People Making News

Army and Navy Academy recognizes those students who have exhibited academic excellence during the first grading period of the 2014-15 school year. Those who have achieved a grade point average of 3.80 or higher have been named to the dean’s list.

This is an impressive accomplishment, especially considering the academy’s unique curriculum that includes Leadership Education Training (LET) in addition to the core subjects.

The following students Ian Kim of Shadow Hills (GPA of 4.25) and Brandon Um (GPA of 4.13) of La Cañada were named to the dean’s list.


Wheaton College (Illinois) student Adam Wolcott of La Crescenta was recently appointed to the college’s student alumni board. The newly formed student leadership group exists to create meaningful opportunities for connection between current students and the Wheaton College alumni family.

Christine Kim of Montrose has joined the Wheaton College campus community. Kim graduated from Crescenta Valley High School.

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Christopher Kramer of La Crescenta has started at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts as an undergraduate student in the media arts production program.


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

The chancellor’s list honors students who have earned a 4.0 grade point average for the previous academic period.


Ian Kim of Shadow Hills was presented the Army and Navy Academy Major Peterson Legion of Merit Award for his performance during the spring 2014 semester.

This award is presented to cadets who exhibit excellence in citizenship, leadership, and personal appearance. The cadet 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.

He also received the Dean Raymond Ede Superior Academic Achievement Award.


Pratt Institute welcomed an incoming class of 835 new students, selected from more than 7,300 applicants, for the fall 2014 semester. The newly enrolled students come from 48 states and 80 countries. These included Celeste Im and Hannah Suh of La Cañada and Eun Young Oh of La Crescenta.

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.


Alison Roth, a native of La Cañada, is officially enrolled as a member of the University of Iowa, class of 2018. The undergraduate class is the largest (4,666 students) and most diverse first-year class in UI history and is academically accomplished.

Among the record-setting academic achievements of the first-year class includes having 523 Old Gold Scholarship recipients, compared to 398 in 2013.


The following area students received merit scholarships to attend Fort Lewis College for the fall 2014 semester. These merit scholarships are renewable for up to 120 credits if criteria are met. Fort Lewis College also offers several other scholarships, including grants, the Finish in Four! Scholarship, FLC Foundation scholarships, alumni scholarships, departmental scholarships, Native American scholarships and outside scholarships.

Catherine Adams of La Crescenta earned the Continuing Student Merit Scholarship. Adams’s major is English, writing option. Pamela Bogust of Sunland earned the Continuing Student Merit Scholarship. Bogust’s major is physics, engineering physics option. Lucas Rowton of La Cañada Flintridge earned the Continuing Student Merit Scholarship. Rowton’s major is exercise science, exercise specialist option and Maia Shields of La Crescenta earned the Continuing Student Merit Scholarship. Shields’s major is psychology.


Weston Foote of La Crescenta performed in the Cornell College Wind Ensemble concert on Nov. 7 in King Chapel.

The wind ensemble hosts about 55 students and performs both original wind band music and transcriptions of pieces for this specific instrumentation. This ensemble has performed works by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Dello Joio, Persichetti, and Rorem, as well as marches by composers such as Sousa, Alford and King.

The Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Martin Hearne, offer performance opportunities in vibrant, well-respected groups to all students by audition. Approximately 80% of members are non-music majors.


Lucas Kim of La Cañada Flintridge is studying abroad during Union College’s winter break.

Kim is in Argentina studying social movements, human rights and other issues while traveling throughout the country. The college offers a variety of mini-terms, which are three-week programs running during winter break. This year, about 130 students will travel across the globe to one of eight locations, studying a variety of topics and cultures.

Union College, founded in 1795 as the first college chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, offers programs in the liberal arts and engineering to 2,100 undergraduates of high academic promise and strong personal motivation.


Maisie Johnson of La Cañada Flintridge earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in global studies from California Lutheran University in August. Amoret Kaufman of La Crescenta received a Master of Science degree in counseling psychology from California Lutheran University in August.

Cal Lutheran is a selective university based in Thousand Oaks with additional centers in Oxnard, Woodland Hills, Westlake Village, Santa Maria and Berkeley.


Jane Kim, Elijah McDonald and Charles Tobola of La Crescenta graduated from Azusa Pacific University on Saturday, Dec. 13. They joined nearly 900 graduates at the winter commencement ceremonies.

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


Heloise Allison of Montrose graduated from the massage therapy certification program at National University of Health Sciences during commencement ceremonies held in Lombard, Illinois on Dec. 11.

National has more than 100 years of experience in graduating professionals in medical specialties such as chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, oriental medicine, acupuncture and massage therapy.