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Students, Faculty Recognized at Spring Honors Convocation

by Public Relations | April 28, 2022

LATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent College presented awards to faculty and students at the Spring Honors Convocation, which took place on Wednesday, April 20, at 1:00 pm in the historic Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. This was the first time the Spring Honors Convocation and Academic Conference have been held in-person since 2019.

Amanda Cecconi, C’87, founder and chief executive officer of the Punching Nun Group, delivered the convocation address.

Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., Saint Vincent College president, presented Sydney R. Green with the President’s Award, the College’s highest student honor, awarded to the member of the graduating class who best embodies the college’s Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts values—outstanding academic achievement, student leadership and community service.

Finalists for the award included Michael H. Duer, a finance major with a minor in operational excellence, of Zelianople; Maeve C. Milligan, an international business major with a minor in operational excellence, of Johnstown; Wade Rashilla, a double major in finance and mathematics with a double minor in accounting and economics, of Ligonier; and Kaitlin E. Repp, a politics major, of Gettysburg.

Honored faculty included Dr. Michelle Duennes, assistant professor of biology, who was presented with the Quentin Schaut Faculty Award, and Dr. Jeffrey Godwin, associate professor of business administration, who was presented with the Boniface Wimmer Faculty Award.

Dr. Adam Wood, assistant professor of engineering, presented Thomas E. Hedgepeth II with the Class of 1968 Fr. Ronald R. Gorka Scholarship Award.

Andrew M. Kunz, a junior corporate finance major and president of the Student Government Association, presented the Student Government Association Awards. Recipients on the Senior Awards included Sarah E. Centore, a cellular biology major from Cannonsburg; Alaina L. Dorazio, a biology major from Derry; Robert A. Gigliotti, a biology major from Pittsburgh (15216); Annie E. Trader, a communication major from Connellsville; and Ryan P. Winter, a management major from South Park. Dr. Jeffrie A. Mallory, executive vice president and chief operating officer, received the 2022 Student Government Association Administrator Award, and Dr. Michael P. Krom received the 2022 Student Government Association Faculty Award.

Awards for Academic Excellence in the Major Field of Study, recognizing the graduating senior with the highest grade point average in each undergraduate program of study, were given to the following students:

  • Accounting: Ashley G. Shoemaker, Mercer
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs: Emma M. Andrasko, Jeannette
  • Art Education: Lauren I. Hartner, North Huntingdon
  • Biochemistry: Alissa C. Beam, Gibsonia
  • Bioinformatics: Lauren E. Galbraith, Greensburg 
  • Biology: Christopher W. Risnear, Jeannette
  • Business Data Analytics: Kimberly A. Weinman, Acme
  • Business Economics: Aleksandr M. Kraft, Montoursville
  • Chemistry: Laura E. Aston, Greensburg
  • Communication: Maria A. Claybaugh, Dunlevy
  • Computer Science: Maria E. Arcara, Greensburg
  • Criminology, Law and Society: Shayela R. Harmon, Washington 
  • Cybersecurity: Joshua R. Secrist, Latrobe
  • Data Science: Kethrie L. Heasley, Latrobe
  • Digital Art and Media: Rebecca M. Preston, Delmont
  • Early Childhood Education: Taylor M. Allison, Ligonier
  • Economics and Mathematics: Aleksandr M. Kraft, Montoursville
  • Engineering: Patrick J. Hoover, Patton
  • English: Isabel A. Sicree, Boalsburg
  • Environmental Science: Allie M. Shreffler, Mount Pleasant
  • Finance: Wade Rashilla, Ligonier
  • History: Karen J. Dopico, Pittsburgh (15239)
  • Information Systems: Cullen J. Rathman, Knoxville, MD
  • Integrated Science: Anna E. Donofrio, Greensburg
  • International Business: Maeve C. Milligan, Johnstown
  • Liberal Arts Samantha L. Hilyer, Patton
  • Management: Cristofer M. White, Natrona Heights
  • Marketing: Emily C. Snyder, Wrightsville
  • Mathematics/Engineering: Gustavo C. Campos, Monroeville
  • Mathematics: Kristyan A.Hahn, Edgewood, MD
  • Middle Grade Education: Carly M. Belich, Alliquippa
  • Music: John P. Crocetti, Connellsville
  • Music Performance: Justin M. Massetto, Murrysville 
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants: Aaron J. Kuhn, North Huntingdon
  • Philosophy: Randall F. Pawlowski, Nicktown
  • Physics: Andrew R. Klein, Ligonier
  • Politics: Levi J. Keys, Latrobe
  • Psychology: Julie M. Reichert, Lancaster
  • Sociology Abigail J. Kyle, Butler
  • Student Educator Award – Secondary Certification: Evan J. Portman, Export
  • Studio Art: Clair F. Sirofchuck, Ligonier
  • Theology: Madison L. Powell, Fairfield

 The following students received A.J. Palumbo Student Research Endowment Fund Awards:

  • Elanda M. Batykefer, Harmony
  • Jonathan E. Baum, Acme
  • Emily P. Bosche, Harrisburg
  • Christopher M. Bouye, New Castle
  • Noelle E. Bryner, Washington
  • Christopher C. Bush, Martinsburg
  • Matthew F. Callaghan, Yorktown Heights, NY
  • David Collins, Oakmont
  • Andy Connelly, Pittsburgh (15221)
  • Nicola A. DiPaul, Takoma Park, MD
  • Ava J. Dorazio, Derry
  • Olivia M. Emmonds, Ford Cliff
  • Logan D. Getchey, Ruffs Dale
  • Sydney R. Green, Greensburg
  • Jessica R. Guesman Warren, OH
  • Kolby S. Hanan, Lemont Furnace
  • Sarah M. Helsel, Leeper
  • Jared M. Holmes, Beachwood, NJ
  • Jakob M. Kalp, Greensburg
  • Lindsey Kocjancic, Johnsonburg
  • Zachary J. Kuzel, Pittsburgh (15203)
  • Kate N. Lecompte-Roy, Taneytown, MD
  • Emily M. Lentz, Ligonier
  • Kyra E. Lipetzky, Mount Airy, MD
  • Jaclyn H. Lorkovic, Pittsburgh (15236)
  • Lauren A. Makovics, Rostraver Township
  • Diego A. Marmolejos, Reading
  • Mackenzie A. Moretti, Saxonburg
  • Zakiya E. Moses, Washington, DC
  • Clare L. Mulcahy, Bradford
  • Emilee N. Nedz, Butler
  • Sophie E. Neubert, St. Marys
  • Sarah C. O’Toole, Cantonsville, MD
  • Ryan W. Patricio, Ruffs Dale
  • Kelsie R. Patton, White Oak
  • Jessica L. Persin, Greensburg
  • Nicholas R. Rega, Irwin
  • Julie M. Reichert, Lancaster
  • Alec L. Richard, Palmyra
  • Joslyn R. Rodell, Latrobe
  • Samantha N. Rogers, Pittsburgh (15236)
  • Jay W. Ryan-Sammons, Arnold, MD
  • Angel D. Scalamogna, Monaca
  • Anna L. Shields, Allison Park
  • Isabel A. Sicree, Boalsburg
  • Estefany Y. Sierra-Cisneros, Longbranch, NJ
  • Zachary J. Smith, Latrobe
  • Haley D. Smolleck, Derry
  • Carrine H. Soltis, Mount Pleasant
  • Madilyn M. Thompson, New Kensington
  • William K. Varesio, Indian Head
  • Shyan M. Yahner-Golby, Loretto




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