Back Mountain students honored by University of Scranton


Local Residents Honored at The University of Scranton

SCRANTON — Back Mountain residents were among the 57 members of The University of Scranton’s undergraduate class of 2018 honored for their academic excellence, service or both at commencement.

Locals honored for the academic excellence include:

Andrew Nardone, of Dallas, was the recipient of the Excellence in Biochemistry Award. He graduated summa cum laude with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in biology. While studying at the University, he was a member of the Biology Club, the Health Professions Organization and Ready, Set, Brush! He served as a resident assistant, a head resident assistant and the novelty and variety co-chair of the University’s Programing Board. He was a pre-calculus and general chemistry tutor for the Center of Teaching and Learning Excellence. He was also a member of the Beta, Beta, Beta and the Alpha Sigma Nu honor societies. He volunteered for the Leahy Food Pantry and was a Knights of Columbus member. After graduation, Nardone will be attending Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine, New York, New York. Nardone is a graduate of Dallas High School.

Peter Shaver, of Shavertown, was the recipient of Prof. Joseph B. Cullather Award for Excellence in English. He graduated magna cum laude with a double major in English and journalism and electronic media. While studying at the University, he was an editor for Esprit, a writer for the Aquinas and he hosted a weekly music set at WUSR. He served as writing consultant for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and completed an internship at the Scranton Times-Tribune. He was also a member of the undergraduate Honors Program and the Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Epsilon Alpha and Lambda Pi Eta honor societies. He volunteered with Literacy, Education, and Advocacy in Prison and completed a poetry collection thesis project with John Hill, Ph.D., of the English and theatre department, through the Faculty Student Research Program. After graduation, Shaver intends to work for the United States Forest Service and in the future, pursue a graduate degree. Shaver is a graduate of Dallas High School.