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Forestry Student Honored for Grade-Point Average

A forest technology student in Penn College’s School of Natural Resources Management has been awarded a $75 scholarship by the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools for his grade-point average. Derek J. Peterson, of Corry, was among the recipients chosen from CEFTS member institutions, which include nearly 30 schools with forest technology programs in the eastern United States and Canada. He was one of five students selected for the scholarship; the others are enrolled at Haywood Community College, Allegany College of Maryland, Paul Smith’s College and Penn State Mont Alto. The organization recognizes scholastic high achievers through its North American Forest Technician Honorary, which rewards students who have a minimum 3.3 GPA in their major classes and a 3.0 overall average. Dennis F. Ringling, a forestry professor at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center and a past chairman of CEFTS, said Peterson is a “very conscientious, affable and hardworking” student who plans to continue his career with the Bartlett Tree Co. after graduation.