2 metro Atlanta students named U.S. Presidential Scholars

ATLANTA — Two students in metro Atlanta have received one of the nation’s highest academic honors.

South Forsyth senior Ayush Gundawar and Creekview High student Ty Hubert earned U.S. Presidential Scholars awards. Only 161 students nationwide earned U.S. Presidential Scholar honors.

Gundawar will be attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to pursue a degree in computer science. Hubert will be attending the U.S. Air Force Academy this fall.

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Among his accomplishments, Gundawar created a non-profit LearnForsyth, which is a free, peer-to-peer tutoring organization.

Gundawar says LearnForsyth has over 850 active students, 200 volunteer tutors and has completed 2,300 tutoring sessions in Georgia and other states.

“As the founder, I manage a team of hundreds of volunteer tutors and interns, handle the day-to-day operations, and manage the organization’s website and matching algorithms,” he told Channel 2.

Gundawar also served as a state ambassador for Georgia Future Business Leaders of America, Forsyth County Youth Commissioner and a CTAE Ambassador.

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At Creekside High School, Hubert has excelled in and out of the classroom. Hubert served as Student Government Association class president and president of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society.

The senior not only captained the Creekside High School football team, but he was also captain of the lacrosse team and a member of the wrestling team.

Hubert also volunteers for House of Hope and Goshen Valley Boy’s Ranch and tutors with Mu Alpha Theta.

“Ty is an incredibly impressive student and leader, and we’re so proud to see him recognized nationally for his dedication to excellence,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “This award is truly well-earned, as Ty has put in the work: in academics, athletics, school involvement and community service. Congratulations to Ty, his family, his teachers and coaches and everyone who has supported his success, as I know you are just as excited for him. We are fortunate as a nation that he has chosen a military service academy for his next chapter, and we wish him all the best.”

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Both Gundawar and Hubert will receive an invitation to an all-expenses paid trip to the White House as part of the honor.

A third Georgia student was also named a U.S. Presidential Scholar: Charlye Allen, who attends Blakely-Early County High School in south Georgia.

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