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Christine Martinez of Tujunga earned a Bachelor of Arts, political science, with a minor in women’s & gender studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Students participated in graduation exercises during the school’s commencement ceremony that was held on Sunday, May 11 in Spokane’s Veterans’ Memorial Arena.

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


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 spring semester of the 2014-15 school year.

A graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, Palacios was a sophomore at Macalester last spring.

The dean’s list at Macalester College is published at the end of each semester.


The Georgia Institute of Technology presented degrees to approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students during the Institute’s 249th commencement exercises on May 1 and May 2 at the McCamish Pavilion. Among these students were Kevin Chow of La Cañada who earned a Master of Science in mechanical engineering, Michael Fifield of La Cañada Flintridge who earned a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering and Joshua Lee of Tujunga who earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering.


Jessie Um of La Crescenta was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. To make the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.5 GPA in the semester. Um is a graduate of Village Christian High School. She is the daughter of Binny and Christy Um.

Founded in 1864, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the fourth oldest and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The college integrates the liberal arts and sciences with a professional curriculum and introductory and advanced practice experiences where students can develop expertise and become leaders in the profession and their communities.


Angela Gaignard from Sunland earned a spot on the spring 2015 president’s list at Southern Arkansas University. Gaignard is a senior athletic training major.

Gaignard was one of 272 students named to the spring president’s list. To qualify, a student must earn a 4.0 GPA for the semester.

Southern Arkansas University has been recognized nationally for its quality and affordability.


Mackenzie Knight of La Crescenta was among the more than 7,560 Iowa State University undergraduates recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the 2015 spring semester 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.


Amelia Kunert from La Cañada has been named to the spring 2015 dean’s list at Wake Forest University located in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Students who achieve a 3.4 grade point average and no grade below a “C” were named to the list.


Symeon Stefan of La Cañada was named to the Miami University spring 2015 president’s list.

Miami University students who are ranked in the top three percent of undergraduate students within each division for second semester 2014-15 have been named to the president’s list recognizing academic excellence.

Stefan is majoring in microbiology, premedical studies.


Crescenta Valley High School graduates Caitlin Connell, economics, Russian, and Margaret Connell, political science, computer science, daughters of Brian Connell and Gail Connell, were named to the St. Olaf College dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester. The dean’s list recognizes students with a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale.

One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf offers a distinctive education grounded in academic rigor, residential learning, global engagement, and a vibrant Lutheran faith tradition.


Ryder Christ of Sunland, a communication major, Ryan Moguel of Tujunga, a political science major and Molly Strawn of La Crescenta, a communication major, are among 718 students who made the spring dean’s list at California Lutheran University. Students qualify for the list by maintaining a 3.6 grade point average in their academic subjects.

Cal Lutheran is a selective university based in Thousand Oaks.


Galileo Nunez of Tujunga, Celeste Im of La Cañada and Eun Young Oh of La Crescenta were among the more than 900 students who made the dean’s list in the spring 2015 semester at Pratt Institute in New York.

Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences.

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Walter A. Harris, son of George and Robin Harris of La Crescenta and a 2015 graduate of Maranatha High School in Pasadena, has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is an accredited college educating future Coast Guard officers. Admission to the Academy is highly competitive and less than 350 appointments are offered annually from a pool of over 2,200 applicants. Cadets receive a full tuition scholarship and monthly stipend for a five-year service commitment to the U.S. Coast Guard upon graduation. All graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are guaranteed a position of leadership as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Sophie Grace Schnee of La Cañada attending Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, Elena Gabrielle Leon from La Crescenta attending School of Education and Maria D Leon, also from La Crescenta, attending Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences were among the more than 3, 100 Baylor University students named to the dean’s academic honor roll for the 2015 spring 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.

A private Christian university and a nationally ranked liberal arts institution, Baylor is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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Colin Neil of La Crescenta recently received a Master of Business Administration degree in management from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland during its 146th commencement ceremonies. FSU President Jonathan C. Gibralter conferred nearly 700 undergraduate and graduate degrees at this May commencement.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the university system of Maryland.

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Clayton Carver Weirick from La Cañada Flintridge was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Weirick is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences.

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 100 nations.

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The following Lafayette College students were named to the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the spring 2015 semester. Each student achieved at least a 3.60 semester grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Alexandria Battison of La Cañada Flintridge, a graduate of Westridge School and Kaelin King of La Cañada Flintridge, a graduate of Flintridge Preparatory School.

Lafayette is a top liberal arts college with 2,400 students and 215 full-time faculty that offers a wide variety of undergraduate degree programs including engineering.

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Lukas Currim, a peace & conflict studies major from La Cañada Flintridge, is a member of the Colgate University Class of 2015. Currim was one of 732 students to graduate from Colgate on May 17 during the university’s 194th commencement.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution that offers 54 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams.

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