Atlanta City Councilmember Aaron Watson honors the inaugural class of W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars recently with a proclamation and lunch celebration at Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Midtown. The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Program recognizes, rewards and celebrates academic excellence among African-American students from across Georgia. Etienne LeGrand, president and co-founder of the W.E.B. Du Bois Society, said in addition to recognizing and honoring the most distinguished African-American high school students in the state, the program’s mission is to inspire other African-American students, no matter where they are, to aim higher in the classroom. The DuBois Scholars are high school seniors who have a high GPA and have scored well on the SAT or ACT tests. The program is invitation-only. Some of the scholars are shown above with Atlanta City Council members, including Watson (center).