Best in Class Oct. 10

Darien Weatherspoon, a student at DeKalb School of the Arts, has been selected to become a part of the National Society of High School Scholars. The society recognizes students who have shown strong performance in academics, leadership and community service.

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The Fayette County High Marching Tiger Band has earned the Grand Championship title at the Heart of Georgia Marching Band Invitational in Warner Robins. This is the band's third time winning the title. The Marching Tiger Band was also named the Class AAAAA Champion and won the "Best Music Award" of the contest. The band received all Superior Ratings in the color guard, drum major, percussion and band captions. Myra Rhoden is the band director and the assistant director is R. Kevin Brown.

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The Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band demonstrated excellence at the Lake Lanier Tournament of Bands at Chestatee High School. The band earned Superior Ratings in the following categories: overall band, percussion, color guard, drum major and majorette. The band also received the Sweepstakes Award. The percussion section earned first place in their division. The band director is Barbara Baker.

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Dave Senecal, a teacher at P.B. Ritch Middle School in Paulding County, is the recipient of the Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award. The award is presented by the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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Several metro Atlanta high school football standouts have been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3 in San Antonio. The players recently received honorary jerseys in front of their families, friends and classmates. In addition to their football skills the students were chosen because they demonstrated the mental, emotional and physical toughness of Army soldiers, according to the All-American Games. The students are: Placekicker Rodrigo Blankenship of Cobb's Sprayberry High School; Blake Ferguson, a long snapper at Buford High School; and Chuma Edoga (offensive lineman), Taj Griffen (running back) and wide receiver T.J. Rahming, all of McEachern High School in Cobb County. Atlanta's Mays High School will be represented in the bowl by defensive lineman Natrez Patrick and offensive lineman Dallas Warmack. Defensive lineman D'Andre Walker will be there representing Langston Hughes High School in Fairburn.

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Grayson Mullis, a bass drum player from Winder-Barrow High School has been selected to join the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He recently received his honorary jacket in front of his family, friends and classmates. He will play in the band that will be performing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 3 in San Antonio.

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Woodward Academy eighth-grader Samantha Humphrey was named the 2014 Teen Volunteer of the Year by the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Samantha was recognized for her volunteer work for Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta. Samantha has served as an active volunteer and fundraiser for the organization since the age of 8. She has raised more than $10,000 for Komen Atlanta in the five years she has volunteered. AFP made a contribution of $500 to Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta in Samantha's honor.