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Cobb County boasts two 2011 Presidential Scholars
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Cobb County boasts two 2011 Presidential Scholars

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two of the nation's 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars for 2011 attend Cobb County high schools.

The recipients were announced on Monday, May 2 by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Since its inception in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars program has recognized students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship and service to their communities.

Students qualify for the honor based on SAT or ACT scores, or by nomination through the nationwide YoungArts competition. A special panel appointed by the President selects winners based on students' academic performance, written essays and evidence of community service or leadership.

Each Presidential Scholar selected an influential teacher to join him or her for the award presentation on Saturday, June 18 in Washington, D.C.

Joan K. Bedinger
Campbell High School, Smyrna

Joan, a senior in Cambell High's International Baccalaureate program, has excelled both in and outside the classroom.

She scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT in 2010; in the same year, she won first place in the state PTA Reflections contest for 11th grade literature and advanced to the national competition. She is also editor of Peaches & Pits, Campbell's student literary magazine.

Joan plans to attend Princeton University in the fall. She selected IB teacher Thomas Jones to accompany her to the awards ceremony.

Michelle Lee
Wheeler High School, Marietta

Michelle is a senior at Wheeler's Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Mathematics, and Technology.

In addition to being named a Presidential Scholar, Michelle is also a 2011 National Merit Scholar and principal flutist with the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra.

The Georgia General Assembly recently recognized Michelle, not only for her academic success, but her service to others. She spent her summer teaching English and computer skills at a local refugee center; she also traveled to Burma, where she taught English and flute to music students.

Michelle selected science teacher Dr. Cheryl Crooks as her most influential educator. After graduation, she plans to study biology at Harvard University.

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