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2006

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Facing the Future

PA Cyber's Class of 2006 looks forward

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Graduation Day is True Commencement

Celebrating graduation with the Class of 2006.

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Putting the Accent on Foreign Language Learning

Thinking globally, learning locally.

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All the Right Moves

PA Cyber students can't be pinned down.

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Members of the Class of 2006 at graduation, June 8, Heinz Field.

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POP UP

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STREAMINGS

The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) makes accredited curricula available to its students any time, any place, at any pace. PA Cyber offers students in grades K ­ 12 a variety of curricula options and a choice between synchronous and asynchronous modes of delivery. Every PA Cyber student receives a customdesigned course of study to meet his or her individual needs and abilities. Parents, along with their child's instructional supervisor, play a vital role in the school by keeping the student on task, motivated, and challenged. As a public school, PA Cyber provides services at no cost to students and families. The Link Volume 2, Issue 2 The Link is published bi-annually by The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School for current and prospective students and families. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us at [email protected] Editor Stephen Catanzarite Editorial Committee Dr. Jean Aldrich, Robert Babish, Marta Karwoski, Jane Price, Dr. Nick Trombetta Writer/Editorial Consultant Carrie Z. Kennedy Design Mizrahi Design Associates Photography Jim Judkis Printing Broudy Printing

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This issue of The Link celebrates The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School's Class of 2006. On June 8, PA Cyber held its annual Commencement at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh ­ the home of the World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. It was a fitting venue, as I believe every one of our graduates is a champion in his or her own right. My hope is that each will continue to learn, grow, and make a positive mark on our society by taking the skills and tools they acquired in school and using them to define success in their own unique ways.The PA Cyber family and I would also like to thank and congratulate the parents of our graduates for the commitment they made to us. We are grateful to all of our families for placing their trust in us to educate their children. PA Cyber has always sought to be a truly world-class organization, and we have certainly added some international flavor to our course offerings recently with the addition of a conversational Italian course ­ taught live from Italy by Antonio Mauro, an expert on languages, translation, and interpreting. On page 6,Tony shares his thoughts on the importance of foreign language study for American students in the 21st century. Finally, speaking of champions, I am proud to announce that two PA Cyber students recently won the state scholastic wrestling championships. As a former wrestling coach, I know the hard work and commitment this takes, and I congratulate Scott Clymer and John Prezzia on their stellar accomplishments. You can read more about Scott and John on page 8.

A message from PA Cyber's Chief Executive Officer

The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School 900 Midland Avenue Midland, PA 15059 Tollfree: 1-888-PA CYBER Fax: 724-643-2791 www.pacyber.org

As I think about the many individual accomplishments being celebrated in this edition of The Link, I am inspired to redouble my personal efforts to create new and better opportunities for our students, families, and employees to make a positive contribution to the world. Sincerely,

Dr. Nick Trombetta

Chief Executive Officer, The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

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Held in Heinz Field, with Pittsburgh's skyline and three rivers in clear view, the ceremony brought together 190 students from a graduating class of 376. The evening included comments by the late Pittsburgh mayor Bob O'Connor, a taped presentation by Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, musical performances coordinated by the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, and a speech by graduating senior Jenna Knopsnyder, the current Miss Teen Pennsylvania International. Many families had never been to Pittsburgh before, and some had driven most of the day to participate. "Absolutely worth the trip!" said Rhonda Sharif, who had just traveled from King of Prussia

with her daughter Sherrima. The two were waiting in line so Sherrima could get her photo taken before the ceremony began, and neither seemed to mind the crowd. "It's great to be here with everyone," said Sherrima, who will attend Temple University next fall to study accounting and international business. "I had a really positive experience at PA Cyber, and I wouldn't have missed this day." Families gathered before the ceremony to meet with Instructional Supervisors and hug favorite teachers ­ the important people they had come to know very well but had likely never met face to face. Students also greeted those they had met through virtual classes, and connected with friends they already knew from their hometowns. Christina Grant waved to fellow graduate Pearle Johnson over the crowd; the two are in the same church group

back in the Philadelphia area. And Pearle's beaming mother, Diana Blackerby, said her only regret about sending her daughter to PA Cyber was that she hadn't done it sooner. "Pearle spent just her senior year in the school, and it was such a positive experience for her," she said. "The teachers were so dedicated, so involved. This really is an interesting community." A few feet away, Instructional Supervisor Eric Woelfel was surrounded by members of the Rosenbauer family who presented him with a gift. "This is too much, too much," he said, shaking his head. But senior Rebekah Rosenbauer, who has three younger siblings still attending PA Cyber, replied, "No, it's not. You've been amazing to us!" Graduating senior Amanda Wenrich admitted she had not planned to make the trip to Pittsburgh, but after attending several friends' graduations, she realized

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BENJAMIN LOUIS HARTZELL

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JAMIE L. HELMINIAK

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KAITLYN ANNE IRWIN ROBERT G. KARLE

EMILY ELIZABETH JOHNSON DAWN E. KEELER

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KELLY E. KALAVODA

KACEE PATRICE KEHOE

LINDSAY NORIENE KINCAIDV

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" These are kids we can be proud of. They amaze me, they really do. I have such confidence that we will hear great things about them in the future."

- Robert Babish, Director, PA Cyber

she might regret passing up the momentous occasion. She had called her Instructional Supervisor, Nicole Cherico, just days earlier, and Nicole made sure Amanda could take part. "I have the gown, I have the gown!" Nicole said as she hurried through the crowd to meet Amanda for the first time at Heinz Field. Nicole handed her a brilliant blue garment wrapped neatly in plastic and said, "I ironed it for you!" Above and beyond the call of duty, perhaps, but when asked about the gesture, Nicole said matter-of-factly, "Well, I couldn't have one of my students all wrinkled, right?" The two then chatted like old friends, and before the ceremony had even begun, Amanda said she had made the right decision to attend.

After more than an hour of these happy meetings, the graduates lined up and began their procession. As the students took their turns crossing the stage, a member of PA Cyber's staff announced their names and hometowns. PA Cyber CEO Dr. Nick Trombetta then shook each student's hand as the speakers said a few words about the graduate's accomplishments. And those words ­ about black belts in karate, completed mission trips, earned college credits, national rankings ­ were enough to reveal the amazingly broad qualities of the members of the Class of 2006. "It was such a big day," said PA Cyber's Director Robert Babish, "a big day for the students and for our school. Graduation marks an ending, for sure, but the ceremonies are called commencements because they are also beginnings.

"These are kids we can be proud of," he continued. "They amaze me, they really do. I have such confidence that we will hear great things about them in the future." The graduating seniors had enrolled in PA Cyber for many reasons, but all saw the school as a way to tailor an education to meet their individual needs. Perhaps the best part, however, is that all those individuals had a need to meet together in one place, wearing the same gowns and tasseled caps, to commemorate the "circumstances" of a very important day.

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GLORIA PATRICIA FRANCIS

AMY D. FREED

JOANNA FROMM

JENNIFER LEAH ZACHARY

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HEATHER LYNN GEORGE

KATHRYN DARLENE GERBERICH

RIE GRANT J. HALUSKA

MICHAEL A. GRASAK ALAINA M. HANZL

RICHARD JAMES GREELEY

ASHLEY ANNE GREGORY SCOTT J. HARPOLD LEANDRA LEE JESSICA LYNN LAURA L.

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The old saying "all roads lead to Rome" is getting a 21st century update at The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, where at least one lane of the information superhighway leads to the southern Italian town of Castrovillari. There, from the comfort of his home, Antonio Mauro teaches classes in conversational Italian to PA Cyber students via the Virtual Classroom. Mauro, who has taught English, German, and Italian at all levels (elementary school through university), was the Director of Studies in English and German at the Translation and Interpreting School of Rome. Since 1986 he has been a freelance translator and interpreter, working internationally with businesses and governmental bodies, and also teaches technical English and German to business and government leaders throughout the world. In the PA Cyber tradition of embracing opportunity whenever and wherever it presents itself, Mauro's association with the school began in the summer of 2005, when he helped Robert Babish, Director of PA Cyber, open a stuck window on a train traveling through the Italian countryside. The two strangers struck up a conversation that led to Mauro's being hired to teach Italian beginning in the 2005-2006 school year. In the following piece, Mauro shares his belief in the importance of foreign language learning for American students in the present era of globalization.

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The importance of SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGES

By Antonio Mauro

Why should we learn a foreign language? After all, the whole world speaks English! Modern Americans seem to have inherited this excuse from their British cousins, who still refuse to admit that "English is not enough" in a globalized world characterized by international links and intercultural connections. The Internet and satellite telecommunications have turned the world into a stage where events occurring thousands of miles away can be portrayed in real-time, so the citizens of every country, culture and language can all be eyewitnesses of what is happening on the other side of the globe. Recent events in Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran have pointed out just how important it is for Americans to become more aware of the cultures and driving forces within other countries. One of the most important keys to that awareness and understanding is language. The understanding of other cultures and the knowledge of foreign languages is vital and essential to the future of America, both domestically and internationally. On the domestic side, one of the most evident distinguishing marks of American society is its unique cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity, characterized by a growing number of large, medium and small communities living next to each other. Americans should therefore ask themselves if they are prepared for these changes and if the social fabric of the nation is strong enough to withstand the upsetting effects of such cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity. It is in the interest of every American citizen to appreciate diversity because the integrity of America's

social fabric depends first of all on this appreciation. The latest projections show that 50 percent of the US population growth will be the result of immigration, mostly from Third World countries. Moreover, the Spanish-speaking population is expected to continue to grow at a very fast rate and will soon become the largest minority group living in the United States. On the international side, Americans know that their country will continue to play a leading role in world policy, and this is why they must improve their knowledge of foreign cultures and languages in order to be able to understand complicated foreign policy issues. Thus, learning a foreign language is a key element of crosscultural communication. It not only allows for dialogue in another person's tongue, but also gives an insight into foreign cultures, promoting mutual respect and understanding. Learning a foreign language, of course, takes time and should be started as early as possible. This is why schools and parents are both responsible. Schools should prepare students to meet the everincreasing demands of an interdependent world community by enabling them to recognize the relevance of learning foreign languages, to value the importance of learning about other cultures, and to develop a speaking proficiency in one or more foreign languages. Parents must recognize the importance of foreign languages, encourage their children to take an interest and demand that schools give their children the opportunity to benefit from all that languages have to offer. In carrying out this task, parents ­ and students ­ should consider the educational, cultural and economic reasons that lie behind the importance of learning foreign languages.

Educational reasons. Languages must be learned as early as possible because this opens up a whole new dimension for children: It greatly benefits their reading and writing in their own language, and there's evidence that, like musical education, it contributes significantly to the development of individual intelligence and improves overall results at school. Cultural reasons. A new language opens up a whole new culture and gives access to another dimension of life. Learning a language is almost comparable to a journey of discovery because we gain new horizons. By learning a new language we also reinforce our own identity and, therefore, our self-confidence. A foreign language can contribute to a stronger personality. Economic reasons. The typical profile expected from future business leaders fully reflects the demands of the globalized world. Linguistic skills and international experience are crucial for employment and career. For this reason, international skills should have a major part in every young person's school curriculum.

"The understanding of other cultures and the knowledge of foreign languages is vital and essential to the future of America, both domestically and internationally."

­ Antonio Mauro

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TWO PA CYBER STUDENTS EARN STATE WRESTLING TITLES

The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School is honored to have two state champions in its student body. Scott Clymer, 17, and John Prezzia, 16, took first place in their weight categories at the 2006 PIAA Wrestling Championships. Both Clymer and Prezzia (whose photo appears on page 8) took to the sport at young ages. But as they got better at wrestling, their parents began to wrestle with this question: How could they make sure their sons received a quality education and still compete in the sport they loved? The Prezzias, who had always homeschooled their children, encouraged their son John to join a wrestling program through a youth group when he was 10. When he wanted additional training and experience, however, they looked into other programs. At the time, his school district did not allow homeschooled children to participate in its sports programs. After doing some research, however, the Prezzias learned that if their son were enrolled in a cyber charter school, he would have access to his local school's team while still enjoying the benefits of being schooled at home. The Clymer family's situation was a little different. Two of their nine children had attended public schools for several years, but were then homeschooled. Scott, their oldest, began wrestling as a preteen and entered PA Cyber in tenth grade. And now all the Clymer's children, except their one-year-old, are enrolled at the school.

"Scott has done a great job balancing his academics with his busy schedule," says mother Carol. "The way the school is set up means he can focus intensely on his work and still be able to train and travel for wrestling." Her son agrees, and adds that taking some of his courses through the virtual classroom helps him stay on schedule. "And I work with Mrs. Karwoski, our Instructional Supervisor, who helps us choose what to take next. She's also good about telling us when we're slacking. I know my family gives her a run for her money ­ it helps that she has a good sense of humor!"

"I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THE INDIVIDUAL PRESSURE OF COMPETING ONE-ON-ONE, AND THE EXPERIENCES OF THESE TOURNAMENTS ARE PRIVILEGES AND MEMORIES I DON'T EVER WANT TO FORGET."

­ Scott Clymer, PA Cyber Student

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" JOHN IS A UNIQUE ATHLETE, HE IS NOT AT ALL SELF-SERVING, AND HE HAS TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR HIS COACHES,

John Prezzia prefers to take all of his courses asynchronously so he can set up his own schedule. While he wrestles in the South Side Beaver district in western Pennsylvania during the school year, he is a member of the All-American Wrestling Club during the summer. He placed in state competition in both seventh and eighth grades, and won the Eastern Nationals and Tournament of Champions in eighth grade. This past season, he won in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling at the state level, and defended his first place title in the Tournament of Champions. Clymer, who wrestles for his local Northwestern Lehigh district in eastern Pennsylvania, had been a two-time district champion and two-time regional champion before taking the state championship this past spring. Following that success, he

HIS FAMILY, AND HIS OPPONENTS. AND I HAVE NOTHING BUT RESPECT FOR HIM."

­ Fran Komara, Instructional Supervisor

traveled to Disney World to compete in an all-star competition. His Mid-Atlantic Blue Team placed first among the 24 teams from across the country, and Clymer was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. "I have always loved the individual pressure of competing one-on-one," says Clymer, "and the experiences of these tournaments are privileges and memories I don't ever want to forget."

And Fran Komara, the Instructional Supervisor for the Prezzia family, has become a wrestling fan, attending one of John's matches and staying up late to watch televised coverage of his performance at states. "John is a unique athlete," says Komara." He is not at all self-serving, and he has tremendous respect for his coaches, his family, and his opponents. And I have nothing but respect for him."

PINNING DOWN

THE LEGALITIES OF SCHOOL ACCESS

"A kid who wants to wrestle on their school district's team," he continues, "or write for their newspaper or perform in their musical, that's all part of our relationship with local schools. Those schools are permitted to charge us for a student's participation, whether it's to cover the cost of uniforms or necessary supplies, and that's how it can be done. It helps our students fulfill their physical education requirements, it gives them great experiences, and it helps them stay competitive when it comes to academic and sports scholarships for college." Michael Conti and his staff work with a federallyfunded budget to ensure PA Cyber students get all the benefits provided through public schools, including programs detailed in the No Child Left Behind Act such as tutoring and PSSA preparation. "It's fascinating to watch this school grow and find new ways of supporting the students and their families," says Conti. "There are so many benefits to this approach to schooling. It's an exciting place to be."

For years, it had been up to individual Pennsylvania school districts to decide what activities, if any, they would offer to students not directly enrolled in their school. Change began in 1997 with the groundbreaking Charter School Law Act #22, and more choices were made available with the passage of the Cyber Charter School Law Act #88 in 2004. At the end of 2005, Governor Ed Rendell signed Senate Bill #361, which mandates equal access to public school activities for children who are homeschooled in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. "The laws are in place, but getting total access can still be tricky stuff," says PA Cyber's Director of Federal Programs, Michael Conti. "But when a child enrolls in PA Cyber, they have actually enrolled in a Pennsylvania public school, and so they really do have all the rights that come with that system.

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PA CYBER STAFF PROFILE

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Position and Responsibilities: Number of Years with PA Cyber: Education/Training/Experience:

Raymond L. Rozycki

DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION

Favorite aspect of job:

Can I have more than one favorite? 1.) Helping kids! Working in an environment that puts students and their families first, this school is what education is about and I am honored to help serve our families in any capacity. 2.) Our staff. Everyone is like family. 3.) Did I mention the kids? I love when I get to meet our families and hear their stories. They are truly inspirational. 4.) Trying to keep up with current technologies that allow us to deliver a quality online learning experience to our families.

My staff and I are responsible for all facets of instruction in the school and the implementation of the software packages that make instruction possible. We create the schedule; hire the teachers, tutors, and teacher facilitators; and train the staff on how to use the technology so that it best meets the needs of our students. We also create all of the Virtual Classroom classes every morning and ensure that they are functioning before most people get out of bed.

I have been with PA Cyber since its second year (2001), and have worked here full time for the last three years.

Most challenging aspect of job:

Ensuring that our school is functional ­ technologically speaking. There are so many variables that all have to be in working order to have online instruction taking place. If we could always be in control of these it would be easy (easier), but we have to depend on so many outside agencies that provide services that are out of our control that it truly is a challenge. No one hates missing even one hour of instructional time more than I do.

My first college degree was a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh. (Sorry all you PSU fans out there ­ Go PITT!) I followed this with a Masters in Education from the same. (Once again ­ Go PITT!) In the workforce, I taught mathematics for 12 years at South Fayette Township High School in McDonald, PA where I also served as the Mathematics Department Lead Teacher and coached several sports.

Hobbies and Interests:

In no particular order: my family, my job, fishing, golf and being a geek.

Personal:

I have been blessed with two wonderful children: Harmon Andrew (age 5) and Anika Rae (age 1), and a beautiful wife, Donna.

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Bethany D. Addleman Amanda Rose Aikens* Anthony Alfaro Derek J. Allen Kimberly Michelle Allen* Katrina S. Almony Bethany J. Ammerman Mary A. Andes Frank Arnold Nathan D. Askins Lauren R. Balmer Davin C. Barish* Tara Barish* Joel W. Barnett Andrew M. Barr Rebekah R. Bartlett* Logan Ryan Beach* Matthew J. Beck Jessica Ann Beggs* Jacob M. Benedict Andrew S. Benson Sarah Marie Bevington* Jacob Anthony Binando* Heather L. Bolha* Kathleen A. Bottomley Erik David Boyce Stephen R. Brailo Gaetano D. Brancaleone* Patricia Branthoover* Michael Brewster Dorothy Brice Krista M. Brossman* Joanna Marie Brough Christina Lynn Brown* Heather M. Bryner* Vanessa Marie Bubin* Jared S. Buchanan Sarah Elizabeth Buckhalter* Lacie R. Buchwalter Forrest Lyndon Bush* Danielle Bushee Thomas J. Buskey Marla A. Butler* Annette R. Byler* Corey G. Callery Sarah E. Carpenter Ligeia J. Carter-Dmoch Danielle E. Case Kayla M. Cauley Michael J. Cauley Christianne Chamberlain *Caitlin Anne Chehovits* Winston Clark Chevalier*

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Samantha J. Christner* Lauren Coldiron Jeannette E. Confer* Clinton L. Cooper Gina L. Cornacchione Ashley Michelle Cottom* Brittney L. Crisera Samantha Torey Cromwell* Niladri Crowells* Elizabeth Anne Csonka* Sean P. Curley Emma Whitman Daley* Sonja Kjorlien Dawson Dustin L. Day* Alana M. DeCarlo Jesse Ailin Dilts* Bryce T. Dodson John M. Dorohovich Jr.* Elizabeth Mae Douglas* Savannah L. Dudick* Ashley Marie Dulin* Nicole L. Dunlap Lindsey Ann Eicher* Jhon M. Eickmeyer* Sasha Ann English* Yaseen M. Eshnuk Andrew J. Fabrizi* Kendall C. Fairley Zachary William Farmer* David Allen Fehir Jr.* Michael R. Felletter Robert Fenton Jeremiah Fernbaugh* Patrick F. Fitzsimmons Catherine Fleming Eve L. Fontanella* Gloria Patricia Francis* Amy D. Freed* JoAnna Fromm Jennifer Leah Fuentes* William Thomas Fuentes* Laura Jeanne Furman* Matthew D. Furr* Lauren E. Fyock Kezhia LeReine Garcia* Alisha Eileen Genevro* Heather Lynn George* Kathryn Darlene Gerberich* Zachary Edward Getz* David Patrick Giza* Aracely D. Gonzalez Evelyn P. Gonzalez* Cody R. Good

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Scholarship Recipients

Gaetano Brancaleone III Leo Stevenson Academic Scholarship Grove City College Annette Byler A.B. Miller Scholarship Presidential Scholarship Waynesburg College Leandra Hickman Blue and Gold Scholarship West Virginia University Emma Daley Full-tuition Wood Scholarship Hobart and William Smith Colleges Eve Fontanella Chairman Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship; Chamber Music Scholarship Widener University Amy Freed Hope College Alumni Honors Scholarship Hope College Kezhia Garcia A Beka Foundation Art Scholarship Pensacola Christian College Kathryn Gerberich Horatio Alger Scholarship; Academic Merit Scholarship Geneva College David Gizi Beaver County Times Youth Carrier Scholarship Community College of Beaver County Christopher Hone Westinghouse Family Scholarship Thomas Howard Keystone State Scholarship Indiana University of PA Matthew Kerr Trustee Scholarship Allegheny College Melissa Lyden Beaver County Times Youth Carrier Scholarship Garret McGraw University of Delaware Scholar Award University of Delaware Rebecca Miller Thiel Merit Scholarship Thiel College Kristin Myers Psychology Dept. Scholarship; University of New England Scholarship University of New England Timothy Newbrander Community Development Scholarship; Cultural Diversity Scholarship; Men's Soccer Scholarship; the Presbyterian Church in America Scholarship; John and Lois Kyle Memorial Scholarship Covenant College Beth Newell Butler County Junior Miss Interview Scholarship; Marianne Napora Academic Scholarship University of Pittsburgh Caitlyn Nolan Merit Scholarship St. John's University Aaron Peterson Beaver County Times Youth Carrier Scholarship Haley Beth Pierce Arcadia University Achievement Award Arcadia University Sheldon Reid Bunton Waller Scholarship; Bayard D. & Ethyl M. Kunkle Scholarship Penn State University, Beaver Campus Sherrima Sharif Partial Academic Scholarship Temple University Cassandra Sotos Penn State College of Engineering Scholarship; Schreyer's Honors College Scholarship Penn State University, Main Campus Mark Stevens Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship University of Pittsburgh Amy Lynn Styer 1743 Distinguished Scholar; Tuition Exchange; Music Scholarship University of Delaware Rachel Sutton Academic Scholarship Ohio State University Amanda Tompkins Presidential Merit Scholarship; The Gernet Pre-Theological Scholarship; The Swopes Scholarship Muhlenberg College Kendra Walmer Chancellor's Award Penn State University, New Kensington Campus

What's Next?

Post-secondary plans for the Class of 2006

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Four Year School Two Year School Employment Vocational/Tech School Other Military

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