Area high school students were among those inducted into the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School‘s Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society in a ceremony via Zoom on November 17, 2021. They are Sean Clark, from Lititz; Charles M. Landry IV, from Strasbourg; and Sonya Morales Gonzalez, from Lititz.
Kerstin Wiegand, of Lancaster, was recently inducted into the Penn Central College National Honor Society Chapter Gamma Beta Phi.
Four students from the region recently received scholarships from the Lancaster Medical Society Foundation, a foundation of the Lancaster City & County Medical Society. Recipients were selected through a competitive review process with submissions from applicants from across Lancaster County. Sonia Hafiz, of Lancaster, a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and a freshman medical student at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, received $4,500. Sonia shared that her volunteer experiences, both at a local hospital and in a refugee camp overseas, led her to her intended career path. Sarah Hafiz, of Lancaster, an ophthalmic technician and graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, currently a freshman at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, received a $3,500 award. She explained that her interest in combining advocacy for vulnerable populations and scientific discovery was piqued in high school through her volunteer efforts with pediatric cancer patients and her work with Syrian refugees. Kiernan McNelis, of Lititz, clinical research coordinator and Villanova graduate, is a new freshman at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College. His passion for medicine was nurtured by his experience both volunteer and professional. madison morgan, of Lancaster, and former trauma research coordinator, University of Tampa graduate and first-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, shared that her decision to pursue a career in medicine was sparked by his own health problem in high school. Morgan and McNelis both received $2,000 scholarships. Founded in 1991, the Lancaster Medical Society Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was established to provide scholarships to Lancaster County students who are accepted or are pursuing medical school at an allopathic medical school. or accredited osteopath. Fellows exemplify good character, motivation, academic achievement, and financial need. Since its inception, over $268,000 in scholarships have been awarded to deserving local students.
Kevin L. Imes, from Palmyra, received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Pennsylvania College of Technology in early fall 2021. Imes, a construction project manager at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, earned an associate’s degree in building construction technology and a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Penn College in 2003 and 2007, respectively. The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to those who have made significant contributions in their chosen fields, demonstrated the importance of their education at Penn College or its predecessors, participated in community leadership roles, and demonstrated a commitment to their alma mater. While on campus, Imes served as Treasurer of the Construction Management Association, Senator for the Student Government Association, Resident Assistant, Treasurer of the National Residence Hall Honorary, and recipient of a Penn College Award. When he obtained the first of his two degrees, he was selected as “Student Leader of the Year”. When plans for the college’s Center for Career Design were announced, Imes was among those who enthusiastically embraced the concept. He continues to serve his alma mater as a member of the Alumni Task Force, the Wildcat Alumni Career Mentorship Program and the Tomorrow Makers Program. Imes also returned to the classroom to share his real-world perspective: he recruits at career fairs, attends homecomings and other alumni events, and supports Penn College’s scholarship efforts. Imes’ community affiliations include the Milton Hershey School Project Fellowship, Mentor; the Boys Scouts of America, Cub Scout Pack 456, committee member and volunteer; North Londonderry Township Planning Commission, member; and the Arbor Greene Homeowners Association, North Londonderry Township, Board Member.
Two local students were among those who received scholarships at Pennsylvania College of Technology on December 18, 2021 in Williamsport. Kierstan M. Heizman, from Lititz, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, received the award for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Connor S. Komancheck, from Stevens, Landscape Technology/Horticulture: Graduated in Landscape, received the Faculty of Horticulture Award.
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