I can honestly say that I count my blessings every day because I am surrounded by so many brilliant, driven, supportive, and beautiful young women who I am lucky enough to call my friends. When Court and I get married, seven of the best friends a girl could ask for will be standing by my side. I met these ladies nearly 10 years ago, and though many of us have lived in different cities and attended different schools, the bond of our friendship has remained strong.
Shelly Cecil (Maid of Honor)
From Tazewell, VA, Shelly and I met our freshman year at Georgia Tech when we lived across the hall from each other. I’m pretty sure I was dressed in hot pink from head to toe the day we met, and to this day, I cannot believe that she did not run in the other direction. We instantly connected and have remained the best of friends ever since. Shelly finished her MS in Civil Engineering at GT and is now employed with Tensar in Alpharetta. She and her lucky guy, Brian Keary, are getting married in April.
Jenn Weizenecker (Maid of Honor)
Jenn and I met during the summer of 2003 when we both found ourselves in Valdosta, GA at the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP). Both wondering what we had gotten ourselves into, we decided to stick by each other’s sides for the 6 week program. GHP turned out to be one of my favorite memories, and we made great friends (including Elicia and Wells). Jenn and I were roommates, along with Rachel and Elicia, our freshman year at GT. After completing her BS in Civil Engineering, Jenn moved to Nashville, TN to attend Vanderbilt Law. She returned to Atlanta after graduating in May 2011 where she is employed as an attorney at Jones Day. When she has free time, Jenn enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her basset hound, Penny.
After both choosing to minor in Fitness at Governor’s Honors, I’m pretty sure that Elicia and I met during a game of either dodge ball or ultimate frisbee. We spent a memorable 6 weeks together that summer in Valdosta, and Elicia and Wells came to Tifton the following fall to attend Homecoming with my group of friends. When she decided she was going to Georgia Tech, Elicia, Jenn, and I knew we had to be roommates. Elicia is currently in medical school at Emory University, and she is getting her Master in Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory. When she isn’t in class or at the hospital, Elicia can be found galavanting across the globe as she might just be the most well traveled person I have ever known.
Originally from Cleveland, Mississippi, Rachel and I met when she was assigned to live in the freshman dorm at Georgia Tech with Elicia, Jenn, and me. Rachel’s southern charm is hard not to love, and she was the perfect addition to our dorm room. Now in the last year of her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State, Rachel will graduate in May and move to Michigan (with her soon-to-be hubby) where she has accepted a position with General Motors. On that note, Rachel has been on Mississippi State’s EcoCar team during her time in the PhD program. This year her team one first place at the EcoCar 2 competition, and Rachel received the Women in Engineering Award.
I first met Shilpa during my sophomore year of college when I joined the Georgia Tech Ambassadors. Shilpa, then president of Ambassadors, was (and still is) incredibly poised and articulate, and to be perfectly honest, I was quite intimidated by her. We soon discovered a shared love for dance and began taking classes together at a local studio. Over dance classes, coffee, and lunch dates, Shilpa became a close friend. When I began my PhD, Shilpa was finishing up her MBA at GT. Both being on school schedules, we worked out together almost every day. Shilpa completed her MBA in May 2012 and is working at The Home Depot as a Senior Analyst.
In keeping with the theme, I met Wells on the first day of GHP when we were placed across the hall from each other in the dorms. We kept in close touch after leaving Valdosta, and she and Elicia made a trip to Tifton the following fall to attend my high school’s homecoming. Wells attended the College of Charleston where she ran on the Cross Country team and served as captain her senior year. After completing undergrad, she moved to Knoxville, TN to begin law school at the University of Tennessee. She graduated in May 2011 and currently clerks for a US district judge in Knoxville. Likely the be the biggest sports fan I know, she can found cheering for the Clemson Tigers or the Tennessee Volunteers during football season.