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ABAC Recognizes Students for Spring Term Academic Excellence

TIFTON—Two Ludowici students who achieved academic excellence in their course work during the spring semester were recently recognized at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  ABAC cites its top academic students each semester on the President’s Honor List, the Dean’s Honor List, and the Distinguished Achievement List.

Making the President’s List were Jessica Garrason and Alyssa Swindell.

The President’s Honor List is the highest academic honor possible for ABAC students.  ABAC President David Bridges said each student on the list attained an “A” in every subject, resulting in a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The students had to carry a minimum of 12 hours of academic work.

Dr. Jerry Baker, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said the students who qualified for the Dean’s Honor List attained a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and carried at least 12 hours of academic work.  The Distinguished Achievement List is composed of students who complete between six and 11 hours of academic work with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.  The purpose of this list is to recognize excellence and scholastic achievement among part-time students.


Hinesville native makes Spring 2020 Dean's List at Georgia Southwestern State University

AMERICUS, GA (06/01/2020)-- Renaldo Eugene, a resident of Hinesville, made the Spring 2020 Dean's List at Georgia Southwestern State University and was among 735 students recognized for scholastic achievement. To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, Ga., is a public, four-year unit of the University System of Georgia with more than 3,000 students. Georgia Southwestern offers outstanding professional programs of study as well as degrees in the arts, humanities, sciences and graduate programs in business, computer science, education, English, and nursing. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern is recognized as one of the best value small colleges in the nation.


Scaggs commissions as a second lieutenant
William Scaggs of Hinesville, GA, earned a Bachelor of Science and commissioned in the Army. In ceremonies held May 7-8 by the University of North Georgia, graduating cadets were awarded commissions as second lieutenants. Eight of those individual ceremonies took place virtually. The in-person ceremonies were spaced out and the number of visitors was limited to adhere to social distancing practices due to COVID-19. Scaggs graduated Magna Cum Laude with a/an Bachelor of Science - Kinesiology with exercise science concentration. His parents are Sterling and Cherie Scaggs.


Midway native named to Union University Dean's List

JACKSON, Tenn. (May 29, 2020) - Four hundred seventy-two students have been named to the Union University Dean's List for the spring 2020 semester, including Midway native Rachel Raynor.

The Dean's List includes full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average on a four-point scale.

Founded in 1823 and affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention, Union University is characterized by quality Christ-centered teaching and learning. Union offers liberal arts training in more than 100 majors and programs of study along with professional programs in business, education and nursing.

About 3,200 students are currently enrolled.

UNG honors Alex Fernandez with Corps of Cadets award

DAHLONEGA, GA (05/27/2020)-- The University of North Georgia (UNG) honors Alex Fernandez of Midway, GA with the following Corps of Cadet award(s) for the 2019-20 academic year: The Military Officers Association of America, GA Mountain Chapter Scholarship.

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."

Positioned in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia comprises five campuses united by a single mission focused on academic excellence and academic and co-curricular programs that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. The University of North Georgia is a University System of Georgia leadership institution and is The Military College of Georgia. With more than 20,000 students, the University of North Georgia is one of the state's largest public universities. The university offers more than 100 programs of study ranging from certificate and associate degrees to professional doctoral programs.


Johnathan Watson is Recognized on the Spring 2020 President's List at Columbus State University

COLUMBUS, GA (05/27/2020)-- Johnathan Watson, a Communication major from Hinesville, GA, was recently recognized on Columbus State University's Spring 2020 President's List.

The President's List represents the pinnacle of academic achievement at CSU, recognizing students who have achieved a semester grade point average of at least 3.80 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in at least 12 semester credit hours.


Hannah Osteen Achieves Spring 2020 Dean's List at Belmont University

NASHVILLE, TN (06/01/2020)-- Hannah Osteen of Hinesville qualified for the Spring 2020 Dean's List at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

Approximately 53 percent of Belmont's 6,313 undergraduate students qualified for the Spring 2020 Dean's List. Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said, "This achievement for the spring semester indicates that these students have placed a high priority on their work at Belmont and have invested time and energy in their studies. It is our strong belief that consistent application in this manner will reap great benefits, which will equip them for a lifetime of learning and growing."


BI Grad wins National Merit Scholarship

Bradwell Institute Valedictorian Katherine S. Holandez-Lopez was one of the winners of the National Merit Scholarships, according to a release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) today.

The recently graduated senior was recently named a Gates Scholar recipient, was this year’s STAR student of the year and was a Liberty Life Magazine Top Shining Senior.

NMSC announced over 3,300 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2020 competition to about 4,100. This year, 167 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 92 private and 75 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced today are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $30 million. Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.


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