Class of 2000

Marques Redd

Hometown: Macon, GA

high school: Westside

college: Harvard University

MAJOR: Social Studies

GRAD. PROGRAM: University of California, Berkeley (2011, PhD)

Marques Redd has been described as a “dynamic, energetic young individual with a vision” because of his passion for learning and his dedication to the arts and humanities, and to community service. At 16 years old, he was salutatorian of the Class of 2000 at Westside High School. Marques is a National Merit and National Achievement Finalist, a National Beta Club and Tylenol Scholar, and he was named STAR Student for having the highest SAT score (1580 out of 1600) in the city of Macon.

Marques’ credentials reveal a mastery of several academic disciplines. He is the recipient of the National English Merit Award, the International Foreign Language Award, and numerous awards in regional and state essay, oratorical, math, and piano contests. Marques placed third in the Georgia Academic Decathlon competition where he earned four gold medals, and was chosen for the USA Today National Academic Team for creating independent philosophical work.

At Westside High School, Marques was a notable leader, serving as captain of the Academic Team and the Academic Decathlon Team, Editor of the literary magazine, and a member of Student Council. He participated in the LEAD Program in business at Northwestern University and was on the Peer Review Committee of Youth Leadership in Bibb County.

Community service is an integral part of Marques commitment to others. He has donated hundreds of hours to organizations that assist people in need, volunteering with the Meals-on-Wheels program, Salvation Army, Food Bank, and American Red Cross.

This summer Marques is involved in politics as an intern with the Mayor of Macon and as a motivational speaker to other youth. He plans to major in English and Philosophy at Harvard and hopes to revolutionize the arts and humanities in the 21st Century.

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