News From The Halls Of Ivy

Nathan Billman of Warren has been selected to receive the John O. Hanna Scholarship Award from the Northwest Bancshares Inc. Charitable Foundation in the amount of $2,000. He is the son of Nancy Jones and Shawn Billman and is a 2011 graduate of Warren Area High School.

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Two local students earned degrees from Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa. on May 18. Thomas Byler, a psychology major from Russell, is a son of Thomas and Karen Byler and a graduate of Eisenhower High School. Jane Larson, a religion major from Warren who graduated cum laude, is a daughter of Richard and Dawn Larson and a graduate of Warren Area High School.

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Several local students earned academic honors at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville for the spring term. Named president’s scholars (with a grade average of 3.5 to 3.99) were Lynn Gurdak and Emily Harris, both of Pittsfield; Savanna Schoedel, Youngsville, daughter of John and Michele Schoedel; and Lacy Wolford, Tidioute, daughter of Larry and Monica Wolford. Named dean’s scholars (with a grade average of 3.2 to 3.49) were Sasha Lewis, Tidioute, daughter of Scott and Susan Lewis; Jill O’Connor, Tidioute; and Kelsey Taydus, Pittsfield.

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Isaiah Nordland, a sophomore church music major from Bear Lake, was named to the spring 2013 dean’s list at Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.0 grade point average.

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Two students at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford were inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, the national honor society for first-year students on April 7: Kayla Mascaro, a pre-pharmacy student from Warren, and John Wagner Jr., a computer information systems and technology major from Warren. Students are eligible for membership if they earn a grade point average of 3.5 during their first term of full-time study while pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Students who earn at least a 3.5 average after two terms are also eligible for membership. Founded in the spring term of 1924 at the University of Illinois, Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first-year students.

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Drew Tompkins of Warren is a May graduate of Lycoming College, Williamsport. Tompkins graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

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Several local students were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College:

Preston Barrett, of Russell. Barrett studied psychology.

Laura Bello, of Warren. Bello studied business administration.

Claire Bevevino, of Warren. Bevevino studied English.

Zachary Cathcart, of Russell. Cathcart studied psychology.

Garrett Fiscus, of Russell. Fiscus studied biology.

Tara Fredricks, of Warren. Fredricks studied accounting.

Tj Gustafson, of Sugar Grove. Gustafson studied accounting.

Douglas Kelly, of Warren. Kelly studied psychology.

Jessica Leasure, of Russell. Leasure studied nursing.

Noelle Lyszaz, of Youngsville. Lyszaz studied management.

Rachel McTavish, of Warren. McTavish studied the division of undergraduate studies.

Maria Pellegrino, of Warren. Pellegrino studied management.

Ashley Sanders, of Sugar Grove. Sanders studied biology.

Kaitlyn Spade, of Warren. Spade studied marketing.

Benjamin Vanord, of Russell. Vanord studied mechanical engineering technology.

Andrew Williams, of Warren. Williams studied business.

Students must earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average to be added to the dean’s list.

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Heidi Powley, a public relations major from Warren, was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Sigma Tau Delta was established in 1924 to confer distinction for high achievement in English language, literature and writing.

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Alexa Labesky, daughter of Matthew and Deborah Labesky of Warren, has been accepted at Pennsylvania College of Technology – Williamsport for the fall semester. She is senior at Warren Area High School. Alexa plans to major in advertising art.

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Erin Wagner, daughter of John and Robin Wagner of Russell, graduated from the College of William and Mary on May 12 with a bachelor of arts degree in music and government. A 2009 graduate of Eisenhower High School, Wagner was selected to perform with the 2009 Pennsylvania All-State Concert Band, and continued her musical interests at William and Mary with the Wind Ensemble, the Chamber Winds, the Flute Choir, and the Women’s Chorus. She also served as tour director for the Wind Ensemble and as president of the Delta Tau chapter of Delta Omicron, an international music fraternity, spearheading cooperative projects with other music organizations. She received the Aurelia B. Walford Scholarship for studies in Classical Music (2011, 2012), the Gladys Iseman Clark Scholarship for Musical Studies (2011, 2012, 2013), and the Charles P. Varner Scholarship for Outstanding Band Student (2012). She also pursued journalism, serving as the senior news editor for the Virginia Informer, a weekly independent campus newspaper. During the summer of 2012 she spent nine weeks interning for an English language newspaper in Florence, Italy, editing content and translating news articles from Italian to English for publication. She culminated her Italian studies at the college by completing an independent study on the role of music in mid-20th century Italy.

Wagner was recently selected for an internship with the Pittsburgh Foundation, commencing in June 2013. She has also been accepted to a dual degree program that includes a Master of Arts Management and a Graduate Degree in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts (GIOCA) from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Bologna, Italy, respectively. After completing the program she plans to work with development or policy research at a leading arts organization.

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Skyler H. Lester, son of Jerry and Jill Lester, formerly of North Warren, now residing in Houston, Texas, will graduate cum laude on June 8 from Cypress-Creek High School in Houston. His future plans including Texas A&M in Collage Station, majoring in meteorology. He attended North Warren Elementary, WAEC and Beaty-Warren Middle School.

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Alyson Meadows, a 2003 graduate of Eisenhower High School and daughter of Michelle Meadows, has earned two master’s degrees from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Meadows holds a master of business administration degree with a health care management concentration and a master of science degree in operations management. She also has black belt certification in Six Sigma. Meadows is engineering change coordinator for Eberspaecher Exhaust Technologies of the Americas at the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, location. Eberspaecher is a tier-one supplier of Mercedes, BMW and Volkswagen.

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Ryan S. Pepper, a senior majoring in chemistry and secondary education at Thiel College, Greenville, was honored by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) with the College Chemistry Award on May 20. The honor included a monetary prize and a framed certificate. Pepper also was recognized with a monetary award presented to Thiel College Library in his honor. He is the son of Brenda and Scott Pepper and a 2009 graduate of Youngsville High School. He participates in the honors program at Thiel and has been named to the dean’s list six semesters. He received the Penn-Ohio Border Section of the American Chemical Society’s Award for Excellence and was a member of the Student’s Affiliates and track and field.

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Amanuail Bosko of Warren was named to the fall 2012 dean’s list at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is Pennsylvania’s only state-owned, two-year college of technology.

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Two local students graduated from Juniata College, Huntingdon, on May 18.

Katie Christine Downey of Warren, daughter of Kevin and Amy Downey, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in geology and was a member of the Sigma Gamma Epsilon National Honor Society, a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and the president of the Andrew Lawson Geological Society. Downey is a 2009 graduate of Warren Area High School.

Travis Joe Smith of Warren, son of Larry Smith and Lisa Eldridge, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in holistic geology . Smith is a 2009 graduate of Warren Area High School.

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Three local students have received summer research fellowships at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Matthew Perkins of Tiona is studying “A Study of E-Value Change at Different Strain During 5083 Aluminum Alloy Tensile Test.”

Garrett Fiscus of Russell is studying “Developmental Patterns in Avian Cardiac Function and Metabolism in Response to Light.”

Michael Jaskolka of Warren is studying “Identification of Plants Using the Fingerprinting Gens matK and rbcL.”

Penn State Behrend awarded 37 grants and more than $57,000 to student researchers this summer. The college provides nearly $350,000 each year to support undergraduate research by its students.

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Two local students were named to the spring 2013 dean’s list at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University:

Adam M. Albaugh, Warren, a bachelor of science candidate in the welding and fabrication engineering technology program; and

Gabriel B. Olson, Youngsville, and associate of applied science candidate in the surveying technology program.

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Two local students recently graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport:

John L. Jarzab, Warren, earned a bachelor of science degree in information technology: network specialist concentration; and

Elliott M. Ward, Pittsfield, earned an associate of applied science degree in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis.

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Two local students were named to the dean’s list for the 2013 spring semester at Messiah College, Grantham:

Clarendon resident Laura Penwell is a senior majoring in engineering.

Warren resident Julie Price is a senior majoring in sustainability studies. Dean’s list is earned by receiving a 3.6 grade average or better on a 4.0 scale.

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Two local students graduated from Malone University, Canton, Ohio, on May 4:

Abigail Clifford from Russell graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in zoo and wildlife biology.

Brenton Maille from Pittsfield graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in zoo and wildlife biology.

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Brandon Littlefield, an Eisenhower High School student attending the Warren County Career Center, has been awarded a $500 Citizenship Award. Littlefield will continue his education at Pennsylvania College of Technology this fall. Students were selected and recognized for their participation in school and community events and demonstrating the principles of friendship, love and truth in daily life. The awards are given to honor Odd Fellows and Rebekahs in 13 northwestern Pennsylvania counties and are sponsored by the Odd Fellows Home Board of Directors in Meadville.