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Education Notes

| Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009

Cacurak continues studies abroad

Julie Ann Cacurak, daughter of Jim and Jane Cacurak, granddaughter of Mary Cacurak, all of Ford Cliff, and the late Joseph Cacurak and the late Barbara and George Yount, is advancing her collegiate education in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Paris, France, for the duration of the summer. Cacurak is a senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, majoring in political science and history. Her time in Prague will be spent studying graduate level courses in global migration and Central European politics, and associating with the eastern European culture; assisted by her extended Slovakian family. While in Paris, she will partake in an extensive French language course. Cacurak will familiarize herself with European foreign affairs, particularly central Europe, with ambitions of employing that knowledge into the field of lobbying. Her bachelor's degree will be completed at the end of this fall semester; afterwards she plans on obtaining a position in Washington, D.C. that will allow her to enhance her knowledge and practice of public policy in addition to continuing on to her graduate degree.

Orientations have been scheduled

Orientation for Kittanning Junior High School seventh graders and new students will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 11.

Orientation for Kittanning Senior High School ninth graders and new students will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 in the auditorium. Parents are welcome.

Staricek graduates from Juniata

Nicole Catherine Staricek of Freeport, daughter of Joseph and Cynthia Staricek, graduated Cum Laude and received a bachelor of arts degree in communications and writing at Juniata College, Huntingdon, on May 16.

While at Juniata, she was inducted into both, the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Society and the Sigma Tau Delta English Honorary. She also achieved the dean's list and was accepted into the Communions Honors program to complete a senior thesis regarding the media's effects on politics and presented her research at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Wisconsin. Staricek is a 2005 graduate of Freeport Area Senior High School.

Students honored at Duquesne

Emily A. Baum, a sophomore in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts, daughter of Gregory and Jo Ann Baum of Kittanning, and Shana L. Kilgore, a sophomore in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Reedy of Templeton, have been named to the spring 2009 deans list at Duquesne University.

Adams named at Lafayette

The following local student, Karlyn Raylene Adams of Ford City, was named to the 2009 spring semester deans list at Lafayette College, Easton.

Pitt-Greensburg names graduates

The following local students were among those who completed degree requirements at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in April.

Apollo: Haley L. Gearhart, psychology.

Kittanning: Erica C. Calhoun, psychology; and Amanda L. Hileman, biological sciences.

Slippery Rock names dean's list

The following area students have earned deans list honors during the 2009 spring semester at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock.

Apollo: Rebecca R. Bono, Taylor N. Butker, Anne K. Manganaro, Michael J. Nepsa, Lauren M. Pangrazi, Morgan A. Peli, Cory A. Smith; Leechburg: Brandi Callaghan, Kara L. Kocon, Joshua R. Lucas, Michael G. Lucas, Sadie M. Minick, Zachary Minick, Alecia M. Pityk, Maria K. Previni, Dustin L. Schrecongost, Brienne R. Slocum, Ryan M. Smail, Erin M. Vargo; Vandergrift: Lacey P. Robb; Elderton: Peter M. Woytowish; Chicora: Corinne M. Haid, Gregory B. Hays, Laura L. Kepple, Kirsti L. Leighton, Jessica R. Smith, Alyssa L. Williams; East Brady: Alicia J. Kerschbaumer; Fenelton: Alicia N. Cron, Kristina E. Gerstner, Michael C. Kiefer, Bradly J. McCue, Kristy M. Snyder; Karns City: Jacqueline M. Bailey, Tyler P. Callihan, Mark A. Frazer; Parker: Kayla R. Milford; Sarver: James L. Beggs, William K. Elliott, Jennifer M. Himes, Lystina B. Kabay, Sarah A. Mientus, Maureen C. O'Connor, Ashley E. Orzechowski, Kiley N. Pogas, Jessica M. Rykaceski Cassie E. Smolic, Justin C. Sukala, Joshua P. Ward, Katie E. Winning; Kittanning: Jami L. Golab, Kaitlyn E. Heginbotham, Aubrey C. Kellar, Jenna L. Micsky, Erica L. Slee, Kate S. Steffey, Gregory J. Trulick, Shauna L. Walker; Adrian: Matthew L. Boltz; Cowansville: Bradley G. Bothell, Alissa B. Futscher; Ford City: Carissa R. Elwood, Patricia L. Goldinger; Jeremy M. Gongola, Curtis J. Roberts, Leah R. Sperl, Nicole A. Thiry; Freeport: Chad A. Baker, Cindy L. Bayne, Laura K. DiSantis, Jacqueline Hall, Angela M. Miller, Lauren M. Morrison, Ashley J. Noble, Elizabeth A. Ross, Lauren E. Weres; Mayport: Hunter K. Ruby; New Bethlehem: Kimberly D. Ireland, Frank K. Magagnotti, Jason M. Smith; Rimersburg: David A. Wilhelm; Rural Valley: Krista S. Schrecengost;

Graduates named at Slippery Rock

The following local students received degrees from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania at spring commencement ceremonies in Morrow Field House on May 2.

Apollo: Nicole M. Moore, bachelor of science, human resources; Vandergrift: Ashley R. Deurlein, bachelor of science, social studies; Amanda M. Tobias, bachelor of science, English; Chicora: Amanda L. Anderson, bachelor of science, special education; Erica E. Michael, bachelor of science, professional studies; Karns City: Tyler P. Callihan, bachelor of science, management; Sarver: Charles J. Chelecki, bachelor of science, finance; Heather R. Drane, bachelor of music education; Ashley E. Orzechowski, bachelor of science, communication; Jessica J. Pandocchi, bachelor of science, elementary education (K-6); Kittanning: Nicole R. Burdett, bachelor of science, social work; Jenna L. Micsky, bachelor of science, athletic training; Tabbatha R. Ritrosky, bachelor of science, professional studies; Adrian: Matthew L. Boltz, bachelor of science, accounting, Ford City: Jeremy M. Gongola, bachelor of science, exercise science; Andrew W. Hileman, bachelor of science, social studies, Mayport: Cara L. Hoover, bachelor of arts, dance, Rimersburg: Deborah L. Meals, bachelor of science, nursing.

The following local students received master's and doctorate's at the conclusion of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania at spring commencement ceremonies.

Chicora: Robert Covert, master of education; Katherine J. Kepple, master of education; Parker: Joshua T. Hindman, doctorate in physical therapy, Kittanning: Bradley J. Kirkwood, master of education, Rimersburg: Dennis James Meals, doctorate in physical therapy.

Three named at Villanova

Two local students are on the dean's list in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University for the 2009 spring semester: Sarver: Ryan Kirchner, sophomore, and John Marty, senior.

Craig Bonitsky of Sarver, a senior, was named to the dean's list for the College of Engineering, Villanova.

Walker accepted to Pitt-Titusville

Breanna May Walker, daughter of Brian and Lisa Walker of Rural Valley, has been accepted to the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville (UPT) for the fall term 2009. Walker is a 2009 graduate of West Shamokin Junior/Senior High School. Her high school activities included cheerleading (captain, senior year and co-captain, junior year), volleyball, and Leo Club. Walker will major in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville.

Essay contest winners listed

The Roy Frick Booher Unit 325 American Legion Auxiliary announced the winners of its 2009 essay contest. Two schools participated Kittanning Senior High School, Kittanning and Divine Redeemer School, Ford City.

The essay was titled "Soldiers, Past and Present...America, Honor Your Veterans." There were nine winners out of the participants in this year's contest. Divided into classes, consisting of grades 3-12 with first place winners receiving $25 second place receiving $15, and third place receiving $10. Everyone received a certificate of participation. The essays were judged on content, English, originality, neatness, and spelling.

The winners were Class I third-fourth grades, first place, Jake Hanz, Divine Redeemer; second place, Emily Dinko, Divine Redeemer; third place, Tino Picardi, Divine Redeemer;

Class II fifth and sixth grades, first place, Michael Bartosiewski, Divine Redeemer; second place, Ava M. Bosco, Divine Redeemer; third place, Emily Gribik, Divine Redeemer;

Class V 11-12 grades, first place, Cea Carlesi, Kittanning Senior High School; second place, Sarah Scholl, Kittanning Senior High School; third place, Kristen Englert, Kittanning Senior High School.

The awards were presented to the students at their schools during their awards programs at the end of the school year. All first place winners are also county first place winners. These students were speakers at the Memorial Day services at the Cowansville American Legion Post 325 on May 24.

Beere named organization officer

Sigma Alpha Lambda has announced that Jessica S. Beere of Kittanning, has been chosen to serve as the vice president of fundraising of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Chapter. Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development, and lifelong professional fulfillment.

Demetrio presents research project

Timothy Demetrio, from Apollo, presented an individual research project, "Two-Dimensional Heat Conduction Simulated through Electrical Potential to Illustrate Principles of Heat Transfer," at the 18th annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The conference is held every April and is Penn State Behrend's signature undergraduate research event. Demetrio, a junior mechanical engineering technology major, earned the runner-up award for Poster Presentation, Computer Science, Engineering, and Engineering Technology for the research and worked with Robert Edwards, lecturer in engineering.

Nearly 225 students from 12 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and New York presented a record 155 oral and poster presentations.

Rayburn accepted at Edinboro

Zac Rayburn of Worthington, son of Theresa Rayburn has been accepted to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and will begin classes in September. His academic major will be bachelor of science in chemistry forensic sciences. A 2009 graduate of Kittanning Senior High School, he participated in football and track and field.

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