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2017 Klich Academic Achievement Award Winners

Three graduates honored with prize for highest GPA.

  Friday, May 19, 2017
2017 Klich Award Winners Brook Byrd, Emily Egress and Benjamin Miller
2017 Klich Award Winners: Emily Egress (left), Benjamin Miller and Brook Byrd

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Christopher Newport University announced three Klich Academic Achievement Award winners: Brook Byrd of Williamsburg, Virginia; Emily Egress of Chesapeake, Virginia; and Ben Miller of Rockingham County, Virginia.

The award is named in honor of Christopher Newport alumnus and Hampton Roads real estate developer and investor Gregory Klich (’84). The the award is given to the graduate(s) who has earned the highest grade-point average. The winner(s) is named each year at commencement and receives $2,500.

After recognizing each recipient Christopher Newport President Paul Trible stated, “Brook, Emily and Ben We applaud your accomplishments and thank each of you for the countless ways in which you have all enriched our campus community.”

Details about the recipients are listed below.

Brook Byrd
At Warhill High School in Williamsburg, Virginia, Brook Byrd earned a 4.1765 grade-point average. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in applied physics and a minor in leadership studies. Byrd completed 137 cumulative hours of coursework, earning a 4.0 grade-point average. She is a member of the President’s Leadership Program, women’s tennis team and has actively participated in undergraduate research.

A Fulbright Scholar, Byrd will attend the University of Liverpool in England to work with the Institute of Translational Medicine toward a master of philosophy degree in radiotherapy.

Emily Egress
Emily Egress earned a 5.08 grade-point average at Hickory High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in cellular, molecular and physiological biology, in addition to a minor in leadership studies. Egress completed 139 cumulative hours of coursework and earned a 4.0 grade-point average. She is a member of the Honors Program, President’s Leadership Program, Alpha Chi, Omicron Delta Kappa and Pre-Med Scholars Program. She also graduated with Service Distinction.

This fall Egress will attend Eastern Virginia Medical School, studying to become a pediatric oncologist.

Benjamin Miller
Ben Miller earned a 4.26 grade-point average at Broadway High School. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in integrative biology and a minor in leadership studies. Miller completed 139 cumulative hours of coursework, earning a 4.0 grade-point average. He is a member of the Honors Program, President’s Leadership Program, Alpha Chi and Pre-Med Scholars Program. A resident assistant and Bonner Service Scholar, he graduated with Service Distinction and participated in undergraduate research, study abroad and Greek life.

Miller will pursue a medical degree at Johns Hopkins University Medical School.


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