People Making News

Mackenzie Knight of La Crescenta is one of approximately 8,775 Iowa State University students recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the fall semester 2016 dean’s list.

Students named to the dean’s list must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.00 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded course work.


Symeon Stefan was named to the Miami University fall 2016 president’s list.

Miami University students who are ranked in the top 3% of undergraduate students within each division for semester 2016-17 have been named to the president’s list recognizing academic excellence.

Stefan, from La Cañada, is earning a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in biology, premedical studies.

Considered one of eight original “Public Ivies” in the country, Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio. The university is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report for its commitment to undergraduate teaching and is the number one college town according to Forbes.


Amelia Palacios, the daughter Maureen and Jorge Palacios of La Crescenta, has been named to the dean’s list of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota for academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2016-17 school year.

A graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, Palacios was a senior at Macalester last fall.

The dean’s list at Macalester College is published at the end of each semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list a student must have been registered as a full-time, degree-seeking student and may not have been on a study away program. Furthermore, a student must have achieved a semester grade point average of at least 3.75, 12 or more credits on a regular grading option, no grades below C-, and no withdrawal or incomplete grades for the semester. Grades for activity, practicum, and technique courses in dance, music, and physical education are not factored into eligibility for the dean’s list.


Sophia Cowell of Shadow Hills, Katlyn Dalmas of La Crescenta and Tricia Dubin of La Crescenta graduated from Azusa Pacific University on Dec. 17 and joined approximately 1,202 graduates at the winter commencement ceremonies.

Azusa Pacific University offers 71 bachelor’s degrees, 47 master’s degrees, 18 certificates, 14 credentials, eight doctoral programs, and three associate’s degrees to its more than 10,700 students on campus, online and at six regional centers throughout Southern California.


Richard Morales of Sunland and Cody Springett of Montrose were among the Azusa Pacific University students who served with Mexico Outreach during the fall semester.

Mexico Outreach was founded on the principle that young people of all ages can be effective in sharing the Gospel. APU sends 17 student teams to Mexicali to serve in orphanages, women’s shelters, prisons, schools, and churches. The Center for Student Action at Azusa Pacific mobilizes and educates students toward responsible and transformational service locally and globally through a collaborative network of offices and programs.

Azusa Pacific University in Southern California is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education.


McKenna Rose Middleton from Glendale who attends College of Arts and Sciences and Elena Gabrielle Leon from La Crescenta who attends School of Education were among the more than 3,900 Baylor University students named to the dean’s academic honor roll for the 2016 fall semester. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.

Baylor University in Waco, Texas is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution.


Caroline Fontes of La Cañada was one of 327 students named to Denison University’s 2016 fall semester dean’s list by Provost Kim Coplin. Students who achieve dean’s list status have maintained a grade point average of 3.7 or better (out of 4.0) for the semester. Fontes is a graduate of La Cañada High School and a member of the Denison class of 2017.

Denison University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, motivated students from around the world tailor educational experiences in pursuit of their highest aspirations. Innovative faculty and a completely residential campus provide an integrated learning environment for students to develop as critical thinkers, perceptive moral agents and active citizens in a global community as they prepare for rewarding lives of purpose and impact.


Lacy Sierra Coan from La Cañada Flintridge was recently named to the dean’s list at the College of William & Mary for the fall 2016 semester.

In order to achieve dean’s list status, a full-time degree-seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 Quality Point Average during the semester.

William & Mary is the second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.