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Courtesy photo Presenting a check to scholarship winner Taylor Binaut were Michael Paulman, 1st Summit Bank senior vice president, and the McKelvey family (Rachel, Mae, Colt and Rose).

1st Summit Bank presents Miller & McKelvey scholarship

JOHNSTOWN — 1st Summit Bank has named Taylor Binaut as the winner of its annual G.H. Miller & Jeanne W. McKelvey, Esq. Scholarship.

Binaut is a 2021 graduate of Central Cambria High School, Ebensburg.

She is pursuing a degree in surgical technology at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

The $3,500 scholarship is awarded annually in memory of G.H. Miller, a former 1st Summit Bank president, and his granddaughter, Jeanne Wolford McKelvey, Esq., who served on the bank’s board of directors.

Altoona resident creates human rights award

Jordan Rhone of Altoona, a third-year law student at Penn State Law in University Park, has founded a human rights award on behalf of the school’s Human Rights Society.

Rhone is a 2015 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Altoona. He graduated from Penn State with a bachelor of science in 2018.

The award is named after Ona Judge, a runaway slave of George and Martha Washington.

“Ona Judge is a woman who has been lost in history for far too long. While we all know the name of the couple that owned her, finally, the world is starting to learn hers too,” said Rhone, who serves as treasurer of the society. “Nearly 175 years after her death, we are proud to create the first award to be named in honor of the relentless — and free — Ona Judge.”

“Each of [the first five] recipients have something in common with Ona: they are unsung heroes in their communities; fearless pioneers in their pursuit of equality for all people,” said Rhone.

Each recipient received a framed certificate and personal thank-you letter from the society.

The public nomination form for the next round of recipients will open later this year.

Students are most academically accomplished class in UI history

IOWA CITY, Iowa — This fall’s incoming undergraduate class at the University of Iowa — a group that includes Reed Niebauer of Cresson — has yet again topped previous records in achievement with a higher average high school grade-point average (GPA), at 3.81, than any previous class.

The average high school GPA for the classes of 2024 and 2023 were 3.78 and 3.76, respectively.

Niebauer is majoring in university honors in Iowa’s University College.

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