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The following students were named to the dean's list at Brenau University for their academic performance during the fall term of the 2011 semester. Dean's list students must maintain at least a 3.6 grade-point average while carrying at least 15 semester hours of course work.
Braselton: Brittany Michelle Aikens;

Buford: Lori Kathleen Baker, Megan Lauren-Ashley Pinter;
Clermont: Christy Jane Barth;

Commerce: Molly N. Klassen;

Flowery Branch: Annie Gabrielle Bland, Maria Vladimir DeVeau, Amanda Elise Maddox, Paul Deacon Johnson, Madison R. Strickland;

Gainesville: Yao Cui, Robert Thomas Daniel, Sierra Parker Greene, Anastasia Minaeva, Michelle Catherine Patton, Alison E. Sellers, Twyla C. Bryant, Angie Viridiana Quezada, Gay Anne Agnew, Maria Alejandra Eguiluz, Caroline Elizabeth Holcombe, Amber Ellen Price, Marjorie Uys, Nadia Abigail Tinoco, Samantha C. Threadgill, Amanda Rose Norton, Macy Pauline Dwyer, Morgan B. Dill, Carl James Brook, Dannin Alicia Duncan, Megan Alexis Carr, Ashley N. Franklin, Jennifer Lynne Wilson, Katie Blaine Smith, Kendyl Leighann Turk, Tatiana Valeria Madera, Peyton G. Owen;

Gillsville: Emily Hope Fauscett, Lindsey Nicole Wood, Tina Mechele Yonce, Alexis Gale Ryals;

Jefferson: Christan Marie Chapman;

Lula: Loren Kay Armour, Hannah Paige Garmon;
Murrayville: Rebecca Hope Presley;

Pendergrass: Allison Victoria Murphy;

Maysville: Ashley N. McCoy;

Murrayville: Kristan T. Ewing;

Oakwood: Brittany Lee Reed;

Sautee Nacoochee: Lindsey L. Wyszynski.


The following students have been named to the dean's list at Clemson University for the fall 2011 semester. To be named to the dean's list, a student must achieve a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.
Buford: Andrew John Cleveland;

Flowery Branch: Kevin Matthew Fitzgerald;

Gainesville: Raymond Thaddeus McCormack Jr., Stefan Michael Meagher;

Gillsville: Elizabeth L. Hood.

The following local students recently graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Braselton: Tiffany Eason, Patrick Gallogly, Nicole Sullivan;

Buford: Andrew Clack, Brian Davis, Ben Sirb, Ivan Tibavinsky;

Cleveland: Molly Capistrant, Chase Turner;

Flowery Branch: Colbi Bradley, Benjamin Hoover, Christopher Riddell, Bret Sanderson, Harmon Todd, Yaroslav Vasyliy;

Gainesville: Kelly Panter, Russell Martin;

Hoschton: Nathaniel Wilson;

Murrayville: Zachary Brewster;

Nicholson: Robert Butler, Daniel Wood;

Pendergrass: Benjamin Roller.


The following local students were named to the athletic director's academic honor roll for the fall 2011 semester at Piedmont College in Demorest. The honor was awarded to students who maintained at least a 3.4 overall GPA during the fall semester while competing in intercollegiate sports.
Buford: Chris Eaton, men's soccer, Hallye Jerkins, volleyball;

Flowery Branch: Jessica Hollis, volleyball;

Gainesville: Tracey Gardner, men's basketball, Josh Haymore, men's basketball, Lauren Hodges, tennis, Ethan Miers, baseball, Sada Wheeler, women's basketball and tennis;

Hoschton: Lauren Hamel, women's basketball;

Lula: Megan Zanone, women's cross country.


The following local students have been named to the dean's list at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., for the fall 2011 semester. 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. The dean's list is the highest academic recognition given by the school at the end of each semester.
Buford: Marissa N. Clark, Katie E. Hammond, Meghan L. McCollum;

Gainesville: Sarah M. Waller, Lindsay E. Brown, Emily E. Elder, Darby M. Jackson, Haley R. Panter, Mary London J. Carswell.


Paige Louise Atherton of Gainesville was named to the dean's list at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Students who achieved a 3.5 or better grade point average for first semester 2011-2012 have been named to the dean's list recognizing academic performance.

Sarah Loomis of Gainesville was named to the dean's list at Ithaca College in New York for the fall 2011 semester.

Hamilton Harper of Clermont was recently honored in the Excellence in Athletics Day at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. The event was held to honor student athletes who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Harper, a freshman, plays baseball.

Pearce Gruenenfelder of Hall County held a 4.0 GPA at University of Alabama Birmingham for the fall 2011 semester, putting him on the presidential honor roll.

Stephanie Pruitt Whitehead of Commerce was recently awarded with The Foothills of Georgia Society of Human Resources Management HR scholarship. Whitehead is a student at Brenau University in Gainesville.

Local students at Brenau University recently competed for a chance at a $3,000 scholarship in the Miss Brenau pageant.

Kasey Victoria Atkins of Jefferson was a finalist. She is majoring in dance studies and is a member of Delta Delta Delta.

Amy E. Walls of Braselton was the third runner-up. She is majoring in education and is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.


John Mather of Clarkesville, a horticulture student at North Georgia Technical College, has been named as the 2012 winner of the NGTC Foundation's Marlowe-Evans GOAL Scholarship. GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership), a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state's technical college students.
In order to qualify for consideration to be a GOAL nominee, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate exemplary work ethics.


Deena Looper of Clermont graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in accounting.

Leslie Moon of Gainesville was awarded the Chick-Fil-A National Leadership Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

Matthew Kiel of Gainesville was named to the dean's list for the fall quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

Hall County School District Health Occupation Students of America recently competed at Region 7 competitive events. These students have earned the right to compete at the 2012 State HOSA Conference March 1-3 in Athens.

HOSA is an organization for students interested in career fields related to medicine and health occupations.

First-place winners:
Merleann Manuel, Joe Tackett, Michael Heinz, Lucas Hernandez, Cassie Kornstadt, Lydia Skolrood, Morgan Millwood, Ana Mendoza, Morgan Rivett, Logan Herford, Alex Smith, Yennifer Clarin, Hanh Nguyen, Emily Grainger;

Second-place finishers:
Danielle Richey, Laykin Herford, Leah Granger, Mikayla Colson;

Third place:
Jasmin Gaudlock, Jon Jones, Rachael Reed, Rachael Gregory, Yesenia Gonzalez, Michael Nel;

Other students who placed:
Elisama Castaneda, Taylor Lewis, Destiny Wallace, Janet Aguilar, Junior Maruri, Meganne Jackson, Min Kim, Morgan Strickland, Anthony Aquino, Thu Bui, Abby Contreras, Becky Britt and Jennifer Dinh.