Newsmaker: Elizabeth Tomczak
Noteworthy: Recently won Westinghouse Electric Co.'s 2011 Westinghouse Women in Nuclear (WIN) scholarship award, which goes to a high school senior from the Pittsburgh area intending to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering, mathematics or physical sciences. The scholarship is worth $2,500.
Background: Born in Sydney, Australia, Tomczak moved to Richland in 2000. At Pine-Richland High School, she worked as an editor on the yearbook staff for three years, formed a recycling program with the help of her student government and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Occupation: Lifeguard and swim instructor at Adam's Ridge Community Pool in Richland.
Education: A 2011 graduate of Pine-Richland High School, she will be attending Purdue University in the fall, where she will study engineering with an undetermined specification.
Quote: "I have always wanted to make a difference, especially in the environment. My goal is to do enough research on different fuels so that I can learn how to make them safer. I am just excited for my opportunity to learn and take whatever comes at me as I prepare for college."