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"Erika Flores of Avondale graduated from ASU with a triple major in health science, biological sciences and psychology."

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Jaime Viramontes of Goodyear graduated with an online BS cybersecurity degree from Grantham University, an online university.

Grantham provides flexible, attainable online education options that allow students to complete their degree and graduate each week of the year. With one of the lowest tuition rates in the country, students may choose from more than 50 online undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs in the top fields.

Maximo Lawlor, a resident of Litchfield Park and West Valley View intern, has been named to the Emerson College dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester. Lawlor is majoring in journalism and is a member of the Boston school’s Class of 2021. The requirement to make Emerson’s dean’s list is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

Buckeye resident Corrine Michel, a master’s student in the Global Field Program from Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, will travel to Mongolia. Michel will study the ecology of steppe ecosystems, with a focus on the Pallas’ cat, Przewalski’s horse and participatory conservation media.

Michel works as an archaeologist at U.S. Forest Service — Plumas National Forest. More information about Michel’s 2019 course can be found at Click “Mongolia.” Learn more about Project Dragonfly at

Aaron Marquez, a freshman theater major from Avondale, is among over 800 Bob Jones University students named to the spring 2019 dean’s list. The dean’s list recognizes students who earn a 3.00 to 3.74 grade point average during the semester.

Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Bob Jones University provides a regionally accredited Christian liberal arts education, and offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, health sciences and business.

Graceland University Baseball’s Andrew Maxson of Tolleson has been named Honorable Mention All-Conference by the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Maxson had a solid third year playing for Graceland, behind the plate and at first base. Behind the plate, Maxson threw out 13 of 21 would-be base stealers, good for a 62% caught stealing rate.

Offensively, Maxson’s slash line was .268 (BA)/.340 (OBP)/.384 (SLG), and to go along with his .268 batting average, he had 12 doubles and two triples with 26 runs batted in on the year. Maxson’s 12 doubles, two triples and 26 RBIs were all career highs as a Yellowjacket.

Edgar Fernandez of Tolleson graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. He previously studied fine arts at Phoenix College.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Phoenix, the 28-year-old graduate’s parents are originally from Jalisco and Guerrero, Mexico. A shaman once told him he has Mayan ancestors, so his art is deeply rooted in Mayan culture.

Erika Flores of Avondale graduated from ASU with a triple major in health science, biological sciences and psychology.

The oldest of four children in a Mexican-American family, Flores is the first of them to graduate college.

In addition to taking on the course load of three majors, Flores worked up to 30 hours each week in two ASU psychology research labs and also volunteered at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in the oncology and psychiatry departments. As a commuter student, she spent lots of time traveling between three ASU campuses, and her work took her off campus.

Looking forward, Flores plans to apply to medical school, do more research — but within the biology or microbiology fields — and do more volunteer work with underprivileged and underrepresented people, especially women and children.

Dulce Parra-Barrera — a multilingual first-generation ASU student from Goodyear — graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English (linguistics) and certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and has secured an English teaching assistant position with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, a teaching exchange managed by the Japanese government.

Parra-Barrera studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea, during her sophomore year, even learning Korean before leaving the United States.

She completed several internships through the Department of English, including a stint teaching English to Major League Baseball players including with the San Diego Padres.