FOUR STUDENTS GRADUATE WITH PERFECT GPA

The class of 2012 of North Carolina A&T State University can add to its long list of accomplishments. Four, May graduates, have completed their undergraduate degrees with a perfect grade point average.

Darian DeBreaux Bridges, 22, is a native of Richland, Mich. He is a second generation Aggie, who earned his degree in mechanical engineering.

“I chose A&T because, after doing research I was impressed with the engineering program,” Bridges said.

He is the son of George and Cassandra Bridges. He has plans to attend the University of Michigan and pursue a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

Stanton Andrew Smith, 33, a native of Greensboro, also earned his degree in mechanical engineering.

“Time management is key, and prepare to sacrifice some of your personal life,” Smith said about maintaining a perfect GPA.

Smith is the son of John and Gayle Smith. He plans to pursue graduate studies at N.C. A&T.

Skyla Ja’Til Staton, is a 22-year-old native of Tarboro, N.C. who earned her degree in fashion merchandising and design. She says her secret to straight A’s was making studying a hobby.

“Every minute of down time was devoted to learning,” she said. “Even when I shopped I was constantly quoting vocabulary learned in fashion and business classes. My shopping experiences have never been the same.”

Staton is the daughter of Empro and Gardenia Wilford and plans to pursue an M.F.A. in fashion at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

John Adam Hylton, 29, is a native of Rocky Mount, Va. He earned his degree in biological engineering after being laid off. He says it is his wife’s support that has enabled him to achieve his perfect GPA.

“She worked full-time and took care of all the bills,” Hylton said. “Without her, I would not have been able to put this much time and attention into it.”

He is the son of Larry and Donna Hylton. On June 4, Hylton will start work at the John Deere factory in Des Moines, Iowa, in the environmental engineering division.