The AJC Cup is an annual award given to one student per metro Atlanta school. The students are chosen because of their outstanding character or achievements. Winners are recognized at a ceremony and by the AJC in print and online. These students are exceptional scholars, athletes and community servants. The AJC Cup was started in 1927 and is one of the oldest newspaper award programs in the country.

AJC Cup 2020: Here are the winners in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody

AJC Cup winners are chosen by faculty and staff from more than 200 public and private schools in metro Atlanta. In early March, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contacts schools in Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties inviting them to submit an honoree. There are also several schools outside the metro Atlanta area that are “grandfathered” into the program.

For the 2020 edition of the nearly century-old news organization award program, four students reside in or attend schools in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, each in the counties of North Fulton and DeKalb respectfully.


Learn more about the students below.

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Ian L'Abate from Dunwoody — Midtown International School in Atlanta

Ian is described as “the rare breed of student who loves learning for the sake of learning” rather than solely earning grades. Faculty and staff say he regularly shows his intellectual curiosity in conversations with his peers and his  classes.

Alyssa S. Davenport from Stone Mountain — Dunwoody High School in Dunwoody

Dunwoody High faculty and staff say Alyssa “ is all-in on everything she pursues.” A positive attitude is always on display and she goes well above the status quo in pursuing her dreams. Always humble and sincere, Alyssa knows when to listen and when to lead. She successfully completed AP classes, dual enrollment and had a leading role in drama productions without sacrificing her academic goals.

Max Ripans from Sandy Springs — The Weber School in Atlanta

Funny, passionate and down to earth, faculty and staff say Max, who founded Wolf of Weber Street finance club, is an excellent leader both in and out of the classroom. Always grateful for the opportunities he has been given, Max’s positivity and optimism are so engaging that The Weber School says people always want to follow his lead.

William Miller Daly from Sandy Springs — Woodward Academy in College Park

Called Miller, faculty and staff at Woodward Academy student say he’s widely known for his leadership, scholarship, school spirit and integrity. But Miller is set apart by his ability to build and rally the community. As a leader of the school’s Student Government Association, Miller plans and executes events that build school spirit. Additionally, Miller sets the standard for honesty and character as a member of the Honor Council and Discipline Board.

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