Shannon R. Kotch earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Penn State Hershey College of Medicine on May 18, 2014. Dr. Kotch is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald A. Kotch, Dallas, and the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kotch, Hanover Township, and the late Mr. and Mrs. George Harmon, West Pittston. Dr. Kotch graduated from Dallas High School in 2006. Upon earning her undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Wilkes University in 2010, she began her medical education at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. She started her residency in general surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in July.
William Logan Spear, a senior at MMI Preparatory School, and Ali Nicole Stahr, a senior at Hazleton Area High School, have been awarded their certification for successfully completing the Junior Leadership of Greater Hazleton program as Edgar L. Dessen Community Service Award recipients. The students graduated from the Junior Leadership 2013-14 program and are now recognized as Dessen Scholars. Sponsored by the CAN DO Community Foundation, the scholarship recognizes students’ interest and participation in community and school volunteer activities. The CAN DO Community Foundation established the award named for Dr. Edgar Dessen to honor him as the founder of CAN DO. Spear is the son of Bill and Marylynne Spear, Hazleton. Stahr is the daughter of Vicky and Jon Stahr, Hazleton.
Claire Sheen, a student at MMI Preparatory School, has been named a High Scorer by the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Sheen, the daughter of Kwangsup and Chaeyun Sheen, Mountain Top, took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and met requirements to enter the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. She is a rising senior at MMI and will receive recognition in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program this fall.