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The Orland Park Prairie 021518

14 | February 15, 2018 |

14 | February 15, 2018 | The orland park prairie School opprairie.com School News Benet Academy Students from Orland Park awarded honors Benet Academy recently announced its honor roll for first semester of the 2017- 2018 school year. First Honors are given to students whose academic average falls between 92-100 and Second Honors for those students between 85-91. Among those awarded First Honors were the following students from Orland Park: seniors Sebastian Adkins, Bennett Kenagy and Michael Kohler; junior Giovanni Kozel; sophomore Dena Kasperas; and freshmen Grace George, Ariana Hazemi, Nicholas Lynch, Katherine Pytel and Madeleine Viz. Among those awarded Second Honors were the following students from Orland Park: senior Brandon Gorz; sophomores Amanda Flowers and Colin Gorz; and freshman Tara Gallagher. Central College Orland Park student named to dean’s list Central College student Cody Smith, of Orland Park, earned a spot on the dean’s list for fall 2017. The honor is awarded to full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale while taking 12 or more graded credit hours for the semester. John Carroll University Two students from Orland Park among those on dean’s list John Carroll University recently announced its fall 2017 dean’s list. Students eligible for the dean’s list must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours within one semester and have a quality grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Orland Park residents who earned the academic honor are Mary Connolly and Molly Traverso. Miami University Students from Orland Park earn places on dean’s list Miami University students who are ranked in the top 20 percent of undergraduate students within each division for first semester 2017-2018 have been named to the dean’s list recognizing academic excellence. Among them were Orland Parkers Erin Cronin, Catie Callaghan, Matthew Diehl, Max Lehnhardt, Samantha Youngwirth, Clara Gannon and Michelle Dyrda. University of Iowa Orland Park student among those named to president’s list Michael Leyden, a University of Iowa student from Orland Park, was named to the university’s president’s list for the fall 2017 semester. The president’s list was established in the fall of 1983 to recognize academic excellence. In order to be included on the list, a student must have a minimum 4.0 grade point average (4.0 is an A) in all academic subjects for the preceding two semesters, with a total of at least 12 semester hours of credit per semester during that period. Approximately 400 students were named to the president’s list for the fall 2017 semester. University of Missouri Student from Orland Park earns spot on dean’s list Megan Falls, of Orland Park, was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester at the University of Missouri. The dean’s list is designated to acknowledge the academic accomplishments of students throughout the semester. A senior at MU, Falls is pursuing a nursing degree in the Sinclair School of Nursing. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Falls graduated from Providence Catholic High School in 2014. Her parents are Dennis and Teri Falls. With an average GPA of 3.7, students admitted to the Sinclair School of Nursing have the highest GPA of any major in the University, and more than 98 percent of nursing graduates find jobs immediately following graduation. Compiled by Editor Bill Jones, bill@opprairie.com. The Orland Park Prairie’s Standout Student Sponsored by Marquette Bank Ayesha Tabriz, St. High Point fifthgrader Ayesha Tabris was chosen as The Orland Park Prairie’s Standout Student because of her academic accomplishments. What is one essential you must have when studying? When I’m studying, I need the textbook or any resource I used to actually learn the concept, because sometimes my notes don’t make sense to me and I need my textbook. What do you like to do when not in school or studying? I absolutely love reading, and so I spend about 2-3 hours reading novels. I also spend a lot of time playing or spending time with my little brother. What is your dream job? I want to become a professor at a university, because I love teaching, but I also want to teach something more advanced than a middle or high school teacher. What is one thing people don’t know about you? People don’t know I can play piano, although my sister and some other people I know are better than me at it. I still know a couple of songs. Whom do you look up to? Emma Watson, because she played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, and because she likes Photo submitted “Hamilton,” and because, finally, she really is just so inspirational and amazing. What is your favorite class? I love writing workshop because 1) it’s what I’m best at 2) we get to write whatever we like as long as we’re choosing different genres to write about. What is one thing that stands out about your school? For me, it’s the library. I don’t go to the public library as often as I’d like to, so being able to just get out of class and go to the library is awesome. What is your best memory from school? Last year, in fourth grade, I picked up a new phrase. It was, “Make me.” I started saying it all the time, every time one of my classmates asked me something. Even now, the first thing my friends expect from me when they ask me to do something is, “Make me.” Standout Student is a weekly feature for The Orland Park Prairie. Nominations come from Orland Park area schools.

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