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  • 2017 Scranton Honors program graduate Summer Jeanne Vaughn, left, and Joseph E. Kraus, Ph.D., professor of English and theatre and director of the Honors Program.



The following students from the Township Journal coverage area have recently made honor rolls or received diplomas:

Summer Jeanne Vaughan of Byram Township graduated summa cum laude from the University of Scranton's Honors Program, which is one of the Jesuit university's programs of excellence. Students in the Honors Program pursue a rigorous education that stresses independent work through close engagement with professors and other honors students, including the preparation, presentation and defense of a research or creative project during their senior year.

A English major, Vaughan's thesis was "The World From Here: An Original Play", completed with the guidance of faculty mentor Hank Willenbrink, Ph.D., associate professor of English and theare.

Tyler R. Morris of Newton completed his baccalaureate studies in technology education in spring 2017 at SUNY Oswego and was recognized at the college's Commencement in May.

On June 4, 2017, Anneliese M. Rilinger of Byram, graduated from Williams College with Honors in Astro-Physics. She will begin pursuing her PhD in Astronomy at Boston University this fall.

Andrew Cooney, a member of the class of 2020 from Newton, has been named to the spring 2017 Dean's List at Loyola University Maryland.

In order to qualify for the Dean's List at Loyola, a student must achieve a minimum QPA of at least 3.500 for the term, provided that, in the term they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits.

SUNY New Paltz has released the Dean's List for outstanding academic achievement during the spring 2017 semester. Dean's List designation is reserved for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade-point average in a semester with a full-time course load. Included are:

Nina Durso of Newton; and

Colleen Minkewicz of Newton


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