Congratulations to area graduates and to the valedictorians and salutatorians from local schools.


This year’s valedictorian from Dunwoody High School is Laura Spratling. Having taken 18 AP (college level) courses throughout all of high school, Laura has an extremely high GPA of 4.48.

In addition to excelling academically, Laura participates in many extracurricular activities. She is an active member in the main National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), and Rho Kappa (Social Studies Honor Society). Laura is an extremely talented swimmer and diver. In fact, her most important achievement is being the Georgia High School Swimmer of the Year. This upcoming fall, Laura is excited to head off to the United States Naval Academy where she will be a member of the Academy’s swim team.

The 2017 Salutatorian at Dunwoody High School is Matthew Desoutter. Matt, with a GPA almost just as high, has a 4.44 and will have taken 15 AP courses at the high school and three dual enrollment classes with Georgia Tech by the time he graduates. He is a very active student, participating in many school clubs and after-school activities. Matt was a member of the National Honor Society, Rho Kappa (Spanish National Honor Society), Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), and Science National Honor Society. He also dedicated his time to Beta Club, the Academic Team, the Math Team, and bowling. His most important accomplishment in high school is his success in the rigorous Differential Equations and Applied Combinatorics courses at Georgia Tech. In the fall, Matt plans to attend Wake Forest as a Stamps Scholar.


Holy Innocents’

Class of 2017’s Zain Bashey and Sean Hackett were named valedictorians (a tie, for only the third time in school history), and Clarisa Colton was named salutatorian. Zain plans to attend Northwestern University, Sean plans to attend Stanford University and Clarisa will attend Georgia Institute of Technology. 


St. Pius X

The valedictorian for the Class of 2017 is Emily Pearson (Atlanta), while the salutatorian is Jacob Ressler-Craig . Pearson will attend the University of Georgia. Ressler-Craig will attend the California Institute of Technology.


Brandon Hall

Margaret Anne Meagher (Margaret), the Brandon Hall valedictorian, is from California and Atlanta. Margaret is also receiving the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup (student recipient distinguished him/herself as an outstanding high school senior. This award is based on academic excellence, leadership, community service and extracurricular involvement) Margaret will be attending the Engineering Honors Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the fall.

Shunyang (“Parker”) Liu of Tianjin, China is the Brandon Hall Salutatorian. Parker will be attending Boston College and is the recipient of the STAR Student Award, in recognition of having the highest SAT score at BHS.



Top graduation honors at the Marist School went to Christina Shin, the valedictorian, and Jack Dinges, the salutatorian. Shin will attend Duke University.

Dinges, also the two-year starting quarterback on the football team, will attend the University of North Carolna, Chapel Hill. The Marist graduation is Saturday at the school.


Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School’s valedictorian is Steven Butz with a GPA of 4.65 and an AP Scholar with distinction. Steven will attend the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall. Earning the rank of Eagle this school year, for his project he planned and constructed a collapsible sound booth for his church, Sandy Springs Christian Church. Steven is a member of the All State Symphonic Band, he was a Governor’s Honors Program semifinalist in music. Steven is an accomplished cross country athlete, a swimmer, and he is self-taught in Japanese. Steven has been a student at Mount Vernon since kindergarten. 

Mount Vernon’s salutatorians are AJ Whitney and Mia Whitney with GPAs of 4.63 and AP Scholars with distinction. AJ will attend Duke University in the fall and Mia will attend Vanderbilt University.

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