Local Students Earn Academic Honors

Local Students Who Made the UMass Amherst Spring 2022 Dean’s List

Below is a list of East Boston students who were named to the dean’s list at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the spring 2022 semester.

In order to qualify, an undergraduate student must receive a 3.5 grade-point average or better on a four-point scale.

Mariana Alejandra Jaramillo

Jiacheng Mei

Arlette Vanessa Ordonez

Evelyn Dayana Rodriguez

Cameron Alexander Shepherd

Anna Zou

Smith Named to Clark University’s Spring 2022 Dean’s List

Denise M. Smith, of East Boston was named to first honors on the Clark University Dean’s List. This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the Spring 2022 semester.

Students must have a GPA of 3.8 or above for first honors or a GPA between 3.50 and 3.79 for second honors.

Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university that prepares its students to meet tomorrow’s most daunting challenges and embrace its greatest opportunities. Through 33 undergraduate majors, more than 30 advanced degree programs, and nationally recognized community partnerships, Clark fuses rigorous scholarship with authentic world and workplace experiences that empower our students to pursue lives and careers of meaning and consequence.

Local Students Named to Boston College High School Honor Roll

The following East Boston students have been named to the Third Quarter Honor Roll at Boston College High School:

• Jack Brodin, High Honors (Class of 2022)

• Pablo Alvila, High Honors (Class of 2024)

• Jesse Ramos, High Honors (Class of 2024)

• Gabriel Aviles-Lemus, High Honors (Class of 2024)

• Thomas Zirpolo, Honors (Class of 2024)

For High Honors a Sophomore, Junior, and Senior must have at least a 3.80 quality point average and all grades “C+” or higher. Freshmen need a 3.6 quality point average and all grades “C+” or higher.

For Honors a Sophomore, Junior, and Senior must have at least a 3.20 quality point average and all grades “C-” or higher. Freshmen need a 3.165 quality point average and all grades “C-” or higher.

About Boston College High School: Boston College High School is a Jesuit, Catholic, college-preparatory school for young men in grades 7 to 12. Founded in 1863, the school enrolls approximately 1,500 students from more than 140 communities in eastern Massachusetts. For more information please visit bchigh.edu.

Local Students Graduate from Emerson

Emerson College, the nation’s premier institution for the arts, communication, and the liberal arts, awarded more than 1,000 undergraduate degrees during its 142nd Commencement at Agganis Arena in Boston.

Anna Moon from East Boston received a BA in Writing, Lit & Pub: Publishing.

Caitlin Johnson from East Boston received a BFA in Theatre Education.

Ethan Denk from East Boston received a BFA in Acting.

Fiona Luddy from East BOSTON received a BFA in Creative Writing BFA.

Jake Albalate from East Boston received a BA in Writing, Lit & Pub: Literature.

Julia Taylor from East Boston received a BA in Writing, Lit Publishing (4+1).

Kaitlyn Fehr from East Boston received a BS in Journalism.

Kaitlyn SHOKES from East Boston received a BA in Writing, Lit Publishing (4+1).

Max Gersten from East Boston, received a BS in Journalism.

Xiaoxiao Cao from East Bostonreceived a BA in Media Arts Production.

During the ceremony, the College honored three award-winning artists, innovators, and Emersonians for their contributions and efforts to the arts, communication, and greater humanity. Crazy Rich Asians and Raya and the Last Dragon screenwriter Adele Lim ‘96; composer and singer Toshi Reagon; and Emerson Trustee, founder and chairman of Samuels & Associates, and film producer Steve Samuels each received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. Lim ‘96 gave the commencement address.

“I admire your sense of community, of social justice, fairness, and your willingness to use your voice in the pursuit of those ideals,” said Interim President William Gilligan in the President’s Address at the ceremony. “The world needs you now to continue that with all the skills and knowledge you have acquired, the values you have developed and displayed, and that indomitable Emerson spirit that you have shown us often.”

Commencement speaker Adele Lim ‘96, said, “I am far from done, but what I hope for myself, for all of us, for all of you, is what all great stories have: a journey that is authentic and meaningful, and if we’re lucky, one that touches the lives of others.”

About Emerson College

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has 3,780 undergraduates and 670 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 90 student organizations and performance groups. Emerson is known for its experiential learning programs in Los Angeles, the District of Columbia, the Netherlands, London, China, and the Czech Republic as well as its new Global Portals, with the first program launching this fall in Paris. The College has an active network of 51,000+ alumni who hold leadership positions in communication and the arts. For more information, visit emerson.edu.

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