Paige Josephine Wynder, 5, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Pennsylvania Pageant to be held on Aug. 10 at the Hilton in Harrisburg. She will be participating in the Princess Division. The winner of the pageant will receive $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the national pageant in California. Wynder enjoys gymnastics, Sunday school, learning to read and write, riding her bike and spending time with her friends and family.
Pete Yaksick, a developmental psychologist with a specialty in adult neurocognition, graduated in May from Columbia University with a Master of Arts degree in developmental psychology. He also recently completed a Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University in neuroeducation and adult learning and a practicum at Colgate University’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience in 2011. He has accepted an offer to remain on a Columbia research team. His doctorate (D.Ed.) in urban educational planning was earned at Morgan State University in 1994. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in political science from Edinboro University, where he completed an internship with the late U.S. Senator Johns Heinz. Yaksick is an assistant professor of criminal justice and psychology at the Mercyhurst University North East campus. Yaksick, a former WBRE TV I-Team reporter and anchor, worked as a television journalist at several NBC and CBS network affiliates throughout the Northeastern United States for more than 12 years. He maintains permanent residences in Old Forge and at Mountain Lake in Bear Creek.
Paul Edward Gospodinsky earned a Master of Music degree in music history and literature on May 11 from the University of Akron. Gospodinsky is a Class of 2006 alumnus of Wyoming Valley West High School and earned baccalaureate degrees in music performance (trumpet) and history from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2011. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, the Golden Key International Honours Society and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society. He will be touring with the Northeast Ohio-based professional choir, The Singers Companye, in the Catania region of Sicily in June. Gospodinsky will also be studying at Università degli Studi di Siena in Tuscany, Italy, through the opera-training program Sessione Senese per la Musica e l’Arte. When he returns stateside, he will continue his graduate studies in voice at The Cleveland Institute of Music. Gospodinsky is the son of the Rev. Dr. Edward and Joy Gospodinsky, Nanticoke.