Wednesday, April 16, 2014

News Makers

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Valerie Leiby of Tamaqua has successfully passed the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam, the final step in securing a license as a massage therapist in Pennsylvania.

Leiby is a 2013 graduate of the McCann School of Business.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Several area students were among the 147 new members from Northampton Community College to been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges.

To qualify for membership students must earn a 3.5 or higher grade point average, be enrolled in an associate degree program and perform community service.

The inductees include:

Danielsville: Ann Gaydos, Stephen Mikisits

Kresgeville: James Durick

From Saylorsburg: Shannon Nordmeyer, Kyle Tamraz, Fatma Tufan

From Walnutport: Lauren Nikisher, Dane Pizzo

Monday, April 14, 2014

Laurel Seemiller, of Lehighton, went on tour with the Susquehanna University Choir from Feb. 28 to March 2. Seemiller, a freshman biology major at Susquehanna, is a 2013 graduate of Palmerton Area High School and the daughter of Joseph and Linda Seemiller.

The choir is the flagship choral ensemble in the Department of Music at Susquehanna University.

The group performs in service of the institution on and off campus, presenting several concerts each year and touring annually.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blake Nathan Campbell of Lehighton was recently inducted into the Gold Key Honor Society at Emerson College in Boston, Mass.

Students who are in the top 5 percent of their junior class receive this prestigious honor.

Blake is the 2011 Valedictorian of Palmerton Area High School and is the son of Christine Campbell of Lehighton and Blake Campbell of Harrisburg.

Maternal grandparents are Bill Ziegenfuss of Weatherly and the late Patricia Ziegenfuss. Paternal grandparents are Malcom and Mary Campbell of Lehighton.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Giving up time with family and friends to focus on those in need, 60 Misericordia University, Dallas, students spent their spring break on volunteer projects in some of the most underserved areas of New York, Florida and Pennsylvania, and on missions to assist the Sisters of Mercy on a self-sustaining farm in Rhode Island and at a spiritual renewal center near Philadelphia. The trips were coordinated by Campus Ministry.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Audrey Dixon, 16, daughter of Sally (Reid) and Dan Dixon of Granger, Ind. performed in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on March 10.

She is the granddaughter of Ken and Marion Reid of Lehighton. Her mother is a 1983 graduate of Lehighton Area High School.

Dixon, an alto, and 94 other members of the Penn High School Symphonic Choir, participated in the Distinguished Concerts International production of "Carmina Burana" directed by Grammy winning director, Vance George.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Misericordia University American Medical Association's inaugural Pre-Medical Conference, "Why Medicine?" attracted more than 90 high school and college students, and their families to campus for a series of guest speakers and workshops aimed at careers in the medical fields.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Abbey Hill

Navy Seaman Abbey Hill, daughter of Robyn Hill of Lansford and the late James T. Hill, recently graduated from U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, North Chicago, Ill.

She is a 2013 graduate of Marian Catholic High School.

During the eight-week program, she completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety.

An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Rebekah Ahner, Kunkletown, performed at the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the National Sacred Honors Choir sponsored by Houghton College recently.

The March 9 performance was held in historic Stern Auditorium. A reception followed the concert.

Rebekah is a sophomore biology major currently attending Houghton College in New York. She is the daughter of Ross and Robbi (Kuehner) Ahner and a 2012 graduate of Palmerton Area High School.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Emily Nannette Andrews, daughter of Todd and Susan Andrews of Jim Thorpe, graduated from the University of New Haven, West Haven, Conn., in January with a bachelor of science degree in forensic science with a concentration in chemistry.

She was also named to the dean's list for the fall 2013 semester.

She is a 2010 graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School.

Emily is the granddaughter of Gerald and Nannette Kunkel of Allentown and Willard E. Andrews Jr. of Jim Thorpe and the late Sandra Andrews.