Scholars: June 21

The Northeast Times would like to congratulate the following college graduates, students who were named to their school’s dean’s list, and area residents who recently received special honors.

Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire has named Kevin Richardson to the dean’s list for academic achievement. Richardson, whose major is business administration, is a member of the class of 2018. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours in graded courses.

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Two local residents were among more than 600 students who earned master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Scranton commencement ceremony. They were Laura M. Guarrieri (master’s in occupational therapy) and Sunny Shah (master’s in accounting and finance).

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Mary Elise Lynch and 86 other members of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s graduating class of 2017 received doctor of medicine degrees at a commencement ceremony at the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre.

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Rhonda Marilyn Massaro graduated from Brenau University in Georgia with a master’s degree in applied gerontology. Massaro attended online.

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Kaitlin Iavecchia made the dean’s list and the athletics academic honor roll at Chestnut Hill College. She was named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Women’s Lacrosse All-Academic team and earned the CACC Women’s Lacrosse Top XV Award. A 2015 graduate of Franklin Towne Charter High School, she is the daughter of Michael and Laurie Iavecchia.

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Thomas Haughey is one of 13 students from Susquehanna University who are joining the youth of Northern Ireland this summer in efforts to build foundations for peace in an area traumatized by a violent past. Called Peace, Youth and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland, the experience is part of the university’s Global Opportunities program. Participating students travel to Belfast, Dublin and the coast of Northern Ireland. As part of their study tour, community development organizations partner with them to perform service work in cross-community settings. The students meet with local politicians, ex-members of the Irish Republican Army and Ulster Defense Association and peace activists to learn more about the region’s legacy. Haughey is an early childhood education major in the class of 2018. A 2014 graduate of Archbishop Ryan High School, he is the son of Tom Haughey and Lisa Bucher.

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Willie Scott and Shyonna Williams were among 136 students named to the president’s list at Mansfield University. To be named to the president’s list, a student must attend the university full time and attain at least a 4.0 GPA for the semester.

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Kutztown University conferred degrees on more than 1,200 students. Here are the local graduates: Victoria Lynn Applegate (degree in communication studies), Mitchelle Kude Baker (criminal justice), Jared Steven Bebco (management), Emily Ann Burgess (communication studies, cum laude), Colleen C. Donnelly (social work, magna cum laude), Ashley Michelle Groves (mathematics), Lisa Marie Henderson (education/Pre K-4), Connor Joseph Kenny (finance, summa cum laude), Thomas Patrick Magee (management), Bryan Daniel McConnell (psychology, cum laude), Alexis Alia McDaniels-Brooks (social work, magna cum laude), Christopher McMonagle (communication studies) and Brian John Robbins (biology/pre-med and health, cum laude). ••