DeKalb students represent two of 150 selected nationwide

Allyson Gevertz with Zoe WeissTwo DeKalb County School District (DCSD) high school students have earned entry into the prestigious Coke Scholars Class of 2019.

Zoe Weiss, a senior at Lakeside High School, and Noah Covey, a senior at Dunwoody High School, have both been named 2019 Coke Scholars. As recipients, Weiss and Covey will both receive a $20,000 college scholarship and receive inside-out leadership training.

Weiss and Covey are two out of five selections from Georgia, which are out of 150 nationwide. The 150 selected for the Coke Scholars Class of 2019 were chosen from a pool of more than 95,000 in the United States. Students are chosen based on their leadership ability, commitment to service, and positive impact on others.

“We are beyond excited for, and proud of Zoe Weiss and Noah Covey—two students who epitomize the word excellence,” said CEO/Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green. “It is an honor to have our district so well represented by not just one, but two students in such an exclusive honor. These students, who have proven to be among the top 0.001 percent, are living proof of the hard work and dedication that goes on every day in every DeKalb County School District facility.”

As members of the 2019 Class of Scholars, Weiss and Covey will attend the 2019 Scholars Weekend April 4-7, 2019. The event, described as a weekend filled with inspiration, fun, and camaraderie with other 2019 Scholars, will feature an official banquet as well as a Leadership Development Institute.

The principal at Lakeside High School said he cannot be prouder. 

Noah Covey with counselor DeRoux“Zoe is an amazing person and student who has earned this award,” said Lakeside Principal Damian Bounds. “She has worked very hard and continues to make us proud as a school community with all of her accomplishments this year.”

Teachers at Dunwoody High School shared a similar sentiment.

“What makes Noah special – beyond his clearly evident gifts and talents – is his possession of a value system that respects learning. He approaches classes and teachers with the attitude that there is always something to learn, gain, or consider,” said Heather Carter, AP Literature Teacher at Dunwoody. “His value of education, an ever-present open-mindednesss toward those who teach him, has enabled him to get more out of his education than most people do. Noah Covey should not only be commended for his remarkable accomplishments; he should be held up as an example of the type attitude all of us should foster toward learning.”

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