People Making News

Ji Hyun Yoo of La Crescenta, a School of the Arts undergrad, has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the spring 2014 semester.

UWM is the second largest university in the state of Wisconsin with approximately 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students.


The following students graduated from Azusa Pacific University on July 26. They joined approximately 600 graduates at the summer commencement ceremonies.

Carley Ayers of Glendale graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Robert Sponsler of Shadow Hills graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in cinematic arts: production. Erin Ventura of Tujunga graduated with a Bachelor of Music in performance – double bass.

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education.


Saint Mary’s College named Katherine Johnson of La Cañada to the dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester. Katherine is the daughter of Todd and Susan Johnson of La Cañada. To earn academic honors at Saint Mary’s a student must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, have at least 12 graded credit hours, no incompletes, and no grades lower than a C.

Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, is a four-year, Catholic, residential, women’s liberal arts college offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study, such as business, nursing, art, chemistry, and social work.


Worcester Academy announced its final honor roll and headmaster’s list for the 2013-14 school year. The honor represents the achievements that each student has earned through academic excellence, challenge, and personal growth. Among the students were Sewon Park and Serra Park of La Cañada Flintridge, who were named to the headmaster’s list.

Worcester Academy in Massachusetts is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades six to 12 and postgraduates that is committed to innovative teaching and learning, urban leadership, making a global impact, and “achieving the honorable” everyday.


Bard College at Simon’s Rock announced that Trixie Gomez of La Crescenta earned a place on the dean’s list for the 2014 spring semester. To be eligible for this honor a student must carry 14 or more credits and achieve a grade point average of 3.5.

Gomez attended Crescenta Valley High School before leaving after 11th grade to start college early.


Lehigh University officially welcomed the Class of 2018. The incoming class represents an accomplished, diverse group of students who hail from 41 U.S. states and 34 international countries and territories. Among these students are Caroline Raney of La Cañada Flintridge and Biannca Smissen of La Crescenta.

For 149 years, Lehigh University ( in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research.


Lorrin Cheeney of La Crescenta received her white coat at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM)’s White Coat Ceremony for the inaugural class of 2018. The ceremony was held on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, on Aug. 15.

Cheeney is a first-year veterinary medicine student at LMU-CVM. The White Coat Ceremony serves to symbolize the pathway toward becoming a doctor, including the knowledge and professionalism students will acquire. The ceremony also enables the College of Veterinary Medicine to affirm its commitment to providing the education and training necessary to help each student achieve his or her professional goals.

LMU-CVM is one of only 30 veterinary colleges in the United States, and Tennessee is one of only three states to have two veterinary colleges. There are 20 men and 76 women in the LMU-CVM Class of 2018.


George Steckbeck of La Cañada Flintridge was awarded a scholarship at Denison University. Steckbeck, a member of the class of 2018, received a Denison Alumni Award. The Denison Alumni Award is granted to students based on academic achievement, leadership and personal merit.

Denison University in Ohio is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges.