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Published 9:50am Thursday, July 11, 2013

County students graduate from Huntingdon College
Several Elmore County students completed their Bachelor of Arts degrees at Huntingdon College in May. The following students collected their diplomas during annual commencement exercises:
Justin Martez Brown, the son of Jerilyn Brown of Eclectic and Alvin Wallace of Montgomery, graduated with a degree in business administration. He was a 2008 graduate of Elmore County High School. Brown was a four-year member of the Huntingdon Hawks football team, playing at the strong safety position. He was named NCAA-Division III Player of the Week by twice during his playing career, and was named to the NCAA-Division III First Team for defense in 2012. Brown was a member of the Business Club. He is employed with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Montgomery.
Rhett Sim Butler, the son of Katherine and Sim Butler of Eclectic, completed his degree magna cum laude with a major in religion. Butler was a 2009 graduate of Elmore County High School. Active in campus life, he served as a resident assistant, a chaplain and founding brother of Sigma Nu fraternity, and a worship leader for Campus Ministries. He performed as part of the Old Timey Music Society for three years and with the Miss Huntingdon Pageant band for three years. His academic achievement earned recognition on the Dean’s List of High Honors, and he was inducted into the honor societies Alpha Beta (senior scholarship), Gamma Sigma Alpha (Greek leadership), and Theta Alpha Kappa (religion). He is listed in the 2013 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Following graduation, he traveled and studied in Scotland through the College’s Huntingdon Plan. Butler interned in youth ministry with Saint James United Methodist Church, Montg omery. He has accepted an offer of admission to the Master of Divinity program at Duke University’s Divinity School.
Willie Charles McDowell V is the son of Debra Benson and Willie McDowell of Wetumpka and a 2007 graduate of Elmore County High School. McDowell completed his degree with a major in Sport Studies and a concentration in Sport Management. He played at the wide receiver position for Huntingdon Hawks football for three years and at the forward position for the Huntingdon Hawks basketball team for one year.
Matthew Christopher McGee graduated with a major in biology. He transferred to Huntingdon from the University of North Alabama, where he was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta. At Huntingdon he was inducted into the honor societies Beta Beta Beta (biology) and Sigma Tau Delta (English). McGee, who worked as a library aide in Huntingdon’s Houghton Memorial Library, was honored with the 2013 Libris Award for his service. McGee played football for the Huntingdon Hawks for two years. In May 2013 he traveled and studied in Scotland through the Huntingdon Plan. McGee, the son of Doris McGee of Millbrook, is seeking an internship in the writing and film industries.
Lauren Elizabeth Adam graduated with a major in religion. She was honored with the 2013 Lessie Mae Hall Stone Religion and Philosophy Award.
Lauren J. Miller, the daughter of Jill and Steven Miller of Wetumpka, completed her degree cum laude with a major in accounting. Miller served as president of Chi Omega women’s fraternity, treasurer of the Collegiate Exchange Club, vice president of the Accounting Club, class treasurer and vice president for the Student Government Association, vice president for finance of the Panhellenic Association, an Orientation Leader, a Huntingdon Ambassador, and a member of Freshman Forum and the Running Club. Her academic achievement was recognized on the Dean’s List of High Honors and the Dean’s List of Honors, and she was inducted into the honor societies Sigma Sigma Sigma (scholarship, spirit, service), Gamma Sigma Alpha (Greek leadership), Order of Omega (Greek scholarship), and Alpha Beta (senior scholarship). She is profiled in the 2013 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Miller interned with Holt, McDuffee and Ramsee, LLC, earlier this year. Through the Huntingdon Plan, she traveled and studied in Germany in May. Miller is a 2009 graduate of Yokota High School in Tokyo, Japan. She has accepted an offer of admission to the juris doctorate program at Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, where she will begin classes this fall.
Larry Matthew Pritchett, the son of Leslee and John Pritchett of Wetumpka, graduated cum laude with majors in accounting and business administration and an endorsement in economics and finance. He was a 2009 graduate of Holtville High School. Pritchett served as president and treasurer for the Accounting Club and as a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. He was inducted into Sigma Beta Delta national honorary for business. He played four years of varsity intercollegiate tennis for the Huntingdon Hawks, serving as captain of the team. Pritchett completed accounting internships with SaveFirst Alabama and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. In May he traveled and studied in Germany with classmates and faculty through the Huntingdon Plan. He plans for graduate study in accounting.
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Skinner receives degree from AU
Zach Skinner of Wetumpka recently graduated summa cum laude in Civil Engineering from Auburn University. He will pursue his Master’s Degree at Auburn in Geotechnical Engineering. Zach is a 2008 graduate of Edgewood Academy and the son of James and Gale Skinner.
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Nixon, Withers graduate from Georgia Tech
Wetumpka residents Mason Nixon and Sean Withers graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology during commencement exercises in May.
Nixon received a BS in Industrial Design and Withers received a BS in Polymer and Fiber Engineering.
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Sellers receives degree from SMU
Douglas Sellers of Eclectic received a Bachelor of Arts in history during the May 2013 SMU Commencement ceremony. Following the University-wide commencement, SMU’s schools and departments held individual receptions throughout the day to honor graduates.
SMU is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago.

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