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See what kind of a GPA it takes to become a top Cobb high school grad

Of the predicted 7,827 students graduating from 16 Cobb County schools over the next several days, some stand above the rest.

No, not the basketball players tall enough to dunk. We’re talking about the valedictorians and salutatorians of the state’s second-largest school district.

Cobb’s estimated graduation rate for this year is just under 94 percent.

Below you see all 16 valedictorians and information for each schools’ salutatorian.

Robert Terrell Ross

Allatoona High School

Valedictorian: Robert Terrell Ross

GPA: 4.697

Going to: Stanford University

Intended major: Computer science

Salutatorian: William Aaron Smith

GPA: 4.672

Going to: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: Computer science

The district estimates that Allatoona will graduate 437 of its 449 seniors.

Michael Samuel Peng

Campbell High School

Valedictorian: Michael Samuel Peng

GPA: 4.857

Going to: Princeton University

Intended major: Applied mathematics

Salutatorian: Benjamin Harley Davidson

GPA: 4.835

Going to: Stanford University

Intended major: English

The district estimates that Campbell will graduate 555 of its 618 seniors.

Ethan Paul Baker (left) and Micah Jill Landwermeyer

Harrison High School

Valedictorians: Ethan Paul Baker; Micah Jill Landwermeyer

GPA: Both 4.734

Going to: University of Georgia; Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: International affairs and finance; environmental engineering

Salutatorian: Christina Maria Chu

GPA: 4.723

Going to: University of Georgia

Intended major: International affairs and political science

The district estimates that Harrison will graduate 478 of its 486 seniors.

Destini Jasira Deinde-Smith

Hillgrove High School

Valedictorian: Destini Jasira Deinde-Smith

GPA: 4.75

Going to: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: Computer science

Salutatorian: Shannon MacKenzie Fraser

GPA: 4.662

Going to: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: International affairs and modern language

The district estimates that Hillgrove will graduate 532 of its 579 seniors.

Jonathan Hardy Morris

Kell High School

Valedictorian: Jonathan Hardy Morris

GPA: 4.683

Going to: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: Aerospace engineering

Salutatorian: Olivia Marie Terwilliger

GPA: 4.517

Going to: University of North Georgia

Intended major: Exercise science

The district estimates that Kell will graduate 344 of its 367 seniors.

Left to right: Zane Garrison Placie; Zhi Jia Michael Hong; Catherine Marie Wright

Kennesaw Mountain High School

Valedictorians: Zane Garrison Placie; Zhi Jia Michael Hong; Catherine Marie Wright

GPA: All 4.781

Going to: University of Georgia; Duke University; Liberty University

Intended major: Finance and risk management; economics and computer science; undecided

Salutatorian: Alianna Yasmine Dhalla

GPA: 4.766

Going to: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: Chemical engineering

The district estimates that Kennesaw Mountain will graduate 468 of its 488 seniors.

Sarah Elizabeth Nastasi

Lassiter High School

Valedictorian: Sarah Elizabeth Nastasi

GPA: 4.692

Going to: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: Engineering

Salutatorian: Derek Kenneth Goshay

GPA: 4.64

Going to: Yale University

Intended major: Molecular biophysics and biochemistry

The district estimates that Lassiter will graduate 509 of its 517 seniors.

Yuta Dean Hagiya

McEachern High School

Valedictorian: Yuta Dean Hagiya

GPA: 4.441

Going to: University of Georgia

Intended major: Physics

Salutatorians: William Samuel Adair; Trevor Edward Beyke

GPA: 4.438

Going to: Both Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: Electrical engineering; mechanical engineering

The district estimates that McEachern will graduate 497 of its 552 seniors.

Leighann Raksasouk

North Cobb High School

Valedictorian: Leighann Raksasouk

GPA: 4.734

Going to: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: Computer science

Salutatorian: Samuel Thuan Vang

GPA: 4.688

Going to: Colorado College

Intended major: International political economy

The district estimates that North Cobb will graduate 705 of its 735 seniors.

Amanda Maria Ramirez

Osborne High School

Valedictorian: Amanda Maria Ramirez

GPA: 4.484

Going to: University of Georgia

Intended major: Biology

Salutatorian: Kameron Michael Gates

GPA: 4.469

Going to: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: Computer engineering

The district estimates that Osborne will graduate 434 of its 478 seniors.

Cristopher Steven Chavez

Pebblebrook High School

Valedictorian: Cristopher Steven Chavez

GPA: 4.468

Going to: Emory University

Intended major: Pre-med

Salutatorian: Rylie Tate Geohegan

GPA: 4.4

Going to: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: Environmental engineering

The district estimates that Pebblebrook will graduate 443 of its 501 seniors.

Joseph Evan Chanin

Pope High School

Valedictorian: Joseph Evan Chanin

GPA: 4.720

Going to: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: International business

Salutatorian: Fabio Chiappina

GPA: 4.700

Going to: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: Aeronautical engineering

The district estimates that Pope will graduate 476 of its 484 seniors.

Aditya Patel

South Cobb High School

Valedictorian: Aditya Patel

GPA: 4.656

Going to: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: Biochemistry

Salutatorian: Rahul Varma

GPA: 4.609

Going to: Dartmouth College

Intended major: Economics

The district estimates that South Cobb will graduate 424 of its 464 seniors.

Ian Jordan Burke

Sprayberry High School

Valedictorian: Ian Jordan Burke

GPA: 4.633

Going to: Wheaton College

Intended major: Business administration

Salutatorian: Kevin Lu

GPA: 4.625

Going to: Kennesaw State University

Intended major: Chemistry

The district estimates that Sprayberry will graduate 420 of its 441 seniors.

Nathan Shaw Wu

Walton High School

Valedictorian: Nathan Shaw Yu

GPA: 4.77

Going to: Yale University

Intended major: Finance

Salutatorian: Shaozi Bryan Wu

GPA: 4.767

Going to: Harvard University

Intended major: Classics

The district estimates that Walton will graduate 638 of its 658 seniors.

Parisa Hosseini (left); Laura Shuxin Zhang

Wheeler High School

Valedictorians: Parisa Hosseini; Laura Shuxin Zhang

GPA: Both 4.697

Going to: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended major: Biology; industrial engineering

Salutatorian: Jessica Ann Liebich

GPA: 4.691

Going to: University of Georgia

Intended major: Molecular biophysics and German

The district estimates that Wheeler will graduate 467 of its 533 seniors.

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