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Amherst

Camille Lennon Devoney graduated from the University of Southern California as a Renaissance Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa inductee with majors in theater and American studies. She recently completed an internship with Directors Lab West and is in rehearsals for a show that will go up as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Sarah Lansky, daughter of Gail and Aaron Lansky, graduated from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minn., on May 17, with a bachelor’s degree in international studies. Her honors thesis was “My Brother Before Me: The Role and Experience of Local Humanitarian Aid Workers in Eastern Cameroon.” She received the David W. McCurdy Award for excellence in anthropological research.

Parker Cowls Jones, a mechanical engineering major, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

Julia Sillen, daughter of Tina Barsby, of Amherst, and Andrew Sillen of Brooklyn, New York, graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in art from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minn., on May 17. Sillen won the Distinguished Merit Award in studio art.

Caroline Lord and Jillian Seigel, both of Amherst, graduated June 6 from Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield. Lord, who will attend Boston University, gave the senior class address; Seigel will attend Skidmore College in New York.

Hannah H. Tessler, daughter of Patricia Gorman of Amherst and Richard Tessler, also of Amherst, received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Hamilton College in New York on May 25. Tessler majored in sociology with departmental honors.

Belchertown

Vincent Nicholas Pratt was named to the spring semester president’s list at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.; he is majoring in general engineering.

Stephanie Pelletier earned a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management and advocacy from Southern Vermont College. She received the president’s award for her work as lead campus ambassador, lead orientation leader, and president of Colleges against Cancer. She also won the William A. Glasser Award, given to a graduate who has achieved outstanding personal and academic growth. She will join the staff at the college as an assistant director of admissions.

Chesterfield

Keith Cotnoir was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Springfield College.

Deerfield

Jack D. Gobillot, a member of the class of 2014 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. A theater and dance major, he is the son of Christine O’Hara of Deerfield and Daniel Gobillot of Turners Falls.

Easthampton

Jason Mearls was awarded an associate of applied science degree June 7 from the Community College of Vermont, in Northfield.

Navy Ensign Sarah A. Fogleman, daughter of Jay A. and Katrina M. Fogleman of Kingston, R.I., graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and was commissioned to her current rank. This was the culmination of a four-year program of academic, military and physical training designed to produce combat leaders of character for the Navy and Marine Corps.

She is a 2010 graduate of Williston Northampton School, Easthampton.

Stephanie Alexis Vlohiotis, daughter of Karen and Bruce Vlohiotis, was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business. She is a senior at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Florence

Anya Melone Klepacki, daughter of Skip Klepacki of Florence and Regan Melone, graduated from Tufts University of Medford, with honors. She completed a dual-degree program, earning a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, and a bachelor of fine arts degree in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Graham Spencer-Orrell, of Florence, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn.

Shaina Elizabeth Rifken, daughter of David and Shelly Rifken, received a bachelor’s degree in marketing communication from Emerson College, Boston. Shaina is a 2010 graduate of Northampton High School.

Dylan J. Kaufman and Cara R. Bartolomeo were named to the spring semester dean’s list at Northeastern University, Boston.

Hadley

Marisa Babb is the recipient of the 2014 Springfield College Class of ‘57 Outstanding Senior Leadership Chair. The award honors a senior who has demonstrated the ability to work as an effective group member and group leader, has made significant contributions to the community, and has an understanding and appreciation of the opportunities and challenges in a diverse world.

She has also served as a head resident assistant, a Habitat for Humanity member, and a volunteer at Rebuilding Together, Rays of Hope, and Hartford Hospital.

Michael A. Kazalis received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y., on May 10.

Hatfield

Amanda Wisnouskas graduated magna cum laude from Bay Path College, Longmeadow on May 10, with a bachelor of arts degree.

Leeds

Rebecca Flinker, daughter of Peter and Stephanie Flinker, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Hope College, Holland, Mich.

Northampton

Alana Horton, the daughter of Nicholas Horton and Julia Riseman, received a liberal arts degree, magna cum laude, in English and theatre from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minn. on May 17. She is a graduate of the Williston Northampton School.

Grace Olmsted was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio.

Samantha Zimmerman, the daughter of George Zimmerman, graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., on May 17. She received a liberal arts degree in biology and English, graduated cum laude and received the Harry Scherman Writing Award for creative writing/prose.

Pelham

Kristin Andres graduated May 19 from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., with a degree in neuroscience.

Shutesbury

Emma van Emmerik, daughter of Richard van Emmerik and Virginia Worthington, graduated cum laude from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., on May 17 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Eliza Aierstuck graduated May 19 from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., with a degree in mathematics.

South Hadley

Richard Werenski earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Westhampton

Jameson Huntley, an environmental sciences major, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Westfield State University. Graeme Huntley, a criminal justice major, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Holyoke Community College. The brothers are the sons of Edward and Breda Huntley.

Williamsburg

Heather Day received her master of social work degree May 22 from Fordham University in New York. She graduated summa cum laude with a concentration in human service leadership. A 2005 graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School, Heather graduated magna cum laude from Connecticut College in 2009 and attended Hampshire Regional High School and the Williamsburg elementary schools. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. and works as an advocate for youth who have experienced violence. Day is the daughter of Fern Selesnick of Williamsburg and Ted Day, of Westerly, R.I.

Colleges:*

Clark University

The following local students received degrees from the university in Worcester on May 18:

Charlotte Kate Turner Ethan Daniel Markham, Andrew S. Gardner, Tara Olivia McLaughlin, Jonah S. Bass, Amanda K. Mundt, Mai T. Pham, and Afra M. Danai, all of Amherst; Evelyn Liliana Nitch-Griffin and Surya V. Ry, both of Belchertown; and Abigail K. St

Connecticut College

The following local residents received awards at the college in New London, on May 5:

Emmaline Deihl was awarded the Nancy Batson Nisbet Rash Prize and Hispanic Studies Book Prize. Deihl, a 2010 graduate of Northampton High School, is the daughter of Douglas and Jone Deihl of Northampton.

Ian Richter was awarded the Jean V. Johnston Prize. He is the son of Scott and Veronica Richter of Shutesbury.

Daniel Shinnick was awarded the Vladimir Papov Prize. Shinnick, a 2013 graduate of Northampton High School, is the son of Margot and James Shinnick of Florence.

These students were named to the dean’s list at Connecticut College:

High honors:

Emily Goldstein, Amherst; Grace Hall, Belchertown; Julia Pielock, Deerfield; Emmaline Deihl, Leela Riesz, Jillian Ryan, Daniel Shinnick, and Sarah Spound, all of Florence; Claire Callahan, Hadley; John Daniels, Leverett; Sarah Joelson and Melinda Messeck, both of Northampton; Ian Richter of Shutesbury, and Margaret DeGregorio, South Deerfield.

Honors:

Mei Reffsin of Amherst and Leah Heyman of Florence.

Marist College

The following residents graduated from the college in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the weekend of May 23:

Patrick Ramsey of Easthampton, who earned a master’s degree in integrated marketing communication; Brian Tabb of Granby, who received a bachelor’s degree in communication; Marissa Josub of Haydenville, who received a bachelor’s degree in social work; and Sarah Gumaer of Sunderland, who received a bachelor’s of professional studies degree in fashion merchandising.

Northeastern University

The following local residents were named to the spring semester dean’s list at the university in Boston:

Sarah A. Carrion, Michael G. Chadbourne, Jesse P. Harris, and Alexina R. Prather, all of Amherst; Haley E. Hill of Easthampton; Nicholas M. Behrens, Evan B. Jacobson, David R. Konowitch, Carlie P. Lyster and Madeleine T. O’Haire, all of Florence; Isaac W. Weitzman of Leverett; Neal A. Axelrod-Adams, and Thomas I. Hirsch, both of Northampton; Lindsay C. Brandts of South Hadley, and Samantha J. Brown of Westhampton.

St. Lawrence

The following students have been named to the spring semester dean’s list at the university in Canton, N.Y.:

Jungmin On of Amherst, a member of the class of 2016 who is majoring in biochemistry and computer science; and Nicholas S. DeSantis of Belchertown, a member of the class of 2015, majoring in philosophy and government.

University of Vermont

Local students awarded bachelor’s degrees at the university in Burlington include:

Rachel Serwa and Katie Serwa, both of Amherst; Martha Rose Marsters and Nathan Tirk, both of Ashfield; Samantha Wright of Granby; Emily Cotton of Northampton, Nicholas Gallerani of Sunderland, and Jacob Cernak of Williamsburg.

The following local students have been named to the dean’s list at the university in Burlington:

Addison Gamliel and Madeleine Ouellette, both of Amherst; Jessica Mailhot of Belchertown; Emilela Thomas-Adams of Deerfield; Corey Wilga of Florence; Jessica Suriano of Hatfield; Sophie Thorup of Leverett; Emily Cotton of Northampton; Olivia Baronas, Danielle Kicza, and Alexandra Valone, all of South Deerfield, and Hannah Laird of Williamsburg.

Worcester Polytechnic

The following local students have been named to spring semester dean’s list at WPI:

Alexander Korza of Easthampton; Jay Ringenbach of Huntington; Julia Lamontagne of South Hadley; Jonathan Labrie of Southampton; Joseph Sperry and Owen West, both of Northampton, and Ryan Thornhill of Westhampton.

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