West Pittston student
wins Hess Wandell
Scholarship at Sem
Wyoming Seminary graduate Alexis Sokach, of West Pittston, received the Jennie Hess Wandell Scholarship Award during the school’s 173rd commencement. The award is given in recognition of the students’ academic achievements and school leadership.
Melinda Holena, of Forty Fort, and Alyssa Kristeller of Shavertown, also were honored with the award.
Prior to commencement, Sokach received the President’s Educational Exellence Award and the Karen Klassner Award for perseverance through adversity. She has been named to the dean’s list with high honors for the spring term.
Wyoming Seminary Upper School’s Dominick D’Alessandro, of West Pittston, recently was named to the district and regional chorus festivals. The festivals are organized by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and honor students for excellence in voice and instrumental music.
Misericordia University recently sponsored the annual Student Research Day in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall.
Olivia Katulka, West Wyoming; Breann Hunsinger, Kelayers and Angela Stella, Whitehall, presented their research, “Hold My Beer: Do Gender and Alcohol Consumption Affect Perceptions of Drinkers?”
Marnie Hiester, Ph.D., professor and chairwoman of the department of psychology, served as faculty adviser.
The poster presentations were the culmination of research and work by more than 200 Misericordia student researchers in the College of Health Sciences and Education and the College of Arts and Sciences.
The students presented 103 abstracts to the college community and answered questions related to their individual topics, which included biology, chemistry, history, medical imaging, nursing, physical therapy, physics, psychology and speech-language pathology.
University President Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., attended the two-hour event along with students, faculty, staff and deans of the colleges.
Sem students receive
national Latin awards
Shawna Casey, of Jenkins Twp., was among 14 students in Wyoming Seminary Lower School’s eighth-grade Latin program who recently received awards in the National Latin Contest for Northeastern Pennsylvania, held earlier this year.
Greater Pittston seventh graders Samantha Quinn, Duryea; Emily Aikens, Jenkins Twp., and Jacob Ruderman, West Pittston, were among the 14 students in the seventh-grade Latin program to receive awards in the National Latin Contest for Northeastern Pennsylvania, held earlier this year.
Urban named Sutton
Scholar at IUP
A local student has been selected for the Sutton Scholars academic achievement scholarship program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
“Sutton Scholars are an elite group,” Dr. Patricia McCarthy, interim IUP vice president for enrollment management and communications, said. “This program recognizes the very best of our freshman applicants, students who have very strong academics and outstanding promise.”
Evelyn Urban, daughter of Peter Urban and Joan Urban, is a 2017 graduate of Wyoming Area Secondary Center. Urban is a member of National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, student council, chorus and community theatre. She volunteered for the 2016 International Thespian Festival, Relay for Life, Toys for Tots, and drama club food drives.
Urban was the junior class treasurer, history club treasurer, drama club historian and thespian, and Veteran’s Day Program coordinator. Urban has participated in the Key Club talent show benefiting Relay for Life and Pennsylvania State Thespian Conference. She qualified for PMEA District Chorus, and has received honorable mentions for New Voices One-Act Playwriting Competition and the National French Exam. She plans to major in English at IUP.
Started in 2012, the Sutton Scholarship is funded by the Foundation for IUP, along with gifts received from alumni, friends and employees.
The scholarship is available to qualified Pennsylvania students and can be renewed for four years of study.
Yozwiak accepted to
Mallory Yozwiak, of Pittston Twp., has been accepted into the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine in Harrigate, Tennessee. She is a 2012 graduate of Pittston Area and was a valedictorian of her graduating class.
She is a 2016 magna cum laude graduate of West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in biology.
She is the daughter of Charlie and Melanie Yozwiak Pittston Twp.
Mallory will be in the 2021 graduating class.
King’s Coco receives
Andrew Joseph Coco of Exeter, received an Outstanding Senior Award from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and King’s College.
Coco, from King’s College, was recommended for the award by Dr. Tara Shawver, an accounting professor at the college, for his success in the classroom and potential for a promising career in accounting. The award is given to one senior accounting major at each of the 65 participating Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Recipients are given a certificate, medal, and complimentary one-year affiliate membership with the PICPA.
“The PICPA commends Andrew for his exemplary performance in the classroom and enthusiasm for accounting, and proudly presents him with this award,” said Lisa A. Myers, PICPA’s president.
The Outstanding Senior Award is courtesy of PICPA’s newly-launched Pennsylvania CPA Foundation, which provides the educational, motivational, and financial means for students to inspire them to pursue careers in accounting and attain the CPA credential.