Michael is a motivated young man, both in and out of the classroom. He sets goals daily in order to keep himself focused and on track, thereby accomplishing the short-term and long-term goals he sets. Michael challenges himself to reach higher and achieve more, whether it be in his many AP classes, on the baseball field or designing the sound and lighting for the Miss Lakeside Pageant. 

Michael, the 2015 Lakeside valedictorian, received many awards and accolades during his four years at Lakeside High School. Some of them include: National Honor Society member, Beta Club member, Spanish Honor Society member, National Society of High School Scholars member, and he was named an AP Scholar. He received second place in the State Science Fair, won the Lakeside Social Studies Award, received the Georgia Certificate of Merit and was awarded the Presbyterian College Academic Achievement Fellows Award. Michael also placed in the school and county-level PTA Reflections contest several times, was a member of the Drama Club and the One-Act Team, was on the yearbook staff, played on the Lakeside Baseball team as well as a travel team, and found the time to volunteer as a youth basketball coach and at the International Rescue Committee. 

In addition, Michael has found the time to work as a baseball camp instructor, to manage the web site design and maintenance for two Lakeside athletic teams, to do an internship at a real estate company and to run his own photography and design company. And, if all of these things didn’t keep Michael busy enough, he created a lawn care business with two friends, developed a business plan to acquire and sell iPhones, partnered with a baker to make affordable homemade cookies and he currently has a patent pending on an electronics device. 

Michael Boden embodies the true spirit of the Lakeside Viking! He excels academically, athletically and artistically, and he is deserving of the Foundation's scholarship award.