College and university students across the country are preparing to head back to class for the spring semester, but not before being recognized by their schools for their outstanding academic achievements over the previous semester.

A number of local students were recently named to the Dean's List at their respective schools.

State Technical College of Missouri -- Clint Deatherage (Verona) Drury University, day school -- Emily Parker, Crystal Peyrefitte (Aurora) and Nolan Woodman (Marionville) Drury University, evening school -- Araseli Avila, Jeannie Hall, Maria Del Rosar Reyes Morales, Kimberly Rodriguez, Brittany Scherrer, Erica Wilson, Alexandra Zinn (Aurora), Amanda Biers (Marionville), Reyna Avila and Brenda Lopez (Verona) University of Central Missouri -- Courtney Leigh Kaye (Aurora)

Drury students included on the Dean's List maintained a grade point average of 3.6 or higher on on a 4.0 scale while attending full time (12 credit hours or more). Dean's List honorees at UCM must maintain a GPA of 3.5 to 3.99.