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Students shine on campus, at regional and national events

Monday, April 23, 2007 – Ann Claycombe

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College of Arts and Sciences students have distinguished themselves in national, regional and local competitions this spring – including a Georgia State debate duo that finished the year ranked 26th in the nation.

Joel Lemuel and Chris Pozzi earned that ranking from their performance in a year’s worth of debates, The pair also recently distinguished themselves in national competition, tying for ninth at the Cross Examination Debate Association national championships. Lemuel is by far the highest-ranked African-American debater in the country.

Georgia State continues to be a national leader in bringing diversity to the debate community,” said Joe Bellon, director of the debate program.

Georgia State students also excelled at the National Model United Nations conference, winning the Outstanding Delegation Award. The group, which represented Nigeria, was one of five to win the award out of 270 member delegations. And six delegates from Georgia State won individual Outstanding Delegate awards: Adam Garvey, Charles Keller, Bhavi Patel, Keta Patel, Christine Simpson and Carrie Starnes.

A Georgia State group also won an Outstanding Delegation Award at the Southeast Regional Model Arab League, where they represented Syria. It was the fifth year in a row that the Georgia State team earned the honor. Also, six members of the team were recognized as Outstanding Delegates: Laura Halig, Hayat Jomaa, Mira Jabr, Emily Acton, Ashley Gholamhosseini and Lee Boswell.

History majors also made a strong showing at the Georgia Undergraduate History Conference, held at the University of Georgia. The conference accepted papers by eight Georgia State students: Brenton Anderson, Kelly Whitfield, Kathryn Hudson, Amanda Keith, John Michael Duncan, Michael Holliday, Gerald Allen and Zaynab A. Abdul-Razacq.

Abdul-Razacq also took home the top prize for oral presentations at the first annual Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference, for her paper titled “Every Day is Ashura, Every Place is Karbala: The Politics of Commemoration in Shi’a Islam.” Students from the Arts and Sciences Honors Program presented 21 of the 57 projects that were on display at the conference.

“I thought the first Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference was an excellent beginning to a platform for Georgia State University Students to show their work to their peers,” said Honors Program student Brian Basden. “Also, it will be useful to prepare students to present at other conferences.”