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Recapping Student Accomplishments for 2024

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—Several local student accomplishments merit mentioning to our readers. These notes come to us from Merit Pages.

We’ll start in January and report through May 31.

Zoe Drigo of Park Forest Named to University of Alabama Fall 2023 Presidents List

Student Accomplishments: From Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Zoe Drigo was named to The University of Alabama Presidents List for the fall semester 2023.

A full 13,950 students enrolled during the fall semester of 2023 at The University of Alabama made the dean’s list. They had an academic record of 3.5 (or above). For the president’s list with an academic record 4.0 (all A’s). These driven students are making waves across UA’s more than 70 undergraduate programs and 12 colleges and schools.

The UA dean’s and president’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate or undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.

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The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research, and service. UA has a global reputation for excellence. It provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry, and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.

Tanesha Williams from Park Forest graduates from Millikin University

Student Accomplishments: From Decatur, Illinois

Tanesha Williams, from Park Forest, IL, graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from Millikin University.

Tanesha was one of 95 graduates recognized during the 2023 Winter Commencement Ceremony. This was held on December 10, 2023, at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

Millikin University is a private, comprehensive university with a diverse population of approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. A Millikin education features Performance Learning, a unique learning approach offered only at Millikin that allows students to build the confidence and skills to succeed before and after graduation. Millikin offers more than 50 majors in the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies, and Tabor School of Business and is located on a 75-acre residential campus in Decatur, Ill.

Demia Thompson makes Augustana College’s fall semester Dean’s List

Student Accomplishments: From Rock Island, Illinois

Demia Thompson, a Park Forest Augie Ages major, was named to Augustana College’s fall semester Dean’s List.

The college named over 1,100 to the Dean’s List for the 2023-2024 fall semester. Students who have earned this academic honor have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale for courses taken during the term.

Augustana College is a vibrant, welcoming liberal arts college located on a 115-acre campus in the Quad Cities (pop. 400,000) along the Mississippi River. Augustana, a residential campus, has 100 majors and programs, 160 student organizations, and 28 varsity athletic teams.

The college enrolls 2,500 students in a metro area and provides access to many career paths and hands-on learning opportunities, including internships, jobs, student teaching, and research sites.

Trinity Price of Park Forest was named to the Dean’s List at Lehigh University in the Spring 2024 semester.

Student Accomplishments: From Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Trinity Price was granted Dean’s List status in the Spring 2024 semester, which is awarded to students who earn a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while taking at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses.

For over 150 years, Lehigh University ( has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The institution is among the most selective, highly-ranked private research universities. Lehigh’s five colleges—the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Health, and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science—provide opportunities for 7,000+ students to discover and grow in an academically rigorous environment along with a supportive, engaged campus community.

Emily Mells Named to the Spring 2024 President’s List at Georgia State University

Student Accomplishments: From Atlanta, Georgia

Emily Mells of Park Forest was named to the Spring 2024 President’s List at Georgia State University.

To be eligible for the President’s List, degree-seeking students must have earned a GPA of at least 4.0 for a minimum of nine semester hours of academic credit taken at Georgia State during the fall or spring term with no incompletes. Eligible students must also have a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all classes taken at Georgia State.

Georgia State University, one of the largest, most innovative multi-campus public research universities, transforms students’ lives, advances the frontiers of knowledge, and strengthens the workforce of the future. With campuses in and around metro Atlanta, Georgia State readies students for professional pursuits, educates future leaders, and prepares citizens for lifelong learning. Enrolling one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, Georgia State prioritizes student success, ensuring that students from all backgrounds graduate at high rates. The university provides outstanding experiential educational opportunities and exceptional support for students seeking degrees from the associate to the doctoral level.

One of the nation’s fastest-growing research institutions, Georgia State’s scholarship and research focus on solving complex issues ranging from the most fundamental questions of the universe to the most challenging issues of our day. Our creative activities expand and enrich the world.

This is a release prepared for eNews Park Forest by Merit Pages, a service that announces good news about college students. Know someone else who deserves recognition? Please send your information to [email protected] with your contact information so we can verify.