People Making News

Several local residents made the academic deans’ list at Azusa Pacific University. These students are honored for a fall 2017 grade point average of 3.5 or better. They are joined by 1,988 students receiving the same honor.

From Tujunga, Robert Bieti, a computer science major, Kelly Fish and Jun Kim, nursing majors, and Abigail Rickett, a sociology major. From La Cañada Flintridge, Yujin Chu, a biblical studies major, Timothy Gee, an allied health major, Katherine Lu, a business: marketing major and Shannon Settles, a kinesiology major. From Sunland, Natalie Garcia, a commercial music major and Gabriella Gettings, a nursing major. From Montrose, Marie Gonzalez, a nursing major. From La Crescenta, Matthew Manalo, a business management major, Madison Newbro, a pre-teacher certification major, Kristen Pinchbeck, a sociology major, Sarah Rubin, a youth and family ministries major and Hannah Sy, an allied health major. From Glendale (91208), Gloria Namkung, a nursing- pre-admitted major and Adnan Tayyib, a psychology major.

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God first and excellence in higher education. The university offers its more than 10,000 students a quality education on campus, online, and at seven regional campuses throughout Southern California.


Wheaton College student Erika Johnson of Glendale received NCAA Division III All-America honors at the 2018 Indoor Track and Field championships. Johnson was a member of the women’s distance medley relay team, which finished eighth in the 12-team field with a time of 11:51.92.

Wheaton College in Illinois 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


Jason Rowton of La Cañada was named to Fort Lewis College’s dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. Rowton’s major is not declared.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.6 or better in no fewer than 15 credit hours of graded college level work and have completed all work for which they are registered by the end of the semester.

Located on a mesa above historic Durango, Colorado, Fort Lewis College inspires an active and friendly community with a spirit of engagement, exploration, and intellectual curiosity.


More than 2,000 students received degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the winter commencement ceremony on Dec. 16. About 1,150 graduates took part. Among these were Tucker Heaton of La Cañada who graduated from College of Letters and Science with a Bachelor of Arts in history and Christopher Anderson of La Crescenta who graduated from College of Letters and Science, doctor of Philosophy, Physics.


Erika Johnson of Glendale, Christine Kim and Joshua Kim of Montrose earned dean’s list honors at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illionois. Dean’s honors are earned 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.

Wheaton College is a coeducational Christian liberal arts college noted for its rigorous academics, integration of faith and learning, and consistent ranking among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. For more information, visit


Army and Navy Academy recognizes those students who have exhibited academic excellence during the third grading period of the 2017-18 school year. Those who have achieved a grade point average of 3.80 or higher have been named to the dean’s list and include Garrett Beagle of La Cañada and Dojun Kim of La Crescenta. Kim was also awarded the Academy’s General William W. Crouch Distinguished Leadership Award for his performance during the winter 2017-18 school semester. Kim is from the class of at the Army and Navy Academy.

The award is granted each semester to cadets who serve with distinction in a leadership position of platoon sergeant or higher in the Academy’s Corps of Cadets. They must also have received a semester grade point average of 3.3 or higher, a leadership education training (LET) grade of an “A,” and a citizenship grade of excellent during each grading period.

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 seven through 12. It is the only private boarding school in San Diego County and the only private military academy for high school-age students in California and surrounding states.


Olga Mastrodemos of La Cañada was named to the 2017 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Mastrodemos is a senior in the College of Liberal Arts.

To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average.


Army and Navy Academy announced that Ryan McWhorter of La Cañada has been named to the honor roll for the third grading period of the 2017-18 school year. McWhorter is from the Class of 2018.

Students with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher are named to the honor roll.

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 seven through 12. Learn more about the Army and Navy Academy:


Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania announced that Aidan Phillips of La Cañada Flintridge, Class of 2021, has been placed on the Gettysburg College dean’s honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the fall 2017 semester.

Students with a quality point average of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for a semester’s work are placed on the college’s dean’s honor list.


Kate Schiller was named to the dean’s list at Bates College for the fall semester ending in December 2017. This is a distinction earned by students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.71 or higher.

Schiller, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Schiller of La Cañada, is a 2015 graduate of Mayfield Senior School. She is majoring in history at Bates.

Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading college of the liberal arts, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world. Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community.


Anna M. McGregor of La Crescenta, class of 2018 at Connecticut College, has been named to the dean’s high honor’s list for the 2017 fall semester. McGregor is a theater, music major.

Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal college located on a 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound and the Thames River.

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The Oregon Tech Geomatics-option in Surveying Club, led by senior student Katie Singleton of Portland, Oregon, took first place in the annual National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) Surveying Competition, Baccalaureate Division that concluded Feb. 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The theme of the competition this year was “Surveying Service.”

Along with Katie, the team included Jon Hennon of La Cañada Flintridge.

The NSPS Student Competition is an annual event open to all two- and four-year geomatics and surveying degree programs across the country. Eleven teams from four-year baccalaureate programs competed this year.

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Colin Apel, a member of the Colgate University Class of 2021, has earned the dean’s award for academic excellence. Apel, from La Cañada Flintridge, is a graduate of Capistrano Connections Academy. Apel’s current major is biology.

Students who receive a term grade point average of 3.3 or higher while completing at least three courses earn the fall 2017 dean’s award for academic excellence.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by its commitment to global engagement, student-faculty research, off-campus study, sustainable practices, and utilizing technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience.