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Josh Zaffos

Josh Zaffos

Josh Zaffos wants to be a doctor, and his job is giving him a taste of his future. During spring break last year, he worked with the Georgia Eye Bank in Atlanta, and he became fascinated with exactly how valuable the human eye is and how precious vision can be. He learned about corneal transplantation and became qualified to perform enucleations (eye removals) and corneal excisions under state and federal laws and Eye Bank guidelines. Since March of 2005, he…

Ali Lauren Spizman

Ali Spizman

Dedicated to making a difference, Ali Spizman is a national volunteer teen ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. Since she was young, Spizman’s goal has been to spread kindness and make a difference while encouraging others to do the same. She has performed workshops for the Girl Scouts and is the award-winning author of The Thank You Book for Kids. Spizman has been featured by Time Magazine for Kids, Southern Living, CNN, Good Day Atlanta, Newsday Charlotte Observer, Boston…

Niaz Bakhtyar

Niaz Bakhtyar

It wasn’t so much that senior Niaz Bakhtyar found food science. It was more like food science found him. Bakhtyar was talking with food science professor Robert Shewfelt at a coffee shop near his home and after a short conversation, he decided this would be his future. A student of Afghan heritage, Bakhtyar has studied abroad in Morocco and Cortona. He also did an internship in Udine, Italy, where he studied the science of winemaking and studied the acid and…

Meg Shepard

Meg Shepard

Graduate student Meg Shepard has found her niche. She finished her bachelor’s degree at the Terry College of Business, and decided to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. She became involved with the Peer Financial Counseling program, a UGA organization that provides education to help students become more knowledgeable about topics like budgeting, credit, debt, student loans, credit reports and investing. Last year, the organization gave 38 presentations to 2,384…

Courtney Garmhaus

Courtney Garmhaus

Whether studying for classes at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, volunteering with a civic or community organization, interning to gain experience in her chosen profession of public relations or working at one of her many jobs to pay for her education, Courtney Garmhaus gives 100 percent of herself 100 percent of the time.

Savannah K. Smith

Savannah Smith

Savannah Smith is in control of the wheel, driving on a very successful collegiate journey at UGA. Hailing from Arlington, Ga. this Honors student is intent on working hard in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences to prepare for her chosen profession of interior design. And what’s her favorite activity on campus? Her job driving a UGA bus for campus transit!