Students from the Rockford area have been recognized for academic excellence in the spring semester of the 2014-2015 school year. To be named to the Dean’s List a student must have a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average on a scale of 4.0. From Rockford the following students earned this academic honor: Gavin Sheasley; Alexandra Schaap; Linnea Hjelm; Sloan Oulette; Megan Bean; Lauren Girard; Allison DeVries; Kaitlin Cress; Justine Mucinski; Paige Fawcett; Hannah Fawcett and Jonathan Panzer. From Belmont the following students earned this academic honor: Alexandra Thomason; Mary Gipson and Claire Riddering.
Kelsey Cratty and Lisa Markham, both of Rockford, have been named as recent Hope College graduates who have been awarded graduation honors for outstanding academic accomplishment during their four years of study. Cratty was awarded magna cum laude, which is awarded to graduates who achieve a minimum 3.7 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Markham was awarded cum laude, which is awarded to graduates who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
Letter winners on spring sports teams at Hope College have been announced by athletic director Tim Schoonveld and women’s athletic director Eva Folkert. Rockford letter winners are freshman Jonathan Panzer in men’s tennis, junior Joel Rietsema in men’s track, and sophomore Katie Carlson in women’s track. The spring season culminated a successful year of intercollegiate athletics as Hope College won the Commissioner’s Cup for having the best cumulative men’s and women’s program in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). Hope finished first in the MIAA women’s and second in the men’s all-sports standings. It marked the 34th time in school history that Hope has won the coveted MIAA Commissioner’s Cup, the most of any member school.
The 2011/1012 Academic Honor Roll of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) includes 199 student-athletes from Hope College. The academic awards program is administered by the faculty representatives of the MIAA member colleges. The 23rd annual Academic Honor Roll consists of student-athletes who maintained a minimum 3.5 grade-point average for the year. Among the Hope students from Rockford named to the Honor Roll are sophomore Katie Carlson (cross country, track), junior Rachel Doud (soccer), freshman Lauren Girard (swimming), sophomore Megan Kelley (basketball), freshman Sloan Ouellette (swimming), and freshman Peyton Wells (softball).
Three local Hope College seniors have recently graduated with bachelor degrees. They are Lisa Markham, daughter of Beth Markham of Rockford, majoring in language arts composite; Laura McCambridge, daughter of Robert and Karen McCambridge of Belmont, majoring in sociology and psychology; and Karli Rowe, daughter of Kevin Rowe and Gladwin and Susan Rowe of Rockford, majoring in special-ed learning disabilities. Commencement exercises were held Sunday, May 6. Hope College is a four-year, co-educational, liberal arts college with an enrollment of 3,249 men and women, and is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America.