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08/27/2015

Winthrop's Freshman Class Displays Strong Academic Talent, Various Interests

Quick Facts

 The Class of 2019 has 1,093 freshmen and 348 transfer students.
 25 states and seven countries are represented.
 Nine valedictorians and 11 salutatorians chose Winthrop, the most of any class on record at Winthrop.

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Freshmen spelled out the "WU" for a class photo.
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Winthrop University’s freshman class boasts a unique mix of strong academic talent, varied geographic locales and wide-ranging personal interests.

The class was officially inducted into the Winthrop community of learners during the Aug. 24 Convocation ceremony.

Consider these facts about the Class of 2019:

• 1,093 freshmen and 348 transfer students.

• 25 states and seven countries are represented.

Megan Kaufmann traveled the farthest to Winthrop outside of the United States. She is from Perth, Australia, and traveled 11,440 miles. She edged out Aditya Gokhale from the city of Pune in India, and Fu-Hsing Hsu of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.

Shelby Anderson, of Palmer, Alaska, traveled the farthest to Winthrop within the United States.

Akiera Davis from Charlotte, North Carolina, is Winthrop’s first National Achievement Scholar.

Bjorn Broman, a basketball player from Duluth, Minnesota, is Winthrop’s first Parade Magazine High School All-American.

• Nine high school valedictorians and 11 salutatorians chose Winthrop, the most of any class on record at Winthrop.

• The most common male name in the class is Matthew, followed by Brandon, Christian, John and Joshua.

• The most common female name in the class is Hannah, followed by Ashley, Kayla and Taylor.

Haylee Black of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, competed in a world archery competition.

Sam Walton of Taylors, South Carolina, has more than 30,000 subscribers for his YouTube channel, which chronicled his life in Germany.

Cameron Wesley Jr. of Hopkins, South Carolina, once serenaded “Queen of Funk” Chaka Kahn.

Caroline Wilson of Marion, South Carolina, has visited five continents.

Krystal Young of Anderson, South Carolina, served on the International Youth Advisory Board.

Classes for the fall semester began Monday, Aug. 24.

For more information, please contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or email longshawj@winthrop.edu.

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