Area college students graduated and/or have been recognized for the following academic achievements:
- Lauren Aggen of Algonquin, Ill., graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with an Associate in Science degree in applied liberal arts from RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf in fall 2011.
- Mackenzi Jacobs, of Lake In The Hills, IL, has been named to the School of Education fall 2011 dean's list at Buffalo State College. Jacobs, a graduate of Harry D. Jacobs High School, is the daughter of Terri Comelius and Gerald Jacobs. To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours.
- Allison Sleeting of Algonquin, IL was named to the Fall 2011 Dean's List at Taylor University. Full-time students are named to the Dean's List when they have earned a GPA of 3.60 or higher for the term and at least 12 hours carry credit point values.
- Cary Hansing of Algonquin and other members of the Lewis University A and B teams earned two bids in the American Mock Trial Association national tournament with outstanding performances in the Feb. 18-19 regional competition at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet. Hansing also earned recognition as Regional Outstanding Witness. The 28 teams that competed in the event for the eight available bids made it the largest regional competition in the nation. The Lewis University Mock Trial teams proceeded to the first round of the national tournament set for March 9-11 at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan, Ill.
- Almost 700 Aurora University students have been named to the Dean's List for the fall 2011 semester. The high honors list recognizes students who attain a 4.0 grade-point average while completing at least 12 credit hours during the semester. The regular honors list recognizes students who achieve a GPA of 3.6 to 3.99. The following local students have been named to the Dean's List: Kourtney Chuman, Lake in the Hills, IL, senior biology major, high honors; Ololade Badmus, Algonquin, IL; sophomore biology major and Harry D. Jacobs High School graduate, high honors; Daniel Hopp, Lake in the Hills, IL, senior history major and Huntley High School graduate, high honors; Kelly Seklecki, Algonquin, IL, sophomore education major and Harry D. Jacobs High School graduate, regular honors.
- A talent in journalism and a love for horses – that's what American Horse Publications (AHP) looks for in recipients of its annual travel awards. This year, one of the winners was Danielle Moritz, a William Woods University student. A non-profit association for the equine publishing media industry, AHP gives travel awards to students who exhibit exceptional abilities and potential in the equine publishing industry. Moritz, a junior from Algonquin, Ill., was one of three student journalists selected. The others are from the University of Maryland and Rice University.
- Colleen Huttner of Lake in the Hills, Ill., has received the University Scholarship and Foundation Leader Award to attend Southeast Missouri State University. Huttner is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Huttner of Lake in the Hills. She will be a 2012 graduate of Crystal Lake Southe High School in Crystal Lake, Ill.
- Lake Forest College student Stuart Pearlman `12 of Lake In The Hills, IL, was recently inducted into the Lake Forest College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa is an academic honor society dedicated to the recognition of superior academic achievement in the liberal arts and sciences
- Forty-seven Augustana College students studied and worked in Sydney, Australia, for the first two months of 2012. The international study program known as "Augustana in Australia" places students in career-relevant positions in Sydney and immerses them in Australian culture. April Kathe from Algonquin, Ill., was among the participants. Kathe is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in communication studies.
- Loras College Provost Cheryl Jacobsen, Ph.D. has announced the names of students who achieved Dean’s List status for the 2011 fall semester. A student must earn a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours to be recognized. Illinois students and their hometowns are as follows: Teresa A. Manion of Algonquin and Brittany M. Seyller of Algonquin,
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