28 Sanatoga, Pottstown Students Excel At Colleges

POTTSTOWN PA – Four Sanatoga residents, and 24 from Pottstown, have been honored for academic accomplishments, as reported this week by their respective colleges and universities.

28 Sanatoga, Pottstown Students Excel At CollegesSamantha Brockway of Sanatoga has earned an Excellence In Service Award from the Holleran Center for Community Engagement at Alvernia College in Reading PA for completing at least 100 hours of community service during the just-ended academic year. Although Alvernia students are only required to complete 40 hours of community service over four years, Brockway went and beyond by completing more than 100 hours in just one year, the college said.

Melissa Vettleson, a senior chemistry major from Pottstown attending Albright College in Reading, is participating this month (June 2014) in a field study course in the Peruvian Amazon. Offered through Albright’s biology and sociology departments, the course introduces students to the basics of ecological and anthropological field design. It ends in 10-day student projects within the Tahuayo-Tamshiyacu Reserve in the Amazon basin of Peru. The community-based reserve is comprised of a tropical river, lowland rainforest, wetlands, and several native villages.

Pottstown’s Katharine Burkhart, a senior majoring in design and technology at Emerson College in Boston MA, was one of 83 students inducted into its Gold Key Honor Society. Students inducted into Gold Key meet stringent criteria for academic achievement. Gold Key members must have completed 48 credits with the college; juniors are in the top 5 percent of their class, and seniors are in the top 10 percent. At the ceremony, Burkhart and other inductees received certificates, and seniors also received a gold sash to wear at commencement.

Robert S. Burkhart of Pottstown was recognized for academic achievement during the spring awards and recognition ceremony at Lebanon Valley College in Annville PA. The event recognizes excellence in natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Burkhart is a graduate of Germantown Academy who is pursuing a bachelor of science in early childhood education and special education. He won the June E. Herr Scholarship for Elementary Education.

Samantha Gross of Sanatoga has graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in English and Hispanic studies from Washington College in Chestertown MD during its 231st commencement ceremonies.

Katherine A. Cherry of Pottstown, who is majoring in secondary education at Clemson University in Clemson SC, has been named to its president’s list for the spring 2014 semester.

Fifteen Pottstown residents who attend Kutztown University in Kutztown PA have been named to its dean’s list for the 2014 spring semester. They are Brittany L. Adamski, Rebecca L. Baldwin, Ryan L. Bittle, Raisa A. Colon, Katelynn Joan DeSautel, Kathleen Maura Fitzpatrick, Dana M. Freas, Christina Gaugler, Alexa J. Hoey, Jeffrey M. Kraft, Raquel Violeta Luis, Thomas A. Nash, Kevin M. Pollock, Anna L. Tellis, and Zachary P. Warren.

Alyssa Murphy of Pottstown was among 623 Lebanon Valley College students recently named to its dean’s list for high academic marks in the 2014 spring semester. Murphy, a graduate of Daniel Boone Junior-Senior High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in health science.

Three students attending Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown PA have earned recognition on its spring 2014 dean’s list. They are Courtney Weaver, Courtney Fox, and Carly Mutter.

Kyle Morris of Pottstown, a sophomore majoring in accounting at Bob Jones University in Greenville SC, was among 1,400 students named to its spring 2014 dean’s list.

Two Sanatoga residents have been named to the dean’s list for the 2014 spring semester at Messiah College in Grantham PA. They are Eric Bull, a senior majoring in psychology; and Katherine Bull, a senior majoring in human development and family science.

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