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University of Iowa News Release

May 20, 2004

College Of Liberal Arts & Sciences Recognizes Top Two Graduates

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has awarded its annual Ernest R. Johnson Memorial Prizes to the graduating seniors with the highest and second-highest academic standing in the college.

The prize was established in 1935 by Anna H. Johnson as a memorial to her son. Students eligible for consideration were those earning "highest distinction" during the graduation periods of August 2003, December 2003, and May 2004. To graduate with highest distinction students must be in the top 2 percent of the graduating class, which usually requires a 4.0 grade-point average.

Hans Friedrichsen of Huxley earned the E.R. Johnson Prize for the graduating senior with the highest academic standing. He graduated with honors and highest distinction from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15. He earned a degree in exercise science and psychology and was one of only 31 of the college's 1,700 graduates to graduate with highest distinction. Friedrichsen is a 2000 graduate of Ballard Community High School and the son of Thomas and Cindy Friedrichsen of Huxley.

Erik Alexander of Iowa City earned the E.R. Johnson Prize for the graduating senior with the second highest academic standing. He graduated with honors and highest distinction from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15. He earned a degree in chemistry and was one of only 31 of the college's 1,700 graduates to graduate with highest distinction. Alexander is a 2000 graduate of West High School and the son of Carol Alexander of Iowa City.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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