Patrick Charles Dix, son of Nancy and Chuck Dix, graduated magna cum laude from Parkside High School, Salisbury, Md., on May 29. He received the President's Education Award for outstanding academic excellence. Dix received a scholarship from the Delmarva Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and was honored at their annual dinner at the Yacht Club in Ocean Pines, Md. Dix entered Penn State University Main Campus on Aug. 24 majoring in history. He is the grandson of Patricia and Charles Dix, Mountain Top, and the late Jane and John Clendaniel, Seaford, Del.
Rachel Ackerman, daughter of John and Marguerite Ackerman, Hazle Township, has been named the summer 2012 student marshal for the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture. The title of marshal is awarded to the student who has earned the highest overall grade-point average in the college. Ackerman will earn a bachelor of music education degree with honors. A Schreyer Honors College Scholar, Ackerman garnered several awards, including a School of Music Jury Recognition Award and the Willa Taylor Vocal Endowment Scholarship. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta Sigma academic honor societies. While at Penn State, Ackerman was a member of the inaugural class of the Penn State Presidential Leadership Academy. She served as secretary and mentoring chair of the National Association for Music Educators, collegiate chapter; student chapter vice president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing; student chapter executive board member of the American Choral Directors Association; and vice-president of the Penn State Concert Choir. Ackerman was also the soprano section leader for both the Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra and the Faith United Church of Christ in State College, soprano counselor for the Performing Arts Institute in Kingston, and a private voice teacher in Hazleton. She has accepted a position as a middle and high school choral and general music teacher at Connelly School of the Holy Child, Potomac, Md.
Elder Berroa, Hazleton, a rising senior student at Hazleton Area High School, recently attended Explore Your Future, a six-day career exploration camp at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus in Rochester, N.Y. Campers got a taste of possible careers in computer art design, lab science technology, business, computing, engineering and health care.
Madeline Distasio, Mountain Top; Jessica Elston, Wilkes-Barre; and Lauren Gavinski, White Haven, were recently inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society at Susquehanna University. The society encourages superior scholastic achievement among college students during their first year, promotes intelligent living and a high standard of learning and assists students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals. Distasio, the daughter of Daniel Distasio and Elizabeth Distasio, is a rising junior majoring in English. She is a 2010 graduate of Crestwood High School. Elston, the daughter of Tom and Joyce Elston, is a rising sophomore majoring in communications. She is a 201 1 graduate of Holy Redeemer High School. Gavinski, daughter of Victor and Roxanne Gavinski, is a rising sophomore majoring in Spanish and secondary education. She is a 201 1 graduate of Hazleton Area High School.
Sarah Connolly, Swoyersville, was recently inducted into the Susquehanna University chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-educational service fraternity. The purpose of the fraternity is to assemble college students under the fellowship and principles of leadership, friendship and service to humanity. Members complete a minimum of 40 hours of service per year. Connolly will begin her junior year this fall. She is the daughter of John A. Connolly III and Krista P. Connolly and a 2010 graduate of Holy Redeemer High School.