Anthony J. Kubasek, Mocanaqua, director of instrumental music at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School and a member of the fine and performing arts department, recently received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. He received the award in recognition of his outstanding ability to teach music, his civility and concern for students and colleagues, commitment to a value-centered education and for his service to the school and its students and the community. Kubasek is the director of the Wyoming Seminary Orchestra, hand bell choir and wind ensemble and teaches music at the Upper School. He also serves as the music director for the drama department's musical theater productions and as an accompanist for the Lower School choral groups. He also coordinates the musical aspects of the annual commencement exercises. A talented pianist, clarinetist, vocalist and composer, he has written over 50 musical works in both popular and classical styles. Kubasek has been a member of the faculty at Seminary since 1988. He is also a member of the faculty of the Wilkes University Conservatory and serves as the music director and liturgy coordinator at Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas. Kubasek holds a bachelor of music degree from Wilkes University and a master of music degree from Marywood University. He has also done coursework at La Salle University, Penn State University and West Chester University.
Alicia Dill, Bemus Point, N.Y., and Jenny Rizel, Kingston, graduate students enrolled in the Misericordia University Physician Assistant Studies Program have been elected to the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants House of Delegates. The academy represents about 18,000 physician assistant students in the country. The House of Delegates is the policy-making body that defines the bylaws, policies and procedures of the academy. Dill and Rizel are members of the first graduate student class to enroll in the Misericordia University five-year combined Bachelor of Science in Medical Science and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program.
Vincenzo Gaudino, a seventh-grade student at Wyoming Seminary Lower School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Gaudino, Kingston, recently won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee contest and a chance to continue on to state competition. Avery Conyngham, eighth grade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Conyngham, Shavertown, was runner-up. Gaudino and Conyngham were among 40 competitors from grades 5-8 to compete in the contest. The school-level Bee, which requires students to answer oral questions on U.S. cities and states, world cultures and world geography, was the first round in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee.
Jason Curtis, Cape May Courthouse, N.J., Hannah Gabriel, Forty Fort, and Henry (Gus) Smith, Mountain Top, seniors at Wyoming Seminary Upper School, have been named Semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship competition. They now continue in the competition for Merit Scholarship Awards that will be offered next spring. The students entered the 2013 Merit Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test when they were juniors.