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Fourteen Presidential, Penn College Scholars Selected for 2004-05

Scott A. Fowler and Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, Penn College president, at Thursday's Scholars DinnerTwelve students enrolled for the Fall 2004 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been honored as “Presidential Scholars” for academic excellence and service to their schools and communities.

In addition, two adults who are returning to the classroom have been selected as “Penn College Scholars” for their achievements.

During a dinner at the College’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, the newest scholars were welcomed and presented with gifts by President Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour and other College representatives. The students each of whom also receives a $2,500 annual scholarship all will serve as role models for their peers and as Student Ambassadors, representing Penn College on campus and in community outreach throughout the coming academic year.

Presidential Scholars, majors and partial descriptions of what attracted them to Penn College:

Adam C. Barilla, Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology Mount Carmel Area Junior/Senior High School, Mount Carmel

A high school musician, Barilla also was a member of the Latin and Chess clubs, and was a food-bank volunteer.

“With an education at Penn College, you can do almost anything: there are no limits.”

Addie C. Burnham, Early Childhood Education Central High School, Martinsburg

Burnham was a high-school correspondent for the local newspaper, served as National Honor Society secretary, was active in Student Council and Senior Class Cabinet, and was a hospital volunteer.

“I was amazed at the close interaction . . . making me feel part of the Penn College community.”

Matthew S. Divok, Building Construction Technology Quakertown Senior High School, Quakertown

Divok was a high-school baseball player, a member of select vocal and handbell choirs, a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and an Academic Achievement Award winner.

“Just what I had been looking for! It incorporated the hands-on . . . with the management knowledge that will open many doors to future advancement.”

Scott A. Fowler, Culinary Arts Technology Northern High School, Owings, Md.

Fowler was National Honor Society parliamentarian/sergeant of arms, was involved with class council and Christian athletes, and was a Special Olympics volunteer.

“I will be able to learn all aspects of owning and operating a restaurant, from cooking to managing the finances.”

Kati J. Glick, Pre-Physician Assistant Lewistown Area High School, Lewistown

Glick was a scholastic math and national physical fitness award winner, a Dale Carnegie graduate, a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students, and a participant in Key Club, 4-H, Pony and Horse Club, and farm family activities.

“No other Physician Assistant program impressed me as much as Penn College’s the length, curriculum and placement rating of the program, the layout of the campus, and the housing.”

Curtis J. Graf, Building Construction Technology Portersville Christian School, Portersville

Graf was junior class president; active in band, musicals, Drama Club, Student Council and National Honor Society, a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students, and a church-camp volunteer.

“No other college that I have visited or researched comes close to the quality of education that Penn College offers. The teachers’ vast knowledge and real-life experience impressed me.”

Alisa J. Kibbe, Pre-Dental Hygiene Northern Potter Jr./Sr. High School, Ulysses

Kibbe was a class officer, student of the month and election clerk; was active in Student Council, band/drill team, Varsity and Ski clubs, yearbook staff, Spanish Club and prom committee; and was a community volunteer.

“One of the appealing factors was the apartment-style housing. My idea of college life is being able to cook for myself and feel more at home.”

Kyle C. Kishbaugh, Culinary Arts Technology Berwick Area Senior High School, Berwick

Kishbaugh won the “Students Helping Others Willingly” Underclassman Volunteer Award; was active in men’s and county chorus, and served as a library aide and work-camp volunteer.

“There are several reasons why I wanted to become a student at Pennsylvania College of Technology, and each begins with ‘C’ culinary, clean, caring, comfortable, close and cuisine. As you can ‘C,’ I can’t wait to begin!”

Erin W. Klotzbach, Construction Management Sanford School, Hockessin, Del.

Klotzbach was a member of the soccer and lacrosse teams, was a student ambassador, won the Gold Key Award for art, and was a community volunteer.“What made it my final decision, most convincingly, was Penn College’s results: its graduates.”

Amy R. Smith, Hospitality Management Montoursville Area High School, Montoursville

Smith was active with the French, Theatre Arts and Photography clubs; bell choir; and as a community volunteer.“The campus itself is visually pleasing . . . Plus, the resources available to students are extensive: computer labs, snack shops and large library.”

Timothy M. Snyder, Information Technology: IT Security Specialist Concentration Central Mountain High School, Mill Hall

Snyder was a national delegate and president of SkillsUSA VICA, a National Model United Nations representative, Student Council representative, Rotary Interact student of the month, National Honor Society and German Club treasurer, a varsity soccer player and three-time letterman in track and field, and a community volunteer.

“While I am gaining an education, I will be able to network with area employers who are conscious of Penn College’s reputation for excellence.”

Rebecca A. Weaver, Pre-Physician Assistant, Loyalsock Township High School, Williamsport

Weaver was active in choir, concert band, vocal jazz ensemble, bell choir, Drama Club and student musicals; was Spanish Club secretary, and a member of Prayer Club and Sci-Fi Club.

“Although I originally wanted to go away from my hometown for my college experience, all the criteria I had in mind for my perfect college kept bringing me back to Pennsylvania College of Technology.”

Penn College Scholars for 2004-05 are:

Jennifer C. Blew, Paramedic Technology State College

“Penn College’s reputation in Paramedic Technology is unsurpassed. Other schools offer different gimmicks, but none of them have the combination of superior facilities; experienced, up-to-date faculty; hands-on, year-round practice; and professional placement that today’s modern paramedic community requires.”

Robert G. Steward, Culinary Arts Technology Williamsport

“Not only were the facilities first-rate, but having the dean take a personal interest in my education as well as my personal and professional goals struck me with a genuine feeling of awe. So how will a Penn College education help me achieve my professional goals? That’s easy; by taking a personal interest in me!”

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