Jack is part of a selective diploma program called Innovation Diploma where students take interdisciplinary classes and utilize design thinking techniques to consult with real companies. As a high school junior, Jack has already helped reimagine the boarding process for Delta, developed marketing strategies for a web based video test prep company, Olive Book, worked with Chiptole to streamline their mobile ordering, and is currently consulting with Amazon Web Services. Jack is one of the best ambassadors for this program because he lives out their mission so boldly! He is at his best when he is applying his classroom learning in a real world context and for the betterment of others. Jack has an affable nature that lends itself well to collaboration and networking.

Jack Swift

Sugar Hill Christian Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Finance

Jack Swift is Sugar Hill Christian Academy's Salutatorian for the class of 2022. By the end of his high school career, Jack will have earned over 200 community service hours. His extraordinary leadership in academic and service-based organizations such as Beta Club, Key Club, National Math Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, along with being an active member in the National Honor Society, Homecoming/Prom Planning Committee, and Spirit Club is unparalleled. Additionally, Jack leads by example in the SHCA Student Leadership program, Worship Band, in his church, and at Woodlands Camp. Additionally, Jack has also shown a high degree of athleticism during his high school career in cross-country, golf, karate, and basketball.

Avery Symons

Saint Francis High School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Exercise Science

Avery Symons is a model student who embodies the 4 tenants of Saint Francis: honor, aspiration, perseverance, and service. Avery is incredibly involved both in school and in the community. She has been the President of SGA, a Peer Leader, and a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club for 2 years. Avery has also been a dedicated member of the Saint Francis volleyball team. She is a well-rounded student who is always there to lend a helping hand. Avery is a true ambassador for our school and a role model for other students.

Raymia Taylor

Benjamin Banneker High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Biology

Raymia was chosen for this award by the faculty of Banneker High School. This young lady has been a joy to have in this building. As her counselor, Raymia has spent a lot of time in my office trying to decide what her next step in life is going to be. This young lady has a lot of options and is going to be successful at whatever she chooses.

Elizabeth Teasley

Eastside High School

District: Newton County School System
Post-Graduation Plans:
Emmanuel College
Major: Christian Ministry

Lizzie has achieved quite a lot while in high school, including ranking academically in the top 10% of her class while taking rigorous classes, earning 23 dual enrollment credits and being involved in an extraordinary amount of extracurricular activities. The high level of commitment Lizzie demonstrates in all that she does is impressive, and she is a fierce competitor yet always ethical and fair-minded. She is extremely well respected as a student athlete, and has participated in Varsity Basketball, Varsity Soccer and FFA while at Eastside and has experienced much success. She also has volunteered at her church and the Newton County Food Bank.

Erik Tekenbroek

Johnson Ferry Christian Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Cornell University
Major: Finance

Erik Tekenbroek exemplifies the character and focus of a fine young man making his mark on the world that will change lives for the betterment of all that cross his path. He is a diligent and polite soul with a tenacious appetite for seeking every opportunity to serve and help others achieve their goals.

Annalise Thomas

Dutchtown High School

District: Henry County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Howard University
Major: Medicine

Annalise is a student who has gone above and beyond to prioritize academics and career goals. She is a very intelligent, ambitious, and determined young lady who is admired by her peers and teachers. Annalise truly cares for others, as this is evident through her service with the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Student Government Association. Annalise is a young lady who works hard, and makes sure to be a leader at all times. She leads her class with honor and pride, and Dutchtown HS has truly been impacted by her hard work.

Ella Thornton

The Heritage School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
UGA
Major: Pre-med

Ella is an outstanding leader who serves on our school SGA. She is also an excellent student and athlete. In all of her pursuits she shows the highest degree of integrity and character.

Miles Thurston

Hiram High School

District: Paulding County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Undecided

Miles was chosen by the faculty of HHS as the AJC Cup Winner for the Class of 22 because we have watched develop into a mature young adult over his four years at HHS. He is extremely goal-oriented and self-motivated and will be successful in any endeavor he takes on. Miles is disciplined, passionate, and energetic who always thinks about others before himself! He has a positive attitude and he is always working to lift up those around him. He has developed into a leader on our campus and has taken it upon himself to make our high school a better place. He is a true role model for our students and an asset to Hiram High School!

Owen Tracy

Lanier Christian Academy

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Liberty University
Major: Missions Aviation

Owen Tracy is a varsity athlete, president of Beta Club, worship band leader, and in the top of LCA's 2022 graduating class.

Ryan Usher

Columbia High School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Kennesaw State University
Major: Electrical Engineering

Ryan Usher is an exceptional young man, excelling academically, athletically, and socially. He exemplifies self-improvement and is a leader in all respects, for he leads to serve. While attending Columbia High School, Ryan has held numerous leadership positions, such as President of the SeaPerch Team, leading them to first place this school year for the first time in Columbia High School's history. In addition to his position in SeaPerch, Ryan is the founder of the Three-Dimensional Design Club where he teaches students basic computer-aided drafting applications. Athletically, Ryan is a member of Columbia High School's Varsity Swim Team, where he swims primarily in freestyle events. Academically, Ryan is our STAR Student for the 2021-2022 school year, having the highest SAT score amongst his graduating class, and he is a recipient of the Principal's List. We all find Ryan to be the epitome of what a true Columbia High School student is: a respectful and curious young mind.

Maria Valerio-Martin

Coosa High School

District: Floyd County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Highlands College
Major: Undecided

Maria Valerio-Martin exemplifies the attributes we look for in students: academically strong, motivated, and well-rounded. Academically Maria ranks #18 in her class, with a core GPA of 3.71, while pursuing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Teachers praise her participation and contributions in the classroom. A member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Junior Optimist Club, Maria's true passion is Marching Band. She is the Clarinet Section Leader and serves as a role model for younger musicians. Maria has also logged well over 100 hours of volunteer service despite working part time for the last two years.

Olivia Kate Van Meter

Whitewater High School

District: Fayette County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Creative writing; minor in Spanish

Our winner of the AJC Cup is chosen by our faculty and staff. Kate was selected for this award based on her excellence in academics, leadership, and school and community activities. The majority vote decided that Kate was deserving for the AJC Cup because she has the best all-around senior.

Isaac Wachter

The Weber School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Undecided

Ike Wachter is an exceptional student and a natural leader, contributing academically, athletically, and extra-curricularly to all aspects of life at Weber. He is a role model for students inside and outside the classroom, whose approach to any challenge goes beyond expectations. A natural leader, Ike stands out as a student who is respectful of his peer's opinions while also putting forth his ideas. He is involved in a daunting number of extracurricular activities, including athletics, student government, and charitable organizations, where he is not simply participating but actively leading the group. His care and concern for others, combined with his focus and dedication to the task at hand, allows Ike to effortlessly forge meaningful relationships with and earn the respect of his teammates, classmates, coaches, and teachers.

Elizabeth Claire Waggoner

Strong Rock Christian School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
College of Coastal Georgia
Major: Undecided

Elizabeth Claire Waggoner is a great example of the kind of student and person Strong Rock Christian School envisions for every student. She has excelled in each of our 4 pillars...fine arts, academics, athletics, and missions.

Tahj Walden

Jonesboro High School

District: Clayton County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
College
Major: Undecided

If I could describe Tahj Walden in one word, it would be 'inspiring'�. Tahj is disciplined, diligent, punctual, courteous, confident, responsible, and most of all, a team player. His every day demeanor shines bright and is a constant motivation to his classmates and teammates. Tahj lives up to the Jonesboro High School vision on a daily basis. He maintains good grades and good behavior despite all obstacles that young Black men face today. Tahj is a two-sport athlete and an all around well-rounded young man. As the school's security officer, I have watched him grow from a freshman to now a senior, and Tahj has always held himself to a high standard. His respect for his teachers and classmates is always on display. It is obvious to everyone that comes in contact with him that he is committed to excellence, as he always puts forth great effort in such challenging courses here at our school. It is without a doubt that he will be successful in all of his future endeavors, and this is why he is the Jonesboro High School pick for the AJC Cup.

Brooke Walker

North Atlanta High School

District: Atlanta Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
undecided
Major: undecided

Brooke was chosen by our faculty and administrators because she exemplified academic excellence, leadership, community service and extra-curricular involvement. She is an international Baccalaureate scholar. Her interests and strengths, including music, dance, and international studies. Brooke is an instrumentalist in the marching and symphonic bands, and during remote learning, she started a virtual book club that focuses on texts by marginalized authors.

Victor Walls II

Chamblee High School- Magnet School

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Perdue University
Major: Professional Flight Technology

Victor Walls is such a wonderful young man and scholar. He will be attending Purdue University in the fall to pursue his dream of being a captain for a major airline one day. His drive to become a pilot propelled him to get his youth pilot's license at the age of 16. He has acquired hundreds of flight hours and is an exemplar for discipline, dedication, humility, and optimism. He is the Varsity Football captain, the president for our school's BeU (Black Excellence Understood), he is always willing to help others in any way he is able, and he is absolutely one of the most affable humans on the planet. He is revered by his teachers and his peers, and he possesses a magnetic leadership style and quality that will continue to propel him forward in life. He is a gem!

Jocelyn Wang

Mcintosh High School

District: Fayette County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
UNC Chapel Hill
Major: Law, political science or Economics then Law School

She is a powerful advocate for community service and cooperation. From leading a panel discussion on suicide prevention and drug abuse awareness to tutoring struggling students, community improvement is an integral component of Jocelyn's life. Jocelyn has also paved the way for other young women to pursue things that might be considered out of the social norm. She was the only female wrestler on our wrestling team during 9th grade. Which pushed her mentally and physically, this experience taught her the importance of determination and grit.

Dillon Watson

Woodstock High School

District: Cherokee County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided - College
Major: Undecided

I would be remiss if I did not mention Dillon's intellectual ability that I have witnessed firsthand. I have taught Dillon in AP European History, AP Microeconomics, and AP Macroeconomics. As a teacher for seventeen years, I have taught almost all the valedictorians and salutatorians at Woodstock High School. Many of these students went on to attend Ivey league universities. In my humble opinion Dillon outshines all of them. What I see in Dillon is a scholar and not just a good student. Many of the valedictorians and salutatorians I have taught do great work in class. They do all the assignments, study hard, and ace my tests. Yet there is nothing more there. Discussing intellectual philosophy, politics, or economics that is not in the textbook will render them quiet. Not Dillon, he comes with knowledge from relentless study and reflection on topics and ideas not found in the textbook. One small example is when I was teaching about Winston Churchill. Dillon came to me and began to easily lecture on all the interesting back stories to what was taught in class. He did it with an ease that showed he did not just come ready with facts but generally understood who Churchill was.

Jalyse Webb

Forest Park High School

District: Clayton County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia or Georgia Tech
Major: Undecided

Jalyse is a prime example of excellence at Forest Park High School. She possesses professionalism, polite, productive, preparedness, positive, and punctual (all the Panther Pillars). She is an awesome scholar.

Faith Wert

South Paulding High School

District: Paulding County School District
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Botany

Faith Wert comes with high praise from both staff and students at South Paulding High School. Faith constantly challenges herself academically and athletically. Her current grade-point average is 4.0, and she is ranked 6th out of 450 students. Faith's lists of clubs and community service are numerous. Faith's science teacher, Tema Hoskins, describes her as ''one of the few students who demonstrate a passion for science, loving and caring quality of character, and a high level of systematic scientific thought. Everyone is aware of her exceptional academic commitment, rational mind, and vast potential.

Lonnie F. White, III

North Gwinnett High School

District: Gwinnett County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Lonnie exemplifies someone who has gotten the most out of high school. He has used this time to grow academically by participating in CHARGE North and earning the Engineering pathway and AP scholar, he has grown socially by serving as a peer mentor to Freshman and Sophomores, and he has grown athletically by participating on the cross country and state swim and dive team helping them earn 1st place for two years and 2nd place this last year. Lonnie is a natural leader in the classroom, in the school and in the community.

Arian Williams

Hycine Robinson

District: Dekalb County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Sociology

Arian is one of the brightest and the kindest student I have ever met. She is true scholar that loves learning across the curriculum and enjoys helping others learn. She is an advocate for all students and serves as voice for the mistreated. Arian is most deserving of this honor, because of her hard-work and dedication to our school and the community at large.

Janiyah Williams

Langston Hughes High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Biology; minor in Psychology

Janiyah is a dual enrollment student at Georgia Military College. In May 2022, she will graduate with dual Associate degrees: Biology (AA degree) and General Studies (AA degree). She is the student representative for the School Governance Council at Langston Hughes High School, and she serves on the budget subcommittee for that organization. Janiyah also serves as the president of HOSA and National Honor Society.

Talesa Williams- Duzant

Frank McClarin High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Undecided
Major: Undecided

Talesa has worked very hard to secure the top position as the Valedictorian for the 2022 class. From her start at Frank McClarin High School she has demonstrated our core values of respect , perseverance and excellence.

Madyson Wilson

Westlake High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Vanderbilt University
Major: Pre-Medicine

Madyson is an extraordinary, well-rounded student. She is a shining star in the classroom and a shining star on the field. As a magnet student, Madyson studies the highest level of academic rigor offered at Westlake. She is a natural competitor earning an A average in academics and as a leader in track and field with national rankings in hurdles and relay racing. She is a member of the Beta Club and Captain of the Cheerleading Team.

Katisha Lashea Wilson

Salem High School

District: Rockdale County Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Kennesaw State University or Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Major: Business Management

Katisha is a model and honor student in every manor. She is always engaged and demonstrates leadership skills. She has worked very hard to achieve the honor of graduating at the top of her class. She is devoted to helping other students who are struggling in class by tutoring and being supportive. Throughout her high school career, she has always exemplified being an outstanding student.

Zion Woodruff

KIPP Atlanta Collegiate

District: Atlanta Public Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
Clemson University
Major: Wildlife and Fisheries

Zion Woodruff was nominated and selected with great honor to be the recipient of the AJC Cup Award for KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Zion is an outstanding, all-around scholar. He excels academically, engages in multiple extracurricular activities, commits to community service, and exudes a character of unity and honor. Remaining an A/B average scholar throughout his four years of high school, Zion is graduating in the top 50 of his class. In Environmental Science, I was afforded the opportunity to observes Zion share in his passion for fishing. He plans to attend Clemson University as a Wildlife and Fisheries major. I believe Zion is more than capable of success in the path he has chosen for his collegiate education. Congratulations to Zion Woodruff, you are a well deserving scholar and representation of KAC.

George Wray

Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Virginia
Major: Computer Science

Student, teammate, problem solver, and leader, George is exceptional in every way. George is part of our golf and cross-country teams, four academic honor societies, a student ambassador, and is president of our schools' UNICEF club and Executive president of student council. George actively contributes to every aspect of our community, serving as a role model for his peers. George is a humble leader, thoughtful, and has a respected presence in our community. Whatever task is at hand, George will do it with a humor and a warmth that is as special as his talents and his work ethic

Hudson Zawodzinski

King's Ridge Christian School

District: Private/Independent
Post-Graduation Plans:
Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Economics

When you think of the ideal student, a combination of extra-curricular involvement, high academics, socially active and outstanding character Hudson is that student. He is described as driven, kind, authentic, and a natural leader. Hudson has an incredible gift for academia. Many students target rigorous classes in a particular subject, Hudson consistently pushes himself in all areas. Hudson is actively involved on campus as a captain of the soccer team, several National Honors Societies, facilitates the Peer Tutoring Program, and serves as Academic Prefect on the student leadership team which consists of the best and brightest contributors to the school.

Grace Zimmerman

Johns Creek High School

District: Fulton County Schools
Post-Graduation Plans:
University of Georgia
Major: Biology/Pre-med

Many students have academic and athletic talent like Gracie, yet not all are as down to earth and embracing to others as she is. Her passion drives her work ethic on and off the lacrosse field, and she has challenged herself with rigorous classes as she prepares for her future nursing studies. These accomplishments pale in comparison though to the strength of her character and the depth of her compassion and empathy for others. Through the school's PALS program, Gracie works with special needs students and her support and encouragement extends beyond the classroom to genuine friendships outside of school.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup 2022 FAQs

Q: What is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup?

A: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup began in 1927 and is one of the oldest news organization award programs in the country. This prestigious award honors one individual, chosen by your school’s faculty and administration, who best represents academic excellence, leadership, community service and extra-curricular involvement. A trophy is provided to you to present at your year-end awards ceremony or program. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also recognizes each winner in the newspaper and on ajc.com.

 

Q: How are students selected?

A: The winner from each school is chosen by the school’s faculty and administration, who best represents academic excellence, leadership, community service and extra-curricular involvement. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is not involved in the selection process but is provided the student’s information by a member of the school administration – principal, guidance counselor, etc.

 

Q: What schools are eligible to participate?

A: Over 200 public and private high schools in metro Atlanta (Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett) are contacted by The Atlanta Journal- Constitution in mid- February by email and letter and invited to submit an honoree. In addition, there are a number of schools outside the metro Atlanta area that are “grandfathered” into the program. As new schools are built, please reach out for consideration at AJCCup@ajc.com.

 

Q: Is there any cost to the school to participate?

A: No. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution covers the cost of the trophy and shipping.

 

Q: Where do I submit our high school’s honoree information?

A: Please contact AJCCup@ajc.com for information about submissions. Students are selected only by a school official or administrator.

 

Q: What information is required for my school to submit?

A: Once you receive a letter or email with the link to the online form, the form guides you through a list of questions. The form requires you to submit a brief description of the student’s accomplishments that can be used by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for news coverage. Please note the form has changed slightly from prior years. We are interested in knowing more about the student and what makes their story and accomplishments inspiring to others.

 

Q: Do I need to submit a photo?

A: Yes. We are also asking you to submit a head shot photo of the winner that we may also use for news coverage. We highly recommend their senior class photo. Please submit in a jpg format. You should upload this at the time you submit your winner’s information.

 

Q: What is the deadline for submission?

A: We would like to have the names of this year’s recipients by April 15 so we can publish our list of winners and get the trophies distributed. Contact us at AJCCup@ajc.com if you are having any problems.

 

Q: How is a student’s information used by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution?

A: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recognizes these students publicly and the information submitted by the school (accomplishments, photo, etc.) are used to create the lists and stories. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does not collect or publish personal contact information or share or sell school or student information with any third party.

 

Q: How do I know if the submission was received?

A: The school official who submitted the submission will receive an automatic confirmation message on the webpage immediately after submission that will read “Thank you for your submission”. Unfortunately, there will not be a separate confirmation email sent after submission. For any other inquiries, send an email to AJCCup@ajc.com.

 

Q: Are parents/guardians of the winning students notified in advance their child has been chosen for this honor?

A: That is a decision made by each school. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does not contact the student’s family directly.

 

Q: Is there a scholarship associated with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup?

A: No. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup serves as a special recognition of the student’s character and accomplishments, but there is no financial award.

 

Q: Why does my school not have a winner?

A: We contact all eligible high schools in metro Atlanta by both email and by letter inviting them to participate. If schools do not provide the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with winner information, they are not included due to production and publication deadlines. In some cases, there are schools that meet the requirements but do not respond to our requests with an honoree.

 

Q: When will my school receive the trophy?

A: Trophies are sent directly from our vendor. Please note the trophies are shipped by UPS so we must have a physical address, not a PO Box, to ensure delivery. Please note that direct pick up is only an option when prior arrangements are made directly with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup project manager. Refer to the important message at the top of the page for more details regarding submission deadlines.

 

Q: How does the student receive their trophy?

A: Each school is responsible for presenting the trophy to its selected student. Please note that direct pick up is only an option when prior arrangements are made directly with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup project manager.

 

Q: Who can I contact with any additional questions?

A: You can send inquiries to AJCCup@ajc.com.