The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup
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.
Lanier Christian Academy
Dalton State University
Abigail Butte is a shining light at Lanier Christian Academy. She is at the top of her class along with being involved in extracurricular activities through Beta Club, President of the National Honor Society, and soccer. Abbey is a great manager of time and easily manages to fulfill all of her commitments with flare.
Walnut Grove High School
University of Georgia
It is our pleasure to nominate Abigail Miller as this year's AJC cup winner. Abigail is a wonderful representation of Walnut Grove High School. She is an involved member of her school and local community! She ranks in the top of her class while maintaining a rigorous course load compiled of various AP and Dual Enrollment courses. She is also a year-round athlete.
Centennial High School
Addy is intellectually curious and demonstrates a sense of urgency and passion about learning. She is also a natural leader who encourages and guides others. Recipient of the International Skill Diploma Seal, Spanish Honor Society, Model UN, and earned her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Villa Rica High School
Addie deserves this award because she is an all around amazing young lady. She is excellent in the classroom and in sports. Addie loves her school and takes pride when representing VRHS. Addie is responsible and a natural born leader. Other students look up to her, and she sets a great example for those who will be following in her footsteps. Addie is the perfect representative for VRHS to receive the AJC Cup.
The Galloway School
Undecided (Duke, Georgetown, or Swarthmore)
Aidan is the definition of integrity, promoting harmony and understanding within the Galloway community. He is currently the Co-President of our Minority Empowerment Forum, a four-year elected member of our Student Association, and a three-time recipient of our Excellence in Citizenship Award. He also holds leadership roles in Mock Trial and Debate, Culinary Club, Video Gaming Club, and Galloway’s Pit Orchestra as a percussionist. Aidan is accepting, open-minded, and culturally competent while remaining humble and modest despite his many academic and extracurricular accomplishments.
Georgia Cyber Academy
Aiden wants to become a physician. He plans to go to college (decision on which one still pending).
Aiden is a remarkable young man. He pushes hard to make sure his grades remain at the top, but also puts in extra time participating in our CTAE clubs. This was our first year with HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) our healthcare club and Aiden not only participated, but he was the first student to qualify for a state level of competition for GCA. The topic was Epidemiology. This was a topic he studied beyond our classroom to achieve this honor. He truly worked hard and we are so honored to have him as our first GCA state level participant for our new healthcare program. Aiden has been accepted to Georgia Tech and University of Georgia, we can not wait to see where he lands.
Ola High School
Georgia State University on full Presidential Scholarship
Aislynn is an outstanding individual with a bounty of integrity. She can produce impressive results in a wide variety of areas. I have seen astonishing results on complex projects that offered great attention to detail where quality was never compromised. Additionally, Aislynn has a very positive attitude and truly embraces learning. She has consistently exceeded in all areas of his coursework. She is ranked 4th in a class of 441. The work she accomplishes in class clearly shows her ability to deliver clear, concise, and well-thought completion of assignments and projects. She strives for perfection by taking Honors/AP classes throughout her high school career and was elected to represent Ola High’s Mustang Athletic Advisory Council. Aislynn excels in all her academic classes as well as being a four-sport student-athlete. Aislynn has shown dedication to our JROTC program as a student leader. She is a role model for the students at Ola High School as well as for the Ola community.
Morrow High School
Alaija is one of our best all around students. She's active in numerous organizations. Academically, she ranks in the top 5 percent of the class of 2023. She exemplifies excellence without excuses.
Mount Pisgah Christian School
Honors College at Auburn University
Alec is a stellar student with a genuine thirst for knowledge. He is an AP Scholar with Honor and a National Honor Society member. Alec is a multi-sport varsity athlete (football, track & field, wrestling, and equestrian), founding member of the Mock Trial team, STEM, Horticulture and Hydroponics Clubs, and a commissioner for Student Government. Most notable is Alec’s contribution to the Mount Pisgah science program through his Eagle Scout project, which was the construction of a chicken coop that houses five chickens, and whose eggs are donated regularly to the North Fulton Community Charities.
Alliance Academy for Innovation
Alina is an exemplary and exceptional student that can be identified by many as a student who embodies the core values of a good citizen. From her contagious smile and endless willingness to support her community, Alina is identified as a student that exemplifies not only academic excellence, but also leadership and community. Her presence has been recognized within the county as well as the state. Whether she is supporting her fellow HOSA members at a state conference, or playing a guitar she just learned a few months before a talent show to support her peers at school, Alina's passion to serve has allowed her to obtain meaningful connections and relationships that has become embedded as lasting memories. We are proud to elect Alina Abraham as our 2023 AJC Cup recipient.
Heard County High School
We chose Allison Duncan as our AJC Cup recipient because she is a remarkable young woman who is respected by faculty and her peers alike. She is a perfect choice due to her engaging personality, high moral character, and willingness to always go above and beyond what is expected of her. Allison has always managed to balance superior grades (she has a 4.0 GPA) with her numerous extracurricular activities. She has been a varsity cheerleader throughout high school, and this experience has assisted in developing her leadership abilities. Allison also enjoys singing and is a valued member of our school’s chorus program. In her spare time, Allison is a student volunteer at our Gym and Performing Arts Center, where she helps coordinate concerts and other events for the school system and the community. In addition, Allison has been taking college classes for the past two years while still in high school. Allison will be attending LaGrange College this fall, where she will be the recipient of several generous scholarships. She has also been chosen to participate in their cheer program. We are so proud of Allison’s commitment to success and know that she will make Heard County proud.
Mill Creek High School
Alora is a great student who is graduating with honors. She is a two-sport athlete and a mentor to young girls in both track and softball.
The Weber School
Amelia Heller’s dedication to academic excellence, tenacity, and drive distinguish her from her peers. Fearlessly tackling academic and extracurricular challenges, she earned the honor of valedictorian and engaged in a wide array of activities. Her resilience and willingness to embrace new opportunities, such as transitioning from arts to sports, showcase her ability to grow and succeed by stepping out of her comfort zone. Amelia’s math journey, where she challenged herself with higher-level courses despite being a humanities-oriented student, highlights her determination to excel at the highest level possible and her adaptability in diverse fields.
America Lopez Amador
Tri-Cities High School
Kennesaw State University
America Lopez is a one of Tri-Cities HS’s most accomplished students. During her four years as a Bulldog she has been recognized for not only for her academic achievements, but also for her outstanding involvement in so many clubs, teams, and groups within the school. Some of her most recent accolades include: CTAE Student of the Year, Posse Scholarship Nominee, Ms. Red, Black & Silver, Volunteer in the Unidos Center, Media Center and for the Football Team Member of DECA, BETA Club and FBLA FCS Senior Spotlight Student.
Charles R. Drew Charter School
Edward ‘Andrew’ Botchwey IV is a decorated scholar, passionate Robotics Engineer, scholar-athlete, and beloved community member. Since 2020, Andrew has conducted research in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory for Intelligent Decision and Autonomous Robots (LIDAR) Lab at Georgia Tech, through the Project ENGAGES program. He has worked toward the goal of building a robotic hand that can easily manipulate complex objects. Andrew is a decorated School, District, State, and International Science Fair competitor for his robotics innovations. Beyond academics, Andrew is a dedicated servant leader, and tirelessly repairs wheelchairs and home medical equipment through the Friends of Disabled Adults and Children organization. He is also an accomplished tennis player, published author, and outstanding friend.
Lithia Springs High School
Angel plans to attend Kennesaw State University
Angel was selected by the faculty at Lithia Springs High School as the best all around student in the Class of 2023.
Angie Jackson is a top level scholar, high level athlete, and first chair musician. Angie is the very embodiment of what it means to be a well-rounded student. In the midst of all of her accomplishments and accolades, what makes Angie truly stand out is her spirit of positivity and her genuine humility. She is an inspiration to all in our community.
The Walker School
Anjali is kind, tenacious, and dedicated to everything and everyone she works with. Through her numerous leadership and mentorship roles, Anjali consistently demonstrates her love of community on and off campus. She is gifted at working with younger students and encouraging them to see themselves as leaders and future changemakers. The value she places on service, integrity, and innovation is seen in everything she touches in and outside the classroom, and she will be a force for good in the world.
Adairsville High School
Annie McCormick is not just an achiever, she likes learning. She is reliable and consistently scores best in the class. She is also honest and kind. Her meticulous nature and honorable ethics are only outweighed by her consistent daily work ethic and time management skills. Her brilliant mind accompanied with her undeniable drive for excellence is the reason she has achieved so many accomplishments beyond that of her peers. She is a member of the volleyball and soccer teams, yearbook editor, and State Champion for Argumentative Writing in Literary. She does all these through meticulous planning and with joy in her heart. Our school counts on her and she lives up to the expectation every time.
River Ridge High School
Dartmouth or Duke
Arianna participates in Basketball Cheer and class rank is in the top five percent. Arianna is a well rounded student athlete who is admired by her peers and serves in her community.
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
University of GA
Ariel is our schools everything! She is the first student who faculty & staff think of when we need a student to represent our student body. She is always serving others and the first to volunteer. She is the Executive VP of Student Council, cheer captain, organizer of the ALS team, leader of the primary school reader program, tour guide, Black Student Union President, in addition to participating and leading several other student clubs, while also taking a very challenging course load. She has handled this with grace while also losing her father a few years ago to ALS.
Arthur (Trey) Dale Grant III
Shiloh High School
Arthur (Trey) will be attending Jacksonville University in The Honor's Program
Arthur Dale Grant III (Trey) is an exemplary Shiloh General. He maintains a 3.9 GPA while doing Dual Enrollment at Georgia State Perimeter College for the past two years. He has also passed 3 AP exams and is scheduled to take 2 more soon. He has participated in the marching band, symphonic band, and jazz band for the past 4 years. Arthur has also lettered on the swim and dive, golf, and tennis teams. Overall, he is a very well rounded young man!
Atlanta International School
Asanshay Gupta is gifted at finding real-world opportunities to apply what he has learned to benefit society. He has been one of the lead programmers with the award-winning AIS IHOT Robotics team since 10th grade. He received an IB MYP Innovators grant, from IBO and the Ashoka foundation, to create a fully mobile eye tracking powered wheelchair for paralyzed people. The following summer Asanshay began to develop the Oxygen Planner App aimed at helping makeshift COVID-19 facilities in India. Today, over 100 medical practitioners are using Asanshay's app to monitor the oxygen supply/flow rates in their facilities.
Ashary Briana Jones
Rockdale Career Academy
Vibrant. Selfless. Caring. Bright. Ashary is full of life and enthusiastic about herself and others, always entering a room with a charismatic smile, ready to help anyone. She looks after her classmates and supports them academically and emotionally, quick to help them understand a lesson or get over heartache. She is also an active member of FCCLA, as her future career goal is to be an interior designer. Ashary does all this while maintaining a 3.9 GPA and attending Rockdale Career Academy and Heritage High School and taking Dual Enrollment courses through Georgia Piedmont Technical College.
Columbia High School
Alabama State University
Ashley Marshall is an outstanding student who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement throughout high school. Her acceptance into over 10 universities and her selection to attend Alabama State University to pursue a degree in Psychology is a testament to her academic abilities, determination, and commitment to excellence. Ashley has received over $150K in scholarship money. Additionally, Ashley has made significant contributions to her school and community. Her participation in the Interact Club, CHS Dancing Dolls, Lady Eagles Manager, Student Government Association, Upward Bound, and Senior Class President has demonstrated her leadership skills and commitment to serving others.
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
Texas A&M University
Avery Adams was nominated and selected with prestigious honor to be the recipient of the AJC Cup Award for KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Avery is an amazingly well-rounded scholar academically and socially. She maintained a Principal’s List honor roll status throughout her high school career and is graduating in the top 10 of the Class of 2023. She is a proud member of the Sounds of Royalty band, being a Drum Major throughout her senior year. Additionally, Avery is an athlete on KAC’s varsity Track and Field team. She is an active member of National Honor Society as well as many of the subject specific honor societies, such as Science, English, Mathematics, and History NHS. Avery plans to attend Texas A&M University as a Mechanical Engineering major. I believe Avery will achieve success in the path she has chosen for her life. Congratulations to Avery Adams, you are a well deserving scholar and representation of KAC.
Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts
Barbara has plans to attend a four year institution.and has been accepted to both Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering or Vanderbilt University she will finalize her college decision soon.
Barbara possesses a rare combination of natural ability and a strong desire to learn. She demonstrates a remarkable aptitude for science and consistently displays a passion for the subject matter. She eagerly participates in discussions, asks insightful questions, and seeks to deepen her understanding of complex scientific concepts. Her work exhibits a high level of critical thinking and problem-solving ability. Her curiosity and creativity in approaching laboratory experiments are truly impressive. She challenges herself by taking various courses to broaden her knowledge of science. Barbara is Martha Ellen Stilwell’s School of the Arts Salutatorian: she holds the second highest grade point average in the graduating class of 2023. With her outstanding work ethic and strong interpersonal skills, she will make a great positive impact to the community. She is the State and International Science and Engineering Finalist of 2023 the president of the STEAM club and a member of the Chief Science Officer organization. Along with her team, she has taken on two STEAM projects this year, building a school garden with a sprinkler system and the organization of a STEAM career fair. She has established an excellent rapport with various constituents, including nonprofit organizations, students, administrators, and staff. Barbara demonstrates a strong commitment to helping others. She is actively involved in various peer mentoring programs and possesses great leadership qualities. She is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that her peers understand the material while being patient and understanding in her approach. Her efforts have helped many students achieve success and have made a positive impact on the academic community here at Stilwell School of the Arts. She is truly a great asset to our school community. Barbara is definitely a dedicated, intelligent, and compassionate student.
Buford High School
United States Naval Academy
Benjamin Irwin has set the standard for a student-athlete at Buford High School. He is ranked in the top of his graduating class, an AP Scholar with Distinction, and a National Merit Commended Scholar. Athletically he is a multiple state champion swimmer and Georgia state record holder.
Sugar Hill Christian Academy
University of Georgia
Benjamin’s academic and extra-curricular achievements are extensive both inside school and out. He scores very high in standardized tests and has an excellent GPA. Benjamin has always pushed himself to excel at whatever he does. He takes initiative to pursue academic and personal interests without waiting for someone to present them to him. He has taken on multiple leadership positions in Tri-M Music Honors Society, Science National Honors Society, National Honor Society, and our Student Leadership Committee. He tutors in his spare time, and teaches private music lessons to younger students. Benjamin has a huge heart for service and works tirelessly towards the pursuit of knowledge-always with a spark of curiosity, eagerness, and tenacity!
Bernardo Little Jr.
Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School
In addition to his academic excellence, Bernardo Little Jr stands out with his eagerness to lead. Leadership is his greatest strength. He has shown leadership by being a model of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School’s culture of learning, work ethic and high standard of character. Additionally, Mr. Little is involved in several student led organizations, such as the Student Government Association (SGA). Mr. Little serves as the President for SGA. In his role as President, Mr. Little has effectively led the organization in addressing the needs and desires of the student body.
Pike County High School
South Georgia Technical School
Brayden is a dedicated student, and his willingness to do whatever job that needs to be done has made a lasting impact. Brayden always shows great enthusiasm and excitement for his Agriculture Mechanics classes especially. Brayden currently serves as Pike County High School FFA president. He is also a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. Brayden is a capable, talented, dedicated, and personable young man. He is always quick to help others, striving to meet any needs that they may have. He has been a dedicated member of the Pike County High FFA for the past few years. His work ethic and drive have made him successful in all his high school activities, not just FFA. He is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who may be in need. Brayden is known for his willingness to volunteer in any situation no matter the difficulty. This young man leads by example!
East Hall High School
Bridget plans to attend UGA.
Bridget is an active and engaged student, involved in various extracurricular activities while maintaining an excellent GPA and working part-time. She is also a light to those around her, always maintaining a positive attitude, even when faced with adversity. Bridget sets high goals for herself and demonstrates the hard work and perseverance it will take to achieve her dreams each and every day. She has been such a joy to work with and will do amazing things in this life.
Coosa High School
Caitlin Nguyen, our 2023 Salutatorian, has earned a core GPA of 4.0 while taking all academic classes at the Honors, AP, or Dual Enrollment level. President of Student Council, Vice President of National Honor Society, and a member of FBLA, Caitlin has competed in Academic Decathlon and Literary Arts, and she volunteers regularly at a local elementary school and other community events. She was selected by the Chamber of Commerce for the Leadership Rome program in 10th grade. She participated enthusiastically in the Yale Young Global Scholars program last summer and hopes to become an Ambassador for that program.
Mountain Education Charter High School -- Forsyth Site
Caleb plans to become a Firefighter.
Caleb is a well-rounded student who forms positive relationships with students and teachers. He participates in various school activities and works in a full-time job. He is a hard worker and well-focused student. Our staff will miss Caleb!
Newnan High School
Kennesaw State University
Camarion Gates was selected for this recognition by the staff of Newnan High School. He demonstrates all the qualities of scholarship, leadership, and citizenship. Camarion has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school.
Seckinger High School
Georgia State then transfer to Georgia Tech
Camilo chose to switch schools and attend Seckinger for its inaugural school year. He along with the remainder of the senior class has had the opportunity to establish the standard for graduating classes at Seckinger in the future. He has fully immersed himself into being an involved and dedicated leader in the school. He has shown grace and positivity while involved in a wide variety of clubs and sports. Camilo’s activities at Seckinger have included Student Council, Science National Honor Society, Soccer, Badminton, Podcast Club, Volleyball Club, and Asian American Student Association.
Apalachee High School
NYU - New York University
Carlie has demonstrated excellent achievement with her academics and leadership. Carlie is in the top 10 students of her graduating class. Carlie was awarded the UGA Certificate of Merit in 2022. She is a member of the National Honors Society, National Technical Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, HOSA, and Skills USA. She was a state finalist for the Governors Honors Program. She was awarded the Coco Cola award for basketball in 2022 and was named team captain of her basketball team. She is class president of student council. Carlie’s excellence, commitment, and service makes her deserve this award.
McIntosh High School
University of Georgia
Caroline shows confidence in her interactions with others and in her leadership. She is competitive, striving to do her very best in academics and in other areas of her life. When Caroline has been faced with challenges, she is resourceful and works to create solutions. She is enthusiastic and a team player. Caroline has great personable skills, as she brings people together to reach goals. She is also ambitious, striving for the next accomplishment and goals for the future.
Cornerstone Preparatory Academy
Pensacola Christian College
Caroline demonstrates exemplary academic success, a genuine desire to help and serve others making her stand out among the rest, she balances the pressures of an academically rigorous curriculum, extracurricular activities, and service work with excellence. Mission work is a large part of Caroline’s life and she has served abroad in the mission field both through her church and school. At home, she continues her mission work by serving twice a week in the children’s ministry at her church and mentoring younger students at school. Caroline has helped lead two separate Bible studies in her school. Her heart for missions has been recognized as she was awarded a Virtue and Valor Mentor award and the Camp Gideon character award.
Creekview High School
Georgia Institute of Technology
Carson is one of a kind! His heart is bigger than most, and he is such a delight to be around! He is ranked 2nd in his class and has immersed himself in extra-curriculars and academics. He strives to be the very best and his teachers/classmates think he is the best as well! He is the Senior Class President, elected to Homecoming Court, and represents Creekview as the CCSD School Board Student Delegate where he attends all BOE meetings and provides input. Carson stays busy and somehow seems to manage it all calmly and collectively. His character is upstanding. He is an excellent role model and leader for all!
Starr's Mill High School
Undecided, but most likely Georgia Institute of Technology
Catherine 'Kitcat' was chosen for this award not only for her success in the classroom, but also for her contributions to her school and community. She is at the top of her class academically, choosing only the highest level coursework and performing extremely well. Her teachers appreciate her work ethic and desire to achieve. They also speak of her exceptional attitude, respectfulness, and kind heart. She has been a tremendous asset to our school.
Tapestry Public Charter School
Undecided on which college she will attend but Celeste plans to become a pilot.
Celeste is compassionate, driven, and thoughtful. She is one of the most genuinely kind people I have come across and she is respectful to everyone. Celeste’s infectious personality makes her a joy to have in class and she has the power to improve a person’s day with one brief conversation. It is rare to see Celeste not smiling and she is always willing to lend a helping hand to teachers and classmates. She is the founding member of our school’s aquarium club and is a valuable member of the Tapestry Public School community.
Celine Nkem Houenou
Grayson High School
Celine Houenou is hard-working and inquisitive, asking many questions that are not just related to class material, but also to big picture questions about issues in the world. She is a natural leader who displays an outstanding level of character. Celine is creative, optismistic, passionate, and attentive. Her desire to excel, while juggling a busy schedule of rigorous classes and extracurricular activities speaks volumes about her character and ability to manage her respinsibilities. Celine is very active at school and in the community and is a great asset to those around her. As a member of the student council, she always comes up with unique ideas to build school spirit, faculty & staff relationship with each other and students. She works well with other students by assisting them in whatever needed tasks. In addition, she constantly works hard to make sure that her fellow collegues are successful in the classroom.
Clarkston High School
Chance is a model student and joy. He loves helping people and hopes to give back to the community by volunteering to teach the youth about how to manage their finances to make sure they are successful in life. He is always respectful and available to assist.
North Paulding High School
Attend University of Georgia
Christian Cohan is a talented student who possesses a rare combination of admirable traits, athleticism, and a commitment to growth. Christian holds himself to a high standard of performance, inspiring other students while leading with a quiet confidence. Christian is an exemplary scholar, ranking 5th in his class with 15 AP courses, representing NPHS on Varsity Cross Country and Captain of Track/Field, and Vice President of the National Honors Society. Through his involvements, he has proven himself to be a leader and a contributing member of the community, as a student with sophisticated thinking skills, a polite demeanor, and a level of conscientiousness rarely found in teenagers.
The Cottage School
Undecided, but most likely attending Emory or Rice
Christopher Martini is The Cottage School's Class of 2023 Valedictorian and Student Council Vice President. He is a peer tutor and student leader. He is a member of the Archery, eSports, and Math teams, as well as decorated member of our Drama program. Christopher was selected as member of the 59th cohort of the Governor’s Honors Program as a Social Studies major and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House in his free time.
Notre Dame Academy
Claire is involved in the school and her Duluth community at the highest level. Interested in Marketing, Claire has shown an intuitive interest and ability in developing her ability to promote an event or participation in whatever she is working on. She has received her Gold Award in Girl Scouts and was nominated for an elite leadership award in the Girl Scouts. She is a full IB DP student with an A average.
Holy Spirit Preparatory School
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
Claire Napier is an exceptional young woman, embodying all qualities of the AJC Cup. She excels academically, consistently achieving highest marks in our most rigorous Honors and AP courses. She spearheaded our schools Latin Honor Society and Latin V course offering. Claire is a Governor’s Honor Program Semi-Finalist, National Latin Exam silver medalist, and her visual arts masterpiece was selected to be showcased in the Atlanta Art Institute and the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Claire plays multiple varsity sports, balances a part-time job, and is an active member of schools Pro-Life Apostolate, “Mercy Missions” homeless outreach, and Vacation Bible School leader.
Sandy Creek High School
Connor has been in Gifted and the College Advanced Placement program for four years. He will have completed eleven Advanced Placement courses by graduation in May. Connor currently has a 4.271 GPA and will graduate in the top 10 percent of his class. Connor received the Georgia Certificate of Merit. He was recognized as Junior Marshal for being in the top 10% of his graduating class. Connor placed 1st in the GHSA Extemporaneous Speaking Regional Competition. Connor was a Mock Trial Region Finalist and 2nd Best Closing Statement during Mock trial. He received the Most Outstanding Wind Ensemble Member and was also a Star Rank in Boy Scouts.
Cherokee Bluff High School
Corey is a young lady whose character stands tall in every situation. She is a great student, a hard working athlete, and a great friend and teammate. She participates in her church and has served in the mission field abroad with her father who is also a missionary.
Monroe Area High School
University of Michigan
Craig Jackson really does it all. He excels in music as an active member of our marching band and choral groups. He is a founding member of our school's eSports team and helped the team make State Playoffs several times. Craig is one of the most active patrons of the Monroe Area Media Center. He is a voracious reader in Book Club, runs the teleprompter for the StormCenter morning announcements team, and repairs devices at the Chromebook Help Desk. He is a leader for our student team, supporting new tech aides by providing instruction and support for everything from replacing broken screens to troubleshooting software problems. He is able to explain the process to fix specific technology issues and allow other students to learn new skills.
Mundy's Mill High School
He has a desire to attend college in the near future undecided
Daniel was brought to my attention by a fellow teacher in the building. He has taken it upon himself to add in the care of another student that is in the school special education department. Daniel makes certain this student makes it to all of his classes on time, assist with school related assignments, and makes sure the young man eats daily. Mr. Garner even expressed the concern about the students hygiene. Upon the request by Daniel to allow special needs student have access to shower and be provided clean clothing regulary. Daniel makes certain the young man has access to the school showers and to clean clothing. He brings the young mans dirty clothes to the school where the nurse or I will wash them so the young man can take them home. In this day and time for a peer to be this involved and concerned for another human speaks volumes of this young man's humanity. He does this without looking for any recognition or payment. He is just a concern young man showing humility and a kind heart for a fellow student.
Cross Keys High School
David plans to attend Kennesaw State University for two years and then transfer to Emory University.
David is a hard-working student who puts leadership and great effort into his work. He is a member of both Beta Club and National Honor Society, the Hispanic Organization Promoting Education, and AVID. He exhibits a life of service to others and can be seen volunteering for any task in need. He is selfless, kind and committed to making our world a better place for both himself and his community.
Benjamin E. Mays High School
Thank you for this opportunity to express my admiration for the intellectual gifts, public spiritedness, and academic potential of Ms. Destyni Watkins. Destyni’s persona makes her stand out. She demonstrates a great deal of self-reliance and confidence yet, she’s always a team player when such is required of her. She has ambition. She has clearly defined goals. She is always friendly and willing to go the extra mile to achieve personal and collaborative success. Destyni is focused, task oriented and gets things done. She is self-motivated, kind, sensitive and reflective. In her own quiet way, she makes great contributions in all endeavors. Destyni is currently ranked in the top ten percent of her class with a GPA of a 3.9.
Douglas Jacob Fratt
East Forsyth High School
Plans to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Douglas Jacob 'DJ' Fratt is an exceptional student at East Forsyth High School. DJ excels in all academic areas and constantly challenges himself to take rigorous classes. He is involved in various school activities ranging from Technology Student Association, National Honors Society, Science Ambassadors, and the Varsity Lacrosse team. In addition to his extracurricular involvement, DJ is a student who genuinely cares for his peers and always gives his best effort to all he does. We are honored to select DJ Fratt for our first-ever AJC cup winner.
Woodland High School
University of Montevallo
Drew is one of our most accomplished student-athletes at Woodland! His devotion to learning has resulted in stellar grades and his focused training has earned him moments on the award podium. Drew is a thoughtful, engaging young man who treats everyone with respect and dignity. He is highly regarded by our faculty and admired by his peers. Drew exudes a genuine humility about his accolades and displays a gentle, quiet strength of character. Finally, he is deserving of this prestigious award because he most likely doesn’t believe he deserves the honor.
Elisabeth Christina Kearney
West Forsyth High School
Undecided(Mercer University or Ohio State University)
Elisabeth Christina Kearney demonstrates the highest level of involvement as a scholar athlete at West Forsyth High School. She has consistently maintained over a 4.0 GPA while balancing her AP course load and being active in numerous extracurricular activities and clubs. She is an introspective, determined, and motivated young scholar. She relishes in learning, not just from textbooks but also from experiences. Elisabeth Christina creates opportunities for herself at West that illustrate her leadership and character, which will continue to shine in all she pursues.
Strong Rock Christian School
Ella Bateman embodies what we would hope of all of our students. She is brave and courageous, an overcomer, and a high achiever. She is a great example for our school.
Ella Grace Lawler
Flowery Branch High School
Georgia Institute of Technology
Ella Grace Lawler is an exceptional student, having earned a 4.4 GPA as a member of the STEAM program. She has amazing leadership skills, serving as president of Skills USA for two years and as the current yearbook editor. She has earned numerous awards and accolades, competing at the national level for advertising and design and winning 1st place in the Ga State Tech Competition in two categories. Ella Grace also represents FBHS as an accomplished athlete, having earned varsity letters in both golf and soccer.
Ella Grace Nokes
Fellowship Christian School
University of Georgia
Ella Nokes is a great selection for the AJC Cup Award Winner to represent Fellowship Christian School. A high honor roll student all four years, Ella has accumulated a GPA of 4.31 (as of her nomination), taken four AP classes and four dual enrollment classes. A member of National Beta Club, Ella has served on SGA all four years in the roles of Class Representative and Class Chaplin. She has been nominated to the FCS Homecoming Court all four years and was crowned Homecoming Queen this year. Ella has served in a leadership role with the Whisper movement, served as a Paladin Ambassador (nominated and selected to represent FCS in various group settings – perspective family tours, Open Houses, special events, etc.) all four years, served as a GO Ambassador (service program) for three years, and nominated and selected as a Peer Leader her Senior year mentoring a group of freshmen girls. In athletics, Ella has lettered in varsity Lacrosse all four years. She was selected as a team captain her senior year and was named All-Area (Class A-5A Area 5) Girls Lacrosse Select Team her junior year. She is a three-year letter winner as a Student Trainer for Football. She has participated in two mission trips to the Dominican Republic and is an active member at North Point Community Church. Ella represents this prestigious award well with her focus on academic excellence, student leadership, community service, and athletic participation.
Ben Franklin Academy
University of Notre Dame
Quite simply, Ella is a star. Not only is she one of our top students academically, but her greatest contributions happen outside the classroom. Ella is an accomplished singer who has released a single, a world-class fencer who is on the USA Travel Team, and an Eagle Scout who has done countless hours of community service. Although she is highly accomplished, she is also incredibly humble and unassuming, and she hopes to dedicate her life to helping others by contributing to social policy creation.
Chattahoochee High School
University of Alabama
Ella is involved in everything and is a natural leader. She is someone who leads by example and encouragement rather than the force of will. She creates and presents a vision for her peers of what is possible, and then she is able to get into the details to execute. Whether it is a welcome back senior social event, playing lacrosse, or creating a yearbook, Ella puts in the same level of effort and enthusiasm and always has a great attitude and a smile on her face! Her teachers describe her as incredibly motivated, honest, dedicated and does what she says she's going to do.
Hillgrove High School
Eniola Babejo demonstrates excellence daily in the areas of leadership, extra-curricular involvement, and academic excellence. Enolia bring such life and spirit to Hillgrove high school. He is involved in many organizations as both a member and a leader. He is tenacious and goes after the things he wants. He knows how to speak his mind and stand up for what he believes in. Eniola gives 100% to his school and his education.
Dacula High School
Digby will be attending the University of Georgia, on a softball scholarship in 2023-2024. As one of the nations’ top recruits, she will surely be an asset to the Bulldogs softball team.
Emily Digby is the kindest and humblest of superstar athletes ever. 'Digs' as her teammates and coaches call her, plays softball and basketball for Dacula High School. She has been a starter and a leader since day 1 of her freshman year on the softball team. She broke several school records for season and career stats on her way to being a 4-time all-state and all-county player, including Gwinnett Dugout Club player of the year. However, she doesn't carry a superstar ego, but rather the role of a mentor and leader for younger players.
Foothills Education Charter High School
Erin Helmly was very motivated and had a clear plan in mind when she started at Madison Foothills. Graduating early is a significant accomplishment, and it's impressive that she set goals and achieved them with determination. Erin suffers from a rare genetic disorder, KAT6A. Graduating early is a remarkable achievement that requires a great deal of focus and dedication. We hope her success inspires other students to pursue their goals with the same focus and commitment.
Alpharetta High School
Eshan is currently deciding between the Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship at Emory University or University of Pennsylvania.
Eshan Momin is an extraordinary individual and is the clear choice for the AJC Cup. He is captain of the debate team, student council Vice President, and President of HOSA. In debate, he is intelligent, hardworking, thoughtful, organized and dedicated. He is one of the top 5 best debaters in the country, maybe top 2 or 3. He researches approximately 30 hours per week via Google Scholar, HeinOnline, EBSCO, PubMed, Taylor and Francis, and Elsevier on current events and public policy (ranging from public health to national defense), collaborating with a 40-member team to ensure tournament success across multiple seasons. He has demonstrated tremendous commitment to the future of Alpharetta debate through volunteering to help with younger debaters, judging informal practice debates, and mentoring younger students in formal and informal ways. He exemplifies everything I want in a debate student. More than debate, he’s extremely well rounded. His interest in public health and medicine is demonstrated through being president of HOSA and Student Council Vice President. In HOSA, he manages a team of 15 in charge of 200-member organization at Alpharetta High School and supervises all chapter initiatives including all email communications sent to members. He’s also volunteered for the Principal Governance Council, coordinating with Alpharetta City Police Members, the school Principal, and community members to formulate school policy surrounding racial injustice and gun violence. He presented a student-led logistical report on common school problems from the student perspective, including important issues such as school safety. He also excels in academics he had a near-perfect score on the SAT and is graduating with perfect grades (his lowest grade in high school was a 93 and the vast majority of his grades are around 95% +). More than that, Eshan is just a great human being. He’s kind, hardworking, thoughtful, intelligent, and dedicated. I will miss this student next year and he deserves all the recognition in the world.
Griffin High School
Undecided as of yet
Ethan continues to be a high performing student in all three areas: academics, school participation, and active school involvement during his entire four years been on the Principal's List (All A's) for all four years, has participated in school events such as Governor's Honors, and is a member of Kappa League, a mentorship program sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated that develops leadership in African American males. He is also the drum major for the Griffin High School Band of Gold.
Ethan’s accomplishments on the tennis court, in the classroom, and within the community are apparent to anyone who looks at his resume. He has been the recipient of one of our top formation awards each of his four years of High School. He plans on continuing his education and tennis career at Bucknell University next year. What cannot be shown on paper; however, is his strength of character. Ethan is a young man of integrity. He inspires those around him by modeling true Christian servant leadership. He represents his faith, his family, and his school with pride and humility.
St. Mary's Academy (formerly Our Lady of Mercy HS)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Naming Eva Launay-Fallasse as the AJC Cup recipient was easy because she has been considered by her teachers and peers to be the most well-rounded and outstanding student in her class since she enrolled as a freshman. An accomplished athlete and an outstanding scholar, Eva is involved in many student activities, including the National Honor Society, Cross-Country, Soccer, and the school's student-led FLAME retreat program. Exceptional would be the best word to describe Eva for her pure love for learning. She plans to study Biochemistry on a Pre-Med track at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the Honors Program Living Learning.
Milton High School
In addition to her academic gifts, Eva has invested considerable time in contributing to her community and exploring her chosen career path, a mature approach she continues today which will help her understand and apply her gifts. As a prospective pre-med student, Eva sought an internship in a medical office. She had to apply to ‘dozens’ of offices before her persistence resulted in an offer. Other students would likely have given up. This is just one of many examples of Eva’s passion and drive.
Maynard Jackson High School
Evan has a true passion for community growth and development. He has maintained a balance of involvement in school organizations, achieving high grades, and sustaining a social life. Evan was a part of the MJHS Varsity Basketball team and even coached a neighborhood basketball team in the fall of 2023. He currently holds a 3.9 GPA. Evan has participated in the Dual Enrollment College Program since 11th grade.
Providence Christian Academy
Georgia College & State University
Gabi was selected to be the AJC Cup winner because of her high grades, her involvement in school sports teams, her commitment to service, and her leadership. Gabi played on our varsity basketball, volleyball and track teams this year. She is the senior class president, on the yearbook staff, and help manage our athletic social media accounts. Gabi also leads a bible study for 8th grade girls on campus, and is very involved with her church. Gabi is an overall leader among her peers, and just an all around wonderful young lady.
Southwest DeKalb High School
Gabrielle is a outstanding leader on campus. Brave, Smart, and very outgoing. She has impressed me with her maturity, and outlook on life. As a Senior graduating with a 4.11 GPA with the possibility of it increasing she has truly separated herself from her peers. Dedicated to her work and always willing to support others will keep Gabby at the head of the class.
Peachtree Ridge High School
Genesis plans on attending Florida State University in the Fall
Genesis has a beautiful personality to accompany her academic achievements as well. She has served as a student leader amongst her graduating class of 2023 and is always open to offer a helping hand for anyone in need. Genesis has done an outstanding job working with students of all ages and grade levels since entering the doors of Peachtree Ridge HS. In addition, she has been an active participant with the Girls Varsity Cheerleading Team while also serving as a student aide with our school's counseling office. Genesis possessed the drive and determination to set goals and achieve success in any area and accomplish any project that she begins because of the fact that she takes pride in everything in which she is associated!
Woodstock High School
Georgia Institute of Technology
The thing that is most inspiring about Gigi is her inclusive passion for learning. She makes sure to lift up those around her through her participation in class. She is an extremely smart and hardworking student who embodies everything positive about a student: smart, engaging, talkative, kind, and happy. Gigi is exceptionally well-rounded and dedicated, and she seeks to truly learn and understand content, in addition to making outstanding grades. Gigi is a leader who always participates and encourages others around her to strive and achieve. She is a top-tier STEM student and a remarkably talented member of orchestra.
Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School
Albany State University
Gerniah is a scholar athlete in the IB Career-Related Program who is ranked 5th with a 4.018 GPA.
Stone Mountain High School
Highly intelligent hard-working student leader and volunteer. She is committed to SMHS peer advocacy, superior academic ratings, and served as Student Government Association Vice President and FBLA member. She is a gentle giant with a heart of gold. She supports her family and siblings with practical help, while providing an example of excellent academic achievement. The icing on the cake is her ability to fluently speak three languages.
Roswell High School
University of TN
Grace Claerbout brings joy to everyone she encounters. No matter what is going on in her life she is positive and kind to others. She is an excellent role-model for her peers and a leader in and out of the classroom. She is determined to succeed while at the same time making the most of her high school experience. Grace is President and/or an officer of multiple clubs in school including Student Council, Unicef, Interact and National Honor Society. Grace is an athlete and has participated in Varsity Cross-Country and Track for the past two years.
Forsyth Central High School
University of Georgia
Grace was nominated for this award by multiple faculty members at FCHS. She was our hands-down finalist in our second round of voting completed by the faculty and staff of Forsyth Central High School.
Etowah High School
Gracye is currently ranked number rank one. However, she is less concerned about her class rank. She is more interested in giving her all to everything she touches and learning from every experience. For example, the math team was almost non-existent due to lack of leadership and lack of a club sponsor. Gracye took it upon herself to reinstate the team by locating a teacher sponsor, applying with administration even though it was past the deadline, and marketing to recruit new members. As President of the Math Team, Gracye witnessed the success of her efforts by recruiting more members than ever before and earning 2nd place in the JV math team competition. She is the Wing Improvement Coordinator for the student led tutoring program. She addresses problems and develops innovative solutions. She has tutored over 45 sessions herself. In addition, she has been invited to join academic clubs such as Beta, the National Honors Society, the National Spanish Honors Society, and the National English Society. Furthermore, she raised over $20,000 for Relay for Life.
East Paulding High School
Young Harris College
Hannah is one of the most outstanding students in my career. She has been a leader for multiple clubs and events. Hannah volunteers regularly for many different things including picking up trash on our school campus without being told more than once. She has participated in food ministries, children's camps, and Night to Shine for multiple years as well.
Possibly University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
Henry has done commendable work in greater Atlanta that has impacted major enterprises in Atlanta such as Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Passion City Church. He helped with the formation of an advocate youth group at CHOA that supports the families and siblings of patients with long term illnesses. He also created a scholarship at his church that pays for youth members to attend the annual Passions conference. On top of his community involvement, he maintains stellar grades in rigorous courses with hopes of majoring in business and becoming an entrepreneur. Henry’s community involvement deserves high regards, which is why he has been selected for this award.
Hebron Christian Academy
University of Georgia
Hoake Mazzawi 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. Hoake is a leader and an actively involved student at Hebron. She has served as Junior Class President, Outreach leader, and Student Life Committee member. She is in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and plays four varsity sports all while excelling academically with a rigorous course load. In everything she does, she is a positive role model to other students.
Isaac T. Delaney
North Springs High School
Isaac is the type of student that no matter the challenge or obstacle before him, he faces it grace, persistence, positive attitude, and courage. His journey has not been an easy one and through it all, he remained ever vigilant, composed, and conquered all that he encountered. His level of compassion for others and the drive to ensure everyone succeeds places him in a category far above those his age and he is a constant reminder that when you work together, everyone wins. Even with all that said, his is truly humble and kind. A true model student and inspiration to those around him and we know he will be successful in every endeavor and path he takes.
Johnson Ferry Christian Academy
Georgia Institute of Technology
Isabel Dunlop is the quintessential understated person of the year. Her presence is always appreciated and so welcomed, yet never bringing attention to herself. She is the VP of both the JFCA National Honor Society and Senior class with a 4.40 GPA. Isabel is a multi-sport athlete in Basketball, Volleyball, and also on the Yearbook Staff as Editor-in-Chief. She enjoys working with children at her church and is looking forward to her upcoming Mission Trip to Poland. A true servant-leader. Future plans include attending Georgia Institute of Technology and studying Industrial Design.
Lanier High School
Georgia State University
The “Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup” is an annual award presented to one outstanding senior from each high school at your year-end awards ceremony or graduation. 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. Isabella Grisales embodies all the qualities of an AJC Cup honoree, and she is Lanier High School’s 2023 nominee due to her stellar leadership skills, hard work and dedication.
King's Ridge Christian School
Isabella Sacca is respected among her peers and faculty because of her strong character, heart for service, and community engagement. Isabella integrates herself into all aspects of King's Ridge Christian School, willingly stepping into needs, advocating for systemic change, representing KRCS in the Governors Honors Program, as STAR student, and as Valedictorian. She is an accomplished dancer and dedicates her time to intensive training at Still Pointe Ballet while leading the Tigerettes Dance Team. She teaches classes to young dancers during the school day and after school, and co-founded the Creativity Camp for PreK-3rd grade girls to build skills and community.
Towers High School
Louisiana State University, LSU
“I.T.” as she is affectionately called is the true definition of a Titan. She possesses great strength and intellect. Itiera Davis is an outstanding scholar who is destined for greatness. She is poised, respectful, personable, and greets everyone with a smile. As a student-athlete at Towers High School Itiera was an active member of the JROTC where she was ranked Senior Master Sergeant, and she was the Captain of the Volleyball and Basketball teams while maintaining a 4.07 GPA.
DeKalb Early College Academy
Georgia Institute of Technology
J'Avani truly embodies the term 'best all-round student'! An exemplary scholar, he has been named Salutatorian for the class of 2023, is a talented trombonist, a highly skilled mathematician, active volunteer in his school and community, leader amongst his peers schoolwide, a doting grandson and caring friend.
South Atlanta High School
Savannah State University
Jacey is a team player. She is always ready and willing to assist. She shows up for both herself and classmates when needed. Jacey is humorous and displays maturity and commitment on another level. She wants to succeed and bring others with her. Jacey is goal driven and is epitome of what a graduating senior, who is headed to college should represent. Jacey’s character and leadership skills will enable her to accomplish all her goals.
Cobb Online Learning Academy
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Jacob shared in his essay about the importance of completing quality work and self-motivation, especially in an online school. He also shared about his computer programming hobby, and we were all impressed with that!
Gwinnett Online Campus
University of Georgia
Jacqueline has been a student at GOC since 6th grade. She has a stellar academic record & is truly dedicated to her success and the success of others. She is part of the very selective GSLT group for GCPS and is very involved locally in our school. She is friendly, driven, detail oriented, & empathetic.
Stephenson High School
University of Georgia
Jade Bullock was selected by the faculty and staff of Stephenson High School because of her outstanding achievements. Jade is a member of DECA, Class of 2023 Senior Committee Secretary, Ladies of Distinction Secretary, BETA Club Recorder, a National Coalition of 100 Black Women Member, and a National Honors Society Member. In addition to her academic achievement, she participates in community services, such as the Annual MLK and Breast Cancer Walk. Jade received the 2022 Yale Book Award, a Full Tuition Merit Scholarship award from Tuskegee University, and was a semifinalist in the Posse Scholarship Program and the Governors Honors Program.
Mount Zion High School
St. Mary's University Twickenham London
Jahaan Patel is a stranger to no one and always willing to help.
The Heritage School
From grades to extracurriculars and sports to leadership, Jamal fits the profile for The AJC Cup perfectly. Jamal is an academic, spiritual, athletic, and artistic student. He is a diligent student who always gives his best effort, enthusiasm and encouragement to others along the way. He has a consistently good attitude that sets an example for others. We are honored to award Jamal The AJC Cup.
Jaquawn McKelvey Fludd
The BEST Academy
Georgia Institute of Technology
Jaquawn disposition has been one of quietness, unbothered, an observer, a listener but yet popular and admired by his friends. He is always willing to share the spotlight with others. He is the first to celebrate the accomplishments of others and only speaks modestly of his own. As the SGA President, he implemented several community projects that has had an impact on school cultural.
T.H.R.I.V.E. Christian Academy
Savannah State University or NC A & T
Javon Nelson is the epitome of an overcomer! He has excelled academically as he transitioned from Missouri to an entirely new setting in Metro-Atlanta. He has overcome obstacles and supported his family and siblings amid transition and loss, all while keeping a positive attitude and excelling on the field and in the classroom. He balances dual enrollment, a part-time job and serving the community efficiently and is known for his contagious smile and kind spirit. His post-graduation plans are to attend one of the many HBCUs he has been accepted to on a full scholarship, majoring in Sports Management.
Lakeside High School
The faculty of Lakeside High School selected Jay Jani for this award. This self-described success-driven, ready to work and empathetic student displays these same characteristics day to day in the halls of Lakeside High School. We are proud to have him represent our school.
New Manchester High School
Jayla Battle is a model student-athlete who exemplifies what it looks like to be a leader amongst her peers. She is in the top 10 percent of her class. She has been recognized on the Honor Roll, a Douglas County Superintendent Scholar, and the Georgia Certificate of Merit. She is a member of the following organizations and sports teams: National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Coding, Women in Tech Girls, DECA, Cross Country, Track, Flag Football, and Softball. Jayla is the quarterback for flag football, captain and coach for Legacy Athletics, and an officer for the Women in Tech Club.
Ronald E. McNair High School
University of Miami
Jazz Slappey, Dr. Ronald E. McNair High School Class of 2023 Valedictorian, is intelligent, hardworking, and highly motivated-a tremendous asset to our school. Jazz is dedicated as demonstrated by her 4.11 grade point average and pursuit of DeKalb County School District's highest diploma type, College Preparatory with Honors and Distinction. Jazz has exhibited an impeccable balance between her academic and extracurricular endeavors. She is a member of the McNair High School Lady Mustangs basketball and volleyball teams, and has participated in numerous community service projects throughout her high school matriculation as a member of the Math & Science TRIO program, Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy, and National Honor Society. Jazz is esteemed among administration, faculty, and student body.
Social Circle High School
JD shows an amazing amount of school spirit. He is involved in many activities at SCHS including football, wrestling, student leadership, literary etc... His involvement in the SC Theatre has been ongoing since he was little. He has created a Twitter Page for our school, and he has a great attitude.
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, & Technology
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Jean Yu has extensive research and internships, conducted at top-tier colleges in the nation (Yale, Stanford, Emory). She filled her summers with lab research usually reserved for graduate students. She has been published alongside Ph.D researchers and awarded top honors in collegiate reviews, as well as being named a Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar. She pursues projects that serve communities well beyond her neighborhood. She is a Youth Ambassador for 'The Beacon of Hope' Project, that fundraises for women in Nigeria, to provide surgeries for VVF. She founded a mindfulness organization during the pandemic. She is humble, kind, and a true servant leader.
South Paulding High School
University of North Georgia ( On a National 4-year Army ROTC Scholarship)
Jesse Shoemaker has been chosen for the honor of being the AJC Cup recipient for 2023 due to his leadership, involvement in the community, academic achievements, and his perseverance through challenging times. Jesse is a positive role model to all students. He is the South Paulding High School Battalion Commander for JROTC and the SPHS Varsity Rifle Team Captain. He is a Life Scout and is currently finishing up his Eagle Scout project this month. His project has been tearing down a dilapidated stadium at the New Georgia Baseball Field and building an umpire building for the community. Jesse maintains a 4.0 weighted GPA while taking honors and advanced placement courses. He has overcome adversity as he grew up while his father was deployed overseas in the military and as his mother has undergone treatment and overcome stage 4 follicular lymphoma. He has had to be the man of the house on more than one occasion while growing up. He plans to attend the University of North Georgia on a National 4 -year Army ROTC Scholarship and major in Applied Mathematics. After college, he will commission in the U.S. Army and continue to serve his country as an Officer. He hopes to gain valuable experience in engineering and eventually pursue a career in that field. South Paulding High School feels that Jesse is a very deserving candidate of the prestigious AJC Cup due to his compassion for others, his love of his country, and his desire to serve.
JoiSyni Frink Myles
Midtown International School
Louisiana State University
Joi is an incredibly motivated, compassionate, and humble young woman who is an integral part of our school community. She is a natural leader and role model to her peers, always volunteering her time and putting others before herself. Joi has continued to excel academically while challenging herself with difficult coursework each year. In addition, she has held a demanding job at Starbucks for the past two years and has taken the lead on many school initiatives. Simply put, Joi is truly a “joy” and we are so proud of her accomplishments and the young woman that she has become.
Harrison High School
Jonathan currently has a 4.5 GPA and has excelled in AP and honors classes. Jonathan has held many leadership roles at our school. He currently serves as a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, Hoyas2Hoyas, National Honor Society, and is co-president of French Honor Society. He has served his community by volunteering to teach elementary students French and regularly volunteers at the Due West Methodist Trunk or Treat and the Due West Elementary Fall Festival. These activities are reflective of his work ethic, diligence, and overall character.
North Cobb High School
Jonathan was chosen as the most influential senior amongst all of the staff at North Cobb. He has shown courage, accountability, and maturity to his peers and fellow teammates. He has received numerous awards including the athlete honor award for having high grades all four years of high school, while participating in a sport. Teachers and students have unanimously chosen Jonathan because he is trustworthy, ambitious, and diligent. He is a great example for our seniors and the school at large. He has a full ride lacrosse scholarship to LaGrange and we are proud of him.
Salem High School
Lenoir-Rhyne University - full athletic scholarship football
Jordan Herndon is an extraordinary young man. He is a respectful, capable, and genuinely kind student-athlete with great social skills. He’s destined to have a bright future ahead of him. Jordan is a proven leader and serves as the commanding officer of our MCJROTC program. He is well-rounded and highly admired. Jordan has the utmost respect from his peers, teachers, and administrators. He serves as the senior vice president of SGA he’s also a Peer Leader, member of FBLA, recipient of multiple scholarships, and a friend to all. Jordan is an upstanding individual by his behavior and character. He is the epitome of a model student, and it is a pleasure having him as part of the Salem High School family.
Johns Creek High School
Will be attending Valdosta State University in the fall
In every educator's career, particular students will forever be remembered and cherished for their extensive list of admirable qualities. Confidently, Jordan Huiet is this type of student for many of us at Johns Creek High School. Each day Jordan can be seen throughout the school building exuding cheerfulness and consideration of peers and staff. She is a bright spot in anyone’s day. Her commitment and passion to numerous associations is impressive. She is a four-year football and competition cheerleader for JCHS. Her cheerleading coach, Caren Hudson states, “...she was always the first to arrive at 6:30 am practices, the first to roll out mats so that none of her teammates would have to do it and served as personal transportation to ensure every person arrived at practices on time, ready to work”. As one of the seniors on the team, this devotion led the team to impressively place 6th at the State competition.
Sprayberry High School
Undecided between the University of Michigan and Georgia Institute of Technology
Jordyn is the exemplary example of Sprayberry High School, one who has surpassed most of her peers academically with an outstanding GPA. She embodies an individual who has natural leadership abilities, marked with compassion and maturity. She’s a member and/or officer in Beta Club, National Honors Society, S.Q.U.A.D., STING, HOSA and the Garden & Environmental Club. She attends nearly every Sprayberry sponsored event and can be found at every home game, leading the student section with school spirit. Her ever-flowing positive attitude and willingness to always help is yet another reason why she’s expectational. She is one of Sprayberry's greatest!
Fayette County High School
He plans to attend the University of Georgia and pursue a degree in Software Engineering.
Joshua is an outstanding young man. He is high achieving academically, a natural leader, and an overall incredible young man. He has held leadership roles in JROTC Raiders, Drill Team. and Color Guard. He was a Junior Marshall and received the Certificate of Merit from the University of Georgia. He has been a member of the Green Club for 4 years, and a member of the National Honor Society for 3 years.
Kell High School
Josh is a very respectful and thoughtful young man. He is honest and forthcoming he moves with purpose a great deal of integrity- a true leader among his peers. Two qualities Josh Barker exudes are grit and kindness: not always two you find together in teenagers today. His grit is clear on and off the field. He will not allow any obstacle to get in his way of succeeding. While he is always fighting for his successes, he is also always kind to teachers, staff, and his peers across all grade levels. His attitude is unwavering and you can always count on him to flash a smile and brighten the day. Joshua is the hardest worker I have ever coached, he has a desire to be great and does so in the classroom, on the field and in his personal life! Josh Barker is a great leader. He often does not realize the impact he has on those around him. They follow his lead on the football field, in the classroom and even the kitchen. If someone has a question, he’s the student they go to. Josh is the hardest worker I have ever coached, he has a desire to be great and does so in the classroom, on the field and in his personal life! It’s been a pleasure having him as a student, watching him grow as a person, and develop into the man that he will become. I can’t think of a student that is more deserving of this honor.
Joshua Jacobs II
Heritage High School
Kennesaw State University
Joshua is a student who has always been involved in community service. Joshua takes on various projects that help build not only our school community, but Rockdale County community at large. He is always willing to lend a helping hand if it means beautifying the school or neighborhood, providing for those in need or simply assisting teachers with small projects. Joshua is also an active member of the National Art Honor Society. He is a member of our Fine Arts Academy and maintains a high GPA not only in his Arts Academy classes, but in all courses. In addition to all of this, he has always maintained a job or internship. Joshua is the epitome of a respect, honest and dedicated student.
Julius Johnston III
Tucker High School
University of Georgia or University of Southern California
Julius is a well-rounded IB student who is an active student leader at Tucker High School. He participates in National Honor Society, SkillsUSA, and member of the Tucker varsity soccer and swim team. Outside of school, he is a mentee of the Rights of Passage Academy of the 100 Black Men South Metro Incorporated. He plans on attending University of Georgia or University of Southern California and majoring in Sports Communications/Sports Media.
Cartersville High School
Georgia Institute of Technolgy
Kace Adams is an all-around athlete with a heart of gold! As a lifetime member of the Cartersville Purple Hurricane family, Kace embodies all that is honorable and excellent at CHS. He is an accomplished football player, baseball player, basketball player, and track and field star. His athletic prowess has extended to multiple sports, making him a versatile and valuable player on any team. His athletic abilities have earned him accolades and recognition from his coaches and peers, and have made him a well-respected athlete in his school and community. His talents are only matched by his leadership qualities and his outstanding academic achievements. These achievements have earned him recognition as a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Principal's Leadership Team, and Senior Class Superlative. Despite his busy schedule, Kace always finds time for his favorite pastime, bowling. He enjoys playing with family and friends and finds it a great way to unwind and relax after a busy week of sports and schoolwork. He is also a member of Cross Point Church, where he volunteers his time and talent to various church activities. In the fall, he plans to attend Georgia Tech majoring in Business Construction. Kace Adams is a rare and remarkable individual. His athletic achievements, academic excellence, and leadership qualities have earned him the respect and admiration of his peers, coaches, and teachers. He is a true role model and an inspiration to all those who know him. Kace's future is bright, and we can only imagine the great things he will achieve in the years to come.
G.W. Carver Early College High School
University of Georgia
Kaden is a dedicated and resourceful scholar that constantly supports his classmates, teachers and community. He exudes the characteristics of a leader that makes sure that all around him elevate. Kaden is driven in his academic pursuits, gives back to his community through service and is a true representation of an all-around scholar.
Haralson County High School
Still deciding between Jacksonville State University and the University of West Georgia
Kaelin Peavey is a four-sport athlete at Haralson County High School. She is a state champion in gameday cheer, a two-time UCA All American Cheerleader, she qualified for the state championship as a tennis player, she is a captain on the girls soccer team that is the winningest team in school history, and was a state champion in Skills USA for Cosmetology. Kaelin is the only cheerleader in our school that has cheered for football, basketball and gameday competition for all four years of school. She was recently given the award as 'The Heart of The Team' award in cheer as a senior because of her leadership in that program. She is a dual enrollment student, graduating in the top of her class as an honor graduate and distinguished graduate. Kaelin is part of our school work study program and has worked in our school system central office and is now employed in an elementary school in our system. To balance all of those activities and to do it at such a high level of excellence, Kaelin truly embodies what this award is all about. Kaelin is an amazing young lady and has left a lasting impression on Haralson County High School.
Hapeville Charter Career Academy
University of Alabama
Kahyah Shabazz is an outstanding student who has demonstrated excellence both academically and in her extracurricular activities. As the Salutatorian of her class, she has shown a commitment to learning and a strong work ethic. Additionally, her involvement in organizations such as the Fulton County Youth Commission, National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Student Government Association demonstrates her leadership skills and dedication to serving her community. Kahyah's willingness to help with school programs and events further showcases her teamwork and collaboration skills. She is a well-rounded student who embodies the values of the AJC Cup and is deserving of this recognition.
Duluth High School
Kaitlyn is an excellent student, successfully balancing a rigorous academic schedule of honors and AP classes. She is a tri-sport athlete and a 4 year varsity letter winner in each. She leads by example and motivates her teammates with her work ethic and competitive spirit. Kaitlyn has worked hard with National Honor Society to ensure the success of International Night, one of our school’s most popular celebrated initiatives. Kaitlyn has been a member of the Student Council in the position of class president as a sophomore, junior, and senior. She inspires her peers and teachers and is beloved by them.
Independence High School
Kalea is a member of the Girls for Girls Group. She is an active participant in the monthly activities with Family First Organization as well as the community service projects. She has collected toiletries for the local women's shelter, created Thanksgiving gifts for the local senior home, read stories to the local pre-school, and marched in the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. She goes out of her way to give back to the community and seek ways on how she can do more. She is eager to continue her education through cosmetology school where she can continue to spread her service attitude with a huge smile on her face.
Kamille L. Sims
Westlake High School
Kamille Sims is a phenomenal student who ranks in the top 5% of the senior. She is an active member of the Westlake Magnet Program and Blue Reign Dance Team. Kamille was crowned Miss Westlake which demonstrates that she is well respected by her peers and the staff at Westlake. The words performance-driven, exuberant, and warm-hearted suitably fit Kamille's personality. Her most outstanding trait is her propensity to help others. It is extremely rare to experience young students with an extremely high academic acumen such as Kamille who cares as much about the success of others as her own success.
Langston Hughes High School
Attend Tuskegee University with the Distinguished Presidential Scholarship
Kaniyah Campbell is a graduating senior at Langston Hughes High School. She maintains a 3.8 GPA while also serving as SGA Parliamentarian, a cheer manager for the school’s cheer team, an active member in HOSA, and a track and field athlete. Kaniyah has a competitive edge both on and off the field and shows no signs of slowing down. She embodies the attributes that we believe characterize a scholar. She is intelligent, hard-working, driven, focused and motivated to succeed.
Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Karen has been an exceptional student throughout her time at CSK. She started in 6th grade as a young, curious student eager to learn, and ends her time here at CSK as a young woman fully prepared and ready to go out into the world and make her mark. Karen serves as this year’s valedictorian, is a scholar athlete and is a member of several clubs and organizations. Additionally, she is a dual enrollment student, taking classes at Georgia State University and will be a first-generation college student.
North Atlanta High School
Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
JROTC Cadet Colonel Karen Palacios-Echeverria is an exceptional student leader at North Atlanta High School. While maintaining an A average in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Karen also serves on the faculty-nominated Peer Leadership team, leads fellow cadets in JROTC, and volunteers with the Hispanic Heritage Society and Future Business Leaders of America. In 2022, she was one of four students chosen from the district to speak in a panel facilitated by Lin Manuel Miranda for When We All Vote. Karen is a well-informed, globally-minded student who uses her voice to enhance class discussions and advocate for social justice.
Berkmar High School
University of Chicago
Katherine Martinez-Saravia has been named a 2023 QuestBridge Scholar. This opportunity will afford Katherine the opportunity to attend college as the first in her family. Through hard work and perseverance, she has earned the following accolades: Odyssey Scholar, National Hispanic Recognition Scholar, 2021 & 2022 AP Scholar with Honor Award, Certificate of Achievement: Early Childhood Education and Care-Basic, QuestBridge Prep Scholar, Certificate of Merit, “All A” Honor Roll Distinction, Junior Marshall, and 2023 QuestBridge Scholar. While maintaining excellent grades, Katherine was a member of the National Honor Society, National Beta Club, and VP of HoPe (Hispanic Organization Promoting Education).
Loganville Christian Academy
Katie Phillips is an excellent student and a solid leader. She gives 110% effort, is respectful, encouraging and trustworthy. She is engaged in school activities - Rodeo, Clay Targets, Tennis the Going Green Team, our Grad2Grad Program which pairs seniors with kindergarten students for activities throughout the year, and President of Student Government. Katie plans a major and a career in Environmental Science.
Loganville High School
Attend Georgia Institute of Technology
Throughout her four years at LHS, she has made pivotal contributions to multiple extracurricular activities that influenced the reputation and standing of our school. She has participated in multiple state-level events of both track and cross country. She also helped to raise money for the LHS PTSO through opportunities such as the Miss LHS Pageant Organization. She has also served her community through clubs such as Youth Leadership Walton and Sources of Strength, as well as working a part-time job to help children develop in their knowledge and understanding of soccer. She is ranked in the top ten of the LHS Class of 2023, maintaining a 4.471 GPA. Though she participates in a multitude of extracurricular activities, she remain steadfast to the ones she has done her entire life.
The Mount Vernon School
Keith has made a lasting impact on our community. I have yet to meet a student as deeply empathetic, instinctually kind to everyone around him, and as much of a team player. In my opinion, these qualities are what set Keith apart from his peers and are what the world desperately needs from our next generation of changemakers
Union Grove High School
Georgia Institute of Technology
Kelechi is a leader in all that he does. He excels in and out of the classroom. He has worked hard so that he can be a successful student and athlete. Kelechi also assisted in running a school-based business, was a leader to our upcoming 9th graders, and is an involved member of the Athletic Leadership Council. He is always willing to participate or to lend a helping hand, whether it be in the numerous clubs that he is involved in or tutoring students in the counseling office. He truly demonstrates what we call the “wolverine way,” and we are happy to have him represent UGHS as The AJC Cup Winner.
Stockbridge High School
North Carolina A&T
Kennedy is the epitome of a well-rounded student. She is a leader, excels in her academics, and has a big heart. I would describe Kennedy as hard-working, dependable, and consistent.
Lambert High School
University of Georgia
Kennedy is a delight to have in class, easily one of the most academically-inclined students several of us have taught in almost 20 years. She is curious and a beautiful, complex writer and thinker. She is willing to ask questions, willing to work with others, and driven. I knew no matter whom she worked with, the group would succeed with Kennedy there to lead, this includes the classroom and the athletic field. She looks at each opportunity, each lesson, as a chance to grow and to learn. Students don’t come any better than Kennedy.
Eagle's Landing High School
Clayton State University
Resilient. Tough. Quick. Grit. Hard-working. These are a few of the words most people think of when trying to describe Kenneth Brayboy. His quiet demeanor gives no hint to the strong personality that lies underneath his skin. However, just watch him play basketball and you will see what he is made of. He is not just a great player, but he is a hard-working player. What impresses us most about Ken (or Brayboy as we call him), is that his drive to succeed does not end at the basketball court. Just as his hands are quick on the court, his mind is quick in the classroom. Ken has always chosen the most rigorous curriculum available to him and will be recognized at the top of his class as a magna cum laude graduate. He has taken a variety of both dual enrollment and advanced placement courses and always excels. The ELHS faculty and staff hold high standards for our Golden Eagles and Kenneth Brayboy has exceeded those standards. We are proud to submit him as our 2023 AJC Cup recipient.
Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology
Laila is the epitome of everything we aspire our RMSST graduates to be. She has embraced academic challenges through balancing multiple advanced placement courses and completing a healthcare CTAE pathway at our county’s career center. Her stellar academic record has landed her in the top 5% of our graduating class. Laila is a multi-sport student athlete holding awards and recognitions in softball, gymnastics, track, and field. Beyond the accolades, Laila is a phenomenally genuine person. She is a joy to be around, incredibly helpful, and always possesses a positive disposition. Laila will attend Tuskegee University on a full scholarship.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. High School
I am still deciding, but it is between Dallas-Baptist university in Texas or Kennesaw State University.
Lamy has always had such a positive attitude and aura. She is a joy to have in class by bringing calmness and intellectual group discussions. She engages in every lesson, is detailed-oriented, and cares about herself, work, and others. As a student, Lamy worked well with her peers in small group settings. Lamy will go out of her way to help others and get the job done. On multiple occasions, Lamy stepped in to help students in distress and/or in need. And she does it with a smile on her face.
Cherokee High School
University of Georgia
Laney's response to a question on a scholarship application showcased her involvement in a wide range of extracurricular activities both at school and in the community. Over the course of her four years in high school, Laney participated in several activities that not only benefited her personal growth but also helped her career growth. At school, she contributed to her student newspaper, the Warrior Word, for one year, covering a variety of topics such as internet safety and mental health. She was also an active member of service clubs such as Beta, the National Honors Society, and the National English Honors Society, where she served as a tutor at the school's writing center in 11th grade, assisting other students with their assignments and college essays. In addition, Laney served on the Environmental Action Club Council, organizing school cleanups, facilitating recycling services, and hosting special events such as the Bob Ross Paint-A-Long in collaboration with the Art Club. On the athletic side, Laney played doubles for the Cherokee Girl's Tennis Team for all four years of high school, and was a 4-year varsity letterman. She helped take her team to state for the first time since the 1970s, and was selected to join the Student Athlete Leadership Team in 11th grade, where she and her team organized impact projects such as the Special Needs Field Day, ran the school's food pantry, and visited classrooms to read to elementary school children. Laney was also an active member of the Alpha Gamma Service Club, where she hosted service projects and student life events such as the annual Powderpuff Football Game. She was invited to join the Leadership Council in 11th grade, where she took on a more significant role in coordinating events. After school, Laney interned at her local 4-H office through her school's Work Based Learning Program, where she assisted in holding 4-H club meetings and helped office staff with daily tasks. She also worked as a produce clerk at her local Publix since 2021. Laney's involvement in 4-H was her most meaningful activity, as it helped her find her passion for Family and Consumer Sciences and focus on her intended career. She had been involved in 4-H since the 5th grade and had competed in District Project Achievement for eight consecutive years in family resource management, communications, fashion revue, and textiles. She served as her county council president for three years in a row and volunteered as a certified Teen Leader. Laney also competed on her county's Cotton Bowl and Consumer Judging Team and was proud to be a 2-time Master 4-H'er in the Fashion Revue Project and Citizenship, as a National 4-H Conference Delegate. Additionally, Laney served as a CanTeen Councilmember with the City of Canton, where they organized service events and teen job fairs. Overall, Laney's involvement in these extracurricular activities had been instrumental in her development over the past four years.
Lauren Charleston Lacey
North Gwinnett High School
University of Georgia
Charley has carried a rigorous academic schedule and has invested hundreds of hours into how our campus can be better, engage more students, and be a true community. She is involved in varsity athletics (lacrosse and flag football). She has been in Student Council executive roles all four years and currently is President. She helped to unite StuCo with Relay For Life to collaborate on events. She is a member of GSLT (Gwinnett Student Leadership Team) and NGSLT (North Gwinnett) with the heart of her work being creating experiences for all our students to see school as more than just classes. She is an outstanding student and represents what is best about North: heart, pride, and service.
Dunwoody High School
Georgia Institute of Technology
Lauren has earned academic accolades on numerous occasions. She was selected for and participated in the Governor’s Honor Program for Social Studies. She is a member of most honor societies, including National Honor Society, at our school. This young lady has demonstrated her concern for others through various one-time and on-going service activities. She is both a 4-year class officer as well as an officer in several honor societies. Lauren has accomplished all of this and more while being a two-sport letter-earning varsity athlete at Dunwoody High School and a club athlete for beach volleyball. She is an outstanding student and a phenomenal human being.
A four-year member of Student Government, former Class President and one of the Co-Chairs of Student Government, Lauren James is a natural leader. Her teachers describe her as someone who can move the conversation forward when it lags, who brings new perspectives to civil dialogue, and who consistently pushes herself to expand her and others' perspectives. At ease in front of a group, Lauren seems poised for public service. Moreover, her positive demeanor makes her the sort of person that others gravitate towards.
Elizabith Andrews High School
Nursing or Veterinarian Science
Leslie Tellez-Arevalo is committed to her academics. She has a great disposition and is incredibly pleasant. Leslie is respectful, calm, and enjoyable in class. Leslie’s favorite class was Biology where she enjoyed incorporating science and engineering practices in her learning. Leslie has remained driven and focused even through adversity. Her cheerful outlook and commitment to learning have prepared her to pursue a STEM Career in either Nursing or Veterinarian Science.
George Walton Academy
University of Alabama
Lily is diligent in her studies and prioritizes academics. She seeks to be challenged and isn’t afraid to ask questions or assist a peer who may need additional help. Lily is disciplined, resourceful, and compassionate. She is a leader as a cheerleader on the football and basketball sidelines, but she celebrates others in the classroom and through her service. Lily is an ambitious woman with huge aspirations in business. She desires to travel to new places and thrives in an environment where she can network and meet new people. She is an extremely hard worker, seeks help when appropriate, and purposefully encourages others.
North Forsyth High School
University of North Georgia
Lindsey represents everything our school believes in - Pride, Passion, and Purpose. She exhibits pride in our community by being everyone’s biggest cheerleader. North Forsyth is her home, and she will be the first person to tell you that her school has helped build her into the woman she is today. She is passionate about being a leader and setting the best example possible for her peers by serving as a mentor. She lives with purpose and is cognizant about the image she puts out into the world. When our staff thinks of “Raider Nation, we think of Lindsey Head.
Pebblebrook High School
Has been accepted into Duke University
Luis is a born leader with a desire to make world change. He brings people together and builds communities through the school's HOPE (Hispanic Organization Promoting Education) Program, where he serves as President. Luis is also involved with the BETA Club, National Honor Society (Committee Chair), Hispanic Honor Society (President), and JROTC (Drill Team Commander/Color Guard Captain). He does all of this while maintaining a 4.393 GPA and being a Supervisor at Six Flags. Luis is one of the most scholarly, committed, and compassionate students I have encountered in my 26 years as an Educator.
Northview High School
Georgia Tech or the University of Virginia
Before my four years at Northview, I attended seven different schools. While my time at Northview has been the best of my life, I am also grateful for my other experiences, as they have helped me form a more mature and complete version of myself.
The King's Academy
William Carey University
Mac Duren, a gifted and well-rounded student leader at TKA, is well deserving of this award. His roles include NHS co-president, Beta Club member, FCA Team Leader, and Varsity Basketball player. Well-known as a talented musician, he leads music for school events, serves as a local church worship leader, and co-wrote the bestselling Christian song, “Glorious God. He maintains a dual-enrolled schedule at Chattahoochee Technical College, is employed part-time, and will graduate with an above 4.0 GPA. Mac balances these many activities with humility, grace and excellence.
Alcovy High School
She plans to attend a 4yr university. She has been accepted into several colleges in-state as well as out of state.
Macey is an intelligent young lady who also displays respect for self and others. She volunteers around the school and assists when asked by teachers, staff, and peers. She has a great personality and her smile is infectious. Macey is graduating as an Honor Graduate with a 4.0 GPA
East Coweta High School
Mercer University - Macon
The faculty and staff at East Coweta High School can describe MacKenzie as young lady who is empathetic, strong-willed, involved, and ambitious. She is a leader in the classroom as well as an athlete. She is respected by her peers and adults and exemplies the characteristics of the AJC Cup award.
Dawson County High School
University of Alabama @ Birmingham
Madelyn is a complete student. Though highly attentive to her academic performance, Madelyn has found time to balance a fully rounded HS experience. She has served in a variety of leadership roles at DCHS, which she punctuated with her selection as a Senior Class Officer. She is a frequent face in the crowd at all types of extracurricular events and is a loyal supporter of her classmates. She serves her community by volunteering her time and talents. With a busy schedule, she still finds time to excel in her passion for Riflery, where she has earned many accolades, including a scholarship to UAB.
Whitewater High School
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
At Whitewater High School, the AJC Cup recipient is voted on by the entire staff. Being that the recipient of the AJC Cup is described to be the best all-around student, recognized for achieving excellence in academics, leadership, and school/community activities, Makayla was the perfect choice. Makayla is an absolute phenom. With a 4.441 GPA, Makayla performs stronger, academically, than 99.38% of her graduating class. Makayla is a leader for Whitewater High School's Varsity Softball team, Student Ambassadors, and HOSA. Makayla has made a huge impact at Whitewater High School and is deserving of this recognition.
Eastside High School
Georgia Institute of Technology
Mallory is truly one of the most well-rounded student athletes you'll find, and her work ethic is impressive! Mallory has a spectacular smile, and her compassion and grace shine through in all she does. She uses her intelligence for good, and her achievements throughout high school are extraordinary, including taking the most rigorous courses available to her. She is admired and respected by her peers and is a leader in the classroom as well as outside of school. Mallory's academic success is admirable, and her beautiful personality makes her impossible to miss and easy to love!
Marcos San Miguel
Campbell High School
Either Georgia Tech or Stanford
At Campbell High School, the faculty and staff vote for this award. It is based on the student’s 1) good citizenship 2) academic successes 3) leadership abilities and 4) extra-curricular involvement. The student who receives this award is the one with the most votes overall.
Chamblee High School- Magnet School
Margaret Council, or Maggie, is a leader many times over. She is a Girl Scout and as part of her Gold Award Project, she organized “The Flow Project” which provides 10 free centers throughout Chamblee High School where students can get menstrual products free of charge and free of shame. She is organized, witty and creative. Maggie is proud to have found creative and productive ways to work around and with her dyslexia. She is a member of the National Honors Society, Beta Club, National Art Society, Varsity Swim, Varsity Golf, and has been elected Vice President of her sophomore, junior, and senior classes. She has completed over 70 hours of community service.
Robert S. Alexander Comprehensive High School
Maggie will attend Purdue University
Margaret Padgett is one of a kind. She excels in everything she does. Maggie is the SGA president, leading her classmates to be community service oriented and socially conscious. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA and a 99.5 numeric average throughout high school while taking the most rigorous courses available and attending college through the dual enrollment program. Although she is an exceptional student and has received a perfect score on her AP exam, Maggie is well-rounded, kind, and enjoys helping others. She leads numerous clubs and organizations, often does community service, and has innumerable roles with her church. She is phenomenal!
Margaret Rose Beltrami
Atlanta Girls School
Washington University in St. Louis
Margaret is a gifted young woman who is destined to change the world through her desire to teach and passion for education. She is the definition of a difference maker within our school community and her local community, a student who is empathetic beyond her years.
Carrollton High School
Mark hopes to attend Yale University or the University of Georgia.
Mark excels inside and outside of the classroom. He is planning to graduate with the full International Baccalaureate diploma and ranks 3rd in his class of 414 seniors. Mark is Captain of the CHS Debate Team, leading the team to two state titles. Mark is also President of the Debate Club. He participated in Governors Honors, was a state finalist for the US Senate Youth Program, and is a leader in several other student organizations on campus including Spanish Honor Society, Key Club, Interact Club, Student Council, and National Honor Society. Mark also works at the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center leading summer and Saturday STEM camps for 1st - 8th graders.
Central Gwinnett HS
Martina has excellent interpersonal skills and an aptitude for leadership. This is evidenced in her many leadership roles both here at school and in the community. She has not only stepped into leadership roles that were already established, but she has also created fundraisers and programs according to student need. Martina is dedicated. She is sincere. Whatever she sets out to do, she accomplishes with excellence. The clubs and organizations that she has participated in have benefited from her leadership. She is truly one of the best that this generation has to offer. In addition to this, she has undisputed academic talent and is the 2023 Salutatorian.
Parkview High School
Matthew Roebuck exemplifies the characteristics of a student scholar and leader. His natural curiosity and intelligence categorize him as a lifelong learner bound for success. He has impeccable character and faces all challenges with an admirable amount of integrity. As an individual, Matthew is original in thought and practice and honors his convictions. His leadership is fostered through compassion for others and bringing about real change. Matthew’s involvement in meaningful extracurricular organizations can serve as a testament of his dedication to humanitarian activism. Matthew is an exceptional student, determined to use his skills and experience to positively contribute to society.
McDonough High School
Maya Blair is a creative, ambitious, well-rounded leader who always seeks to make a positive impact. She graduated Valedictorian of her high school, is an officer in many clubs (Student Government Association, Math Club, National Honor Society, and Academic Bowl), and has many after school commitments such as being Head Football Manager and a Math tutor for many students in the county. She is excited to continue her excellence at Georgia Tech and we know she will succeed in her endeavors!
Eagles Landing Christian Academy
University of Georgia
The faculty at ELCA describe Melanie as a vibrant and kind presence who puts the greater good above all. Melanie is a natural leader who loves and takes pride in her school. She diligently balances a rigorous course schedule, involvement in activities, and volunteer work, never complaining about the amount. Melanie is a Governor’s Honors Program semi-finalist and a Georgia Certificate of Merit recipient. In addition, she serves as the Senior Class President and has been a Varsity Cheerleader for the past four years. Melanie volunteers for Open Hand Atlanta and is on the Arizona Mission Team at ELCA.
Mercy DeLeon Melendez
R.L. Osborne High School
Deciding between Georgia Tech or University of Georgia
Mercy has a 4.323 GPA and is Captain of the Varsity Soccer team, a member of the National Honor Society, Spirit Team, and FBLA, Vice President of Beta Club, an Executive Member of SGA, Chief Editor of the Yearbook, and the President of la Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica. Mercy volunteers to work with English language learners, through the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, to help them develop their literacy skills in Spanish. She identifies with these students, having learned a new language in an unknown country, and is committed to welcoming and helping them in any way she can.
Rockdale County High School
To attend North Carolina A & T University
Having a distinct articulate voice and a brighter-than-life personality and smile describes Micah Cannon. Although I never had the opportunity to instruct Micah, his gifted voice and passion to communicate captured my attention. Every time Micah reads the school announcements or speaks during a presentation, he demonstrates an enthusiastic energy as if he is broadcasting information to the world. Without a doubt, Micah’s professional, personal, positive demeanor is infectious and memorable. Micah is a born leader who works with excellence and is determined to use his gifts and talents to challenge and change the world.
Michael 'Chip' Wooten Jr.
Greater Atlanta Christian School
University of Georgia
Michael “Chip” Wooten is a natural servant leader, scholar, and athlete. Chip has dedicated himself to high achievement across the disciplines at Greater Atlanta Christian School (GAC). He is a member of National Honors Society, Beta Club, and Mu Alpha Theta. He is described as intellectually curious, excelling in classes such as Dual Credit Scholar Capstone, Advanced Placement Literature, Advanced Placement Calculus BC and Advanced Placement Chemistry and Physics 1. In addition, he has participated in three athletic teams, and is a recipient of our Stellar Spartan Award. He is also a Georgia Certificate of Merit and AP Scholar With Honor recipient. He’s thoughtful, caring, and respected by both his peers and teachers.
Riverdale High School
Georgia State University
Miguel Perez is not only intelligent, he is a hard-working caring individual. He is an active member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society and maintains a 4.25 GPA while working part-time. He is also a virtuoso member of the Riverdale High School orchestra. Miguel is always one of the first to volunteer for community service opportunities and balances academics, extra-curricular activities and work. Miguel Perez is the epitome of a Raider, respectful, appropriate, responsible and successful.
Decatur High School
Mikka is enrolled in our IB Diploma Program, which is our most rigorous course load. While doing this, he has also led the Black Student Union and started a fragrance line. He is a strong student leader at DHS.
Cedar Grove High School
Georgia Southern University
Miracle is a dynamic young woman. She's focused, kind, and hardworking. She has received a myriad of awards for her outstanding academic accomplishments, and over 200,000 in scholarship offers. She truly cares about humankind and saving our planet. Her plan is to become a scientist who conserves wildlife.
Allatoona High School
Morgan is a kind, outgoing, and compassionate individual. She has always exhibited these qualities, serving as a tutor and mentor to other students in the classroom as well as in the community as a volunteer dance teacher. She is also dependable, meticulous, and independent. She is routinely placed in roles that require a high level of responsibility because the faculty knows that her follow-through is exceptional. Her character is impeccable, and she truly represents the best of Allatoona!
Creekside High School
Attend Tuskegee University
Mya Smith represents Creekside P.R.I.D.E. in everything she does. She has been in AVID for four years, representing Creekside High School as both an AVID tutor and a Student Ambassador. As a tutor, Mya has leveraged this opportunity to build a network of AVID mentees across two schools, where she supports their academic and personal progress. Mya is an advocate for AVID and Advanced Placement and serves as a Creekside Ambassador, where her responsibilities include educating district leaders, community members, and school visitors on the academic programs that Creekside High School has to offer.
South Gwinnett High School
Narjise is a laser-focused academic scholar and a phenomenal student leader. She continually raises the bar and always reaches for the stars. She is a civic leader that has been a member of the Snellville Youth Commission for two years and has served as Student Mayor for the past year. She is truly one of the most conscientious, organized, brilliant, and ambitious students at SGHS.
Elite Scholars Academy
Emory University (Atlanta, GA) or Davidson College (Davidson, NC)
This student has demonstrated a strong passion for academic achievement. Nathaly has maintained a high GPA and has challenged herself by taking AP and Dual Enrollment classes in high school. She has received various awards in the areas of science, history, foreign language, and music. She has gone above and beyond with all of her academic accomplishments since middle school and has continued to demonstrate a determination to achieve her goals of going to college, majoring in environmental science, and making a positive change in the world.
Nathan Lee Grimes
Community Christian School
Georgia State University
Nathan is an honors student who has an excellent reputation with both his teachers and his peers. He is an outstanding athlete who has lettered in varsity sports every year of his high school career. In addition, he has performed over 240 hours of community service during his high school years.
Mount Zion High School
Plans to attend West Georgia Technical College
Our choice for the 2023 AJC Cup is Nesaiah Farley. Nesaiah is not only a top student in the class but is also a student-athlete, works part-time at the elementary school in the media center, is involved in various clubs, and represents Mount Zion High School on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. She is always pleasant to be around and is very popular among her peers. In addition, she is a true leader and a wonderful representative of our school.
Paul Duke STEM High School
To Be Determined
Each year Paul Duke STEM High School faculty and staff vote to select the most outstanding and well-rounded student in our senior class. Nia Jackson is courageous, respectful, and an innovative leader. She strives for excellence and seeks to contribute to the community.
Lumpkin County High School
Nicole is an exemplary student, athlete, and leader at LCHS. Both inside and outside of the classroom and on the soccer field, she is a positive, determined, and encouraging voice to those around her.
Paulding County High School
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Nicole is a well-rounded student who is high-achieving in the classroom, involved heavily in positive school climate and volunteers regularly in the community. She is projected to be our salutatorian and was accepted to California Technical College with a full scholarship. Beyond that, Nicole is just a warm and bright person who infects every space she inhabits with positivity. She is intelligent, humble, genuine, hardworking, caring, polite and such a deep sense of gratitude consistently.
Frederick Douglass High School
Kennesaw State University
Nigel quickly made his presence known with his brilliant character and overwhelming charm. Over the course of time in high school, Nigel has established himself as one of our school’s elite students while participating on several committees and working with various service-learning projects. Nigel’s scholarly focus afforded him induction into the National Honor Society, which he holds the office of President. The mission of this accredited organization is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among students. As a member, Nigel embodies this mission because of his ability to establish high expectations not only for himself, but as a leader amongst his peers.
Discovery High School
Nishi is a student with an awesome work ethic and prodigious personality. Nishi is a hard worker, has a positive outlook and participates enthusiastically in her classes. Faculty and staff alike are confident that Nishi will put for a tremendous effort into his college education as she has done here at Discovery High School. She demonstrates excellence in all that she puts her mind to. Nishi is an honor grad and has many accomplishments with DECA. She plays tennis. Nishi always puts others before herself she is caring, kind and a motivator to all her peers. Nishi's family moved back to India when she was eight to live for three years. She did not speak the language and was not accepted. This experience has made her more accepting of others and of change. She used this hardship to grow into a strong-minded and determined leader that many people look up to, respect, and admire.
St. Pius X Catholic High School
Omeno is incredibly kind and well-rounded. She is an accomplished vocalist, musician, actress, and Governor's Honors Finalist who is at the top of her class. She is generous with her time and energy and loves serving others.
CHARLES R DREW HIGH SCHOOL
Oscar Andrade-Joya is a well-rounded student who truly embodies what it means to be an authentic individual and devoted scholar. He is an exceptional young man who is a pleasure to be around and is a model for scholarship and service. Oscar epitomizes qualities of excellence throughout her character, academic achievement and leadership and continues to rise to every challenge encountered.
Owen David Ross
Will attend Washington University in St. Louis
Owen Ross earned the respect of faculty and peers alike. He cracked the code for achieving more in a 24-hour period than anyone else. With five AP courses for each of the last two years, this Renaissance man enjoys solving puzzles. He’s a decorated Latinist, a curious scientist, a National Merit semi-finalist, and a voracious reader. This Math Team member also gives prospective families tours of Pace Academy. A Renaissance Arts Award-winning tenor sax, Owen is also a state champion goalkeeper. In fact, he competed in Israel’s World Maccabiah Games for the title of best Jewish soccer team worldwide.
Marietta High School
Parie Desai is an IB Diploma student and is active among Marietta High School’s clubs and organizations. She has been an officer in Student Council and is this year’s Student Body President. She serves as the Executive Director of the Society for Pre-Engineering and is an officer of the Technology Student Association. She is the co-founder of the Asian American Student Association and a member of Model UN. She competed in two AFJROTC drill teams and 3 years as a varsity swimmer. She attended the Georgia Governor’s Honors program as an engineering major. She placed 2nd in the MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference.
Boston College (Gabelli Scholar)
Patrick Sheesley is humble in his achievements, strong in his faith, and selfless as a role model on many fronts. He is incredibly bright and curious, often pursuing academic opportunities outside of typical requirements. His loyalty to his peers, family, community, service, extracurriculars, and academics are noble and inspire others to fearlessly follow their passions. Patrick’s natural intelligence and persistent work ethic serve him in outstanding ways in the classroom, but his passion for learning outshines even these. Patrick makes the most of every learning opportunity afforded to him. His hunger for such opportunities thus infuses good energy into the classroom and serves as a role model for his classmates.
Philip Crumbley Jr.
LUELLA HIGH SCHOOL
Phillip Crumley, Jr. is a leader on and off the field. Phillip is an outstanding young man. A 3-Varsity sport athlete (Football, Wrestling, and Soccer). He played soccer for the first time and was very good. He doesn't know the meaning of quit. He is driven, motivated, and dedicated. He is a lead-by-example type of person. He has something that is very rare today...heart.
Philip Kent Eichelzer IV
Walton High School
Philip K. Eichelzer IV exemplifies “the sky is the limit.” His humble yet stellar demeanor allows him to stand out and influence his peers and community. He has been described as focused, driven, and humble. He possesses great character and will leave a positive impact on many after he graduates. He is a hardworking, conscientious young man. This young man has been a model student-athlete over the last four years and a true gentleman who has admirably represented Walton High School.
Denmark High School
University of Georgia
Rachel serves our school in several capacities, but one of the most influential is her role as the SGA Senior Class President. Rachel was elected President by her peers (a class of 621) and she helps to plan senior class activities and prom. I have also heard her participate in our local school council meetings where she shares the student experience and helps to guide our school endeavors.
Blessed Trinity Catholic High School
United States Naval Academy
Rachel has been exemplary in every aspect of her high school experience. Both inside and outside of the classroom, she has embodied what it means to be a student at Blessed Trinity. Rachel is an outstanding student who has maintained over a 100 GPA while consistently challenging herself by selecting the most rigorous courses offered. Outside of the classroom, she is a leader in our school community and in the athletic arena. Above all, Rachel is a young woman of character and virtue who inspires her classmates to be better versions of themselves.
Woodland High School
Georgia Highlands College
Out of the many great students at Woodland High School, Mr. Purvis Jackson (our principal) has selected Raegan Ford to represent the Class of 2023. From August through May, Raegan has performed to the maximum of her abilities as a standout student-athlete. She continues to excel in all Dual Enrollment classes as well as in her Physics class that she takes at WHS. Raegan has excelled this year as a two-sport standout (softball and tennis). Her competitive nature and her school spirit makes her one of the absolute best seniors we have in this class.
Reese is an incredibly kind, deeply motivated, and profoundly empathetic student. Her concern for her fellow students and teachers is unparalleled she is the first one to ask everyone about how they are doing, to bring in treats for those who are struggling, and to reach out to others outside of school. Reese extends this care to the community at large through her work with unhomed people and missing youth. By her own admission, academics don’t always come easily to her, but her work ethic and diligence have led to great academic success at Capstone.
Old Suwanee Christian School
Regan Reed will graduate from Old Suwanee as the class valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA. As a senior, she has served the student body as the student council president. In this role, she organized food drives, field days, and special events for elementary students. She was a member of the school's cross-country, volleyball, and basketball teams. She also will be a leading actress in the school's production of 'Little Women'. She will also be competing in the GACS fine arts competition in solo violin and drama.
Chapel Hill High School
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Regis Harris is highly respected by the staff and his peers. He is a very high-character student that also has a positive outlook and will try to make the best out of any situation. He has not only excelled in the classroom, but in outside activities as well. He is a 4-year varsity letter winner for our track & field team participating in the 100/200 meter races and the 4X100/200 relay races. Furthermore, he is also a vital piece of the CHHS marching band. Finally, he has served in several other clubs and was his Class President in previous years.
North Cobb Christian School
University of Georgia
Reid Morlan is a godly young man known for his integrity, servant leadership, academic excellence, and authentic relationships. He has been a big part of North Cobb Christian School’s varsity football and baseball programs which have both gone deep into the state playoffs. Leading by example, Reid serves in student government, the Timothy Program, the prom committee, and the National Honor Society, and he recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity build-on-a-school mission trip, as well. Reid is respected by his classmates and is highly regarded by the NCCS faculty and staff. Reid plans to attend The University of Georgia and major in business.
Reid Van de Vate
Mount Paran Christian School
Georgia Institute of Technology
Our faculty here at Mount Paran Christian School chose Reid for this prestigious award because of his outstanding academics and thirst for learning. His maturity both inside and outside of the classroom make him a unique student. He goes over and beyond to understand new concepts, and he serves as a student leader whenever his peers are fledgling. He is an athlete, a volunteer, and a mentor to younger students on campus.
The Paideia School
Rohan Chanani stands out at the Paideia School in every way. His academic work is sophisticated and nuanced. He is a leader in a variety of areas outside the classroom that include the Mock Trial, robotics, and academic bowl, and his contributions to those teams have helped to bring them to the top state and national levels. Rohan is engaged in substantive work outside of school to recognize disparities in patient outcomes at CHOA and he co-created an application to improve algae cell analysis. Rohan is a Peer Leader at Paideia and is captain of the varsity tennis team.
Fulton Academy of Virtual Excellence
Samantha has always been very active and involved in her school and community. She has maintained high academic standards while participating in sports, band, and interning at a local Fire Department. Outside of school, Samantha is involved in her church where she volunteers in the media room as a videographer and helps put together care packets for those in need. Samantha also completed an internship at Table Nature and will be mentoring new interns this summer. Samantha is an intelligent and self-motivated student who is always willing to help (with a smile!). She has consistently demonstrated her strong work ethic, dedication, and passion for making a difference in the lives of others. Her teachers have described Samantha as an enthusiastic learner who has grown into a highly motivated, compassionate, and accomplished student. She is a natural problem solver and has the ability to motivate and inspire those around her. Samantha is in the top 10% of her graduating class and has shown a willingness to take on leadership roles which have positively influenced her peers. Her commitment to academics, extracurricular activities, and her community have been truly inspiring.
Newton High School
Alabama A&M University or Mercer University
Sarai is a scholar athlete who has performed well in the classroom as well as in her community. She has several leadership positions such as Captain of the Varsity Football, Basketball, and Competition Cheerleading Teams. In addition, Sarai has served as the class President for the past three years and this year, she represents over 2,500 students as the Student Body President of SGA at Newton High School. In these leadership roles she exercised a good work ethic, positive attitude, and made an effort to mentor lower classmen to be positive leaders.
Benjamin Banneker High School
Sat is a national guardsman and will attend Kennesaw State University.
Sat is one of the most respected students in the building just because of the way he carries himself and goes about his business. This young man symbolizes everything that is good about Banneker High School. Considering the things Sat does in the community, along with in the building, he is a great candidate for the AJC Cup. Good grades, a leader in the building, and a demeanor that makes him approachable by anyone. He will be missed at Banneker next year.
Norcross High School
University of Georgia
Sergio has been an AP and IB student throughout his entire high school career. He has taken the most challenging courses possible. One of the courses that most interests him is IB HOA, as it allowed him to take a deep dive into history. He also thoroughly enjoyed his Marketing and Entrepreneurship, where he helps run the school store and working as a media center aid where he learned valuable lessons regarding customer service. He would describe himself as compassionate, determined, goal oriented, and funny. His strengths are being a great collaborator, organized, work ethic, and public speaking skills. His teachers would describe him being an active participant and always engaged. His proudest accomplishment is completing his IB MYP project, lettering in golf after playing for only one year, and being a leader in the H.O.P.E. club and increasing its membership after the COVID-19 pandemic. Sergio serves on the Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent Student Advisory Council and works to improve parents’ engagement in their children’s education.
Carver High School
Empire Beauty School
Shandreka is a driven and determined individual who possesses an unwavering sense of purpose, even in the face of adversity. She has a deep understanding of the importance of goal setting and maintains the resilience to overcome any challenges that may arise. She is also characterized by her acceptance of others, recognizing and celebrating the unique qualities that make each person special. Although shy, she possesses a quiet power that inspires others to follow her lead. Overall, Shandreka is a shining example of perseverance, empathy, and leadership.
Riverwood International Charter School
Sharon has been accepted at UGA.
Sharon Hatami possesses an exceptionally strong work ethic along with academic excellence. She balances her studies and multiple extracurricular activities with outstanding time management skills. While challenged by classes like Economics, Sharon enjoys learning about the “adult world” and the manner money flows in and out of our government. Sharon is described by her teachers and peers as kind, empathetic, open-minded, and caring. Her passion for caring for people enhances her desire to enter a medical career. Sharon has successfully pursued the rigorous IB Diploma program at Riverwood while serving as a Lead Tutor in the Riverwood Tutoring Program, Vice-President of MD Junior, and as a member of HOSA and SGA. Sharon's family has both Mexican and Persian heritage and she also makes time to serve as a synagogue volunteer. During Covid, Sharon discovered a new hobby that she now has turned into a business. She creates apparel with a machine using sticker sheets, vinyl, fabric and paper to make her designs. Sharon sells her designs online. According to her school counselor, “Sharon has demonstrated her ability to be dedicated, compassionate, hardworking and willing to go beyond the call of duty to be successful and helpful to others.”
W.D. Mohammed High School
Join U.S. Air Force
Shayla is our Valedictorian for this school year with a 4.0 GPA. She has completed more than 360 community service hours in support of not only our school, but for the entire community. She has represented our school as an ambassador locally, nationally and recently internationally. She is always punctual in completing class assignments and maintaining her academic focus to succeed. Shayla quietly works behind the scenes to support school projects and activities with her uniquely creative skills.
DeKalb School of the Arts
Sheldon Brown is one of Dekalb School of Art’s outstanding senior students. He is an excellent student whose academic performance, as well as his dedication to the Arts, is more exemplary. Mr. Brown has shown himself to be a talented, intelligent, and thoughtful individual. He is a team player, a leader, a super friend, and a great student. He is liked and very respected by his peers (upper and lower class), administrators, counselors, and teachers. He is one of the most respectful young men I have met. Sheldon will lend a helping hand without wavering. His love for DSA shows through his strong love for his school. Sheldon’s unique energy, optimism, passion, and tireless creativity that he has brought to DSA transcends among the best DSA students. He has shown himself to be a kind, hardworking, and sharp individual and I am sure he will perform to the best of his ability and exceed all his future goals. For four years, Mr. Brown has represented the DeKalb School of the Arts very well.
McClure Health Science High School
Shirley is both empathic and a great listener. She has utilized her talents to put our school on a national stage with politicians, health care providers, and researchers by voicing the concerns and experiences of others through a health equity internship. She shows deep commitment and follow-through in everything she participates in and has a passion for serving others. She is truly a change agent and has been instrumental in creating student spirit and culture at McClure Health Science High School.
John McEachern High School
Shukraat's school counselor, Dr. Brandy Brady, states that 'Shukraat is one of the most self-motivated students I have worked with throughout my career as a school counselor. She is incredibly thoughtful and well-respected among her peers and teachers. Shukraat excels academically and is the president of the Beta Club, Student Body president, an active member of the Principal’s Advisory Council, the National Honor Society, and a varsity soccer player for McEachern High School. Shukraat founded a Women’s conference and invited 200 young ladies and distinguished businesswomen from the metro Atlanta area to McEachern High School. Outside of academics, it is essential to note that Shukraat is a hardworking and enthusiastic young lady.
Kennesaw Mountain High School
University of Georgia
Siya Daya is a servant leader, making a positive impact on our community. Inspirational, she has completed over 1000 community service hours and has guided her peers to complete over 27,000 service hours. Motivator, encourager, and empathic is her leadership style rather than just managing. Passionate, she leads by example. An ambassador, Siya has forged strong partnerships making win-win situations for all parties. Courageous, she faces challenges head-on. Trustworthy, Siya is a trusted leader in our community who has earned the respect of Mayor Easterling and the leaders of the Kennesaw Business Association.
Sequoyah High School
Skylar Martin was chosen as the recipient for the AJC Cup due to her academic and athletic achievements, her amazing kind and giving spirit, and overall contributions to Sequoyah High School and the community during her tenure of high school. Skylar is ranked 3 out of 480 and has been a varsity member of Sequoyah High School’s volleyball team all 4-years. Skylar has logged multiple community service and volunteer hours through BETA and National Honors Society while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Skylar will attend LSU in the fall of 2023 to study Kinesiology and to play volleyball for the Tigers.
Douglas County High School
Skylar Soli is an extraordinary student with an impressive list of academic and athletic accomplishments. Skylar has been accepted to over 14 Universities, including Purdue University, Vanderbilt, LSU, University of Mississippi, University of Maryland, and the University of Texas to name a few, amassing over $500,000 in scholarship awards. She is an AP Honor student and an active member of several clubs and organizations such as the National Honor Society, Yearbook Editor, Captain of the Varsity Girls Volleyball Team and Captain of the Track and Field Team. She also is Head of Student Athletic Training and was voted the 2022-23 DCHS Homecoming Queen by the student body. An indomitable force in the Shot Put area of Track and Field, Skylar was the 2022 State Champion! She looks forward to competing in the 2023 Shot Put contest and retaining that honor. She has maintained an impressive 3.9 grade point average while balancing her athletic affiliations and civic pursuits. Skylar's academic prowess is matched only by her kindness and service to the community. She volunteers her time by assisting in youth sports, Feed the Homeless events, and Toy Drives for children and families in need.
Chamblee High School- Resident School
Sophie Li is an admirable young scholar. Her motivation and dedication to working hard have propelled her to become Salutatorian of the Class of 2023. She is a 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. Sophie serves as president of Interact Club, where she organizes volunteer events for more than 150 members. Sophie is also a prominent member of the Girls Varsity Golf Team, Asian American Student Association, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Government Association, Youth United and many other community and school organizations. Sophie maintains an impressive GPA and has amassed many honors, but her ultimate winning quality is her amazing spirit.
South Forsyth High School
University of Georgia
Spandan was selected by the faculty and staff due to his character, leadership, and commitment to the school and community. He has accomplished too many things to list here and has been a constant bright light and calming force to those around him through trying times. He represents not only academic excellence, but somebody who is dedicated to making a difference in his community.
Saint Francis High School
Georgia Institute of Technology
Stephen is an incredibly involved student. He is the President of SGA, a Peer Leader, and a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Literary Team, and the Varsity baseball team. Stephen spent last summer as a finalist for the Governors Honors Program in the area of Social Studies. He also participated in the HOBY Leadership Conference as the St. Francis nominee for his class. Additionally, Stephen had the unique opportunity to speak about the use of assistive technology at conferences, such as AITA and LDA. Stephen is a true ambassador for our school and a role model for other students.
Cass High School
This student was selected by the staff at Cass High School because of her outstanding interpersonal and academic achievements. She is a leader both in our school and in our community at large.
Booker T. Washington High School
The student has maintained outstanding academic achievement and is in the Top 10% of her class. She has excellent attendance she is respected by her peers and teachers. She will be contributing to society and she is very ambitious. She is working to change her journey by being a full-time student at Atlanta Metropolitan College.
Miller Grove High School
Ter-Ricka Reid plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall.
As a student here at Miller Grove High School, Ter-Ricka continues to challenge herself academically. Over the past four years, Ter-Ricka has done an excellent job of being involved in her school and community while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Ter-Ricka also excels in extracurricular activities as well. She serves as Co-Captain of the Varsity Soccer Team, President of the National Beta Club, Member of the International Club, National Honor Society, FCCLA, JV Volleyball, Miller Grove's Culinary Competition, and Chorus. In addition to the various school activities Ter-Ricka also volunteers her time at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and helps out around her church as needed. Ter-Ricka truly exemplifies all the characteristic traits of a great leader.
Brandon Hall School
Georgia State University
This student was voted, almost unanimously, by all the faculty and staff as the winner. Thao Vu embodies the tenants that makes up an AJC Cup winner.
Northgate High School
Thomas Becker was nominated as the 2022-2023 Star Student.
Druid Hills High School
Per his former Math teacher: Thomas presents himself as a driven, intelligent, mature young man. In the mathematics classroom, Thomas is a hardworking and diligent student. He grasps concepts quickly, can apply them to various situations effectively, and his analytical skills are exceptional. Thomas takes his academics seriously and his work reflects this effort.
Arabia Mountain High School Academy of Engineering Medicine and Environmental Studies
Student is undecided and waiting on the remainder of her full-ride offers.
Toni Dismuke was selected because she embodies all of the characteristics of an AJC Cup recipient. She is exceptionally intelligent and consistently strives for academic excellence. She stands out as a leader and is in the top 3% of her graduating class of 215 scholars. Toni strives for both personal and academic excellence. She is a well-rounded young lady who holds memberships in the National Honor Society, International Club (Secretary), Girls Who Code (President), Technology Student Association (Secretary), and the AMHS Emeralds Dance Team where she holds the position of Co-Captain. Toni is an excellent example of what a young lady should be: motivated, focused, ambitious and resilient. Most importantly, she is trustworthy, kind and of the highest moral character.
Brookwood High School
Belmont Abbey College
Triniti was selected by the Brookwood faculty and administration because her academic ability, school and community involvement, and warm personality are of the highest quality. She is an exceptional young lady, who has been a great asset to the Brookwood Community by exceeding the typical boundaries of academic and extracurricular endeavors. Triniti is a scholar-athlete with a 4.1 cumulative GPA, who engages in rigorous college prep curriculum including AP and Honors level classes. She is an excellent example of Brookwood High School's commitment to excellence.
Archer High School
Miami University - Oxford, OH
Tyler has distinguished himself as a highly motivated student both inside and outside the school. He is an active member in school clubs such as AP Club, National Honors Society, and the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team. He is also an AP National Scholar with Distinction. Beyond his academics, Tyler is a kind and compassionate individual. He is an active member of his Catholic Church and has served as a small group leader. Tyler has also been involved with several community service projects. Tyler shows an exceptional intellectual curiosity and promise as well as a continuous effort in everything he does.
Winder-Barrow High School
University of North Georgia, Cadet program
Tyler is well balanced in his abilities and has the desire to succeed and perform to the highest of his ability. He challenges himself academically and through school related activities. He ranks within the top 15% of his class academically. He is well-rounded with his courses as he has taken a number of different honors and AP courses. His activities range from fine arts to athletic and managing leaderships positions. He spent two years with our chorus program. Also, he has spent 4 years of extreme dedication to our school JROTC program.
South Cobb HS
Vanessa was chosen to represent South Cobb High School because of her strong character, exemplary academic skills, and community service. Vanessa goes above and beyond in her commitment to the community and is always willing to assist others when needed. Vanessa volunteers with her local community garden, assists her elementary school ESOL teacher by tutoring struggling students and also supports those students’ parents by teaching them English. Vanessa is an inspiration and understands the value of giving back.
Pope High School
Easily one of the kindest human beings I've ever met. Vimi was taking dual-enrollment classes at Georgia Tech during her sophomore year while also being an outstanding member of the Globalization academy. She continued the work of her predecessor in keeping the crochet club going and joyfully teaches newcomers how to do basic stitches and she even brings snacks for each session.
Wheeler High School
Undecided between Purdue University and Georgia Institute of Technology
Will demonstrates excellence, challenging himself with advanced courses in our Magnet program and serving as an amazing leader who wants to influence humanity for good. He is President of the Wheeler Fresh Collaborative, which provides food to families in need in our community. He is also President of the National Honor Society (NHS). Under his leadership, the NHS reestablished relationships with elementary and middle schools to provide tutoring & volunteers at events. Will is an extraordinary student, club member, teammate, and leader. His leadership & compassion improves the human condition. He is genuinely a role model for others to follow.
William C. Petit
Cambridge High School
William Petit is an outstanding and inspiring student. He has overcome hardships and has come back stronger. His hard work, dedication, poise under pressure and humbleness are impressive. He is an extremely involved in athletics and is a talented punter and kicker for our football team amongst other activities. He will be playing football for Marshall University in the fall. Well-liked and respected by all, William has won over the hearts of all Cambridge. He is also the nicest student on campus. A true gem.
William Oliver Safir
Lassiter High School
“In the fourth grade, rumor had it that Oliver took the initiative to start a school newspaper! Oliver Safir is “a perfect mixture of personality, effort, and intelligence, he commands the envy of his peers and the respect of the faculty. He was named both Homecoming King and Prom King. Oliver has an insatiable intellectual curiosity and interest in the subject matter. He is also incredibly witty and entertaining as well. Charismatic and charming, his contributions in class are invaluable. Oliver writes in sophisticated language and organization, unusual given his age. From a teacher’s perspective, he can only be described as the perfect student.”
Jonesboro High School
Attend college at the University of Tennessee
Yahnari is a model student athlete. She currently has a 3.107 GPA and has a full athletic scholarship to University of Tennessee. Yahnari is kind, respectful and is a genuinely nice person. She gets along well with her peers and is a model student in the school building.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Zachary Gan possesses equal parts intellectual curiosity, an exceptional work ethic, and an unflagging commitment to service. In addition to his exceptional academic achievement, Zachary is a classically trained pianist a designer, builder, and programmer of a competition-winning robot section leader for the percussion team in Wesleyan’s marching band, a member of the track team, and a frequent volunteer at Wesleyan School and his local church. Having lived in California, China, Wisconsin, and now Georgia, Zachary has gained an appreciation of other people and cultures and a desire to use his talents to improve the lives of others.
Redan High School
Zawadi Pilipili, our Class of 2023 valedictorian has many positive and admirable qualities that define her. She is an optimistic influence that is visible through her academic achievements and social relationships. Zawadi contributes her time and efforts towards various organizations including National Honors Society (President), DECA (President), and Beta Club where she has held leadership roles. Zawadi who is bilingual in English and Swahili has volunteered her time to various community projects in her hometown. She shows leadership examples and great teamwork. In addition, she has been continuously rewarded for her successful accomplishments such as achieving 4-year straight principals list honoree for all A’s, holds a current GPA of 4.08, and awarded the top 5% Georgia merit certificate. Smart, talented, and gifted, Zawadi is certainly a well-rounded student. She became an entrepreneur at the age of 15 starting a graphic design business while attending dual-enrolled classes at the local college. Not only is she an excellent student, but her personal attributes are equally admirable. It is an honor having this extraordinary, well-versed young woman, Zawadi, represent Redan High School and receive the prestigious 2023 AJC Cup Award.
Locust Grove High School
Zechariah plans to attend Barton College on an Academic and Athletic Scholarship
Locust Grove High School recommends Mr. Zechariah Addison as the 2023 AJC Cup recipient. In his years as an LGHS student, Mr. Addison’s passion has propelled him into a position of leadership, while his desire to be the best student-athlete imaginable has made him a model student. Zechariah has maintained a 3.72 weighted GPA, participated as a varsity member and captain of our Football, Wrestling, and Track programs, as well as served as a representative of the Locust Grove High School Student Union, Student Government, and Beta Club. Zechariah has also participated in over 40 hours of community service projects.
Zidan Fareed Ajani
The Lovett School
Zidan is a true Renaissance man - scholar, athlete, musician, community servant, and so much more. He is an accomplished golfer, cellist in the Honors Collegium Orchestra, a member of the Speech and Debate Team, but you’re just as likely to find him organizing chess matches as the club leader during lunch. He is also a member of Model UN, the Student Diversity Leadership Council, Atlanta branch founder of Consulate Review and a leader of the South Asian Affinity group. He has had to become a master of time management and prioritization. If you were to ask Zidan his most meaningful activity, he would immediately tell you it’s his position as Youth Area Lead for his mosque or masjid, Ismaili Jamatkhana. As Area Lead, Zidan is tasked with helping facilitate prayer ceremonies, managing younger volunteers, cleaning the community center, and guiding the elderly. Zidan is genuinely, authentically interested in other people and the world around him.
Collins Hill High School
Georgia Statue University
Zoe Christopher is an excellent student who demonstrates consistent effort, responsibility, and commitment in all aspects of her life. She excels academically, works a part-time job, and is a four-year member of both the volleyball and soccer teams. Additionally, she is the school news anchor and four-year participant in the Audiovisual Technology program. She is very creative and plans to pursue a career in journalism by attending Georgia State University in the fall. Zoe’s teachers and classmates admire her kindness and warm personality as she always looks for ways to support and encourage others.
Hiram High School
Zoe is an outstanding student. She is ranked #21 in the senior class. She has maintained a 97.32 GPA. Her extracurricular activities include: Girls' cross country team captain, yearbook editor, CFA leadership, BETA club, Skills USA, and community builders. She has participated in cross country for four years, swimming for three years, and tennis for four years. Outside of school, she attends an early morning seminary class four days per week.