* The following metro-east students graduated from Park University Kansas City in December 2013: Angela Lorraine Houston of Trenton with a master's in public affairs; Lateeshia G. Hall of Mascoutah with a bachelor's in psychology; Erica Arlene Mosby of Fairview Heights with a bachelor's in education; and Amy Michelle Perry of Maryville with a bachelor's in healthcare management.
* Andrew Alvarez, a sophomore in physical education/health from Belleville, was named a student ambassador for MacMurray College in Jacksonville. The 2012 graduate of Belleville West High School is the son of David and Sandy Alvarez of Belleville.
*Cassidy Grey of Collinsville was named to the President's Honor Roll at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.
* Eighteen second-year medical students have been elected officers, representatives and committee members for the Class of 2016 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale. These elected officiers include the following metro-east students: Michael Clanahan, son of James and Lynne Clanahan of Swansea, was elected chair of the sophomore class; Kathryn Blanquart, daughter of Deb Blanquart of Belleville, was elected secretary of the sophomore class; Cindy Gregory, daughter of Gean and Eleanor Gregory of Alhambra, was elected treasurer of the sophomore class; and Maddelynn Hawkins, daughter of Casey Hawkins of Cutler and Wayne Hawkins of Pinckneyville, was elected class representative to the student general assembly.
SIU School of Medicine Class of 2016 Committee Members from the metro-east were: Phillip Knouse, son of Doug and Cheryl Knouse of Mount Olive, was elected to serve on the admissions committee; Robert Gregory, son of Bob Gregory of Staunton, was elected to serve on the parking committee; and Alex Rockwell, son of Richard and Jean Rockwell of Smithton, was elected to serve on the traffic appeals committee.