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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:00 am

• Yuliya Bila, of Canton, is among 14 University of Georgia students selected to participate in the UGA Honors Internship Program. Bila, who is pursuing bachelor’s degrees in international affairs, Spanish and Russian, interned this summer with the Washington office of UGA’s Center for International Trade and Security. She has conducted research in Spain on the Euro debt crisis and interned with the International Rescue Committee, a refugee resettlement group. She plans to become a U.S. foreign service officer.

• The following local residents have been named to the president’s list at Clemson University for the spring 2012 semester: From Acworth: Emily Ann Cross, marketing major; Kathleen Marie Fairbanks, elementary education major; and Andrew Joseph Runnion, general engineering major; and from Woodstock: Lindsey Erin Mason, nursing major. To be named to the President’s List, a student must achieve a 4.0 (all As) grade-point average.


• Several area residents graduated from Samford University, in Birmingham, Ala. during spring commencement. They are: From Acworth, Milcah Kirubel, Bachelor of Arts; Bradley Thomas Moss, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; Graham Nicholas Jackson, Juris Doctor and Master of Accountancy; from Canton: James Bradley Stephens, Juris Doctor; and from Woodstock: Elizabeth Diane Rogers, Bachelor of Arts; Brian Charles Birdsong, Bachelor of Science.

Colin W. Baxley, a member of the Class of 2015 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, was named to the dean’s list for his outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2011-12 year. Baxley is the son of Carey and Michele Baxley, of Woodstock, and attended American Heritage Academy. Students whose grade point averages were 3.68 or higher were named to the dean’s list.

Justin Williams of Woodstock was recently selected as a Gateways Fellow in the Gateways to Science Careers program (G2SC) at Stanford University. Williams is currently majoring in engineering mathematics at Saint Augustine’s College, in Raleigh, N.C. The Gateways to Science Careers program was created to increase access into science careers for minority students. Additionally, the G2SC seeks to provide innovative research experiences for the students.

• The following students were named to Oglethorpe University’s dean’s list for the spring 2012 semester: Holly Bostick, an art history major from Ball Ground; Kathryn Galli, a business major from Canton; Haven Johnston, an individual-plan major from Woodstock; and Frank Petersen, a business

major from Woodstock.


• Three Cherokee County residents were recently awarded 2012 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarships: Joseph Hulen, of Creekview High School, Lauren Steves, of Cherokee High School, and Ana Bravo, of Woodstock High School.  They are among 83 recipients of the one-time $1,000 scholarships presented by The Comcast Foundation.

Conner Blackwell, of Woodstock, was among a group of 22 University of Georgia undergraduates named 2012 summer fellows by UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities. He and the other students spent the summer engaged in faculty-guided research projects on a variety of topics. The participants earn academic credit and are invited to submit their research for presentation at the CURO Symposium, UGA’s annual spring research conference for undergraduates. Blackwell, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology, is studying under the guidance of cellular biology professor Boris Striepen. He is conducting research on the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which affects many warm-blooded animals around the world.

• Several area residents have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Samford University, in Birmingham, Ala. From Acworth: Nicholas D. Cappadona and Bradley T. Moss; from Canton: Lauren M. Cook and Zachary J. Dunkle; and from Woodstock: Garrison J. Laduca and Lauren D. Zwolinski. To qualify for the honor, a student must have earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 while attempting at least 12 credit hours of coursework.

• Chick-fil-A of Canton has selected Canton residents Hannah Beersdorf, Megan Loudermilk, and Cory Wyatt as a recipients of the chain’s $1,000 Leadership Scholarship. Hannah, Megan, and Cory have each worked for Chick-fil-A Canton for more than two years. They graduated from Timothy Ministry School, Sequoyah High School and Cherokee High in 2010 (Beersdorf) and 2011 (Wyatt and Loudermilk).  They are all currently attending Kennesaw State University. Beersdorf was involved in cheerleading and ultra marathons as well as studied in China for a year after graduation.  Loudermilk was involved with student government, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and captain of the football/basketball cheerleading squad.  She was also Sequoyah’s student representative to the Board of Education.  Wyatt was on the Cherokee High School Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball Teams for four years.

Cameron Anderson was presented a resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives by Charlice Byrd (both pictured above) for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, the most distinguished rank conferred by the Boy Scouts of America.  Cameron was commended for his diligence and dedication in pursuing the highest honor awarded by the BSA.

• Several local residents graduated from Piedmont College, in Demorest, this summer. From Canton: Mekie Ann Adams, Lori Ann Etheridge, Stephanie Stuart Henson, Elizabeth Bagwell Johnson and Angela Michelle King earned Master of Arts degrees in early childhood education; from Acworth: Autumn Laurel Hamilton earned a Master of Arts degree in secondary English education; and from Woodstock: Kimberly Anne James, Emily Martha McNeill, Carol Lynn Steele and Sarah Marie Weiss earned Master of Arts degrees in early childhood education.

Kadum Aselton, a 2010 Etowah High School graduate, will receive her Future Farmers of America (FFA) American Degree at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this October.  Only 68 FFA members from Georgia will receive their degrees this year.  The American FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs).  Kadum is the former student of Etowah HS teacher and FFA sponsor Ashley Rivers.


Brian Cook, of Canton and Amanda Raftis, of Woodstock, made the president’s list for summer semester 2012 at Georgia College & State University. Morgan Metraw of Canton made the dean’s list.

• Woodstock Midday Optimist Club recognized two local students in its annual Oratorical Contest. John Haas, from Dean Rusk Middle School was awarded a $2,500 college scholarship by winning the Georgia State Oratorical Contest in Macon; while Caleb Blair from Teasley Middle School won the signing portion of the contest. Caleb was also awarded a $2,500 scholarship.

Brittney Burgett, daughter of Thomas Burgett and Teri Haring, left, and Kansas Wilkie, daughter of Robert and Teresa Wilkie, are the first graduates of ACE Academy, formerly known as CrossRoads High School/Middle School.  ACE, which stands for Alternative Choices in Education, is a self-paced, mastery school that offers students flexibility and smaller classes and draws its diverse student body from all over the county. Students can complete requirements for graduation at any time during the year at ACE Academy.

• Several local students graduated from Columbus State University. From Woodstock: Jessica Harrison, graduated with honors from the College of the Arts at Columbus State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in music education;  Amanda Rudolph graduated from the College of Education & Health Professions Curriculum and Instruction in accomplished teaching program with a Master of Education degree; and William Smith graduated from the College of the Arts Justice Administration program with a Master of Public Administration degree; From Acworth: Timothy Curry graduated from the Turner College of Business & Computer Science Management program with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree; and, from Canton: Kimberly Williams graduated from the College of the Arts Justice Administration program with a Master of Public Administration degree.

Garret Duron, of Woodstock, was among students honored recently with inclusion on the dean’s list at Carson-Newman College’s for the spring 2012 semester. Students earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while taking 12 or more credit hours are awarded the distinction of dean’s list honors and celebrated at a reception sponsored by the Academic Affairs Office and Alpha Chi Honor Society at the Jefferson City, Tenn., college.

Kevin James Campanile, of Woodstock, was among the record number of graduates awarded master’s and doctorate of physical therapy degrees by The University of Scranton at its post-baccalaureate commencement in May. The Pennsylvania university conferred 59 doctoral degrees in physical therapy and 762 master’s degrees. Campanile received a Master of Business Administration in general business from the Jesuit university’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education.

• North Georgia College & State University, in Dahlonega, conferred both undergraduate and graduate degrees on more than 800 total graduates this spring. From Cherokee County: Benson Gatogo Wahome, Acworth, AS-nursing, Johanna Nicole Arnold, Acworth, BS-physics; Leanna Dawn Wilson, Acworth, BS-special education; Rachel Anne Cornett, Ball Ground, BA-music; Amber Joy Thompson, Ball Ground, BS-middle grades education; Alison Caroline Hill, Canton, BS-math/certification;  Rebekah Lynn Sheffield, Canton, BS-music-ed/professional certificate; Brandi Nicole Putnam, Canton, BS-special education; Kirsten Marie McFadin, Canton, MA-middle grades; Kelsey Elizabeth Cocciolo, Canton, BBA-marketing; Charlie Stephen McKinney, Canton, BS-mathematics; Victoria Jean Collins, Canton, BS-special education; Macey Nicole Miller, Canton, BS-special education; Matthew Garrison Honea, Canton, AS-nursing with leadership; Sara Elizabeth Kaiser, Canton, AS-nursing; Megan Taylor Newey, Waleska, BS-physical education/leadership minor (service); Alice Virginia Cline, Waleska, BS-middle grades education; Amanda Rochelle Brownlee, Woodstock, MA-art education; William James Reiner, Woodstock, AS-nursing; Preston Daniel Toholsky, Woodstock, BBA-management; Patricia Ann McCahill, Woodstock, AS-nursing; Madalyn Lee Stanley, Woodstock, BS-biology; Stephen Richard Carver, Woodstock, BS-political science; Nicholas Ivan Parr, Woodstock, BA-history; and Whitney Cofer Earle, Woodstock, doctor of physical therapy.



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