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Student-Athletes Recognized at Foundation Event

Pennsylvania College of Technology junior Jordan A. Courter and senior LaQuinn N. Thompson were recognized as the institution’s top scholar-athletes at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania Winning Combination event held Thursday at Lycoming College.

From left: Penn College Director of Athletics Scott E. Kennell; former Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward; and Wildcat student-athletes Jordan A. Courter and LaQuinn N. Thompson (Photo provided).
From left: Penn College Director of Athletics Scott E. Kennell; former Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward; and Wildcat student-athletes Jordan A. Courter and LaQuinn N. Thompson (Photo provided).

The event, part of the FCFP’s monthly “centennial surprises” for 2016, recognized the most outstanding student-athletes at each Lycoming County high school, as well as Lycoming College and Penn College.

Students selected are top scholar-athletes with strong leadership skills and are considered role-model representatives by their respective schools.

Courter and Thompson joined the other outstanding athletes at a private dinner with former Pittsburgh Steelers standout Hines Ward prior to Ward’s keynote address. A former scholastic and collegiate scholar-athlete in both football and baseball, Ward spoke about overcoming adversity – specifically about his experience as an underprivileged child being raised in a single-parent home.

Courter, of Mill Hall, is a three-year member of the women’s soccer team and was a team captain as a junior. A Dean’s List occupational therapy assistant major, she is a two-time All-North Eastern Athletic Conference selection, a United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-Academic member and a NEAC Scholar Athlete. Courter is a member of the Occupational Therapy Club and volunteers for several community service events sponsored by the Athletics Department.

Thompson, of York, is a four-year member of the men’s basketball team at Penn College and is an involved member of the campus and Williamsport communities. The senior applied human services major is a Resident Assistant, president of Students Making a Contribution and volunteers at Firetree Place in Williamsport and for community service initiatives held by the Athletics Department.

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