People Making News

Kaelin King of La Cañada Flintridge has been named to the 2014 fall semester dean’s list at Lafayette College for outstanding academic achievement. To qualify for dean’s list, a student must achieve at least a 3.60 semester grade point average on a scale of 4.0. King is 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.


Army and Navy cadets are currently in Boston to take part in the 28th Annual Harvard Model Congress Conference. They’ll be acting as delegates from the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, National Security Council, and more for an exercise in government simulation.

HMC is a non-profit organization run by undergraduate students at Harvard College. The conference is an exercise in government simulation.

The focus is on teaching students the many pieces that allow our government to run smoothly. Through lively debate, students learn about the issues affecting our country today. The students will cover topics ranging from the Keystone Pipeline to immigration reform.

This year, Ian Kim of Shadow Hills will be attending and acting as a Greenpeace lobbyist and Brandon Um of La Cañada will be attending and acting as a news media representative.

Um has also been named a “Cadet of Distinction” at Army and Navy Academy. This award is given to those students who have achieved the highest citizenship grade attainable and zero demerits for the entire fourth grading period and presented with the Silver “A” Award, named after Col. (Hon.) William Currier Atkinson. The annual award was established in 1943 to identify a select group of cadets who show the potential to do great things based on their exceptional conduct and leadership performance. Silver “A” cadets are committed to leading others in all aspects of academy life, especially through academic achievement and leadership in all aspects of cadet life.

Um was also presented with the Army and Navy Academy Major Peterson Legion of Merit Award at an awards ceremony on March 22. He received the award for his outstanding performance during the fall 2015 semester.

The Major Peterson Legion of Merit Award is presented to cadets who exhibit excellence in citizenship, leadership, and personal appearance. Eligible cadets must be in a leadership position with the rank of corporal or higher during the previous semester, must have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and must have earned a citizenship grade of excellent for each grading period.


Worcester Academy announces its first semester honor roll and headmaster’s list for the 2014-15 school year. Among the students are Sewon Park of La Cañada Flintridge, grade 10, honor roll and Serra Park, also of La Cañada Flintridge, grade 12, headmaster’s list.

The honors represent the achievements that each student has earned through academic excellence, challenge, and personal growth.

Worcester Academy is an independent co-ed day and boarding school for grades six to 12 and postgraduates. Its urban setting, diverse community, and innovative curriculum provide each student with unique opportunities for self-discovery, academic achievement, and personal empowerment.


Each semester, San Diego State University recognizes the dedication and outstanding academic accomplishments of students with the dean’s list.

The dean’s list recognizes academic achievement within a single fall semester or spring semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must be in good academic standing, matriculated and have a grade point average of at least 3.50 based on a minimum of 12 units of credit for courses in which letter grades were assigned.

The computation of grade points will be made six weeks after the end of the semester to include students who complete incomplete grades promptly. Students will be recognized by the dean of their respective college; undeclared, interdisciplinary studies in three departments, and liberal studies majors will be listed by the dean of undergraduate studies.

Local students recognized include Cali King, who is majoring in kinesiology/fitness specialist, Nicole Ragusa, who is majoring in business administration/finance and Savannah Rhoads, who is majoring in nursing.

San Diego State University is a major public research institution offering bachelor’s degrees in 89 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas.

Clayton Carver Weirick of La Cañada was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2014 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Weirick is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences.

To qualify for the dean’s list in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 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.

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Angela Gaignard of Sunland recently earned experience while volunteering for the Special Olympics Arkansas AREA at Southern Arkansas University. Gaignard is a senior athletic training major. She volunteered in the Special Olympics Arkansas AREA as a scorekeeper.

The Special Olympics is an annual event hosted by the Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation Dept. at SAU. The Special Olympics offers students a hands-on experience to practice class lessons and also an opportunity to give back to the community.

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Army and Navy Academy announced the students who earned a place on the honor roll for the fourth grading period of the 2014-15 school year. To be named to the honor roll, the student must achieve a GPA of 3.50 or higher.

Cadets named to the honor roll include Brandon Um of La Cañada, GPA of 3.57, and Ian Kim of Shadow Hills, GPA of 3.71.

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.

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Jin Hye Lee of Montrose and Carolyn McLaughlin of La Cañada Flintridge were named to the dean’s list of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, for the 2014 fall semester. Students must be in the top 20 percent of Emory College or have approximately a 3.850 grade point average or higher to be named to the Dean’s List.

Emory University is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate experience, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities.

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Flintridge Preparatory School graduate Lukas Currim, a peace & conflict studies major from La Cañada Flintridge, has earned the dean’s award for academic excellence at Colgate University for the fall 2014 semester.

Students with a 3.30 or higher term average while enrolled in 3.75 or more course hours are eligible for dean’s award recognition at Colgate.

Colgate offers 54 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams. The university’s 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.

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Lisa Kenigson of La Crescenta has been named to the chancellor’s list at Troy University in Alabama for term three of the 2014-15 academic year.

The chancellor’s list honors full-time undergraduate students who are registered for 12 semester hours and who have a grade point average of 4.0.

Term three consists of students at Troy’s campuses in Dothan, Phenix City and Montgomery, Alabama, and Global Campus, which consists of teaching sites outside of Alabama and online.

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Galileo Nunez, Tujunga resident and a student at the Pratt Institute, was among more than 1,000 PL students who made the president’s list in the fall 2014 semester. Eun Young Oh of La Crescenta, who is also a student at Pratt Institute, was among more than 1,100 students who made the dean’s list in the fall 2014 semester.

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 located in the cultural hub of New York City.

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