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descenza, mary

Mary DeScenza

If there’s one thing Mary DeScenza can do, it is swim. In 2003, she was the NCAA champion in the 200 yard butterfly and she earned seven All-American certificates at the championships, the maximum possible. This year, she contributed to her team’s national championship and recently qualified to swim in this summer’s world championships in seven events. Next month, she will swim in the 100-meter freestyle, the 50-, 100- and 200-meter butterfly events, the U.S. medley relay, the 400 freestyle…

Davis, Jim

Jimmy Davis

Doctoral student Jimmy Davis has worked to make UGA a better place for minority students. He wrote and received a grant from the American Psychological Association in the summer of 2003 to help develop a mentoring program for minority undergraduate psychology majors at UGA and has worked as an instructor/tutor for UGA’s Upward Bound Program. He is president of the minority graduate student program at UGA and has taught SAT prep sessions for high school students at both Clarke Central…

Rakesh Parekh

Rakesh Parekh

Law student Rakesh Parekh has lived his whole life in the United States. Last year when he was awarded a fellowship that took him to India, he learned a lot about being a foreigner. As a legal intern for the South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre, he wrote a chapter for an Indian criminal procedure manual to be distributed to rural attorneys and activists who did not have access to traditional law libraries. He also did research about people who…

McMahan, Amanda

Amanda McMahan

Amanda McMahan plans to be a residential architect when she finishes her studies. After she graduates from UGA in 2006, she wants to get a master’s degree in architecture. In the meantime, she has been studying engineering and has been inducted into two honor societies. In between her studies, she still makes time to help out children and animals. She volunteers weekly tutoring Hispanic elementary school students and occasionally at the Athens Area Humane Society. She works at CertainTeed (Insulation…

Bellamy, Lauren

Lauren Bellamy

Lauren Bellamy knew she wanted to go to law school after she graduated from UGA in 2004. Of all the law schools she could have chosen, her first pick was at her alma mater, UGA. She has not wasted time getting involved despite her rigorous academic schedule. She is a member of the Honor Court Investigator’s Committee and the Black Law Students Association. When she was an undergraduate, she served on numerous committees including the Georgia Recruitment Team, the Leadershape…

Aifah, Angela

Angela Aifah

For senior Angela Aifah, UGA was not her first choice. Her parents picked the university for her because her brother had attended, but now she holds a fondness for her experience here. In her time at the university, she has become a leader in the Model United Nations program and the Model African Union program. She has been a member of the UGA Black Affairs Council since she was a freshman, and she worked as an intern for District Attorney…