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Two DeKalb students named Presidential Scholar semi-finalists
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Two DeKalb students named Presidential Scholar semi-finalists

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two students from DeKalb County have been named semi-finalists in the U.S. Presidential Scholars program, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students..

Every year, the most accomplished high school seniors in the country are given this award.

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DeKalb's two recipients were invited to apply for the program after ranking among Georgia's top 50 students based on SAT and ACT scores. Both students submitted essays and teacher recommendations for review.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars program was established in 1964 to honor some of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, it was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.

Eilidh Geddes
Dunwoody High School

Eilidh holds 12 varsity letters in marching band, swim team and debate; she is captain of the Dunwoody High debate team, which recently qualified to attend the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky.

She is also president of her school's chapter of the National Honor Society, a recipient of the Girl Scout Silver Award, a STAR student and valedictorian of her graduating class.

Eilidh earned the University of Georgia's Foundation Fellowship, a full academic scholarship. She plans to study economics at UGA with the intent of someday attending law school.

John "Jack" Lane
Lakeside High School, Atlanta

Jack is an All American swimmer who qualified for participation in the 2012 Olympic Trials. He holds four Georgia State Individual Gold medals, as well as the state record for the 100 meter butterfly. Last summer, he made the National Youth Swim Team.

Jack is also a three-time Scholastic All American and an accomplished musician who plays the cello in the Lakeside orchestra. His community service work includes coaching young swimmers and serving as an acolyte for St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church.

As a recipient of Lakeside High's Viking Award, Jack was recognized for his excellence in character, leadership, academics and athletic ability. He will attend Stanford University on a partial scholarship in the fall.

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