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Academic achievements
Academic achievement

The University of North Georgia (UNG) recently honored Logan Scott of Pembroke with the following Corps of Cadet award(s) for the 2019-20 academic year: General Douglas MacArthur Cadet Leadership Award, Traditional Sabre for Brigade Commander. Each spring, UNG honors students who have excelled in the Corps of Cadets. This year, UNG is still recognizing these students’ outstanding performance even as the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the final two months of the semester online.

“Although our celebration of student achievement cannot take place in the usual fashion, we are no less proud of them,” said Dr. Chaudron Gille, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “I offer my heartiest congratulations to all of the award recipients. They exemplify how #UNGleads.”

Retired Army Col. Joseph Matthews, commandant of cadets, echoed that sentiment.

He said senior cadets will receive their awards by mail, but returning cadets will have a special ceremony at a later date.

“I wish we could have recognized each cadet publicly this semester,” Matthews said. “But every one of the award recipients has excelled in the Corps of Cadets and their families can be proud of their performance.”

Emilie Grace Ward of Richmond Hill graduated May 27 from Saint Vincent’s Academy in Savannah.

She will be attending Georgia Southern University in the fall.

Ryan Brigance, Jacqueline Lea and Julia Lester, all of Richmond Hill, were named to the spring 2020 dean’s list at Berry College.

The dean’s list honors students who posted an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semester.

The following students from Bryan County were recently named to the Columbia College dean’s list for the spring semester: William Goth of Ellabell; Curtis Myers of Pembroke; and Caleb Hunter, Krystie Pinckney, Candace Randolph and Ricconesha Raynor, all of Richmond Hill.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have completed 12 semester hours in a 16-week period and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0-point scale.

The Georgia Institute of Technology awarded degrees to roughly 4,050 undergraduate and graduate students at the conclusion of spring semester.

Students were celebrated during a virtual celebration held on May 1.

They will also be honored during in-person commencement ceremonies to be held on campus later this year. Local graduates were:

Ellabell: Kateryna Polyakova, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Richmond Hill: Dustin Campbell, Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering; Joshua Hoffman, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering; Kevin Zhu, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science; Conner Reynolds, Bachelor of Science in Economics; and Charles Castle, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. Pembroke: Brooke Barfield, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Also, Brandon Olson, Zachary Sewell and Dany Shwayri, all of Richmond Hill, earned the distinction of faculty honors for spring 2020 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have earned a 4.0 academic average for the semester.

Georgia Southwestern State University Thomas Marciniak of Richmond Hill graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University during the spring 2020 virtual graduation ceremony on Friday, May 15.

Marciniak earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in management.

Marciniak was also named to the spring 2020 academic achievement list at Georgia Southwestern State University. To be eligible for the academic achievement list, a student must previously earn at least 12 credit hours at GSW, be enrolled in 3 to 11 hours of courses, and earn a 3.5 or higher GPA.

The University of Alabama awarded some 6,326 degrees this spring. Among the graduates were Summer Gordon of Richmond Hill, who received a Bachelor of Arts in communication and information sciences; and Wesley Terry of Richmond Hill, who received a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

For the spring 2020 semester, the University of North Georgia awarded more than 1,600 degrees and certificates, including to Madison Vargas of Richmond Hill with a Bachelor of Science in general studies. Commencement ceremonies were canceled due to COVID-19, but UNG hosted a virtual celebration on the UNG commencement website starting May 8, which would have been the first of back-to-back days of commencement ceremonies.

UNG recognized students who achieved a 4.0 GPA during the spring 2020 semester, including:

Jennifer Prewitt of Richmond Hill, who was named to the president’s list

Megan Bausch of Richmond Hill, who was named to the president’s honor roll.

Students enrolled in 12 or more credit hours in bachelor’s degree programs who achieved a 4.0 grade point average were named to the president’s honor roll. Students enrolled in associate degree programs who met the same level of achievement were named to the president’s list. Additionally, Jacob Collins, Isaac Deloach, Paul Longgrear and Rebekah Wilder, all of Richmond Hill, were named to the dean’s list at UNG for the spring semester. Dean’s list recognition is achieved by having at least a 3.5 grade point average, carrying 12 or more credit hours in one semester and having no grade lower than B.

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