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Maia Kinney-Petrucha is attending Hampshire College, beginning in the fall semester of 2013. She went to Amherst Regional High School.


Allison Greco was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H.

David Miller was named to the summer semester dean’s list at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston.

Emmanuel College

The following local students were named to the fall 2012 dean’s list at Emmanuel College in Boston: Rebecca M. Sailer, of Amherst; Noah C. Doyle-Smith, Thomas A. Shea, Amanda L. Tambacas, Tamara A. Tierney and Max A. Zinter, all of Belchertown; Elizabeth J. Wagner, of Cummington; Rebecca S. Benigno, of Easthampton, Erika L. Desrochers, Victoria M. Kachinski, Meaghan V. Mauer and William J. Selkirk, all of South Hadley.


Abigail Stowe-Thurston is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Russian and Political Science at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. The daughter of Lisa Stowe, of Florence, and Michael Thurston, of Leeds, she graduated from Northampton High School in 2011 and spent a gap year studying in Kazan, Russia as a recipient of the National Security Language Initiative Scholarship.

Stowe-Thurston is the recipient of the Jury Award from Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies. In her work titled “The Dima Yakovlev Law: Ethical Implications of the Russian Adoption Ban,” she analyzed the issue from the perspectives of those who oppose and those who support the ban, using research data to place the issue in context.

Stowe-Thurston hopes to return to Russia to continue her study of the language and culture.

Adam Parsons graduated Aug. 25 from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston. He received a bachelor of science degree and was named to the dean’s list for the summer semester.

Holyoke Community College

The following students have been named to the summer semester dean’s list. They are listed by home town.

Amherst: Johanna R. Arthur, Ramon A. Duran, Salina Kiplagat, Isabel V. Ramos-Mucci

Belchertown: Raquel B. Hanks, Rachel Jonassen Bittman, Zulaiha Liyaudeen, Jo-Ann M. Scott, Katie L. Yvon

Cummington: Kayla E. Thatcher

Easthampton: Elissa A. Cohen, Kaley F. Townsend

Florence: Joseph J. Fungaroli, Laura A. Hale, Emily M. Laufer, Craig W. Odgers

Granby: Hailey J. Dubin

Hadley: Heather M. Potyrala

Haydenville: Aaron Shier

Huntington: Krystle-Ann M. Slowey

Northampton: Tali S. Branco, Talya Sahler

Southampton: Brianne M. Cipriani, Steven M. Mielke, Ellen C. Spath

South Hadley: Lauren N. Barthelette, Sara A. Brinkley, Timothy J. Clark, Tracie C. Mastorakis, Jonathan M. Murray

South Deerfield: Logan Fannin

Westhampton: Jenna L. Seymour

Plymouth State University

The following first year students are attending Plymouth State University in Plymouth, N.H., this fall:

Rachel Gustafson and Charles Miller-Nelson, both of Belchertown; Richard Ramsden, of Florence; Justin Burgos and Killian Venman, both of Northampton; and Ian Hanrahan of South Hadley.


Eva Black is attending Hampshire College in Amherst, beginning the fall semester of 2013. She is the daughter of Chris S. Black and Amber E. Black, and attended Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School.

Kristen Whiteley is attending Hampshire College, beginning the fall semester of 2013. She is the daughter of Robert T. Whiteley and Anne M. Sanders, and attended Hampshire Regional High School.

Brigette Lamarche graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston on Aug. 25. She was awarded a bachelor of science degree.

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