Congrats to the APS “20 under 20” honorees

Screen-Shot-2014-12-23-at-11.11.05-AMWe have an amazing group of children attending APS. Not only do we have high achievers in the classroom but many do outstanding work outside of class as well. So I was thrilled to see students recognized in the January issue of  Atlanta Intown dedicated to 20 students under the age of 20 who are giving back to their community.

Please join me in congratulating these incredible students!

Vanessa Rodriguez-Badillo, age 17

Carver School of the Arts

Among her impressive academic achievements, Vanessa also volunteers at Family Health Enterprise and plans to become a physician.

 Gibby Heiser, age 10

Morningside Elementary School

Gibby started “The Pencil Orphanage” to collect pencils for students in need. Now she’s getting help from students at seven elementary schools across Atlanta.

Quanterya Y. Hoard, age 17

West End Academy

Quanterya is president of the Future Business Leaders of America Organization.

She worked with the Morehouse School of Medicine Health Fair to implement her first community service project.

Allison Hunter, age 10

Gideons Elementary

In addition to helping to raise money for a senior center, Allison encouraged school administrators to increase technology preparedness for the upcoming Georgia Milestones Test.

Salome Araya, age 17

Grady High School

Salome advocates volunteerism in her involvement with 21st century leaders, a collaboration of business and professional leaders inspiring high school students to take on leadership positions, seek out opportunities, and give back to their communities.

Amadou Bah, age 18

B.E.S.T. Academy High School

Amadou is a Project Engage Research Scholar at Georgia Tech and has also volunteered at Grady Hospital. He’s also working to help minority students on the ACT standardized test.

Parker Whitlow, age 18

North Atlanta High School

Parker has dedicated over 700 hours to a middle school theater program she created. Furthermore, she’s helped ensure that the program will continue once she goes to college.

Imani Smith, age 9

J.W. Dobbs Elementary School

Imani has been dedicated to raising funds to fight breast cancer after the death of her mother.  She always carries an American Cancer Society money collection can.

Kaija M. Pack

Mays High School

Kaija asked friends to donate food instead of buying birthday gifts and started the “Feed the Need” project. She’s now hoping to expand the program to other cities

Runner Up

Jacauri Jones, age 13

Crawford Long Middle School

Jacauri helps to raise money for the Lymphoma and Cancer Societies

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