People Making News

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.


Naomi Peterson from La Crescenta has been named to the University of Delaware dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

To meet eligibility requirements for the dean’s list, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.


Omkar Nalamwar of La Cañada earned a Master of Science in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Nalamwar was among approximately 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech’s 252nd commencement exercises on Dec. 16-17 at the McCamish Pavilion.

One of the nation’s leading research universities, the Georgia Institute of Technology has more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled, and Georgia Tech is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. For more information visit


Viviana Sandoval-Walsh of Montrose was named to the dean’s list at Quinnipiac University for the fall 2016 semester.

To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than C. Full-time students must complete at least 14 credits in a semester, with at least 12 credits that have been graded on a letter grade basis to be eligible. Part-time students must complete at least six credits during a semester.

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,784 full-time undergraduate and 2,884 graduate and part-time students in 100 degree programs.


The Worcester Academy Upper School in Massachusetts announced its first semester honor roll and headmaster’s list for the 2016-17 school year. The honors represent the achievements that each Worcester Academy student has earned through academic excellence, challenge, and personal growth.

Among the students is Sewon Park of La Cañada Flintridge, grade 12, headmaster’s list.


Wichita State University announced that Stephanie M. Green of La Cañada graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in education, elementary education, cum laude. Undergraduate students who have attained a grade point average 3.25 received the cum laude. Green was one of more than 2,650 students on the WSU dean’s honor roll for fall 2016.

To be included on the dean’s honor roll, a student must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours) and earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

WSU enrolls about 14,500 students and offers more than 60 undergraduate degree programs in more than 150 areas of study in six undergraduate colleges.


Abigail Salter La Cañada earned placement on the Gonzaga University president’s list for fall semester 2016. Students must earn a 3.85 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.

Liam Cascelli and Elijah Eigenbrodt of Glendale have earned placement on the Gonzaga University dean’s list for fall semester 2016. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.84 grade-point average to be listed.

Gonzaga University is a humanistic, private Catholic University providing a Jesuit education to more than 7,500 students. Situated along the Spokane River near downtown Spokane, Wash., Gonzaga is routinely recognized among the West’s best comprehensive regional universities. Gonzaga offers 75 fields of study, 25 master’s degrees, a doctorate in leadership studies, and a Juris Doctor degree through its School of Law.


Wheaton College student Erika Johnson of Glendale is a member of the spring 2017 women’s track and field team.

Wheaton College sponsors 21 varsity sports, and Thunder teams compete at the NCAA Division III level. The Thunder Athletics program has won five NCAA Division III Championships since 1984, and Wheaton student-athletes have won 31 Division III individual National Championships all-time. For more information, visit


La Crescenta resident Cameron Silva earned a spot on the University of Dayton’s fall 2016 dean’s list, which honors undergraduate students achieving a minimum 3.5 GPA for the semester.

The University of Dayton in Ohio is a top-tier, national, Catholic, research institution. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists), we focus on educating the whole person, connecting learning with leadership and service. Through student clubs, campus recreation, education abroad, research, service-learning and career preparation, students are encouraged to engage the world, developing a critical mind and compassionate heart.


Several local residents made the academic deans’ list at Azusa Pacific University. These students are honored for a fall 2016 grade point average of 3.5 or better. They are joined by 2,175 students receiving the same honor.

Students include Andrew Baxter and Sophia Cowell of Shadow Hills; Jennifer Chavarin, Tiffany Garren, Madison Newbro, Francesca Ragusa, Sarah Rubin, Hannah Sy and Emma Lee Walker of La Crescenta; Kelly Fish, Abigail Golliher and Abigail Rickett of Tujunga; Timothy Gee, Hyun Seo Lee, Lina Lim Shannon Settles and George Vine of La Cañada/La Cañada Flintridge; Cody Springett of Montrose.

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 77 bachelor’s degrees, 45 master’s degrees, 18 certificates, 16 credentials, eight doctoral programs, and two associate’s degrees, the university offers its more than 10,700 students a quality education on campus, online, and at six regional centers throughout Southern California.


Russell Marki of La Cañada Flintridge has been named to the dean’s list at the University of New Hampshire for earning honors for the fall 2016 semester. Marki is majoring in mechanical engineering.

Students named to the dean’s list at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance during a semester enrolled in a full-time course load (12 or more graded credits). Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.