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Ahwatukee resident and author, Alex Hermosillo, will be donating all the proceeds from his book, “Hope, Healing and Miracles,” to the Society St. Vincent DePaul of Phoenix this week.
Each year the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce honors local business women through the Palo Verde Women in Business Award.
John Buchanan of Ahwatukee graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and Corrina Chikos of Ahwatukee graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California Lutheran University (CLU). With an enrollment of 4,200 students, CLU offers undergraduate and graduate programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Management and Graduate School of Education.
Bethany Christian School (BCS) in Tempe recently enrolled the first international student through its International Student Program. The new student arrived from Thailand and is now enrolled in fifth grade.
Area students make Azusa Pacific University deans list
Shawn Gorsline of Ahwatukee graduated from Franklin Pierce University in the spring of 2013. Gorsline earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
The teachers have set up their classrooms and the campus has been tidied up to welcome in students for the 2013-2014 school year at Bethany Christian School, an accredited, private K-8 Christian school.
ReyAnn Rivera, a native of Ahwatukee, is among the 219 high achieving students from Whittier College who made the spring 2013 dean’s list. Undergraduate students are awarded dean’s list honors if he or she earns a 3.70 GPA while completing a full-time course load (12 units) in the fall and spring terms.
Erin Andrews-Sharer, a graduate of Desert Vista High School, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at The College of Wooster.
Jayne Cole, a Luther College senior from Ahwatukee, was named to the 2013 spring semester dean’s list. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and must complete at least 12 credit hours with 10 hours of conventional grades (A, B, C, D). Luther is a selective four-year college located in northeast Iowa.
Ramona Ekpe and Nicholas Smith, both of Ahwatukee, were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester at Loyola Marymount University. Students named to the dean’s list have completed 15 semester hours and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better. Additionally, a student must have completed all of his or her courses and never received an F in any course.
Steven Skarsten of Ahwatukee graduated May 12 from Ohio Wesleyan University. Skarsten earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Like most future college freshmen, Ahwatukee’s Alexis Lupercio is determined and eager to make it to every class her first semester. But the driving factor isn’t just a headstrong devotion to her education, it’s also because she’s never missed a day of school in her life. Proving that senioritis didn’t get the best of her, Lupercio, 17, recently graduated from Mountain Pointe High School and has gone through some 13 years of schooling without calling in sick or leaving town, giving her a true perfect attendance record. “It kind of just happened,” said Lupercio. “There have definitely been days where I asked my mom if I could miss school, but in the back of my head I knew I couldn’t miss.” Though she never got sick enough to stay home all of those years, Lupercio insisted on going to school albeit tiredness from late-night study sessions and light colds. Noting that both of her parents were supportive and encouraged her to keep up the record, Lupercio also credited a sense of independence. “It’s just me being independent and taking responsibility instead of relying on others,” she said, mentioning that a pet peeve of hers is asking others for class notes or making up tests. Though she was present on campus for all of her primary school years, being involved in student council as Mountain Pointe’s senior class president this year took her away from some classes for event set-up or other activities. “I was even the one who had never missed a student council meeting last year,” Lupercio said. Along with student council, Lupercio played volleyball as an underclassman and also was a member of the National Honors Society and the Language Honors Society. She also attended Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary and Kyrene Centennial Middle schools. With a plan to study business exploratory at Arizona State University this fall, Lupercio wants to be just as involved on a new turf. “I really like being involved, I got to get to know more about the school and our other students so that was cool,” she said. “I want to see all that’s out there.” For others who might want to finish out their high school days with daily attendance, Lupercio said it’s all about responsibility. “I think anyone can do this,” she said. “It’s your responsibility to go to school, just go for it.”
Erin Andrews-Sharer, a graduate of Desert Vista High School and a sophomore at The College of Wooster, received the Elias Compton Freshman Prize and the Lyman C. Knight, Sr., Prize in mathematics and physical education at Wooster’s 43rd Annual Recognition Banquet.
For high school seniors this is the time of year when emotions run high. The month of April brings its own set of challenges as seniors approach May 1, National Decision Day. This is the day when seniors who have been offered admission to a college or university must accept or decline all offers. How will you make this very important, perhaps even life-changing decision? Here are a few tips to guide you:
Ahwatukee resident Kylie B. Crawford made the academic dean’s list at Azusa Pacific University in California. Crawford was honored for the fall 2012 semester for having a 3.5 GPA or better average. Crawford is a psychology major.
Loyola Marymount University has announced the students named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester. Among them are two students from Ahwatukee Foothills: Ramona Ekpe and Nickolas Smith.
The Notre Dame Women’s Golf Team, in conjunction with Longbow Golf Club and Visit Mesa, will host the 2013 Notre Dame Clover Cup, a 54-hole women’s collegiate invitational golf tournament featuring 16 teams to be contested March 8-10.
Erin Andrews-Sharer, a graduate of Desert Vista High School, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the College of Wooster. Andrews-Sharer, a sophomore from Wheaton, achieved a GAP of 3.65 or above.
Ahwatukee Foothills resident ReyAnn Rivera is among 217 high achieving students from Whittier College who made the fall 2012 dean’s list. Undergraduate students are awarded dean’s list honors if he or she earns a 3.70 GPA while completing a full-time course load (12 units) in the fall and spring terms.
Toys come with a lot of warnings: Not suitable for children under 3 years; Small parts may present choking hazards; Use under adult supervision. Labels on electronic toys list the voltage while others confirm non-toxic materials. If a toy proves to be harmful, it is quickly recalled as toy manufacturers make safety a priority.
Jordan Skinner of Ahwatukee has graduated from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Skinner graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts. Skinner was among 672 students who were eligible to participate in the 49th annual undergraduate commencement on May 12.
DePaul University announced that Joscelyn Stephens of Ahwatukee Foothills graduated from DePaul University in Chicago this summer. It was DePaul’s 113th commencement.
The following Ahwatukee Foothills residents were among 610 students who made the dean’s list at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for the spring semester: Corrina Chikos, a junior majoring in sociology and political science; Nicholas Galvin, a sophomore majoring in chemistry; and Jordan Skinner, a graduate majoring in theater arts. Students qualify for the dean’s list by maintaining a 3.6 GPA in their academic subjects.
One of the most important issues in choosing a college is often the most overlooked: the safety and security of your collegiate environment. Universities handle safety differently, depending on their location and campus size. A college located in a major city might be more aggressive about safety than a school in the suburbs (however, don’t assume that safety is a non-issue in suburban locations).