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  • • Pennsylvania College of Technology announced the winners for its annual Food Show, a showcase for final projects in advanced culinary arts and baking and pastry arts courses at the college. Cameron J. Stewart, of Walworth won second place in Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation. Classes showing off final projects included Advanced Garde Manger, Advanced Patisserie, Artistic Buffet Decoration, Cakes and Decorations, Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation, Classical Cuisines of the World, and Principles of Chocolate Works. Final projects by the students in the Priniciples of Chocolate Works course came in the form of chocolate houses constructed to represent Williamsport-area landmarks. The 15 chocolate buildings were sold in silent auction during the Food Show to benefit Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity. Supplemented by a live auction of cookie trays and other treats, the event raised about $1,300 for the nonprofit group. Projects were judged by Penn College alumni Mara Rakowski, customer service director of Aramark at Susquehanna Health; Chuck Persun, restaurant manager and chef at Wegmans; and Dennis Eckrote, executive chef at Elizabeth’s: An American Bistro in Lewisburg. Also serving as judges were Michael Davis, executive chef of Aramark at Susquehanna Health, and Layne E. Eggers, assistant dean of the School of Hospitality.
    Austin Perry May has recently earned Gold Star honors for the 2012-2013 academic year at The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. May was a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
    • Sodus student Benjamin Ritz recently graduated with an honors degree from Clarkson University’s Honors Program at a May 11 commencement ceremony. Ritz received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
    • Ontario resident Claire Barbara Wayman recently graduated with honors from Juniata College at a May 18 commencement ceremony. Wayman, a 2009 graduate of Homeschool Clearing House, received a bachelor’s degree in history and museum studies.
    • A number of local students recently received digital versions of their diplomas after completing graduation requirements at a variety of colleges and universities. Students who received digital diplomas include Victoria Samar, of Red Creek, from Bob Jones University; Duncan Morton, of Macedon, from Coastal Carolina University; Joan Peters, of Newark, from SUNY Oswego; Patrick Breen, of Palmyra, from SUNY Oswego; Caylee Johnson, of Sodus, from SUNY Oswego; and Ashleigh Gerstner, of Wolcott, from SUNY Oswego.
    • Newark student Hayley Burm has recently been named the recipient of the Department of Biology Outstanding Research Award at Clarkson University. The award is presented annually to biology majors who have demonstrated outstanding involvement in undergraduate research. Burm, a senior, will receive a monetary award and her name will go on an engraved plaque in recognition of her achievement on display in the Department of Biology.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Three local students have recently been inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society at the Rochester Institute of Technology for outstanding academic achievement and campus leadership. Students inducted into the society include Jennifer Gillette, of Savannah; Kristen Cummings, of Palmyra; and Brittany Ambeau, of Ontario.
    • Palmyra student Amanda B. Kratzert recently graduated from Washington and Lee University at a May 23 commencement ceremony. Kratzert received a bachelor’s degree in biology.
    • Macedon student Duncan Morton has recently been named to the president’s list for the spring 2013 semester at Coastal Carolina University. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must be enrolled on a full-time basis and earn a GPA of 4.0 during the semester. Morton is a senior currently majoring in marine science.
    • Macedon student Alexandra Palma has recently been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester at Malone University. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must carry at least 12 credit hours and earn a GPA of 3.5 or better. Palma is a senior currently majoring in psychology.
    • Ontario student Emily J. Hoogesteger recently received a degree from the University of Vermont at a May 19 commencement ceremony. Hoogesteger earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
    • Three area students have recently been inducted into the Lambda Xi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Morrisville State College. Students inducted into the society include Sarah Childs, of Newark; Eric VanFleet, of Wolcott, and Cody Chelini, of Williamson.
    • Finger Lakes Community College student Tami Cocuzzi of Macedon was recognized during commencement on May 18 as recipients of SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. Cocuzzi was honored for student excellence. The 2013 graduate and her husband founded an organization called Grace Racing Ministries Inc. that mentors children who are considered at-risk, underprivileged or learning disabled. She received an alumni scholarship as well as an outstanding adult student award. She was also inducted into the business honor society, Alpha Beta Gamma, and Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges. The SUNY Chancellor’s Award is the highest honor in the State University of New York system.
    • Macedon student Alexandra Palma recently graduated from Malone University at a May 4 commencement ceremony. Palma received a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

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