2013 Best and Brightest

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Daniel Pippen (far left), the 2013 Best and Brightest winner, stands with three runner-ups who received small cash prizes for their placings during The Best and Brightest Banquet at the Marbury Center off Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Berhens Bass (center, left), Megan Murphy (center, right), and Adam Rutkowski stand for a group photo after the ceremony. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Daniel Pippen sits at a table near the back of the room and talks with family and friends before the ceremony begins during The Best and Brightest Banquet at the Marbury Center off Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Gordon Nail, the 2012 Best and Brightest award winner, speaks to those gathered during The Best and Brightest Banquet at the Marbury Center off Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Nail spoke about experiencing his freshman year at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Sara Caldwellstaff
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University of South Carolina-Aiken admissions director Andrew Hendrix hugs Daniel Pippen, this year's award winner, during The Best and Brightest Banquet at the Marbury Center off Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Megan Murphy stands to the side as The Augusta Chronicle's Online News Director Bill Kirby (right) reads her biography to the room during The Best and Brightest Banquet at the Marbury Center off Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Berhens Bass sits as she listens to fellow finalists names being called during The Best and Brightest Banquet at the Marbury Center off Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Daniel Pippen walks back to his seat after getting his medal, along with the other finalist who were recognized during The Best and Brightest Banquet at the Marbury Center off Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia on Thursday, May 16, 2013. At the end of the ceremony, Pippen was awarded the honor of being this year's Best and Brightest. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Each of the 21 finalists received a medal for being selected in the final round of the 2013 Best and Brightest competition during The Best and Brightest Banquet at the Marbury Center off Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Daniel Pippen (far left), the 2013 Best and Brightest winner, stands with three runner-ups who received small cash prizes for their placings during The Best and Brightest Banquet at the Marbury Center off Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Berhens Bass (center, left), Megan Murphy (center, right), and Adam Rutkowski stand for a group photo, and pose with silly faces, after the ceremony. Sara Caldwellstaff
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North Augusta High School senior Daniel Pippen (center) smiles as he stands to receive the honor of being named The Augusta Chronicle's Best and Brightest student of 2013 during The Best and Brightest Banquet at the Marbury Center off Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff

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