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Hernandez named WAHSAA scholarship winner 2020

The Weatherly Area High School Alumni Association recently announced the 2020 WAHSAA Scholarship recipient. Alianna Hernandez, daughter of Tracy and Chris Blackwell, Packer Township, and George Hernandez, Los Angeles, California, has been awarded the $15,000 scholarship from her graduating class.

Hernandez has been class president for her freshman, junior and senior years, along with Student Government Association President, Yearbook president and National Honor Society Vice President. She also held the position of student representative for the school board meetings.

She was a member of the varsity girls’ soccer team for two years, manager of the cheerleading team, member of the Teens Against Tobacco Use Club for four years, three-year member of the Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Yearbook Club and the Health Careers Club. Hernandez is also very active with her community.

Hernandez will be attending Wilkes University, majoring in pharmacy. She has been accepted into the Doctorate of Pharmacy program and the Honors Program. Her goal is to work within the hospital setting as a pharmacist.

The Scholarship Fund has been established in the name of the Weatherly Area High School Alumni Association. The Scholarship Committee of that Association devised the guidelines and plan of operation contained herein. The wealth of the fund has been built over the years by contributions and donations made by people and organizations interested in education. This money has been invested in various instruments which make up the Principal of the Fund.

The association desires that the investment interest from the fund be used only to provide scholarships to Weatherly Area School District students and those who graduate from Weatherly Area High School or the Carbon County Vocational Technical School.

The scholarship is to be used for extended education at an institution of higher education or a more specialized institution of learning, which shall be approved by the Scholarship Program Committee.

The scholarship was established in 1998, and the following have received this award: 1998, Sarah Hamm; 1999, Raymond Marcero; 2000, Erin Lesko; 2001, Angela Petrone; 2002, Courtney Hadzick; 2003, Lindsey Hinkle; 2004, Kerri Romig; 2005, Jeremy Leach; 2006, James Somers; 2007, Joshua Titus; 2008, Jennifer Miller; 2009, Amanda Bartosevich; 2010, Melanie Clabia; 2011, Mia Cavello; 2012, Matthew Caccese; 2013, Heather Cichowic; 2014, Rachel Moon; 2015, Catherine Strizak; 2016, Muskan Khatiwala; 2017, Breena Coxe; 2018, Samantha Knepper; 2019, Nikki Polivka; Alianna Hernandez, 2020.

Other scholarships given by the association and alumni are: $4,000 Wilbur (Tim) Frable Memorial Scholarship, Alexis Berger; $2,500 Harry & Loretta Allison Award, Alyssa Murphy; $1,000 Hugo Paul Family Memorial Award, Rachel Caccese; $550 Anna Raynock Memorial Scholarship, Taylor Cichon; $500, Morgan Gonzalez; $500, Girard Fewins; $250, Elijah Derr; $250, Kenneth Hinkle; $125, Nicholas Pleban; $125, Mason Gerhart.

From left, Stephen Thompson, WAHSAA president; Alianna Hernandez, scholarship recipient; and Sue Ann Gerhard, WAHSAA Scholarship chairwoman. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO