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Local students earn honors for their University work

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compiled by Samoa News staff


In a display of academic achievement, 21 percent of Dixie State University students earned President's and Dean's List recognition for the Fall 2021 semester.

Specifically, 2,627 students were included on the university's honor rolls, with 1,212 students on the President's List and 1,415 on the Dean's List. Inclusion indicates students' strong commitment to their academic pursuits, as they must achieve a semester GPA of 3.9 or higher to be included on the President's List and a GPA of 3.5 to 3.89 for the Dean's List. Both lists require students to complete a minimum of 15 credits.

The following students from American Samoa are among the 2,627 students included on the honor roll for the Fall 2021 semester:

Margaret West, Geraldine Ofisa and Nuuseni Vaimoli each earned the honor.

"Congratulations to our amazing DSU students who worked diligently this past fall to achieve the highest levels of learning and classroom performance," Dr. Michael Lacourse, vice president of academic affairs, said. "We are proud of their accomplishment and recognition as members of the Fall 2021 honor roll."

With more than 200 academic programs, 29 of which were added over the last year alone, Dixie State provides a comprehensive education in a variety of fields to prepare students for rewarding careers and enriched lives. Additionally, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 23:1, Dixie State extends its students a personalized learning environment where professors know their names and have a vested interest in their academic success. Outside of the classroom, students have the opportunity to enjoy the unparalleled opportunities for an active life that accompany DSU's location in beautiful Southern Utah.


Nikkie White of American Samoa has been named to Southern New Hampshire University's Fall 2021 President's List.

Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above are named to the President's List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits; undergraduate day students must earn 12 credits in the fall or spring semester, and online students must earn 12 credits in either EW1 & EW2, EW3 & EW4, or EW5 & EW6.

 Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution with an 89-year history of educating traditional-aged students and working adults. Now serving more than 160,000 learners worldwide, SNHU offers approximately 200 accredited undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH.

Recognized as the "Most Innovative" regional university by U.S. News & World Report and one of the fastest-growing universities in the country, SNHU is committed to expanding access to high quality, affordable pathways that meet the needs of each learner. Learn more at


Hope Ierome of American Samoa graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in fall 2021. An in-person commencement ceremony was held at Greyhound Arena on Dec. 11.

ENMU is a state institution offering associate, bachelor's and master's degree options.

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