Marieta Rose Bialek, of Brush Creek Village, a 2010 graduate of Aspen High School, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May with a double major in ecological evolutionary biology and religious studies. Bialek was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the National Honor Society for Religious Studies.
Bialek spent more than four months of her junior year in Nepal and India working with Himayalan Connections and Worldwide Opportunities in Organic Farming. She completed two independent research papers during her travels: “Life as a Hindu Farmer” and “A Journey Outwards to Sacred Places and Inward Meditation.”
For Bialek’s senior honors thesis, she researched and wrote about the role of the “Ecology Monk” in Thailand’s Buddhist environmental movement. This summer, Bialek is working full time at Organic and Biodynamic Farms in Longmont and planning to travel back to Nepal and India.
Desmond Robert Duggan, of Aspen, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Duggan is enrolled in the university’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.
To qualify for the Dean’s List in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, students must earn a semester grade-point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 12 graded units.
Kyra Ward, of Snowmass, daughter of Kevin P. Ward, was among 246 seniors at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, to graduate at the school’s 124th commencement on June 8. Ward will attend Emory University in the fall. Choate Rosemary Hall is an independent secondary school enrolling 865 boarding and day students from 40 states and 40 countries.
Keile Kropf, an incoming first-year student from Aspen, has been admitted to the University of Vermont’s Honors College. Kropf, a business administration major, is one of 196 students joining the college’s class of 2018.
Admission to University of Vermont’s Honors College is by invitation; the Honors College works with the Office of Admissions to review the academic records of the university’s entering class each year and invites top performers to enroll.