Back Mountain people in the news

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MHDS honors employees

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services Advisory Board recognized staff for milestone years of service at a recent board meeting.

Back Mountain residents honored were Amy Groner, Dallas, for five years of services; Marsha Hillard, Hunlock Creek, for 10 years of services; and Sandy Tamanini, Kingston Township, for 30 years of services.

Weil named finalist in competition

KINGSTON – Thomas Weil of Dallas, was one of four Wyoming Seminary seniors named as finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship competition.

Weil will now compete for 7,500 Merit Scholarships worth over $32 million this spring.

Desai earns scholarship to Sem

KINGSTON —Shailee Desai, of Shavertown, earned a 2017-18 Sem Upper School Scholarship

Recipients are chosen on the basis of their performance on the Sem Scholarship Test, a competitive exam, as well as on interviews with the scholarship committee and their academic profile.

Ford earns All-Conference Honor

ANNVILLE, PA — Rebecca Ford, of Shavertown, is one of 11 Lebanon Valley College track & field student-athletes to have earned Middle Atlantic Conference all-conference honors after competing at the conference Indoor Championships at Lehigh University Feb 23-24.

Ford, a graduate of Lake-Lehman High School, competed in the distance medley relay.

Clayton Vasey makes dean’s list

LEHMAN TWP. — Clayton Vasey was named to the dean’s list at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for the fall 2017 semester.

This is Vasey’s third straight time earning dean’s list distinction by maintaining a 4.0-grade point average.

Vasey, son of Darryl and Wendy Vasey, is a 2016 Lake-Lehman High School graduate and valedictorian. He will start medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in next July. He plans on becoming a research oncologist.

Banta inducted into honor society

KUTZTOWN — Emily Banta, of Trucksville, has been inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at Kutztown University.

Tidey named to dean’s honor list

GETTYSBURG — Nora Tidey, of Dallas, Class of 2018, has been placed on the Gettysburg College dean’s honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the fall 2017 semester.

Curtin named to dean’s list

BALTIMORE, MD — Caitlin Curtin, of Shavertown, a member of the Class of 2019, has been named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Loyola University Maryland.

Khoudary named to dean’s list

BOSTON, MASS — Anthony A. Khoudary, of Dallas, was named to the dean’s list at Boston University for the fall semester.

Edkins named to dean’s list

CANTON, NY — Matthew J. Edkins, of Dallas, was named to the St. Lawrence University’s dean’s list for academic achievement during the Fall 2017 semester.

Edkins is a member of the Class of 2019 and is majoring in environmental studies-sociology. He attended Lake-Lehman High School.

Local students named to dean’s list

ROCHESTER, NY — The following Back Mountain students at the Rochester Institute of Technology made the dean’s list for the fall semester.

• Colton Brown, of Tunkhannock, who is in the computing security program.

• Justin Raspen, of Dallas, who is in the mechanical engineering program.

• Connor Martinez, of Dallas, who is in the computer science program.

Foote named college dean

PHILADELPHIA — Edward Foote P’87, PharmD’91, is returning to his alma mater as dean of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences.

Foote, of Kingston Township, has been serving as professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy of Wilkes University since 2004. He will start at University of Sciences on July 1.

A registered pharmacist in Pennsylvania, he is also a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) and a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). Following his completion of his PharmD from then PCP, Foote completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pharmacokinetics, with emphasis in nephrology, from Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

He currently lives in Trucksville with his wife Corinne and two sons Jason and Ethan. His daughter Amanda lives in New York City.

Norris graduates from Clarkson University

POTSDAM, NY — Nicholas Alexander Norris, of Noxen, earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, business minor from Clarkson University on Dec. 16.

MU students wins photo award

DALLAS TWP. — Misericordia University student photojournalist Samantha Allen, of New Milford, was recognized by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association in the category of sports photography for a picture that was published in The Highlander, the student newspaper.

Allen’s under-the-basket action photo was taken during a Cougars women’s basketball game, and earned her a Student Keystone Press Awards Honorable Mention.

Horwatt named to dean’s list

CHARLESTON, SC — Charleston Southern University has named Meredith Marie Horwatt, of Dallas, to the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. Horwatt is a senior majoring inMusic Therapy-Voice.