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.

The 10 best quotes chosen by AJC Cup winners

Each winner of the AJC Cup chose a personal quote to represent themselves. 

They quoted famous thinkers, musicians, athletes, scientists and superheroes. Many were profound, some were funny, but all said something about the student who chose it. 

"Everyone is my teacher." — Maayan Schoen

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." (Albert Einstein) — Amadou Djoulde Diallo

"Empathy is the engine that powers all the best in us." (Meryl Streep) — Jasmine Gresham

"There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time." (Malcolm X) — Hajj-Malik Williams

» What students want to study after winning the AJC Cup

"The person that I absolutely admire is my mother. My mom has always supported me and encouraged me. She always told me that my education is important and that I need to do my best." — Daisha Overton

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be." (Kurt Vonnegut) — Jonathan Gregory Abram

"A flute with no hole is not a flute. A doughnut with no hole is a Danish." — Paris Williams

"You must always have faith in people, but most importantly you must always have faith in yourself." (Elle Woods, "Legally Blonde") — Madeline Doerr

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13) — Jayla Neal

"If it won't matter in five years, then don't spend more than five minutes on it." — Janiah Bowler

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