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Kera Perello

Kera Perello

Kera Perello shows many positive qualities, professionally and personally. She is an excellent full-time student, who has made Dean’s List numerous times and has been awarded four scholarships to attend a year-long study abroad program in Japan. She studies Chinese, Japanese and Korean language, has two part-time jobs on campus and one off campus. Although she has numerous accomplishments, her friends usually find out about them in “oh, by the way…” conversations. She has done Karate Club demonstrations across campus…

Kramer Johnson

Kramer Johnson

Senior Kramer Johnson helps others. He started a 5K that raised $3500 to help pay medical bills for a young man with a brain tumor whose family had no insurance. He is active in FIJI (Phi Gamma Delta) fraternity, and he started a pledgeship service program with a goal of serving more than 300 hours in the Athens Community. He began a program where his fraternity served dinner at the Athens Area Homeless Shelter once a month, and he led…

Abby Blaylock

Abigail Blaylock

A fourth-generation Bulldog, Abby Blaylock stays busy. In 2006, she became involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Georgia Chapter and served as the community walk coordinator for the Athens walk, organizing the first walk in Athens in seven years and raising $20,000 with 150 walkers. In 2007, she served as the community walk coordinator again and organized 300 participants to raise more than $35,000. She has received the Public Relations Student Society of America/Jackson Spalding Outstanding Senior Member Award…

Brad Brizendine

Brad Brizendine

Senior Brad Brizendine knows that windows often open when doors close. As a walk-on player to the UGA men’s basketball team, he became super-efficient at managing his time. Then, when he was cut from the team the next year, he started looking for something to do with himself. That’s when he and a friend decided to tackle issues of poverty and homelessness in Atlanta and Athens. Brizendine started a nonprofit organization called Athens PBJs. He has raised more than $10,000…

Jessica Nicole Van Parys

Jessica Van Parys

Jessica Nicole Van Parys feels fortunate for her experiences at UGA. She recently completed a study with Terry College of Business professors Chris Cornwell and David Mustard showing that the written portion of the redesigned SAT can be used to predict academic success in college better than other parts of the test. She was the recipient of the Graduate School’s Hamilton-Lokey Fellowship, a finalist for the 2008 Marshall Scholarship, recipient of the Honors International Scholarship to study abroad with the…

Susan Guo

Susan Guo

Senior Susan Guo has found numerous opportunities at UGA. She is in J.M. Tull School of Accounting’s five-year M.Acc., which allows her to finish her B.B.A. in accounting and simultaneously work on her Master of Accountancy. Through the Leonard Leadership Scholars Program, Susan is working with five fellow Leonard Scholars in providing business consulting services to the East Athens Development Corporation.  She received a $5,000 Financial Services Roundtable Scholarship in Honor of James H. Blanchard for the 2008-2009 year. The…