STUDENTS IN THE NEWS
BERNIE SMITH SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
On May 14, the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. (AICDAC) awarded Courtney Kuzemchak of Penns Manor High School in Indiana County, Sahara Dickison of Ford City High School in Armstrong County, and Nikki Yeany of Redbank Valley High School in Clarion County with the Bernie Smith Memorial Scholarship of $1,000 each to further their educational endeavors.
The awards were presented by Indiana County Commissioner Patricia Evanko, Armstrong County Commissioner Rich Fink, and Clarion County Commissioner Wayne Brosius and members of the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission Board along with Marie Dillon-Griffith, board president, and Gladys Smith, wife of the late Bernie Smith.
The Bernie Smith Memorial Scholarship is presented yearly to one student each from Armstrong, Indiana and Clarion counties.
The honorees are chosen from the graduating class and are recommended by their high school Student Assistant Program Team. Eligible students are those most exemplifying the mission of the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission by way of their involvement, leadership and accomplishments through their high school career.
Bernie Smith served as an Indiana County commissioner from 1995 to 2006 and was a member of the Armstrong-Indiana Drug and Alcohol Commission Board.
Alyson Nichole Smith, of Kittanning, graduated May 20 from Chatham University in Pittsburgh with a Master of Business Administration degree. The commencement ceremony was held at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh.
Jack T. Foister graduated May 17 from Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport with a degree in legal studies.
While at Penn College, he was on the dean’s list, served as a legal tutor for undergraduate students and was president of the Penn College Legal Society his senior year.
Foister has been accepted at the University of Akron Law School and will begin classes there in August. He is the son of Jan and Tom Foister, of Home.
Susan Wood, of Northern Cambria, graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Allied Health Sciences.
Andrew M. Billon recently graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration in West European studies.
He is the son of Dr. Andrew and Alison Billon, of Indiana.
He graduated with history honors and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors fraternity. He participated in the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics seminar and internship program, the American Institute of Foreign Study program in Rome and served as an intern performing in constituent outreach on behalf of state Rep. Mark Mustio.
Billon also worked with a team of student archaeologists from Indiana University of Pennsylvania to excavate artifacts within the Johnston archaeological site near the Conemaugh River in Blairsville. He plans to continue his education this fall at IUP in pursuit of a Master of Science degree in safety sciences.