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Area IUP students graduate with perfect 4.0 GPA

INDIANA — The following area students graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a perfect 4.0 GPA:

n Siena R. Burk, an early childhood special education major from Northern Cambria. She is the daughter of Jason Burk of Gallitzin and Carolyn Lamer and a 2017 graduate of Northern Cambria High School. While at IUP, she was a tutor at the IUP Literacy Center.

n Kaylee Kostan, an early childhood special education major from Gallitzin. She is the daughter of Nichole Kostan and a 2017 graduate of Penn Cambria High School, Cresson. She is the recipient of a Hawks Success Scholarship, the Beverly Sue Clark Scholarship and an Academic Success Scholarship. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi education honor society, Phi Kappa Phi honor society, the IUP Preservice Teachers of Mathematics group and volunteered for Best Buddies, a program matching IUP students with disabled individuals in the community.

n Andreana Malcotti, a political science major from Northern Cambria. She is the daughter of Chloe Ludwig, Northern Cambria, and Mark Malcotti, Twin Rocks, and a 2017 graduate of Northern Cambria High School. She is the recipient of the Verner Hanson Scholarship, Rotary Scholarship, Academic Success Scholarship, Women in Public Service Scholarship and Hawks Success Scholarship.

n Maria Schall, an early childhood and special education major in the Cook Honors College from Ebensburg. She is the daughter of Ken and Carol Schall and a 2017 graduate of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg. She is the recipient of the Jemima S. Boyd Scholarship, the Williard W. Hennemann Scholarship, the Mildred M. Reigh Memorial Scholarship and the James R. Myers Memorial Scholarship. She was a member of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Catholic Student Association, Philanthropy Council, American Sign Language Club and worked as a community assistant.

n Gage Singer, a psychology and political science major from St. Michael. He is the son of Cheri Singer and James Singer and a 2018 graduate of Forest Hills Senior High School. He is a recipient of the Sutton Scholarship. He was president of Sigma Alpha Lambda, secretary of Psi Chi psychology honor society, a member of Golden Key International Honour Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Saint Francis University presents Frankie awards

LORETTO — Saint Francis University President Father Malachi Van Tassell presented the Mr. and Ms. Frankie awards at the President’s Awards Convocation on April 27.

The award honors the top senior male and female students each academic year.

“Mr. Frankie” Dylan Gordon is from Big Cove Tannery. His GPA is 3.74. He received a bachelor of health science and a masters of physician assistant sciences.

“Ms. Frankie” Lauren Montecalvo is from Duncansville. Her GPA is 4.0. She received a bachelor of health science and a master of occupational therapy.

Her overall academic honors include Autism Spectrum Disorder Certification, Occupational Therapy Departmental Honors, Provost List, President’s List, Psi Chi, sychology Honors Society, Nu Rho Psi Honors Society and Delta Epsilon Sigma Catholic Honors Society.

Community service included Special Olympics, Reaching Every Door volunteer, Dorothy Day Outreach Center volunteer, Eucharistic minister, BRIDGE Program volunteer, SOAR student representative, Admitted Student’s Day speaker, PA Occupational Therapy Organization Virtual Conference/People Power volunteer and Community Enrichment Series Virtual Undergraduate Research Conference/co-organizer.

Honors and clubs include Student Occupational Therapy Association president, National Society of Leadership and Success vice president, Class Council vice president, orientation counselor, Psychology Club, student ambassador, Crusaders for Christ, Emerging Leaders, B.R.I.G.H.T. Organization, Work Study, Psychology Department, Biology Department, DiSepio & School of Health Science and Education and Center for Academic Success tutor.

She also was a participant and presenter at the PA Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, attended the SFU Undergraduate Conference and was a homecoming queen court nominee.

The award is given to those who “exemplify scholarship, leadership, achievement and service to the university, as well as to the community.”

The recipients were selected by popular vote by members of the senior class, faculty and administration.

This award is given to the senior students that not only show the best grades, sports and extracurricular involvement, but is the best overall student. This is the highest student award given at the university and criteria for nomination includes scholastic achievement, commitment to Franciscan values, volunteer service to the university and community personal character and demeanor, and diverse membership and leadership in campus activities and programs.

The Mr. Frankie Award has been presented annually since 1936, with the exception of 1944 and 1945 because of World War II. The Ms. Frankie Award has been presented annually since 1961.

St. Vincent College students inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon

LATROBE — Several area St. Vincent College students have earned induction into Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society.

To be eligible for induction, undergraduate students must have completed at least two semesters of calculus and two additional courses in mathematics at or above the calculus level, all of which lead to the fulfillment of the requirements for a major in mathematics. In addition, these students must have maintained a high grade point average, both for all courses that lead to fulfillment of requirements for a major in mathematical sciences and for all courses that lead to fulfillment of requirements for an undergraduate degree.

The newest inductees into the Saint Vincent College’s Pennsylvania Alpha Zeta chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon include:

n Taylor P. Berardi, a senior mathematics major and secondary education minor from Altoona.

n Jessica R. Smith, a junior mathematics major and secondary education minor from Portage.

n Lindsey A. Southworth, a senior mathematics major from Altoona.

Student elected as first woman president of society

ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell University senior Andrea Scott, daughter of Dave and Cindy Scott of Altoona, has been elected as the first woman president of the newly coed Seal and Serpent Society.

Scott, a math major who previously served as house steward (facility manager) while a rent-paying boarder and “honorary sister” prior to the house going “gender neutral” the past fall. She will serve as president through the end of 2021 at the coed house, which is located in Ithaca, New York. She is joined by vice president Jordan Ferrell, who is also making history by being elected to his post as the first African American.

An article about Scott appeared in the May/June issue of Cornell Alumni Magazine. Her brother Michael Scott, a 2020 graduate of Cornell, previously served as president of Seal and Serpent.


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