Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has announced the winners of the Rensselaer Medal. Nickolas Church of Sugar Grove is this year's honoree at Eisenhower High School. Son of Paul and Charlene Church.
The Rensselaer Medal, the oldest prize of its kind in the United States, is awarded by more than 3,900 secondary schools throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. This award is given to students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science. To be honored with the Rensselaer Medal, a student must be a member of the junior class and the high school's single most promising science and mathematics student. Each medalist who is accepted and subsequently enrolls at Rensselaer receives a scholarship of $60,000 payable in four yearly awards of $15,000 each.
Three local students received scholarships to attend Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week 2009 at Lycoming College this summer: Hannah Ketzko, Katie Spade and Olivia Luzzi, all students at Warren Area High School. The Betts Foundation and Community Foundation of Warren County contributed to the school.
Chad D. Lucks formerly of Warren and a 2000 graduate of Warren Area High School and a 2002 graduate of Penn College Tech. 2002, received a bachelor of arts degree in construction management and safety form North Carolina State Agriculture and Technology in December. He worked at Jamestown Metal Products until March 2003 and moved to Greensboro, N.C., and worked for Alamance Consulting Engineers until July 2008. He lives in Fairfax, Va., and is working for Hensel Phelps Construction Co. on the Pentagon renovation project. The project is estimated to be complete Feb. 2011 with a contract value of $700 million.
The following students were named to the president's list with a grade average of 3.9 or better for the summer term: Carrie A. Campbell, Youngsville; Linnea C. Campbell, Warren; Jeffrey S. Dinger, Warren; Sharon K. Hilyer, Clarendon; Patrick L. Jordan, Warren; Meghan M. Martin, Youngsville; Tiffany M. Morgan, Warren; Linda L. Sobina Warren; and James S. Wilson, Russell.
The following local students graduated from The Pennsylvania State University after the summer term:
Alisia L. Brannon of Clarendon attended the University Park campus and earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology; and
Antoinetta D. Nelson of Russell attended Behrend in Erie and earned a master of business administration degree.
Ashley Church, daughter of Todd and Debbie Church of Russell, has been inducted into Phi Eta Sigma national freshman honor society at Mercyhurst College, Erie. The society rewards excellence among students who earn a grade average of 3.5 or better during their freshman year. Church, a biology major, is a 2008 graduate of Eisenhower High School. She also earned a place on the dean's list for the 2008-09 academic year. To be named to the dean's list at Mercyhurst, a student must earn a grade average of 3.6 or better.