Britney Cheskiewicz, daughter of Craig and Marie Chezkiewicz, Wyoming, has been chosed as a state finalist in the American Miss Pennsylvania pageant to be held August 10 at the Hilton in Harrisburg.
The National Miss Pageants are held for girls ages 4-18, and have five different divisions. Cheskiewicz will be participating the the pre-teen age division, along with other young ladies across the state.
Cheskiewicz’s activities include dancing, singing, acting, swimming and playing with her younger sister, Brianna. At age 11, Cheskiewicz enjoys singing at Nursing Homes and at church, St. Joseph Morello Parish, Pittston.
The winner of the pageant will receive $1,000 cash, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the Natinoal Pageant in California where she will receive a tour of Hollywood and two V.I.P. tickets to Disneyland.
Lauren Sovinsky, Dupont, graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Master’s Degree of Science in Special Education. While pursuing her degree, she worked as a graduate assistant and tutored several children.
She is certified to teach secondary English, ESL, Elementary Education, and Special Education. She accepted a position as a Transition and Academic Enrichment Specialist at North Central Secure Treatment Unit in Danville.
Sovinsky is the daughter of Geraldine and the late Paul Sovinsky, Dupont, and the granddaughter of Irene Orloski, Dupont.
Caitlin Bernoskie, daughter of Debbie Watson of West Pittston has been named to the Presdient’s List of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, for the spring semester of 2013.
The list is an honor established by Ringling College to recognize students who have demonstrated superior academic performance.
A 2011 summa cum laude graduate of Wyoming Area High School, Bernoskie is the granddaughter of William P. and Phyllis Watson of West Pittston.
Jonathon Bradley Schall of Wyoming was among just 25 members of The University of Scranton’s Class of 2013 to graduate from the Jesuit university’s Honors Program. He received a bachelor of science, magna cum laude, with a major in biology with minors in English, philosophy and theology.
Schall’s thesis was titled “Efeects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and retinal pigment epithelium on protein expression in cultured chick retinal neurons.” His mentor was George R. Gomez, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at the Jesuit university.
Michael Gerald Coco Jr. of Exeter was also among just 25 members of The University of Scranton’s Class of 2013 to graduate from the Jesuit university’s Honors Program. He received a bachelor of science, magna cum laude, with a major in chemistry and a concentration in mathematics.
Coco’s thesis was titled “Analysis of Popcorn for Antioxidant Capacity and Identification of Polyphenols.” His mentor was Joe Vinson, Ph.D., a professor of chemistry at the Jesuit university.
Coco is a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon (the national honor society for chemistry). He was also a member of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Coco was involved with the chemistry, physics and astronomy clubs at the university.
James John Bresnahan of Exeter was also among just 25 members of The University of Scranton’s Class of 2013 to graduate from the Jesuit university’s Honors Program. He received a bachelor of science, magna cum laude, with a double major in neuroscience and biology and a minor in biochemistry.
Bresnahan’s thesis was “Functional Morphology of Artibeus jamaicensis Facial Verrucae: An Immunohistochemical study of Merkel Cells.” His mentor was Gary G. Kwiecinski, Ph.D., a professor of biology at the Jesuit university.
Bresnahan is a member of Nu Rho Psi (the national honor society for neuroscience), Beta Beta Beta (the national honor society for biological studies) and Alpha Epsilon Delta (the national honor society for premedical studies). Bresnahan was also a member of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He was president of the Scranton Neuroscience Society in 2012-2013, vice president in 2011-2012, and treasurer in 2010-2011.
Special birthday greetings go out to Jim Dillon of Port Griffith, Jenkins Township who will celebrate his birthday on Thursday, July 25 . Jim now retired , was the Editor /Publisher of the Tunkhannock New Age Examiner Newspaper in Wyoming County.
Also Happy Birthday wishes go out to Mr. Dillon’s nephew, Brian Dillon, former resident of Inkerman, Jenkins Township now living in West Chester, PA., who will celebrate on July 26.
Happy birthday to poet Mike English of Pittston Township who will celebrate on July 24.