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SVC Ready to Greet Interesting Freshman Class Aug. 21

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Posted: Monday Aug 18, 2014

Aug. 18, 2014

The freshman class that moves in to Saint Vincent College on Thursday, Aug. 21, will not only be one of the largest in recent history, but also one of the most interesting.

Ten of the new students have so many advanced placement credits that they will not be freshmen at all but will start their college studies as sophomores.

“This is a growing trend we have seen during the past several years,” commented David A. Collins, assistant vice president of admission. “Students who have taken advanced placement courses in their high schools or earned college credits in conjunction with their high school studies arrive at Saint Vincent with more than 23 credits completed. This means that they begin their college careers as sophomores and it also means that they are likely to be able to complete their studies and graduate in three years rather than four. It is a great way to cut college costs and to begin graduate studies or a career earlier.”

Amber Lynn Robertson of Davidsonville, Maryland, begins with 47 advanced placement credits – the most AP credits ever presented at Saint Vincent. The South River High School graduate completed advanced placement college studies in English, history, mathematics, physics, psychology, education and business. She plans to major in engineering science.

Other new students beginning as sophomores include Emily Acquaviva of Gibsonia, Lauren Marie Campbell of Hollywood, Maryland, Michael Raymond Dugan of Hollywood, Maryland, Nicholas Frush of Linthicum Heights, Maryland, Robert Anthony Howard of Ellicott City, Maryland, Connor R. McCormick of Pittsburgh, Joshua W. McHarg of Odenton, Maryland, Alexandra L. Piampiano of Webster, New York, and Justin A. RiVera of Woodbridge, Virginia.

The class also boasts 15 students who were at the top of their high school graduating classes including four students who were ranked first, five who were ranked second and six who were ranked third. These students include Olivia R. Tice of East Liverpool, Ohio, Alexis N. Roenig of Natrona Heights, Eden E. Bloom of Blairsville, David T. Salapa of Munhall, Chelsea R. Zamborsky of Jeannette, Joshua T. Centore of Canonsburg, Amanda N. Bernola of Burgettstown, Caitlin V. Johnson of Ridgway, Margaret Louise Czapski of Cumberland, Maryland, Jacob T. Diller of Natrona Heights, Rachel V. Glatt of St. Marys, Taylor A. Hanson of Greensburg, Jacob A. Brundage of West Newton, Sarah M. Haenel of Greensburg and Teresa A. Yanicko of Russellton.

The more than 450 new students who are expected to register represent a broad geographic diversity. They hail from 19 different states and territories including 42 from Maryland, 17 from Florida, ten from Virginia, seven from Ohio and five each from Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. Other students will leave their homes in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia. Pennsylvania students will represent 26 counties in the state.

While most new students have chosen one major in which they will concentrate their studies, Marla Turk, a graduate of Riverside High School in Painesville, Ohio, who attended Lakeland Community College, plans to triple major at Saint Vincent in economics, finance and mathematics.

Julia V. Lundy of Verona, a graduate of Oakland Catholic High School, skipped three grades and will begin studies as a 15-year-old freshman.

The class also includes two sets of twins – Zachary R. and Lucas A. Good of Thomas Jefferson High School and Melissa A. and Jacquelyn L. McCarthy of Keystone Oaks High School, all of Pittsburgh. Zachary will major in biology and Lucas has chosen marketing. Melissa plans to study psychology and her sister is undeclared.

Teresa A. Yanicko of Russellton, a graduate of North Catholic High School, is the third sibling in her family to enroll at Saint Vincent, following in the footsteps of her sister, Kim, and brother, Bill, who are both graduates. Joshua Centore of Canonsburg, a graduate and salutatorian at Canon-McMillan High School, plans to major in biochemistry and will join his two older brothers who are also currently enrolled as biochemistry majors, Michael Centore, a senior, and Vincent, a junior.

Connor R. McCormick of Pittsburgh, a graduate of Upper St. Clair High School, is the winner of the 2014 Wimmer Scholarship Competition and begins his college career with a four-year scholarship that covers tuition, room and board. A top student at Upper St. Clair, he completed advanced placement courses in U.S. history, physics, economics, psychology, calculus and chemistry. A saxophone player, he has been active in the marching band as assistant drum major and the pit orchestra for the school’s annual musical. He plans to major in biochemistry.

Other interesting new students:

  • Kaitlyn Thomas just completed an eight-week program sponsored by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies where she learned about philanthropy, community needs and the effective use of media. She is a graduate of Richland High School and will major in biochemistry.
  • Chayse King was recently named Girl of the Year by the Connellsville Business and Professional Women’s Club. She is a graduate of Geibel High School who will major in English.
  • Natalie Kohuth of Wyano is the published author of a book, “When It Comes to Forgiving You,” about her late father.
  • Elise Glad of Uniontown was inspired by her father, Dr. Lawrence Glad, a graduate of Saint Vincent who is an obstetrician-gynecologist, to pursue a career as a medical doctor specializing in plastic surgery. She will major in biology/pre-medical studies.

Continuing a decades-long tradition, all of the freshman arrivals will be welcomed to campus by an orientation committee of more than 100 upperclass volunteers who will provide valet service and unload every bag, box and suitcase and deliver it to their assigned rooms in Saint Benedict Hall, the all-freshman residence hall. Overstuffed cars, trucks and vans will be greeted and surrounded by these enthusiastic volunteers who will empty vehicles in a few minutes to the amazement and appreciation of thankful parents.

Since Aug. 25 is National Banana Split Day and since Saint Vincent students were the first in the world to enjoy them at Dr. David Strickler’s pharmacy in Latrobe in 1904, all of the students will enjoy banana splits for dessert during dinner that evening.

Saint Vincent is a four-year, coeducational, Catholic, liberal arts and sciences college sponsored by the Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey.

A diverse student population of nearly 2,000 undergraduates and graduate students hails from 25 U.S. states/territories and 12 foreign countries. The College’s quality educational programs have earned national recognition, most recently by Money magazine (top 25 liberal arts colleges, top 25 most affordable colleges and top 25 colleges that add value), U.S. News and World Report (First Tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges) and Forbes business magazine (America’s Best Colleges).

Saint Vincent College's approach to education is rooted in a core curriculum that provides all students with a broad-based education offering a general body of knowledge in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, an interdisciplinary view of that knowledge base, and the skills to increase that general body of knowledge throughout their lives.

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