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Senior Josy Roman and Dr. Eric McDowell have once again struck gold with a video collaboration, winning a second-place national award in the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts for The Calculus Priority Dispute. This is the second consecutive year that McDowell and Roman have placed second in the “Two-Year/Small College Video Production” category. This time they were joined by senior Michael Baldvins, who assisted Roman in producing and creating the animation. Both students work for Viking Fusion, a co-curricular multimedia website based in and managed by the communication department.

In other recent news, the Berry College Forensics Union continued its dominance of the Georgia Intercollegiate Forensic Association, winning nine of 11 events en route to its 20th consecutive state tournament championship. Highlights included the 1-2 finish of junior Nicole Wilson and freshman Logan Ramsey in persuasive speaking. Their reward is a trip to James Madison University in April as Georgia’s representatives in the 145th Interstate Oratory Contest.

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Naing OoAs a graduating senior, Naing Oo (13C) was profiled by CNN.com and featured in Berry magazine as one of seven former refugees who found success as Berry students. Today, he is putting his education to work and indulging his passion for global affairs through service in the Peace Corps. The international studies major and public relations minor is currently stationed in the western African nation of Burkina Faso, working in the community economic development sector.

A native of Burma and a charter recipient of the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship, Oo’s unique perspective and natural leadership abilities served him well as a Berry College presidential ambassador and resident assistant in Dana Hall. He credits Berry’s unique mission of educating the head, heart and hands for properly preparing him for his new international journey. His jobs at Berry helped refine his interpersonal communication skills.

“I am representing the United States to the locals in my village, just like I was representing Berry College as a presidential ambassador,” he said. “When the locals see me, they see all of America through and in me. I am so thankful for my experience at Berry for preparing me for this monumental milestone in my career.”

When Oo completes his Peace Corps training, he will be sent to a village called Gabou in the south Sahara. He plans to work with villagers by applying practical public relations and marketing strategies in hopes of increasing sales of the village’s cattle.

Story by Public Relations Student Supervisor Hayden Sloan.

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Ryan Boyle

Berry student Ryan Boyle shows off his cycling prowess for CNN. Photo by student Blake Childers.

Ryan Boyle dreams of representing the United States as a cyclist at the 2016 Paralympic Games. Earlier this month, he took a big step toward achieving that goal by earning a spot on the U.S. national developmental team. The Berry sophomore is one of 17 riders chosen for the national developmental team and 36 overall who will represent Team USA during the coming year. This is the latest chapter in an amazing comeback story for Boyle, who was struck and nearly killed by a pickup truck at the age of 9. In the aftermath, he had to relearn how to breathe, swallow, talk, eat, stand, sit and walk. His inspirational journey has been chronicled by CNN and in Boyle’s own book, When The Lights Go Out: A Boy Given a Second Chance.

 

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The Berry College Forensics Union has an impressive legacy of success at the state and national level, but senior Kim Treese (pictured) pushed the bar even higher in March by winning two events at the International Forensic Association Championship Tournament in Antwerp, Belgium. Treese, who journeyed to Belgium in the midst of her study-abroad experience in Spain, placed first in communication analysis and also won the “Tour of Antwerp” experimental event judged by the mayor of the host city. Read more.

Closer to home, Berry speakers shined in the 31st annual Novice National Forensic Tournament, finishing fifth overall in a field of 24 colleges and universities. Highlights for the host team included a 1-2 finish in readers’ theater and a runner-up showing in after-dinner speaking.

Other impressive achievements by Berry students this semester include a pair of Position Paper Awards at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City, as well as a second-place finish among a number of much larger universities at the American Society of Animal Science Southern Section Academic Quadrathlon.

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