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Students selected for IUP Sutton Scholarships

INDIANA, Pa. — Several local students have been selected for the Sutton Scholars academic achievement scholarship program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“Sutton Scholars are an elite group,” said Patricia McCarthy, interim IUP vice president for enrollment management and communi-

cations. “This program recognizes the very best of our freshman applicants, students who have very strong academics and outstanding promise.”

Started in 2012, the Sutton Scholarship is funded by the Foundation for IUP, along with gifts received from alumni, friends and employees.

“We continue to appreciate the support of the Foundation for IUP for this important initiative,” McCarthy said.

The scholarship is available to qualified Pennsylvania students and can be renewed for four years of study.

The honorees include:

n Jill Leppert, daughter of Keith and Julie Leppert of Alum Bank, a homeschooled student, and enlisted in Allegheny Community College of Maryland.

Leppert has been accepted into Cook Honors College and received dean’s list during the fall 2016 term at Allegheny Community College of Maryland. She is a volunteer for Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse Project, annual car and tractor show for the Alum Bank Community Fire Company, Bedford County Players Young Theatre Students and a member of the Bedford Elementary School’s Anti-Bullying Program. She plans to major in interdisciplinary fine arts and musical theater at IUP.

n Aleyah Arthur, daughter of John and Barbara Arthur of Altoona, a senior at Altoona Area High School.

Arthur is an honor roll student, member of student council, and Mountain Lion Maniacs dance at Altoona Dance Theatre. She has received perfect attendance and the Star award. She plans to major in nursing at IUP.

n Alana Hallinan, daughter of Michele and John Hallinan of Altoona, a senior at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona.

Hallinan is an honor roll student and a 2015 Altoona Mirror girls soccer all-star. She is a member of the varsity soccer team, AC United Club soccer, varsity cheerleading, drama club, and eco club president. Hallinan is a Saint Rose of Lima altar server and volunteers at the Red Cross blood drive. She plans to major in nursing at IUP.

n Paris Haugh, daughter of Eric and Tamera Haugh of Altoona, a senior at Altoona Area High School.

Haugh is a member of Future Business Leaders of America and the girls’ soccer team. She plans to major in management information systems at IUP.

n Kamrynn Wantz, daughter of Michele Emeigh of Duncansville and Ronald Wantz of Altoona, a senior at Hollidaysburg Area School District.

Wantz has maintained perfect attendance. She is a member of drama club, school musicals, secretary of Future Business Leaders of America, and a senior class officer. Wantz volunteers for Tiger Pride Day, Safe Trick or Treat, and participates in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Festivals. She plans to major in marketing with a minor in music at IUP.

n David Beyer, son of Dave and Mary Beyer of Ebensburg, a senior at Central Cambria High School, Ebensburg.

Beyer received the Isaacs Scholarship, Certificate of Achievement for Young Artist, Good Citizenship award, and Certificate of Achievement of Academic Excellence. He is a member of school musicals, drama club, student council, forensics club, Pennsylvania Music Association Title 9 club, and the swimming team. Beyer volunteers at Cresson Lake Playhouse, church and Bible School. He plans to attend IUP.

n Chelsey Dranchak, daughter of John Dranchak Jr. and Glenna Dranchak of Hastings, a senior at Cambria Heights High School, Patton.

Dranchak is an honor roll student, four-time gold medalist at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Leadership Conference, and also a gold and silver medalist at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference. She received the United Services Automobile Association award, Academic Banquet award, and the Outstanding Membership award in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Dranchak was the vice president of public relations in FCCLA, and currently serves as the vice president of FCCLA for the Cambria Heights High School Chapter. She has been the chairperson of the Apple Cider Festival and Christmas Joys for Girls and Boys. Dranchak volunteers for traffic/school bus safety, Christmas Joys for Girls and Boys, and Read Across America. She is a member of foreign language club and Cambria Heights National Honor Society. She plans to major in nursing at IUP.

n Jack Marshall of Mahaffey, a senior at Calvary Baptist Academy, Clymer. He plans to major in nursing at IUP.

n Kayley Oswalt, daughter of Daniel and Lisa Oswalt of Curwensville, a senior at Curwensville Area Junior/Senior High School. Oswalt is the secretary of Spanish club and a member of literature club and choir. She plans to major in criminology, pre-law at IUP.

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