He was the recipient of the American Legion Department Awards for English in grades 9 and 11; social studies in grade 10 and science in grade 10. He is the president of the local chapter of the National Honor Society.
Cobb was selected to attend Boys' State in grade 11 and for the Rotary Leadership Conference at Lyndon State College in grades 10 and 11. He has been active in the Student Senate for the past three years; serving as treasurer of the Class of 2011 in grade 9, president in grade 10 and vice-president in grade 11. He was also a member of the Student Coalition on Human Rights (SCOHR) and played baseball for the Tigers for the past three years. He has also competed on the Nordic ski team, cross-country team and the track and field team. In grade 11, James received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award from the MUHS music program. He has played baritone saxophone in the Concert Band all four years and in the Jazz Band since grade 10.
Cobb was selected for the Green Mountain District Music Festival and the All-State Band last year. He was the recipient of the St. Michael's College Book Award for community service in grade 11, volunteering for several community service projects; including 400 hours for the Volunteer Fire Department and research in a bio-chemistry lab.
Cobb will attend Davidson College.
Jarrod Ashley, the son of Jonathan and Janelle Ashley of Middlebury, has been named co-salutatorian. He has achieved High Honors all four years and is a member of the local chapter of the National Honor Society.
Ashley was the recipient of the Williams College Book Award in 2010, for ranking in the top 5 percent of his class, demonstrating intellectual leadership and making a significant contribution to the life of the school. He received the 21st Century Discovery Award from the English department in grade 11. Jarrod has scored in the top 10 percent in the UVM Math Contest for the past three years.