Sean K. Freitag graduated summa cum laude on June 14 with a bachelor of science degree in strategic studies and defense analysis from Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. During his time of study at Norwich, Freitag served on active duty with the U.S. Navy. He is currently a Chief Petty Officer stationed out of Virginia Beach, Va. He and his wife and two children reside in Virginia Beach. Freitag is a 2000 graduate of Warren Area High School and is the son of Bo and Stephanie Freitag of Warren.
Brendan Lyle has been designated to receive commendations from the political science department at Mercyhurst University as the result of student performance, the Spring Review, and academic advisor recommendations. The department honors less than 20 percent of its students with this highest distinction of theirs. Total credits, core requirements, departmental requirements, overall and department GPAs, writing ability, as well as other issues specific to each student, including future plans, determine those students who receive commendations. Lyle, who will begin his senior year in September, majors in intelligence studies and has a double minor in political science and Asian studies. He also earned dean's list recognition for the 2012-2013 school year at Mercyhurst. A 2010 graduate of WAHS, he is the son of Gregory and Pamela Bonace Lyle.