The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a top- ranked university that students dream of attending. Out of the 18,357 students who applied for admission to the 2014 freshman class, the Institute admitted 1,419 students, pegging the admission rate at 7.7 percent. Julian Mendoza, a senior at Encinal High School, is among that 7.7 percent.

Three Encinal High student-athletes and one from Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) committed to their future college destinations last week on the Encinal High campus.

Current seniors Melissa Ma — she attends ASTI, but is a member of the Encinal women’s soccer team — Alexandra (‘Alex’) and Cecilia (‘CeCe’) Sifuentes and Dylan Tongilson all committed to college programs within the last two weeks.

Two Alameda residents recently earned recognition for their acheivements at their respective institutes of higher learning.

Elizabeth Beato, a member of the class of 2015 at Connecticut College, has been named to the Dean’s High Honors list for the 2013 fall semester for earning a grade point average of at least 3.77.
Adrian Perricone earned a place on the fall 2013 semester Dean’s List at University of Central Missouri. Perricone’s academic work earned him a place on the 3.5 to 3.99 list.