• Simpson College held its Spring Honors Convocation on April 29. Brook Thompson of Nevada received the E.G. Booth Award. This award is given to a senior in education who is outstanding in athletics and has also shown excellence in teaching and scholarship.

• Mathew Deaton of Nevada has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester at Iowa Central Community College. To be so honored, a student must achieve a 3.5-3.99 GPA with a minimum of six credit hours.

• Kylie Rinehart, a student at Northwestern College, has earned a spot on the academic dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester. This list is comprised of students who have achieved a semester grade point average of 3.50 or above while carrying a minimum of 12 graded hours. Rinehart is a senior athletic training major and the daughter of Tim and Joanna Sarver of McCallsburg.

• Ashley Thomsen of Nevada has been named to the president’s honor roll at Northwest Missouri State University for the 2017 spring trimester. To be included on the president’s honor roll, students must have attained a perfect 4.00 GPA for the trimester.

• The following Nevada students were named to the spring 2017 dean’s list at the Iowa State University College of Business. The dean’s list honors students who have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher: Elli Cassabaum, management major; Bodie Huse, business; Orion Nauman, accounting major and Megan Pringnitz, supply chain management.

• Madison Eley of Zearing, a radiography major at Allen College, has been named to the dean’s list at the completion of the spring semester of the 2016 - 2017 academic year. Students named to the dean’s list must complete at least 12 semester hours and achieve a GPA of 3.5 or above.

• Lt. Col. Jason King (shown below with family) has been promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Air Force.

King is currently a student at the National War College, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. He has served in the military for 21 years.

He is the son of Cathy and James King of Belton, S.C., and son-in-law of Janet and Roy Black of Nevada. He is the husband of Tara King and father of Jacob King and Dillon King.

The officer graduated in 1990 from Belton-Honea Path High School, Belton, S.C., and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1995 from Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.