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Dare to dream class of 2016

Seniors in this year’s class of 2016 were described as “bright,” “passionate” and “dedicated.”

The seniors featured by The Times this year were selected from submissions by parents, teachers and community members.

One student stood out and will receive a $500 scholarship from Wilson Orthodontics.

Will Barrett was selected as the scholarship winner by a panel including Dr. Ron Wilson, Molly Potts, University of North Georgia’s interim director of undergraduate admissions, and Times Managing Editor Shannon Casas.

Multiple nomination letters were submitted for Will.

“Will has developed a passion to become a representative and vocal advocate for children and young adults with autism,” local attorney Shane Lazenby wrote.

Hall County Tax Commissioner Darla Eden wrote that Will “continues to expand his own knowledge and stretches his comfort levels by committing to public speaking engagements.”

His preschool teacher and former Challenged Child director Cathy Drerup said this about him: “Keep your eyes on this young man. There is much to anticipate as he navigates his purpose-driven life.”

Read Will's story.

Congratulations to Will and all of the members of the class of 2016.

Read their stories:

Chestatee senior Brooke Gilbert discovered art amid the pain of an eating disorder

East Hall senior Triston Cooper pushed through injury to help his team

Flowery Branch seniors Kelsey and Hannah McQueen competed for top academic honors

Gainesville senior Claire Oliver left family abroad so she could graduate back home

Johnson senior Jessa Warren blossomed when she discovered passion in radiology

Lanier Charter Career Academy senior Olivia Henriques changed cultures, started over

Lakeview Academy senior Luke Lovell got an early start in business

Maranatha Christian Academy senior Danielle Johnson has learned to cope with dyslexia, excel in music

West Hall senior Stephen Henderson struggled with Asperger's syndrome but found confidence in karate

Wood’s Mill senior Carla Suarez Lopez faced hardships but hopes to go to veterinary school

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