Scholastic Shining Stars

Colleges, universities announce academic honorees

DelVal announces names students who made fall 2018 dean’s list

Dr. Benjamin Rusiloski, Delaware Valley University’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, announced the following local students have been honored for academic achievement by being named to the fall 2018 dean’s list:

  • Alexis Batz of Blandon
  • Victoria Behm of Fleetwood
  • Taylor Boyer of Bernville
  • Nathaniel Boyer of Fleetwood
  • Christa Daley of Birdsboro
  • Morgan Davis of Oley
  • Jonah Eckert of Hamburg
  • Moriah Galloway of Shoemakersville
  • Kacie Jones of Reading
  • Morgan Krick of Hamburg
  • Devin Rehrig of Douglassville

Jessy Moyer of Reading named to Champlain College dean’s list for fall 2018

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BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

Jan. 19, 2019

  • Police arrested Sebron Spivey, 54, of Kutztown, for driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, traffic control signals and careless driving following an incident that occurred in the 400 block of West Main Street.

Jan. 24, 2019

  • After completing their investigation, police arrested Tyler McGee, 21, of Fleetwood; and Kyle Okane, 21, of Bow, N.H., for disorderly conduct following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 00 block of Noble Street.
  • After completing their investigation, police arrested Dominick Garcia, 40, of Kempton, for illegal operation of a motor vehicle without ignition interlock, operation following suspension of registration and for operating a vehicle without financial responsibility following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of North Elm Street.

Groth Breaks School Record in 60m, Four Others Earn Top-10 Marks at Fast Times Invitational

12/8/2018 | Women’s Track and Field Overall Results

Junior Kelly Groth of the Kutztown University women’s track & field team set a new school record in the 60m, running a time of 7.73, 0.05 faster than the previous record, to highlight the second and final day of the Fast Times Before Finals meet at Lehigh University’s Stabler campus.

Groth won the 60m with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-qualifying time, and led a group of five Golden Bears that earned top-10 marks in program history, and a total of seven PSAC marks. Groth also finished first in the 200m with a PSAC time of 26.07.

Taye Dairo won the high jump in her first collegiate meet, clearing a mark of 1.65m (5-5), which ranks fifth all-time at KU and is a qualifying mark. Shelby Samuels and Becca Hemingway also posted PSAC marks of 1.55m (5-1) each.

Joanne Mason placed second in the 60m hurdles finals with a PSAC and personal-best time of 9.06, ranking third all-time.

Hemingway was third in the long jump at 5.38m (17-8), a PSAC and personal-best mark that also ranks sixth all-time in program history.

Ashley Stewart ran a personal-best time of 1:20.05, which ranks ninth all-time.

Julia Wiemken ran a personal-best time of 1:21.43 and finished in the top-10 in the 500m.

Kutztown does not compete until the new year when it hosts the Golden Bear Invitational on Thursday, Jan. 10 and Friday, Jan. 11.

Kutztown Results

High Jump
1. Dairo – 1.65m (5-5) (PSAC-new) (fifth-all-time)
4. Samuels – 1.55m (5-1) (PSAC-new)
4. Hemingway – 1.55m (5-1) (PSAC-new)

Long Jump
3. Hemingway – 5.38m (17-8) (PSAC-new) (sixth all-time) (personal-best)
18. Sokan – 4.82m (15-9.75)
28. Silverman – 3.53m (11-7)

Triple Jump
10. Julsaint – 9.42m (30-11)

Shot Put
10. Morano – 10.31m (33-10)
15. Jett – 9.68m (31-9.25)

60m Finals
1. Groth – 7.73 (PSAC-new) (first all-time) (personal-best)
7. Sokan – 8.09

60m Hurdles Finals
2. Mason – 9.06 (PSAC-new) (third all-time) (personal-best)

4. Stewart – 1:20.05 (ninth all-time) (personal-best)
9. Wiemken – 1:21.43 (personal-best)
15. Graham – 1:22.85
17. Iaccarino – 1:23.03
21. Stratton – 1:24.36
32. Motolese – 1:37.20

12. Montanari – 3:13.47

1. Groth – 26.07 (PSAC-new)
9. Sokan – 27.13
31. Graham – 28.07
53. Junious – 30.38

4×4 Relay
5. Groth, Stewart, Iaccarino, Graham – 4:09.08

Wilkes University students named to dean’s list for fall 2018 semester

Wilkes University Provost Dr. Anne Skleder announced the dean’s list for the fall 2018 semester.

  • Donald Ballou of Leesport
  • Elizabeth Brown of Hamburg
  • Trevor Fegley of Hamburg
  • Sierra Fisher of Hamburg
  • David Heinz of Reading
  • Lauren Johnson of Douglassville
  • Autumn Schiefer of Bernville

To be named to the dean’s list, students must obtain a minimum 3.5 grade point average and carried at least 12 credits.

Twin Valley School District kindergarten registration planned for March 20 and 21, 2019

Twin Valley School District Kindergarten Registration will be held at all three elementary buildings March 20 and 21, 2019.

Any child who is a district resident and will be 5 years old by Aug. 15, 2019 (no exceptions), is eligible to enter kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year; link to the individual building websites for more information.

Be sure to have the following items with you when you come to register your child:
• Original Birth Certificate
• Proof Of Residence (Driver’s license, lease, deed, monthly bill, or bank statement)
• Current Immunization Records
• Current Child Custody Order (if applicable)

Honey Brook Elementary Center
1530 W. Walnut Rd., Honey Brook, Pa 19344
Phone 610-273-3615
Any child who is a resident of Honey Brook Borough/Township or lives on Mill Stream or Merwood Drives in Caernarvon Township is eligible.

Robeson Elementary Center
801 White Bear Rd., Birdsboro, Pa 19508
Phone 610-582-9580
Any child who is a resident of Robeson Township and certain parts of Caernarvon Township is eligible.

Twin Valley Elementary Center
50 Mast Drive, Elverson, Pa 19520
Phone 610-286-8670
Any child who resides in the town of Elverson, West Nantmeal Township, and parts of Honey Brook Township in Chester County, as well as the town of Morgantown and parts of Caernarvon Township in Berks County is eligible.

Blandon resident graduates from James Madison University

James Madison University is pleased to announce the following local student graduated during the Dec. 15, 2018, commencement exercises.

Sean Eric Gisler of Blandon graduated with a degree in accounting.

Gisler was among more than 820 students who received undergraduate, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees.

Joy Flicker inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Joy Flicker of Blandon was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Flicker was initiated at Jacksonville University.

Flicker is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

KU recognized for financial aid contributions to international students

Kutztown University has been recognized by LendEDU as an institution that provides some of the most financial aid to international students. Specifically, KU ranked 228 out of more than 1,000 schools that were analyzed for the report. On average, KU provides about $23,607 to each international student seeking financial aid, the most in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

KU has a plethora of opportunities for new international students which includes a 40 percent tuition discount for all new incoming international undergraduate freshman and transfer students, a need-based international student tuition waver, various honors scholarships and campus employment. With more than 100 academic areas of study, 200 student clubs and activities and 68 states and countries represented, international students have opportunities to thrive at KU.

Recent KU international alumni have found success at various graduate schools, such as Columbia University, Lehigh University, Thomas Jefferson Sidney Kimmel Medical College, the London School of Economics and many more. Other graduates have found employment success, with some going on to work for Amazon, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Robert Bosch LLC., the German Federal Ministry of Defense and Goldman Sachs, among many other companies.

For more information about KU’s international student opportunities, visit

International students must seriously consider many aspects of attending college overseas that they may not have to consider as seriously in their native countries, including location, the existing international student population, loan availability and costs, among other factors. LendEDU has focused its goals around helping prospective college students make informed decisions about the institutions they will attend, as well as helping international students decide what school to attend so that they can better plan for their college careers.

To meet these goals, the organization analyzes data licensed from Peterson’s Financial Aid Database and compiles a list of schools that offer financial aid to international students. The data from Peterson’s was voluntarily submitted by U.S. colleges and universities from the 2016/17 academic year, which is the most current dataset available. LendEDU defines financial aid as any scholarships, grants, student loans, and work-study funding offered to international students.

For more information about LendEDU or to view the complete list, please visit the LendEDU website.