The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup 2021 Ivy League attendees

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Each year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup honors one very special high school senior from a metro Atlanta school.

There won’t be an in-person ceremony this year, but students will still be presented with trophies from their respective schools.

ExploreAJC Cup 2021

In 2021, 9 area high school graduates plan to attend one of the eight Ivy Leagues, which are considered some of the most prestigious higher-learning institutions in the U.S. They are also known for their highly selective admissions processes.

See below for the 2021 AJC Cup honorees and learn more about them.

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Reagen London's enthusiasm, high energy, and positive attitude are admired by her classmates, administrative staff, and community leaders.

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Reagen London's enthusiasm, high  energy, and positive attitude are admired by her classmates, administrative staff, and community leaders.

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Reagen London's enthusiasm, high energy, and positive attitude are admired by her classmates, administrative staff, and community leaders.

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Reagen London, Newnan High School — Cornell University

Newnan High School lead counselor Pamela Lewis applauded Reagan’s outstanding skills in academics, athletics and leadership among others. “She has moral character and is truly one of the most authentic well-rounded students I have encountered in my career,” Lewis said. Reagen plans to study chemistry at Cornell.

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Mohammed Fahim helped to create Discovery High School's community garden and lead the initiative to raise money for Relay for Life.

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Mohammed Fahim  helped to create Discovery High School's community garden and lead the initiative to raise money for Relay for Life.

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Mohammed Fahim helped to create Discovery High School's community garden and lead the initiative to raise money for Relay for Life.

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Mohammed Fahim, Discovery High School — University of Pennsylvania

Nicknamed, Mo, the Lawrenceville resident’s school staff says he has greatly enriched Discovery High School by excelling in academics and engaging in several extracurricular activities. They include serving as a Georgia Secretary of State Student Ambassador and launching the Habitat for Humanity club. Mohammed will attend Penn and study economics with a concentration in finance and management.

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Ejike Jonathan Adele is recognized on campus for his unassuming style, compassion and sense of humor.

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Ejike Jonathan Adele is recognized on campus for his unassuming style, compassion and sense of humor.

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Ejike Jonathan Adele is recognized on campus for his unassuming style, compassion and sense of humor.

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Ejike Jonathan Adele, Westminster ― Dartmouth College

A three-sport athlete, Ejike’s teachers describe him as diligent and courteous toward everyone. “His integrity and character are what made the Westminster Community select him to be on the Honor Council,” wrote school administrator Beth Downes. Ejike’s dependability was one of the reasons he was chosen as co-president for the Student Alumni Council and the Student Advisory Council. The Atlanta resident will attend Dartmouth and major in science.

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Kaya Holmes was born in New Jersey but lived in Japan until she was 6 years old. Her mother is Japanese and Kaya has made it a priority to be fluent in the language.

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Kaya Holmes was born in New Jersey but lived in Japan until she was 6 years old.  Her mother is Japanese and Kaya has made it a priority to be fluent in the language.

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Kaya Holmes was born in New Jersey but lived in Japan until she was 6 years old. Her mother is Japanese and Kaya has made it a priority to be fluent in the language.

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Kaya Holmes, North Gwinnett High School — University of Pennsylvania

In addition to being a varsity cross country athlete and vice president to two school organizations, Kaya is also the founder of North Gwinnett High School’s Japanese Cultural Association. “She has a heart of gold ensuring everyone feels welcomed and connected within our community,” counselor Leslie Dendy said. “Her humility is inspiring and noteworthy.” Kaya plans to major in business management/administration at Penn.

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Kaitlyn Garcia is a strong encourager, speaks into situations with sensibility and humility, and leads by example, suiting her well as captain of the soccer team.

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Kaitlyn Garcia is a strong encourager, speaks into situations with sensibility and humility, and leads by example, suiting her well as captain of the soccer team.

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Kaitlyn Garcia is a strong encourager, speaks into situations with sensibility and humility, and leads by example, suiting her well as captain of the soccer team.

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Kaitlyn Garcia, King’s Ridge Christian School — Harvard University

“Katie Garcia is so much more than her vivacious personality: she is warm, open, and passionate with others, motivated and ambitious with her goals,” school counselor Tara Tenore wrote of the valedictorian.” Katie has pursued summer camps with the FBI and the Centers for Disease Control. When she attends Harvard, she plans to get on the pre-med track and major in molecular and cellular biology.

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Madeline Maurer's main focus as she progressed through high school was to encourage an environment at Pope that inspired success and celebrated academic achievement.

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Madeline Maurer's main focus as she progressed through high school was to encourage an environment at Pope that inspired success and celebrated academic achievement.

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Madeline Maurer's main focus as she progressed through high school was to encourage an environment at Pope that inspired success and celebrated academic achievement.

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Madeline Maurer, Pope High School — University of Pennsylvania

Thanks to tackling a highly accelerated overall curriculum, Madeline is set to earn the highest GPA of any Pope student in the school’s history. She’s also participated in many volunteer experiences and the school’s cheer and golf programs. Chemical and biomolecular engineering will be Madeleine’s major when she attends Penn.

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Madison R. Webb's school head counselor said, “Her mission has been —and will continue to be —to inspire others to overcome obstacles to achieve their goals."

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Madison R. Webb's school head counselor said, “Her mission has been —and  will continue to be —to inspire others to overcome obstacles to achieve their goals."

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Madison R. Webb's school head counselor said, “Her mission has been —and will continue to be —to inspire others to overcome obstacles to achieve their goals."

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Madison R. Webb, Langston Hughes High School — Harvard University

Madison has participated in dual enrollment with Georgia Military College throughout her high school career. In addition to graduating the top 1% of her class, she also graduated with an associate’s degree a semester before obtaining her high school diploma. She was awarded the National Ron Brown Scholarship worth $40,000 over four years and is the first Black female to win one of Harvard’s summer debate tournaments. Madison will study government at Harvard.

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Janice Nam loves to hike and bake for her friends in her free time.

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 Janice Nam loves to hike and bake for her friends in her free time.

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Janice Nam loves to hike and bake for her friends in her free time.

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Janice Nam, Northview High School — Harvard University

Described as a hardworking woman who cares for other people, Janice aims to improve her community through Student Council and Class Council, where she’s been president since freshman year. She’s also a student board member of City Hope Community, where she’s also a mentor to refugee children in Clarkston. She also is a violist for Hope Orchestra. When she attends Harvard, Janice will major in neuroscience or psychology.

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Makena Gates competed on the Junior Olympic Team and Team USA in Ecuador in the Junior Olympic Qualifier.

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Makena Gates competed on the Junior Olympic Team and Team USA in Ecuador in the Junior Olympic Qualifier.

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Makena Gates competed on the Junior Olympic Team and Team USA in Ecuador in the Junior Olympic Qualifier.

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Makena Gates, Creekview High School — Harvard University

Counselor Kristie Sikes says Makena is “an outstanding student-athlete, who sets a high standard and is well-liked by her peers and the faculty of Creekview HS.” Ranked in the top 5% of her class, Makena has been the Girls’ Cross Country State Champion three times and has been in many multi-sport events and triathlons around the world. She’s also been awarded as an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Commended Student. Makena is undecided on a major, but she’ll take her talents to Harvard University and join the cross country and track teams.

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Cory Shin won first place at DECA Internationals.

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Cory Shin won first place at DECA Internationals.

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Cory Shin won first place at DECA Internationals.

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Cory Shin, Mill Creek High School — University of Pennsylvania

Cory Shin thrives in the classroom while leading several Mill Creek organizations. They include DECA and Environmental Club. He also served as the 2020-2021 Georgia DECA Vice President of Finance. Additionally, he’s volunteered outside the school at the Hamilton Mill UMC Food Pantry. “Cory Shin is one of the most hard-working and selfless students I have had the pleasure to work within my career, and I know he is deserving of this award,” Kelli Vanderpool, Mill Creek college and career specialist said. This fall, Cory will attend Penn and enroll in a special selective dual degree program. He’ll major in international studies and business.

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Flora Tess Berman demonstrated skills as an outstanding Student Government leader who created new initiatives bringing together all Riverwood students.

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Flora Tess Berman demonstrated skills as an outstanding Student Government leader who created new initiatives bringing together all Riverwood students.

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Flora Tess Berman demonstrated skills as an outstanding Student Government leader who created new initiatives bringing together all Riverwood students.

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Flora Tess Berman, Riverwood International Charter School — Cornell University

Riverwood International Charter School says Flora Tess Berman, who goes by Tess, is a “true role model.” Teachers praise Tess for her empathy, leadership, conscientiousness and inclusiveness. Succeeding in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, she’s also done work outside of the classroom. Tess also organized a Zoom session with Congresswoman Lucy McBath for students to learn more about gun control legislation. She encouraged voting and voter registration and arranged a voting information drive-by at Riverwood. This fall, she’ll major in industrial and labor relations at Cornell.

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