2017-08-09 / People


Andrew Palmer

Andrew Palmer of Louisville earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta during the Spring 2017 semester. Palmer was among more than 200 J.D. and Master of Laws (LL.M.) students honored during the College of Law’s commencement and hooding ceremony, held in May at the Georgia State University Sports Arena in downtown Atlanta. Linda Klein, president of the American Bar Association, delivered the commencement address. Among the Class of 2017, 59 students graduated with pro bono distinction, donating more than 13,000 hours of legal counsel and service. Fifty-nine students graduated with academic honors. As of May 12, the Class of 2017 also raised more than $6,987 for the Class Gift Scholarship Fund.

Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern University recognized more than 2,600 students for excellence in academics by naming them to the Spring 2017 dean’s list. To be eligible, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester. Local students receiving the honor were James Christian, Almari Phinazee, Olivia-Marie Smith and Andrew Tant, all of Waynesboro; William Coburn, Amber Davis, Matthew Enfinger, Raymond Harris, Amanda Lanier, William Middlebrook, Tralen Rhone, Whitney Rice, Jessica Starr, Alexandra Thompson and Shonterious Williams, all of Hephzibah; Kierra Collins and Lisa Gambrell, both of Midville; A’Ryan Gardner of Keysville; Jessica Jenkins of Sardis; Hunter Wiersma of Blythe; Jessica Birchfield and Zack Davis, both of Louisville; and Robert Buczkowski, Sarah Cates, James Crockett and John Tyler Wagner, all of Millen. Additionally, several local students were named to the president’s list for Spring 2017 semester. To be eligible, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester. Those named to the list included Kenyatta Brown, Rachel Lewis, Noah Mansell, Terry Ramble and Francois Savoy, all of Hephzibah; Dakota Garber, Abigail Harrison and Madison Mitchell, all of Waynesboro; Haley Chandler of Sardis; Macy Salter and Rachel Watson, both of Louisville; and Gresham Conway, Katelyn Reeves, James Austin Wagner and Sarah Wilson, all of Millen.

Gabriela Melendez- Reyes

Gabriela Melendez-Reyes of Hephzibah graduated from Buffalo State with a B.F.A. in photography for Spring 2017. Buffalo State is a State University of New York (SUNY) college that offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the arts, education, natural sciences, social sciences and professional studies.

Alexandria Bess

Alexandria Bess of Hephzibah participated in an international education experience in Berlin, Germany, during the spring break 2017 period. Bess is majoring in German and is one of more than 300 Georgia State University students who studied abroad during the spring of 2017.

Jennifer Naas

Jennifer Naas, an incoming freshman at Bob Jones University, was recently named as a recipient of the BJU Admission Scholarship and was awarded one semester of tuition in additional to other financial aid already awarded.

“The BJU Office of Admission seeks to recruit and enroll students who desire a biblically faithful liberal arts Christian higher education and who have a strong likelihood of success both as a BJU student and in their career as a graduate,” said BJU Director of Admission Gary Deedrick. “Jennifer has distinguished herself in school (both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities), in church and in her community involvement. We look forward to having Jennifer as part of the BJU student body.” Naas, a resident of Waynesboro, will major in piano pedagogy when classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 30.

Kwame Letts

Kwame Letts of Hephzibah graduated on May 13, from Fayetteville State University with a BS in Computer Science at the 150th Spring Commencement Ceremony. FSU Chancellor James A. Anderson presided over the ceremony and addressed the graduates as the keynote speaker. His address focused on “Voices of FSU Past and Present” with reflections from both alumni and current students, including one of the oldest living alumnae, one of the youngest graduates, university founders an alumni donor and others.

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