Best in class

Two DeKalb County students have been named semi-finalists in the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. Eilidh Geddes from Dunwoody High School and John "Jack" Lane of Lakeside High School were among 16 students from Georgia chosen as semi-finalists. Eilidh and Jack were invited to apply for the honor after ranking among the top 50 students in Georgia based on ACT and SAT scores.  Jack is an All American swimmer at Lakeside. An accomplished musician, he plays the cello in the Lakeside orchestra. His community work includes coaching and teaching young swimmers and serving as an acolyte for St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. He is a recipient of the Lakeside High School Viking Award, given for excellence in character, leadership, academics and athletic ability. He plans attend Stanford University.   Eilidh holds 12 varsity letters in Dunwoody High's marching band, swim team and debate. She  is captain of the debate team, president of the National Honor Society, a recipient of the Girl Scout Silver Award, a Star Student and class valedictorian.  She will attend the University of Georgia. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to honor the nation's top graduating seniors.

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Duluth High School senior Chelsea Sharpe performed Samuel Barber's Concerto for solo violin and orchestra with the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra. Chelsea won the Youth Symphony's concerto competition and served as the concertmaster for the 2010-2011 season. She is a member of the Atlanta Symphony's Talent Development Program and studies Violin with ASO violinist Ronda Respess. She has received a scholarship to attend the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston and the Duluth Fine Arts League College Scholarship.

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A team from Emory University's Goizueta Business School won first place in the NextBillion 2011 Case Writing Competition. Carol Gee, and MBA student, and Peter Roberts, a professor of organization and management, wrote "Village Capital: Using Peer Support to Accelerate Impact Investing." The case covers the challenges of an impact investment program generating financial and social returns. The NextBillion competition recognizes and publishes the best new business cases on social enterprise or Base of the Pyramid (BoP) topics.