Winners Cup
Glen Oaks seeks nominations for Distinguished Alumni, Fellows and E. J. Shaheen Teaching Excellence Awards

Glen Oaks Community College is asking the community’s help in seeking individuals for three awards that are presented annually during the college’s graduation ceremony, which is scheduled for Friday, May 7. They are the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Fellows Award, and the E. J. Shaheen Teaching Excellence Award. Graduation planning is currently in progress and more information will be announced as details become available.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given each year to a Glen Oaks alum who has demonstrated achievement in his or her career field, service to the community or outstanding contribution to the college.

Fellows Award
The Fellows Award is given to an individual or institution who has provided outstanding support of the college as evidenced by long-term dedication and commitment to the college, extensive community level support for the college and/or direct and continuing support of the college and students. Former and retired employees may also be considered for this award.

  1. J. Shaheen Teaching Excellence Award
    The E. J. Shaheen Teaching Excellence Award is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member. The nominee should exemplify high professional standards, excellence in teaching and whose position as a faculty member reflects upon the value of education to his or her students and the quality of education. The appointment includes a monetary award.

More specific details and requirements for the awards, as well as the nomination forms, can be found at: The information is also available from the Glen Oaks President’s Office or Student Services Office.  Students, staff, former students, and community members are encouraged to submit nominations to reach the President’s Office at Glen Oaks by 4 p.m., Mon., March 22, 2021.

Financial currency
Application deadline for GOCC President’s and Dean’s Scholarships is Mar. 1

Area high school students are reminded that the deadline to apply for the Glen Oaks President’s and Dean’s scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year is March 1.

To be eligible students must be a 2021 graduate from a public or private high school in St. Joseph County or a public high school within the Glen Oaks service area (Cass County residents attending Three Rivers, Constantine or White Pigeon High Schools; students attending high schools in Branch County in Michigan; and students attending high schools in LaGrange, Elkhart, Steuben and St. Joseph Counties of Indiana).

For the Presidential Scholarship students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 to be eligible for up to $4,000 per year. For the Dean’s Scholarship, worth up to $2,000 per year, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Students must meet the minimum GPA requirement after the first semester of their senior year.  Both scholarships may be renewable for a second year.

“A Glen Oaks Presidential Scholarship will be awarded to one student from each of the eight high schools in St. Joseph County, one scholarship for a student attending a private high school in St. Joseph County, and two additional scholarships will be awarded to students residing in the Glen Oaks Service Area,” said Jean Zimmerman, director of financial aid. “For the Dean’s Scholarship, we will award two students from each high school in the county, two students attending a private high school in St. Joseph County, plus two scholarships for students residing in the Glen Oaks service area.”

To access the scholarship descriptions and application please go to: and select Scholarships. The scholarship descriptions and the link to the application are listed under Currently Active Scholarships.

To be considered for these awards, all application materials must be received in the Glen Oaks Financial Aid Office by 4 p.m. on March 1, 2021.

Contact the GOCC Financial Aid office with questions by calling (269) 294-4260 or email  Office hours are 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday with the college being closed between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. due to current limited staffing.

Sophia Ryan with award
GOCC’s Ryan to compete in state agricultural competition

Congratulations to Sophia Ryan. Ryan is a sophomore at Glen Oaks and Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology majoring in Agricultural Operations. In December, she competed in the Michigan Farm Bureau Collegiate Young Farmers Discussion Meet. To compete, she video-taped a 10-minute response to an agricultural related question. She was selected as a top 4 finalist in the state. She then competed in a virtual discussion representing Glen Oaks and Michigan State University and was named the winner of that competition.

In March, Ryan will compete in the National Farm Bureau Federation’s Collegiate Young Farmers Discussion Meet representing the state of Michigan.

Ryan is a graduate of Sturgis High School. She is currently the president of the Collegiate Farm Bureau at Glen Oaks Community College and is involved in the Sigma Alpha-Gamma Sorority at MSU. After completing her degree at Glen Oaks, she plans to transfer to MSU where she will continue her education in animal embryonic and genetic studies and veterinary medicine.

Amy Adams with CTE project
CTE graphic design students present branding design projects to judges

Twelve students in the advanced Career and Technical Education (CTE) Graphic Design cohort at Glen Oaks Community College recently presented their branding and advertising projects to a panel of outside judges. As part of the project, students developed a fictitious company and created corresponding logo designs, print materials, design spec sheets and website homepage mock-ups. They presented their work and interacted with judges to share their creative choices in design, font, messaging, etc. Above left, Madison Owen, of Sturgis, is shown with her display board featuring her Go Green recycling business. On right is Amy Adams, of Three Rivers, sharing information on a business called Dice Roll. The CTE Graphic Design program is taught by instructor Linda Walker. In all, there are currently 29 junior and senior students in the program.


Michigan Reconnect
Glen Oaks announces support for Michigan’s new Reconnect program—offering eligible adults an opportunity for reduced-cost education

Glen Oaks Community College will serve as a Champion to support the Michigan Reconnect program unveiled Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Lansing by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in an effort to help address a widening skills gap within the state’s workforce. Hundreds of leading Michigan business, community and legislative leaders say Reconnect is exactly what state employers need to alleviate the shortage of highly skilled and capable workers.

“Michigan Reconnect will not only help individuals and families pursue their dreams, but will also help build a strong economy that requires a talented and modern workforce to compete for the jobs of the future,” said Tonya Howden, vice-president of student services at Glen Oaks. As a Champion, Glen Oaks has committed to spreading the word about the opportunity Michigan Reconnect is providing for eligible adults locally and statewide. The program is specifically designed for residents who are 25 years or older and have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent.

Michigan Reconnect will help pay the costs of tuition or training for eligible adults who want to pursue an associate degree or technical degree. The program also offers skills scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition at more than 70 private training schools with 120 programs to earn certification in manufacturing, construction, information technology, health care or business management.

In order to be eligible for Michigan Reconnect, adults must meet the following criteria:

  • Age 25 or older
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Michigan resident for at least one year
  • Not yet completed a college degree (associate or bachelor’s)

Michigan Reconnect pays the remaining balance of tuition and mandatory fees after other state and federal financial aid have been applied.

As of 2019, only 42% of Michigan’s working-age residents had an associate degree or higher. Michiganders without a college degree or training credential often face economic challenges. A 2020 analysis by the American Association of Community Colleges reports the median earnings of full-time employees with a high school degree is $40,510 annually, while those with an associate degree make $50,079 per year, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Michigan employers’ ability to find highly skilled employees is more difficult than ever and is cited as a top concern in the most recent Michigan Future Business Index Report. Michigan Reconnect will help address the dual challenges of the state’s widening talent gap and aging workforce.

“We encourage area residents who want to secure their future by pursuing a satisfying, in-demand career to take advantage of what Michigan Reconnect is offering,” Howden said.

The application and additional program information are available now at, with enrollment in classes beginning May, 2021.

Glen Oaks to award $288,341 in CRRSAA emergency funding to eligible students

Students at Glen Oaks Community College received an email early this week announcing the college is receiving additional funding from the U.S. Department of Education to ensure student learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Glen Oaks will award $288,341 in emergency grants to students through funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). Students must be currently enrolled in the Winter 2021 semester and complete an application process.

“We are pleased that our students have this grant opportunity available to them during these challenging times,” said Tonya Howden, vice-president of student services. “The grant requires colleges to prioritize the funds for students with exceptional financial need. We are encouraging applicants to provide detailed information that supports financial hardships incurred resulting from the pandemic and we will review applications on a case-by-case basis. The college will also use information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial need. We hope this grant funding helps students as they continue their educational journey.”

Students must meet several criteria to be eligible for the grants. They must have a high school diploma or GED as high school students are not eligible. The grants may be used to cover expenses related to  campus operations, including cost of course materials, technology, food, housing, healthcare, and childcare. The emergency grants are anticipated to be dispersed by the end of March and do not need to be repaid.

Students must apply for the grants prior to 4 p.m., Monday, Mar 1. Questions regarding eligibility of the emergency funds should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at (269) 294-4260 or

Great Job gold stamp
Glen Oaks announces Fall 2020 President’s and Dean’s list

Glen Oaks Community College announces its outstanding scholars for the Fall, 2020 Semester. Students on the President’s Honor Roll achieved a grade point average of 3.75-4.0. Students on the Dean’s Honor Roll achieved a grade point average of 3.5-3.74. The students are listed alphabetically according to their towns of residency.



Shipshewana – April Friesen

South Bend – Jodi Wagner



Adrian – Noah Benge, Alyssia Hudson-Grayer

Battle Creek – Timothy Cooley

Bronson – Kelly Arnett, Addison Barnes, Hilary Davis, Gianna Everett, Jada Fair, Galilea Gonzalez Castaneda, Kirsten Kech, Meagan Lasky, Victor McBride, Luis Ortiz, Blaine Robinson, Veronica  Shortridge, Sidney Swick, Cody Vaughn, Brooke Washburn

Burr Oak – Tonya Bowser, Ethan Grubb, Branson Hernandez, Brooklyn Hernandez, Ethan Hollomon, Trinity Hughes, Gavin Johnson, Abigail Vallance

Centreville – Edward Arver, Robert Frederick, Kathryn Gage, Caleb Hackett, Hannah Hartong, Carson Hunter, Abby McNamara, Shawn McNamara, Katherine Miller, Rachel Miller, McKenzie Sheteron, Kaylee  Stears, Lilly Stears, Lauren Webb, Kenleigh West-Wing

Coldwater – Destiney Everline, Jayna Klingaman, Hunter Lindbert, Luz Lozada Gonzalez, Grace Welch

Colon – Caiden Adams, Brendan Barkman, Alyssa Scott

Constantine – Amy Carpenter, Seth Chiddister, Kayla Hensell, LeeAnn Hurst, Megan  McNamara, Savannah Miller, Alyssa Parmer, Jedidiah Schrock, Rogelio Solis

East Leroy – Chelsea Ambroso

Edwardsburg – Justyn Withers

Fulton – Kevin Munn

Jones – Mikayla Copley, Isabella Ford, Grace Gardner, Hannah Outlaw, Kennedy Wolf

Jonesville – Kenzie Wyatt

Leonidas – Cole Decker

Marcellus – Ashley Ives

Mendon – Chloe Behrends, Jade Breseman, Brendan Griffith, Payton Griffith, Andrea Hoffman, Logan Hunter, Jaime Moore, Ryley Mullin, Anna Smith, Alivia Stuart

Midland – Brady Woods

Monroe – Logan Complo

Portage – Mercades Cooper

Schoolcraft – Robert Chobot

Sherwood – Alexander Stoll

Sturgis – Brenda Araujo Aquino, Ulisses Avila, Kourtney Bennett, Ethan Bond , Jeffrey Bradley, Mary Chupp, Taylor Clark, Jessica Eash, Elaina Eicher, Hope Eichorn, Yvone Estrada, Cecelia Franz, Cierra Geigley, Joshua Grace, Caitlynn Hughes, Sierra Keeslar, Patty Lock, Sarah McKnight, Rylie Miller, Mary Mosher, Peter Nguyen            , Grace Nighswonger, Andrew Rambadt, Joseph Rambadt, Brian Rice, Antonio Salinas, Gracey Smith, Raymond Swinsick, Tina Tran, Robert Tribble, Kiley Weiderman       , Avian Younts, Mayleen Younts

Three Rivers – Mason Arnold, Madison Awe, Kelsey Beachey, Noah Bell, Erin Blair, Justin Blair, Javon Brown, Ryon Buchanan, Kendra Burch, Joe Caton, Scott Crippin, Ethan Crooks, Kelsi Crotser, Madellyn Cullifer, Molly Culver, MaKenna Cupp, Karsyn Draime, Michael Gamet Herendeen, Parker Garwick, Derek Gleaton,         Isabella Hoxie, Lydia Jepsen, Judah Kay, Alivia Knapp, Carli Lehman , Jared Lubieniecki, Riley Ludwig, Landon McKenzie, Lexi McKenzie,      Brooke Mercer, Paige Middleton, Ryan Nowicki, Olivia            Penny, Nicole Shaffer, Luke Stasiuk, Keyona Thompson, Alaina Todd, Jayley Zeimet

Union – Raigan Dumm, Alexis McDonald, Lara Perkins

Vandalia – Kylie Roberts

Vicksburg – Aaron Phelps

White Pigeon – Sydney Bacheller, Kathryn Bedard, Nicole Bielak, Kennedy Espinoza, Reyna       Fielis, Brooklynn Haney, Joshua Johnson, Maddie Johnson, Madison         Krull, Chelsea Lucas, Tanner Orton



Dean’s List

Daleville – Ashlyn Craig

Elkhart – Landon Lee

Harlan – Cameron Sprunger

Howe – Jennifer Miller, Todd Wisler

LaGrange – Madison Miller



Battle Creek – Jordan Uptgraft

Bronson – Olivia Aleman, Regan Barrington, Abigail Butler, Alberto Caballero, Connor Covey          , Karissa Gest, Caitlyn Hagen, Rylan Kiomento, Madison Ratkowski, Lexie Rodriguez, Jenna Salek, Emerie Wotta

Burr Oak – Mason Harris, Ashley Vallance

Centreville – Broderick French, Kameron  Haviland, Kate Miles , Skyler Wood

Coldwater – Alexis Clemens, Blayn Gibson, Jasmin Gutierrez

Coloma – Jacob Hammond

Colon – Matthew Bissett, Anthony Riddle, Grayson Riethmiller, Braeona Shelton, Ronda Thrams, Emma Velie

Constantine – Britany Frye, Kaitlyn Gross, Abagail Kuric, Amanda Ross

Detroit – D’Laina Harton

Dewitt – Sydney Knitter

Gobles – Kevin Chandler

Hanover – Shelby Boden

Jones – Kaden Frye

Kalamazoo – Bradley Gambrell, Samantha Nickerson, Elizabeth Pooler

Lawton – Emily Werden

Litchfield – Zachary Butters

Marshall – Rickey Nye

Mendon – Kaylee Allison, Carson Cupp, Kylee Eckert, Katherine Gangloff, Ciera Haynes, Noah Slaughter, Ashley Smith

Spring Arbor – Austyn Curtis

Sturgis – Edwin Ballines Zamudio, Samantha Bartelt, Paige Bowling, Alan Castro, Terri Devlin, Brandon Flowers, Andy Garcia, Marcelino Garcia Espinal, Emily Gooch, Allison Hearld            Cruz,Hernandez Cruz, David Lash , Caitlyn Loker, Iancarlo Lopez, Jessica Luna, Emily           Mead, Samara Munoz, James Myers, Madison Owen, Bryan Peralta, Mayra Perez Correa, Arleth Reyes Apolonio, Drew Schmidt, Carter Sylvester, Jennifer Valdez, Jessica Wells

Three Rivers – Dawn  Captain, Justice Cheeks, Valo Christiansen, Audrey Dickerson, Shenira Fuller, Alexis      Gamble, Rebekah, Hagenbuch, Graicee Harker, Kali Heivilin, Corey Johnson, Gregory Powers, Shane Raver, Michelle Smith, Zoe Swartz

Union – Kelly Hall

Vandalia – Kara Gaideski

Vicksburg – James Moore

White Pigeon – Morgann Campbell, Ashley Delarye, McKenzie Fenner, Faith Goins, Grace Hofmeister, Drew Horn, Cahil Krajniak, William McGrady, Ashley Miller, Sharon Oleskiewicz, Larissa Proffitt



David H. Devier - Glen Oaks President
Glen Oaks is managing operations in the face of the pandemic

by Dr. David Devier, Glen Oaks President

As winter semester opened on January 11, Glen Oaks Community College was operating at 80% virtual-based instruction. This is a significant change from fall semester when only 35% was totally virtual. The college operated well in the fall until the eleventh week when the pandemic really hit St. Joseph County hard and most operations had to be moved off campus once again. This was the second semester in a row that the decision had to be made to basically close down the campus. While the second time was easier to manage based on the experience of last winter, it was difficult for students and faculty to switch during the semester.

This being the case, the decision was made to move the majority of classes virtual for Winter 2021, and spare everyone from the potential of having to switch once again if the pandemic worsened. A couple things are different this semester. First, many of the virtual classes are being offered synchronous via the ZOOM platform. This works well as it emulates the normal classroom experience and provides for class interaction in real time. The one facet that makes it less flexible than traditional online asynchronous classes is that the students have to be online at the given day and time.

The only classes actually being held in-seat on campus are those that require lab experiences including nursing, allied health, automotive tech, Ag tech, and welding. It should be noted, that the automotive and welding CTE classes that are hosted on campus are in-seat each day though with reduced numbers on alternating days. They plan to return fully to campus in normal operations in the near future. This will see the return of graphic design and the two information technology CTE offerings on site as well.

The Devier Suites housing had to close down in November as well but opened for this semester with approximately 70% occupancy. The majority of these students are athletes. All athletic programs will be in competition beginning in early February. These sports include woman’s volleyball, which was moved forward from the fall, men’s and woman’s basketball, men’s baseball, woman’s softball, golf, and bowling. After losing all spring sports last year, everyone is looking forward to resuming this spring.

We are proud of the efforts of faculty and staff throughout this challenging year. Every student has been served well in the face of the many changes that had to be made. One of those events that was lost was graduation and every effort is being made to determine how we may hold commencement this spring and allow 2020 graduates the opportunity to participate with 2021, completers.

I closing, I will say that Glen Oaks has managed the many challenges brought on by the pandemic because of all the hard work of every employee. The students need to be complimented for their resilience and commitment to their educational goals. While there is a time in the future when operations will be back to somewhat normal, the college is changed forever and many of the best practices we have developed to serve students at a distance will remain.

Money for scholarships
Deadline for Glen Oaks Foundation scholarships is March 1

Students who plan to enroll in classes at Glen Oaks Community College for the fall 2021-22 semester are reminded of the March 1 deadline to apply for Glen Oaks Foundation scholarships.

Through efforts of the Foundation, endowed scholarships and charitable cash gifts provide many students with financial assistance to defray the cost of their education with the goal of helping to change their lives in positive ways.

The Glen Oaks Community College Foundation reported that for the 2020-21 academic year, 66 students received over $64,400 in scholarships.

A link to the GOCC Foundation Scholarship application is on the Glen Oaks website at: Scholarship applications with all required materials must be submitted by 4 p.m., March 1, 2021.

To browse descriptions of the available scholarships, visit the Glen Oaks Community College Foundation Scholarship link at:  Persons wishing to learn more about establishing a scholarship fund or contributing to an existing fund, should contact Vonda Marrow, executive director, Glen Oaks Community College Foundation, by calling (269) 294-4384, or email

Contact the GOCC Financial Aid Office with questions about financial assistance by calling (269) 294-4260.

News – 2021
  • High school seniors urged to apply now for President’s and Dean’s Scholarships at Glen Oaks

    October 18, 2021High school seniors urged to apply now for President’s and Dean’s Scholarships at Glen Oaks
    High schools seniors planning to attend college Glen Oaks Community College are encouraged to apply now for the President’s and Dean’s Scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year. To be eligible for these scholarships students must be a 2022 graduate from a public or private high school in St. Joseph County or a public high school within ...
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  • Glen Oaks to hold 2021 St. Joseph County College Fair – Tues., Oct. 19

    October 15, 2021Glen Oaks to hold 2021 St. Joseph County College Fair – Tues., Oct. 19
    Over 500 prospective students, are expected to attend the 2021 St. Joseph County College Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Ken Schuler Court, the college’s gymnasium. Schools in St. Joseph County will bus upper-level students to the event where they will be able to talk with admission representatives to learn ...
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  • Glen Oaks is new site for free weekly COVID-19 tests and vaccinations through Dec. 14

    October 13, 2021Glen Oaks is new site for free weekly COVID-19 tests and vaccinations through Dec. 14
    Glen Oaks Community College is the newest county site for free weekly COVID-19 tests and vaccinations for students, employees and the community beginning Tuesday, Oct. 19. The weekly clinics, coordinated through a three-way partnership between the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency and Glen Oaks, will be held ...
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  • Glen Oaks to hold public yard sale – Friday, Oct. 22, at the Hagen House—east end of campus

    October 12, 2021Glen Oaks to hold public yard sale – Friday, Oct. 22, at the Hagen House—east end of campus
    Glen Oaks Community College will hold a public yard sale on Friday, Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nora Hagan House on the Glen Oaks campus. Included in the sale will be welding tables, assorted tables and chairs, wood and metal desks, storage and filing cabinets (lateral, two-, four- and five-drawer), metal ...
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  • Glen Oaks announces Summer 2021 President’s and Dean’s list

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    Glen Oaks Community College announces its outstanding scholars for the Summer 2021Semester. Students on the President’s Honor Roll achieved a grade point average of 3.75-4.0. Students on the Dean’s Honor Roll achieved a grade point average of 3.5-3.74. The students are listed alphabetically according to their towns of residency.   PRESIDENT’S LIST Indiana Howe:  Jennifer Clay, Lindsay McLain Michigan Bronson: Luis ...
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  • Glen Oaks hires Mike Rasmussen as new athletic director

    August 3, 2021Glen Oaks hires Mike Rasmussen as new athletic director
    Glen Oaks Community College welcomes alumnus Mike Rasmussen as the new athletic director replacing Matt Brawley who recently accepted the athletic director position at Niles Schools. Rasmussen comes to Glen Oaks from Colon High School where he was the Jr./Sr. high school principal. Prior to that, he was the athletic director at White Pigeon Community Schools.  ...
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  • Does a college degree or certificate truly pay off?

    August 3, 2021Does a college degree or certificate truly pay off?
    by Dr. David H. Devier President, Glen Oaks Community College A college degree pays off — but by just how much? The College Board has published its latest report about the economic benefits of higher education. Education Pays 2019: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society documents differences in earnings and employment status for U.S. adults ...
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  • GOCC President receives ACCT Regional CEO award

    July 27, 2021GOCC President receives ACCT Regional CEO award
    Glen Oaks President Dr. David H. Devier has been chosen by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) as the recipient of the 2021 Central Regional Chief Executive Officer Award. He will be recognized during the 52nd Annual ACCT Leadership Congress, in San Diego in mid-October. Devier, a native of Ada, Ohio, has worked in education ...
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  • Glen Oaks selected for NSF Project Vision program – one of 13 colleges nationwide

    July 22, 2021Glen Oaks selected for NSF Project Vision program – one of 13 colleges nationwide
    Glen Oaks Community College has been selected to participate in a National Science Foundation (NSF) program that will provide training and support to assist the college’s expertise in grant writing. Glen Oaks is one of 13 two-year colleges nationally chosen to participate in this program in which Project Vision’s staff and its teams work with local ...
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  • Winter 2021 President’s and Dean’s List*

    June 24, 2021Winter 2021 President's and Dean's List*
    Glen Oaks Community College announces its outstanding scholars for the Winter 2021Semester. Students on the President’s Honor Roll achieved a grade point average of 3.75-4.0. Students on the Dean’s Honor Roll achieved a grade point average of 3.5-3.74. The students are listed alphabetically according to their towns of residency. PRESIDENT’S LIST Indiana Middlebury – Samantha Kulpinski Shipshewana – ...
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