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Jack Meyer and Colton Darger of San Tan Valley have been initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
Mr. Meyer is pursuing a degree in business law at Arizona State University.
Mr. Darger was initiated at Northern Arizona University.
The men are among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership.
Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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Biola University of La Mirada, California, has announced its dean’s list honorees for fall 2014. Paige Coleman of San Tan Valley and Victoria White of Queen Creek were among 1,666 students named to Biola University’s dean’s list for academic excellence.
Biola students are placed on the dean’s list to honor those with a grade point average of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in 12 of more credit units and whose cumulative grade point average is at least a 3.2. This past fall, 38 percent of Biola students achieved this academic goal.
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Olivia Jensen of Queen Creek was among the winners of the Arizona Musicfest young musicians 2015 piano, vocal and instrumental competitions that were held in March and April.
Ms. Jensen won second place in the grades 11-12 division of the piano competition. She is a junior at Sequoia Choice Arizona Distance Learning school in Queen Creek.
The top young talent were to perform during a concert of their competition-winning selections at the Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Winners Concert on Sunday, May 3, at the Musical Instrument Museum. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., in Phoenix.
Nearly 100 talented young artists, grades 7-12, annually compete in the Musicfest Competitions, which are organized into divisions, based on their grade level. The judges award up to three winners per division, with many performing in the showcase winners concert.
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Army Pvt. Levi T. Quednau has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. During his nine weeks of training, Pvt. Quednau studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot march and field training exercises.
Pvt. Quednau is the son of Dana and Robert Quednau of Queen Creek. He is a 2014 graduate of San Tan Foothills High School in San Tan Valley.
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Army Pvt. Trevour H. Horen has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.
During the nine-week training period, Pvt. Horen received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness and first aid, and Army history, traditions and core values.
Pvt. Horen is the son of Christopher and Terri Horen of San Tan Valley and grandson of Linda Uhlik of Florence. He is a 2008 graduate of Florence High School.
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Alexander Burridge of Queen Creek has been named to the dean’s list at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for the spring 2015 session.
Students named to the list earned at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and completed at least 12 degree credit hours during the spring session, according to a press release.
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