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Monday, May 19, 2014
Danchak

Gregory N. Danchak Jr., son of Gregory and Thelma Danchak of Lansford, recently graduated from U.S. Army Basic and advanced infantry training at Fort Benning, Georgia.

At Fort Benning Pvt. Danchak, a 2013 Panther Valley High School graduate, studied military customs and history, with an emphasis on intense physical training, advanced weapons training, close quarters combat, hand-to-hand combat, combat tactic and targeting and operating a 120 mm and 60 mm mortar weapons system.

Monday, May 19, 2014

John Owens, son of Pat and Judy Owens of Nesquehoning, has been inducted into the international honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma at Clarion University.

Owens was one of 18 students who accepted the invitation to Beta Gamma Sigma membership. Students ranking in the top 7 percent of the junior class, top 10 percent of the senior class and top 20 percent of master's programs at schools accredited by the Advance Collegiate Schools of Business are eligible for an invitation to honor society membership.

Monday, May 19, 2014
Halenar

Kristen Halenar of Summit Hillwas conferred the degree of bachelor ofscience in nursing at the spring commencement held in Eisenhower Auditorium on the Pennsylvania State University Campus, University Park on May 10. This was the inaugural commencement for the college, as the nursing program had previously been housed in the college of Health and Human Development.

A highly competitive major at Penn State, the BSN program admits only one of 10 applicants.

Halenar graduated with a 3.72 GPA having consistently attained the rank of dean's list throughout her four years.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Leiby

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
Campbell

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
Dixon

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
Wagner

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.