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Area Students Named to Graceland University's Honor Lists PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 June 2011 12:15

News from Graceland University

For more information contact: Randy Meline, 641.784.5213

Area Students Named to Graceland Unviersity's Honor Lists

LAMONI, IA (06/07/2011)(readMedia)-- The honor roll lists for Graceland University's Fall 2010 term have been announced. Students named to the President's list earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Students on the Honors list earned a GPA between 3.65 and 3.99. Those on the Dean's list earned a GPA between 3.25 and 3.64.

Roxanne Garneau of Davenport, IA named to Graceland University's President's List.

Thomas Ratkiewicz of Moline, IL named to Graceland University's Dean's List.

Graceland University was established in 1895 as a non-sectarian liberal arts institution of higher learning. It operates campuses in Lamoni, Iowa and Independence, Missouri, and offers degree completion programs at three other sites – the Kirkwood Community College campus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; the Indian Hills Community College campus in Centerville, Iowa; and the North Central Missouri College campus in Trenton, Missouri.

Students from more than 40 states and 40 nations choose from over 50 academic programs at Graceland. For information about attending GU, please view our website:, and follow the links to Admissions and Financial Aid, call 866-GRACELAND (866.472.2352), or write to Graceland University, Admissions Office, 1 University Place, Lamoni, IA 50140.

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Written by Janine Parr   
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 13:57

Jordan Catholic School Honor Roll

The Outstanding Honor Roll requires more A’s than B’s with no C’s. The Distinguished Honor Roll requires more B’s than A’s with no more than one C. 

Lucy Adlfinger
Maris Boelens
Sidney Boelens
Conner Boyd
August Darrow
Brian Do
Lisa Do
Sam Dodson
Michael Elliott
Ellie Franks
Molly Hunter
Noel Huntley
Peter Moens
Peyton Tanghe

PJ Collins
Samantha Sharp
Ashley Slaight
Ben Woeber

James Becker
Lily Coleman
Lilia Darrow
Jenna Fisher
Bryce Humphrey
Andy Maloney
Grace Maloney
Katie Maloney
Andy Maynard
Ali Milani
Jasmine Moseley
Marina Pickslay
Yvonne Ramirez
Brooke Sheraden
Cassie Wales 

Kyle Barkalow
Emily Bauer
Amber Bausch
Lucy Berry
Sabrina Cincola
Matthew DiIulio
Maria Do
Kate Florence
Kathy Hougland
Dominic Huntley
Kaylee Jawoisz
Frankie Lozoya
Austin Mendoza
Peter Mihm
Rachel Patting
Ale Rodriguez
Abby Springsteen
Kyler Yodts

Isabelle Anderson
Joe Bryant
Michael Do
Phuc Do
Claire Dodson
Daria Guzzo
Michaela Hird
Anthony Hoang
Emily Hoffman
Justice Humphrey
Sam Kelly
Kadie Klauer
Andrew Lekowski
Jacob Orth
Andrew Rea
Sydney Ruggles
Jake Schoeck
Claire Schroeder
Julia Thomer

Claire Benisch
Addie Brenny
Grace Copen
Connor Darrow
Tommy Davies
Anna Parkinson
Hannah Standefer

Governor Quinn Names Gery Chico to Chair Illinois State Board of Education PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Mason   
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 13:06

Appoints Seasoned Education Professional to Oversee Landmark Reform of Education in Illinois

CHICAGO – June 7, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today named Gery Chico as the chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Today’s action is the latest in a series of appointments the Governor is making as he continues to fulfill his commitment to increasing efficiency and accountability in all areas of state government, fostering economic development and creating jobs today and in the future.

“Gery Chico’s decades of experience in education and administration will help keep our schools competitive and prepare our students to succeed in the global economy,” said Governor Quinn. “His leadership will be vital as Illinois prepares to implement ground-breaking education reform that we hope will become the model for the entire country.”

Chico previously served as president of the board of trustees for the Chicago Public Schools and chairman of the City Colleges of Chicago board. He is also a former chief of staff in the Chicago mayor’s office. Chico holds a juris doctorate from Loyola University Chicago and is active in numerous community organizations including the Chicago Urban League, After School Matters and the Illinois Education Foundation.

As President of the Chicago Public Schools, Chico led an effort that improved student performance and teacher confidence for six consecutive years, turned a projected deficit of $1.3 billion into a $345 million surplus, and invested money to build 65 new school facilities and renovate another 375 existing school structures.

Chico also pushed for extended school day programs that allowed over 125,000 students to get more time in the classroom. In addition, he oversaw the creation of afterschool and summer programs that provided nearly 200,000 students with constructive activities to prevent youth crime.

The Illinois State Board of Education is composed of nine members appointed by the Governor to serve four-year terms. The board sets educational policies and guidelines that benefit Illinois’ more than two million students attending for public and private schools, preschool through grade 12, as well as vocational education.


Lia Johnson of Davenport named to Bryan College Dean's List PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 13:00

DAYTON, TN (06/07/2011)(readMedia)-- Lia Johnson of Davenport, IA, is among 181 students named to the Bryan College Dean's List for the spring 2011 semester.

Students earn Dean's List recognition by recording a grade average in the top 25 percent of grades by students in the traditional undergraduate program for that semester.

Lia, daughter of Howard and Susan Johnson of Davenport, was recognized for outstanding academic performance.

Bryan is a Christian liberal arts college offering bachelor's degrees in 18 areas and Master's degrees in Business Administration and Christian Studies. The college has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for 16 consecutive years as being among the Top Tier of Southern liberal arts colleges.

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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Thursday, 02 June 2011 08:19

Congratulations to Rivermont Collegiate junior Pavane Gorrepati, who has received the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award!  This prestigious award is a project-based scholarship for Iowa high school juniors and is unique in the fact that grades, test scores, essays, and financial need are NOT evaluated.  Students are selected on the basis of submitted project proposals of their own choosing and design.  Pavane’s outstanding proposal, Sending Seeds Overseas, has earned her a chance at a $5,000 scholarship.  Pavane will complete her project before October, when she will present it at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum in West Branch, IA along with 14 other student finalists.  At that time, each finalist will receive $1,000 for participating in the program and a committee of accomplished Iowans will choose three students to win $5,000 college scholarships.

The award honors Iowa native and 31st president Herbert Hoover - the name is taken from his “On the Uncommon Man” speech.  As part of the program, Pavane will spend a weekend in West Branch in June learning about President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover, including special tours of the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum and the Hoover National Historic Site.  This weekend offers finalists a framework to understand the inspiration for the award and to meet other student finalists.

In addition to being an Uncommon Student, Pavane was a Senior Champion at the 2010 Eastern Iowa Science & Engineering Fair (EISEF) for her project Warning about Warming: A Global Problem with a Fuel Cell Solution and presented fuel cell projects at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) in both 2009 and 2010.  She is a recipient of a Borlaug-Ruan International Internship, which will take her to the China National Hybrid Rice Research & Development Center this summer to conduct research.  In addition, Pavane will travel to the National History Day Competition in Washington, D.C. in June as part of a group performance with fellow Rivermont juniors Joann Weeks, Meghana Pagadala, and Christine Mbakwe.

Though Pavane is the recipient of many honors, the Uncommon Student is unique in that it encourages young Iowans to invest their talents in their schools, communities, and beyond – to display the skills and talents that Herbert Hoover demonstrated to spot a problem, devise a solution, and make changes when needed.  In the words of a parent of an Uncommon Student, “The Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student project pushed my daughter out of her comfort zone and challenged her to pursue a project she could get excited about.  The Hoover project required her to test her passion and commitment, and to share it with strangers.”  In the words of a past Uncommon Student, “This scholarship does not grade you on your grades, test scores, or essays – just the ability to put your mind to completing something.  Explore your interests or seek what needs change.  The project can be anything you are interested in.  Think big!”

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities’ only private, independent college-prep school for students in preschool through twelfth grade.  For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate, contact Cindy Murray, Director of Admissions, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Visit us online at!

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