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Student competes for Venture Battle funding

GROVE CITY — Grove City College student entrepreneur Garrett Jacobs of Bedford competed for $24,000 in prize money in the Wolverine Venture Battle, a contest that simulates the real world hunt for the lifeblood of business: funding. The competition is a re-imagination of the original Business Plan Competition.

Nine teams — with business ideas including an app to aid Alzheimer’s caregivers, another that helps keep the magic of Christmas alive, a device that lets swimmers determine how hard and fast they make the turn off the wall, and businesses tailored to empower military wives and those with intellectual disabilities — spent months preparing for the competition coordinated by the College’s Center for Entrepreneur-ship + Innovation (E+I).

They researched the viability of their businesses, drew up detailed financial projections for investors, and crafted the all-important pitch.

On May 3, they faced off in front of an on-campus audience of faculty, students and a group of judges pulled from the ranks of the college’s alumni and friends.

Central Penn student joins honor society

SUMMERDALE — Evan Cottle of Hopewell was one of 41 Central Penn College students inducted into Gamma Beta Phi Society at Central Penn College’s recent ceremony in the Capital BlueCross Theatre.

Conducting the event were club co-advisors, Drs. Melissa Wehler and Brant Ellsworth.

The GBP Society is a national honor and service organization dedicated to recognizing and encouraging excellence in service, scholarship and character.

The organization aims to broaden members’ academic and philanthropic lives so that they may graduate ready to make a difference in the world.

Students can join the society by earning a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and successfully completing 12 credits at Central Penn.

Frostburg student joins

Phi Kappa Phi

BATON ROUGE, La. — Lennae Trotter of Martinsburg was initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

Trotter was initiated at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Md.

Trotter is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year.

Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.

Scranton student joins Upsilon Pi Epsilon

SCRANTON — Brandon Sponsler of Hollidaysburg was among the University of Scranton students inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the only existing international honor society in the computing and information disciplines.

Undergraduate requirements for induction into the honor society include junior academic standing, completion of 18 credits in computing sciences and a grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

Graduate requirements for induction include completion of 15 credits in software engineering courses and a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The University’s chapter of the honor society was established in 1985.

Sponsler is a junior pursing a computer science major at the Jesuit university.

Medical student receives military commission

SCRANTON — Madalyn Plessinger of Fallentimber and four other members of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s MD Class of 2019 received military commissions during a ceremony in May.

Plessinger, a second lieutenant, was commissioned captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Geisinger School of Medicine honors students

SCRANTON — Geisinger Com-monwealth School of Medicine held its annual end-of-year awards ceremonies in May.

Fourth-year medical students who received an award include:

n Kathryn Schmidt of Hollidaysburg, who received the Global Pride Award. Created in memory of Dr. Jennifer Sidari, a member of GCSOM’s charter Class of 2013, the award recognizes students who contribute to global health through medical mission service.

n Madalyn Plessinger of Fallentimber, who received the Excellence in Family Medicine Award. The award is presented to a fourth-year GCSOM medical student who exemplifies academic and clinical excellence in and commitment to the field of family medicine.


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