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Education in Brief - August 10, 2017

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Fiorito named to dean’s list

Catherine Fiorito, a resident of Goshen, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at The College of Wooster. Fiorito, a first-year student and graduate of North Oldham High School, achieved a grade point average of 3.65 or above.

McKinnon earns top army fitness award

Wheaton College ROTC cadet William McKinnon of Goshen recently received the Top Army Physical Fitness Test Score Award.

The purpose of the Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps is to enable college students to pursue a course of study which will qualify them, upon graduation, for appointment as officers in the United States Army, Army Reserve or National Guard.

Local students graduate from WGU

The following local residents received their degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The university held its 33rd semi-annual commencement ceremony at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on July 15 and celebrated the graduation of more than 10,000 graduates. Nicole Duck of Crestwood (received her Master of Science in Nursing, Leadership and Management (RN to MSN) and Amanda Neel of Crestwood received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Dinga named to dean’s list

Samantha M. Dinga, a junior majoring in health, behavior and society and psychology at the University of Rochester, has been named to the dean’s list for academic achievement for the spring 2017 semester.

Dinga, a resident of La Grange, is the child of Michael Dinga and Mary Therese Dinga, and a graduate of Carol Martin Gatton Academy in Bowling Green.

WKU completes gifted student program

The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU hosted its 34th annual summer program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth (VAMPY) from June 25 to July 15.

VAMPY provides advanced learning opportunities for academically gifted students who have just completed the seventh through 10th grades. In order to attend VAMPY, students must have earned a qualifying score on the SAT or ACT. VAMPY classes met daily for the three weeks, allowing gifted young people to study one topic in great depth. 

Cole LaDow of La Grange, Logan Stewart of La Grange and Lorenzo Mahoney of Prospect attended the summer program.

The dates for the 35th year of VAMPY are June 24 to July 14, 2018, with the application becoming available in mid-January.

Skinner graduates

Craig Skinner Jr. “CJ” graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Business Administration and Economics from Bellarmine University. During his four years at Bellarmine he participated in the Brown Leadership Community, was treasurer for the Economics and Finance Club and senior analyst for the Investment Group.He was also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Epsilon and Kappa Gamma Pi.