The Multicultural Achievement Program at the University of West Georgia will host the 27th Annual Academic Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. Some 356 minority and multicultural students from UWG and 16 area high school students will be recognized for their academic achievements. MAP will award the ACE Awards to the UWG junior and senior with the highest GPA, the Academic Achievement Awards to students with a 3.25 or higher, and the Academic Excellence Awards to juniors and seniors with a 3.75 or higher. This year, the Helena Harbridge International Student-Athlete Award will be presented, recognizing the international student-athlete with the best combination of athletic performance, classroom achievement, teamwork, team spirit, and community involvement.
The speaker for the evening is Luis A Planas, a UWG alumnus and a retiree from the Coca-Cola Co., where he held many leadership positions.
Planas is a native of Cuba and has lived in the United States since 1961. He is married to the former Abrenda Stover and they have two sons and two grandchildren.
Luis graduated from then-West Georgia College in 1972 and earned a master's degree from Georgia State University in 1977. He joined Coca-Cola as a junior accountant in 1972 and spent the next 35 years in various positions in strategic procurement and planning in many of the company’s domestic and international operating units.
Over the years, Planas has been involved in coaching Little League baseball, serving on civic boards and on his church’s pastoral council and board of education. Since retiring from Coca-Cola in March 2008, he has been working on his golf game, spending more time with his grandchildren, and guest lecturing at UWG and Georgia State.
Area High School Students Being Honored
Bowdon High School Bremen High School
Sissy Johnson Lauren Head
Polina Gutner Terica Bexley
Carrollton High School Central High School
Raven Harris Miguel Lazaro
Rolando Cler Jayanta Ray
Haralson County High School Oak Mountain Academy
Jaleen Ross Davisha Patel
Rachael Holloway Harsh Patel
Temple High School Mt. Zion High School
Cinnamon Williams Hannah Wood
Linda Nguyen Markyshia Reynolds