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Gainesville High valedictorian visits Gov. Brian Kemp
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Left to right, Governor Brian Kemp, Hanna Osei (Kingsley’s mom), Kingsley Owusu Otoo, Nelson Owusu (Kingsley’s dad) and First Lady Marty Kemp stand for a photo at the governor's mansion. (Courtesy Gainesville City Schools)

Gainesville High School’s 2019 valedictorian received a special invitation to meet Gov. Brian Kemp in Atlanta on Saturday, June 8.

“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that truly exemplified the grace and mercy the Lord Jesus Christ has on my family's life,” Kingsley Owusu Otoo said in a press release.

Otoo attended the annual valedictorian reception at the governor’s mansion hosted by the Georgia Student Finance Commission and Kemp’s office.

Former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller began the tradition to celebrate valedictorians and their families in 1993.

“I wasn't expecting to meet the governor, so that was a pleasant surprise especially for my ‘foreign’ family who didn't even know who/what the governor was,” Otoo said.

Otoo will attend the University of Notre Dame on a full academic scholarship beginning this fall, and plans to study neuroscience and behavior with a focus in pre-medicine.

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