GPC Alpharetta Center student named Regents’ Outstanding Scholar

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Georgia Perimeter College Alpharetta Center student Julian Traas has been named the 2012 Regents’ Outstanding Scholar from GPC.

“Julian arrived at the Alpharetta Center almost two years ago and has been an active, successful participant in academic and student services from day one,” said Frank Nash, dean of student services, Alpharetta Center. “He is passionate about life and education. He embodies the very best values, and his commitment to serve others is something that fills his life now and will continue through his successful days ahead. We are all enriched by his vigor to learn and contribute to the world around him and we are honored to see him selected as the Regents’ Outstanding Scholar.”

Each year the University System of Georgia asks its 35 member colleges and universities to name one outstanding student to represent that institution as a Board of Regents’ Outstanding Scholar.

Honors coordinators and administrators from each GPC campus and center review a list of finalists and then select one person to present to the BOR. As GPC’s Outstanding Scholar Traas will receive a copy of a Georgia Senate resolution in his honor, a letter from USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby and a letter from GPC President Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli.

“On behalf of Georgia Perimeter College, I applaud your commitment to excellence,” Tricoli said. “Being selected as the Regents’ Outstanding Scholar indicates that you are the example other students will want to follow.”

Trass, who is fluent in French and Dutch, will complete an associate degree in English this summer and currently has a 4.0 GPA. He entered Georgia Perimeter after earning a GED.

“I grew up in the Netherlands, France and Hong Kong, and I was also homeschooled for a time, so when I made it to the United States, I didn’t have anything that translated into a U.S. high school diploma,” Traas said. “There were so many different standards from the different places I’ve lived.”

Traas quickly got involved in activities on campus, serving as secretary of the Alpharetta Student Government Association and president of the Poetry and Performance Club at Dunwoody. Traas was an editor of the Collegian, GPC’s student newspaper.

He has self-published two books, “The Rebirth of Rhin” in 2009 and “Ligeia/Bryndt” in 2011.

Traas will attend UGA in the fall and plans a career as an English professor.

“When I started at GPC my goal was to do well, to succeed and work as hard as I could,” Traas said. “Winning this award is a pretty huge validation that my dedication was recognized and it’s very humbling. I’m truly honored.”

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