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Shariff Lee-Brown Jaylon Person Micah Shapiro Victoria Vo

Shariff Lee-Brown

Class of 2014

Atlanta, Georgia

Shariff was raised by his single mother, who inspired him to rise above his obstacles. He is now the valedictorian at Carver Early College, an Atlanta-based high school that boasts one of the highest collective GPAs in the state. Shariff is one of only 150 Coca-Cola scholars selected out of a field of 90,000 applicants and one of only 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars. An accomplished computer programmer, Shariff taught himself how to code and fix computers by watching YouTube videos. He will attend Pennsylvania State University in the fall and hopes to continue his passion for computers as a software engineer.

Jaylon Person

Class of 2014

Newnan, Georgia

Before C5 Georgia, education wasn’t Jaylon’s top priority. He struggled to focus and pay attention in class and often found himself in trouble. Because of C5 Georgia and all he experienced as part of the program, Jaylon has emerged as a leader who inspires his peers to excel. In fact, his younger brother recently followed in his footsteps by securing a place in the program as well. Jaylon is committed to a future in which academic excellence continues to play a prominent role. He will be attending Clayton State University as a digital film major and hopes to have the opportunity to work at Pinewood Atlanta, a multimillion-dollar, full service film and entertainment studio.

Micah Shapiro

Class of 2014

Lilburn, Georgia

Prior to joining C5 Georgia, Micah described himself as a loner. Today, far from the shy young man he appeared to be initially, the program has exposed him to the skills needed to lead. While the value of what he has learned is without match, for Micah, the program was about so much more than self-improvement. He applied the leadership lessons he acquired to a higher purpose, bettering the community. As a graduating senior, Micah has completed more than 200 volunteer hours through the program. He will continue his community-first commitment when he attends Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. as a double major in political science and sacred music with the hopes of becoming a minister of music.

Victoria Vo

Class of 2014

Forest Park, Georgia

The daughter of a Vietnamese refugee, Victoria understands perseverance. Her mother escaped Vietnam when she was 14 and spent years in a refugee camp. When she arrived in the U.S., she couldn’t speak English but understood that education was the key to success and instilled that lesson in her daughter. As a graduating senior, Victoria has already accumulated more than 50 hours of college credit and has been accepted to the University of Georgia with the Zell Miller Scholarship.