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From African bushlands to Baltimore: The long path to education for a Hopkins star

From African bushlands to Baltimore: The long path to education for a Hopkins star

The bushlands of West Africa are far in many ways from the Johns Hopkins University, and the path was neither sure nor straight for the boy whose name meant "beloved by his ancestors." They called him Kpimenongme Mwinnyaa.

Only now as he graduates — having been baptized George, having earned semester after semester of straight A's despite grades once too poor for college — does he dare believe it's more than a dream.

George Mwinnyaa, 29, received a bachelor's degree in public health with academic honors at Hopkins' commencement Wednesday. Mwinnyaa was named the outstanding senior researcher in the prestigious public health program and wore the honorary...

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