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Student receives YTI President’s Award

Alesha Shields, a 22-year-old Altoona native, is the recipient of this year’s President’s Award from YTI Career Institute-Altoona as part of this May’s graduating class.

Shields graduated from Altoona Area High School in 2013 and briefly attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania before entering YTI’s criminal justice program.

Throughout her 18 months at YTI Career Institute, Shields was an active member in SkillsUSA and the National Technical Honor Society and served as a student ambassador.

While being involved in numerous organizations, Shields maintained a GPA of 4.0.

Shields joined YTI Career Institute-Altoona’s SkillsUSA team as they advanced to the national competition in Louisville in June, where she competed in the Career Pathways Showcase Human Services event.

Shields’ plans for the future include continuing to work at Cove Forge Behavioral Health System. She is also looking into continuing education with hopes of obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

LVC recognizes Legacy Students

ANNVILLE — Lebanon Valley College recognized 14 Legacy families who celebrated their newest graduate during commencement in May.

Local LVC Legacy graduates include:

n Marie Gorman of Hollidaysburg, a graduate of Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School, received a bachelor of arts in international studies and Spanish at The Valley. Gorman’s mother, Kim, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her father, David, earned his degree in history at LVC.

Students receive awards at Lycoming

WILLIAMSPORT — Two local students were recognized at Lycoming College’s annual Honors Convocation in April.

n Austin Mital of Ginter, a physics major, received the Benjamin C. Conner Prize in mathematics. The prize is given annually to a graduating student who has done outstanding work in mathematics.

Mital also received the Physics Award in astronomy and physics, which is given annually to the graduating senior with the highest departmental grade point average.

n Dominic Novella of Hastings, an ecology major, was presented with the Biology Service Award.

The award is presented annually to a graduating senior who is pursuing a major in biology and has demonstrated high academic performance and outstanding service to the biology department.

Ithaca student attends conference

ITHACA, N.Y. — Katja Krieger of Port Matilda, a student at Ithaca College, was selected to attend the 2017 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, held May 31 to June 3 in College Park, Md.

The NCCWSL focuses on women’s leadership issues and features a broad range of speakers, including internationally known activists, politicians, journalists, entrepreneurs and scientists.