Wilton Diego Curiel, Wilkes-Barre, a sophomore at King's College, recently received a 2012 Monsignor McGowan Cornerstone Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded to students committed to serving the local community and who demonstrate strong academic ability, leadership experience and high ethical character. A native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, Curiel moved to the Wyoming Valley after completing his sophomore year of high school. He is majoring in biology with a minor in neuroscience. He is a member of Diversity Student Council, Commuter Life Association and Multicultural International Club. Curiel mentors high school students for King's Regional Education Academy for Careers in Health-Higher Education Initiative (REACH-HEI), a program that encourages high school students from low-income families to consider health-related careers. He also is a peer tutor at King's. Curiel is a Youth Leader Representative at the Wyoming Valley chapter of the American Red Cross and the blood drive coordinator at St. Nicholas Church, where he also severs as a lector. He also volunteers at the Wilkes-Barre Free Clinic, where he uses his bilingual skills to help Spanish-speaking patients. After graduation, Curiel hopes to pursue a master's degree in the King's Physician Assistant Studies program.
Maria Khoudary and Emily Schramm, Holy Redeemer High School sophomores, have been invited to attend the Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar at Shippensburg University. This national program brings together select high school sophomores to help develop their leadership and critical-thinking skills through education and community service. The four-day seminar includes speakers, workshops, community service, visits to the state capitol and other activities. Khoudary and Schramm were chosen based on their school and community activities and an essay. Khoudary, daughter of Raymond and Malak Khoudary, Dallas, is active in music, speech, foreign languages, science and tennis programs at the school and in activities in her church, St. Anthony/St. George Parish, and the Back Mountain. Schramm, daughter of Paul and Mary Ann Schramm, Mountain Top, is captain of the soccer team and active in community service in her community.
She is a member of St. Nicholas Parish.
Gabrielle Serratore and Adam Rinehimer, students at Wilkes-Barre Academy, were recently named Ignatius Scholars for their exemplary scores on the Scranton Preparatory Scholarship Exam.
Erik Cannon, Dallas, was named to the Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll at Lafayette College, Easton. Cannon, a junior bio-chemistry major, placed in the gold category with a GPA of 3.85.
He is a member of the men's soccer team, which won the 2012 Patriot League title. Cannon is a 2010 graduate of Dallas High School, where he was a four-year starter on the soccer team and a member of the all-state soccer team.