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May 14, 2013

Rotary salutes scholars

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Rotary Club recently awarded $7,750 in scholarship funds to seven graduating seniors at the 29th annual Salute to Area Scholars at Sunnehanna Country Club, Westmont.  

Mount Aloysius College president Thomas Foley spoke at the event.

Certificates of academic achievement were presented to 62 students and certificates for service above self were presented to 22 students representing nine area high schools.   

Academic Scholarship winners were: Kendra Slis of Greater Johnstown High School, $2,000 Rotary Scholarship; Daniel Durham of Westmont Hilltop High School, $1,500 Rotary Scholarship; Christiana Faucher of Westmont Hilltop High School, $1,250 Rotary Scholarship; Ethan Gabany of Forest Hills High School, $1,000 Arthur Hagadus Memorial Scholarship; Kiersten Szczur of Greater Johnstown High School, $750 Rotary Scholarship; and Hunter Bomba of Richland High School, $750 Rotary Scholarship.

The Rotary also presented a $500 Service Above Self Scholarship to Brandon Cheskiewicz of Greater Johnstown High School.

To be eligible for the academic scholarships, students must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 throughout all four years of high school. The scholarship finalists are chosen on an evaluation of their QPA, SAT scores, extracurricular activities and response to an essay question. The finalists are then invited to participate in an interview where three non-Rotarian judges make the final allocation and scholarship award.

The following students were recognized for their academic achievements:

Bishop McCort High School: Taylor Akers, Emily Daley, Laura Seitz and Stephanie Smith.

Conemaugh Township Area High School: Dillon Boyer, Carly Baer, Lyndy Baer and Chloe Reese.

Conemaugh Valley High School: Patrick Callahan, Jamie Cekada, Robert DeLusa, Bobbie Sue Kist and Amanda Sauro.

Ferndale Area High School: Elizabeth Chobany, Ava Genovese, Katie Orris and Dylan Zelenski.

Forest Hills High School: Andrew Buchkovich, Shawn Dell, Cory Fessler, Ethan Gabany, Casey Gallagher, Sydney Harteis, Josie Helsel, Jessica Houghton, Cara Lang, Marlee Schrift, Jack Scott, Abigail Shaffer, Jacob Smith and Ryan Wilson.

Greater Johnstown High School: Alexis Baldwin, Carly Cernic, Brandon Cheskiewicz, Maggie McClintock, Kendra Slis, Jessica Smith, Clare Stem, Denzel Sullivan, Kiersten Szczur and Rebecca Zajdel.

Johnstown Christian School: Evan Gretok and Sadie Sprankle.

Richland High School: Abigail Augustine, Hunter Bomba, Jessica Brown, Derek Civis, Curtis Colvin, Allyson Simunic, Sarah Valkovci, McKenzie Warshel and Sabrina Wingard.

Westmont Hilltop High School: Elizabeth Atterbury, Kirsten Coyle, Taylor Davis, Daniel Durham, Christiana Faucher, Kasia Foster, Stacee Glass, Evan Louder, Shannon Marko, Elizabeth Petrell and  Angela Sutt.

The following students were recognized for their volunteer service:

Bishop McCort High School: Taylor Akers, Laura Seitz, Stephanie Smith and Melissa Winfield.

Conemaugh Township Area High School: Deanna Binnie and Chloe Reese.

Conemaugh Valley Senior High School: Jamie Cekada.

Forest Hills High School: Shawn Dell, Ethan Gabany, Josie Helsel and Jacob Smith.

Greater Johnstown High School: Brandon Cheskiewicz, Maggie McClintock, Kendra Slis and Kiersten Szczur.

Johnstown Christian School: Cassidy Belle and Miranda Waters.

Richland Senior High School: Derek Civis, Curtis Colvin and Megan Gipe.

Westmont Hilltop High School: Christiana Faucher.

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