Representatives of GGC student body highlighted at celebration

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GGC students hold signs spelling out 'We thank you!'
Dr. Stas Preczewski, GGC president, and several student representatives end the Founders Celebration with a final message of gratitude for the community and state leaders who were instrumental in making the college possible. Shown are Candice Coulter, Shay Bradley, Cedric Mukinay, Melly Hiciano, Katherine Copas, Aizaz Shaick, Kareem Adekunle, Jonathan Charles, Hannah Cooper, Seth Elam, Matias Hatem, Lorena Sanchez-Rubio and Santessa Young.

Several students were invited to represent the Georgia Gwinnett College student body at its Founders Celebration reception and dinner. They were featured in President Stas Preczewki’s comments and participated in the college’s final message of appreciation for all those present. Learn more about each of them below.

Kareem Adekunle

Kareem Adekunle

’16, business, is an international student from Nigeria. He was part of the first class of international students to enroll at GGC in 2012. He is president of the African Voice, works part-time in the Student Center and holds a marketing internship at Ricoh.

Shay Bradley

Shinieria “Shay” Bradley

’16, criminal justice, is a member of the Orientation Team, Criminal Justice Club, Four Pillar Society and Music Club. A native of Queens, N.Y., she is the oldest of eight children and an honor student. She also works as a student assistant in the Office of Development.

Jonathan Charles

Jonathan Charles

’17, business, is president of the Greenlight Activities Board, the Student Government Association’s director of Greenlight Relations and marketing consultant for Gwinnett’s Relay for Life. He is also a charter member of the Honors Program and a member of the Four Pillar Society.

Hannah Cooper

Hannah Cooper

’17, nursing, is a member of the GGC Honors Program, the Four Pillar Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Golden Key International Honour Society. The Gwinnett County native works at Walgreens as a pharmacy technician and wants to be an oncology nurse. She also volunteered at Emory Winship cancer institute and Piedmont hospital, and was a care group leader at North Metro First Baptist Church. She is the first generation of her family to go to college.

Katherine Copas

Lucy “Katherine” Copas

’16, information technology with a focus in digital media, plans to work in computer programming and human computer interaction design after graduating. She has been offered the opportunity to pursue her MD and PhD at Florida State University. She is a member of Four Pillar Society, Women in IT (WIT), the Association of Technology Professionals (AITP) and the Technology Ambassador’s Program (TAP) at GGC. She also volunteers her time as a mentor for middle and high school girls through GGC’s Super Saturday Series.

Candice Coulter

Candice Coulter

Class of ’15, was an active GGC student leader who once considered dropping out of college before one of her professors encouraged her. She served in the Student Government Association and has been accepted into the Peace Corps. She plans to go to graduate school and pursue a career in medical research. The first member of her family to graduate from college, she inspired six other family members to go to college and to choose GGC.

Seth Elam

Seth Elam

’17, nursing, is a non-traditional student who worked in the renewable energy sector before pursuing his passion in GGC’s nursing program. He is an avid diver and served in the U.S. Navy. He once saved someone’s life when they suffered paralysis after being struck by a stingray barb. He is a member of the Four Pillar Society, loves to cook and play sports and volunteers regularly in the community.

Matias Hatem

Matias Hatem

’16, business, is a native of Argentina and and member of GGC’s men’s tennis team. He was the first scholar athlete to join our tennis team, which defied the odds and won, along with our women’s team, the national NAIA championship during its first year of post-season eligibility in 2014 and followed that up with an unprecedented second consecutive national NAIA championship in 2015.

Melly Hiciano

Melissa “Melly” Hiciano

’17, political science major, is a member of the Integrity Board and Four Pillar Society. A native of Yonkers, N.Y., she is interested in being a Peace Corps volunteer and pursuing a career as a diplomat or in intelligence analysis. She is a volunteer tutor for underprivileged children through a local church.

Cedrick Mukinay

Cedrick Mukinay

’17, biology, plans to go to medical school and study infectious disease. A native of the Republic of the Congo, he is a recipient of the Elridge W. McMillan Regents Scholarship.

Lorena Sanchez Rubio

Lorena Sanchez-Rubio

’18, business, is of Mexican/Salvadoran descent and the first generation of her family to go to college. She is a member of the Honors Program, the Community Affairs Committee of the Latino College Leadership Alliance, the Four Pillar Society, the Organization for Latin American Students and the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success. In addition to her studies, she works for her family’s painting business.

Aizaz Shaick

Aizaz Shaick

’17, business, is active through Relay for Life, Student Government Association, Student Integrity Board, Golden Key International Honour Society and National Society of Leadership and Success and as chair of the Greenlight Activities Board. He also volunteers with the Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol and plans to serve our nation as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force.

Santessa Young

Santessa Young

’17, political science, is the first generation of her family to go to college. The Atlanta native plans to go to law school and was accepted into the 2015 Law School Admission Council’s DiscoverLaw.org summer PLUS Program at the University of Arkansas. She is a member of the Four Pillar Society and serves as secretary of the Law Society. She works as a student assistant in the Office of Development. She enjoys volunteer work and event planning and plans to become a civil rights attorney.

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