Bria Walker is headed to Columbia Business School in New York City after graduating from Florida A & M University in December.

Walker, Franklin County High School’s 2014 valedictorian, graduated summa cum laude, with a bachelor of science in accounting, from the FAMU School of Business and Industry at a ceremony Dec. 15 at the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center. Speaker at the commencement was Cheryl A. Harris, vice president of sourcing and procurement services, for the Allstate Insurance Company.

Walker, daughter of David and Harolyn Walker, of Apalachicola, graduated with the highest grade point average in the business school. a 3.97 gpa out of a possible perfect 4.0. She received the Distinguished Scholars Award, and tutored student athletes while in college.

She now heads to Columbia University to earn a masters in accounting, specializing in enterprise risk management.

Over the past three summers, Walker interned for United Technologies – Otis Elevator Company in Jupiter, for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in Atlanta, Georgia, and for Ernst & Young, also in Atlanta.

She served as president of the college’s Chief Financiers’ Organization, and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity.