Revere Students Earn Academic Honors

Gianni Hill Elected to Hamilton College Student Assembly

Gianni Hill, of Revere, has been elected to serve as a vice president in Hamilton’s Student Assembly for 2019.

The Student Assembly is a duly-elected representative organization that works on behalf of the undergraduate student population. As such, it acts with the ability to work and communicate with the faculty, staff, college administration, and other affiliated groups.

Hill, a sophomore, is a graduate of Revere High School.

Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton College offers an open curriculum that gives students the freedom to shape their own liberal arts education within a research- and writing-intensive framework. Hamilton enrolls 1,850 students from 49 states and 49 countries. Additional information about the college can be found at


Local Residents Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

The following local residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Michael DeFabrizio of Revere; initiated at MCPHS University

Thomas Liljeblad of Revere ; initiated at MCPHS University

These residents are among approximately 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 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States 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.”

Since its founding, more than 1.5 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization’s notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards nearly $1 million to outstanding students and members through graduate and dissertation fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, funding for post-baccalaureate development, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit



St. John’s Prep recently announced the names of students who earned academic honors for the first quarter of the 2018–2019 school year. Students who qualified for the Headmaster’s List earned grades of A- or above in all courses; students who qualified for the Principal’s List earned grades of B+ or above in all courses; and students who qualified for the Honor Roll earned grades of B or above in all courses.

The following students were named to the academic honors list for the first quarter 2018–2019:

Headmaster’s List

Matthew Stewart ‘20


Honor Roll

Hunter Jones ‘22

Lesedi Motlalekgosi ‘21


Santorelli graduates from Coastal Carolina University

Coastal Carolina University held two commencement ceremonies on Dec. 14, and more than 700 students were eligble to participate. Ceremonies were held at 2 and 6 p.m. in the HTC Student Recreation and Convocation Center. Barbara Blain-Bellamy, mayor of Conway, S.C., was the speaker.

Among those eligible to participate:

Eric Santorelli, a psychology major from Revere, MA, 02151, earning a Bachelor of Science.

Blain-Bellamy’s message was one meant to inspire action among the graduates. “What will you do with the new you?” she asked. “Leaders like you rise. They come to know the way. They go the way. They don’t hesitate to show the way to others.”

CCU awarded Conway native Blain-Bellamy an honorary Doctor of Public Service during the 2 p.m. ceremony. She was sworn in as mayor of Conway on Jan. 4, 2016, having previously served on city council from 1993-1998 and 2012-2016, and as mayor pro tem in 1996 and 2015. She served four years as Conway’s assistant city administrator. In January 2011, she founded Community Legal Services, a private law office providing legal services to low- and moderate-income families.

Blain-Bellamy is the 2011 recipient of Leadership Grand Strand’s Ann DeBock Leadership Award, among several other awards. She is a graduate of the inaugural Waccamaw Class of the American Leadership Forum, Leadership South Carolina, Leadership Grand Strand and the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government. She serves on the board of PALM Motor Sports School.

Also during the ceremonies, CCU bestowed upon retired English professor Veronica Davis Gerald the title of emeritus professor. Gerald started at CCU in 1982 and is the founding director of the Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies.

The parents of late professor Karen Maguire attended the 2 p.m. ceremony to accept the title of distinguished professor emeritus bestowed posthumously to their daughter, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. Maguire’s mother Cheryl took a moment to address the students. “One of the last things Karen said to me was that she just loved her students,” she said. “She wanted you all to know that.”

Maguire joined the CCU faculty in 2004 and achieved the highest certification sin her specialty of accounting, fraud and auditing. She loved teaching and always encouraged her students to achieve at the highest levels.

In his remarks, chairman of the board of trustees William Biggs noted that 14 of the students eligible for graduation were United States veterans. One of those students, Ashley Garrett, served the U.S. Coast Guard prior to a stint with law enforcement before coming to Coastal.

“To her, failure was never an option,” said Biggs. “She was a good student, but here at CCU, she became a great student.”

Blain-Bellamy’s comments reinforced the overall message from the commencement program of fortitude, service and action.

“Today, I plant a seed,” she said. “Grow this seed into civic responsibility. Your good acts extend outward and live forever. Champion a cause, and give of your time and effort. You can make a living with what you get, but you can make a life with what you give.”

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 74 major fields of study. Among CCU’s 21 graduate-level programs are 18 master’s degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and the Ph.D. in marine science: coastal and marine systems science. The most popular undergraduate majors are marine science, management, exercise and sport science, communication and psychology. CCU boasts a growing array of internship, research and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs through Coastal Online.

More than 10,600 students from across the country and around the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 160 student clubs and organizations.

Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College and became an independent state university in 1993.


Local residents embark on undergraduate careers at Tufts University

Local students joined more than 1,500 undergraduate students from around the world as they begin their academic careers at Tufts University, located in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts.

The university’s Class of 2022 includes:

Amy Ly, Revere

Daniel Nguyen, Revere

Fatimzahra Azzaoui, Revere

In all, only 14.6 percent of a record breaking 21,501 applicants were admitted to the university, the second-lowest acceptance rate in university history.

The university’s Class of 2022 is the most diverse class ever, the beneficiary of the largest commitment of financial aid in university history, and a trailblazer in gender parity among engineering students – all while maintaining Tufts’ status as one of the most selective universities in the country.

Thirty-seven percent of first-year U.S. undergraduates identify as students of color, a Tufts record. The 1,544-member undergraduate class received $25.8 million in need-based grants, a new mark for financial aid commitment by the university. And the incoming engineering class nearly reached gender parity, with 49 percent of students identifying as women.

“We often talk about creating an intentional community,” said Karen Richardson, dean of admissions and enrollment management at the Class of 2022’s matriculation ceremony. “With the Class of 2022, we have put together a group of learners who will contribute not only academically but also to our community’s social fabric.”

Tufts University, located on campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, Massachusetts, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university’s schools is widely encouraged.

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