SCRANTON — Three Abington area students were among the members of The University of Scranton’s undergraduate class of 2016 honored for academic excellence, service or both at commencement.
Emma L. Black, of South Abington Township, was the recipient of the Professor Bernard J. McGurl Award for Excellence in Communication. She graduated magna cum laude with a major in journalism and electronic media and a minor in studio art. She was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Lambda Pi Eta honor societies and served as a tutor for the university’s Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.
Due to her specialization in photojournalism, Black’s sports photography appeared on collegiate athletic websites throughout the northeastern United States and has been featured on the NCAA Division III homepage and other national websites. In cooperation with The University of Scranton’s Athletic Department, the Abington Heights High School graduate has filmed, edited and produced three sports documentaries. She was the photography editor and a writer for the University’s student newspaper, the Aquinas. Upon graduation, she will travel to India through a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Emily R. Holzman, of Dalton, was the recipient of the Excellence in Biomathematics Award. She graduated summa cum laude with a major in biomechanics. The Scranton Preparatory School graduate was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon and Alpha Sigma Nu honor societies. She also had a research internship at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC). After graduation, she will pursue a Master’s of Public Health in biostatistics at Texas A&M University.
Marco M. Richione IV, of South Abington Township, was the recipient of the Excellence in Finance Award (ex aequo). He graduated summa cum laude with a major in finance. The Abington Heights High School graduate was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies and is a two-time recipient of the Frank O’Hara Award, which is presented annually to the first-, second- and third-year students with the highest grade point averages in the Kania School of Management, the Panuska College of Professional Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences.