Catherine (Blad) Weems, daughter of Robert and Tochie Blad and graduate of  North Springs High School, was recently honored by her alma mater as an outstanding young engineering alumna. She is a process engineer for LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies.  

In April, Weems joined a few select Georgia Tech engineering alumni at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, for the university’s College of Engineering Alumni Awards Induction Ceremony.

Weems, who works at LyondellBasell’s Channelview Complex outside of Houston, Texas, was recognized along with five other fellow alumni at the event as an outstanding young engineer. The Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through professional practice and service to the institute, profession, or society at large.

In Weems’ current role at the Channelview Complex, she facilitates the Process Safety Advisory Group, coordinates risk assessments and audits, and conducts safety culture surveys. Through Georgia Tech’s co-op program, she completed three co-op terms with LyondellBasell’s Houston-area manufacturing sites.

“Over four years of rigorous classes at Georgia Tech and three co-op terms with LyondellBasell has taught me there is always a way to achieve the end goal. This important lesson has translated from school to my personal life and professional career,” said Weems. “I am humbled to be recognized with this great honor.”

Weems is a member of Georgia Tech’s Class of 2014 and is originally from Sandy Springs. She enjoys playing viola, running with her chocolate lab and volunteering at the Houston Food Bank with her husband, Matthew Weems, who was also a 2017 Georgia Tech Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award recipient.


Last weekend, Dunwoody High School joined 303 of the top high school quiz bowl teams at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis for the 2017 High School National Championship Tournament to determine who was the best.

The team was captained by Matthew Desoutter, who was joined by Patrick Clinch, Nathaniel Lee and Ryan Wirtz.  The team was coached by Paul Siegel, who was assisted by Ted Ward.

Dunwoody was one of 26 Georgia teams competing at the national championship.

Dunwoody finished the preliminary rounds with a 6-4 record, which qualified them for the playoffs.

Dunwoody had a very challenging path to the playoffs.  They were on the brink of elimination when they defeated Southside from Alabama; Lincoln B from Tallahassee, Florida; Community School of Naples from Florida; and St. Paul Academy from Minnesota in succession to stay alive.  Dunwoody’s shot at the title ended when they lost to Eden Prairie B from Minnesota in round 17.

Dunwoody High School finished in 97th place.  

The tournament champion was the A team from Hunter College High School of New York. 

The 2017 HSNCT field featured 304 teams from thirty-seven states and China.


A team of four Dunwoody High School seniors – Carter Barclay, Will Benston, Rudy Dey, and Ethan Herod – won the 2017 Georgia Personal Finance Challenge, sponsored by the Georgia Council on Economic Education. Their coach was Laura Lampron, a teacher in the Academy of Finance at DHS. The Personal Finance Challenge let the team demonstrate their knowledge of personal finance literacy in an online competition with other high school students from across Georgia. This win earned the team $50 each plus the right to represent Georgia at the National Personal Finance Challenge in Kansas City, Mo., on May 5 where they finished in the top five in the nation. They were honored at the Georgia Council on Economic Education’s annual luncheon at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on May 16.


Each year the American Scholastic Achievement League sponsors the Scholastic Challenge, a 100 question online test taken by thousands of students from hundreds of schools around the nation.  The Chamblee MS team of Catherine Cossaboom, Gunter Schroeder, Andrew Pietkiewicz and Sam Grant finished first in the country, and Sam achieved the nation’s top individual score.  Congratulations to the entire CMS Academic Quiz Team.

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