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Butler University

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Jessica Williams of Suwanee recently danced in Butler Ballet’s 31st annual production of “The Nutcracker” in Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University. Butler Ballet’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s classic featured 112 Butler dancers, plus 33 young dancers from the Indianapolis community, and was accompanied by the Butler Symphony Orchestra.

Harding University

SEARCY, Ark. – Suwanee resident Victoria Sams, a social work major at Harding University, was inducted into the university’s Alpha Chi Honor Society Nov. 17, 2013. The society recognizes the academic excellence of college students nationwide. To be selected for induction, students must be in the top 10 percent of their class. Alpha Chi encourages high standards and acknowledges the scholarship of these students.

Virginia Commonwealth University

RICHMOND, Va. – The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi announced that Alexis Collins of Roswell was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Collins is pursuing a degree in dance at Virginia Commonwealth University. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership.

Johnson and Wales University

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Anna Federspiel of Milton, a freshman at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, earned Dean’s List honors for the fall 2013 semester. Federspiel is enrolled in the Hospitality College at JWU.

University of Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Fellowship Christian School graduate Emily Sonnett helped the University of Virginia women’s soccer team reach the NCAA Division I Championship College Cup Tournament for the first time since 1991. The sophomore defender was also among four Virginia players named to the First Team of the All-Southeast squad by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Sonnett, who graduated from FCS in Roswell in 2012, ranked eighth on the Lady Cavaliers with nine points (two goals, five assists).

Tennessee Wesleyan College

ATHENS, Tenn. – Tennessee Wesleyan College has proudly accepted new students for enrollment for the upcoming academic year and welcomes Christopher Mokros of Roswell as a new TWC Bulldog.

University of Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alexis Lanning, a telecommunications and film major from Johns Creek, was named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List at the University of Alabama. Lanning was also inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Eligibility for both is based on a grade point average of 3.5 or greater.

Georgia Southern University

STATESBORO, Ga. – Christopher J. Davis of Milton received Dean’s List honors during the spring 2013 semester at Georgia Southern University. Davis is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration and information systems. The 2011 graduate of Alpharetta High School plans to graduate from Georgia Southern in 2015.

University of Hartford

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Sherry-Ann Nelson of Suwanee graduated from the University of Hartford during fall commencement on Dec. 8, 2013, with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Westminster School

SIMSBURY, Conn. – Lauren Boures of Johns Creek, a junior at Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., earned honors for the fall 2013 academic term.

Ashland University

ASHLAND, Ohio – Kelly Rodgers of Roswell received a master’s degree in American history and government from Ashland University at the winter commencement ceremony on Dec. 14.

Randolph-Macon Academy

FRONT ROYAL, Va. – Kevin C. Slaton, a senior at Randolph-Macon Academy, has received the Coaches’ Award in varsity football for the 2013 fall sports season. He was also named to the Patriot Football Conference First Team for running back and defensive back. He is the son of Karen Slaton-Dixon of Suwanee.

Wheaton College

WHEATON, Ill. – Wheaton College student Kimberly Snooks recently performed in “Before the Marvel,” the 2013 Christmas Festival presented by the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Snooks, a junior from Alpharetta, played cello with the symphony orchestra.

University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Zachary Lavender of Alpharetta graduated with high honors and a bachelor’s degree in music from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan. Lavender majored in music composition and will begin pursuing a graduate degree in 2014.

Belmont University

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Several local residents recently performed in Belmont University’s nationally televised “Christmas at Belmont” concert, which was aired on PBS. More than 800 student musicians joined the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir for the taping of the annual production of traditional carols, classical masterworks and seasonal favorites.

Local student performers appearing on the broadcast included Jacob Robinson of Roswell, Colby Lapolla of Milton, Dustin Fichter of Alpharetta, Elizabeth Monahan of Roswell, Samuel Eisenberg of Alpharetta, Carolina Rodriguez of Alpharetta, Sarah Terning of Johns Creek and Haley Smith of Roswell.