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Columbus State University

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The following students have been admitted to Columbus State University for the fall semester and are members of the class of 2017:

Jacob Danowitz of Alpharetta, Amanda Janowitz of Alpharetta, Kalen Strachan of Cumming, Margaret Fordham of Cumming, Rebecca Godwin of Cumming, Chalisa Hill of Duluth, Benjamin Horne of Alpharetta, Amanda Hueners of Duluth, Kayla Hutto of Alpharetta, Kendall Morris of Alpharetta, Taylor Shelley of Duluth, Brandon Thurby of Alpharetta, Danae Beauston of Suwanee, Virginia Hall of Suwanee and Dena Kalariotes of Suwanee.

University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Three local residents have received full scholarships to attend the University of North Georgia under the Military Scholarship Program. Kelsey Osborne, a Milton High School graduate from Milton, began attending UNG this semester. Patrick Day, a West Forsyth High School graduate from Cumming, and Caroline Miller, a Roswell High graduate from Roswell will begin UNG this spring. The scholarship enables the most gifted high school seniors to pursue bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Georgia (UNG) and to commission as second lieutenants in the Georgia Army National Guard after graduation.

The state-funded scholarships pay for tuition, books, fees, room, board and provide monthly pay and stipends for those serving as enlisted members of the Georgia Army National Guard while full-time students at UNG, and are worth approximately $70,000 over four years. 

Cadet in Command:

In addition to scholarship honors, one local student at the University of North Georgia has been named the cadet in command of UNG’s 800-member Corps of Cadets. Alpharetta’s Blake Schaper will fulfill the duties related to his command position, while he pursues his degree in biology/pre-medicine. He will commission as a second lieutenant in the Georgia National Guard upon graduation and plans to attend medical school.

Valdosta State University

VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State University has announced that the following local students have graduated or achieved Dean’s List honors after the summer 2013 term.


Bridgette Miller Marques of Cumming – specialist degree in educational leadership;

Jake Mitchell Pierce of Cumming – bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies; Sarah Ann Bresnahan of Cumming – master’s degree for teachers in special education; Therese Suzanne Walker of Cumming – master’s degree in library and information science; Caitlyn Amanda Brown of Alpharetta – bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religious studies; Caitlyn Amanda Brown of Alpharetta – bachelor’s degree in psychology; Hannah Beth Zey of Roswell – specialist degree in educational leadership; Janet Bishop Bryant of Alpharetta – master’s degree for teachers in special education; Juliana Marie Watkins of Alpharetta – bachelor’s degree in nursing; Lucius Eugene Roberts of Alpharetta – bachelor’s degree in psychology; Michael C. Lagasse of Roswell – bachelor’s degree in political science; Nikkole Kimberly Dombrosky of Alpharetta – bachelor’s degree in psychology and Kathleen Elise Click of Duluth – bachelor’s degree in English.

Dean’s List:

Kristen Marie Bates of Cumming and Mason Dane Currie of Alpharetta each achieved a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher and have been recognized on the Valdosta State Dean’s List for summer 2013.

Randolph-Macon Academy

FRONT ROYAL, Va. – Kevin Slaton has been appointed to the student leadership organization of cadre within the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) at Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA). He is the son of Karen Slaton-Dixon of Suwanee. Slaton, a senior at R-MA, received the position of Echo flight commander with the rank of first lieutenant. Only students with records of strong academics and leadership abilities are eligible for the academy’s cadet officer and non-commissioned officer ranks.

University of Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. – Abby Brown, a student at the University of Georgia, has been named to the 2013-2014 hunt seat squad on the UGA Women’s NCAA Division I equestrian team. Brown is a 2012 honor graduate of Alpharetta High School and a sophomore at UGA, where she is pursuing a degree in food science and technology.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. – Sara Marlene Banks of Roswell was among approximately 775 students who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at commencement exercises Aug. 16 and 17.

Banks received a bachelor of science in hospitality, restaurant and tourism management from the College of Education and Human Sciences.


Brenau University

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Brenau University student Abbey Goodman of Cumming recently studied abroad at one of the most distinguished universities in the world with a select group of students from the Women’s College. The interdisciplinary summer school experience at the University of Cambridge was a full four weeks of various courses taught by Cambridge lecturers and instructors in English, history, art history, politics, theater, legal studies and architecture. Goodman had the opportunity to tour and enjoy cultural events while residing on campus at the historic college in early August.

Goodman is a freshman majoring in mass communication. She is the daughter of Dale and Kathy Goodman and a graduate of North Forsyth High School. She is also a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, a Golden Star and a student ambassador.

Siena College

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Kaitlin Maguire of Johns Creek graduated from Siena College with a bachelor’s degree in marketing on May 19. Siena awarded 805 bachelor’s and 52 master’s degrees at this year’s commencement ceremony.

Emory University

ATLANTA – Shawn Han Choi of Johns Creek earned Dean’s List status at Emory University in Atlanta for the spring semester after achieving a 3.93 grade point average for the term.

Choi, a psychology major, is the son of Jeannie and Jin Choi of Johns Creek. The college sophomore will be transferring to Cornell University this fall.

Benedictine University

LISLE, Ill. – Benedictine University announced that three local students were among the graduates who completed their degree requirements on or before May 2013.

Susan Diane Hamilton of Alpharetta earned a master’s degree in nursing.

Cecilia Hammond of Alpharetta earned a master’s degree in nursing.

Midnight Rejoicing Walker of Alpharetta earned a master’s degree in business administration.


Villanova University

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Kaylin Brown of Milton was named to the Dean’s List at Villanova University for the spring 2013 semester. Brown is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Villanova School of Business.

Georgia Tech

ATLANTA – Colin Stieglitz of Cumming, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech, was among eight undergraduate students from around the country, selected to participate in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), a prestigious 10-week summer program at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in Milwaukee, Wis. As part of the REU program, students researched projects advancing state-of-the-art applications in the biomedical, aerospace, manufacturing, composite, biomolecular and fluid power industries.

Stieglitz is working on a research project titled “High-Efficiency Pneumatic Walking Engine.”

REU is an innovative, interdisciplinary program funded by the National Science Foundation, MSOE’s Rapid Prototyping Center, MSOE’s Fluid Power InstituteTM and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) to give undergraduates hands-on experience in research. This program focuses on applications of fluid power and additive manufacturing technology.

James Madison University

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Alpharetta resident Gregory Glasgow and Suwanee resident Alexander Hudgins have both enrolled at James Madison University for the fall 2013 semester. Glasgow plans to major in biotechnology. Hudgins plans to major in finance.

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