Education briefs

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Pittsburg State University releases fall honor rolls

Pittsburg State University has released the honor rolls for the 2020 fall semester. To qualify for Dean’s Scholastic Honors, a student must complete at least 12 semester hours, receive a grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 for all credit course work that semester and have no grade lower than a B and no grade of I in any course during the semester. To qualify for All-A Scholastic Honors, a student must complete at least 12 semester hours, receive a grade of A in all credit course work for the semester and have no grade of I in any course during the semester.


Somer Brooks, BS, Psychology, sophomore, All A Scholastic Honors

Abigail Buntin, BSE, Elementary Education K-6, senior, All A Scholastic Honors

Jacob Hall, BSE, History/government, sophomore, Dean's Scholastic Honors

Julia Hobbs, BSN, Nursing, senior, All A Scholastic Honors

Camille Holman, BSET, Plastics Eng Tech/Polymer Chemistry, senior, All A Scholastic Honors

Samuel Holman, BBA, Computer Information Sys/Bus Economics, junior, All A Scholastic Honors

Claire Hurst, BA, Modern Languages, junior, All A Scholastic Honors

Josephine Lone, BSE, Elementary Education K-6, senior, All A Scholastic Honors

Dalton O'Neill, BS, Criminal Justice, junior, Dean's Scholastic Honors

Dalia Phelps, BSE, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, junior, Dean's Scholastic Honors

Carson Roller, BS, Criminal Justice, sophomore, Dean's Scholastic Honors


Garrett York, BBA, Computer Information Systems, junior, All A Scholastic Honors.

Local Kansas State student earns fall 2020 semester honors

Nearly 5,000 Kansas State University students have earned semester honors for their academic performance in the fall 2020 semester. Students earning a grade point average for the semester of 3.75 or above on at least 12 graded credit hours receive semester honors along with commendations from their deans. The honors also are recorded on their permanent academic records. The following local students from Missouri have earned fall 2020 semester honors from Kansas State University: Jay Henry, of Washburn.

Washburn resident graduates from EGU

Tara Lang-Jackson, a resident of Washburn, recently graduated from WGU Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

Lang-Jackson participated in the nonprofit, fully online university’s commencement ceremony in November, where she and hundreds of other graduates were recognized and celebrated for their achievements.

Lang-Jackson spent over a decade homeschooling her four children before she decided to go back to school and finish her degree. She originally was interested in becoming a wildlife biologist or zoologist, but she soon realized she was meant to be a teacher. She completed her associate degree in psychology-autism in May 2019 and enrolled in WGU Missouri's teacher college that August.

“I set a goal to finish my entire bachelor’s degree in one year,” she said. “I worked very hard and made it happen.”

Thanks, in part, to WGU Missouri’s competency-based model – which allows students to go through coursework at their own pace and on their own schedule, moving quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn – Lang-Jackson graduated in just one year with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education (K-6). Her goal is to become a middle school English Language Arts teacher, and she also plans on going back to school to earn her graduate degree.

“I want to slow down for a bit to enjoy my family and get used to the routine of being a classroom teacher, but I intend to enroll in school again in the near future to obtain a master’s degree in English and writing,” Lang-Jackson said.

Since March 1, 32,377 individuals have earned degrees from WGU, most of them while working full-time jobs and raising families. In its 23-year history, WGU has awarded more than 206,000 degrees and has celebrated with ceremonies held multiple times per year, usually in cities across the country. The November commencement ceremony was held virtually in place of a previously planned in-person celebration.

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Local student named to MVC'S Fall 2020 Dean's List

Dr. Diane Bartholomew, vice president of academic affairs for Missouri Valley College, has announced the Fall 2020 Dean's List. The requirements for the Dean's List are a 3.3 or higher grade point average; at least 12 graded hours for the semester and no "D," "F," or "Incomplete" grades for the semester. Heather Windes, a junior agri-business major from Washburn, was named to the Dean's List.

Drury announces Fall 2020 Dean's Lists

Earning a spot on Drury University's Dean's List is a significant accomplishment. It means a student earned a grade point average of 3.6 or greater (on a 4-point scale) while carrying a full-time course load of 12 or more semester hours at Drury, a top Midwestern university, according to US News & World Report. In the fall semester, the following students made the evening school Dean's List:

Butterfield: Victor Ibarra.

Cassville: Katherine Hamblett and Hector Perez.

Purdy: Dora Garcia and Osvaldo Garcia.

Those who made the day school Dean’s List include:

Cassville: Alexis Mann, Kennedy Parnell and Megan Sloan.

Eagle Rock: Riley Fletcher.

Exeter: Sean Lowry.

Shell Knob: Emily Parker.

Crowder announces Fall 2020 Dean’s List

Crowder College announced the fall 2020 Dean’s list recipients. A total of 617 students earned recognition by taking at least 12 or more college credit hours and achieving a 3.5 grade point average for the semester. Local students on the list include:

Butterfield: Alexis Coursey.

Cassville: Zachary Beranek, Samantha Blangger, Kobe Blisard, Laura Burton, Kimberly Coolidge, Michaela Cotton, Eyricka Frisbie, Dylan Garner, Mary Hayse, Elexia Hobbs, William King, Savannah Lawrence, Angelina Liggett, Natasha McCaslin, Abigail McCollough, Taylor McDonald, Kateline Mildfeldt, Michael Ortiz, Macey Parsons, Angela Periman, Robrt Preddy, Austin Reed-Utter, Camden Roller, Jacob Thomas, Caison Uthe, Nicole Walker, Samantha Webb, Joshua Wilkins, Ariana Williams and Preston Yunk.

Exeter: Quartny Allen, Calista Burns, Sarah Burton, Haylee Hobbs, Wyatt Hoppes and Shalea Hughes.

Purdy: Tatum Burt, Shelby Haskins, Maria Hernandez Reyes and Mason Schallert.

Seligman: Carley Black, Leland Colf, Michael Foster, Karlea Holder and Liliana Outhouse.

Washburn: Sklyer Bockley, Tyler Boxley, Ashlyn Pulliam and Maggie Robbins.

Wheaton: Lillian Allen, Emily Gonzalez and Veronica Rey.

Northwest announces fall 2020 honor rolls

The Office of the Registrar at Northwest Missouri State University announced students named to the Academic or President's honor rolls at the end of the 2020 fall semester. To be included on the Academic Honor Roll, a student must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours and attain a grade-point average of 3.50 or above on a 4.00 scale. Students named to the President's Honor Roll have attained a perfect 4.00 GPA for the semester. Local students earning an honor include: Colleen D. Rukabina, Shell Knob, Academic Honor Roll.

Graves named to dean's list at Culver-Stockton

Culver-Stockton College recently recognized 201 students on its dean's list for academic achievement during the fall 2020 semester. Tasha Graves, of Exeter, was named to the list. Students on the dean's list have earned between a 3.5 and 3.99 grade point average and were enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours with no grade lower than a C.

Washburn native graduates from Kansas State

More than 1,415 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University in fall 2020. Among them was Washburn native Jay Henry, who earned a bachelor of science degree in agriculture.

Cassville student chosen for prestigious Honors College

Cassville High School senior Olivia Holman is among 30 high achieving students from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska who have been chosen for Pittsburg State University’s Honors College. Holman will be majoring in psychology. First consideration was given to students with an ACT superscore of 28 or higher and a 3.5 unweighted GPA, with second consideration to those with an ACT superscore of 25 to 27 and a 3.5 unweighted GPA. The top 12 will receive the Presidential Scholar Award, the next 12 will receive the University Scholar Award, and the final six will receive the Crimson and Gold Scholar Award; together, they’ll be part of a living-learning community and have a range of educational and community engagement experiences.

Eagle Rock native inducted into Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Cyndy Calbat, of Eagle Rock, was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Texas Tech University. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

Calbat is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.