Each year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution honors local high school seniors selected by their schools for outstanding achievement, character, leadership or community involvement.
The AJC Cup began in 1927 and is one of the oldest newspaper awards programs in the country. It is awarded to one high school student in each participating metro Atlanta school.
At least 16 of this year’s Cup recipients plan to attend an Ivy League school. But these students are more than just brains.
Yannie Tan, Atlanta International School’s winner, has performed piano all over the world, including with the Kostroma Symphony in Moscow. As a sophomore, she became the youngest Georgian to achieve a distinctive award from the Royal School.
And Donovan Warwick Pearce, Whitefield Academy’s recipient, wants “to be able to make a difference in the lives of others and show kindness and patience to those who benefit from my help.”
Fourteen recipients plan to attend a historically black college or university. These young men and women were honored not only for their academic achievements — Evanné Casimir of Clarkston High has already earned an associate’s degree from Georgia Piedmont Technical College — but also for their spirit and humanity.
All AJC Cup winners are posted online and will be honored in the print newspaper.
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