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Education Notes

| Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009

Sisters named All-American Scholars

The United States Achievement Academy has announced that Alexia Wills and Aylissa Wills of Kittanning, have been named All-American Scholars.

The USAA has established the All-American Scholar Award Program to offer deserved recognition to superior students who excel in the academic disciplines. The All-American Scholars must earn a 3.3 or higher grade point average. Only scholars selected by a school instructor, counselor, or other qualified sponsor are accepted.

Alexia Wills, who attends Lenape Technical School for biomedical technology, was nominated for this honor by Corrin Linkes.

Aylissa Wills, who attends Kittanning Middle School, was nominated for the honor by the same teacher.

Both will appear in the All-American Scholar Yearbook which is published nationally.

The academy selects All-American Scholars upon the exclusive recommendation of teachers, coaches, counselors, and other qualified sponsors.

The girls are the daughters of Rebecca Wills of Kittanning, and the granddaughters of Jim and Lorana Hamilton of Vandergrift and Kittanning, Audrey and Alfred Clows of Columbus, Ga.

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 of 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.

Students honored at LaRoche

LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, has named the following local students to its 2009 spring deans list. Worthington: Kelley Nicole Artman; Kittanning: Saundra May Jones, Hannah J. Kuhn, Sue E. Langham; Apollo: Amanda Kunkle; Cowansville: Nicole Kristine Steiner; Chicora: Leah D. Groves; Saxonburg: Megan L. Halstead; Jenifer R. Slobogian; Sarver: Courtney R. Snyder, Elizabeth Ann Trimble.

Local students awarded degrees

Kaplan University, Chicago, celebrated the graduation of its summer 2009 class of online graduates during a live ceremony on July 25.

The following local students were awarded degrees:

Leechburg: Marcella Blumeraitis was awarded an associate of applied science in criminal justice and Renee Delrosario was awarded a bachelor of science in paralegal studies.

Sarver: Terry Durst was awarded a bachelor of science in business administration.

Apollo: Joelene Parnell was awarded a bachelor of science in paralegal studies.

Dayton: Tanya Waugaman was awarded an associate of applied science in paralegal studies.

Coleman named to dean's list

Krista Coleman, a senior, daughter of Richard and Kathy Coleman of Manor Township, was named to the 2009 spring dean's list at the University of Pittsburgh. Coleman was also inducted into Pitt's French honor society, Pi Delta Phi, for academic excellence, majoring in French and linguistics. She is a 2006 graduate of Ford City High School.

Grove City honors 2 from area

Adam Moyer, a freshman and the son of Robert and Mary Moyer of Kittanning and Theresa Hummel of Lordstown, Ohio, was honored with induction into Round Table at the 2009 Recognition Convocation during Parents' Weekend festivities at Grove City College in May. Moyer is a 2008 graduate of Kittanning High School.

Joel Metz, a junior and the son of David and Cynthia Metz of Kittanning, was honored with induction into the Alpha Theta Mu Chapter of Mortar Board at the 2009 Recognition Convocation during Parents' Weekend festivities at Grove City College in May. Metz is a 2006 graduate of Kittanning Senior High School.

Brocious named at Hofstra

Samantha Brocious of Adrian has been named to the 2009 spring semester dean's list at Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.

Johnson accepted at Pitt-Titusville

Brittanni Ann Johnson, daughter of Mandy John of Worthington, has been accepted to the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville (UPT) for the fall term 2009. Johnson is a 2009 graduate of Kittanning Senior High School.

Her high school activities included volleyball and track. She plans to begin her pre-professional studies in physical therapy at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville.

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