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Student Leadership Lauded at Year-End Banquet

On Wednesday, the annual Student Activities Awards banquet was held to honor student organizations, student leaders and advisers for their contributions to their organizations, Penn College and the Greater Williamsport community during the 2015-16 academic year. Joining the banquet as a special guest speaker was Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science, who shared inspiring words on leadership and thanked the students for their involvement. More than 40 nominations were received for 15 awards. Closing the ceremony was the annual passing of the gavel, with Zachary T. Peachey sworn in for a second term as Student Government Association president.

– Photos by Caleb S. Schirmer, student photographer

Monica A. Flexer, a nursing major from Williamsport, was named Student Leader of the Year.
Monica A. Flexer, a nursing major from Williamsport, was named Student Leader of the Year.

Adviser of the Year honors went to Jodi L. Binkley, lab assistant for early childhood education, who mentors the Early Educators organization.
Adviser of the Year honors went to Jodi L. Binkley, lab assistant for early childhood education, who mentors the Early Educators organization.

Members of the Penn College Construction Association, with co-advisers Levon A. Whitmyer (left) and Barney A. Kahn IV (right), claim the title as Outstanding Student Organization of the Year.
Members of the Penn College Construction Association, with co-advisers Levon A. Whitmyer (left) and Barney A. Kahn IV (right), claim the title as Outstanding Student Organization of the Year.

Faculty keynoter Craig A. Miller
Faculty keynoter Craig A. Miller

Selected as the Most Improved Student Organization of the Year was United Campus Ministry. Representing UCM are Danielle M. Logan (left), of Harrisburg, pre-dental hygiene, and Morgan K. Ebersole, a graphic design student from Martinsburg.
Selected as the Most Improved Student Organization of the Year was United Campus Ministry. Representing UCM are Danielle M. Logan (left), of Harrisburg, pre-dental hygiene, and Morgan K. Ebersole, a graphic design student from Martinsburg.

The Early Educators' Jared Box Project, which provided hospitalized children with a storage container of games and activities, was singled out as Outstanding Community Service Program of the Year.
The Early Educators’ Jared Box Project, which provided hospitalized children with a storage container of games and activities, was singled out as Outstanding Community Service Program of the Year.

Civil engineering technology major Colin P. McNoldy, and president of the Omega Delta Sigma veterans fraternity, accepted an Outstanding Philanthropy award for the organization's scholarship fundraising. The group also can boast Greek Scholar of the Year in Donald A. Smuck Jr. , of Wrightsville, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major, who was unable to attend.
Civil engineering technology major Colin P. McNoldy, and president of the Omega Delta Sigma veterans fraternity, accepted an Outstanding Philanthropy award for the organization’s scholarship fundraising. The group also can boast Greek Scholar of the Year in Donald A. Smuck Jr. , of Wrightsville, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major, who was unable to attend.

The Saudi Student Organization, which put together an informative and comprehensive cultural presentation in the Thompson Professional Development Center, was honored for Outstanding Program of the Year and the Penn College Community Betterment Program of the Year.
The Saudi Student Organization, which put together an informative and comprehensive cultural presentation in the Thompson Professional Development Center, was honored for Outstanding Program of the Year and the Penn College Community Betterment Program of the Year.

Phi Mu Delta was honored with the Greek Academic Achievement Award and with Best New Program of the Year for "SexEd Bingo."
Phi Mu Delta was honored with the Greek Academic Achievement Award and with Best New Program of the Year for “SexEd Bingo.”

A trio of Sigma Pi brothers celebrates with Ryan P. Dortone, of Doylestown, an engineering design technology major honored as New Greek Member of the Year.
A trio of Sigma Pi brothers celebrates with Ryan P. Dortone, of Doylestown, an engineering design technology major honored as New Greek Member of the Year.

Eileen N. Harrington, of Etters, enrolled in technology management, was chosen as the Student Leader Committed to Social Justice and Diversity.
Eileen N. Harrington, of Etters, enrolled in technology management, was chosen as the Student Leader Committed to Social Justice and Diversity.

This year's recipients of Student Leader Legacy Scholarship awards are Alexandra D. Petrizzi (left), of Langhorne, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, and Morgan N. Keyser, of Cogan Station, graphic design.
This year’s recipients of Student Leader Legacy Scholarship awards are Alexandra D. Petrizzi (left), of Langhorne, dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, and Morgan N. Keyser, of Cogan Station, graphic design.

Caleb E. Cartmell, of Honesdale, enrolled in automotive technology management: automotive technology concentration, was chosen as Student Government Association Senator of the Year.
Caleb E. Cartmell, of Honesdale, enrolled in automotive technology management: automotive technology concentration, was chosen as Student Government Association Senator of the Year.

A table tent tells the tale.
A table tent tells the tale.

Students Making a Contribution, one of the many vital campus organizations on hand
Students Making a Contribution, one of the many vital campus organizations on hand

Anthony J. Pace (left), assistant director of student activities for student organizations/orientation, swears in Zachary T. Peachey for a second term as SGA president.
Anthony J. Pace (left), assistant director of student activities for student organizations/orientation, swears in Zachary T. Peachey for a second term as SGA president.

A healthy and colorful presentation
A healthy and colorful presentation

SGA members assemble
SGA members assemble

Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer
Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer

The night's impressive winners, all in one place
The night’s impressive winners, all in one place