Twelve honored with Foundation's scholarships
The Armstrong County Community Foundation has announced its 2007 scholarship recipients:
The Armstrong Concert Band Scholarship was awarded to Sara M. Faletti. A junior at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Faletti is majoring in resort recreation management/tourism with a minor in music and business. She is a member of the honors program and is a DJ at WSRU, both at Slippery Rock. She also keeps is involved with the Girls Scouts. Faletti had a summer internship with Butler County Tourist Promotion Agency. She plans on a job in music recreation.
The Armstrong County Building and Loan Association scholarship was awarded to Jason Metro. A 2007 Lenape Vocational School graduate, Metro focused in computer information technology. He was salutatorian of his graduating class, and the president of the computer-information technology club his junior and senior year. The Lenape faculty and staff nominated Metro for the most outstanding senior award. Metro also received the President's Award for Educational Excellence. Metro attends Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he majors in business technology support.
The Armstrong County Technical School scholarship was awarded to Diana Himich. Himich attended Lenape Vocational School and received her G.E.D. in 2005. She is enrolled in a training program at TACK Operator Training. Himich volunteers as a clerical assistant for the executive director of Tri-Centers Incorporated, where she also is a board member. Himich plans to become a heavy-equipment operator.
The Dr. Samuel R. & Twila Black Medical Arts Scholarship was awarded to Ashley Lennox. A Ford City High School graduate, Lennox is the daughter of Cindy and Doug Grafton. Lennox was a student-council representative, a class-cabinet representative and captain of her high school cheerleading squad. She was valedictorian of her graduating class and the Lions Club student of the month. Lennox attends the University of Pittsburgh, where she is majoring in biology/pre-medicine. Lennox plans to attend medical school for either sports medicine or genetic specialist.
The Bruno-Higginson Trust Scholarship was awarded to Rebecca Carlson. A 2007 Kittanning High School graduate, she is the daughter of John and Sandra Carlson. Her high school activities included volleyball, basketball, swim team, track and field, and Future Business Leaders of America. She is a lifeguard at the YMCA and Belmont. She plans are to attend the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to major in nursing. She also is a volunteer at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.
The Robert A. & Geneva K. Deveney Engineering Scholarship was awarded to Caitlin Schultz and Christopher Stewart. A 2007 Leechburg Area High School graduate, Schultz also was dual-enrolled at Penn State University during her senior year. In high school, Schultz was involved in senior choir, student council, Students Against Destructive Decisions, yearbook, basketball, volleyball and the Mathematics League. Schultz was named to Who's Who Among American High School Students and the National Honor Society. Schultz plans attend the University of Michigan to major in engineering. A 2007 graduate of Ford City High School graduate, Stewart is the son of Jeanne and James Stewart. Stewart was captain of the golf team and as treasurer for his sophomore and junior class cabinet. Stewart also was named to Who's Who among American High School Students. Stewart participates in his church youth groups, volunteers at homeless shelters and was a Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadet counselor. Stewart attends Penn State University, where he is majoring in computer engineering.
The Gretchen Moss Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jacob George. He is the son of Lynn and Beth George of Kittanning. A Kittanning High School graduate, George was president, vice president, treasurer and student store manager of Future Business Leaders of America, treasurer of Student Council and the National Honor Society. He was selected for Who's Who Among American High School Students, National Business Honor Society and county and district chorus. He has performed in musicals such as "Crazy For You," " Oklahoma" and "100 Years of Broadway." He founded, directed and choreographed a talent show, Armstrong Star, that raised more than $2,000 for the After Prom of Kittanning High School. George attends Duquesne University, where he is majoring in communications and theater. He was awarded an academic scholarship on behalf of the university.
The Michael Petronchek Musical Scholarship was awarded to Giovanna Pinto and Elizabeth Visnesky. Pinto is the daughter of Frank and Monica Pinto, and she graduated from Ford City High School in 2007. Pinto was involved with marching band, where she was the drum major, concert band, National Honor Society and Physics Club. Pinto participated in Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Honors Band, Seton Hill Youth Honors Band, Westmoreland Symphonic Wines, District III Band and Region II Band. Pinto attends Youngstown State University, where she majors in music education. Visnesky is the daughter of George and Georgia Visnesky, and she is a 2007 graduate of Ford City High School. Visnesky takes voice and piano lessons at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, serves as church organist at St. Lawrence Parish, where she is an active member of the youth group and choir. Visnesky was involved with the physics club, marching band, musicals and concert band. She attended junior county band, county band, district jazz band and county and district chorus. Visnesky attends Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she majors in music education and piano, with minors in organ and voice performance.
The Richard G. Snyder Family Scholarship for Agriculture and Mineral and Earth Science was awarded to Brett Ashley. A 2005 West Shamokin High School graduate, Ashley is a student at Penn State University, where he is majoring in mining engineering in the Department of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering. Ashley was named to the dean's list for four semesters at Penn State. He has received several scholastic achievement awards through EGEE, the University, Peabody Energy and AMFIRE & Alpha Natural Resources. He is involved in the Penn State Chapter of Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration. Ashley completed an internship with Peabody Energy in West Virginia this summer.
The Joan Tatsak Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jodi Beers. A graduate of Elderton High School, Beers attended Robert Morris University and Butler County Community College. She is employed by Lamination Technologies, Inc. Beers is the president of the Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce and the treasurer of HAVIN. She is married to Larry Beers and they have three children. Beers plans on graduating from Butler County Community College with an associate degree in general studies/business in December.