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Colleges Honor 24 Area Learners As Top Academics

Colleges Honor 24 Area Learners As Top Academics

POTTSTOWN PA – One Sanatoga resident, 22 from Pottstown, and one from Stowe have been honored for their academic achievements, as reported this week by their respective colleges and universities.

Kristin Vitacco of Pottstown recently traveled to Italy for an intensive international course exclusively for students enrolled in master’s and doctoral higher education programs at Widener University in Chester PA. While there Vitacco toured the world’s first university, the University of Bologna. She spent part of the trip engaged in fieldwork to understand how higher education has played a role in the lives of Italians. Vitacco also met with representatives from Fondazione RUI, which conducts research about and provides residential housing and experiential learning for students studying in Italian universities.

Melissa Vettleson, a chemistry major from Pottstown, is spending the summer tackling a creative research experience project sponsored by Albright College in Reading PA. The program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research or pursue creative endeavors during the summer break. Students work alongside faculty mentors. Vettleson’s project is “Insulation of the Proton and Electron Accepting Components of a CPET Reagent.” Her faculty adviser is associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry Dr. Ian Rhile.

Sanatoga resident Eric Bull and Pottstown resident Jeremy Zimmerman were among the 734 students to graduate May 17 from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg PA during its annual commencement. Bull graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology, and was a member of the college honors program. Zimmerman graduated cum laude with a degree in broadcasting.

Two Pottstown residents graduated May 31 during the 186th commencement ceremony held at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham MA. They are Phu Doan Pham and Yiwen Xu. Pham was also awarded the Farnsworth Mathematics Prize, the Allen American Studies Prize, and the MIT Prize. The Farnsworth prize is awarded to a senior who has completed excellent work in mathematics. The Allen prize is given to a senior for outstanding achievement and genuine interest in United States history, government, and politics. The MIT prize is awarded to a senior who has realized high academic achievement.

Jacie Lauren Specht of Pottstown graduated May 10 during 2014 commencement exercises at James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA with a bachelor of arts degree in marketing. She was among more than 3,500 students who received undergraduate, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees.

Four Pottstown residents graduated May 16 and 17 with degrees from Widener University in Chester PA during its annual commencement ceremonies. They are Jillian Kwarta , who received a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology; Kristin Vitacco, a master of education degree in leadership; Jennifer Williams, a master of science degree in nursing; and Nathan Nodolski, bachelor of science degrees in electrical engineering and physics.

Stephanie P. Rowland of Pottstown was among 716 recipients of master’s and doctoral degrees conferred May 31 during a post-baccalaureate commencement at The University of Scranton in Scranton. Rowland earned a master of science degree with a major in educational administration.

Samuel Lucidi of Pottstown, a student in the software engineering program at the Rochester Institute of Technology B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, made its dean’s list for the spring 2013-2014 semester.

Six area students who graduated from three local high schools have been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester at Alvernia University in Reading PA. They are: freshman Geoffrey Nasuti of Pottstown, a Biology major, and sophomore Michael Syrylo of Pottstown, a criminal justice major, both graduates of Pope John Paul II High School; freshman Jessica Evans of Pottstown, a nursing major, and freshman Ashley Monzo of Pottstown, also a nursing major, both graduates of Pottsgrove High School; and senior Brandi Bentz of Pottstown, an occupational therapy major, senior Alisha Dockery of Pottstown, also an occupational therapy major, both graduates of Pottstown Senior High School.

Pottstown resident Lauryn A. Fischer, a nursing major, was recently named to the Dean’s List at DeSales University in Center Valley PA.

Nathan Nodolski of Pottstown, a senior electrical engineering and physics major at Widener University in Chester, was named to its dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester.

Amy Cherico and Taylor Jaffe, both of Pottstown, have been named to the  dean’s list at the University of Delaware in Newark DE for its 2014 spring semester.

Jason Mansmann of Stowe is among the 548 students who earned dean’s list honors during the spring 2014 semester at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg MD. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Mansmann.

Grace Kennedy of Pottstown, a freshman majoring in biology, has earned a spot on the dean’s list during the spring 2014 semester at Hofstra University in Hempstead NY.

Pottstown resident Sarah Ann Zahora has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester at James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA. Zahora is a senior majoring in hospitality management.

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