People Making News

Steve Del Guercio has joined the board of directors of the Community Center La Cañada Flintridge. He served as mayor of the city 2012-13; 2008-09; 2003-04; and city councilmember from 2001-13. He is a partner at the downtown Los Angeles law firm of Demetriou, Del Guercio, Springer & Francis, LLP.

Yeon Joo Hong, a fourth-year student from La Cañada, has been named to the fall 2013 dean’s list at St. Bonaventure University. Hong’s major is biology.

Inspired for more than 150 years by the Catholic Franciscan values of individual dignity, community inclusiveness, and service, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them.

Sunland resident Megan Victoria Wiechmann has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the fall 2013 semester. Students who earn dean’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of between 3.5 and 3.899. Wiechmann is a senior whose major is health sciences – BS.

Lucas Rowton of La Cañada Flintridge and Maia Shields of La Crescenta were among the nearly 450 students named to Fort Lewis College’s dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. These students took at least 15 credits of gradable hours and achieved a 3.60 or higher grade point average.

Rowton’s major is exercise science – exercise specialist option and Shields’s major is psychology.

Michael Peters, a resident of La Cañada Flintridge, has earned placement on the Gonzaga University dean’s list for fall semester 2013. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade-point average to be listed.

Gonzaga University is a private Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic university providing education to more than 7,800 students.


Kyle Patterson, a resident of La Cañada Flintridge, has been named to the fall 2013 Champlain College dean’s list for academic achievements and achieving a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Patterson is majoring in managing creative media.

Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt.


Cambria Martin of Tujunga earned a spot on the fall 2013 dean’s List at Southern Arkansas University.

Martin is a senior exercise science major.

Martin was one of 443 students named to this fall’s dean’s list. To qualify, a student must complete 12 or more semester hours and attain a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.


Tom Tarantino, athletic director at Army and Navy Academy, has announced the 2014 winter season San Diego Union-Tribune scholar athletes.

The Union-Tribune San Diego All-Academic Team recognizes juniors and seniors who participated in a California Interscholastic Federation-approved varsity sport who have maintained an un-weighted grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the most current grading period.

Thirty-five Warrior athletes are recognized for their academic and athletic achievements during the winter 2014 seasons for basketball, soccer, and wrestling.

The basketball team includes Ian Kim of Sunland, class of 2015 at Army and Navy Academy.

Founded in 1910, the Army and Navy Academy is a private not-for-profit institution that provides an academically robust, character-based education for young men, grades 7 through 12.


Amelia Kunert and Alexis Slater, both from La Cañada, were named to the fall 2013 dean’s list at Wake Forest University. Students who achieve a 3.4 and no grade below a C were named to the list.

The University of Dubuque congratulates Megan Siepler of La Cañada on being appointed to the fall semester 2013 academic dean’s list. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for that semester.

The University of Dubuque, founded in 1852, is a private, coeducational, professional University with a focus in the liberal arts.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized John Louk of La Cañada to the College of Engineering dean’s honor list for the fall semester of the 2013-14 academic year.

Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the honor.


Wheaton College (Illinois) students Ha Eun Jung of Glendale and Adam Wolcott of La Crescenta were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. Jung is majoring in psychology.

Dean’s list honors are earned at Wheaton by undergraduate students who carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.

Erica Lee of Montrose was named to the University of Rhode Island for the fall 2013 dean’s list. The students represent all of Rhode Island’s cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, many other states and more than a dozen countries.

To be included on the dean’s list, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 credits with a 3.30 quality point average.


Amelia Palacios, the daughter of Maureen and Jorge Palacios of La Crescenta, has been named to the dean’s list of Macalester College for academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2013-14 school year.

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

The dean’s list at Macalester College is published at the end of each semester. For fall semester, it will be published one week after the grade submission deadline. For spring semester, it will be published three weeks after the grade submission deadline. 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.


Madison Artis and Kristen Hicks of La Crescenta who attend Whitworth University have been named to the Whitworth University Laureate Society for fall semester 2013. The students qualified for the academic honors society by maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.75 during the semester.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).


Mae A. Colcord of La Crescenta has been named to second honors on the dean’s list of Clark University in Worcester. This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the fall 2013 semester.

To be eligible for second honors, students must have a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.79, of a maximum of 4.3.


Daniel Turnipseed of Montrose and Breanna Klein of La Crescenta were among the 4,700-plus students at Arizona State University who turned their tassels to the left and had their degrees conferred at university commencement ceremonies in Wells Fargo Arena on ASU’s Tempe campus. ASU President Michael M. Crow served as the official speaker for the undergraduate ceremony.


Lauren Galantai, of La Cañada Flintridge, is among the 232 high-achieving students from Whittier College who made the fall 2013 dean’s list. Undergraduate students are awarded dean’s list honors if he or she earns a 3.70 grade point average (GPA) while completing a full-time course load (12 units) in the fall and spring terms.

Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study.


Army and Navy Academy cadets travelled to Boston to participate in the Harvard Model Congress Conference held on Feb. 20 – 23.

Participants included Ian Kim of Sunland and Brandon Um of La Cañada.

Harvard Model Congress is an educational nonprofit organization run by Harvard’s undergraduate students.


Arizona State University undergraduate students who earn 12 or more graded semester hours during a semester in residence at ASU with a GPA of 3.50 or higher are eligible for the dean’s list. A notation regarding dean’s list achievement appears on the unofficial transcript.

Included on theASU dean’s list were Raymond Arriola, Breanna Klein,  Derek Nishikawa, Lauren Redfern, Alexandra Stewart of La Crescenta;

Kathryn Hipke and Daniel Turnipseed of Montrose; Berenice Martinez and Joseph Palaski of Sunland; and Joseph Stratton of Shadow Hills.


Symeon Elias Stefan of La Cañada was named to the Miami University president’s list.

Miami University students who are ranked in the top three percent of undergraduate students within each division for first semester 2013-14 have been named to the president’s list recognizing academic excellence.

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