Exchange Club honors top students

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You might say Elizabeth Hall was the last to know.

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Randy Hall is congratulated by the Augusta Exchange Club First Vice President, David Davis, at First Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga. Randy came to accept the award for his daughter, Elizabeth, of the Academy of Richmond County, who could not make the ceremony. Elizabeth is the club's 2010-2011 Youth of the Year. Her essay, extracurricular activities and GPA edged out the competition. She now advances to the district level of competition. Checks, certificates and plaques were handed out to all. "I didn't do anything," Randy said. "She did all the work."  Corey Perrine/Staff
Corey Perrine/Staff
Randy Hall is congratulated by the Augusta Exchange Club First Vice President, David Davis, at First Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga. Randy came to accept the award for his daughter, Elizabeth, of the Academy of Richmond County, who could not make the ceremony. Elizabeth is the club's 2010-2011 Youth of the Year. Her essay, extracurricular activities and GPA edged out the competition. She now advances to the district level of competition. Checks, certificates and plaques were handed out to all. "I didn't do anything," Randy said. "She did all the work."

At noon Thursday, she sat in a room at the Academy of Richmond County, devoting all her attention to her International Baccalaureate exam, a requirement for graduating seniors studying in the program.

Across town, at a meeting of the Exchange Club of Augusta, her father grinned ear-to-ear as he accepted congratulations on his daughter's selection as the club's Youth of the Year.

"I will probably send her a text and call her as soon as she is out of the exam," Randy Hall said.

Every year, the Exchange Club honors some of the area's top high school seniors. Nine were recognized this year with a check, certificate and plaque.

"It really is a sneak peak at our future leaders," said Philip Kent, an Exchange Club member who led the program. "Each of them have pushed themselves to the top of their class, they are highly motivated self-starters who want to make a difference in the world around them."

Each student wrote about that difference in the essays they submitted on the subject "America's Youth and Community Service: Shining the Light on Volunteerism."

One student is then awarded the title of Youth of the Year, an additional check and the opportunity to compete at the district and perhaps national levels.

Hall accepted on his daughter's behalf.

"She's just going to be so excited and honored," he said. "As a parent, you're always proud. She's worked so hard."

Elizabeth, who goes by Betsy, is a senior at Richmond Academy who holds a 4.0 GPA, was a 2009 Governor's Honor's Semi-Finalist, 2010 AP Scholar, 2010 National Merit participant, 2010 FLAIR Student of the Year and won the 2010 Volleyball Coach's Award.

Betsy will also be the ARC Class of 2011 valedictorian. She will attend Furman University in the fall in the pre-med track.

Although her parents are thrilled at her many accomplishments, Hall said they're going to hate to see her go.

Eight other students were awarded for their hard work Thursday: MacKenzie McDaniel, Westside High School; Beverly Elizabeth Tarver, John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School; Christopher Gaines, A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School; Mary Rose Ziemba, Aquinas High School; Grace Bellmer, Lakeside High School; Kirby Kenny, Evans High School; Amarachi Erondu, Greenbrier High School; and Emily Harless, Westminster Schools of Augusta.

Top seniors

Eight other graduating high school seniors were honored Thursday by the Exchange Club of Augusta:

  • Grace Bellmer, Lakeside High School
  • Amarachi Erondu, Greenbrier High School
  • Christopher Gaines, A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School
  • Emily Harless, Westminster Schools of Augusta
  • Kirby Kenny, Evans High School
  • MacKenzie McDaniel, Westside High School
  • Beverly Elizabeth Tarver, John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School
  • Mary Rose Ziemba, Aquinas High School
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OhWell
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OhWell 05/12/11 - 09:28 pm
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Congratulations to you all.

Congratulations to you all. I want to commend you for your hard work.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 05/12/11 - 11:23 pm
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Congratulations to Elizabeth

Congratulations to Elizabeth Hall. No surprise it was Judge Hall's daughter. Was surprised that she would still be in a public school.

MomInRC
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MomInRC 05/13/11 - 08:44 am
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ARC is the only school in the

ARC is the only school in the area with the IB Program, which she completed. It may/may not be why she attended public school.

Congratulations to all those recognized.

Labatt
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Labatt 05/13/11 - 09:17 am
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Well done!

Well done!

countyman
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countyman 05/13/11 - 06:37 pm
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ARC is one of the best high

ARC is one of the best high schools in the metro and CSRA.. While most schools have AP classes the IB progam separates Richmond from the other high schools in the area..

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