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• Seven Norwin High School students have received $1,000 scholarships through the Norwin Council of PTAs 2012 Scholarship Program and were honored at an annual recognition dinner. Here are the winners and the colleges they plan to attend:
Paige Jesionowski, daughter of Anne and Eric Jesionowski, University of Pittsburgh; Nicole Shuckhart, daughter of Judy and Tony Shuckhart, Penn State University; Geofrey Hollinger, son of Andrea and Rick Hollinger, University of Pittsburgh; Kallee Waugaman, daughter of Heidi and David Waugaman, Penn State University; Nicholas Seman, nephew of Michael Sudar, Penn State University; Jonathan Jerina, son of Kelly and Frank Jerina, Allegheny College; Terra Tomasic, daughter of Denise and Thomas Tomasic, Penn State University.
This year, funds for the scholarships primarily came from the council's Dancing with the Staff event in November.
• PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch on May 23 recognized 31 PennDOT employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT's highest recognition. Two employees from PennDOT's District 11, which represents Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties, were among the honorees.
Local winners Richard J. Staub and Robert J. Miskanic were honored at an awards luncheon at the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg.
"The people we're recognizing show an intense dedication to their jobs and serve as examples for their co-workers," Mr. Schoch said. "They continually rise to the challenge of making our large organization more efficient, all while maintaining our transportation system and often putting their jobs before personal needs. I'm humbled to be part of an organization with such stellar team members."
Mr. Staub 56, is a transportation equipment operator and 29-year PennDOT veteran. He and his wife live in Plum. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Mr. Miskanic, 49, is a transportation planning specialist supervisor and 25-year PennDOT employee. He lives in Delmont, is married and has three children.
• The Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh presented Spc. Sgt. 5th Class Thomas M. Fitzgerald of Export with the new First Class Patriot Achievement Award before an audience of 500 veterans, families, citizens and association members at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum on May 22.
In honor of Sgt. Fitzgerald, a check for $10,000 was presented to the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, which he co-founded in 1982 as the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program.
The program helps to find jobs for veterans.
Burt Kennedy and Paul Tumolo, both of Penn Hills; Frank A. Kravetz of East Pittsburgh; and James Bendel of Greensburg were nominated for the award.
Nominees were sought from the 27 counties that comprise Western Pennsylvania.
First Published June 14, 2012 5:16 am