The Division I, Section IV awards were released Monday and both area football teams were well represented. Mountain Pointe senior running back Brandyn Leonard and senior defensive end Bruce Hester were named offensive and defensive players of the year.
Most Tempe residents will never come in contact with the University Lakes Precinct Justice of the Peace. The JP has jurisdiction over misdemeanor and traffic crimes committed at Arizona State University and outside of the Tempe City limits and a laundry list of civil law matters. JPs aren't required to be attorneys.
Saint Mary’s College named Katherine Kelly of Ahwatukee to the dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester. Katherine is the daughter of James and Aimee Kelly of Ahwatukee. To earn academic honors at Saint Mary’s, a student must achieve a 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.
Derek Weglarz, son of Dennis Weglarz and Maurna Winterer, has been named to the 2014 Lawrence University dean’s list for maintaining a 3.4 GPA or higher for the full 2013-14 academic year. Weglarz is a 2013 graduate of Desert Vista High School.
Cera Hassinan was named to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2014 semester at Johns Hopkins University. To be selected for this honor, a student must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in a program of at least 14 credits with at least 12 graded credits.
Sara Elizabeth Matsumoto and Kathering Nichole Worley, both of Ahwatukee, were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Matsumoto 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 GPA of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.
Kyle J. Pitman, son of Ronda Pitman of Phoenix and James Pitman, also of Phoenix, has been named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College for the 2014 spring semester. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have carried throughout the semester a course load of four or more graded credits with an average of 3.5 or above. Pitman, a rising sophomore, is a graduate of Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee.
Ryan Connor of Ahwatukee completed his first year at Grand Canyon University by being named to the dean’s list. Connor, who is majoring in special education, has accepted an internship at Disney World in Florida for the fall semester.
Three students from Ahwatukee excelled during the spring semester and earned sports on the dean’s list at their respective universities. Haleigh Spurlock at Graceland University; Daniel Rose, a sophomore majoring in video/television and film at Hofstra University; and Rachel Butler at Belmont University all qualified for the academic honor.
Katlyn Youngblood, a senior early childhood education major from Ahwatukee, was among approximately 1,400 Bob Jones University students named to the spring 2014 dean’s list. To qualify, students must earn a 3.0 GPA.
Alyssa Michelle Ortiz and Alexandra Brielle Tso, both of Ahwatukee, made the Seattle Pacific University 2014 winter quarter dean’s list. Students on the dean’s list have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.50 or higher GPA.
Lauren Berry and Christina Seideman, both of Ahwatukee, have been named to the Seaver College dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester at Pepperdine University. In order to earn dean’s list honors, students must be in the upper 10 percent of their class and maintain a 3.5 or better GPA. This year, these local students are among only 275 students to receive the honor.
Each and every one of us will walk a different path down the road of life, and yet students are expected to follow a systematized process known as the education system. Just doing well in school these days is not enough to carry students on to the next step, it takes something extra within. These days, we are seeing students struggling to get through the school system effectively; only 30 percent of students attending a four-year, public university graduate within the expected four-year path. These days it is taking students five, six, even seven years to get a Bachelor’s degree and I’ve discovered the reason why. It’s an ancient truth that can be observed on any campus, in any classroom, at any workplace.