Elizabeth Harris Powell graduated with honors and perfect attendance from McCann School of Business and Technology, Dickson City, on Sept. 26. She majored in massage therapy and is a Reiki Master. Powell will be working as a professional massage therapist at The Spa at McCann in Dickson City.
Andrea Butchko, Dallas, received her Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Syracuse University at the commencement ceremony held on May 12. Butchko graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the K.L. Lui Memorial Award, which is given to a senior who has exemplified hard work, honesty, selflessness and generosity. Butchko is a member of the Chi Epsilon civil engineering honor society and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. While at Syracuse, she was a Remembrance Scholar, served as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the co-captain of the cycling team. She will begin her career in New York City, where she accepted a position as an assistant engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff Geotechnical Tunneling division. Butchko is the daughter of John and Amy Butchko. She graduated from Lake-Lehman High School in 2009.
Joshua Michael Piestrak, son of Jeffrey and Rebecca Piestrak, Huntington Mills, has been named as Northwest Area’s Student of the Month for September. Piestrak is ranked number one in his class and has been a member of National Honor Society and the basketball, cross country and track and field teams for the past four years. He is a strong leader and has been vice president of the Track and Field Club and is the captain of the cross country team. Piestrak is also an altar server at St. Faustina’s Parish. He runs 5K road races for various charitable organizations, works part-time at a family-owned business, is a Little League umpire and received countless departmental academic awards. His hobbies include hunting and fishing and his future plans include attending Penn State University to dual-major in forest ecosystem management and survey engineering.