Ashley Panko and Nicole Lawler, King’s College students, were selected to receive scholarships from Delta Epsilon Sigma, a national scholastic honor society for students in Catholic colleges and universities. Panko, a senior English major, received a Delta Epsilon Sigma Graduate Fellowship for 2014-15. She has been accepted into a master’s degree program in English at the University of Virginia, where she will begin her studies in the fall. Lawler, a psychology, political science, theology and economics major, was awarded a Delta Epsilon Sigma Undergraduate Scholarship for her senior year at King’s. Both awards are in the amount of $1,200.
Makayla Kotch, a second-grade student, was selected as Student of the Month at Kennedy Elementary School, Nanticoke. The program is designed to promote and reward good citizenship. Local vendors provide prizes to each student monthly.
David N. Pembleton Jr., CEC, CCE, M.ed., ACE, professor, food production management at Luzerne County Community College, has been named as the recipient of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) NEPA Chef of the Year Award for 2014. The award was presented at the annual ACF awards dinner held recently at The Woodlands Inn and Resort. Chef Pembleton received the award for meeting all of the requirements for the NEPA ACF Chef’s Association. Pembleton is a resident of Shickshinny Lake.
Megan Nastelli, Nescopeck, was awarded the Margaret T. Lunney Medal For Outstanding Performance in the Study of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Marywood University’s 2014 commencement ceremony. She is the daughter of Steve and Beth Nastelli and graduated from Berwick Area High School. Nastelli earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders from Marywood University. She was a member of the Speech and Hearing Club, a tutor for the Academic Excellence Center, member of the women’s basketball team, tennis team, named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society. She also presented research at the 2013 Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in Harrisburg and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in Chicago, Illinois, and was a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.
Steven Davi, a senior athletic training education and neuroscience major at King’s College, has been awarded the Inaugural National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) District Two Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship was established to recognize a deserving athletic training student with exceptional leadership skills and activities in the profession. Davi will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship that will be presented at the NATA Clinical Symposium during the District Two Business Meeting in June in Indianapolis, Indiana. Davi has been accepted into an extremely prestigious athletic training graduate program at the University of Connecticut and will be a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Eastern Connecticut State University. He has already passed his national certification exam for athletic training.