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40 Under 40 honored

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Forty young professionals were honored Friday afternoon at a luncheon hosted by Emerge Albany and The Albany Herald at Chehaw Park.

More than 100 people attended the event where, 40 professionals under 40 years old were presented with a plaque for exceptional service in their respective fields.

Attorneys, educators, nurses and entrepreneurs were among the professionals who made this year's 40 Under 40 list for Southwest Georgia.

"This is the fifth year we have had this competition and each year the list (of nominations) grows and grows," said Tami Abbott, Albany Herald advertising director.

LaVenice "Vince" Grace, assistant principal of the Lee County High School ninth Grade Campus, said he was honored to make the list.

"I'm excited about it -- that someone thought enough of me to nominate (me for the list) feels great," said the 33-year-old. "As an educator we are always trying to recognize the accomplishments of our students, it's good to be recognized for what you do."

Elizabeth Morgan Millsaps, pharmacist and owner of MAK Pharmacy and MAK Medical in Camilla, said she was surprised to hear she had been selected.

"I'm very honored and was really surprised when I got the e-mail. I had no idea anyone had nominated me," said the 32-year-old Millsaps.

More than 20 young professionals from Albany made the list, along with six from Leesburg. Professionals from Donalsonville, Thomasville, Americus, Camilla, Tifton, Baconton and Pelham are also featured this year.

Abbott said judges had a tough time picking the 40 for the 2010 list.

"There were so many outstanding nominations," she said. "It was hard to choose who would make it."

Professionals listed as on of Southwest Georgia's 40 Under 40 may be nominated to be named Georgia's top 40 Under 40.

A complete list of all 40 young professionals who made the 40 Under 40 list can be found Sunday in a special section of The Albany Herald.