Patrick J. (P.J.) Connors, son of Pat and Tina Connors, Laflin, earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College on Dec. 1, 2012. Connors is a 2005 graduate of Pittston Area High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and lettered in football, baseball and track and field. He attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., and majored in biology and moved on to NCAA football, lettering in his freshman and sophomore years. Connors transferred to King’s College, where he continued his football career and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 2009. While at the New York Chiropractic College, he participated in residency programs at Seneca Falls Health Center and the VA Hospital, Bath. N.Y. He also completed studies in the Graston Technique. Connors plans to open his practice at DeMinico Chiropractic Offices.
Jim Chmiola Jr., son of James and Beth Chmiola, Plains Township, has been appointed to the United States Naval Academy’s four-year officer training program. Chmiola applied and received a congressional nomination from Congressman Lou Barletta. He was not accepted for the Class of 2016, but he persevered and reapplied for admittance to the Class of 2017. After rounds of congressional interviews and a congressional nomination, he was selected by the national selection committee. Chmiola graduated sixth in his class and took advanced classes at Coughlin High School. He attends Wilkes University and is a member of the cross country team. He is also a junior assistant scout master and holds a job. Chmiola endured daily core workouts to train for the physical fitness test administered by the academy. He is the grandson of Jack and Nancy Chmiola and Tim and Kathy Klinges. He has a sister, Erin.