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SLO Residents Graduations and Honors

Several local SLO High School alumni and alumnae or SLO residents have graduated from colleges across the nation and others have earned honors for academics and more.

Joshua Coronado-Moses, a SLO native son, received a JD-Law degree from the University of Iowa at the close of the Spring 2017 semester, the school announced.

The University of Iowa is one of the nation’s premier public research universities, dedicated to academic excellence, groundbreaking discoveries and creations, commitment to Iowa and the world, and a culture that prizes community, diversity, and opportunity.

The UI is known for its leadership in the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to the first and arguably best creative writing program in the world, a world-class academic medical center and one of America’s top teaching hospitals. To learn more about the University of Iowa, see: https://uiowa.edu.

San Luis Obispo High graduate, Tara Medigovich, was one of 301 students at Chadron State College named to the Spring 2017 “President’s List” for academic achievement.

Medigovich earned the honors by scoring a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average based on a 4.0 scale. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of coursework during the semester to qualify for the President’s List.

Founded in 1911, Chadron State College is the only 4-year, regionally accredited college in Western Nebraska. As a public institution with its roots in teacher education, Chadron State takes pride in its accessibility and affordability. Nearly 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and online students currently attend Chadron State and its curriculum now offers programs and courses in more than 50 majors and endorsements, and eight master’s degree programs.

August Heza of SLO was named to the Dean’s List at Bucknell University for the Spring Semester, 2016-17 academic year, the school announced. A student needs a GPA of 3.5 our of a possible 4.0 to qualify.

Located in Lewisburg, Penn., Bucknell is a private, liberal arts, university that offers majors in the arts, engineering, Humanities, management, and social and natural sciences to its 3,600 undergraduates.

And two San Luis Obispo High grads have been admitted into a prestigious honors society at their respective universities. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective, all-discipline collegiate honor society, recently initiated Aidan Munoz-Christian and Jessica Chellsen, both of San Luis Obispo. Munoz-Christian was initiated at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga and Chellsen was initiated at Fresno State University.

They are among some 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation-only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the Top-10 percent of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 by Marcus L. Urann who wanted to create a different kind of honor society; one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines.

Today, the PKP Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the U.S. and The Philippines. Its mission is, “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, see: www.phikappaphi.org.

– Neil Farrell

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