SCRANTON — The following Abington area residents were awarded medals at Marywood University’s 2016 commencement ceremony.
• Éva Polizzi, of Clarks Summit was awarded the Ella T. Ruane Medal for Excellence in Art. This award was established in memory of Ella T. Ruane by her niece, Hazel F. Ruane.
Polizzi received her master’s degree in English and Linguistics from the University of Pécs, Hungary, the first university in Hungary and one of the major higher education Institutes of the country, and received her master of fine arts in visual arts from Marywood University.
In addition, Mrs. Polizzi was a Fulbright Scholar and grew up in Budapest, Hungary. She is the wife of Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D., associate professor of education at Marywood University. Dr. and Mrs. Polizzi have two daughters, Lily and Sophie Joy.
• Jaye Alexandra Cannon, of Waverly Township., was awarded the Lynett Medal for Academic Distinction in Communication Arts. The award was established by the late E.J. Lynett in memory of his wife, Ellen Ruddy Lynett.
The daughter of Brooke Cannon, Ph.D., Waverly Township., and J. Timothy Cannon, Ph.D., Scranton, she graduated from Abington Heights High School and received a bachelor of arts degree in digital media and broadcast production from Marywood University.
While a student at Marywood, Cannon was a Resident Assistant; a tutor; a member of the Digital Film Production Club; a member of the Multicultural Club, and was an International Ambassador.
In addition, she interns for The Scranton Fringe Festival and worked as an intern at Allied Pixel, Media, Pa., in 2015.
• Christian Rainey, Clarks Green, was awarded the Sister M. Sylvia Morgan Medal for Pre-Medical Studies. This award was established by Elizabeth Young Arvad, M.D.
The son of Mark and Karen Rainey, he was homeschooled and received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Marywood University.
While a student at Marywood, Rainey was a member of Big Friends/Little Friends, and Marywood University’s Health Professions Society. He also volunteered at the Leahy Clinic for the Uninsured.
Rainey plans to pursue a medical degree in the fall at The Commonwealth Medical College.