Jennifer Harris, a Wake Forest University junior, was one of 20 students named to USA Today’s 14th All-USA College Academic Second Team, which honors students for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership.
Rosita Najmi, also a Wake Forest junior, earned an honorable mention.
Harris and Najmi were the only two students from a North Carolina college or university to be recognized.
The winners were announced in the Feb. 13 issue of USA Today.
First, second and third teams (each with 20 winners) were selected by a panel of judges from nearly 500 students nominated by colleges and universities nationwide. Outstanding individual scholarship or intellectual achievement, and leadership roles in activities on or off campus were the most important criteria. Students also were judged on academic performance, honors, awards, rigor of academic pursuits, and the ability to express themselves in writing.
Harris, a political science and economics major from Lawton, Okla., was recognized for helping officials in Latvia develop political asylum laws based on the U.S. model of asylum protection.
Najmi, an economics major from Knoxville, Tenn., co-founded a nonprofit organization called Project Bokonon that provides medical supplies to a hospital in Benin.
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