Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia bestowed First Honor Graduate distinctions on 16 students at the May 8 Commencement ceremonies.
UGA began recognizing First Honor Graduates in 1978 instead of designating a graduating senior as valedictorian. The university bestows the honor on students who maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout their undergraduate studies.
At this year’s commencement, students graduated summa cum laude and ranked in the top 1 percent of their 4,000-member graduating class.
The honorees, their majors, parents and hometowns are listed below with a URL for photo download.
Ashley Claire Bozarth, anthropology and French, William and Judith Bozarth, Atlanta
Carol Ann Cobb, early childhood education, Jasper G. Woodroof III, Griffin
Jessica Kiyoko Crabbe, biology and psychology, Charles and Beverly Crabbe, Kennesaw
Kelly Noel Galloway, English and Latin, James and Renee Galloway, Valdosta
Rebecca Lynn Gay, early childhood education, James and Judy Gay, Twin City
Chelsea Marie Jones, biochemistry and molecular biology, George and Judy Jones, Dahlonega
Samuel Harrison Kirk, accounting, Randolph and Debra Kirk, Roswell.
Sarah Adalene Lowman, history and Spanish, Karen Lowman, Lilburn
David Jordan Malison, economics, biochemistry and molecular biology, Allyn Nakashima, Atlanta
Katherine Anne Morgan, biology and genetics, Christopher and Laurie Morgan, Carrollton
Michael Mehran Naghshineh, finance, Sina and Patricia Naghshineh, Marietta
Melanie Ann Phelps, finance and real estate, James and Debra Phelps, Marietta
Lisa Renee Pizarek, early childhood education, Lawrence and Patricia Pizarek, Watkinsville
Yashesh Ilesh Shah, economics, Ilesh and Ragini Shah, Hogansville
Spencer Patrick Speagle, psychology, Patrick and Jennifer Speagle, Lawrenceville
Carrie Frances Stryszko, social studies education, Donald and Brenda Stryszko, Snellville