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These award-winning Atlanta students are headed to Ivy League schools

For these Atlanta students, the next school they'll attend is an Ivy.

The AJC Cup recognizes extraordinary students around Atlanta. These young people are exceptional leaders, scholars, athletes or all of the above.

Only a few AJC Cup winners, however, have told the AJC they plan to attend Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton or Yale.


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Ronan Fitzgerald, Heritage High School — Brown University. Ronan is a student-athlete balancing cross country and soccer with "outstanding" grades, all while being "an overall good person." He plans to major in history.


Alexander LoCicero, Mill Creek High School — Cornell University. Alex participates in a bevy of extracurriculars, including a leadership club, the National Honors Society, soccer, cross country, band and a student leadership team. Faculty at Mill Creek praised Alex as a "wonderful human being" who is kind to everyone while achieving success in multiple endeavors. He will attend Cornell as a Meinig Scholar.


Madeline Doerr, Sequoyah High School — Dartmouth College. Madeline excels in debate, student government, cheerleading and track while making time to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Northside Hospital, the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and Autism Speaks. She is known as a "superb student" with an eye for improving her community.


Agnes Kumi, Blessed Trinity Catholic High School — Yale University. Agnes is known for her work for the Titans of Mercy, Habitat for Humanity, National Honor Society and other community service groups. She is a student-athlete who juggles track, cross country, student government, National Honor Society, academic team and French club. She plans to study neuroscience or bio-medical engineering.


Chiara Darnton, Decatur High School — Harvard University. Those who know Chiara don't mince words, calling her a "mathematical genius" and "certain to excel in all her endeavors." She has studied in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program while also volunteering and running cross country. She plans to study mathematics at Harvard.


Thomas Ford Roberts, Greater Atlanta Christian School — Harvard University. Ford earned praise from GAC faculty, who consider him "humble and unassuming" but also a natural leader. He has worked with the Beta Club, National Honor Society, chapel programming, missions to Honduras and the Vigilant Torch Association. A "talented" athlete who played three sports in high school, he is also "intellectually curious" and "disciplined" in the classroom.


Anastasia Onyango, Lassiter High School — Harvard University. Anastasia was the favorite nominee of Lassiter faculty. A valedictorian, she also worked with the HOBY Leadership Conference.


Anika Gouhl, Whitewater High School — Harvard or Yale University. Anika's resume is as long as it is impressive. Chamber orchestra, yearbook, Science Olympiad, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Midwest Food Bank — Anika is what Whitewater faculty call "the total package." She excels in academics, leadership and community service. She plans to study in the medical field.


Sakshi Sehgal, Chamblee Charter High School — University of Pennsylvania. Sakshi has served as SGA class president, president of the National Beta Club, FBLA president, Science Olympiad co-captain and in the National Honor Society and Governor's Honors Program. Her 4.61 GPA also reflects her work ethic and status as class valedictorian and Gates Scholar. She has served the community here and in India, and even volunteered for the Jon Ossoff campaign last spring. She will attend the University of Pennsylvania on a full scholarship to pursue her academic interests on German, premed and pre-law.


Jamil Atkinson, The Lovett School — University of Pennsylvania. Jamil is a student-athlete with deep involvement with his community. He organized a program to support local artisans in Ecuador, served as leader for the Young Investors Club and kept up with a "rigorous" academic workload. His teachers call him "mature," "dynamic" and "innovative," someone who uses his entrepreneurship to improve the world.


Andrew Hama, Lambert High School — Princeton University. Between being varsity basketball captain, senior VP of Lambert FBLA and co-founder and president of Books for Ghana, Andrew stands out as a leader and high academic achiever. His teachers call him "one of the best" students they've worked with. He plans to study economics.


Maayan Schoen, Atlanta Jewish Academy — Yale University. Maayan is a polymath with experience in drama, soccer, volleyball, student government, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and extensive community service. She has spoken at a national policy conference on a panel before hundreds of audience members. Her teachers appreciate her "exceptional character" and "contagious desire to participate." She plans to take a gap year in Israel and study psychology.


Anna Chiu Tran, Berkmar High School — Yale University. Anna is a "well-rounded" and "outgoing, kind critical thinker." In high school she was president of the Technology Student Association and the BETA club, in addition to working in academic decathalon and Grandma's Circle. She is interested in studying political systems and premed.


Anna Lomsadze, Henry W. Grady High School — Yale University. Anna was chosen for the AJC Cup based on her academics, leadership and community service. She is a well-rounded student who has worked with the school newspaper, robotics, Emory Math Circle, orchestra and chorus. She will pursue her academic interests of economics, mathematics and classics.


Christine Yang, South Forsyth High School — Yale University. Christine was an "overwhelming" favorite among her teachers for her "extreme intelligence," "insatiable drive" and "overall care." Her credits include the German Club, National German Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, math team, Beta Club, National Honor Society, IB Diploma program and work as a freelance artist. 

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