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20 Most Eligible Atlantans 2018

Meet this year’s good-looking, go-getting group of local bachelors and bachelorettes, whose attractive qualities are seemingly endless and whose hearts are open to finding love. Which sizzling single will catch your eye? 

COURTNEY HARDAGE

Shot on location at Park Tavern 

KURSTEN BERRY

Shot on location at Park Tavern 

ZACH BROOME

Shot on location at Park Tavern 

DONALD RUCKER

Shot on location at Park Tavern 

KELLY MORGAN

Shot on location at Park Tavern 

SHELBY SAPONARI 

Shot on location at Park Tavern

MARCUS WISSING

Shot on location at Park Tavern 

JARED SHOOPS

Shot on location at Park Tavern 

BRIANA MAXHAM

Shot on location at Park Tavern 

ALAINA BLEVINS

Shot on location at Park Tavern 

COURTNEY HARDAGE
MARKETING DIRECTOR, JERRY PAIR & ASSOCIATES

Age: 27 Insta: @courtney_nicole_h Originally from: Vero Beach, Fla. Lives in: Buckhead College: University of Central Florida (undergraduate and graduate) Perfect mate: “A career-driven, Christian man with a good heart and sense of adventure, and someone who is consistently trying to grow both personally and professionally.” Favorite hobbies: “Cooking, traveling, interior decorating, meditation, yoga, and hanging with friends and family.” Bingeworthy shows:Southern Charm and Narcos.” Guilty pleasure: “Tin Lizzy’s queso fundido—it’s been off their menu for years, but they’ve yet to deny my weekly Postmates order for it.” Proudest professional moment: “Last year, representing my company at Paris Design Week.” Signature drink: “Maker’s Mark and ginger ale.” Greatest ambition in life: “Professionally, to always produce my best work; and, personally, to be a good friend, Christian and, someday, a great wife and mother.”

KURSTEN BERRY
OWNER/GENERAL MANAGER, TWISTED SOUL COOKHOUSE & POURS; AND MODEL, MP MANAGEMENT

Age: 25 Insta: @kurstenberryxo Originally from: Atlanta Lives in: West Midtown College: Kennesaw State University Perfect mate: “A man who is honest, who understands the importance of communication and who has a great sense of humor. He would also be family-oriented and adventurous because I love to have fun.” Favorite hobbies: “Cooking and trying out new recipes. I also like to entertain at my home and beat everyone in Uno!” Weekend go-tos: “Day parties or shopping for shoes at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta—and on Sundays, I’m brunching.” Part of the body you notice first: “Teeth.” Proudest professional moment: “I have two: booking a global Coca-Cola campaign and seeing my face all over the world, and opening a business with my family.” Signature drink: “Jack Daniels mixed with ginger beer; or Champagne topped with lemonade.” Key to your heart: “Time and loyalty.”

ZACH BROOME
IT DISTRIBUTOR, PROCURRI

Age: 27 Insta: @broome_zach Originally from: Richmond Hill, Ga. Lives in: Buckhead College: University of South Carolina Perfect mate: “Someone who’s confident, easygoing, takes care of themselves and is always down for a good time.” Weekend go-tos: “Superica, Himitsu, The Blind Pig Parlour Bar (Fukushima Tuna is, hands down, the best two-piece band in Atlanta) and The Southern Gentleman.” Favorite hobbies: “Working out, golf, traveling and having cocktails with friends.” Celebrity crushes: “Candice Swanepoel, and I wouldn’t call this a crush, but I really admire Ellen Degeneres.” Actor who would play you in your biopic: “I’ve been told Matthew McConaughey a handful of times, mostly because of the way I talk.” Something no one would guess about you: “I played football at USC and love to read.” Signature drink: “Good bourbon on a big rock, a jalapeno margarita or anything with Tito’s.” Key to your heart: “Gain the approval of the one and only Sherri Broome (my mom).”

DONALD RUCKER
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, KIPP METRO ATLANTA

Age: 28 Insta: @ruckgram Originally from: Cartersville Lives in: West Midtown College: Maryville College (undergraduate), University of West Alabama (graduate) and University of West Georgia (doctorate) Perfect mate: “Someone who is fun and spontaneous. Someone who sees the good in every situation in life and has a huge heart for people.” Ideal date: “A five-star dinner, followed by a sporting event or concert.” Bingeworthy show:Luke Cage.” Celebrity crushes: “Janelle Monae, with a slight man crush on Michael B. Jordan.” Something no one would guess about you: “My favorite sport is tennis, and I played basketball in the NCAA.” Signature drink: “Amaretto sour.” Greatest ambition in life: “Do my part in creating equitable educational opportunities for students of color and also helping to influence an increase with men in education.” Key to your heart: “A genuine love for my authentic self.”

KELLY MORGAN
HEALTHCARE SERVICES ACCOUNT MANAGER, TEKSYSTEMS; and CO-OWNER, BELLETIQUE

Age: 24 Insta: @kellyannmorgan Originally from: Orlando, Fla. Lives in: Buckhead College: University of Georgia Perfect mate: “Someone who is career-driven, passionate about family and can always make me laugh.” Ideal date: “Something active and adventurous—a lake day with wakeboarding during the day and s’mores at night!” Favorite restaurants: “Tapas, tapas and more tapas—you can find me at Barcelona Wine Bar or Eclipse di Luna on any given weekend.” Bingeworthy show: “The Office. Hands down, best show ever.” Celebrity crush: “David Beckham: soccer, tats and family... DONE.” Guilty pleasure: “Being a faux charcuterie connoisseur.” The person who inspires you most: “My mom. She is my role model on how to balance a career, raise a family and keep a strong faith.” Signature drink: “Cabernet, all the way.” Key to your heart: “Someone who values me just as much as I value them.”

SHELBY SAPONARI
ACCOUNT MANAGER, OVERSIGHT SYSTEMS; AND CO-OWNER, BELLETIQUE

Age: 24 Insta: @shelbysaponari Originally from: Kennesaw Lives in: Buckhead College: University of Georgia Biggest turn-ons: “Ambition, athleticism, adrenaline junkie.” Biggest turnoffs: “New Balances and shorts shorter than mine.” Ideal date: “Going on a fun-filled adventure, whether it’s a home-cooked rooftop dinner filled with wine, dancing and great music; or exploring new parts of Atlanta with fun drinks and good food.” Actor who would play you in your biopic: “Cameron Diaz.” Something no one would guess about you: “I am sugar and spice, but not on the ice! I have played ice hockey my entire life and was the only girl on the UGA hockey team.” Guilty pleasure: “Shoes and swimsuits.” Proudest professional moment: “Watching our Belletique jewelry line explode into something way bigger than we ever imagined and gaining 10,000-plus Instagram followers.” Signature drink: “A margarita with sugar on the rim... what else?” Key to your heart: “Impressing my family.”

MARCUS WISSING
SENIOR COMMUNITY SPECIALIST, GOFUNDVETERANS.ORG; MODEL, WILHELMINA, CLICK MODELS ATLANTA AND BLOCK AGENCY NASHVILLE; AND SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER

Age: 27 Insta: @iamwissing Originally from: Marietta Lives in: Inman Park College: Kennesaw State University Perfect mate: “A girl who has determination to accomplish her dreams, and she has to like sports—she can hang with the boys!” Biggest turn-ons: “She has a great smile and can jokingly whisper naughty things when I least expect it.” Biggest turnoffs: “She doesn’t take care of her health. She can’t communicate issues.” Actor who would play you in your biopic: “Zac Efron.” Bingeworthy show:That ’70s Show.” Celebrity crushes: “Minka Kelly in Friday Night Lights and Rachel Bilson in Jumper.” Guilty pleasure: “Ice cream with peanut butter on top.” Proudest professional moment: “Shooting a campaign in NYC and creating my own brand.” Signature drink: “Vodka soda with lime.” Key to your heart: “Asking me questions about my life, everything I have been through and what I want. Be open. Be honest. Be present.”

JARED SHOOPS
ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY RESIDENT

Age: 26 Insta: @jaredshoops Originally from: Douglasville Lives in: Midtown College: University of Georgia Perfect mate: “Someone who is funny, outgoing and constantly pushes me to become a better person. Also someone who loves to stay active, travel and is always willing to try new things.” Weekend go-tos: “Dinner with friends and heading to Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, The Battery Atlanta, Ormsby’s or Supply & Demand.” Favorite hobbies: “Golf, skiing, tennis—anything outdoors; and exploring foreign cuisine.” Bingeworthy show: “Right now, it’s Chef’s Table.” Celebrity crushes: “Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Zoey Deutch—any actress that has a great sense of humor.” Guilty pleasure: “Memes on Instagram.” Signature drink: “Vodka soda with a lime.” Greatest ambition in life: “Be a great husband, father and surgeon.” Key to your heart: “When I feel like I can trust you with anything. And cooking for me!”

BRIANA MAXHAM
REGISTERED NURSE

Age: 27 Insta: @brianamaxham Originally from: Atlanta Lives in: Brookhaven College: Dalton State College Perfect mate: “Someone who loves Jesus and values family and friends as much as I do—but who also loves trying new things, laughing until it hurts and good food.” Ideal date: “A relaxed dinner on a rooftop patio somewhere with a good view and delicious cocktails.” The person, dead or alive, you’d want to meet most: “Ellen. I just want to be best friends with her.” Something no one would guess about you: “I’ve been piranha fishing on the Amazon River.” Proudest professional moment: “There’s no one particular moment, but, overall, how many women I’ve been able to comfort and help, and who have become like family through their breast cancer journey.” Signature drink: “Captain Morgan and pineapple juice.” Key to your heart: “Small acts of kindness and thoughtfulness.”

ALAINA BLEVINS
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT, SOUTHERN VEIN and LASER CENTER ATLANTA

Age: 28 Insta: @alaina_blevins Originally from: Greensboro, N.C. Lives in: Buckhead College: North Carolina State University (undergraduate) and The Medical University of South Carolina (graduate) Perfect mate: “A Christian man who is family-oriented, confident, driven, funny, patient and a good communicator. Also, someone who brings out the best version of myself, loves adventure and is just as spontaneous as me!” Ideal date: “Anything involving live music.” Weekend go-tos: “Gypsy Kitchen, Supply & Demand, The Regent Cocktail Club, Himitsu, the BeltLine, Piedmont Park, Lake Lanier, Braves games, ATL United games and any festivals.” Bingeworthy show: “Game of Thrones.” Celebrity crushes: “Nick Bateman, James Franco and Gerard Butler.” Guilty pleasures: “Hallmark Christmas movies and a guy who can dance.” Signature drink: “Dirty martini with Ketel One vodka and blue cheese-stuffed olives.” Key to your heart: “Loving my family and friends as his own.”

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