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The following local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Reggie Ross Almario of Tujunga initiated at California State University, Dominguez Hills and Haleigh Beck of La Crescenta initiated at California State University, Fullerton.

These residents are among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.


Lindsay Anne Laddaran of Tujunga was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Laddaran is enrolled in the university’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

To qualify for the dean’s list in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 12 graded units.

Washington University is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research, and it draws students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 120 nations. The total student body is more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.


Cara DeCaro, a Denison University (Granville, Ohio) student from Tujunga, is studying off campus for the spring 2014 semester. DeCaro, a member of the class of 2015, is studying with the Philadelphia Center Program in Philadelphia.

Many of Denison’s undergraduate students choose to broaden their horizons through off-campus study each semester. In these programs, students continue to receive full credit toward a Denison degree while pursuing diverse research or academic opportunities.


Ian Kim of Sunland and Brandon Um of La Cañada were among the Army and Navy cadets who were awarded the Major Peterson Legion of Merit Award on Sunday, March 16. This award is presented to cadets who exhibit excellence in citizenship, leadership and personal appearance. The cadet must be in a leadership position with the rank of corporal or higher during the previous semester, and must have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and a citizenship grade of excellent for each grading period.


Shannon Streeter of La Cañada Flintridge earned an undergraduate degree from California Lutheran University in December. Streeter graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English and is eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony on May 17.

CLU is a selective university based in Thousand Oaks, with additional centers in Oxnard, Woodland Hills, Santa Maria and Berkeley.


Rex Noreen of La Cañada Flintridge and Alejandro Vaca of La Crescenta were recently named to CSUF Mihaylo College of Business and Economics dean’s list for academic excellence for the 2013 fall semester:

The honor is awarded to full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher while taking a minimum of 12 or more graded credit hours for the semester.


Emerson College student Young Min Kim of La Crescenta, a film production major, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. The criterion to make Emerson’s dean’s list is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

Emerson College is located in Boston, Mass.


Several local residents made the academic deans’ list at Azusa Pacific University. These students are honored for a fall 2013 grade point average of 3.5 or better. They are joined by 1,774 students receiving the same honor.

They are: Andrew Baxter, Samuel Cowell and Sophia Cowell of Shadow Hills; Rachel Baydian, Jackson Harbolt, Madeline Harbolt, Shabnam Talab,  Kelsey Wong of La Cañada; Vanessa Brooks and Jonah Kang of Tujunga; Shannon Davidson, Whitney DePaoli, Mary Goral, Elijah McDonald, Janine Sy, Charles Tobola, Robert Walker of La Crescenta; and Jeffrey Small of Glendale.

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


Worcester Academy announced its honor roll and headmaster’s list for the second trimester of the 2013-14 school year. The honor represents the achievements that each student has earned through academic excellence, challenge, and personal growth.

On the honor roll from La Cañada Flintridge are Sewon Park, grade 9, and MinJun Kim, grade 10. Serra Park of La Cañada Flintridge, grade 11, was on the headmaster’s list.

Worcester Academy is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades six to 12 and postgraduates that is committed to innovative teaching and learning, urban leadership, making a global impact, and achieving the honorable everyday.

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