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KSU freshman named GeorgiaBEST Student of the Year
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KSU freshman named GeorgiaBEST Student of the Year

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A pre-pharmacy student at Kennesaw State University has been named the first-ever GeorgiaBEST Student of the Year.

Leslie Berry was introduced to GeorgiaBEST during her senior year of high school. The soft skills certification program is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor and was created to ensure that future members of Georgia's workforce are prepared to tackle real-world challenges.

Berry received a perfect 30 points in the GeorgiaBEST Soft Skills Assessment. She was one of only nine students at her alma mater, Rockdale Career Academy, to do so.

"Being a part of the GeorgiaBEST program ... (has) allowed me to learn first-hand the skills and characteristics of a hard worker," Berry, a KSU freshman, said in a statement. "This program has taught me how to be a desirable candidate for a job, and I am now prepared to enter the workforce with the confidence and skills necessary to succeed in a wide range of professional settings."

"I am both honored and privileged to be a part of these programs and to be the first GeorgiaBEST scholarship winner," she added.

Berry missed last week's Georgia Employer Committee State Conference in Savannah, where she was announced as the winner.

"I truly regret that I was not able to attend, but my schoolwork is a top priority with me, and I didn't feel like I could miss my chemistry exam," she said.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler was impressed by Berry's decision.

"Leslie is the perfect example of the success of GeorgiaBEST, as evidenced by her commitment to her schoolwork," he said in a statement. "The program is very stringent but something we need in this state to ensure our students are ready for the workforce when they leave high school."

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