Maria Elizabeth Miller, daughter of Todd and Patti Miller of Wheeling, graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in education from the Benedum Collaborative teacher education program. She is a 2009 graduate of Linsly School.
At WVU, she was an active member of Sigma Kappa social sorority and held multiple positions of leadership. She was the social chair of WVU Helvetia honorary society and the community service chair of Chimes honorary society. She was the founding president of the NCTE Mountaineers, a nationally affiliated professional development organization for pre-service English educators at WVU.
Miller was selected as a member of the WVU Foundation's outstanding seniors. Her goal is to stay in West Virginia and teach English at the secondary level.
Area residents named to the dean's list at Waynesburg (Pa.) University for the fall term included:
Hannah L. Megna of Wheeling, a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (creative writing). She is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School.
Aaron D. Schuster of Martins Ferry, a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in computer security and forensics. He is a graduate of Martins Ferry High School.
Juliana E. Myers of Wheeling, a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in biblical and ministry studies. She is a graduate of Steubenville High School.
Casey A. Wiltshire of Adena, a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in finance and a graduate of Buckeye Local High School.
Marissa Rea of Mingo Junction was selected for membership in Order of Omega, Greek national honorary society. Rea is a junior at Youngstown State University, majoring in dental hygiene and is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority (Phi Lambda).
Claudia Adele Palmer of Bethlehem made the president's list, earning a 4.0 grade-point average for the fall semester, at the Honors College at West Virginia University. She is a freshman, a public relations major and a member of Alpha Phi. Palmer is a 2013 graduate of Linsly School. She was awarded six scholarships.
Heather Stevey of Fairmont, formerly of Powhatan Point, achieved the dean's list for the January term from Colorado Tech University. She is a first-year student for the online classroom and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in health care management.
Stevey is a 1989 graduate of River High School. She is employed by AMBS billing in Fairmont.
Daniel Lee Barker, a freshman athletic training major from McMechen, was named to the dean's list at Wheeling Jesuit University.
He is a 2013 graduate of John Marshall High School and is the son of Diane Barker of McMechen and Rick Barker of Glen Dale.
Business student Ashlee Henry of Powhatan Point received a departmental award at Glenville State College. She also was named to the provost's honor roll for the fall semester. She is pursuing a major in accounting and management.
Blas Alexander Gabbert, a senior anthropology major from Wheeling, and Emily Rose Palma, a senior agricultural biotechnology major from Weirton, were named to the dean's list at the University of Kentucky in Lexington for the spring semester.
West Liberty University music students who performed in the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair in Reston, Va., included junior Ian Beabout of Valley Grove and senior Sarah Millick of Bloomingdale.
James McMahon of Belmont and Jason Garczyk of St. Clairsville were initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, a national collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, at Ohio University.
West Liberty University students Timothi Williams and Leanne Mazzella, both of Wellsburg, earned awards during the Alpha Chi national convention in St. Louis, Mo.
Williams received the Johnny and Frances Williams presentation prize in the performing arts category for her performance titled "Loewe and Schumann - Contemporaries in Comparison: Frauenliebe und leben." Mazzella received the regional scholarship for undergraduate research for her research on insects.
Members inducted into West Liberty University's Alpha Chi chapter included Casey Allison, Nicole Baker, Abbey Boram, Alexis Brum, Jon-Michel Brunner, Justin Byers, Sarah Fisher, Courteny Forsch, Alex Franke, Carrie George, Jesse Hall, Megan Johnston, Katelynn Kestner, Julie Koch, Carly Lucas, Hannah Mason, McKensie Mason, Tyler McGary, Lacey McPherson, Lauren Quickel, Ezekiel O'Connel, Elizabeth Pabst, Shana Shafer, Sarah Slenski, Sean Thomas, Donovan Walter, Catherine Wells, Rachel Wurster and Alfonso Zambito.
New members added in fall 2013 and inducted in spring included Korynn Agnew, Caitlyn Burt, Adrienne Castelucci, Ashley Chichester, Erica Duvall, Sara Funkhouser, Lauren Howard, Amber Kinney, Samantha Knowlton, Kristina Lipscomb, Timothy Moore, Benjamin Rogers, Brooke Swartling, Jordan Wells, Jessica Wilkerson, David Wilkinson, Timothi Williams and Daniel Worthington.
Several area students were named to the dean's list at Franciscan University of Steubenville for the spring semester. They included Tiffany JoAnn Lengyel of Adena; Anthony Joseph Clements, Benjamin Joseph Erste and Daniel Peter Roberts, all of Bloomingdale; Hannah Elizabeth Means, Mingo Junction; Shyen Lynne Jackson and Mikayla Jo Tice, both of Richmond; Ellen Marie Schlueter, Salem;
Also, Stephen Francis St. Romain, Scott Allen Fanders, Peter Scott Bergsma, Catherine Elizabeth Gaston, Samuel Anthony Ivkovich, Laura Ayres Booth, Faith Noel Bauman, Andrew Nathan Barnick, Catherine Diane Hernandez, Mary Emma Burton, Alexander Richard Huff, Daniel Francis Easler, Maria van der Wegen, Catherine Frances Welker, Frank Patrick Baker-Gleason, Sister Genevieve Senge Epie, Benjamin John Hartley, Michael David Schmiesing, Rosita Ritsuko Asawa, Jordan Paul Herboth, Catherine Theresa Venditti, Jordan Darrah Byrley, Theresa Marie Dombrowski, Christiana Lucia Sengenberger, Mary Grace Gaston, Sarah Elizabeth Welker, Caitlin Marie Keough, Angela Mary Sengenberger, Carissa Ann Knowd, Christina Joy Duff, Lindsey M Rosaschi, AnneMarie Elizabeth Miller, Caroline Elizabeth Hartley, Meghan Eileen Spencer, Suzanne Therese Welker, Joseph Paul Hahn, Joseph Frederick Danaher and Taylor Katherine McGee, all of Steubenville;
Plus, Veronica Grace Fallon, Samantha Paige Merritt, Mark Augustine J. Recznik and Joshua Abraham Elliott, all of Toronto; Dustin James Bates, Samantha Marie Giannamore, Catherine Mary Beigel, Kirsten Marie Teramana, Gabriela Marie McGurn, Mary Clare Geraldine Recznik, Margaret Mary Beigel and Ashley Paige Ruttencutter, all of Wintersville; Taylor Renee Oliver, Gregory Joseph Downs and Harry Russell Olenick, all of Weirton.
Compiled by Linda Comins