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Amazing Students

While academic work is the top priority for Phil Grayeski, a Goldwater Scholar and a senior in genetics and chemistry, he still finds time to help in the community and, whenever he can, hit the basketball court.

Kevin Brinson, a senior in management and international business, has received numerous honors and accolades, but his passion is to give back to others and help uplift communities.

With a passion for sports and a love for his family and friends, Cody Nichelson, a senior public relations major, has made the most of the many opportunities that UGA has provided him.

As a senior social work major, Madison Borst has worked with people who have experienced rough times, and she wants to help, empower and stand by them as they work their way through life.

Joseph Tripp, a master’s student in nonprofit organizations, is going beyond excellence in the classroom and leaving a lasting mark on the community through his volunteer activities.

Tiffany Chu is simultaneously working toward both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but the Arch Society member still finds the time to give back to the community.

Kassie Smith, who is earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics education simultaneously, not only has excelled in the classroom but has volunteered extensively and still managed to find time for one of her passions: Bulldog athletics.

Dayrin Mendez, a senior in biological engineering, has a “passion for helping those in need” and will use her UGA education as a springboard to obtain her medical degree.

Zachary Holmes, a senior majoring in ecology and biology, is already working in two research labs and is well on his way to his goal of solving global ecological problems.

From being a member of the Redcoat Marching Band to serving on University Council to immersing herself in research, Megan Gallagher, a senior in social work, says her time at UGA “has been an incredible experience in every way.”

Stephanie Aguilar, a master’s degree student in public administration, has taken advantage of the many opportunities UGA offers in her quest to pursue a career in higher education.

Joe Werner, a senior in landscape architecture and German, says UGA has given him the chance to prove himself as a student and designer, and provided him the confidence to achieve his goals and aspirations—and he will literally leave his…

Andrew Knoblich, a graduate student in professional counseling, is using his education and the resources available to him at UGA to make an impact on the community.

Tia Ayele, a Boren Scholar majoring in international affairs, has seen firsthand the economic woes facing parts of Africa and plans to dedicate her “life to public service as an agent for change.”

Michelle Borg, a doctoral student in the College of Pharmacy, has her sights set on fighting cancer, and she is taking that battle well beyond the classroom.

Shannon Parrish, a senior in agribusiness at the UGA Tifton campus, has taken advantage of the smaller campus size and is well prepared to begin her career in the agricultural profession.