STUDENTS IN THE NEWS
May 09, 2013 10:50 AM
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A periodic roundup of accomplishments and achievements of Indiana County area students in post-secondary education..

Fiona Kalu

A computer systems technology student at Indiana County Technology Center has received a $5,000 scholarship that supports young women who pursue higher education in computing and technology.

Indiana Area Senior High School junior Fiona Kalu was recognized by the National Center for Women & Information Technology as its 2012 National Award runner-up and 2012 Pennsylvania Area Affiliate winner at an award ceremony April 13 at the University of Pittsburgh.

NCWIT — a coalition of nearly 200 universities, corporations and organizations dedicated to increasing the meaningful participation of women in computing — selected recipients from among 1,800 applicants based on aptitude, interest in computing and intent to pursue computing-related education, among other considerations.

Kalu, who is working to complete her coursework and obtain her A+ and Network + certifications before the school year’s end, would receive the scholarship should she decide to enroll in a computer science-related program at the University of Pittsburgh. She would be required to maintain an overall and major grade-point average of 3.0 to continue to receive the scholarship, renewable for up to three additional years.

At ICTC, Kalu also participates as a member of SkillsUSA and believes that determination and hard work lead to success. This summer Kalu will work at ICTC as part of the network/tech support team.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing Affiliate Award program, sponsored by a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, was created to acknowledge the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women’s participation in computing-related pursuits.

NCWIT and the University of Pittsburgh Department of Computer Science recognized the Western & Central Pennsylvania and West Virginia National Award winner, 12 Affiliate Award winners, and eight Affiliate Award runners-up.

Emily Kukura

BLACK LICK — Emily Kukura, daughter of Karin and Patrick Kukura, of Black Lick, was recently named a recipient of the 2013 POLYED Undergraduate Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry.

This prestigious award was presented by the American Chemical Society Divisions of Polymer Chemistry and Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering to the top sophomore or junior student at each college or university majoring in chemistry.

Kukura attends Saint Vincent College and is a 2011 graduate of Blairsville High School.

Kelly Anne Morfenski

PENN RUN — Kelly Anne Morfenski, of Penn Run, recently passed her state boards for nursing.

Morfenski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in December.

She was a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP), Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society and the Foundation for International Medical Relief for Children (FIRMC).

She is the daughter of David M. and Mary P. Morfenski and the granddaughter of Sam and Ann Mariskanish, all of Penn Run.

Christopher Lucas

Christopher Lucas, of Indiana, was one of nine students to successfully complete the one-year, intensive nuclear medicine technology program through the Nuclear Medicine Institute at The University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio.

To complete the program, graduates must pass a comprehensive examination, meet academic and experiential criteria, and demonstrate professional/community involvement.

Olivia Sipos

Olivia Sipos, of Indiana, is one of 16 students inducted recently into the Thiel College chapter of Lambda Sigma, the national honor society for second-year men and women dedicated to the purpose of fostering leadership, scholarship, fellowship and the spirit of service among college students, and to promoting the interests of the college or university,

Sipos is an international business major at the college, located in Greenville.

Evan Fry

Evan Charles Fry, an accounting major at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, was recently recognized as the 2013 Junior Class RealWorld Action program winner.

He was recognized for his achievement in four levels of engagement: career, professional and personal development; campus engagement; civic and community engagement; and global engagement.

Along with the certificate and trophy recognition, Fry received a $1,000 scholarship. He is the son of Lynn and Carol Fry, of Indiana.

Sheri Smay

MAHAFFEY — Sheri Smay, of Mahaffey, recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a minor in finance.

Lecinda Yevchak

COMMODORE — Lecinda Yevchak, of Commodore, graduated in December with a doctor of philosophy degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Bryan McGeary

Bryan McGeary, of Indiana, graduated in December with a doctor of philosophy degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Jennifer Beatty

Jennifer Beatty, of Indiana, an education and human development major, was named to the fall dean’s list at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Kevin Mullen

Kevin Mullen, of Indiana, was named to the dean’s list for academic achievement for the fall semester at The University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.

Mullen, a freshman at the university, is the son of Ray Mullen and Peggy Mullen, and a graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School.

Maggie Slawson

ARMAGH — Maggie Slawson, of Armagh, has been accepted to and plans to attend Lycoming College in Williamsport for the fall 2013 semester.

She is the daughter of Patricia Slawson.

A student at United High School, she has been active in varsity track, varsity volleyball, Junior Olympics, student council, chorus, marching band, Running Club and Bible Club. She also has been on the honor roll, was a student of the month, student council president and a member of the Tri-M Honor Society at the school.

Slawson has received several honors for track and field and volleyball during her high school career.

Honor society inductions

The following area students were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi: Kimberly Buzzelli, of Creekside, and Nickolas Bruner, of Avonmore.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters in more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors.

Katey Williams

SHELOCTA — Katey Ann Williams, of Shelocta, graduated from Thiel College, in Greenville, during the commencement ceremony held recently in Thiel’s William A. Passavant Center.

Williams graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business communication and departmental honors, and was a recipient of the Dean’s Key. Williams also earned Student of the Month honors and was a member of the senior class gift committee.

Students who received the honor of summa cum laude graduated with a grade-point average of 3.8-4.0; students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.60-3.79; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.4-3.59. Dean’s Key is awarded to those students who were on the dean’s list for all eight semesters while at Thiel.

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