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College Credits: ​Benet Academy Grad Continues Volleyball Career

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Benet Academy grad continues men’s volleyball career at Baldwin Wallace University

Andrew Soriano (Aurora/Benet Academy) is one of ten newcomer student-athletes to continue their men’s volleyball career at Baldwin Wallace University.

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Head Coach Kyle Mars, who is in his 2nd season at Baldwin Wallace returns seven student-athletes and one All-Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League (MCVL) player from last year’s squad.

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Student receives dean’s list of honors for fall 2021 semester

Makena DeCapua of Aurora was recently named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2021 semester at the University of Evansville (UE). DeCapua is studying Exercise Science at UE.

A total of over 630 students were named to the UE Dean’s List. To merit this honor, a student must have carried a full academic load of 12 hours or more and have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

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First-year student named to president’s list

Zachary Weissa freshman engineering major from Aurora, was among approximately 660 Bob Jones University students named to the Fall 2021 President’s List.

The President’s List recognizes students who earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester.

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Aurora student participates in college’s Cooperative Education Program

University of Alabama student Brandon Bigus, of Aurora, is participating in UA’s Cooperative Education Program during the spring 2022 semester. Bigus is working for Brasfield & Gorrie.

In the Cooperative Education Program, students alternate periods of full-time study with periods of full-time employment. This program offers work related to the academic major or career interests of each student.

While in school, students carry regular course schedules. While on co-op, they work with professionals in their fields who supervise their training and work. At work, co-op students earn competitive salaries and may receive benefit packages in addition to valuable job experience. Participants maintain their full-time student status while at work and have priority registration status each semester through graduation.

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Aurora student named to the dean’s list at Bob Jones University

Andrew Weissa junior music major from Aurora, was among approximately 820 Bob Jones University students named to the Fall 2021 Dean’s List.

The Dean’s List recognizes students who earn a 3.00-3.74 grade point average during the semester.

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Kaitlyn Schmitt of Aurora named to Harding University dean’s list

Kaitlyn Schmitta senior studying psychology, is among more than 1,200 Harding University students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the fall 2021 semester.

The dean’s list is published each semester by Dr. Marty Spears, University provost, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incomplete.

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Alma College dean’s list includes Aurora student

Anith Kharela resident of Aurora, IL, has been named to the Fall 2021 Dean’s List at Berea College.

A student is named to the Dean’s List who achieves a GPA of 3.4 or higher while passing at least four total credits, a course load equivalent to 16 semester hours.

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Local students make Bradley University’s 2021 fall dean’s list

More than 1900 students were named to Bradley’s Fall 2021 Dean’s List. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester on a 4.0 scale.
Local students include:

  • Hunter Jackley of Aurora (60505), majoring in Kinesiology and Health Science
  • Anai Salgado of Aurora (60506), majoring in Advertising & Public Relations
  • Drew Kohlberg of Aurora (60502), majoring in History
  • Taylor Shead of Aurora (60505), majoring in FCS Retail Merchandising
  • Jeffrey Czerak of Aurora (60506), majoring in English Education (9-12)
  • Landon Williams of Aurora (60504), majoring in Political Science
  • Blake White of Aurora (60503), majoring in Chemistry ACS Certified
  • Kyrsten Lucas of Aurora (60502), majoring in Nursing

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UW-Whitewater awards more than $2.4 million in scholarships for 2021-2022

The following local students are among the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater scholarship recipients receiving financial awards for the 2021-22 academic year.

  • Aurora, IL (60502): Corey Crowderwho is studying Business, won the following scholarship(s): UW-Whitewater Fall 2021 Foundation Scholarship
  • Aurora, IL (60502): Nicole Dawsonwho is studying Biology, won the following scholarship(s): Chancellor Scholars
  • Aurora, IL (60503): Lexi McCauley, who is studying Business Education, won the following scholarship(s): Carl Behrend & Ada Nancy Stoda Scholarship; Transfer Excellence Scholarship
  • Aurora, IL (60504): Emily Wozniakwho is studying Art Education, won the following scholarship(s): Chancellor Scholars

“On behalf of the UW-Whitewater Foundation, we send our deepest congratulations to this year’s scholarship winners, who represent the very best in academic, co-curricular and service excellence across all of our colleges and departments,” said Sandy Dunst, interim president of the UW-Whitewater Foundation. “Over the years, many people and organizations have donated funds to make these financial awards a reality. Their kindness and generosity have contributed to the success of our Warhawks and we’re extremely grateful for their support.”

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