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Three local students have been awarded scholarships to attend Alvernia University this fall.

Leah Benedetti, of Dallas, has been granted the Veronica Founder’s Scholarship to study Occupational Therapy at. She is a senior at Dallas Senior High School.

Cheyenne Hunsinger, of Tunkhannock, has been granted the Trustees’ Scholarship to study Nursing. She is a senior at Tunkhannock High School.

Meghan O’Brien, of Dallas, has been granted the Trustees’ Scholarship to study Middle School Education. She is a senior at Dallas Senior High School.


Penn State Wilkes-Barre honors students finished academic coursework in Nevada and Arizona over the recent spring break.

The course, which dealt with the culture and music of indigenous peoples of the American southwest, included on-site experiences of the Colorado River, the engineering and workings of Hoover Dam, the west rim of the Grand Canyon and native folklore and culture of the Hualapai Americans on their nearly million-acre reservation in Arizona.

Back Mountain students who took part in that program include Lee Kozokas, Trucksville; Randy Thompson, Tunkhannock; Kiley Foley, Dallas; Sydney Doyle, Sweet Valley; Christina Pino, Dallas; and Randall Welsh, Hunlock Creek.


Christina L. Harrison, of Tunkhannock, and Sara J. Scott, of Hunlock Creek, were among Misericordia University students recently recognized as members of the ninth graduating class from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate Program during the annual certificate presentation ceremony in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall on campus.


Matthew Edkins, a sophomore at Lake-Lehman, recently competed in the 2013 PIAA State Championships in Diving at Bucknell University, finishing third overall and earning a bronze medal with a score of 407.35. Last year, he finished in sixth place.

Also competing at the state tournament from Lake-Lehman was senior, Dustin Zeiler who made his first trip to the state contest in his 2 -ear diving career.

The Lake-Lehman divers are coached by Erin Yurko, an All-American diver at Clarion University and a special education teacher with the Lake-Lehman School District.



Alyssa Dolman, of Trucksville, is among 41 students serving as mentors this semester in the Luzerne County Juvenile Justice College Mentoring Program. She is a student at King’s College.

Coordinated by King’s criminal justice and sociology departments, the program involves students mentoring first-time, non-violent juvenile offenders from Luzerne County. The offenders meet with mentors on campus for two supervised 90-minute sessions a week for four weeks.

A sophomore history and secondary education major, Dolman is a member of the King’s College Theatre, the History Society and the Education Club. She assisted in teaching the Junior Achievement curriculum to local high school students.

She is the daughter of Frank and Pam Dolman.

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