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GREENSBORO, NC -- Why volunteer, when you can get paid? It's a fair question, but Tracey McCain met a student who sees the benefits of helping others through community service and that selfless giving earned him a prestigious honor.

Early College at Guilford student Aditya Garg is a semi-finalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. He founded a tutoring organization called Educate US to help students in partner middle schools succeed and excel in math and science. He's got 350 personal volunteer hours under his belt, and as a group, they've done 1,500 hours of community service. He says it's fun to see others have that 'aha moment'.

He graduates today, with a 4.0 GPA and will be attending business school at NYU in the fall, majoring in either economics or finance.

By the final ceremony on Monday, June 16, more than 5,300 students will have graduated from Guilford County Sschools this year, and more will receive their diplomas at a summer graduation ceremony in August. Last year, GCS achieved its highest ever graduation rate of 86.2 percent, the highest among large districts in North Carolina.

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