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Alumni Outcomes


Garrett Blake, 19, of Roswell, Georgia, will attend Duke University to pursue a master’s degree in environmental management.

Caroline Cox, ’19, of Richmond Hill, Georgia, is majoring in environmental science. After graduation, she will work with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Stream Survey Team. The Stream Survey Team is a small group of technicians, biologists and seasonal workers who monitor the health of Georgia's wadeable streams by surveying fish communities.

Sam Flagg, ’19, of Atlanta, Georgia, is majoring in biology. He will attend Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Auburn, Alabama in the fall. Sam is interested in studying many different types of medicine, and he hopes to move back to the Young Harris area after getting his doctorate degree.

Bakari Garvin, ’19, of College Park, Georgia, is a theatre major. He will attend the University of Florida to pursue a graduate degree in acting.

Alexis Hooper, 19, of Athens, Georgia, is a communication studies major. After graduation, she plans to move to Atlanta to work for Voya Financial.

Alejandro Lemus-Gomez, ’19, of Young Harris, Georgia, majored in English. He received the Davies-Jackson Scholarship to study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge in England. There have only been 28 recipients of this scholarship between 1990-2018. Lemus-Gomez is the first student from YHC to earn the scholarship and only the third from a college in Georgia.

Kristan Lizardi, ’19, of Dacula, Georgia, is majoring in interdisciplinary studies. After graduation, she will begin a position as a freelance graphic designer for CNN HLN. 

Maddie Peek, ’19, of Dacula, Georgia, is majoring in outdoor leadership. After graduation, she will pursue a master’s degree in non-profit leadership and management at the University of Georgia in the School of Social Work.

Whitney West, 19, of Toccoa, Georgia, is an English major. She will attend the University of Georgia's English education program. 


Briana Bell, ’18, of Atlanta, Georgia, majored in business and public policy. After graduation, she interned with the Council of State Governments in Washington, D.C. She was accepted into the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and began her Emerging Leaders fellowship on Capitol Hill in January 2019.

Lauren James, ’18, of Griffin, Georgia, majored in interdisciplinary studies. After graduation, she began studying at Mercer University's School of Law and is in the process of earning her juris doctorate degree.

Diana Lane, ’18, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, majored in childhood education. After graduation, she traveled to six countries and is now teaching kindergarten in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Elizabeth Lowe, ’18, of Atlanta, Georgia, majored in biology. After graduation, she began an apprenticeship as a penguin trainer at the Georgia Aquarium. She has been accepted into multiple veterinary graduate programs, and after choosing which one she wants to attend, she will begin in the fall.

Hudson Mitchell, ’18, of Gainesville, Georgia, majored in communication studies. After graduation, she started working with Brenau University as a freshman admissions specialist. She helps recruit students from all over the world in the fall, and she is a counselor for students in her territory during the spring.


Sheldon Clark, ’17, of Norcross, Georgia, majored in interdisciplinary studies. After graduation, she moved to Costa Rica for a year to teach at a bilingual school. She has now returned to the United States to teach first grade at Resurgence Hall Charter School in Atlanta.

Anderson Moss, ’17, of Warner Robins, Georgia, majored in religious studies and history. After graduation, he pursued a master's degree in religion at the University of Georgia. He's been accepted to the University of Virginia to pursue a doctorate in religion. 


Leah Cheshier, ’16, of Bremen, Georgia, majored in media communication. In Fall 2015, she interned with NASA at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. There, she was the social media representative for the Georgia Space Grant Consortium, a branch of NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Now, she remains at the NASA JSC as the social media manager.

Kayla Rodriguez, ’16, of Tampa, Florida, majored in biology. After graduation, she worked as a veterinary technician to save up to apply for veterinary programs. In May 2019, she begins a veterinary prep internship and will attend veterinary school starting in Fall 2019.


Hunter Good, ’15, of Sharpsburg, Georgia, majored in outdoor leadership. After graduation, he moved to Saguache, Colorado, to serve as an AmeriCorps member in a rural and underprivileged school district, which inspired him to get a master’s degree in education.