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James Zeske, the son of Jim and Barbara Zeske, Hanover Township, has been awarded a fellowship for international research for graduate students at the University of Delaware. Zeske will travel to the Residencia Corazon in LaPlata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, for his research program. He earned a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Delaware.

Megan B. Jagoda, Plains Township, was inducted into Phi Sigma Iota, an international foreign language honor society at Susquehanna University. The honor society is for outstanding students in a classical or modern language who are in the top 35% of their class and for faculty who have contributed substantially to the foreign languages, literatures and cultures. Jagoda, the daughter of Ed and Judi Jagoda, is a 2005 graduate of Coughlin High School.

Amanda Scavone, a sixth-grade student at the Lehman-Jackson Elementary School, received the Citizenship Award at the school’s awards program. The award is presented in memory of Michael Gruen and Linda Wasley, former sixth-grade teachers at the school. The recipient is selected by teachers and students on the basis of those qualities that best exemplify a good citizen – academics, dependability, honesty, co-operation, respect and leadership. Scavone is the daughter of Matthew and Wendy Scavone.

Katherine Farias, Wyoming Seminary cum laude graduate and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Farias, Shavertown, received the Theodore S. Abbot Language Cup in recognition of her ability in world languages during the school’s 165th Commencement. She was chosen by her classmates to introduce the faculty speaker at commencement. Farias was named to the Dean’s List with High Honors and was named to Cum Laude, the academic honor society for independent schools. She attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Global Entrepreneurship in 2008. Prior to commencement she received the President’s Educational Excellence Award and the Iscovitz Memorial Good Sportsmanship Award. She previously received the Frederick Rudolph Prize for excellence in history writing, the Edwin J. Roberts Memorial Prize for scholarship in Latin, the Francis J. Mehm III Memorial Award for contributions to school spirit and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation Outstanding Sophomore Award. She is also a 2009 National Merit Scholarship Commended Student. A Levi Sprague Fellow her senior year, she was active in Blue Key, Peer Group, Student Activities Committee, and as a class representative to student government. She was a three-sport athlete, serving as a captain for the girls’ tennis, basketball and lacrosse teams, receiving Gold Awards in basketball and lacrosse, and receiving the Most Improved Player award twice in tennis.

Michael Symeon, was the winner of the annual sixth-grade spelling bee held at Lehman-Jackson Elementary School. He received the 2009 Spelling Bee Champ plaque at an Awards Day ceremony held at the school.

Katie Bartuska was the winner of the sixth-grade Social Studies League Contest held at Lehman-Jackson Elementary School. She was presented with a medal at the Annual Awards Day Program held at the school.

David Prutzman, Hanover Township, recently presented his poster abstract, titled “A Mark-capture Study of Larval Salamander Density in Streams With and Without Fish” at the 85th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science held in Camp Hill. Prutzman graduated magna cum laude from King’s College in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He will attend the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program in the fall. Prutzman participated in numerous volunteer assignments while at King’s. He is a member of the college’s Dean’s List and achieved Level 1 status as a peer-tutor by the College Reading and Learning Association. He has worked for Wyoming Valley Health Care System as a nursing assistant in the operating room since June 2007. He is the son of Wilbur R. and Mary T. Prutzman, Montgomery, N.Y.

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