The school year is ending and high schools are awarding hard-earned diplomas to hundreds of young men and women. During most graduation ceremonies, a few students are singled out as tops in their classes, the valedictorians and salutatorians for their schools. Here are the faces of the valedictorians and salutatorians for public and private high schools in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Photographs and students’ college plans were provided by their schools.

Chamblee Charter High School

Valedictorian: Parth Agrawal – Rice University
Valedictorian: Hector Cruz – Georgia Tech
Salutatorian: Richard Liou – Georgia Tech
Salutatorian: Jourdan Jackson – Boston College


Cross Keys High School

Valedictorian: Vy Thuy Tran – Stanford University
Salutatorian: Javier Garcia – Reinhardt University


Dunwoody High School

Valedictorian: Eilidh Geddes – University of Georgia
Salutatorian: Kathryn Kutner – Georgia Tech


Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Valedictorian: Catherine Weston Bennett – Davidson College
Salutatorian: Christine Blythe Georgakakos – Cornell University


The Lovett School

Valedictorian: Ashley Summers Dalton – Yale University
Salutatorian: Avery Elizabeth Wiens – University of Georgia


Marist School

Valedictorian: Meghan Connolly – University of Pennsylvania
Salutatorian: Sophie Harkins – Princeton University


Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Valedictorian: Christopher William Peterson – Georgia Tech
Salutatorian: Zackary Hunt Cook – Georgia Tech


North Atlanta High School

Valedictorian: Gueorgui Terziev – Georgia Tech
Salutatorian: Grace Shea – University of Wisconsin-Madison


North Springs Charter High School

Valedictorian: Megan Elizabeth Rich – Georgia Tech
Salutatorian: Sara Lynn LeSage – University of Georgia


Pace Academy

Valedictorian: Michael Hopkins – Yale University
Salutatorian: Kate Hornor – Williams College


Riverwood International Charter High School

Valedictorian: Mallory Hope – Vanderbilt University
Salutatorian: Sophie Schulman – Stanford University


St. Pius X Catholic High School

Valedictorian: Lee Kaufman – U.S. Naval Academy
Salutatorian: J.D. Reddaway – Georgia Tech


The Weber School

Valedictorian: Rosa Ilyayeva – Emory University
Salutatorian: Leslie Gordon – Emory University


The Westminster Schools

Valedictorian: Hannah Weiss – Bates College
Valedictorian: Spencer Nash – Harvard University
Salutatorian: Melissa Klein – Duke University
Salutatorian: David Fridovich-Keil – Princeton University

The valedictorians and salutatorians for the Atlanta Girls’ School, the Atlanta International School and Holy Spirit Preparatory School have not yet been announced.

Sources: various schools