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May 30, 2007

UI College Of Liberal Arts And 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.

Anna H. Johnson of Cedar Rapids established the prize in 1935 as a memorial to her son. Students eligible for consideration were those earning "highest distinction" during the graduation periods of August 2006, December 2006 and May 2007. To graduate with highest distinction, students must be in the top 2 percent of the class, which usually requires a 4.0 grade-point average.

Sara Shivapour of Burlington earned the E.R. Johnson Prize at the UI CLAS commencement on May 12 as the graduating senior with the highest academic standing. Shivapour earned a degree in psychology and was one of only 37 of the college's more than 1,700 graduates to graduate with highest distinction. She is a 2003 graduate of Burlington High School and the daughter of E.T. and Barbara Shivapour.

Jeffrey Renaud of Urbandale earned the E.R. Johnson Prize at the UI CLAS commencement on May 12 as the graduating senior with the second-highest academic standing. Renaud earned a degree in Spanish and linguistics and was one of only 37 of the college's more than 1,700 graduates to graduate with highest distinction. He is a 2003 graduate of Urbandale High School and the son of Doyle Renaud, of 4509 70th Place, and Kathy Renaud, of 3200 92nd St.

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