Area Scholars’ Achievements Noted By Colleges

POTTSTOWN PA – Eighteen Pottstown, Owen J. Roberts, Pottsgrove, and Spring-Ford school district residents have been honored through today (Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018) for academic accomplishments and achievements, according to announcements from their educational institutions.

Gina Moore of Pottstown is scheduled to join 471 other students today (Saturday) at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania for graduation during its winter commencement ceremony. Moore will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in business management.

Two Pottstown residents – Gary Wise, a graduate of Pottstown High, and Jacob Bildstein, a graduate of Pope John Paul II High – are among more than 250 student-athletes recognized Friday (Dec. 14) by Lebanon Valley College, Annville PA, for their participation in fall athletics. Both played on its football team, which won its final two games of the season. Wise is pursuing a bachelor of science in early childhood education. Bildstein is pursuing a bachelor of arts in criminal justice.

Raghav Jain of Royersford, a graduate of Spring-Ford Senior High, was among 21 graduating students who on Friday (Dec. 14) received a Board of Trustees’ Award for achieving the highest scholastic average at the close of their last semester at Michigan State University, East Lansing MI. Jain is a biochemistry and molecular biology major in its College of Natural Science, and a member of its Honors College.

Stacey Kratzer of Pottstown has received a master of science in nursing degree from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre PA.

Dwight Marazas, a marine science major from Pottstown, performed during a November concert of the Wind Ensemble at Coastal Carolina University, Conway SC. The concert included six pieces, including traditional American river songs like “Shenandoah” and “Down the River.”

Brandon Leacraft of Royersford is one of 92 student-athletes who are members this year of the track and field team at Kutztown University, Kutztown PA. The team’s home-opener is scheduled for Jan. 10-11 (2019).

Phannita Siriwattanawong of Pottstown, during a November Athletics’ Awards Night at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School, Waltham MA, received the coach’s award for its junior varsity volleyball team.

Elizabeth Rowe of Royersford during October was part of the ensemble cast in a “Wig and Buckle Theater Company” production of “Little Shop of Horrors” at Lebanon Valley College. A graduate of Spring-Ford Senior High, Rowe is pursuing a bachelor of science in early childhood education.

Kelsey Timmins of Pottstown, a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at University of the Sciences, Philadelphia PA, was among those receiving a white coat (at top) during its annual Physical Therapy White Coat Ceremony. The event is considered a “rite of passage” for students entering the program’s professional phase. She is anticipated to receive her degree in May 2021.

Arriving this year at their respective schools:

  • Madison Fisher of Pottstown, at the University of Findlay;
  • Rylee Crozier of Royersford, a marketing pre-major, in the new Honors College program at Coastal Carolina University;
  • Meghan Swaim of Pottstown, at Clemson University; and
  • Tyler Vokes of Pottstown, at Lebanon Valley College. Vokes, a graduate of Owen J. Roberts High, this year was named one of four full-tuition scholarship winners in the college’s John Bowman Allwein Scholars program. He is pursuing a bachelor of science in biology.

Recently making the dean’s list at their respective schools:

  • Mary King of Pottstown, at Delaware Valley University; and
  • Gabrielle Ermish of Pottstown, at Bryant University.

Joseph Buchler and Cassandra Shields, both Pottstown residents, earlier this year spent a portion of their educational lives abroad, as part of the global study program at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg PA.

Photo from the University of the Sciences