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Friday, May 21, 2010
Taptich

Michael Taptich will be the student marshal for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 14. He will receive a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.

He has chosen Michael Gooseff, assistant professor of civil engineering, to be his faculty escort.

College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.

Friday, May 21, 2010
Reifinger

Corey Michael Reifinger, of Slatington, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kutztown University's College of Visual and Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design, with a Dual Concentration in Advertising and Graphic Design and a Minor in History, at the Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 8, in Keystone Field House.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Marine Corps Pfc. Brett M. LaBar, a 2008 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School, Brodheadsville, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

LaBar and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, LaBar spent numerous hours in classroom and field

Friday, May 21, 2010

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. James W. Kuzo, son of Janet L. Munoz of Nesquehoning and Nicholas A. Kuzo of Newburgh, Ind., recently reported for duty with Marine Aviation Logistic Squadron 29, Marine Corps Air Station New River, Jacksonville, N. C.

Kuzo is a 2008 graduate of Panther Valley Senior High School and joined the Marine Corps in February 2009.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Army National Guard Pfc. Makinde Taiwo has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Civilian Zachery D. Herman, a 2009 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Pittsburgh.

The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life.

Herman will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy's Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Marine Corps Reserve Pvt. Brian E. Rivera, son of Rosalind Rivera of Coaldale, and Jose A. Rivera of Newnan, Ga., recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Rivera and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Rivera spent numerous hours in classroom and field

Friday, May 21, 2010

The following are the distinguished and regular honor rolls for the third marking period in the Pleasant Valley Middle School.

Students who maintain a 92 average with no grade below a 85 are placed on the distinguished honor roll. Students maintaining an 87 average with no grade less than a 80 are placed on the regular honor roll.

DISTINGUISHED HONOR ROLL

Friday, May 21, 2010
Wagner

Slatington resident and La Salle University junior Elizabeth Wagner received the first-place scholarship from 2010 "Philly's Future" Scholarship Awards, sponsored by The Philly Ad Club.

The $5,000 scholarship is for a student who shows promise in the communications field.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Weatherly resident Jolene Busher was one of 86 Penn State Harrisburg students honored at the college's annual Student Awards Convocation.

An English major, Busher was presented the University's Evan Pugh Scholar Award which goes to juniors and seniors in the upper 0.5 percent of their respective classes at the end of the fall semester of the academic year the award is given.