Panther Valley School District Superintendent Rosemary Porembo on Tuesday congratulated two students and a teacher for their outstanding accomplishments.

Senior Courtney Lazar has qualified for a Special Merit scholarship provided by Ametek, one of the National Merit Scholarship program's corporate sponsors.

The designation allows Lazar to advance to finalist standing for the Ametek Special Scholarship.

"Courtney's record of consistently high academic performance in grades 9-12, along with her scores on the 2010 PSAT/NMSQT, and aspirations to enroll in a rigorous four-year academic program in pharmacology have earned her the right to compete for this distinguished scholarship," Porembo said.

Samantha Zlock has raised $5,200 for the purchase of a softball scoreboard for the school. Zlock, a junior, is ranked second in her class with a 98.38 grade point average. She plays softball and basketball, serves on Student Council and has been inducted into the national Honor Society.

The scoreboard fundraising was her senior project, started as a freshman. Her brother, John, raised the money for a baseball scoreboard for his senior project.

Chemistry and organic chemistry teacher Frank Karnish was honored on Dec. 2 at the Alvernia University Graduation celebration and Awards Reception for the Students of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Karnish received the Outstanding Student Teacher Award from Dr. Carole Ney, Alvernia's student teaching supervisor.

He was one of only two students awarded special recognition during the ceremony.

Karnish showed those attending the school board meeting the cherrywood plaque he received.