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Congratulations to Cobb’s 2024 valedictorians and salutatorians!

As the academic year comes to a close, the Cobb County School District is pleased to announce the valedictorians and salutatorians for the class of 2024.

As an example of a college career of academic excellence, the average GPA for Cobb Schools valedictorians is 4.697. The highest GPA among the 17 high schools is an impressive 4.86. In fact, three valedictorians posted GPAs above 4.8, and nine more recorded final GPAs above 4.7.

This year’s class of salutatorians is close behind with an average GPA of 4.659. The highest recorded GPA for a Cobb salutatorian is 4.828. In addition to the two salutatorians with GPAs above 4.8, there are six Cobb salutatorians with GPAs above 4.7.

Many of Cobb’s valedictorians and salutatorians will continue their educational journey together because they attend the same university. Georgia Institute of Technology will be the new home of 8 Cobb valedictorians and 9 Cobb salutatorians. Cobb’s other valedictorians and salutatorians attend prestigious universities across the country, including Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Howard University, University of Georgia, Cornell University, Tuskegee University, Yale University and University of Pennsylvania, among others.

With plans to study biomedical engineering, biochemistry, aerospace engineering, mathematics, physics, industrial engineering, economics, nursing and more, the future looks bright for Cobb’s valedictorian and salutatorians. Please join us in celebrating their remarkable achievements and congratulating them.

Allatoona High School

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Valedictorian: Brayden Smith

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Salutatorian: Mary Chamberlain

Valedictorian: Brayden Smith

GPA: 4.647

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Biomedical Technology

Salutatorian: Mary Chamberlain

GPA: 4.636

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Public Policy

Campbell High School

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Farewell: Brandon Buchalter

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Valedictorian: Elina Natu

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Salutatorian: Rachel Levine

Farewell: Brandon Buchalter

GPA: 4.833
Intended college: Vanderbilt University

Intended field of study: Mathematics

Valedictorian: Elina Natu

GPA: 4.833

Intended college: Emory University

Intended field of study: neuroscience and behavioral biology

Salutatorian: Rachel Levine

GPA: 4.828

Intended college: Yale University

Intended field of study: Electrical Engineering and Philosophy

Cobb Horizon High School

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Valedictorian: Lexi Latham-Drain

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Salutatorian: Andrew Mena

Valedictorian: Lexi Latham-Drain

GPA: 4.310

Intended college: undecided

Intended field of study: undecided

Salutatorian: Andrew Mena

GPA: 4.297

Intended college: Kennesaw State University

Intended field of study: nursing

Harrison High School

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Valedictorian: Catherine Varicak

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Salutatorian: Madison Owen

Valedictorian: Catherine Varicak

GPA: 4.719

Intended college: University of Georgia

Intended field of study: Cognitive Sciences

Salutatorian: Madison Owen

GPA: 4.667

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Mechanical Engineering

Hillgrove High School

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Farewell: Siryet Bekele

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Salutatorian: Abby Foster

Farewell: Siryet Bekele

GPA: 4.734

Intended college: University of Georgia

Intended field of study: biochemistry and molecular biology

Salutatorian: Abby Foster

GPA: 4.703

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Biology

Kell High School

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Valedictorian: Claire Lanaghan

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Salutatorian: Ajanay Butts

Valedictorian: Claire Lanaghan

GPA: 4.703

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: physics

Salutatorian: Ajanay Butts

GPA: 4.648

Intended college: Rice University

Intended field of study: Biology

Kennesaw Mountain High School

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Farewell: Cassidy Woodham

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Salutatorian: Joseph Bamert

Farewell: Cassidy Woodham

GPA: 4.765

Intended college: Johns Hopkins University

Intended field of study: Engineering

Salutatorian: Joseph Bamert

GPA: 4.721

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Mechanical Engineering

Lassiter High School

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Valedictorian: Kelly Wu

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Salutatorian: Ruhi Datar

Valedictorian: Kelly Wu

GPA: 4.786

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Biomedical Technology

Salutatorian: Ruhi Datar

GPA: 4.75

Intended college: Cornell University

Intended field of study: History

McEachern High School

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Farewell: MijnMijn Le

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Salutatorian: Jose Luis Ramirez Gomez

Farewell: MijnMijn Le

GPA: 4.557

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Materials science and technology

Salutatorian: Jose Luis Ramirez Gomez

GPA: 4.486

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Biomedical technology

North Cobb High School

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Valedictorian: Claire Isbitts

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Farewell: Tristin Shestag

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Salutatorian: Kate Kunst

Valedictorian: Claire Isbitts

GPA: 4.719

Intended college: University of Georgia

Intended field of study: Public Health; Film studies; Entertainment and Media Studies

Farewell: Tristin Shestag

GPA: 4.719

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Biomedical Technology

Salutatorian: Kate Kunst

GPA: 4.706

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Biochemistry

Osborne High School

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Valedictorian: Jesus Ortiz

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Salutatorian: Trish Tran

Valedictorian: Jesus Ortiz

GPA: 4.545
Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Aerospace Engineering

Salutatorian: Trish Tran

GPA: 4.531

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Aerospace Engineering

Pebblebrook High School

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Valedictorian: Carolyn Wong

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Salutatorian: Jordyn Russell

Valedictorian: Carolyn Wong

GPA: 4.591

Intended college: Columbia University

Intended field of study: undecided

Salutatorian: Jordyn Russell

GPA: 4.578

Intended college: Tuskegee University

Intended field of study: Architecture

Pontifical High School

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Farewell: Bryce Chapin

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Salutatorian: Jay Natu

Farewell: Bryce Chapin

GPA: 4.796

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Industrial Technology

Salutatorian: Jay Natu

GPA: 4.779

Intended college: University of Georgia

Intended field of study: Biochemistry

South Cobb High School

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Farewell: MaCayla Wakefield

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Salutatorian: Kyndal Cunningham

Farewell: MaCayla Wakefield

GPA: 4.682

Intended college: Howard University

Intended field of study: Biochemistry

Salutatorian: Kyndal Cunningham

GPA: 4.652

Intended college: North Carolina A&T State University

Intended field of study: Biology (Pre-Med)

Sprayberry High School

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Valedictorian: Isabella Sternagle

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Salutatorian: Jordan Tolliver

Valedictorian: Isabella Sternagle

GPA: 4.692

Intended college: University of Georgia

Intended field of study: Biology

Salutatorian: Jordan Tolliver

GPA: 4.656

Intended college: University of Pennsylvania

Intended field of study: Economics and Computer Science

Walton High School

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Valedictorian: Ethan Ju

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Salutatorian: Xiyuan Li

Valedictorian: Ethan Ju

GPA: 4.86

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Computer Science

Salutatorian: Xiyuan Li

GPA: 4.821

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Industrial Technology

Cycling high school

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Farewell: Zachary Tong

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Salutatorian: Richard Kang

Farewell: Zachary Tong

GPA: 4.766

Intended college: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Computer Science with an emphasis on Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Salutatorian: Richard Kang

GPA: 4.758

Intended college: Georgia Institute of Technology

Intended field of study: Electrical Engineering