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Altoona native named to MAC Academic Honor Roll

READING — Collin Welteroth of Altoona was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Academic Honor Roll after competing for the Alvernia University Golden Wolves Men’s Volleyball Team.

Welteroth was one of 214 student-athletes to represent Alvernia University on the honor roll by excelling in the classroom with a semester GPA of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher.

Welteroth is currently studying Biology at Alvernia and is a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School.

A total of 3,851 student-athletes were recognized across the MAC, while 708 earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) during the spring semester.

The winter and spring academic honor rolls are comprised of student-athletes who competed in a varsity level sport during the winter and spring seasons and registered a spring term/semester GPA of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher.

Mount Union grad receives award at Susquehanna

SELINSGROVE — Erica Getz of Mapleton Depot was named the 2020 Outstanding Sophomore Award recipient by Susquehanna University.

The Outstanding Sophomore Award is presented to sophomores who have demonstrated active engagement on campus and the community through involvement in student organizations, community service, and a strong commitment to academics.

This celebration and presentation of awards is possible because of The Baylor Family Endowment. This endowment, established in 1993, is an expression of the Baylor family’s appreciation for the university’s continued commitment to the region. Reflecting their belief that personal development is essential to the educational process, the endowment supports initiatives designed to enhance motivation, self-confidence and leadership abilities in students inside and outside the classroom.

“Award recipients have demonstrated leadership in student organizations, in their campus jobs and in the classroom. They have led, improved, transformed and even created student organizations,” said Mary Markle, of the 2020 Leadership Awards Committee.

“Whether it be animal rescue, after-school programming, voter registration or playground repairs, they are the ones who are known to our community partners for their generosity of time and talent.”

Getz, a mathematics major in Susquehanna University’s Class of 2022, is a graduate of Mount Union Area High School.

Cambria County College Fair canceled due to pandemic

JOHNSTOWN — The 18th annual Cambria County College Fair, sponsored by Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This event, held annually in September, brought in high school students from across the region to explore educational and career opportunities.

“We are certainly disappointed that we had to cancel this year’s college fair,” stated Trish Corle, Vice President of Student Services. “We know that the students and our higher education colleagues look forward to this annual event.”

Corle continued, “I encourage all students to contact colleges and universities and speak with admissions counselors, faculty, and other staff members. This will provide a great opportunity to have questions answered and make an informed decision. We hope to see everyone back for next year’s event.”

The mission of the college fair is to promote higher education and future opportunities to not only high school students and their families, but to the public as well. The Cambria County College Fair helps local community members find and discover the many educational and career opportunities that are right in their back yard.

For more details, contact Penn Highlands Community College at 888-385-PEAK or email Daun Boyle, assistant to the vice president of student services, at dboyle@pennhighlands.edu or visit www.pennhighlands.edu.

Athletes receive national

all-academic team honors

JOHNSTOWN — The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced its All-Academic Teams, and 10 student-athletes from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College have been recognized for their achievements in the classroom.

The NJCAA All-Academic Teams are broken down into three tiers: First Team is a 4.0 GPA, Second Team is a 3.80-3.99 GPA, and Third Team is a 3.60-3.79 GPA.

Students who earned a 4.0 GPA during the 2019-2020 academic year and First Team honors include Brooke Elliott of Windber (women’s volleyball), Isabella Nagy of Portage (women’s volleyball), Alayna “Rosie” Plaza of Saint Michael (women’s volleyball), and Christopher Weld of Richland (men’s bowling).

Second Team honorees include Caitlyn Guercio of Bedford (women’s bowling), Katie Swank of Friedens (women’s volleyball), and Angela Weber of Williamsburg (women’s bowling).

Third Team honorees include Maria Engleka of Berlin (women’s volleyball), Joseph Guercio of Bedford (men’s bowing), and Evan Orr of Homer City (men’s bowling).

“Despite a quick move to online learning due to COVID-19 and in uncertain times, I am so proud of our student-athletes who persevered and excelled in the classroom,” said Sue Brugh, Director of Student Activities and Athletics. “I personally want to thank our coaches, faculty, and staff for their diligence to make sure our student-athletes finished strong last semester.”

In addition to individual awards, the Penn Highlands men’s bowling and women’s volleyball teams earned All-American Academic status for their respective team GPAs. The men’s bowling team had a team GPA of 3.40, while the women’s volleyball team boasted a team GPA of 3.18. The men’s bowling team had the second highest GPA in the nation.

“NJCAA student-athletes proved that no obstacle is too difficult to overcome,” said NJCAA President & CEO Dr. Christopher Parker. “These difficulties pushed our student-athletes to the limit this year, but the opportunity to overcome these challenges presented itself and our student-athletes flourished academically. The association commends all individuals for their continued success on the playing surfaces and in the classrooms.”

Penn Highlands is a chartered National Junior College Athletic Association member college, competing in Region XX. The Black Bears are a part of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference.


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