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Colleges Applaud High-Achieving Students

University of the Arts and Sciences physicians’ assistants students in Philadelphia received their white coats during an official ceremony. A Pottstown resident was among them  (see below)

SANATOGA PA – More than 100 local, high-achieving students were honored through Friday (Feb. 19, 2016) for academic accomplishments in announcements from their educational institutions.

Named To Dean’s Lists

  • Pottsgrove High School graduates Alexandra Schurr, majoring in communicative disorders, and Paige Yerger, majoring in marketing; both at West Chester University in West Chester PA;
  • Mie Iwamoto of Pottstown, at Dean College in Franklin MA;
  • Cara Dowzicky of Royersford, at Lebanon Valley College in Annville PA; and
  • Shayna Flint of Pottstown, at Mansfield University in Mansfield PA.

At Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell PA, the following, listed alphabetically by location, from:

  • Barto: Matthew Coldsmith, Tyler Keefer;
  • Bechtelsville: Joseph Hartline, Corey Pettine, Janelle Walters;
  • Birdsboro: Kaitlin Eichenberg;
  • Boyertown: Sean Bickhart, Courteney Coccie, Kaylie Dixon, Paris Herbst, Jonathan Johnson, Kyle Lee, Annie Renninger, David Rohrbach, Lauren Specht, Katelyn Wentzel;
  • Collegeville: William Bianco, Rebekah Bondi, Nicole Bradbury, Sean Brady, Max Bugay, Philip Cappelli, Emily Cosmi, Elizabeth Cusmina, Nicole Dalasio, Anna Di Giovanni, Erin Donovan, Nicholas Duffy, Mark Dylinski, Ericka Hastings, Jordan Higley, Chris Luzeski, Regina MacMurtrie, Kacy Maroney, Geoffrey Melle, Ashley Muhlenberg, Ashley Parker, Brianna Patterson, Anna Poet, Michael Reiner, Kelsey Rush, Yasna Saez Tapia, Julie Scott, Greg Seraphin, Lindsay Siron, Jacqueline Smith, Audrey Sorber, Gisselle Tirado, Michael Topham, Kyle Umstead, Nicole Viola, Daniel Waslo, Stephanie Yovish;
  • Douglassville: Anna Chandler, Anthony Davis, Lorenzo Giotti, Patrick Hennessey, Charles Hennessey, April Motta, Emilee Parizo, Lauren Tomlinson;
  • East Greenville: Stephen Andress, Jacob Berry, Heather Haby, Nicholas Haidl, Benjamin Hammill, Colin Hurrey, Shelby Reger;
  • Gilbertsville: Brian Bibby, Kathryn Brown, Samuel Cocchimiglio, Zachary Dick, Addee Grabowski, Paul Jaworski, Magdolna Pinto, Bridget Rapp, Alex Siwik, Paige Stubblebine, Joshua Urbach, Charles Vitabile, Carly Watson, John Yoast;
  • Green Lane: Sara Barndt, Caira Borchers, Zach Diehl, Emalene Sylvester, Jessica Yelito;
  • Limerick: Kyle Allebach, Abigail Budzilowicz, Sean Budzilowicz, Megan Nacarelli, Bryce Rhodenbaugh;
  • Mont Clare: Noah Cittadino;
  • Pennsburg: Asia Fell, Isabel Gandek-Gaspar, Megan Grams, Miranda Leidy, Julia Leonard, Gabriella Maine, Chad Petipren, Olivia Spilman, Tyler Whittaker, Andrew Zambanini;
  • Phoenixville: Niquella Berry, Kevin Colbert, Kaitlyn Evans, Ahmad Hasaan, Caroline Heasley, Monica Hritz, Jessica Jacobs, Michael Jones, Felicia Milano, Brandon Mormello, Kimberly Nihart, Timothy OBrien, Jacob Sims, Matthew Steplewski, Sarah Wochele;
  • Pottstown: Elaine Allen, Amy Bauer, Annmarie Binsfeld, Emily Bohn, Colin Bullock, Olivia Buszta, Mikayla Chippari, Zachary Davis, Anastasia Davis, Martin Dobbs, Samantha Faust, Bridget Geri, Casey Hand, Elizabeth Harley, Christopher Hayden, Sarah Hill, Ruth Holsopple, Gaia Houseal, Leif Hums, William Kabrich, Angela Kenney, Hans Konarkowski, David Kurtz, Tyesha Lewis, Kaitlyn Lichtley, Brian Lightcap, Brianna Maggio, James McKeon, Jaclyn Murphy, Megan Nazaryk, Emily Nazaryk, Pamela Oister, Paul Parrish, Jonathan Pavlick, Sorana Phal, Shelby Poston, Joseph Ragusa, Emily Reitmeyer, Hattie Sandberg, Jonece Sergent, Holly Shively, Samantha Shovelton, Sara Shultz, Joseph Stasik, Kirsten Staurowsky, Angelica Stone, Charlotte Stone, Julia Tartaglia, Alexandria Volinskie, Kali Wade, James Walmsley, Daniel Walters, Shane Woodrow;
  • Red Hill: Catherine Camuso, Joanne Feldbruegge, Mary Heebner;
  • Royersford: Blanca Anoushian, Nicole Bumbarger, Gwaelin Collison, Matthew Crocker, Daniel Dougherty, Philip Gardocki, Alec Harrod, Dani Keefer, Stephanie Kelley, Madalyn Kostyrka, Steven Landis, Lynn Lang, Tyler Lelii, Shreeda Patel, Kyle Richter, Isabella Rotta, Alyssa Salvo, Kyle Surbrook, Michele Taluc-Chance, Kayla Velasquez;
  • Sanatoga: Hailee Tyson;
  • Spring City: Erik Aschendorf, Weston Finerfrock, David Rudart, Jocelyn Stanek;
  • Stowe: Katelin Gladback, Austin Guyer; and
  • Trappe: Jose Catalan, Jessica Turner.


Alvernia University in Reading PA has awarded degrees to:

  • Stefanie Rae Leinbach of Pottstown, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree summa cum laude;
  • Dr. Tracey Lynn Brown of Pottstown, a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership degree. She published a dissertation titled “The Impact of Administrative Leadership Style on Job Satisfaction;” and
  • Chido Bridget Chigumira of Pottstown, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science.

Tracy Derban and Shawna Smith-Wentzel, both of Pottstown, have received Master of Science in Education degrees from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre PA.


Eight area residents have enrolled at Alvernia University in Reading PA for the 2015-2016 school year. They are:

  • From Pottsgrove High School, Anthony Hedgepeth as an athletic training major, Tyler Hibbs as a marketing major, and Sean O’Brien as an athletic training major;
  • From Spring-Ford Area Senior High School, Brian Konefsky as an occupational therapy major, Rachael Saxon as an early childhood education with special education major, Todd Unger as a sport management major, and Devin Zimmerman as a biochemistry major; and
  • From Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, Eden Nafziger of Pottstown as an athletic training major.

Beatrice Capone of Royersford joined the Class of 2019 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy NY for the 2015-2016 school year.

Titles, Honors and Awards

Ashley Ganovsky of Pottstown was one of 37 students from Philadelphia’s University of the Sciences to join the ranks of professionals following its second annual white coat ceremony. During the event, physician assistant students officially receive their white coats as they begin work with patients in hospitals and outpatient settings.

Recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell PA, the following, listed alphabetically by location, from:

  • Collegeville: William Bianco, Philip Cappelli, Nicholas Duffy, Pat Guarnieri, Robert Levine, Regina Macmurtrie, Geoffrey Melle, David Moran;
  • Douglassville: Jeffrey Smith;
  • East Greenville: Jeffrey Regitko;
  • Gilbertsville: Samuel Cocchimiglio, Deborah Gehret, Kimberly Trotter;
  • Green Lane: Jessica Yelito;
  • Pennsburg: Dana Jones, Chad Petipren, Abigail Pusey, Katarzyna Sitko;
  • Phoenixville: Brian D’Onofrio, Ahmad Hasaan, Caroline Heasley, Sabrina Pelletier, Janette Zillmann;
  • Pottstown: Nicholas Bartelmo, Phillip Benjamin, Emily Bohn, Fernando Garcia, Grant Gaugler, Carrie Grabowicz, Alan Jensen-Sellers, Anthony Johnson, Steven Kidd, Tracy King, Hans Konarkowski, Kathleen Latshaw, Dung Le, Jasmine Maldonado, Robert Moon, Carrie Partington, Michelle Rentschler, Alexandra Rodriguez, Ruben Tolentino, Kali Wade, Heather Zabicki;
  • Red Hill: Jocelyn Belisle, William Cox, Mary Heebner;
  • Royersford: Kathleen Brady, Heather Curran, Phoebe Ivady, Lynn Lang, Emily Maxwell, Kyle Surbrook;
  • Saint Peters: Amanda Selwyn;
  • Stowe: Javier Rodriguez, Stacey Thompson; and
  • Trappe: Jose Catalan, Michael Reiner.

Danielle Freed of Limerick was among members of the Millersville University women’s golf team in its recent upset win over PSAC defending champion California University of Pennsylvania at the Hershey Country Club East Course in Hershey PA.

Connor Feeney of Royersford, a senior theatre and classical studies major at Albright College in Reading PA, is spending his Fall 2015 semester studying abroad at the National Theater Institute in Connecticut and London.

Elizabeth Bauer of Royersford spent part of her Spring 2015 semester at Lebanon Valley College in Annville PA translating a physical therapy children’s book, titled “Sammy’s Physical Therapy Adventure,” into different languages. A coloring and activity book also accompanied the story.

Two Pottstown Senior High School graduates recently received multicultural fellowship awards from Lebanon Valley College in Annville PA. They are Gary Wise, pursuing a bachelor of science in mathematics; and Austin Mora, pursuing a bachelor of music in audio and music production.

Three area residents identified by Alvernia University of Reading PA as “top students” were named as peer tutors in specific fields of study. They are nursing major Blair Burris of Royersford, for writing, A&P, chemistry and nursing; nursing major Rachel Long of Royersford, for A&P and nursing; and biology major Geoff Nasuti of Pottstown, for chemistry, biology, mathematics and Spanish.

Thomas Galamba of Pottstown recently portrayed the character of Richard Noakes in the Ohio Wesleyan University’s production of Tom Stoppard’s award-winning comedic play, “Arcadia.”

Five area residents were selected to perform with the Kutztown University Marching Unit during its appearance in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. They were Dean Bocci and Daniel Levitsky, both of Pottstown; Hannah Guffey and Diana Haldren, both of Royersford; and Kelsey Johnson of Limerick.

Austin Mora of Pottstown, a graduate of Pottstown Senior High School, recently participated in the Multicultural Student Bridge Program at Lebanon Valley College in Annville PA. Mora is pursuing a bachelor of music in audio and music production.

Two area students were among five selected to receive Alfred A. Panfile Memorial Scholarships sponsored by Diamond Credit Union, headquartered on Medical Drive in Lower Pottsgrove. They are Pottstown High School graduate Eliana Arroyo-Dech, attending York College of Pennsylvania; and Boyertown High School graduate Megan Rosenberger, attending the University of Pittsburgh.

Photo from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia PA

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