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Three top Penn State Fayette students compete for Scholastic Excellence Award

4/21/2011 —

Three of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus’ top students will present academic research papers at a special presentation open to the public on Tuesday, April 26. The presentations will take place in the Biomedical building auditorium from noon to 1:30 p.m. John Peck, Katie Smaniotto and Hongyuan Zhan are competing to win the campus’ top Scholastic Excellence Award. All three students will receive monetary awards for their work.

Junior English major Peck, of Fort Hill, will present “Manipulations of Early Modern Society: The Brilliance of Queen Elizabeth I;” Smithfield resident Smaniotto, a sophomore human development and family studies major, will share her thoughts on “Competency in Adolescents;” and Zhan, a sophomore business administration major residing in Lemont Furnace, will discuss “Evaluation of ANSYS.”

The Scholastic Excellence Award winner will be determined by a combination of scores from the oral presentations and scores from the students’ ten-page papers.

To be eligible for the award students must have at least 30 credit hours at Penn State Fayette within the past four academic years, hold a cumulative GPA of at least 3.67, and not be a previous award winner. The winner will be announced at the annual Student Awards Banquet on April 29.

The panel judging the presentations includes Jes Hutson, instructor of kinesiology; Dr. Lindsey Jones, assistant professor of English; Dr. Danielle Mitchell, associate professor of English; Lynn Petko, instructor of English; and Dr. Brad Whitsel, associate professor of political science.

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