The appeal of Sandy Springs’ charter high schools and their magnet programs showed with this year’s valedictorians for both schools, who live not in Sandy Springs, but in Roswell.
Leah Dodell, the daughter of Roslyn and Neal Dodell, is the valedictorian at Riverwood International Charter School, and Amanda Chen, the daughter of Hongtao and Wei Chen, is the valedictorian at North Springs Charter High School.
Two Sandy Springs girls, Liya Lomsadze of Riverwood and Chelsea Stowell of North Springs, are the salutatorians.
All four girls are National Merit Scholars.
Leah earned the International Baccalaureate diploma at Riverwood, as well as the Phi Beta Kappa Award. She will attend Emory University, where she plans to study international relations and creative writing.
Liya, daughter of Regina Zlotchenko and Aleksandr Lomsadze, had Riverwood’s highest SAT score and was awarded the Rensselaer Medal for excellence in science and math. She plans to study biology at Yale University.
Amanda, part of North Springs’ science magnet program, finished first and won the Georgia Environmental Health Award at the state science fair and won the National Academy of Engineering’s national essay contest. She’s going to Princeton University to study economics, chemistry and possibly neuroscience.
Chelsea, daughter of John and Laura Stowell, was a dual magnet student in science and orchestra and scored 2330 out of 2400 on the SAT. She’s going to Vanderbilt University on a Lanier-Atlanta Scholarship and plans to study biomedical engineering and public policy.