The Exchange Club of Rome has presented it’s A.C.E. Award to Christopher Dean, a senior at Armuchee High School was was diagnosed at a young age with a form of autism known as Asperger’s Disease. The Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award (A.C.E.) is given annually by the Rome Club to a senior who has overcome adversities in their lives and has strived for excellence in their school work and work in the community. Christopher told the Exchangites in addition to Asperger’s Disease he is also diagnosed with ADHD but through medication, speech and occupational counseling, and great guidance he has become a member of the National Honor Society and has been recognized as an AP Honor Student. Dean’s nomination will be forwarded to the Georgia District A.C.E. Award competition, and if he is successful there will go on to the National Exchange A.C.E. Award competition this summer. Pictured with Christopher is Frank Shropshire, Youth Chair of the club.