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Sentinel-area accolades

by jmaloni
Sat, Jul 9th 2011 07:15 am

Kelly E. Stivers graduated from State University of NY College at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science. Kelly is a member of the International Honor Society Kappa Delta Pi.

Paul and Pamela Stivers of Lewiston are the parents of Drew and Kelly. Roy Stivers, Charles and Helen Wolfgang are their grandparents.

•Dr. Stephen J. Havlovic, vice president for academic affairs at Alfred State College, has announced the names of 400 students on the dean's list for the spring 2011 semester.

Locally, they include: Dalton Farbo, a resident of Lewiston; Samantha Buckner, a resident of Ransomville; and Katelyn Lange andSean Murphy, both residents of Sanborn.

Students from both the Alfred campus and the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville are selected for the dean's list if they maintain a 3.50 grade point average out of a possible 4.0.

Courtney Whetstine of Lewiston was awarded a $225 ortho-clinical diagnostics scholarship. Whetstine graduated from Lewiston-Porter High School and intends to enroll in the forensic science technology program.

The ortho-clinical diagnostics scholarship is awarded to incoming students entering forensic science technology, with exhibit leadership and/or service to school and/or community, and are in good academic standing.

Michelle L. Evans, of Ransomville, Class of 2011, has been selected for inclusion on the dean's list for academic achievement during the spring 2011 semester at St. Lawrence University in Canton. She is majoring in global studies and sociology. Evans graduated from Wilson Central School in Wilson.

To be eligible for the dean's list at St. Lawrence University, a student must have completed at least four semester units and have an academic average of 3.6 (based on a perfect 4.0 scale) for the semester.

•Pepperdine University student Mia Longo has been named to the Seaver College dean's list for the spring 2011 semester.

In order to earn dean's list honors, students must be in the upper 10 percent of their class and maintain a 3.5 or better grade point average. Longo, a native of Lewiston, is one of only 263 students to receive the honor.

Amanda Smith of Lewiston and Richard Minicucci of Youngstown, both students at Lewiston-Porter High School, have been awarded the 2011 St. Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience.

The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. St. Michael's, located in Burlington, Vt., was founded on the belief that serving others is part of its Catholic tradition, and through the award seeks to honor those who demonstrate the true spirit of volunteerism.

Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.

Winners were presented the book "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers," (HarperCollins 2000) by Loung Ung, a 1993 St. Michael's College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author. In "First They Killed My Father," Ung gives a powerful autobiographical account, from a child's perspective, of surviving captivity during the genocidal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. She reveals an indomitable spirit in the face of profound suffering, including the loss of both her parents and two of her siblings. Ung has written a riveting memoir about a family's survival, and in turn, about the development of Ung's on-going crusade for a land mine free world.

•Mohawk Valley Community College, located in Utica and Rome, announced that Paul Feathers and Alklan Willis, both of Ransomville, have been recognized as members of the president's list for the recently completed spring 2011 semester.

The president's list includes 814 students who achieved a grade-point average of 3.75 or higher (of a possible 4.00). To be eligible for these honors, full-time students must have successfully completed 12 or more attempted hours; and part-time students must have successfully completed six attempted hours.

•Nearly 800 two- and four-year degree candidates received diplomas from Alfred State College this spring. Associate and baccalaureate degrees were awarded in fields of agriculture, health, business, vocational, and engineering technology, as well as the arts and sciences.

Local residents include: Matt Hillman of Ransomville, who received a degree in surveying engineering tech.; Sean Murphy of Sanborn, who received a degree in automotive service technician; Brandon Piva of Youngstown, who received a degree in liberal arts and sci-social science; and Jacob Wasneechak, also of Youngstown, who received a degree in architectural engineering tech.

Tracey K. Willmott of Lewiston, a 2010 graduate of Nardin Academy, was named to the dean's list for the spring semester at John Carroll University in Ohio. Willmott, the daughter of Joanne and Ken, was recognized for outstanding scholarship in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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