Sunday, January 16, 2011

Remarkable People

The news has a habit of telling just the bad stories.

Listening to these stories day after day can get you down. So to try and balance the storyline a little, here is a good news story. It just goes to show that America is full of interesting people who do good. You just have to look for them.

Widley Coulanges, Son of Haitian immigrants bound for Ivy League.

Marietta, Georgia is the home of South Cobb High School. A recent graduate Widley Coulanges scored 2250 out of a possible 2400 on the SAT. He also achieved a 4.57 grade point average at South Cobb (he did so by taking college level courses), played varsity lacrosse, and participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America Club, Beta Club, and the Leadership Experience Opportunity Club. He was also a Georgia Governor's Honor Program finalist. And he has spent three summers as a volunteer at WellStar Cobb Hospital.

Widley was accepted to numerous colleges and offered scholarships to three Ivy League schools. He choose Harvard because he hopes to study medicine some day. Widley has a remarkable family - a thirteen year old sister Edwine who also shares a passion for learning, and remarkable parents Wilfrid and Edline. Edline is a respected nurse at a local hospital in Marietta and Wilfrid, when not driving a cab, is studying to get a license as a physical therapist. The parents emigrated from Haiti years ago. They have raised their children with love and understanding, instilling in them a passion to succeed and to help others.

Doesn't this story make you feel a little better?

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Son of Haitian immigrants bound for Ivy League

Learn about South Cobb High School and what they are doing to achieve academic excellence.

Read about Cobb County School District. Learn how even Middle Schoolers are groomed for college.

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