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The following area students were named to the President's List or Dean's List at Kennesaw State University for the spring 2020 semester. President's List honorees earned a grade-point average of 4.0 while those on the Dean's List had a GPA of at least 3.5.


•Emily Donnelly of Hoschton

•Kiarra Haley of Winder

•Alexandra May of Hoschton

•Julia Wesley of Hoschton

•Dorothy Creamer of Hoschton

•Jennifer Kaminski of Winder

•Faith Najfus of Auburn

•Nicole Young of Bethlehem

•Joel Bell of Braselton

•Justin Masters of Auburn

•James Phillips of Bethlehem

•Jacob Poole of Hoschton

•Kyle Cangelosi of Hoschton

•Alexander Beasley of Auburn

•Kelsey Brooks of Hoschton

•Lawrence Cangelosi of Hoschton

•Brooke Clune of Hoschton

•Lacey Harper of Auburn

•Kaitlyn Howell of Hoschton

•Gracie Kenerly of Hoschton

•Alexa Royal of Winder

•Eddison Verrett of Auburn

•Mollie Wilson of Winder

•Brittany Fournier of Winder

•Zalandria Hill of Bethlehem

•Chloe Roebuck of Hoschton

•Michael Schlenk of Auburn

•Avery Johnson of Hoschton

•Brianna Rac of Hoschton

•Nora Argueta of Auburn

•Elizabeth Brumley of Braselton

•Isabella Giordano of Hoschton

•Kayci St Clair of Winder

•Bradley Pendley of Winder.


•Ashley Glover of Hoschton

•Nakia Abdul of Bethlehem

•Caroline Anthony of Hoschton

•Nathan Blahnik of Hoschton

•Kaleigh Davidson of Hoschton

•Mark Hernandez of Hoschton

•Alexis Mai of Auburn

•Fernanda Moura of Auburn

•Morgan Pyle of Hoschton

•Andrew Reichart of Hoschton

•Chandler Saine of Hoschton

•Tyler Stoney of Winder

•Marlaysia Tucker of Auburn

•Conner Woodham of Hoschton

•Kelvin Pesina of Auburn

•Tommy Chang of Hoschton

•Nicholas Holmes of Hoschton

•Ryan LeBlanc of Auburn

•Matthew Parker of Statham

•Brenden Riser of Braselton

•Noah Trinite of Winder

•Conor Blankenship of Bethlehem

•Matthew Calfee of Bethlehem

•Marco Cando of Auburn

•Mauricio Castro of Hoschton

•Jesse Davis of Hoschton

•Jacob Doster of Hoschton

•Donald Kary of Winder

•Steve Marin of Braselton

•Alan Ramirez Moreno of Winder

•Bradley Shaw of Hoschton

•Isiah Vang of Statham

•Sebastian Vazquez of Hoschton

•Chelsey Abel of Auburn

•Jessica Bowler of Braselton

•Baleigh Crook of Bethlehem

•Reese Pittman of Winder

•Connor Reynolds of Braselton

•Madelyn Souther of Auburn

•Olivia Spurlock of Auburn

•Dana Bowen of Winder

•Kayla Brown of Bethlehem

•Sabrina Escobar of Hoschton

•Ralston Fitler of Braselton

•Shelbie Hill of Braselton

•Jillian McCrory of Hoschton

•Chandler Moore of Braselton

•Angie Morales of Auburn

•Madeline Rooks of Hoschton

•Seth Walton of Auburn

•Gia Wilson of Braselton

•Caprice Price of Auburn

•Caryn Achaibar of Hoschton

•Ethan Byrd of Hoschton

•Jamilet Coreas of Bethlehem

•Ansley Favara of Hoschton

•Christian Kilgore of Statham

•Trinity Wharton of Winder

•Alexandra Williamson of Hoschton

•Yasmen Barnett of Winder

•Lauren Hahn of Hoschton.



The following area students were named to the Dean’s List at Valdosta State University for the spring 2020 semester after earning a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher:

•Kadaja Kirkland of Statham

•Lindsey Pearce of Braselton

•Taylor Beshers of Braselton

•Deonna Price of Winder

•Paige Taylor of Auburn

•Kassie Wilson of Auburn

•Amanda Stanley of Bethlehem

•Khamil Canty of Braselton

•Tonya Beck of Auburn

•Lauren Burkhalter of Hoschton

•William Griffin of Winder

•Shaquaria Thurmond of Winder

•Rebekah Trammell of Winder

•Raegan Rhoden of Braselton.


The following area students recently graduated from Mercer University:

•Michael Adeola of Auburn, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Science

•Khadija Omer of Auburn, College of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

•Ethan Stokes of Auburn, School of Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering


•Justin Youngblood of Statham graduated from Iowa State University with a Master of Science in Agricultural Education.

•Latrice Perkins of Winder was named to the President's List at the College of Charleston, an honor given to students who achieve a GPA of at least 3.8 for the semester. 

•Destiny Gibbs of Winder was named to the Dean’s List at Lincoln Memorial University.

•Sarah C. Rowell of Winder and Hannah P. Ferguson of Hoschton made the Dean's List at Clemson University, earning a GPA of between 3.5-3.99. Davis Joiner Ward of Braselton made the President's List, compiling a 4.0 GPA. 

•Azalia Martinez Gonzalez of Winder made the Dean's List at Eastern Connecticut State University, earning a GPA of 3.5 or higher. 

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Barrow recently hosted 10 class of 2020 high school graduates whose parents work at the hospital over to the hospital for a recognition from hospital president Chad Hatfield. All those present were recognized with the unveiling of a banner, which was set to be displayed for a week in front of the hospital. The graduates and their parents were also treated with cake, snacks and a gift bag to convey best wishes from all of the work family.

UNG Enactus team takes third in national competition

The University of North Georgia's (UNG) Enactus team earned third place in the Unilever Bright Futures Project Accelerator competition at the national Enactus conference, which was held virtually. Enactus is an entrepreneurial and service club for college students.

Benjamin Spellman, of Braselton, was part of UNG's Enactus team that earned the recognition.

UNG's Enactus students participated in a variety of sustainability projects during the past year that led to the honor. With the initial $1,500 accelerator grant from Unilever, the UNG Enactus group purchased two recycling centers for the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK) museum in Gainesville. It also set up a passive irrigation system with recycled bottles at INK.

Enactus students then learned how to make reusable bags out of old T-shirts and jewelry out of recycled products, with the intent to share those lessons in the Hall County School District. UNG's Enactus also aims to help increase recycling in Hall schools.

The top-three finish earned UNG's Enactus group a $3,000 prize to further its efforts. The Sustainability Club and Students for Environmental Awareness have both committed to assist Enactus.

Katie Simmons, associate dean for undergraduate programs for the Mike Cottrell College of Business, serves as faculty adviser for Enactus.

About the papers

The five MainStreet Newspapers publications — The Madison County Journal, The Jackson Herald, The Braselton News, The Barrow News-Journal and The Banks County News — are printed and delivered once a week.

•About delivery: The newspapers are delivered to the post office and, from there, to subscribers’ post office boxes or home mailboxes. The newspapers do not have “paper boxes” at people’s homes and are not delivered by carriers. However, the papers are delivered to newspaper vending machines in various locations across Madison, Jackson, Barrow and Banks counties.

•About subscriptions: Subscribers are sent a renewal notice before their subscription runs out. A quick way to check to see when a subscription ends is to look for the expiration date on the mailing label.

For more information on the above items, or for other details about the newspapers, call The Madison County Journal at 800-795-2581; The Jackson Herald at 706-367-5233; The Braselton News at 706-367-5233; The Banks County News at 706-612-5327; or The Barrow News-Journal at 770-867-6397.

Georgia Legal Services Program offered

Free legal services are available to low-income clients. Services are based on case type and financial eligibility. The Georgia Legal Services Program does not handle criminal cases. For an appointment, call 1-800-745-5717 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Monday through Friday.