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David Schwartz of Glendale, a member of the class of 2022 majoring in electrical and computer engineering, and Aidan Horn of La Cañada Flintridge, a member of the class of 2023 majoring in computer science, were among 1,678 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) named to the university’s dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall 2019 semester.

The criteria for the WPI dean’s list differs from most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the dean’s list by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.

WPI is a global leader in project-based learning and is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems.

WPI offers more than 50 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internet of things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more.


Corey Loevinger and Sophie Champ, both from La Cañada Flintridge, earned a place on the dean’s list at Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) in fall 2019. This status is granted to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses.

For more than 150 years, Lehigh University ( has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The institution is among the nation’s most selective, highly ranked private research universities. Lehigh’s four colleges – College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Education and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science – provide opportunities to 7,000 students to discover and grow in a learning community that promotes interdisciplinary programs with real-world experience.


Kate Lauren Hodges of La Crescenta was named to the dean’s list at Clemson University in North Carolina.

Hodges, whose major is parks, recreation and tourism management, made the dean’s list for the fall 2019 semester.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.


Natalie Berner and Elizabeth Crotty, both from Glendale, achieved dean’s list status for the fall semester at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dean’s list students are full-time degree seeking undergraduate students who 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.


Eric Matthew Gerlach of La Cañada graduated from Baylor University on Dec. 21. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor provides numerous educational and research opportunities across various disciplines through 127 baccalaureate programs, 78 master’s programs, 46 doctoral programs, including a juris doctor, the education specialist program and the Master of Laws program.


Meredith Roberts of La Cañada Flintridge has been named to the University of Delaware’s dean’s list for the fall 2018 semester.

To meet eligibility requirements for the dean’s list, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.