People Making News

Local resident Miranda Jeanette DiMase-Nordling recently completed a summer internship as a circus arts intern at Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cutural Heritage in Washington, D.C.

DiMase-Nordling is member of the Class of 2018 at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.

Connecticut College is one of only a handful of colleges in the country that offers all students a funded internship after their junior year.

Founded in 1911, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal college located on a 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound and the Thames River.


The Office of Residence Life at Cornell College announced Sierra Nelson as one of the students who will be serving as a resident assistant (RA) for the 2017-18 academic year. Each RA is a returning student who lives in a residence hall and serves as a leader, helper and resource for others on their floor.

Cornell College’s campus is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Cornell College is a national liberal arts college with a distinctive One Course At A Time curriculum. Students take one class for 18 days, which provides students the chance to dive into their studies and focus more intensely on the classes of their choice.


Ryann Cerrina, a La Cañada native, enrolled at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee this semester as part of the University’s largest class yet. The school kicked off the year with a record-breaking enrollment for the 17th consecutive year with a total of 8,080 students, nearly triple the enrollment in 2000. As part of its Vision 2020 strategic plan, Belmont aims to reach 8,888 students by the fall 2020 semester, providing more students than ever the opportunity to embrace the Belmont mission to “engage and transform the world.”

Belmont continues to be among the top destinations for transfer students as 478 transfers joined the campus this fall. Graduate program applications attracted 659 new students to the University’s master and doctoral programs, also an all-time record.

Belmont’s student body currently consists of 6,569 undergraduate students and 1,511 pursuing graduate/professional paths.


Kelli Loritsch of La Crescenta, a Crescenta Valley High School graduate, was selected as a Powell Scholar for fall 2017 at University of the Pacific, with campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco. The Powell Scholars Program, open to all majors, is University of the Pacific’s premier academic merit scholarship. It includes a substantial renewable tuition scholarship along with additional resources for research or creative activity and education abroad. Loritsch is majoring in mathematics in the College of the Pacific.

Founded in 1851 as the first chartered institution of higher education in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture.


Catrina Voors of La Crescenta was among more than 400 first-year students welcomed to the Baldwin Wallace University campus in Berea, Ohio this fall who claimed $6.1 million in merit scholarships. Voors, a graduate of Crescenta Valley High School majoring in theatre acting and directing, earned a $12,000 Deans Scholarship based on outstanding academic achievements in high school. BW’s merit scholarships are awarded to full-time students and are renewable up to four years with good academic and social standing. BW grants a wide range of scholarships to current students each year. Including merit and need-based scholarships, BW students received over $45 million in financial support from the University for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 4,000 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in more than 80 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.


Daniel Maya of La Cañada Flintridge and Sidney Hirshberg of La Crescenta have enrolled and are members of the Carleton College class of 2021. The class of 2021 has 526 students that were selected from a pool of 6,502 applicants. The incoming students represent 46 states and 21 countries (11% are international residents).

Fifty-one members of the Class of 2021 are National Merit Scholars and nine are National Hispanic Recognition Scholars.

Ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts institutions, Carleton is a private, co-educational college of 2,000 students located 40 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul.


Wheaton College student Erika Johnson of Glendale was named to the 2017 women’s cross-country team roster. The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) picked Wheaton first in their preseason coaches’ poll, and the team defended its 2016 CCIW championship on Oct. 28.

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
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