First Posted: 10/9/2014

Graham on

soccer team

Jacquie Graham, a native of Shavertown, is a member of the Denison University women’s soccer team.A graduate of Scranton Preparatory School, she is a member of the Classs of 2017 at Denison.

The Denison women’s soccer season is off to a 4-2 start. The Big Red’s two losses came to teams ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Top-25 poll.

Three locals

are now PAs

Three local residents received master’s degrees from King’s College during the college’s recent summer commencement ceremony.

Christopher Tobias, of Dallas, Anne Marie Coar, of Dallas, and Amanda Waligun, of Shavertown, each received a master’s degree in physician assistant studies.

A Physician assistant (PA) is a dependent mid-level health professional licensed by the state to practice medicine as delegated by and under the supervision of a physician. Upon successful completion of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam, graduates can practice in almost any field of medicine, including family practice, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and orthopedics. King’s PA graduates have achieved placements through the country, many of whom are working in medically underserved areas.


is intern

Rachel Buckman, of Dallas, is one of 36 Wilkes University students performing a professional internship during the fall 2014 semester. She is interning at Showroom 56 in Kingston.

Buckman is a senior marketing major and the daughter of Dana and Frederick Buckman.

Garrett Pall

is award winner

Garrett Pall, of Dallas, is one of eight Wyoming Seminary students named Dean’s Scholarship Award recipients in the Wyoming Seminary Scholarship competition. Pall is a freshman.

Dean’s Scholarships are awarded to high school students who score in the top 20 percent on the annual Wyoming Seminary Scholarship Exam.

Kim at Lafayette

Christopher Kim, of Dallas, is a member of the Class of 2018 at Lafayette College. He is a graduate of Wyoming Seminary.

Receives degree

Marsha Gail Shaw, of Tunkhannock, received a master of science degree in health care administration from King’s College at the college’s summer commencement ceremony.

Locals work

with Wilkes TV

Wilkes University students Rachel Leandri. of Wyoming, and Sara Davis, of Dallas, are gaining firsthand experience as a members of the student-run television program, Wilkes Now.

The daughter of Debra Leandri and Joseph Leandri, she is a sophomore Communication Studies major while Davis, the daughter of Sharon Davis and Ronald Davis, is a junior Communications Studies major.

As members of Wilkes Now, students produce original news and feature content each week for broadcast on channel 97 for Service Electric Cable in Wilkes-Barre. Using professional equipment in an 8,000-square-foot, 14-room facility housing three television studios, they gain hands-on experience to prepare them for entrance into the telecommunications industry.

Leandri is also a member of the student-run public relations agency, Zebra Communications, and has had her academic achievements honored by placement on the Dean’s List.

Davis is also a member of the Wilkes University chapters of the Public Relations Society of America and the National Society of Leadership and Success, and has had her academic achievements honored by placement on the Dean’s List.

Cigarski takes part

in school prgram

Gabby Cigarski, of Shavertown, was among students at the Wyoming Valley Montessori School who took part in a presentation by Hannah Comeau, the owner of “The Beekeeper’s Daughter.”

Miss Comeau discussed the importance of bees not only for honey but in the pollination of plants allowing the plants to grow and flourish. The students were shown an active hive and various pieces of equipment used in beekeeping and had the opportunity to taste various types of honey.

The Comeau family has been in the beekeeping business since the 1800s with over 300 hives at their Dallas location.

Inman honored

Ashley Inman, of Tunkhannock, was one of 10 members of the Mansfield University softball team to earn National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete for their outstanding performance in the classroom during the 2013-14 academic year.

In order to qualify for NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition, the student-athlete must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the academic year.

Snyder receives


Tracy Snyder, a freshman undecided major from Harveys Lake, was awarded an Albright College Alumni Scholarship.

Alumni Scholarships, which range from $20,000 to $60,000 ($5,000 to $15,000 per year), are awarded to students with commendable academic records. Freshmen recipients generally rank in the top 25 percent of their high school graduation class. The scholarship is renewable as long as the student maintains a 2.67 grade point average.

Passarelli enrolls

at institute

A.J. Passarelli, of Tunkhannock, son of Jerry and Karen Passarelli, has enrolled in Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the nation’s first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Passarelli is a 2014 graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School.

Take part

in production

Alyssa Miller, a junior environmental studies major from Dallas, participated in the October 2014 production of “Gustav, the Goose Who Wouldn’t Fly” at Albright College’s Center for the Arts Mary Miss Amphitheatre.

Autumn Galka, a senior fashion/costume design track major from Noxen, and Miller participated in the Albright College Domino Players’ September 2014 production of “Devious Laughter” at Albright College’s Center for the Arts mary Miss Amphitheatre.

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