David Wert, son of Claire Wert, Wilkes-Barre, and Timothy Wert, Ashley, recently received appointment to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., Class of 2017. His acceptance will lead to a four-year college degree and commission as a Navy or Marine Corps officer. Wert, a senior at Holy Redeemer High School, is the senior class vice president and a National Merit Commended student. He is president of the National Honor Society, a member of the track team and an Eagle Scout with Troop 43 from St. Nicholas Parish, Wilkes-Barre. Wert is also an altar server for St. Nicholas Parish and works part time at Mike’s Auto Detailing. He received a congressional nomination from Congressman Lou Barletta and a senatorial nomination from Senator Robert Casey. Wert will report to the Naval Academy for Induction Day on June 27.
Monika Williams, Kingston, a sophomore chemistry and Spanish major with a minor in mathematics at King’s College, was recently accepted into the Hooked on Photonics Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Williams will study photonics in the research group of Jean-Luc Bredas, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the institute. Photonics involves the use of light on organic surfaces to transmit and control information. Williams has also participated in two of the college’s short-term study abroad trips to Argentina and Peru. She is a member of Alpha Mu Gamma, a national foreign language honor society, and Delta Epsilon Sigma, a national honor society for Catholic colleges and universities. She is also a member of King’s Honors Program. She is the daughter of Dr. Brian Williams, chair of King’s chemistry department, and Dr. Birute Williams, adjunct lecturer in chemistry at King’s.