Pottstown Scholars Honored For Achievements

Area Scholars Honored For College AchievementsPOTTSTOWN PA – Sixteen Pottstown residents were recently honored for student accomplishments at their educational institutions.

Paul Maurer of Pottstown was inducted into the Saint Joseph’s University’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma in Philadelphia, an international honor society for business, on April 19. Induction into the society, according to the university is the highest academic honor a business student can receive in an undergraduate and graduate level program at a school accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Sarah Dowd of Pottstown was honored this spring during the annual scholar-athlete banquet at Youngstown State University in Youngstown OH. Awards were distributed to celebrate academic achievements of the university’s student-athletes. Dowd is a member of its softball program and is majoring in psychology.

Naomi Kim of Pottstown, studying community counseling at Alvernia University in Reading PA, has earned the master of arts in community counseling Professional Counseling Award from the university’s School of Graduate and Adult Education on its main campus. The award is presented to a graduate in recognition of dedication to ethical and professional counseling practice.

Five local residents were among about 900 students at Millersville University in Millersville PA who were presented April 25 with awards during its 57th annual honors convocation. They were:

  • Rebecca Knight of Pottstown, awarded the Anna E. Beyer Certificates;
  • Kelly Kardos of Pottstown, given a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Award;
  • Daniel Miller of Pottstown, given a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Award;
  • Sene Polamalu of Pottstown, awarded the Board of Governors’ Scholarship, and the James E. Treasure Memorial Football Scholarship; and
  • Nico Demetrio of Pottstown, awarded the Dr. Craig Camasta Wrestling Scholarship.

Lebanon Valley College in Annville PA has recognized two local residents among 130 of its first-year students for making an impact on campus as a new student. They are:

  • Jeffrey Vontor of Pottstown, a graduate of Pottstown Senior High School who is pursuing a bachelor of music in music recording technology; and
  • Jeffrey Adams of Pottstown, a graduate of Pottsgrove High School, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in chemistry.

The high honor roll for the winter trimester at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham MA contains the names of two Pottstown residents: Mami Hayashi, and Xinyu Pan. High honors requires students to have a grade point average of 3.6 or above.

Alicia Butko of Pottstown, a senior biology major at Widener University in Chester PA, is one of only 12 undergraduates from throughout the U.S. to receive a grant from the PLANTS (Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow’s Scientists: Increasing the diversity of plant scientists) program. The university said it will pay for her participation in the BOTANY 2015 meeting July 25-29, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Butko will also deliver her own talk on a research project she completed during her senior year with Dr. Kate Goodrich, associate professor of biology. The pair created a natural guide for use by freshmen in Biological Concepts I and II courses to help identify plants in the Taylor Memorial Arboretum in Chester.

Three Pottstown residents – Emily Kolbmann and Christina Childs at Bloomsburg University; and Taylor Tomaselli at Penn State – recently were initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

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