Best in Class

Kurt Klinkmueller, a junior at The Center for Advanced Studies at Wheeler High School in Cobb County, scored a 36 Composite score on the ACT. Among ACT tested U.S. high school graduates in the class of 2012, only 781 out of more than 1.66 million students earned a composite score of 36.

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Sara Kathleen Dempsey of Dacula is one of 59 University of Mississippi students to receive a 2013 Taylor Medal, the university’s highest academic award. Dempsey is a senior forensic chemistry major who graduated May 11. She is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. She is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, UM’s highest academic honor across all disciplines. She is a graduate of Buford High School. Taylor Medals recognize no more than 0.45 percent of undergraduates for meritorious scholarship and deportment. Recipients of the award must have at least a 3.90 grade-point average.

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The Organization of DeKalb Educators recently held its annual awards banquet and presented 25 Levi A. Simon III scholarships. Edgar Carranza of Redan High School received $1,000; Evan Daniels of Stephenson High School; Janna Koffman and Emmanuel Smith of Dekalb School of the Arts each received $750 scholarships. Several other students received scholarships ranging from $500-$300.

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Shayla Duncan, of Columbus is the 2013 award recipient of the American Society of Microbiology Undergraduate Research Capstone Program forwork she did about the BP gulf oil spill. Duncan is a biology major at Alabama State University. She will receive up to $1,500 toward travel to the ASM Presentation Institute and the group’s general meeting in Denver. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., ASM is a biological organization with more than 40,000 members.

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Four high school students from Gwinnett County schools competed in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this week in Phoenix, Ariz., joining more than 1,000 competitors. They are: Aprotim Cory Bhowmik of Parkview High; Willie Jin of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Sergio Parra of Mill Creek High and Catherine Schlueter of Mountain View High. Aprotim Cory, Willie and Sergio’s scores at the Gwinnett County Regional Science and Engineering Fair qualified them for the international fair. Catherine earned her spot after placing first in the Georgia Junior & Senior Science & Engineering Fair.

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