Abington area residents in the news, Sept. 23, 2015

September 22nd, 2015 2:00 pm

Merit Scholarship semifinalist

EVANSTON, Ill. — Benjamin Oon, of Clarks Summit, is a semifinalist in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The Abington Heights High School senior has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million, to be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

AH grad practices medicine

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Dr. Micheal J.Strein, a Clarks Summit native and 2009 graduate of Abington Heights, graduated this year from Duquesne University. While at Duquesne, he competed on the men’s track team. Currently, his practice interests include critical care medicine, academia, and the general advancement of the practice of pharmacy.

Strein is a current resident at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, North Carolina. After completion of his PGY1 residency, he aspires to pursue a PGY2 in critical care. Outside of residency, Strein enjoys athletics, reading, going to the beach, and travelling.

LCCC summer graduation

NANTICOKE — Victor Dec, of Clarks Summit, was awarded a certificate of specialization from Luzerne County Community College after completing requirements in August.

Wilkes summer graduation

WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes University awarded degrees to the following local students graduating after the completion of the summer 2015 semester:

Daniel Pisanchyn, of South Abington Township, received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Adrienne Borgia, of Clarks Summit, received a Master of Science in Education.

Ann Bragan, of Clarks Summit, received a Master of Science in Education.

Elisabeth Costanzo, of Clarks Summit, received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

Students named to PSU dean’s list

Susan M Hayner and Bradley M. Wagner, of Clarks Summit; Danielle Krimmel, of Factoryville; and Ryan EMcCarthy, of Tunkhannock, were named to the dean’s list for the summer semester at Penn State University.

Locals graduate Army ROTC training

FORT MEADE, Md. — The following area students graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) at Fort Knox, Ky.:

· Benjamin A. McLaughlin, a 2013 graduate of Lackawanna Trail High School and a student at Temple University

· Kristie J. Furiosi, a 2013 graduate of Abington Heights High School and a student at Temple University.

CIET is a 30-day outcome-driven event that trains and educates cadets on basic military tasks, and builds a foundation to establish the critical thinking skills necessary to become a U.S. Army officer.

Both McLaughlin and Furiosi also participated in Cadet Language and Cultural Immersion Training — their first training deployment as cadets. After a week-long training session at Fort Knox, the selected cadets are deployed to partner nations where they are immersed in the local cultures and languages.

Furiosi was part of a team that deployed to Sibui, Romania.

The selected cadets will spend three weeks involved in assisting with current Army missions that range from community outreach projects to teaching English to local children or host country military personnel. They are not only getting a total immersion in another culture, but are also building positive relationships and helping the people of partner nations.

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