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Head Of The Class

June 25, 2008
Times Observer
John Hamm, son of Lori Vancise and Robert Hamm, a graduate of Warren Area High School has recently made the Dean’s List at Clarion University, Venango Campus for a 4.0 grade point average. Hamm is also a participant of the honors program, ski club, volleyball, golf, Discovery Team, work study, and the campus fitness center.

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Two Warren County students were named to the dean’s list at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, for the spring semester. Wendy Kobojek of Russell, and Kristy Kuzminski of Sugar Grove met the requirement of achieving a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

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Georie Briggs of Clarendon, a graduate of Sheffield Area Senior High School, is a member of Lycoming College’s chapter of Gamma Sigma Epsilon, the national honors society that recognizes students for scholastics achievement in chemistry. Briggs graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in biology.

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Julie Brothers of Warren and Matthew Decker of Russell were named to the dean’s list for the 2008 spring semester at Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio.

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Jenna L. Frye, a sophomore in the Mylan School of Pharmacy and daughter of James and Cheryl Frye of Warren, has been named to the spring 2008 dean’s list at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, with a 4.0 grade average.

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The following students were named to the dean’s list at Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y., for the spring semester:

Dustin J. Nuhfer, Warren, freshman, engineering studies;

Jeffery M. Williams, Warren, junior, chemical engineering.

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The following students were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Grove City College:

Alison Hulihan, majoring in music education, is the daughter of Donald and Sandra Hulihan of Sugar Grove and a 2004 graduate of Eisenhower High School;

April Ditonto, majoring in music, is the daughter of Sandra and Bennie Ditonto and a 2007 graduate of Eisenhower Senior High School;

Matthew Landin, majoring in molecular biology, is the son of Karen and Paul Landin of Sugar Grove and a 2007 graduate of Eisenhower High School.

Hulihan and Ditonto were named to the dean’s list with high distinction by achieving a grade point average of 3.85 to 4.0.

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The following students were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Malone College, Canton, Ohio:

Zachary W. Taylor, son of David and Marcia Taylor of Pittsfield, majoring in mathematics;

Andrew S. Ledebur, son of David and Lisa Ledebur of Warren, majoring in communications.

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Beth Ann Nichols, daughter of Nancy Nichols of Warren and the late Chuck Nichols, was awarded the Mercyhurst Prep Faculty Member of the Year Award. She is the athletic trainer at Mercyhurst Prep in Erie, PA and is a graduate of Warren Area High School, Mercyhurst College. She holds a Masters degree in sports medicine from California University of Pennsylvania.

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Jeffery Huber, of Warren, was recently named to the dean’s list at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., for the spring semester.

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Michelle McAvoy of Warren and a student at Saint Francis University is currently participating in study abroad in Mexico offered by the University’s Center for International Education and Outreach. She accompanied program directors Señora Margaret Morales, Dr. Teelyn Mauney, and Dr. Alexis Antracoli on the trip.

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Kristy Littlefield, a 2004 graduate of Sheffield High School, graduated magna cum laude from Clarion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mass media arts, journalism and communications on May 10, 2008. She was selected as an outstanding senior in her department for superior performance and excellence in academics. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities, and obtained the dean’s list for eight semesters. Kristy has relocated to Kittanning and will pursue her career in the Pittsburgh area. She is the daughter of Sue Cole and Ken Littlefield of Sheffield.

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Elizabeth Rusch Fetters won the prestigious Curriculum Activities Award from Harford County Public Schools for 2008. She was honored in a ceremony in Bel Air, Maryland on May 7. Mrs. Fetters’s curriculum activity was selected from over 1,300 entries and she was among 11 recipients. Her curriculum activity was awarded the second tier with a monetary prize of $400. Mrs. Fetters submitted a unit plan titled “Military and American Songs and Handbells Unit.” In this unit, 6th grade general music students learn military songs; Army Song, Marine Song, Anchors Aweigh, Coast Guard Song, and Air Force Song, as well as The Star-Spangled Banner and America. At the same time, students learn how to play handbells and accompany the military songs on the bells.

Fetters is a 1996 graduate of Warren Area High School and is the daughter of Carolyn and Don Worley, residents of Warren. She holds degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kent State University, and is working towards a second master’s degree in Library Science with the University of Maryland. She has been teaching music for Harford County Public Schools in Harford County, Maryland for three years.

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Bobbie Mohney of Clarendon, a senior business management student of Franklin Universities Community Alliance program in Columbus, Ohio, was named to the president’s list for the spring trimester. A student must have a 4.0 grade point average to make the president’s list. This is the fifth trimester that she has made the Presidents list at Franklin. In addition she has received a scholarship for the summer and fall semesters to finish her studies at Franklin.

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The following students were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at University of Pittsburgh at Bradford:

Kristen Allison, a criminal justice major from Warren;

Nick Alpatov, a computer science major from Warren;

Claudia Bernat, an applied mathematics and mathematics education major from Tidioute;

Michael Buchanan, a computer science major from Warren;

Robin Copley, a sports medicine major from Sheffield;

Tori Darling, a sports medicine major from Russell;

Chelsea Dunn, a chemistry and pre-optometry major from Sheffield;

Jennifer Eck, an athletic training and psychology major from Sheffield;

Tiffany Hamrick, a business management major from Youngsville;

Harmonie Kibbey, an English education major from Clarendon;

Jared Snell, a radiological science major from Sheffield;

Cathie Vincent, a business education major from Warren.

Part-time students named to the dean’s list at Pitt-Bradford are:

Marlene Hamrick, a business management major from Youngsville;

John Lewis, an elementary education major from Warren;

Bethany Ruland, a human relations major from Sugar Grove.

Named to the list with 4.0 grade average were:

Sarah Dwyer, a business management major from Warren; and

Jenelle Elmquist, a history and political science major from Sheffield.

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Dan Dwyer, a graduate of Warren Area High School, has been accepted to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford for the fall semester. He plans to major in computer technology information systems. While at WAHS, Dwyer lettered in track and diving and was a member of the ski club.

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Alyssa Griffin, daughter of Jerry and Laurie Griffin of Warren, has been accepted to Indiana University of Pennsylvania for the fall 2008 term. She plans to major in psychology. Griffin graduated cum laude from Warren Area High School in June. She was active in A Capella, choir, Divas and she was a mentor for the Ophelia program.

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The following students were named to the dean’s list at The Pennsylvania State University for the spring semester. They are listed by name, hometown and campus:; Jesse L. Gadley, Marienville, Erie; Jaimie L. Ely, Clarendon, University Park; Abraham S. Kibbey, Pittsfield, Erie; Ashley C. Gazdak, Russell, Erie; Vincent M. Delprince, Russell, University Park; Jessica L. Bogniak, Russell, University Park; Antonino P. Mazzurco, Sheffield, University Park; Kimberly R. Barsness, Sheffield, University Park; Jacoby D. Curtis, Sugar Grove, Erie; Jordan S. Collette, Sugar Grove, Erie; Kolby K. Mcintyre, Sugar Grove, Erie; Nikolai A. Obenrader, Tionesta, University Park; Hannah K. King, Warren, University Park; Heather L. Bupp, Warren, Erie; Tyson S. Himes, Warren, Erie; Emily M. Keith, Warren, Erie; Christian A. Wood, Warren, Erie; Hillary C. Bertch, Warren, University Park; Emily H. Thomas, Warren, DuBois; Clayton M. Hesch, Warren, Erie; Eric R. Weidert, Warren, University Park; Timothy J. Spilka, Warren, University Park; David A. Breindel, Warren, University Park; Molly A. Bonavita, Warren, Erie; Christine L. Calvert, Warren, Erie; Cody, M. Griffin, Warren, Erie; Joseph A. Pellegrino, Warren, Erie; Jeremy S. Munson, Warren, Erie; Gary A. Huber, Warren, University Park; Meghan K. Mctavish, Warren, Erie; Courtney D. Froman, Warren, Erie; Burfoot S. Ward, North Warren, Erie; Nina, O. Kouxova, Warren, University Park; Kyle R. Mcmichael, Warren, Erie; Shallin A. Munksgard, Warren, University Park; Craig J. Phelps, Warren, Erie; Jack A. Rulander, Warren, Erie; Keith R. Yaegle, Warren, Erie; Jacqueline N. English, Warren, Erie; Zachary V. Papalia, Warren, University Park; Lara B. Espin, Warren, University Park; Christian M. Mosebach, Youngsville, Erie; Patrick J. Conklin, Youngsville, Erie; Stephanie A. Pence, Youngsville, Erie; Mitchell T. Zeleznik, Garland, Erie; Rachel L. Howe, Spring Creek, University Park; Kaisy A. Kafferlin, Spring Creek, Erie.

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The following students graduated from The Pennsylvania State University following the spring semester. They are listed by name, hometown, campus, honors and degree earned:

Jaimie L. Ely, Clarendon, University Park, secondary education, B.S.; Brysten L. Jones, Russell, Erie, business, liberal arts and science, B.S.; Kyle N. Metzgar, Russell, University Park, petroleum and natural gas engineering, B.S.; Kimberly R. Barsness, Sheffield, University Park, rehabilitation services, B.S.; Jacoby D. Curtis, Sugar Grove, Erie, management, B.S.; Jennifer L. Robinson, Sugar Grove, Erie, mechanical engineering, B.S.; Nicole L.Matve, Sugar Grove, DuBois, two-year wildlife technology, A.S.; Nikolai A. Obenrader, Tionesta, University Park, with distinction, turfgrass science, B.S.; Nina O. Kouxova, Warren, University Park, with highest distinction, accounting, B.S.; Emily M. Keith, Warren, Erie, accounting, B.S.; Daryl J. Nowacki, Warren, Erie, biology, B.S.; Meaghan L. Jedrek, Warren, University Park, chemical engineering, B.S.; Kristen A. Lord, Warren, Erie, English, B.A.; Justin M. Munson, Warren, study abroad program, with distinction, international business, marketing, B.S., B.S.; Meredith K. Meyer, Warren, Erie, political science, B.A.; Emily L. Belleau, Warren, University Park, with high distinction, psychology, B.S.; Kyle V. Meley, Warren, DuBois, two-year wildlife technology, A.S.; Christine L. Palchak, Bear Lake, Erie, mathematics, B.S.

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Jonathan Buonocore earned a master of science degree in environmental health from Harvard School of Public Health on June 5, during Harvard University commencement ceremonies. For his practicum project, he lead a field research team consisting of Boston-area high school students in a research study commissioned by the City of Boston. The study examined the relationship between different parameters of local traffic and local air quality in the Boston neighborhood Mission Hill, and the results will be used to inform transportation development in the area.

After graduation, Buonocore started research work at the school modeling the health impacts of traffic congestion. In September, he will begin the doctoral program in environmental science & risk management at Harvard School of Public Health, where his work will continue to focus on the environmental and public health impacts of transportation and urban design. He was awarded a fellowship from Harvard School of Public Health that is given to the top few applicants in each department.

The son of Dale and Elizabeth Buonocore of Warren, he is a 2002 graduate of Warren Area High School and a 2006 graduate of Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., where he majored in environmental science and policy.

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The Queen of England’s cousin, His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent in his role as Chancellor of the University, conferred the doctor of philosophy degree on Warren County native Diane Wawrejko Cochran this spring during graduation ceremonies at Guildford Cathedral, Surrey, UK. Wawrejko Cochran is the daughter of Margaret and the late Frank Wawrejko of Rt. 6, Spring Creek, and an honors graduate of Youngsville High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in classical ballet and French from Mercyhurst College, a master of fine arts degree in modern performance and choreography from Arizona State University, and now a Ph.D. in dance studies from the University of Surrey, England, School of Performing Arts, which is recognized as a world innovator and leader in dance analysis.

Wawrejko Cochran is an adjunct faculty in dance and humanities at Columbia College Chicago, in theater for the College of DuPage, and in ballet and pointe for two Chicago area pre-professional ballet conservatories. She was a senior Dance Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria from August 2006 to January 2007, where she and her husband were houseguests of both the American and British ambassadors. Wawrejko Cochran was the executive director of the National Dance Association when President Bush and the First Lady received her at the White House as a leader in dance education. She served as assistant professor and program coordinator for dance at the University of Texas – Pan American and as assistant professor and dance program coordinator at Wheaton College. She spent seven years as a residency and workshop artist with Chicago’s Presidential award winning Urban Gateways that provides for arts programming for Chicago-area schools. In addition, she was nominated to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, a panel that advises national arts programming for children and youth.

Wawrejko Cochran has performed professionally with several US dance companies, including her own not-for-profit Dances Wawrejko, Perceptual Motion of Chicago, Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh (apprentice), Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre, and Erie Civic Ballet. She has danced on PBS, appeared with the Repertory Dance Theatre of Salt Lake, Central Ballet of China’s first US tour, and Laurie Eisenhower and Dancers. She has worked under such noted choreographers as Daniel Nagrin, Mel Wong, and Anna Sokolow. Her numerous scholarly research and writings on dance are published both nationally and internationally, and she is a certified massage therapist who studied in Beijing, China. She and her husband, drafting engineer Mick Cochran, reside in suburban Chicago.

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Dane Renwick, son of Doug and Judi Renwick of Warren and a 2004 honors graduate of Warren Area High School, graduated from Mercyhurst College on May 18 with a bachelor of science degree in sports medicine with a concentration in athletic training. Renwick has accepted a graduate assistantship and will be pursuing his master’s degree from The California University of Pennsylvania. During Renwick’s undergraduate studies, he was a member of the Student Sports Medicine Association, the Organization of Athletic Training Students and is a four-year member of the National Athletic Training Association.

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The following students were named to the president’s list for the spring 2008 term at Jamestown Business College, Jamestown, N.Y. To be named to the list, a student must earn a grade average of 3.9 or better. Listed were: Ryan R. Betts, Warren; Linnea C. Campbell, Warren; Mark E. Clark, Sugar Grove; Jeffrey S. Dinger, Warren; Judy L. Dunham, Sheffield; Theresa Fry, Sheffield; Richard W. Kelly, Warren; Meghan M. Mead, Warren; Denise M. Patterson, Warren; Jameson S. Shepherd, Warren; and Jared W. Strickland, Russell.

Several students earned degrees and certificates from Jamestown Business College following the spring term. Area graduates include:

Administrative Assistant: Accounting: Courtney Ferrie, Clarendon; Christina Studley of Sheffield.

Administrative Assistant: Medical: Carrie Anderson of Warren; Nicole Knowlton of Youngsville; Elizabeth McClellan of Warren, PA

Sara Swanson of Warren; Shannon Wolfer of Sugar Grove.

Administrative Assistant: Office Technology: Marilyn Sheets of Warren.

Business Administration: Accounting: Tressa Hornstrom of Irvine; Kimberly Sarver of Sheffield; Jill Stoddard of Warren; Lori Sweet of Warren.

Business Administration: Information Technology: William Crosby of Warren; Mark Seekings of Russell.

Business Administration: Marketing and Management: Linda Sobina of Warren.

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Joshua Kekielek, a Clarendon native, received a degree at Lock Haven University in the spring graduation commencement program for teaching and learning.

The following individuals have been named to the spring dean’s list at Lock Haven University: Brendan Lobdell, Clarendon, for sport administration; Emily Honhart, Pittsfield, for psychology; Whitney Parker, Sugar Grove, sport administration; Kyle Essick, Warren, for secondary education; and Kalee Larson, Warren, for elementary education.

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Ashley Willis, daughter of Mark and Debi Kerner and George and Karen Willis, graduated from Mercyhurst North East Campus on May 17 with a criminal justice award for excellence in scholarship and great potential in leadership. She also received her associate’s degree in criminal justice. She plans to attend Edinboro University in the fall working toward her bachelor’s degree. Willis graduated with a 3.9 grade average.

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Joshua Hogan of Russell, a senior chemical engineering major at Tri-State University, Angola, Ind., has been named to the president’s list for the spring 2008 semester. To be named to the list, a student must earn a grade average of 3.75 or better.

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Amber Pascuzzi of Warren graduated from a unique distance learning collaboration with Jamestown Community College, Monroe Community College and Jefferson Community College in late May with an associate in applied science degree in dental hygiene. The 72-credit hour program was a pilot program that is the first in the nation, provided preparation for careers in preventive dentistry.

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Darbee Rae Nelson was awarded her doctor of physical therapy degree in commencement exercises held May 10 at Slippery Rock University. She was recognized with the Hazel Reed Andrews Fellowship for excellence in academic achievement, clinical practice, research and service to the college. Nelson also received the Scholarly Excellence Award for achieving a 4 grade average. During her studies at Slippery Rock, Nelson was secretary of her class and an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association and APTA Section member in Pediatrics. She worked in the Office of Clinical Placements on an assistantship.

Dr. Nelson, a 2005 graduate of Penn State University and a 2001 graduate of Eisenhower High School, has accepted a position in the outpatient physical therapy department at Warren General Hospital. She is the daughter of Rebecca Darbee and Brad Nelson of Russell.

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Laura A. Wagner, daughter of William and Amy Wagner of Russell, graduated magna cum laude in April from the University of Pittsburgh with bachelor of arts degrees in history and political science. While at Pitt, Wagner was a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity. She plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Law beginning in August.


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