Collegiate Accolades and Graduation News for SOMA Students - Updated

Eric S. Webb of South Orange graduated from The Penn State University in University Park, PA. Credits: Rosalind Webb
Commencement at Bard College at Simon's Rock. Credits: Bard College
Commencement at Bard College at Simon's Rock. Credits: Bard College

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Many students from South Orange and Maplewood have received recognition from higher educational institutions, both Dean's List honors and graduate degrees.


  • Oluwajomiloju Olaode of Maplewood was named to the Spring 2016 Dean's List at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worchester, MA for academic excellence during the spring 2016 semester. Olaode is a member of the class of 2017 majoring in biomedical engineering. 

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  • Chelsea Rushing of Maplewood has been named to the University of Hartford's Dean's List for Spring 2016.

  • Mengyue Yu of Maplewood was named to the Spring 2016 Dean's List at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worchester, MA for academic excellence during the spring 2016 semester. Yu is a member of the class of 2017 majoring in mechanical engineering.

  • Nicole Nitti of South Orange has been named to the 2016 Spring Semester Dean's List Recognition at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH.

  • Tara Hartnett of Maplewood named to the Spring 2016 Dean's List at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI.

  • Sydney Leah DuBowy of South Orange was named to the Spring 2016 Dean's List at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. DuBowy is scheduled to graduate in 2016 and is majoring in marketing.

  • Jordyn Gallant of Maplewood was named to the Spring 2016 Dean's List at Springfield College in Springfield, MA. Gallant is studying Health Science/Pre-Physician Assistant.

  • Rachel Schwartzbard of South Orange was named to the Term II, Winter Dean's List at Elmira College in Elmira, NY.

  • Five SOMA students were named to the Spring 2016 Dean's List at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA:

    • Bret Brachman-Goldstein of Maplewood

    • Madelyn Zachara of Maplewood

    • Maximillian Haase of Maplewood

    • Grace Malloy of Maplewood

    • Pauline Englot of South Orange
  • Nathaniel Wolf of Maplewood was named to the Spring 2016 Dean's List at Keene State College in Keene, NH.



  • Eric S. Webb of South Orange graduated from The Penn State University in University Park, PA with a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Communications with a Minor in Sociology.

  • Nicole Nitti of South Orange graduated this spring from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

  • Alana Ounan of South Orange graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. Ounan majored in International Relations.

  • Carrie Basch of South Orange graduated cum laude from Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, MA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Arts: Photography. Basch's thesis, "Ironbound," was the culmination of a year-long, self-designed scholarly project. All Simon's Rock seniors must complete a thesis in their areas of study. Basch entered college early after completing the 10th grade at Hyde School.
  • Megan Wile of Maplewood graduated from The University of Scranton in Scranton, PA with a Bachelor of Science degree in human resources studies.

  • Maria Dipasquale of Maplewood graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Dipasquale earned a BFA in Writing Lit and Publishing BFA.

  • Brittney April Jackson of Maplewood graduated from University of Memphis in Memphis, TN. Jackson earned a MS degree in Leadership and Policy Studies.

  • Abigail Siegel of Maplewood, graduated from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education. Siegel is a 2012 graduate of Wardlaw-Hartridge High School, and is the daughter of Kenneth and Valerie Siegel.

  • Nigel Hunter of South Orange graduated with a BBA degree in Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland.

  • Antoinette Mathison of Maplewood graduated with a BA degree in Communication from Loyola University Maryland.

  • Efua Osei-Akoto of Maplewood graduated from Widener University with a bachelor of science in nursing.

  • Sydney DuBowy of South Orange and Allison Tugentman of Maplewood both graduated from James Madison University with a degree in marketing.

  • Ysabella Esteban of South Orange graduated from Creighton University's School of Medicine in Omaha, NE with a Doctor of Medicine degree.

Have additional collegiate honors or graduation information to share? Please send to Anna Sandler at so we can update the list.

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