William J. Pendziwiatr, a music teacher from the Crestwood School District, was elected the state president of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. He will serve a six-year term, starting as first vice president for a few years then state president. Pendziwiatr graduated from State University College at Fredonia, N.Y., with a degree in music education. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in music education from Marywood University and a Master of Science degree from Wilkes University. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in America’s Teachers. Pendziwiatr received the PMEA Citation of Excellence in 2002 and served as the president of PMEA District 9 for two years. He has had four articles published in the PMEA News and was featured twice in MENC’s “Teaching Music” journal. He also produced an advocacy video, “Don’t Stop the Music,” that was on the MENC’s web site. Pendziwiatr is the first state president from Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Ronnie Ziomek, Katie Bartuska and Amanda Scavone were all honored with awards at the Lehman-Jackson Elementary School’s sixth-grade Annual Awards Day Program. Ziomek received the 2009 Outstanding Choral Student Award; Bartuska received a plaque for winning the sixth-grade Math League Contest; and Scavone received the 2009 Outstanding Art Student Award.
Rachel Zucosky, Ridgefield Park, N.J., was awarded the Wilkes University Alumni Association Scholarship at the Alumni Association Dinner on April 25. The award was presented to her by Fred Demech, the first vice president-elect of the Wilkes University Alumni Association. Zucosky is majoring in pharmacy and is expected to graduate in 201 1. She is the daughter of Drs. John and Rosemary Zucosky, who are both Wilkes University alumni. The Wilkes University Alumni Association Dinner was held in honor of Helen Bitler Ralston. Proceeds from the event fund the Alumni Association Scholarship.
Marjorie Miller, Mountain Top, and Pamela Roberts, Shavertown, received the Act 101 Awards from Misericordia University during the annual Honors Awards Banquet at the Banks Student Life Center. Miller graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and Roberts earned her Bachelor of Science degree in social work. Pennsylvania’s Act 101 Program provides support services for undergraduate students whose cultural, economic and educational disadvantages might impede their ability to pursue higher education. Through a program of tutoring, counseling, curricular innovation and cultural enrichment activities, students develop as campus leaders and graduate with marketable skills.